Hilos Culturales will award lifetime achievement awards at Fandango


david luis guerrero

David Luis Guerrero

Hilos Culturales will award its Lifetime Achievement "Premio Hilos Culturales," to folk artists at the annual Fandango, which begins at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 24, in the Student Union Building on the Adams State University campus.

This year's recipients are David Luis Guerrero of Pueblo, Colo. and Jesús "Chuy" Martínez of Albuquerque, NM, represent a combined century of musical experience and will showcase their art form at this event.

Guerrero began playing guitar at age ten with his two brothers Noe and Phillip. In 1957 they formed Trío Guerrero and in the early 60's, Guerrero formed Trío Azteca, beginning a musical tradition in Pueblo that would flourish beyond half a century. The original group would include Guerrero, Augustine Márquez and Macky Martínez. After a dozen years, Macky would be replaced by Ralph Gonzales who had played with a musical combo known as Los Gonzales. Trío Azteca became one of the region's most formidable musical Trío groups; with their musical repertoire rivaling the highly acclaimed Tríos of Mexico and South America.

They have entertained and shared the stage with numerous groups for over fifty years, always introducing their audiences to Bolero style music which has its early origins in Spain and Cuba and exploded in popularity throughout Latin America in the 1940's and 50's. Guerrero's contributions to this musical genre include the popular recording "Siempre Hace Frío" and his role as past member of the Colorado State Fair Fiesta Day Committee, his collaborations with regional radio stations and media personalities helping bring Trío music to communities and their audiences throughout Colorado.

Jesús “Chuy” Martínez

Jesús "Chuy" Martínez

Martínez is a singer, song writer, folklorist and Curator of Cultural Services for the City of Albuquerque. He has recorded six albums, been included in numerous anthologies nationally, and he performs theatre. For the past twenty-five years, he has hosted New Mexico's popular television show, "Lo Maduro de La Cultura" – a program which features poets, writers, and performing artists whose works reflect the diverse cultures of the Southwest.

At age fourteen, Martínez became a member of the United Farm Workers Union in Texas, Chicanos Unidos Campesinos. He would later co-found the theater company Canto al Pueblo, a national Latino theater arts festival hosted in cities throughout the United States. He has researched and recorded the folk music of New Mexico and is recognized as a founding member of the national Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque. His numerous awards reflect a life-long passion for the arts and dedicated human service accomplishments in his community. He remains very active as the director of the musical duo, Los Trinos, and has provided musical (rondalla) workshops for local musicians and performed in concert in Alamosa in the past.

Tickets for Fandango Alamosa are on sale for $10 and can be purchased at Ventero Open Press in San Luis and Papers of Distinction and SLV Federal Bank in Alamosa.