Jimmy Patton plays a nylon-stringed guitar. Enrique Platas handles percussion (cajon and bongos) and while the duo is primarily instrumental, when Platas sings, he sings in Spanish.
Their seven-year-old flamenco White Stripes act has served them well.
Jimmy & Enrique
Jimmy and Enrique were invited twice to tour Colombia by invitation of that country’s government. They’ve released an album on local Pacific Records, In the Moment. And they have built a dependable stream of income by playing regular gigs at restaurants in their home town of Escondido, as well as Temecula, San Diego, San Marcos, and Fallbrook.
“We just got lucky,” Patton says about their two tours of Colombia. “Someone who had a connection with the Colombian government saw us play at the Bernardo Winery. The government paid for everything.”
While he says the pay for those tours was just “okay,” he’d love to go back.
“They had us play in these theaters. All they wanted to hear was rock. We did mostly Rolling Stones and Pink Floyd with a flamenco twist.”
Patton, 43, describes a life-changing episode at a show in June.
“We were at a bridal fair on Harbor Island and Enrique’s left arm went numb. He jumped off the stage and we followed him outside. He said he was okay, but it got worse. An ambulance took him to the hospital. He was there for a week. He had a mild heart attack and had to have angioplasty. He’s on a very strict diet and has to take medication for the rest of his life.... He’s a single dad running around with a lot of stress,” says Patton. “The pressure just got to him.”
Jimmy and Enrique play Monday at “Drinking with Jesus,” a weekly event at the Hilltop Center for Spiritual Living in Fallbrook.
The event opens with a live music set. Catered Italian food and wine are served, and then comes a discussion of the life of Jesus, “...strictly from a historical and cultural perspective, not a religious one,” says host Jim Jones.
“People wonder what the hell it is,” says Patton about “Drinking with Jesus.” “I hear, ‘You’re not supposed to be drinking when you talk about the Bible,’ all the time. But I think it’s great. People sometimes are intimidated by regular Bible study. People aren’t intimidated here.”