Beatles tribute band part of cultural arts series

Freedom New Mexico

Clovis Community College’s ninth year of bringing the world to Clovis kicks off Sept. 26 with a concert commemorating the Beatles.

It’s all part of the college’s annual Cultural Arts Series.

Cultural Art Director Christy Mendoza said she looks for variety when scheduling acts for the series.

“We say we’re bringing the world to you so we want to bring a little bit of everything,” Mendoza said.

The schedule this season includes dance events, swing, mariachi, Broadway, opera, classical and other music genres.

Mendoza said the series is a gift from the college to the community.

“But you’ve heard the phrase it takes a village to raise a child? Well, it takes a village to bring you a cultural arts series,” Mendoza said.

She said local sponsors and season ticket holders make the series possible.

“The series fills a need and a void that we have out here,” Mendoza said. “Unless you can drive off to Albuquerque or Lubbock or wherever, you won’t be able to see the things we’re bringing here. This is a wonderful opportunity to see the big things they have in bigger cities.”

The opening event is “Yesterday — A Tribute to the Beatles.”

The show recreates historic performances of the Beatles from 1964 to 1974. It also chronicles the iconic group’s career from the early years to the Sergeant Pepper era.

Mendoza said the series also brings cultural outreach to the Clovis Municipal Schools. The Santa Fe Opera, a return from last year’s schedule, and the Lula Washington Dance Theatre are two acts that will perform for students.

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Cultural Arts Series:

Sept. 26 — Yesterday – A Tribute to the Beatles, 7 p.m., Marshall Auditorium

Oct. 10 — Tom Wopat Love Swings, 7 p.m., Marshall Auditorium

Oct. 24 — Lula Washington Dance Theatre, 7 p.m., Marshall Auditorium

Nov. 18 — Juan Carmona, 7 p.m., Marshall Auditorium

Dec. 2 — Holiday on Broadway, 7 p.m. Marshall Auditorium

Jan. 23 — Pine Leaf Boys, 7 p.m., Clovis Civic Center

Feb. 13 — The Alley Cats, 7 p.m., Marshall Auditorium

March 9 — La Catrina Quartet, 7 p.m., Marshall Auditorium

March 23 — Enter the Haggis, 7 p.m., Clovis Civic Center

April 11 — Swing Fever, 4 p.m., Clovis Civic Center

April 20 — The Santa Fe Opera, 7 p.m., CCC Town Hall

May 9 — Mother’s Day Mariachi Fandango, 3 p.m., Marshall Auditorium