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Music, Food, Art, Dancing & Lots of Fun: 21st Annual Chicano Music Festival:   July 26 -30th

This year’s Music Festival is filled with exceptional entertainment and special events.  Don’t miss out on the party of the year! 

 Su Teatro presents the 21st Annual Chicano Music Festival, July 26–30 and plans a weekend filled with performances by some of the finest Chicano musicians in the region along with celebrations, auctions, dancing, food and cold drinks!  Each year, Su Teatro gives us the opportunity to dance under the stars with friends and family and celebrate the music that we have grown up with.

Su Teatro’s 2017 Chicano Music Festival promises to continue traditions like the induction of new members to the Chicano Music Hall of Fame, the Mariachi Tardeada, and Pachanga.  Latin Life Denver Media is honored to again serve as a media sponsor for the 2017 Chicano Music Festival.  (See photo gallery of past Chicano Music Festivals below)

This year new traditions will take hold with our Steam Roller Printing activities, a Chicano Music Jam Session, and expanded Silent and Live Auction.  All this can be found under the stars as part of the 21st Chicano Music Festival.  Details can be viewed at  Festival passes are $45 ($60 value); individual event tickets vary.  All events will take place at Su Teatro Cultural and Performing Arts Center, 721 Santa Fe Dr. Denver, CO 80204. The complete festival schedule may be viewed at, or call 303-296-0219 for more information.

Chicno Music Festival Panchanga 2014 (76)

Don’t let the Summer Slip by without Live Music

The 21st Annual Chicano Music Festival and Auction celebrates our music, art and culture and has become an annual tradition in Colorado.  Chicano music draws from the rich culture and traditions of Mexico and the Southwest and over the years it has been nurtured and embraced in backyards, small clubs, and front porches.  The songs, melodies, and “riffs” created on this side of the U.S. Mexico border fuse indigenous, Mexican regional, Afro-Carribbean, Jazz, R&B, country western and rock music.  This year’s musical line-up, Chicano Music Hall of Fame Induction ceremony, Chicano Jam Session, and Mariachi Tardeada are just the answers to a summer weekend for music lovers looking for fun.

The 21st Chicano Music Festival is Su Teatro’s annual centerpiece fundraiser and along with the great music, includes a silent and live auction featuring some of the best Chicano art featuring local and national artists. (See photo gallery of past Chicano Music Festivals below)

The 21st Annual Chicano Music Festival Highlights

Actor Jesse Borrego

Actor Jesse Borrego

Wednesday, July 26th at 6:30 pm – XicanIndie Music Tribute, Documentary Las Tesoros de San Antonio.   Las Tesoros de San Antonio tells the stories and legacies of four South Texas singers of yesteryear.  Rita “La Calandria” Vidaurri, Blanquita Rodriguez “Blanca Rosa”, Beatriz “La Paloma del Norte” Llamas, and Anita Janet Cortez “La Perla Tapatia” Through their stories and music the audience learns how these women began their careers in a male dominated industry to become successful singer/performers nationally and internationally.

In Attendance- Producer/ Actor Jesse Borrego, Director Jorge Sandoval and Producer James Borrego.

Thursday, July 27th at 7:00 pm – Noche Tradicional – The Chicano Music Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Concert introduces the 2017 class of Colorado musical pioneers.  Celebrate with the new class of inductees and enjoy performances from previous inductees.  This year’s inductees include Johnny “Ritmo” Rodriguez y Los Diamantes, Conjunto Colores, Robert “Rabbit” Jaramillo, Cristela Garcia and Rafael Lopez.  These talented individuals will certainly continue a long tradition of honoring musicians and individuals that have shared their unique and important contributions to advancing the Chicano musical aesthetic here in Colorado

Friday, July 28th at 7:00 pm – Chicano Roots Rehab Jam Session.  Look forward to an evening filled with music, drink specials, Steam Roller Screen Printing and fun.  Work alongside Master Printers and Native & Chicano artists to create a unique and special art piece.  Enjoy live music food and art.  Bring your musical instrument and experience for a massive jam session with some of the top practitioners of Chicano Music!

Chicno Music Festival Panchanga 2014 (54)

Saturday, July 29th from 6:00 to 11:00 pm Summer Pachanga…Tirar a little chancla! Su Teatro’s Summer Pachanga is an outdoor dance party and barbecue.  This year’s lineup of bands includes: La Compania, Johnny “Ritmo” Rodriguez y Los Diamantes, and Jon Romero y Amanecer.  All three bands will be playing New Mexico and Tejano music perfect for an evening of dancing and fun.  The live art auction and silent auction will also entice you to bid on beautiful pieces of one of a kind art, as well as great deals on things you never knew you needed!

Sunday, July 30th from 5:00 to 9:00 pm Mariachi Tardeada…Wall to Wall Mariachi!  This afternoon and evening is a lively finale filled with music featuring three outstanding Mariachi Groups from Denver and beyond.  The Mariachi Tardeada gives us the heart of Mexico and the Southwest.  Indulge your spirit through mariachi music!  Of course, they’ll be plenty to eat, drink and bid on as the final live and silent auction items are sold.

Chicno Music Festival Panchanga 2014 (50)

Chicano Music Festival Live and Silent Auction

Chicano Music Festival Live and Silent Auction
Everything you didn’t know you needed!

Su Teatro’s Chicano Music Festival annual auction is big, interesting and fun! With our Artistic Director Tony Garcia as the auctioneer, this annual tradition has become one of the liveliest activities during the weekend. We will feature the best in Chicano/Latino art from Denver and around the country. We’ll also offer a wide array of hotel, dinner, adventure packages and airline tickets. You’re sure to find something you never knew you needed at the Chicano Music
Festival Auction.

Celebrate the rich music and culture of the Southwest

Su Teatro’s Chicano Music Festival will present a showcase of music that reflects the varied influences that have impacted the Chicano and Mexicano culture. We continue to proudly present the music and musicians of Colorado, shine a spotlight on their talent, and indulge in the beauty that is Chicano Music.  Our volunteers and staff help make the Chicano Music Festival and Auction a weekend you won’t want to miss.  Festival goers can treat themselves to roasted corn, ice cold drinks, hotdogs and hamburgers with fresh roasted green chile, and lots more.

Su Teatro’s 20th Annual Chicano Music Festival will take place July 28-31; an anniversary celebration that brings out the very best in music, art and culture.  Tickets are on sale now; prices for Festival passes are $45; individual event tickets vary.  Call (303) 296-0219 or

Photos by Joe Contreras, Latin Life Denver Media