The Carnivaleros


Photo: Rex Scofield

We had a terrific run of CD release gigs this spring. Now we're on our summer hiatus until fall kicks in. In the meantime, check out our podcasts with an episode of every song on Tallsome Tales, our 6th release. See you soon!

Friday, September 14, 2018

St. Charles Tavern
1632 S 4th Ave
South Tucson, AZ | 520-888-5925

Friday, September 21, 2018

Santa Cruz County Fair
3142 S. Highway 83
Sonoita, AZ | 520-455-5553

Monday, September 24, 2018
Open Studio Full Moon Party!

Metal Arts Village
3230 N Dodge Blvd
Tucson, AZ | 520-975-9792

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Film Fest Tucson Wrap Party
The Owls Club
236 S Scott Ave
Tucson, AZ | 520-207-5678

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Public Brewhouse
209 N Hoff Ave
Tucson, AZ | 520-775-2337

Dreams Are Strange Review Tidbits

"Dreams are Strange is the band’s fifth release, and every Carnivaleros CD is excellent, that much goes without saying, an intoxicating mixture of roots musics of all brands: zydeco, folk, Appalachian, Tex-Mex, swing, and, yep, even waltzes, though Big Louie and the Versailles Court would never recognize the lattermost incarnation here, I’m pretty damn sure. More, each disc is better than what preceded it. That alone should supply the band with ample reason to…cut it the hell out!! This is Earth, we’re allowed only just so much above our station, and then have to shuffle off the coil, so don’t force the envelope! The listener is advised to afterwards listen to The Osmonds, The Archies, or The Bangles as penance for having tasted of Eden and the apple." - Mark S. Tucker, VERITAS VAMPIRUS, Issue 1,196, April, 2016

"The band keeps a steady rhythm up on drums, bass, banjo, and other strings as The Carnivaleros make their way over “Hesitation Bridge” across thickly woven riffs and rhythms. The beat huffs a gypsy thump to welcome “Mamie Eisenhower” as “Tumacori” drifts on a dry desert breeze while a jazz shuffle dances in “Donna’s Song” and “Time Traveling” coasts on a percussive rumble." - Danny McCloskey, The Alternate Root, April 21, 2016

“Gary Mackender…has crafted something so different in Dreams Are Strange that it defies any of the usual cliches or comparisons we reviewers so often rely upon. The melding of banjo and accordion alone probably goes against every sensibility and accepted musical convention known to mankind and yet it works in most wondrous ways. Adding (Heather) Hardy’s haunting violin to some of these tunes, ‘Donna’s Song’ in particular, is more than enough to make one sit up and notice." - Jim Lipson, Zocalo Magazine, May 2016