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2019 Fiesta Entertainment

Truth or Consequences Fiesta Entertainment 2019

Saturday May 4

IRON CHIWAWA

The Iron Chiwawa Band will kick off the musical entertainment on Saturday, May 4, in Ralph Edwards Park for this year’s TorC Fiesta from 12 to 2 p.m. The popular Albuquerque based band has become a musical favorite at the Fiesta bringing old time Rock N’ Roll to life with enthusiasm and a quiet reverence for the past that it embodies. The band really fine-tunes their chops on classic hits of the ‘50s, ‘60s, and ‘70s. John, Tommy, Chris and Jim formed the popular Iron Chiwawa Band in 2004 to feature blues, funk, and rock & roll music for all to enjoy. The band is excited to be returning to the TorC Fiesta to perform for their many fans here. Iron Chiwawa will take you back in time as they perform all your classic favorites plus some original material. Enjoy a blast from the past during this year’s Fiesta while treating your ears to the music of the Iron Chiwawa Band.
iron chiwawa

FRONTIER LEGENDS

See Famous Frontier Legends during FIESTA! Doc Holliday, Big Nose Kate, Wyatt Earp, Johnny Ringo, Ike Clanton and The Cowboys. Billy The Kid too? It’s Wild West Comedy in The Park and at The Geronimo Springs Museum All Day Saturday. Have a Rip Roarin’ Good Time and a Barrel of Laughs! We Promise NOT TO SHOOT HECKLERS. Then again, Doc says, “Your Fate May Be in His Hands.” See Frontier Legends at Geronimo Springs Museum immediately following the Parade and all afternoon long in Ralph Edwards Park. They will be performing during the break between each musical act.
Frontier Legends

BALLET FOLKLORICO ALFARO

The colorful and popular youth dance group from El Paso, Texas , Ballet Folklorico Alfaro will be performing in Ralph Edwards Park during the 2019 TorC FIESTA from 2:15 to 3 p.m., Saturday May 4.
Ballet Folklorico

SAWMILL CANYON

This Bluegrass band is the latest project of Sierra County’s very own “Singing Sheriff”, Glenn Hamilton. During his travels to many of the regional Bluegrass Festivals, Glenn and wife Monika would often meet up with the members of this group for weekend jam sessions. These enthusiasts are among some of the finest Bluegrass musicians in the Southwest region and have a combined 50 plus years of experience playing in this genre. Sheriff Glenn Hamilton is an accomplished mandolin and guitar player and more than handles his share of the lead vocals. His influences range from the Stanley Brothers to Larry Sparks with an emphasis on the more traditional sound. Monika Hamilton, affectionately referred to as the “Heart Beat”, keeps the group in line on the Up-right Bass. Her award winning harmonies put the icing on the cake and are truly a delight to the ear. On Banjo is Las Cruces resident and retired Lockheed-Martin “Rocket Scientist”, Kent Nelson. (Who said you have to be “cross-eyed and toothless” to play a Banjo?) He is one of the finest Banjo players in southern New Mexico and can play the styles of Ralph Stanley, Earl Scruggs and JD Crowe, all within the same song if necessary. In addition to his fine banjo pickin’, Kent will join in on the harmony line from time to time and add that special something that can only be described as, “High-Lonesome Bluegrass”. He can often be seen playing in Las Cruces with many of the local Bluegrass musicians that the area holds. On “Dobro”, a California native who also calls Las Cruces his home, is “Jerry” Szostak. He gained his expertise on the California Bluegrass scene during the 80’s where he mentored a young Dobro player whom he affectionately referred to as, “Little Robbie”. Little Robbie has now grown up and is more commonly known as, Rob Ikes, 14-time IBMA Dobro player of the year. Jerry however didn’t teach Rob everything, he saves the best stuff for his current performances and can also be seen playing with many of the Las Cruces Bluegrass musicians as well. On guitar and vocals is Howard Blevins a California native and now a resident of Whitesignal, New Mexico. Howard began playing professionally during the mid-70’s with his band, “The Cream of Kentucky” and later joined the team of Joe and Rick Vincent, the cousins of the “First lady of Bluegrass”, Rhonda Vincent. He is often referred to as the Bluegrass encyclopedia by the group and has forgotten more songs than most of us will ever know. If you are a fan of the traditional Bluegrass sound, then don’t miss this opportunity to hear Sawmill Canyon carry on the time-honored tradition that Bill Monroe began almost a century ago. Their intricate musicianship and tight harmonies will take you back to a more simple time in our nation’s history when a hard day’s work was finished off with the family gathering on the front porch to play the tunes Grandpa taught ‘em. Sawmill Canyon will be performing in Ralph Edwards Park Saturday, May 5 from 5 to 6:30 p.m.
Sawmill Canyon

