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Mariachi Block Party

September 26, 2021 @ 1:00 pm

Dr. Lorenzo Trujillo and The Southwest Musicians

The CBMF is excited to partner with the Gunnison Arts Center to host this Mariachi Block Party! You are invited to sip margaritas and enjoy the music! Celebrate the amazing art form that is Mariachi! CBMF’s mariachi celebrations are legendary.

To learn more, watch videos, and listen to recordings of Lorenzo Trujillo and the Southwest Musicians click here!

This event will take place rain or shine, in the case of inclement weather, please dress appropriately.

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For the past six years, Lorenzo Trujillo has been the mariachi teacher at Metropolitan State University where he teaches and directs the mariachi ensemble and the Mariachi Los Correcaminos de MSU Denver.  However, for the past 35 years, he has directed the Southwest Musicians presenting traditional Southern Colorado and Northern New Mexico music and dance.

The Southwest Musicians were established in 1986 from a family group of traditional singers, musicians and dancers of Southwest Indo-Hispano 1840’s music and dance (Northern New Mexico & Southern Colorado).  The tunes they play have been passed down generation to generation from family members.  Their recordings and concerts have gained regional recognition for authenticity and historical relevance.  Over the decades older members have passed on and younger members have joined to continue the traditions of presenting, teaching and preserving these traditional arts.

Lorenzo Trujillo is the director of the Southwest Musicians.  He was awarded the 1996 Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts, acknowledging his work as a folk violinist, guitarist, and vocalist, among his other accomplishments as a musician, ethnic dancer, folklorist, arts administrator, and culture bearer for approximately five decades.  He was awarded funding from the National Endowment for the Arts as a performing artist in 1976.  In 2004, he was awarded the Hilos Culturales Distinguished Traditional Folk Artist Premio for his lifetime contributions to the traditional Hispanic traditions of Southern Colorado and New Mexico.  Dr. Trujillo has presented thousands of concerts, lecture demonstrations, and has published extensively in traditional music and dance of the Southwest United States over the past 50 years.  He has recorded and performed for television, radio and on numerous CDs.  In 2009, he was inducted into the Colorado Chicano Music Hall of Fame and in 2011 he was presented with the Tesoro Cultural Center’s Tesoro de Oro Award.  His most popular CD is: The Golden Age of the Southwest: From 1840 to Hollywood.

Over the years, he has been fortunate to play folk, classical, and liturgical music.  Trujillo has been teaching the dances of the 1840’s in Colorado and New Mexico (waltzes, polkas, schottisches, redondos, cuadrillas, and other styles).  In recent years, he and members of the Southwest Musicians have been fortunate to travel internationally on concert tours to Italy, Peru, and Baja California, Mexico.

This unique troupe of artists representing both Colorado and New Mexico are: Billy Archuleta (guitar and vocals) of Des Montes, New Mexico, Scott Mathis (guitarron and mandolin) of Albuquerque, New Mexico, Linda Askew (guitar and vocals) of Albuquerque, New Mexico, Ben Alires (guitar and vocals) of Brighton, Colorado, Cathy Skokan (violin) and Lorenzo Trujillo (violin and vocals) of Colorado.  The dancers are Virginia Ortiz of Pueblo, Colorado and Ben Guerrero of Pueblo, Colorado.  Each musician and dancer have a lifelong history presenting the traditions of Colorado and New Mexico.


September 26, 2021
1:00 pm
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Gunnison Arts Center
102 S Main St.
Gunnisons, CO 81230 United States
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