Saturday: Ex-War Members Lowride Back To San Pedro
All your friends know the Lowriders, but they may not know exactly where to find them nowadays. While there is a band, nominally called War, that performs “Spill The Wine”, "Why Can't We Be Friends" and “The Cisco Kid” around the world, its current incarantion is reduced to one original member, keyboardist Lonnie Jordan, who apparently leases the rights to use the name from the band’s old manager and producer, filling out the ranks with young players-for-hire.
Meanwhile, the other four living members of the classic War lineup from 1969 to 1978 - guitarist Howard Scott, drummer Harold Brown, bass player/ Pedro native B.B. Dickerson and harmonica wizard Lee Oskar - are still together, and still playing their old songs. But because of the legal situation with their band's trademark, they have to use an assumed name, the Lowrider Band, that makes them sound like a tribute band … paying tribute to themselves.