SONS OF THE RIO GRANDE

For 22 years from 1996 to 2018, Sons of the Rio Grande made their mark as one of New Mexico’s leading Western bands. Strong trio harmony and lively acoustic instrumentation pleased audiences around the state and the region, and their two CDs each won a New Mexico Music Award: Best Folk Song in 2003 for The Spirit & Beauty of the West and Best Western Song in 2010 for Stay in the Saddle. Now officially retired, the full quartet no longer performs. But the band’s two songwriters, Walen Mickey and Rob Croft, still like to cook up new tunes and remember the old ones while they’re at it. You never quite know what you’ll hear from them – Western, Folk, Irish, or Gospel – but it’s sure to be a tuneful celebration of great songs old and new. Sons of the Rio Grande will be appearing in Ralph Edwards Park, Saturday, May 4 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Sons of the Rio Grande

KNIFEWING

Knifewing, a long time favorite for many years at Geronimo Days, will be returning once again to TorC, much to the delight of his many fans. Knifewing will be performing on Saturday, May 4, in Ralph Edwards Park during the 2019 Fiesta, from 5:45 to 6:30 p.m. He looks forward to visiting once again with the many friends he has made here over the past 20 years. Fifty-five million TV viewers witnessed the birth of a new sound in music when Knifewing and his Native American band were featured on national television. His music captures the essence of the Native American culture to take you to another world. Winner of the 1996 White Buffalo Award and the 1995 Native American Pioneer Award, Knifewing was also the 1995 Native American Male Vocalist of the year. Knifewing and his band have been highlighted in major events across the United States and Europe. This Native American song stylist blends traditional Native American music with a contemporary flair to bring you the sound of the future and the spirit of the past.
Knifewing

3 RIVERS

RUDY WOOD, MARK BOLINGER, and JULIA COZBY are singer / songwriters and multi-instrumentalists performing in Southern New Mexico and regionally throughout the Southwest. Their songs recall the Old West, New Mexican skies, and Texas memories–a unique acoustic sound that is a Newgrass-Country-Blues mix of styles elevated by three-part harmonies. Julia plays guitar and dobro. She has previously performed with Slightly Bent, Glenrio, Cozby & Carr, and Tularosa Basin Musicians Union (TBMU). Julia met Rudy Wood in early 2016 while performing with TBMU, a cooperative of singers, songwriters, and local musicians dedicated to writing songs and playing music. Rudy plays the guitar, mandolin, and six-string banjo. Rudy is widely known as “New Mexico’s Favorite Texas Songwriter.” Julia & Rudy started playing music in late 2017 with fellow songwriter Mark Bolinger, who plays harmonica and guitar. They quickly discovered their sound was a great fit with each other’s music–in fact, it turned out the three singer/songwriters fell into three-part harmony easily on many of each other’s songs. The three immediately decided to work together, performing in a group as a “Texas-style song swap” — and chose the name 3 Rivers. As a group and solo artists, they have played the Roswell UFO Festival, Cottonwood Festival, Hot Springs Festival, Tularosa Wine Festival, Inn of the Mountain Gods, Sacred Grounds Coffee & Tea, Heart of the Desert Pistachios and Wine, Patron’s Hall, Tall Pines Beer & Wine, and many, many more. 3 Rivers will be performing in Ralph Edwards Park on Saturday, May 5 from 6:45 to 7:45 p.m. and on Sunday, May 6 from 2:30 to 4 p.m.
3 Rivers

MOODY LITTLE SISTER

Folk/Americana/Soul duo “Moody Little Sister” started in 2010 when an Alaskan gal drove 3000 miles to make her first record with a Portland, Oregon raised record producer. The now, Husband and Wife duo bring together their diverse influences into a captivating collaboration. Rob, from the vintage roots rock scene of Portland Oregon and Naomi, from the wilds of Alaska and old-time, gospel & backwoods music. Now based in Truth or Consequences, New Mexico, the duo’s emergence has finally come, in the resilient landscapes of cactus and tumbleweed. “Moody Little Sister” will be performing in Ralph Edwards Park on Saturday, May 4 from 8 to 9 p.m.
Moody Little Sister

