Manzanares to headline Performance in the Park |

Manzanares to headline Performance in the Park

Manzanares is hot Spanish guitar, sizzling Latin percussion and soulful vocals that combine to create the high-energy and fiery sound that has been labeled Nuevo Latino.

They’ll play the Performance in the Park concerts series tonight, Friday, July 11, at Carbondale’s Sopris Park.

Their musical tapestry has a dazzling repertoire that ranges from Spanish and Middle Eastern guitar melodies to flamenco to pop to Latin Rock. They deliver an aggressive approach to the very danceable rumba flamenca style mixed with exotic, progressive blends of Latin and Afro-Cuban rhythms.

Manzanares has been likened to the styles of The Gipsy Kings, Santana and Ottmar Liebert.

Led by brothers David and Michael Manzanares, the New Mexico-based group features some of the most prolific and talented musicians in the music industry, including percussionists Mark Clark, Bjorn Hamre, Xandy Whitsel, bassist Jeff Nelson, congero Kevin Miller and saxophonist Kanoa Kaluhiwa.

Their latest release, “Nuevo Latino,” was the winner of the Album of the Year at the New Mexico Music Industry Awards show.

Manzanares’ first CD, “Vivir,” was awarded two New Mexico Music Industry Awards in 1998 including Best Vocal Performance for “Pais” and Best Musical Production Salsa/Latino for “Prelude to La Carrera and La Carrera.”

The group opened for Los Lobos at the Taos Solar Music Festival. They’ve also performed at the Palm Springs Nortel Film Festival, the New Mexico State Fair and the Santa Fe Film Festival.

The band continues to perform in New Mexico, Texas, Las Vegas, Colorado and on the West Coast.

Their music has been featured on the Food Network’s Food Nation with Bobby Flay, as well as the soundtracks of several shows including Knowledge TV and “The Trail of the Painted Ponies” documentary.

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