RIO RANCHO, N.M. — Local music icons Al Hurricane, son Al Hurricane Jr. and their band will be bringing their popular sound to Bernalillo’s Loretto Park next week at a dance to benefit the town.
This is the second year for the benefit dance, which Mayor Jack Torres initiated in 2011 as a way of raising money for grants and community improvement projects.
Numerous local companies have agreed to help sponsor the event this year, Torres said.
The dance will be held Sept. 7 in the tent that will be erected for the New Mexico Wine Festival this weekend.
Local band Juntos Unidos, which opened for the Hurricanes last year, will again warm up the crowd.
Born Al Sanchez in Dixon, Al Hurricane moved to Albuquerque as a youngster and began playing and singing in Old Town. Hurricane is a nickname that later became the name for his band, a recording label and studio.
Early in his career, he played at the former Coronado Ballroom on Camino del Pueblo, one of the many dance halls that used to exist in Bernalillo.
Al Hurricane’s band is known for its repertoire of cumbias, rancheras and renditions of popular oldies music. The band has traveled throughout the U.S., South America and Spain.