The Carnivaleros

Dates


Top Photo: Rex Scofield

We're taking a hiatus with the full band until Fall 2020 while we tinker in the studio...in the meantime, we've lined up a bunch of kick-ass dates with the trio!


Wednesday, January 15, 2020
Carnivaleros Trio!

Public Brewhouse
7-9pm
209 N Hoff Ave
Tucson, AZ | 520-775-2337


Tuesday, February 11, 2020
Carnivaleros Trio!

Tucson Hop Shop
6-8pm
3230 N. Dodge Blvd
Tucson, AZ | 520-908-7765


Wednesday, February 19, 2020
Carnivaleros Trio!

Public Brewhouse
7-9pm
209 N Hoff Ave
Tucson, AZ | 520-775-2337


Tuesday, February 25, 2020
Carnivaleros Trio – Mardi Gras!

The Parish
2-4pm
6453 N. Oracle Rd
Tucson, AZ | 520-797-1233


Wednesday, February 26, 2020
Carnivaleros Trio!

Monterey Court
6:30-9pm
505 W. Miracle Mile
Tucson, AZ | 520-207 2429


Tuesday, March 10, 2020
Carnivaleros Trio!

Tucson Hop Shop
6-8pm
3230 N. Dodge Blvd
Tucson, AZ | 520-908-7765


Wednesday, March 18, 2020
Carnivaleros Trio with
Joe Fanning sitting in for Billy!

Public Brewhouse
7-9pm
209 N Hoff Ave
Tucson, AZ | 520-775-2337


Sat & Sun, April 11 & 12, 2020
With Gary Mackender, Joe Fanning, & Karl Hoffmann

Arizona Folklore Preserve Concert Series
2-4pm each day
Click here for directions
Sierra Vista, AZ | 520-378-6165


Tuesday, April 14, 2020
Carnivaleros Trio!

Tucson Hop Shop
6-8pm
3230 N. Dodge Blvd
Tucson, AZ | 520-908-7765


Wednesday, April 15, 2020
Carnivaleros Trio!

Public Brewhouse
7-9pm
209 N Hoff Ave
Tucson, AZ | 520-775-2337


Thursday, April 23, 2020
Carnivaleros Trio!

Monterey Court
6:30-9pm
505 W. Miracle Mile
Tucson, AZ | 520-207 2429


Wednesday, May 20, 2020
Carnivaleros Trio!

Public Brewhouse
7-9pm
209 N Hoff Ave
Tucson, AZ | 520-775-2337


Thursday, June 4, 2020
Carnivaleros Trio!

Tap & Bottle
8-10pm
403 N 6th Ave
Tucson, AZ | 520-344-8999


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