Musicians from the local community and outside have been invited for lively community get-togethers right next to the Rio Grande Bosque. Spend Sunday evenings enjoying live music, drinks, and delicious Latin cuisine with family and friends in this enchanting courtyard setting.
July 2, Grammy-winning conjunto band Los Texmaniacs is joined by Grammy-nominated Mariachi Flor de Toloache. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., with Mariachi Flor de Toloache kicking off the concert at 7 p.m. Tickets are $17, with free admission for children 12 and younger, and are available from the NHCC Box Office, at 505.724.4771, or at www.nhccnm.org. This performance is part of the New Mexico Culture Squared (NMC2) project.
Created in 1997 by Albuquerque’s Max Baca, and now based in San Antonio, TX, Los Texmaniacs incorporates elements from genres including rock & roll and jazz while still honoring the roots of Tejano conjunto, fueled by the desire “to do hip music that everybody in the world can relate to, with the traditional elements.”
Baca began playing accordion at the age of five; when he was twelve, he and his brother Jimmy formed their own group, Los Hermanos Baca. He subsequently toured and recorded with Flaco Jiménez and the original Texas Tornadoes, as well as Los Super Seven and the Rolling Stones, and Jiménez taught him traditional techniques for playing the bajo sexto-a twelve-string instrument of which Baca’s mastery is now legendary.
While many players ignore its lower strings, relegating the bass line to the electric bass, Baca plays all twelve strings, pushing the Texmaniacs’ sound to another level and showcasing a blistering guitar riff solo style that is being emulated by young bajo players internationally. Los Texmaniacs’ album Borders y Bailes won the 2010 Grammy Award for Tejano Album of the Year.
Founded in 2008, Mariachi Flor de Toloache is New York City’s first and only all-women mariachi group. Reminiscent of the early days of mariachi, the group started as a trio-harp, violin, and vihuela-and now performs as a full mariachi ensemble, with members from Mexico, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Cuba, Australia, Colombia, Germany, Italy, and the U.S. led by singers Mireya I. Ramos (founder) and Shae Fiol (original member). Their diverse cultural backgrounds and melange of the traditional and the modern push the boundaries of the genre, offering an edgy, fresh take on mariachi music and bringing it to new audiences. Their self-titled debut album received a Latin Grammy nomination for Best Ranchera Album of 2015.
New Mexico Culture Squared (NMC2) is a NM Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) project to build and manage partnerships between DCA institutions and cultural organizations that will enhance the impact, effectiveness, attendance, and visitor experience of exhibits and programs of DCA entities. Under the management of AMP Concerts, NMC2 creates programs in collaboration with State Historic Sites, DCA Museums and various cultural organizations with the goal of increasing public programs statewide and promoting New Mexico as a destination for arts and culture.