4th of July Celebration

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Free outdoor festival featuring a family show by Clan Tynker at Noon, and a lineup of New Mexico Bands--Doug Figgs & the Cowboy Way, Suavecito, El Gringo, Al Hurricane & Al Hurricane, Jr., and The Remedy plus water slide and jump balloons, BBQ and food for sale, and NM Tech's Famous Fireworks Display at Dark.  Please bring your own chairs, shade and sunblock, but do not bring fireworks to the concert site.

Schedule of Events

11 am Socorro Community Band

12 pm Clan Tynker - Juggling, Magic

1 pm Doug Figgs & Friends - Western

2:15 pm Sauvecito - Spanish and Rock 

3:30 pm El Gringo - Spanish & Country

6 pm Al Hurricane & Al Hurricane Jr. - New Mexico Rock

8:30 pm The Remedy - Variety


Socorro County non-profit groups are invited to sell snacks and novelties or set up carnival games. Please call (575) 835-5688 or email pas@admin.nmt.edu for information.


Al Hurricane was born on July 10, 1936 in Dixon, New Mexico. His birth name is Alberto Nelson Sanchez.  Hurricane was a nickname given to him by his mother because he was like a little Hurricane, always knocking things over at the dinner table and objects in his path. Hurricane grew up in different parts of New Mexico and Arizona. He started singing at 3, playing the guitar at 5, and by the time he was 12 he was singing and playing guitar at the wishing well in Old Town, next to La Placita, for tips. He also had a job at La Placita as a bus boy and then waiter. He quit his job at La Placita and worked as a waiter at the Sky Line Club.  Quite ironically, the Sky Line Club later became know as the Far West Night Club, where Hurricane performed for many years. Hurricane attended numerous schools while growing up and graduated from Albuquerque High School in 1954. Hurricane has had many nicknames and names for his band over the years. They have been billed as “Al Banana and his Bunch,” “The Night Rockers” (which stayed for a long while), and most recently as “The Al Hurricane Band." Al himself has been billed as Albert Nelson, Bert Nelson, The Little King of Rock & Roll, and ultimately as El Godfather, La Leyenda de Nuevo Mexico--The Legend of New Mexico.  He has been making music and has had his band for over 50 years.  Al has recorded 30 albums. Hurricane has had several #1 Hits throughout New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, and throughout the Southwest.  He also recorded under the group name “Bandido” on Discos Musart and EMI Capitol labels. Hurricane has played guitar for such legendary artists as Fats Domino and Marvin Gaye.  Hurricane’s band has also backed up artists such as Chuck Berry, Jimmy Clanton, and Chubby Checker.  Hurricane owned a recording studio in Albuquerque, which contained equipment that Buddy Holly recorded on, and was purchased from Norman Petty.  He still owns a recording studio but has been updated with new equipment. He also co-owned a nightclub known as the Far West.  The loss of his right eye came as a result of a car accident on November 1, 1969, on the way to a performance in Denver, CO.  There were six people (band members) in the car, including Al. He was the only one seriously hurt.  Another member of the band broke his arm and needed a couple of stitches on the top of his head.  But the accident and the new eye patch did not stop the music.  He has eight children, with seven still living.  The oldest is Al Jr. Darlene, Sandra & Jerry Dean, are from Hurricane’s first marriage. Nelson, Erika, Danielle and Lynnea are from his second marriage.  Danielle and Lynnea are twins. Lynnea was killed when she was 2 years old.  Hurricane has won numerous awards, such as The Lifetime Achievement Award given to him by the New Mexico Hispanic Awards Association, the Governor’s Award for Music in 1993, and May 5, 2002, was named Al Hurricane and Family Day. 

