Widely respected as one of the most dynamic live music bands in the country, with a passionately dedicated fan base that embraces their genre-bending eclecticism, The Mavericks will now be returning to the road with an added multi-cultural/bilingual energy added to their musical melting pot.
Soon after the GRAMMY, ACM and CMA winning band recorded their first Spanish language album En Español, the unexpected COVID-19 pandemic interrupted plans to quickly bring these additional high-energy songs to the stage. But now, after a #1 chart debut, extensive best-of-the-year picks from NPR, Rolling Stone, and many more, with both longtime fans and Latin music lovers new to The Mavericks embracing the album, the Miami-born, Nashville-based touring road warriors return. They plan to integrate the highlights of the album’s distinctive take on Latin music classics, as well as new Mavericks originals, into their live set, alongside many of their longtime greatest hits and some unexpected, reverential covers. A sure highlight of these new live set additions will be perfect summer song “Por Ti (Yo Quiero Ser)” – an up-tempo, horn extravaganza from the band’s just released En Español Edicion Deluxe album.
DANCE ALERT: The Mavericks show is a veritable party. Audience participation at this event may include standing and dancing.
“The Mavericks are capable of doing everything from rock & roll to Tex-Mex to jazz & soul … a breathtaking collective that can do anything – everything, really – better than the rest. … The big band sound of the … wildly eclectic group … is an earthy but globetrotting place … [It’s impossible] not to get up and dance.” — Rolling Stone
“The Mavericks are a stomping, rowdy band that mix country, Latin, and rock & roll, creating the kind of music that makes you want to get off your ass and celebrate life while you still can.” — Vice
“The Mavericks are America’s greatest live dance band … Even if you’re dance-challenged, it’s hard to resist moving your hips, feet or arms to the infectious rhythms of the Mavericks whether the vibe is Mexican, tango, R&B, rock, blues, country, western swing or unclassifiable. Listing the highlights … of their outstanding concerts … is like writing out the entire set list” — Minneapolis Star Tribune
“This is one of America’s sharpest bands … whose sound is synonymous with a good time… a wild, woolly and wonderful showcase of the group’s singular, irresistible style. Traversing the breadth of their eclectic, genre-blind catalog [and] the velvet-wrapped, honey-dipped, bourbon-soaked voice belonging to Raul Malo, which wraps itself lovingly around lyrics full of feeling. To hear the singer croon, is to witness one of music’s most life-affirming spectacles. … When the Mavericks lock into an irresistible groove, the band seems to be speaking to one another — and to the audience — through their instruments; sizzling guitar licks, piano runs and squeezebox solos abounding … a melting pot musical extravaganza making America’s concert venues shake with satisfaction night after night.” — Dallas Observer
The Mavericks, the eclectic rock and country group known for crisscrossing musical boundaries with abandon, has gone through three distinct phases since it was founded in Miami in 1989. An initial period of heady success marked by big hits and critical acclaim in the ‘90s. A long hiatus starting 2003 when the musicians each went their own way. And finally, a triumphant reunion in 2012 which held long enough for them to recently celebrate the band’s 30th anniversary.
Now, The Mavericks have ushered in the fourth phase of their evolution with the #1 Billboard debut of their first-ever, all Spanish album, En Español, released on the band’s own Mono Mundo label. Although all 12 tracks are in Spanish, as the title suggests, the collection represents a diversity of musical styles and cultural traditions, from tender boleros to brassy mariachi to reimagined Afro-Cuban classics. Seven of the tunes are familiar gems drawn from the vast Latin American songbook, while five are originals written or co-written by Malo.
Like the band’s entire body of music, this one album cannot be boxed into a single category. The songs are as diverse as Latin America itself, and as cohesive as the ideal of the American melting pot. To season this rich musical paella, The Mavericks add their signature country/rock/Tex-Mex flavors and a refreshing spontaneity to the mix. En Español flips the band’s usual fusion formula, which adds a striking assortment of genres—salsa, ska, norteño, mariachi, and much more—to its sturdy rock/country base. Now, the foundation is solidly Latin with streaks of irreverent rock and twangy guitars running through it, all branded with the unmistakable Mavericks style.