Sunday May 5

ON CALL

Truth or Consequences, New Mexico is home to this group of Bluegrass enthusiasts known locally as, “On Call”. Their motto, “We’ll play for food”, reveals the payment required to book them at your next event. They’ve even turned down paying gigs just to stay true to that belief. A majority of the band members have played professionally in the distant past, but now, “It’s all for fun”. To quote Glenn, “We will never get rich this way but at least we won’t go away hungry”. Their style can be summed up as, “Traditional Bluegrass with an occasional new one thrown in there from time to time”. Why “On Call” you ask? Well, several members of the original band members were Public Safety and First Responders, and they were litterally, “On Call”. Now the group is headed up by Sierra County’s very own “Singing Sheriff”. The band usually has a fairly steady schedule, playing for all sorts of private and public gatherings in between calls for emergency services. In March of 2010, the group had the distinct honor of opening for the Traveling History Exibit produced by the Smithsonian Museums titled, “The New Harmonies Music Series” and won the “Bluegrass Band” contest that same year during the annual Santa Fe Old Time and Traditional Bluegrass Music Festival. Though they enjoy an ardent local following, the 2010 Bluegrass Festival at Santa Fe was only their second excursion away from home (they prefer not to talk about the first one when the bus broke down). Since that time several of the band’s members have continued to bring home music awards from Bluegrass music festivals held Region wide. Originally formed in 2007, the group consists of, Glenn Hamilton, your local Sheriff on vocals and Mandolin. Long time visitor and part-time resident Arthur Cox on vocals and Banjo. Monika Hamilton, wife of Sheriff Hamilton (and on call more than he is) on vocals and Up-right Bass. Local rancher and investment advisor Sid Savage on vocals and playing that sweet sounding Martin Guitar. Together this group will satisfy even the most discriminating bluegrass ear with its renditions of some of the old favorites that helped to shape this genre of music. If it is a traditional Bluegrass sound you seek, come see this group perform as they are sure to fit the bill! On Call will be performing Sunday, May 6 at Ralph Edwards Park from 12 to 1 p.m.
On Call

ANTONIO REYNA

It would not be Sunday in the Park in TorC without the intoxicating sound of mariachi music, and this year’s Fiesta promises to deliver the best there is. Renown New Mexico artist Antonio Reyna will be returning to TorC again this year to perform on Saturday, May 5, in Ralph Edwards Park from 2 to 3:30 p.m.

A native of Gallup, Antonio was discovered by and guided in his career by Nelson Martinez, former anchorman of KOAT-TV in Albuquerque. He performed for many years with Nelson, including numerous appearances at Geronimo Days in TorC. Those appearances made Antonio a favorite with locals here. Since those early days, Antonio has gone on in his solo career to win award after award, too many to try to mention. He is known world wide as one of the foremost singers alive today of Mariachi and Ranchera Music. One of Antonio’s most popular songs is “Volver” and that is what he continues to do, year after year. He loves coming back to TorC, and we all hope he continues to return for a long time to come. Come out and spend Sunday with Antonio Reyna and celebrate Cinco de Mayo as he entertains with his beautiful Musica de Mejico.
Antonio Reyna

3 RIVERS

RUDY WOOD, MARK BOLINGER, and JULIA COZBY are singer / songwriters and multi-instrumentalists performing in Southern New Mexico and regionally throughout the Southwest. Their songs recall the Old West, New Mexican skies, and Texas memories–a unique acoustic sound that is a Newgrass-Country-Blues mix of styles elevated by three-part harmonies. Julia plays guitar and dobro. She has previously performed with Slightly Bent, Glenrio, Cozby & Carr, and Tularosa Basin Musicians Union (TBMU). Julia met Rudy Wood in early 2016 while performing with TBMU, a cooperative of singers, songwriters, and local musicians dedicated to writing songs and playing music. Rudy plays the guitar, mandolin, and six-string banjo. Rudy is widely known as “New Mexico’s Favorite Texas Songwriter.” Julia & Rudy started playing music in late 2017 with fellow songwriter Mark Bolinger, who plays harmonica and guitar. They quickly discovered their sound was a great fit with each other’s music–in fact, it turned out the three singer/songwriters fell into three-part harmony easily on many of each other’s songs. The three immediately decided to work together, performing in a group as a “Texas-style song swap” — and chose the name 3 Rivers. As a group and solo artists, they have played the Roswell UFO Festival, Cottonwood Festival, Hot Springs Festival, Tularosa Wine Festival, Inn of the Mountain Gods, Sacred Grounds Coffee & Tea, Heart of the Desert Pistachios and Wine, Patron’s Hall, Tall Pines Beer & Wine, and many, many more. 3 Rivers will be performing in Ralph Edwards Park on Saturday, May 5 from 6:45 to 7:45 p.m. and on Sunday, May 6 from 2:30 to 4 p.m.
3 Rivers