Live-music series shines spotlight on local artists

From cumbias to country, what this series is trying to do is document the sounds of the Borderland, as interpreted through local artists who are making original music.

“If I can speak for everyone, I think we’re all really serious about this,” said singer Haley Lynch.

My “Live in the Sunroom” music series started last spring, with local quartet Kikimora. The four-piece incorporates jazz and funk into a unique blend of songs written by Lynch and Keyboardist Leo Bennato.

“Yeah, we’re trying to do something I think that’s unique but also complex, you know,” said Lynch.

The second episode in the Sunroom series featured Frontera Bugalu, a group of veteran musicians who work to re-imagine the traditional sounds of the border.

“I think that Frontera Bugalu is the essense of border music,” said singer Kamakshi Tlalli. “It is the culmination of the influence from Mexico from also from the United States.”

Last summer we got to know country artist Abe Mac, who recently completed his sophomore record with help from celebrated producer Rob Fraboni.

“Rob provided so much energy to us that it kind of reciprocated,” said Mac. “I mean there was so much emotion in that room.”

We also got to know local singer songwriter Hope Riot, who literally grew up around live music at her father's bar.

“Yeah it was cool, there was always some band crashing on the couch and I was always seeing some amazing guitarist live, up close and personal,” she said.

And this month, we kick off the new year with Amalia Mondragon. The local singer and multi instrumentalist says she's always drawn inspiration from her surroundings.

“I’m a super 'pocha,' like I’m from both sides, I’m from here,” Mondragon said. “I love this town. I love Juarez. I love the frontera. This is me.”

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