Go Fourth and celebrate
Once again, the city of Socorro, the New Mexico Tech Performing Arts Series and Energetic Materials Research and Testing Center have combined resources to throw a day-long celebration of Independence Day on Wednesday.
This day-long fête, just north of Macey Center on the NMT campus, begins at 11 a.m. with the Socorro Community Band’s collection of marching-band classics and sousaphone selections led by Eileen Comstock. This kicks off a long series of musical attractions and performances that will culminate in EMRTC’s annual fireworks display.
After the Community Band, Jazz Menage takes the stage at noon. At the same time, Socorro Martial Arts students will be demonstrating Japanese and Korean martial arts, featuring Taekwondo, Karate and Akido. Unlike previous years, the NMT Martial Arts Club will not have any demonstrations.
When 1 p.m. comes around, a new performance item will take center stage: Dr. Buck’s Wild West Stage Show. Trail Boss Dr. Buck Montgomery is a Hollywood stuntman who has been in films and shows, such as “The Long Riders,” “Back to the Future III” and “Deadwood,” but his live show features six-gun spinning, bullwhip tricks, old west magic and tales and stunts aplenty. His posse includes actors, Hollywood technicians and other old-west performers. Expect several hours of old west entertainment.
At 2 p.m., though, the Squash Blossom Boys from Albuquerque will be performing their unique brand of swing-infused bluegrass. Their particular take on bluegrass and old-fashioned American roots music promises to be just right for dancing.
Next up, at 4 p.m., is Spanish-language singer Shawn Kiehne, known on stage as El Gringo. His music is primarily influenced by traditional Spanish music, but he draws from country and rock as well. He has been seen on Univision, Telemundo, in the New York Times and People magazine.
Al Hurricane and Al Hurricane Jr. are back by popular demand at 6 p.m. Hurricane Sr. has been playing music for 50 years, and Hurricane Jr. has been part of the act for many years.
To round out the musical festivities, local band The Remedy will be playing its tunes at 8:30 p.m. They’ve been playing the Fourth of July Celebration for many years now, so their position as headliners is thoroughly earned. The Remedy plays Spanish music, country, rock and roll and mixtures thereof. According to singer and NMT retiree Carlo Chavez, they are at heart a dance band.
When the sun goes down and The Remedy finishes up its set, EMRTC’s fireworks display will begin. As could be expected from an organization which specializes in explosives and pyrotechnics, EMRTC’s show is noteworthy at least.
“Bring your lawn chairs from home, your coolers, grills, sun shades and plenty of sunscreen,” said NMTPAS director Ronna Kalish. “But leave your fireworks at home.”