Music series features a concert a week in a Las Cruces park. Check out who's on the schedule.

From Staff Reports
Las Cruces Sun-News
Paula Atherton performs for the crowd Saturday, September 4, 2021 during the 2021 Gulf Coast Summer Fest Jazz Edition at Maritime Park.

LAS CRUCES - The Parks & Recreation Department’s 2022 Music in the Park Series begins at 6 p.m. May 29, at Plaza de Las Cruces, 100 N. Main St., with the Mayor’s Jazz Fest.

The Mayor’s Jazz Fest will feature performances by New York based sax player/vocalist and songwriter Paula Atherton, with local jazz musicians, The Windup, opening the show.

The Music in the Park Series continues the following week with shows beginning at 7 p.m., June 5 through Aug. 28. Sunday performances in June and July will be at Young Park, 1905 E. Nevada Ave., and in August at Apodaca Park, 801 E. Madrid Ave.

Thursday Night Music on the Plaza will begin at 7 p.m., July 14, July 21, Aug. 4 and Aug. 18 at Plaza de Las Cruces.

The schedule, times, and locations are subject to change.

The series will include an eclectic mix of performances from local, regional, and nationally recognized artists. Featured performers include Texas rockers Black Heart Saints, party music from Las Cruces band The Ghetto Blaster, Motley 2 tribute to Motley Crue, and New Mexico Music great Al Hurricane Jr.

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The Music in the Park Series highlights the great talent and diversity of Las Cruces, southern New Mexico, and New Mexico music.  Each year more than 70 percent of the scheduled musicians are from the Las Cruces area.

For information on the Music in the Park Series, call the Parks & Recreation Department at 575-541-2550.

This year’s schedule:

Mayor’s Jazz Fest, 6 p.m. Plaza de Las Cruces

  • May 29: Paula Atherton, The Windup (jazz)
Triple Jack from Las Cruces opened the festivities with their reditions of classic rock to get the event started.  Photo taken 7-23-16.

Young Park, 7 p.m. Sundays

  • June 5: Los Pistoleros (variety) and Mariachi Aguilas (mariachi)
  • June 12: Rich Chorne’ (blues, roots) and Soul Shine (R&B, blues, souls, variety)
  • June 19: Black Heart Saints (Texas rock ‘n roll) and Oldies But Goodies (oldies)
  • June 26: Triple Jack (rock, blues, funk) and Truman Provencio (rock, blues, country, reggae)
  • July 10: Rosewater Blues Band (blues, rock) and Guitar Slim (rockin’ blues)
  • July 17: Al Hurricane Jr. (New Mexico music) and Las Muñecas (variety)
  • July 24: Windy City (tribute to Chicago) and Little Moses Jones (R&B, soul) 
  • July 31: Play Me (tribute to Neil Diamond) and NightTimeDrive (neo soul, R&B)

Apodaca Park, 7 p.m. Sundays

  • Aug. 7: Brendan Dawes and Lincoln County Line (country and western)
  • Aug. 14: Power Drive USA and Tequila Nights (variety)
  • Aug. 21: Memphis Band (country) and Double Trouble (country and western)
  • Aug. 28: The Ghetto Blaster (party music) and The Mixx Band (funk, blues, reggae)
The Border Jazz Orchestra, made up of Las Cruces and El Paso musicians, is set to perform during the Music in the Park Series in July. They will perform a combination of different genres from various decades.

Thursday Night Music on the Plaza, 7 p.m.

  • July 14: Border Jazz Orchestra (jazz)
  • July 21: Mariachi Raices De America, featuring Antonio Reyna (mariachi)
  • Aug. 4: Motley 2 (tribute to Motley Crue) and Sloan Armitage (folk, blues, indie rock)
  • Aug. 18: Claudio T Trio (jazz) and Austin Jimmy Murphy (swing, blues)