Ticket feature: Mariachi Mystery Tour new take on Beatles

For its final act of the 2011-12 Cultural Arts Series, Clovis Community College is presenting an altogether different view of four musicians from "Yesterday."

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The Mariachi Mystery Tour, a musical arrangement of Beatles music performed in Mariachi band stylings, is the final showing for the 2011-12 season of the Clovis Community College Cultural Arts Series.

The Mariachi Mystery Tour is set for a 7 p.m. Saturday performance at Marshall Auditorum. Director Lorenzo Martinez is a Beatles fan, and wondered three years ago how the music of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr would sound in the stylings of a Mariachi band.

After arranging numerous songs from the expansive Beatles catalog, he recruited brother Roberto Martinez and the two recruited other musicians from their native state of New Mexico. Included in the band are Lorenzo's son Larry and niece Sheila.

Roberto, who handles lead vocals, played for more than 20 years as part of his father's group, Los Reyes de Albuquerque, which has toured throughout the country and made three appearances at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington, D.C.

According to the CCC website, the Cultural Arts Series is currently in its 11th season with a mission to provide, "diverse cultural programming of the highest quality by presenting international and regionally produced works to underserved audiences in eastern New Mexico communities."

What: Mariachi Mystery Tour

When: 7 p.m. Saturday

Where: Marshall Auditorium

Tickets: $17 general admission, $12 seniors/military/students.

Information: 769-4950.

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