Hurricanes Forecast July Fourth
Wouldn’t you like to listen and dance to New Mexico’s favorite Hurricanes?
“Consider coming to Socorro for the Fourth,” said Ronna Kalish, director of Tech’s Performing Arts Series (PAS) and event organizer. “This is our twenty-second year coordinating the Fourth of July celebration, and we’ve learned a lot over the years.”
Food, beverage and other vendors moved to a larger area able to accommodate a bigger tent and more booths. Kalish and company also have tried to “give the fans what they want,” and that means lots of family options, such as water slides and balloon jump, a traditional barbecue and first-rate entertainment.
“A Fourth of July in Socorro wouldn’t be complete without a Hurricane or two,” Kalish said. “The Performing Arts Series and co-sponsor, the City of Socorro, are pleased to announce the return of the always entertaining Al Hurricane and Al Hurricane Jr..” bers of Clan Tynker will perform a stage show of magic, juggling, stunts, music and comedy followed by a stroll through the crowd, delighting both kids and adults with stilts, high-rise tricycles, magic and a few old-time Vaudeville routines.
First in the music lineup at 1 PM are Socorro favorites, Stasia Kerkmans on vocals and guitar, and Mariam Funke on lead guitar, performing classic country, folk and blues. Spanish and rock band Suavecito, led by Anthony Lukesh, takes over at 2:15 PM. Other band members are Lorenzo “Porky” Valenzuela on vocals, Anthony’s dad Carl Lukesh on lead guitar, and David Luna on sax. Returning again this year is “El Gringo,” otherwise known as Shawn Kiehne, a Los Lunasbased musician who sings Spanish, country and rock.
Back by popular demand are the ranking father and son showmen of New Mexico, Al Hurricane and Al Hurricane Jr.. The Hurricanes are event headliners scheduled for 6PM.
One of Socorro’s all-time favorites, The Remedy, led by rhythm guitarist and lead vocalist Carlo Chavez, is back this year to close the show.
At dusk, around 9:30, the pyrotechnical experts at NM Tech’s Energetic Materials Research and Testing Center (EMRTC) will put on their own show. “As always, we ask that people not bring their own fireworks to campus. Bring your lawn chairs...and plenty of sunscreen, but leave your fireworks...”
So make a day of it and stay the night at any one of the city’s fine lodging. And don’t forget the lawn chairs!