City’s Music in the Park series opens May 28


The City of Las Cruces Parks and Recreation Department’s 2023 Music in the Park Series begins with the Mayor’s Jazz Fest at 7 p.m. Sunday, May 28, at Plaza de Las Cruces, 100 N. Main St. downtown. The show will feature performances by El Paso saxophonist Frank Zona and Albuquerque’s Son Como Son.

Music in the Park performances will begin at 7 p.m. each Sunday, June 4-Aug. 27, at Young Park, 1905 E. Nevada Ave. Thursday Night Music on the Plaza begins at 7 p.m. July 13, 20 and 27 on the plaza.

The Music in the Park Series is “an eclectic mix of performances from local, regional and nationally recognized artists,” the city said in a news release. Each year more than 70 percent of the scheduled musicians are from the Las Cruces area, the city said.

Featured performers in 2023 include El Paso’s Mariachi Los Arrieros, TNT Houston AC/DC Tribute Show Band, country music from Las Cruces’ Yarbrough Band and El Paso’s party band Fungi Mungle. This year, the series concludes with Los Angeles-based Metalachi, the world’s first and only heavy metal Mariachi band, the city said.

Here is this year’s schedule:

  • Mayor’s Jazz Fest: 7 p.m. Sunday, May 28: Plaza de Las Cruces, Frank Zona, Son Como Son.
  • Music in the Park, 7 p.m. Sundays, Young Park, 1905 E. Nevada Ave.

June 4: Satisfied, Pure Magic

June 11: 575 Band, Hami Crews

June 18: Natajja, Mariachi Flores Mexicanas

June 25: Steppin’ Up, LoPhat

July 9: Zack Quintana, Funk of the West

July 16: Mariachi Los Arrieros

July 23: Fungi Mungle, Mango Cakes

July 30: Dream Merchants, Daniel Sanchez

Aug. 6: Siempre, Cautivo Norteno

Aug. 13: Joshua Lucero, Papayas Con Chile

Aug. 20: Yarbrough Band, Nathaniel Krantz

Aug. 27: Metalachi

  • Thursday Night Music on the Plaza: 7 p.m., Plaza de Las Cruces

July 13: Billy Townes, Border Jazz

July 20: TNT Houston AC/DC Tribute Show Band

July 27: Hard Road Trio, Benji Rivas

For more information, call the Parks and Recreation Department at 575-541-2550.