The Carnivaleros


Photo: Joe Townend

Thurday, October 5, 2017
Full Moon Open Studio Event!

Metal Arts Village & Tucson Hop Shop
3230 N. Dodge Blvd.
Tucson, AZ | 520-908-7765

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Oracle Patio Cafe
Reservations Recommended!
270 American Avenue
Oracle, AZ | 520-896-7615

Friday, October 13, 2017

Patagonia Fall Festival
Patagonia, AZ | 520-345-4172

Saturday, October 14, 2017

2nd Saturdays Downtown
Time TBD
Tucson, AZ

Friday, October 20, 2017

Monterey Court
505 W. Miracle Mile
Tucson, AZ | 520-207-2429

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