Spanish Guitar Festival Walks the El Camino Trail This Fall

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Southern New Mexico never looks better than during the early fall—and this autumn it will never sound better thanks to the Spanish Guitar of the Americas festival.

Award-winning guitarist Randy Rane is wearing two hats at the festival, as performer and producer of SGA, which will feature a trio of daylong events throughout the season at the El Camino Real Historic Trail Site, a history center dedicated to the legacy of the El Camino Real trail and the pioneers of New Mexico.


The series dates are October 18, November 22, and December 13 and each will offer various styles of contemporary Spanish guitar, Latin jazz, Mexican folk music, Baroque classical guitar, Brazilian, and modern border music—in addition to showcasing regional cuisine and museum exhibits.

The scheduled performers include brothers Randy and Ivan Rane (pictured above), classical guitarist Jesse Vernier, well-known Brazilian group Rio, and Western Americana band Bone Orchard.

The Saturday, November 22 event is being held in conjunction with the site’s annual “Festival of the Trail,” which will feature lectures, demonstrations by traditional artisans, a chance to see the type of horse and sheep that came up the trail with the Spanish, and more.