The Carnivaleros


Top Photo: Rex Scofield

We are really looking forward to 2019. We have some very cool dates on the books including, once again, opening for BeauSoleil for the TKMA Fundraiser at El Casino Ballroom, and two most excellent Mardi Gras dates; one in Bisbee and one in Tucson.
You will notice some dates below billed as the Carnivaleros Trio. This is a new thing for smaller venues that will include Gary, Karl, and guitarist Billy Yates, and we'll be digging back into the catalogue with some 'new' material for you. Our debut is Wednesday, January 23 at the Public Brewhouse - see below for details!

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Tap & Bottle
403 N 6th Ave
Tucson, AZ | 520-344-8999

Wednesday, January 23, 2019
The Carnivaleros Trio!

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

Saturday, February 2, 2019
TKMA Fundraiser

Opening for BeauSoleil!
El Casino Ballroom
437 E 26th St
Tucson, AZ

Saturday, March 2, 2019

Mardi Gras at the Bisbee Royale!
94 Main St
Bisbee, AZ | 520-227-6547

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Mardi Gras at Hotel Congress!
Times TBD
311 E Congress St
Tucson, AZ | 520-622-8848

Friday, March 15, 2019
Ides of March Celebration Dance!

Monterey Court Studio Galleries and Cafe
Reservations Recommended
505 W. Miracle Mile Rd
Tucson, AZ | 520-207-2429

Saturday, March 30, 2019
The Carnivaleros Trio!

Catalina Craft Pizza
15930 N Oracle Rd.
Catalina, AZ | 520-825-0140

Friday, April 19, 2019
Full Moon Open Studio Event!

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

Saturday, April 27, 2019
The Carnivaleros Trio!

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

Friday, May 3rd, 2019

Monterey Court Studio Galleries and Cafe
Reservations Recommended
505 W. Miracle Mile Rd
Tucson, AZ | 520-207-2429

Tallsome Tales

"Who are these guys? For starters, they are fronted by accordionist/vocalist Gary Mackender (well, he also plays drums, percussion, and additional keyboards), and featuring bassist Karl Hoffmann, drummer Les Merrihew, and guitarist/fretmaster Joe Fanning, plus a slew of Tucson kith and kin pitching in (backing vocalist Bjorgvin Benediktsson is also now listed as being an additional guitarist). Together, the stir up a giant melting pot of sonic chorizo gumbo that will leave you demanding encores. Or second helpings, take your pick.

Indeed, from the noirish polka pop of “The Die Was Cast” and the surreal, Tom Waitsian hectic blues of “Liquor, Vice, and Sin” to the sensual spaghetti western romance that is “Belinda Bonita” and the outrageous Los Lobos-meets-Little Feat “Justified Fitting End” (which should be turned into a crime novel – check out the lyrics here), Tallsome Tales is a guaranteed party starter. This group effortlessly bridges genres and thwarts preconceptions, period." - Fred Mills, Blurt Online, April, 2018

Dreams Are Strange

"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