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"Audience is Waiting" for Anchondo at My Waterloo Days


WATERLOO (KWWL) - The band Anchondo is building a following by playing shows in Nebraska, Iowa, and Minnesota. Sometimes they play as far away as California and Texas.

During the past eight years, they've learned some tricks to saving money on the road.  Songwriter Hector Anchondo says, "Make friends, sleep on floors, sleep in the van."

This weekend, they'll play at this year's My Waterloo Days festival. Driving from their hometown of Omaha, the band will travel more than 500 miles round trip.
On one of their longer ventures, the band spent more than $2,000 on fuel.

Hector says, "When gas prices were so high we were barely scraping by. Most of what we made would go right into the gas tank."

Gas isn't the only thing that can drain the band fund.  You've got to eat!

Guitar player George Keele says, "We've moved up in the world. Our very first tour we literally lived off of Ramen bars. That's pretty much all we had, we'd pack as much food as we could. "

Hector says, "We didn't use water. We'd crack them up, we'd dump the seasoning inside, we'd shake it around, and that's what we did. That's what we'd eat."

These guys say money management may be more important than the music they play when it comes to making it big.

George says, "It took three or four years to find out it doesn't matter how good you are at your instrument. It doesn't matter how good your music is. It only matters how you play the business.  I love doing this. For us there's no glam in it. We're not making a bunch of money. We couldn't even support ourselves if we tried."

If you'd like to see Anchondo at My Waterloo Days, they play Sunday at 4:00 p.m. at the Riverloop Expo Plaza.

Find them on the web here.


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