The Carnivaleros


Photo: Rex Scofield

CD numero six titled Tallsome Tales is in the can! We'll be releasing this gem in March of 2018 starting with a gig at Tap & Bottle, then Monterey Court, La Cocina, and a slew of other great Tucson venues. Hope to see YOU!

Friday, April 6, 2018
CD Release Party!

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

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Goodyear Lakeside Music Festival
Estrella Lakeside Amphitheater
10300 S. Estrella Pkwy.
Goodyear, AZ | 623-935-6384

Saturday, April 21, 2018
CD Release Party!

La Cocina Courtyard
201 N. Court Ave.
Tucson, AZ | 520-622-0351

Saturday, April 28, 2018
CD Release Party!

Triangle L Ranch
2805 N. Triangle L Ranch Road
Oracle, AZ | 520-623-6732

Sunday, April 29, 2018
Full Moon Open Studio Event
and CD Release Party!

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

Saturday, May 5, 2018
Tucson Folk Festival

The Presidio Museum Stage
140 N Main Ave
Tucson, AZ

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