Merry-Achi in Socorro brings memories, heritage to life

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In 2002 Les Torres brought together a Merry-Achi Christmas in Socorro.

Memories of his mother’s love for music inspired him to bring an old-school event to town. Torres’ mom grew up in San Pedro, N.M. and he remembers how much joy the Sunshine Special radio show would bring her when he was a child.

Courtesy photo: Mariachi Aguilas

He listened to the women working in the household humming along and watched the joy it brought their faces.

Torres wanted to bring back the pageantry and excitement of the mariachi tradition for those who remember it and to introduce it to those who have not had the opportunity.

“I did it for 8 years straight and didn’t do it for three years,” Torres said. “A lot of people came asking me to do it again.”

The show, taking place at the Macey Center Dec. 21 at 7 p.m., will feature both local performers and performers from across New Mexico.

From Southern New Mexico, Mariachi Aguilas will play, and 17-year-old mariachi star Alan Ponce is the headline act.

In addition to featuring traditional Mariachi singers and groups there are Christmas stories with local children and the Castro family of trick ropers squeezed into the busy show schedule.

Master of ceremonies for the event is Darlene Torres who also sings in several of the pieces. Victoria Murillo and Leanne Jojola are also familiar local faces and voices participating.

“There is such a variety going on,” Torres said. “Before you know it, the end of the show is here.”