If you’d like to escape the winter blues for a few hours, treat yourself to the authentic southwestern folk music of the Santa Cruz River Band. The trio from Tucson, Arizona, promises to warm you up with a performance on Friday evening, February 6 at UW-Washington County. The concert begins at 7:30pm and features classic Mexican and American folk songs, including many original numbers. The concert will be held in the campus theatre at 400 University Drive in West Bend (just off Hwy. 33 West).
The Santa Cruz River Band was founded in 1991 by Ted Ramirez, a vocalist, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. Michael Ronstadt, vocalist and guitar player, joined in 2003 after years of playing and performing with his family, notably his sister, singer Linda Ronstadt. Michael’s son, Petri Ronstadt, recently joined the group, replacing Gilbert Brown who retired last year.
The trio has deep roots in the Arizona soil and performs on a variety of instruments including the guitar, mandolin, banjo and requinto, a smaller, higher-pitched guitar. The program features an intriguing blend of vocal harmonies, original instrumental numbers, as well as captivating stories that set the historical and cultural background to the songs. The group performs in English, Spanish and American Indian languages.
Santa Cruz River Band has released four recordings. Their latest release in 2007 is titled “Discover, Signal Fire” and “represents a very beautiful heritage and vision found in the people and places of the American Southwest.” More information about the group can be found on their website, www.santacruzriverband.com
To purchase tickets, phone UW-WC at (262) 335-5208 during normal business hours (Monday through Friday from 8am to 4:30pm). Tickets are also available at the door (while quantities last). The University is located at 400 University Drive (off Hwy. 33 West) in West Bend.