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Al Hurricane Jr.

SANTA FE, N.M. — In case you haven’t noticed, the Fiesta de Santa Fe has added a real star to its music schedule this year.

On the first day of Fiesta weekend – Friday, Sept. 6 – Al Hurricane Jr. will perform on the Plaza stage. He’s set to play from 8-10 p.m.

Hurricane Jr., of course, is a New Mexico music legend who is the son of a legend, Al Hurricane.

“We’ve got some good musicians in the band now,” he told the Journal earlier this year. “We’ve got some young musicians, and they’re keeping the traditions alive also, playing the songs and learning the songs. It’s a lot of fun, so we just want to go out there and have a lot of fun.”

Hurricane Jr. is unsure how the term “New Mexico music” came about, but knows it is something that has been a part of him his entire life.

“It’s just something I grew up with,” he said. “It got labeled New Mexico music. I don’t remember how that happened. When you let other people hear it, they think it’s like Tejano, kind of, but it’s not Tejano. It is music that is native here.”

His show, like all the Fiesta music Friday, Saturday and Sunday next weekend, is free.

MILL FEST FUN: There’s still time to check out the annual Cleveland Mill Fest in Cleveland, near Mora.

The Cleveland Roller Mill

The historic Cleveland Roller Mill, a 3-story adobe, water-powered flour mill, alone is worth the scenic drive up from Las Vegas, N.M.

But the fest, which continues today (Sunday Sept. 1) from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., adds 60 artists, baked goods, dance exhibitions and continuous musical entertainment. The mill itself will be in continuous operation.

The mill is on N.M. 518 two miles northwest of Mora. Parking and general admission to the festival grounds is $3 per carload; $1 for walk-ins from Highway 518. Museum admission is free for kids under 12, $3 for teens up to 18 and $5 for adults, $6 for guided tours. For a schedule and other information, call 575-387-2645 or go to

HISTORY OF HISPANO MUSIC: Another Fiesta event this week takes place at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 4, at the New Mexico History Museum off the Plaza at 113 Lincoln Ave.

The annual Historical Lecture is titled “Alabados, Alabanzas, Inditas and Corridos: Enduring Hispanic Music of New Mexico.”

State Historian Rob Martinez will discuss New Mexico history and culture through music, presenting song forms that date back centuries.

“The history of Hispano music allows us to better understand the emotional backdrop of those generations of New Mexicans who lived, loved and dealt with strife in Santa Fe and New Mexico through the centuries,” says the museum’s promo for the talk.

Admission is free, but donations are welcome. For information, call, 476-5200.


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