Al Hurricane, Jr. was born to Alberto Nelson Sanchez (Al Hurricane) and Nettie M. Fleming on October 30, 1959, in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  His birth name is Alberto Nelson Sanchez, Jr. Hurricane is a nickname inherited from his father. Al, Jr. grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico throughout many parts of the city including: Old Town, 19th and Marble, the West Side, Academy Acres and finally settling in the Northeast Heights.  His first public performance was at the early age of 5 at the Civic Auditorium in Albuquerque. The song he sang for the audience that night was "Love Potion #9." Early in his youth, he began to learn the drums and switched to guitar lessons at age 5. From guitar lessons he then began to learn the trumpet at age 8. In July 1970, Al, Jr.'s parents divorced and he decided to live with his father. At the age of 12, his father entered him into piano lessons while he continued playing the trumpet in school bands, such as the symphonic and the jazz band.  This is when Al, Jr. started to learn some of his father's songs as well as those of his uncles', Tiny Morrie and Baby Gaby. This eventually led to him joining the Al Hurricane Band. He started out by going and playing just one song, then two, and then his repertoire grew from there.  Most of his practice was from performances at the Far West Night Club where he and his dad performed for many years. Al, Jr. attended many schools while growing up in Albuquerque.  For his final three years of high school, Al, Jr. attended and graduated from Highland High School in May 1976 at the age of 16. After graduation, Al, Jr. chose to take a year off before going on to college, which to this day he admits was a mistake. However, his decision to work with his dad was not a mistake. It was the beginning of a partnership that continues to this day. Along the way in his career, Al, Jr. has acquired many nicknames such as: El Joven, The Godson of New Mexico, and Berb.  He was only 14 when he recorded his first song, "El Pintor," and has been performing with his dad's band for 30 years. Al, Jr. is also a main musician on his father's recordings, supplying trumpet, valve trombone, keyboards, keyboard bass, and has programmed drums.  His trumpet and valve trombone were also featured on the recordings of Tiny Morrie and Baby Gaby. When Al, Jr. made his first recordings in the Hurricane Studios in Albuquerque, it was on the very equipment that Buddy Holly used in Clovis, NM. Today, Al, Jr. records in his father's recording studio with new state of the art equipment.


El Gringo hails from Los Lunas, NM, and began writing and singing in Spanish only a few years ago.  His music has rapidly caught on with fans across the U.S. and in Mexico.  Career highlights include: 

Signing a major label record deal with Univision Records and opening sold out shows for superstar Mexican groups like Los Tigres del Norte, Jenni Rivera and Intocable. 

Touring extensively  (43 of the 50 states) and also in Mexico, and has sang at prestigious venues like the legendary Gibson Ampitheatre in Los Angeles and The Manhattan Centre. 

His duet of the ballad “Algo Sucedio” with Mexican Mega-star Jenni Rivera hit the top 5 on Mexican radio airplay in several cities such as

 Phoenix, Dallas, Houston, Chicago and Albuquerque. 

Appearing before millions on over 20 popular Spanish TV shows like Sabado Gigante  and Don Francisco Presenta. 

El Gringo has been featured in many local and international publications, including full page articles inThe New York Times and People En Espanol Magazine. 

Over 50,000 albums sold 

 2 time  15 Grandes de Nuevo Mexico Award Winner.

Doug Figgs
is a singer/songwriter who is proud to be called a cowboy. He and his family make their home in Lemitar,New Mexico. Doug  and his wife Cathy run a full-time farrier business, raise a few cows and horses, and day work at local ranches every chance they get. Doug is a member of the Western Music Association and has performed at gatherings and rodeos in Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado, Utah, and Idaho. Along with the gatherings and rodeos, he performs at restaurants and celebrations around New Mexico with his friend and mentor Mariam Funke. He also plays dances and parties with the band "The Cowboy Way."

Clan Tynker is a troupe of brothers and sisters who perform a stunning array of talents in a fanciful “Vaudeville” style of Circus.  Their all-ages show presents an amazing menagerie from “around the world” set to an exciting live musical soundscape.  Dazzling juggling skills are on display!  Other highlights are stage magic, stilt walking, unicycle riding, Central Asian dance, comedy, sword swallowing and fire-eating with plenty of audience participation.  The show culminates with a dizzying array of danger stunts and climzxes with a spectacular fire performance.