Honoring tradition, growth
The Mariachi Spectacular de Albuquerque (MSA) conference and festival has deep roots in the sonic landscape of our fair city. The primary sponsor of the three-day series is an entity known as Atrisco Companies, which evolved out of the Atrisco Land Grant system and continues to have a substantial impact on the South Valley cultural ecosystem.
For two decades, MSA performers have celebrated established traditions and explored the evolution of the genre while performing alongside world-renowned musicians. Highlights include music education workshops at UNM Main Campus and a Mariachi Mass on Saturday, July 12, at San Jose Parish (2401 Broadway SE) at 1pm.
Following the annual induction ritual, musicians of all ages work toward the Showcase Concert. This year's showcase happens at Civic Plaza on Friday, July 11, at 6:30pm. The highest-ranking performers at this recital perform at the main event, the Spectacular Concert. For showcase rules and entry forms, visit bit.ly/MSAshowcase.
The Spectacular Concert tunes up at 7pm on Saturday, July 12, at Sandia Casino Amphitheater (30 Rainbow Road), and it's not to be missed. Aside from showcase winners, the bill features mariachi masters like Mariachi Sol de Mexico de Jóse Hernàndez, Mariachi Internacional Guadalajara de German Gutierrez and Mariachi Mujer 2000.
Tickets for the spectacular cost between $45 and $55, but the showcase is free and open to the public. Musicians interested in participating in conference workshops and fans hoping to learn more about MSA history can visit mariachispectacular.com.
Fest sounds like the future
Patriarchy has been hegemonic in our culture for some time. We now engage in earnest an opportunity to transform that power structure. As the 21st century progresses, we will be the humans who refer to that mistake of history which rendered females subordinate as something that was.
Evidence of this sea change is all around us. Sometimes our local music community is reflective and supportive of women artists, but at least on the surface, it still seems male-dominated. Events like this weekend’s ABQ Ladyfest 2014 aim to be part of the solution by honoring women’s vital contributions to the local scene and showcasing talents and voices that are quite literally the sound of the future.
Happening Saturday, July 12, at The Bungalow (2101 Silver SE) at 3pm, this rad music and art fest features performances by formidable local talents like Lady Uranium, Bigawatt, Arroyo Deathmatch and TAHNZZ. Hosted by Goathead Record Collective and sponsored by Albuquerque SANE Collaborative, ABQ Unidos, Young Women United and Burqueña Bike Power, this all-day show offers sliding scale admission—$1 to $5—at the door. Process and proceeds benefit the enlightenment of sentient beings everywhere on Earth.