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Chicano Music Festival ongoing today

The Chicano Music Festival, in the works for about three years by the Western New Mexico University-sponsored Chicano Music Project, came to fruition this weekend. From the Old James Stadium to the Fine Arts Center Theatre and its parking lot, as well as other campus venues, people wandered, visited with friends, checked out vendors and informational booths, and, in general, listened to the live music from some bands from former days in the area, who traveled just for the event, to present-day singers and guitarists.

Events of the day continue into this evening with the premiere showing of the documentary movie, "Parece que fue ayer: A Celebration of Grant County Musicians" at 7 p.m. at the WNMU Fine Arts Center Theater.

Tickets were distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis, bringing out many of the crowd early to ensure receipt of a ticket. Live performances by Maxx Band, Suavecito and Mariachi Cabrera immediately follow the movie.

In addition, this evening, as there was last evening, a dance will be held at the Flame for $5 at the door, identification required. Tonight's headliners are at 9 p.m. Benny and the New Royal Tones and at 10:30 p.m. Illusion Band.

Photos by Mary Alice Murphy

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