The 2021/22 season is one of pure celebration for Su Teatro and Colorado. Not only will the company celebrate its 25th annual Chicano Music Festival (CMF25) with a five-day community event including an induction ceremony for its Chicano Music Hall of Fame, but its 50th season announcement is literally waiting in the wings.
Held July 28 to August 1 at Su Teatro Cultural Performing Arts Center, the Chicano Music Festival will feature dancing, food, drinks and an auction to benefit the organization’s general operations.
Each day delivers a unique line-up of entertainers to keep participants coming back for more. The schedule includes:
Wed, Jul 28 – Highlights from XicanIndie Music in Film paired with Chicano music
Thu, Jul 29 – Induction of the 20th Class into the Chicano Music Hall of Fame
Fri, Jul 30 – Chicano Roots Resistance Jam Session
Sat, Jul 31 – Summer Pachanga, the signature event featuring local Chicano bands
Sun, Aug 1 – Mariachi brunch
The Chicano Music Festival is especially important this year. “We are back!” said Angelina Gurule, Su Teatro Marketing Coordinator. Plus, “it is also a big anniversary year with the 25th Festival and the 20th Class of Chicano Music Hall of Fame inductees.”
This year’s festival also honors the Chicano legends who have been influential in cultivating Colorado’s music legacy. Previously announced on July 4, three musical acts were selected to be inducted into the Chicano Music Hall of Fame — Eugene “Gene” Lucero, John Muñoz and the Fabulous Vibrotones, and Juventino Romero and Mariachi Sol de mi Tierra. These honorees are credited with expanding an appreciation of Spanish-language music throughout the state and will be recognized at an official induction ceremony during this year’s festival.
The Music Festival not only revels in Chicano music and traditions, but it also serves as a kick-off to Su Teatro’s 50th anniversary season. “We are extremely grateful for our community’s support over the past 15 months,” said Gurule. “Our community has been there for us and we will continue to be there for them. We are excited to announce our approaching season in the next few weeks, along with a few more surprises!”
As the third oldest Chicano theater in the country, Su Teatro has grown into a regional Latino cultural arts center that regularly features arts festivals and arts education programs in addition to its highly-regarded theatrical productions. News about its 50th anniversary theatre season is forthcoming. Visit Su Teatro for updates.
25th annual Chicano Music Festival & Auction
Jul 28 – Aug 1 • 721 Santa Fe Dr.
Festival passes are $40; individual event tickets vary
Tickets: 303.296.0219 or suteatro.org