July 4 Promises To Be Best Fest Ever

            SOCORRO, N.M. June 25, 2012 – The 20th annual Fourth of July celebration on the New Mexico Tech campus may be the best one yet – so arrive early to stake out a site for you and your family in the grassy area north of Macey Center.


Al Hurricane and Al Hurricane Jr. return to Socorro for the July 4th Celebration.


Organizers have really pulled out all the stops, with a Wild West extravaganza, hours of good-time dance music, Sousa marches, jazz and martial arts demonstrations, plenty to eat and drink, water slides and other activities for kids – and, of course, a spectacular fireworks show.

Events begin at 11 a.m. and end with the aerial display after sunset, where there’s campus parking, lots of dance space, grass, shade trees and sunshine – all free of charge.

“We’ve got quite an entertainment lineup up this year, and we’ve gotten the word out early this year,” said Ronna Kalish, director of New Mexico Tech’s Performing Arts Series, a key sponsor in partnership with the City of Socorro and the EMRTC research division, and special assistance from New Mexico Tech Facilities and Econo Lodge.

“With the fourth falling on a Wednesday this year, there’s a chance the all-day event is going to attract out-of-town visitors as well as the local families that have supported it over the years,” she said. “Socorro is centrally located, and our holiday party has something for just about every taste – and lots of things to keep the kids busy and entertained.”

Variety is the cornerstone of each and every Fourth of July community celebration since Kalish organized the first one in 1993, and this year is no exception.

When it comes to event entertainment, Kalish is a performance matchmaker, mixing well known headliners with local favorites and “something new” to create a seamless stream of entertainment.

That “something new” comprises talented and diverse entertainers making their first appearance in Socorro:

  • Dr. Buck’s Wild West Show, featuring six-gun spinning, bullwhip action and Old West magic, among its many-faceted repertoire;
  • The Squash Blossom Boys with their repertoire of bluegrass, swing and old-time dance music; and
  • El Gringo, a Los Lunas-based musician who sings Spanish, country and rock, having learned Spanish from vaqueros on his family’s El Paso ranch.

And, back by popular demand, are the ranking father and son showmen of New Mexico, none other than the iconic Al Hurricane and Al Hurricane Jr.

Local non-profit groups will be selling picnic fare, soft drinks and bottled water; and a barbecue buffet will be set up by Chartwells, New Mexico Tech’s food service provider.

The entertainment starts at 11 a.m., when Eileen Comstock leads the Socorro Community Band in a series of Sousa marches and other “school band” favorites, followed by martial arts demonstrations from Bokary Maiga’s students of Socorro Martial Arts, to the splendid jazz standards of local band Jazz Menage, fronted vocally by Francie Deters, with John Weber on guitar, Tom Hunt on saxophone and clarinet and a variety of other great Socorro and New Mexico Tech musicians.

A dance band popular statewide and certainly one of Socorro’s all-time favorites, The Remedy, led by Carlo Chavez, is back this year to close out the show.

The stage show, that is – the night show will take place in the sky at dark.

In the meantime, let’s meet the entertainers!