The Breckenridge Music Festival welcomes the Cuban grooves and Bakersfield-inspired twang of The Mavericks on July 31.
The Mavericks have created a one-of-a-kind sound that blends elements of rock, Latino, folk, blues, country and more. The band formed in Miami, Florida, in the late-1980s, eventually moving to Nashville and launching what would be a career that featured hits, sold out tours and the creation of a large and loyal fan base. Following a nine-year hiatus, The Mavericks reformed in 2012 going on to release two more highly acclaimed studio albums and tour relentlessly worldwide.
Their recently released and politically charged music video for the song “Brand New Day” is what Rolling Stone Magazine calls “the midpoint between political activism and performance art. The eclectic band challenges a toxic political environment with community and positivity.”
The video features dancers whose limbs are intertwined with one another and have words painted on their bodies such as racism, homophobia, xenophobia and sexism.
Frontman and vocalist for The Mavericks, Raul Malo says that “‘Brand New Day’ expresses how we feel about the journey we’re on, as a band, as a family, as a nation, as a world. Now more than ever, we’re going to need to be more compassionate, more understanding, more loving than ever before.”
Malo spoke to Rolling Stone earlier this year about the political environment in America, “I know this sounds idealistic and perhaps unrealistic, but I’m not one of those guys who thinks we’re at the end of the world. But we do have to be vigilant, and if we have to protest and stand up for what we believe in, we will. I’m confident in the American people and in democracy in general. Maybe this is a wakeup call that we so need.”
According to the band’s website, The Mavericks were founded more than 25 years ago by Malo and drummer, Paul Deakin as a standout alternative band in a Miami rock scene dominated by hair metal and punk. After getting discovered in the mid-’90s in Nashville, their genre defying career moved them to Tennessee where they won numerous CMA and MCA awards, plus a Grammy in 1995.
Malo speaks of all the cultural influences that have come to play throughout his career, “I live in Nashville, but I’m still as Cuban as if I was in Miami. But American music is such a beautiful landscape, and there are so many things to draw from. As a Latino, you’re trying to assimilate into this culture, and you’re taking it all in, and some of it grabs you by the throat and you can’t let go of it. All of it is part of your vocabulary. It’s all Americana, and now more than ever those differences, and that inclusion, need to be celebrated and need to be talked about.”
Find the full 2017 schedule, concert details and pricing online at BreckenridgeMusicFestival.com or call the Riverwalk Center Ticket Office at 970-547-3100.
IF YOU GO:
What: The Mavericks
When: Monday, July 31 at 7:30pm
Where: Riverwalk Center, Breckenridge, Colorado
Cost: $48 advance/$54 day of