The Fourth of July Hometown Celebration weekend will draw to a close with fireworks, but we don’t mean the rockets and sparklers kind. On Saturday (July 6) the stage in Kit …
The Fourth of July Hometown Celebration weekend will draw to a close with fireworks, but we don’t mean the rockets and sparklers kind. On Saturday (July 6) the stage in Kit Carson Park will be illuminated by some of your favorite rockers whose legendary music will surpass any pyrotechnic display you could want.
Be prepared to get blown away by The Mavericks and Los Lobos, and their special guest Max Gomez, in a show with so much buzz surrounding it that you may have mistaken the noise for the Taos Hum.
A live music event is at its most exciting when it’s not just the audience pumped with anticipation, but when the performers are, as well. And that’s certainly the case when it comes to Saturday’s lineup.
“I think we’ve found the perfect way to mark [our 30th anniversary] without thinking only about the past and I’m really excited to get out and play,” said Mavericks co-founder, singer and key songwriter Raul Malo, through their publicist, Julie Arkenstone.
Eddie Pérez, lead guitarist and vocalist for the band, spoke with Tempo from his hotel in the U.K., where the band had gigs in London and Manchester before moving on to the world-acclaimed Glastonbury Festival.
“It doesn’t matter the day of the week. We play every show like it’s Saturday night,” so plan for a party like no other, Pérez teased.
“We’re going to be bringing stuff out from the very early material right up to the most current,” he said, “and we’re going to present that in a way that’s a little special. A real production, shall we say.” It’s a given you’re hoping to hear such Grammy hits as “Dance the Night Away” and “Back in Your Arms Again.”
“There’s a privilege in living your life doing what you love, and, speaking for myself but I think the band would agree, it’s reflected in the energy we put out from the stage. And there’s nothing better than having that love come back at you from the audience,” said Pérez.
“Taos has such a creative and positive artistic spirit, and it just seems to go hand in hand with the way we’ve come together as a band,” Pérez continued. “We’ve had the luxury of creating our own world, from the band members to our crew to the music we play, and it’s an inclusive world with everyone’s dynamic respected. That’s how we look at who you all are, too,” explaining the band’s excitement over returning to Kit Carson.
As to sharing the stage with Los Lobos, Pérez said, “We’ve been friends with Los Lobos for years, and have played with them many times. So it’s great that our schedules worked and we’ve got the opportunity to be on the same ticket this weekend.”
The Mavericks, in addition to Malo and Pérez, feature Paul Deakin on drums and Jerry Dale McFaddan on vocals and keyboards.
Combine The Mavericks’ country/Tex-Mex/rockabilly/Latino/Tejano grooves with Los Lobos’ “sound of the barrio” and you’re guaranteed to wear out your dancing shoes during this rollicking evening.
Jamie Lenfestey, promoter for AMP Concerts, agreed. “This is a perfect pairing for Taos. Northern New Mexico feels like home to Los Lobos, where everyone’s ready to treat them like family and party along with them. The love between them and their audience here never fails to amaze me.”
The Grammy Award winners, who started as an East L.A. garage band, ultimately threw aside conventionality to mix rock, country, folk, R&B and blues with traditional Spanish and Mexican tunes. The result is a decades-long association that has become one of the most unique-sounding bands of our time and which produced a worldwide smash cover of “La Bamba” for the movie of the same name.
Busy as Los Lobos is with a tour throughout the U. S. and Canada, Taos is lucky to grab an evening of their 40th-anniversary celebration, Lenfestey noted.
And the enduring quintet of Los Lobos includes Louis Pérez (vocals, guitar, percussion), Steve Berlin (percussion, woodwinds), Cesar Rosas (vocals, guitar, mandolin), Conrad Lozano (vocals, bass, guittaron), David Hidalgo (vocals and too many instruments to name) and Enrique “Bugs” Gonzalez (percussion).
Local favorite Max Gomez opens the show with his bluesy, Americana mix, and rounds out a stellar evening in which the stars of our night sky have to move aside and let the stars sharing the green grass of Kit Carson Park shine instead.
“We are very excited to welcome another fun and high-energy musical lineup to Taos for this year’s Hometown Celebration,” said Karina Armijo, director of marketing and tourism for the town of Taos.
Doors to Saturday’s 6:30 p.m. blockbuster, all-ages show open at 5 p.m., and for everyone’s comfort there’s a few rules. Lawn and camping-style chairs are allowed, as are sealed bottles of water. But leave your pets safely at home, along with your coolers, and enjoy what the food and beverage vendors have on hand for you.
If you haven’t purchased a three-day weekend pass, then advance general admission is $49, and tickets for kids 12 and under are $9. Tickets at the door are $54, while kids still get in for $9. Visit holdmyticket.com or call (505) 886-1251 for more information.
Los Lobos, The Mavericks, Max Gomez
Saturday (July 6), 5 p.m.
Kit Carson Park, 211 Paseo del Pueblo Norte
Tickets $54 day of show, $49 advance; kids 12 and under $9
'There’s a privilege in living your life doing what you love, and, speaking for myself but I think the band would agree, it’s reflected in the energy we put out from the stage. And there’s nothing better than having that love come back at you from the audience.' — Eddie Pérez, lead guitarist and vocalist for The Mavericks
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