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A genre bending delight

The Mavericks
The Historic Rialto Theatre
Tucson, AZ
October 6, 2015
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Review and photos by Mary Andrews

The Mavericks are riding high this year with the release of their new album, Mono, and a world tour. The title is in reference to the monaural recordings of the 1950s. The album was recorded in mono sound. The band had gone on a near decade long hiatus that ended two years ago and the new album is the result garnering rave reviews. It is impossible to pigeonhole their genre of music because they blur the lines between country, rock, Latin, soul, jazz, Tex-Mex, and any other style they care to tackle.

The band includes Raul Malo, fronts the band, Paul Deakin on drums, percussion and marimba, Eddie Perez on electric and acoustic guitars, Jerry Dale McFadden on piano, organ, celeste and rubber legs. In addition to the band's core members. The rest of the band included bass, trumpet, saxophone, and accordion players. All were superstars in their own right and each had an opportunity to perform solo to show their strengths.

The band recently took home a well-deserved 2015 Americana Music Award for Duo/Group of the Year! This show was a testimony of why The Mavericks are getting worldwide attention.

The show started with a rollicking festive song from the new album, "All Night Long." And so began the two hour and fifteen minute dance party that only The Mavericks can give. The show continued in locomotive speed for five songs until the group slowed down with Neil Young's "Harvest Moon" to showcase Raul's fine tenor voice. The slower pace did not last long as they slid into the boogie of "The Only Question Is" that showcased the band's accordion and horn section. Within the first few songs of the show, the set list was totally abandoned and the concert took on a life of its own.

The show seemed to crescendo as it continued with more excitement and it was a dancing jubilee that never wore out. Tucson cannot get enough of The Mavericks!
Set List:
1. All Night Long
2. Summertime (When I'm With You)
3. Stories We Could Tell
4. What You Do To Me
5. Fall Apart
6. Harvest Moon (Neil Young cover)
7. The Only Question Is
8. Back In Your Arms Again
9. Lies
10. Born to Be Blue
11. Pardon Me / Give Peace A Chance
12. There Goes My Heart
13. I Should Have Been True
14. What Am I Supposed To Do
15. I Said I Love You
16. I'm Leaving It Up To You
17. Nitty Gritty
18. Guantanamera / Twist and Shout
19. Every Little Thing About You

20. Dance In the Moonlight
21. All Over Again
22. Come Unto Me
23. All You Ever Do Is Bring Me Down

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