When: April 24th - 27th
Location: Festival Grounds
Heath Concerts presents
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Tickets: $49, $44, $39 and $34
Heath Concerts is proud to announce that The Mavericks, the multi award winning country band with Miami roots and the golden voiced Cuban lead singer Raul Malo, bring their reunion tour to the beautiful Lensic PAC Wed. March 20!
“It took life for us to get to this point – Everybody was so free.
From the first notes, it sounded like an explosion of sound; We went where the songs took us with a singularity of purpose. We came in to make music as grown-ups, to make music as men.”
-- Raul Malo, lead singer of The Mavericks
The Mavericks are back. The country-steeped garage band with a Cuban American lead singer, emerged from Miami with their sultry debut that was equal parts innocence, intensity and vintage influences. But time has a way of melting when you’re busy living life – and two decades has passed since their polyrhythmic brand of post- modern country has given the world “All You Ever Do Is Bring Me Down,” “Here Comes The Rain” and “Dance The Night Away.”
With their new album, time melts once again and the band that defied definitions, blurred genres and made everybody feel good, is back. The "most interesting band in the world" has captured the infectious energy and robust sound from their LIVE shows on their first release on The Valory Music Co., IN TIME. Whether it’s the Buck Owens- influenced “Dance In The Moonlight,” the panoramic Orbison-esque noir “Back In Your Arms Again” or Tejano-esque “All Over Again,” the Mavericks have once again found the way to make soul music and sole music.
For Malo, the lead singer with the rich supple voice that’s second to only Roy Orbison in its ability to convey lonesome, desire and vivre; drummer Paul Deakin and multi-instrumentalist Robert Reynolds; as well as longtime collaborator keyboardist Jerry Dale McFadden and seasoned guitarist Eddie Perez, life has made them richer in terms of experience, playing acumen and a sense of their own musicality. It has also deepened the connection between them in a way that heightens the singular chemistry that made the Grammy-winning band one of the most exciting
“Maybe the space has given us a sense not of how, but more what can happen when we come together,” says Deakin, whose spent the years apart balancing master- level carpentry with touring with David Meade and Jason White. “Just being there, and experiencing it, you don’t think about it. But there is definitely something when you get Raul, Robert, Eddie, Jerry Dale and I in a room that’s more…"
“And the way this record happened: it really fostered the passion, the urgency and the hyper-listening of being in tune with each other. It’s a way of being in tune we don’t have with anyone else.”
Ironic, since other than a disjointed album seven years ago, the Mavericks had gone their separate ways. Through happenstance, serendipity and a collective convergence of the cosmos, the band members found themselves entertaining the notion of some live shows for major festivals, then the idea of recording emerged.
Seven years had passed; they’d barely spoken, hadn’t been in the same room. Hadn’t given the band more than a passing thought, because what’s done is done. But the Mavericks had never been conventional. Indeed, with the passage of time, their legend grew and wherever the principles went, the question of reuniting seemed to grow exponentially.
“I’d always dismissed the people who asked (about The Mavericks) as just holding onto the past,” laughs Malo. “A moment in their lives, some notion that was more fantasy than fact. But the years past, I kept making music and it never died – those questions.
“Finally, a friend was visiting family in Virginia, a year or so ago, and they were sitting close enough to the bandstand, the players heard them talking about us. Without saying a word, that band played three Mavericks songs without missing a beat. When does that happen?” So the man who feared re-treading what was and diminishing the potency of the multiple CMA and ACM Group of the Year’s legacy began to rethink whether there was more music to be made.
“It’s funny,” says Perez, whose made music with Chris Shiflett of the Foo Fighters, Dwight Yoakam, Miranda Lambert, George Straight, Lee Ann Womack and Raul as a solo artist. “It was maybe to some dates, then sure let’s do it let’s make a record.’ It just snow-balled, because I think every one of these guys lives to make music, and together, they all know they’re like nothing else.”