What: The annual Christmas Mariachi concert, headlining Reynaldo Maestas with special guest Romano Enrique, a professional mariachi from Spain who is Reynaldo’s cousin, along with Mariachi Tenampa, New Mexico’s premiere mariachi group, and the Baila, Baila Dancers. The show was sponsored by Quay Council for Arts and Humanities, Mesalands Community College and the Elks’ Lodge.
How it all went down: It started with traditional Spanish language oldies and two couples dancing traditional Mexican ballet folklorico. The Christmas portion began with Silver Bells to a mariachi beat and ended with a medley of traditional holiday songs, including the catchy Feliz Navidad. The grand finale was a traditional Spanish song called Volver, Volver. “It means ‘to return back’ and we closed with it because we hope to return,” Maestas said.
Who stole the show: Dressed all in white, the show’s producer, Maestas himself, was a crowd-pleasing announcer and romantic ballad singer. One little girl in the audience said she was waiting for the autograph of the “the white man,” meaning Maestas, the man dressed in white.
What the crowd said: They could have said a lot, since there were about 650 people in attendance. QCS nabbed one of them. “It was awesome to have something especially about our culture. It made me feel like dancing,” said Tucumcari’s Christina Benavidez.
-Compiled by Martha Frost, QCS staff writer