The first SocorroFest was in October of 2003, and since then the event has grown into one of Socorro’s most anticipated fall season events.
This year is no different. From Friday night through Saturday night, “let your heart sing and toes tap” to great music at the historic Plaza, Capitol Bar and Sourdough Mine Restaurant stages. There’ll be no shortage of food and drink with a Spirits Tent and multiple food vendors.
“Socorro is the place to be the first weekend in October with all that’s going on in town, and the Plaza Gazebo is where it all comes together Saturday night in one huge blast,” said Ronna Kalish, SocorroFest co-organizer.
New for this year is the Chile Cook-off Fundraiser for Socorro Storehouse, featuring Socorro's own locally grown chile. And classic car aficionados get a chance to check out the array of low riders as part of the Low-Rider Show'n'Shine Car Show.
As for the lineup of live music this year, in Kalish’s words, “People will definitely be dancing in the streets!”
Friday night The Tori Murrillo Band takes the gazebo stage at 8 p.m.
That’s after Tuesdays @ Two warms up the crowd to kick off SocorroFest at 6 p.m.
Saturday brings a full day of entertainment, capped with music of the Eagles.
“This is going to be an absolutely fabulous experience for anyone and everyone who loves the adventure of an outdoor concert featuring such an outstanding group as Hotel California,” she said, referring to the headlining band Hotel California: A Salute to the Eagles.
At 8 p.m. Saturday night, pack up for a trip down a dark desert highway...feel cool wind in your hair, with Eagles music. No matter where they are or where they go, Hotel California draws scores of fans, young and old from far and wide, partly based on the enduring popularity of The Eagles, whose Grammy Award-winning sounds personified a generation in 1980s America.
“SocorroFest will be the second time Hotel California comes to town,” Kalish said, explaining that the group’s first appearance was through New Mexico Tech’s Performing Arts Series (PAS), of which Kalish is director.
The concert presents an exciting showcase of Eagles’ mega-hits such as “Take it Easy,” “Heartache Tonight,” and “Hotel California,” as well as newer releases “Get Over It” and “Love will Keep Us Alive.” The group also performs select titles from the solo works of Don Henley, Glen Frey, and Joe Walsh.
This timeless music appeals to audiences of all ages, bringing back memories and touching the hearts of every generation.
“This group is not just a cover band for Eagles hits,” she said. “There are similar touring bands, but the musicians and support crew for Hotel California, and the incredible show they put on all over the country, are the real deal.”
The all-girl trio Jeez Laweez performs at 2 p.m. It’s said, “This fun and fabulous all-girl trio bends the rules with a batch of smart-alecky originals so tangy they'll make your mouth water. Follow that up with tasty interpretations from Elvis Costello to Leonard Cohen to David Bowie and Bach again.”
Then at 3:30 p.m. is a performance by New Mexico native, Gonzalo, who records and performs traditional Spanish music.
“Gonzalo is one of those entertainers who is much in demand,” Kalish said. “His schedule is unbelievably busy, and the SocorroFest committee is just really excited that he’ll be performing here for the very first time.”
Gonzalo has often credited Al Hurricane for taking him under his wing as he learned the ropes of the music business – and, fortunately for the young singer, Gonzalo learned them from a revered master of the stage. His most recent album is “A Tribute to the Songs of Antonio Aguilar.” Aguilar was a Mexican singer, actor, songwriter, equestrian, film producer and screenwriter, best known for singing traditional Mexican folk songs, known as “rancheras,” and ballads, called “corridos.”
Gonzalo has received six Los 15 Grandes De Nuevo Mexico Awards and 24 New Mexico Hispano Music Awards. Born and raised in Las Vegas, Gonzalo is a norteño, a word related to an area of the state defined by both geography and culture.
The ever-popular Blue Monday hits the Gazebo stage at 6 p.m. as warm-up to “Hotel California.”
SocorroFest is presented by New Mexico Tech’s Performing Arts Series and the City of Socorro. And don’t forget OktoberFest at the Hammel Museum, with food, beer and music from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. this Saturday, as well as the bi-annual opening of the Trinity Site, and the Very Large Array First Saturday Tours.