Rio Grande Theatre
211 N. Main Street, Las Cruces, New Mexico, Las Cruces, New Mexico NM 88001
Reserved Seat tickets are | $12 – $17
Phone | (575) 523-6403
RIO GRANDE THEATRE
Touring Las Cruces musician to present concert at historic Rio Grande Theatre
January 21, 2017, 7:30 p.m.
Award-winning Las Cruces musician Randy Granger is happy to finally have a full
concert in his hometown. His performance, “Randy Granger & Friends: Native Music
and Stories,” is part of the New Mexico Heritage Series and will take place Saturday,
January 21, at 7:30 p.m. at the historic Rio Grande Theatre.
“After touring most of this year coast to coast twice, over sixty performances and half the
country, it is very nice to share what I do with the people of Las Cruces. I love telling
stories about the Mesilla Valley to my audiences on the road.” Granger said.
The concert is even more significant in that it will be his first performance in the Rio
Grande since the completion of the mural on the back outside wall of the theatre, facing
Water Street. All the people in the image represent performers who were on screen or live
at the theatre from 1929 to the present. Granger is the local performer on the mural,
which includes actors from the silent film era to “Star Wars.” Granger is shown playing
his Native American flute. The mural project was completed in the summer of 2016
under the direction of New Mexico muralist Sebastian Velasquez with students from
Alma d’arte Charter High School and the Ignite for Fun program.
For his January concert at the Rio Grande Theater, Granger has invited several other Las
Cruces musicians and an actor to join him on stage. These are people he has collaborated
with, including his award-winning work with actor Algernon D’Ammassa and their
successful Theatre Dojo project. Fellow performers will be Flamenco guitarist Jake
Mossman; musician, magician, and entertainer Jamie O’Hara; cellist and singer/guitarist
Alison Reynolds; and a few dancers he’s worked with as well.
“It will be like a Randy and friends concert because we have such very talented people
here whom I’ve had the joy of working with and I want to share our energy and work
with the audience. We have so much fun playing together, I thought why not let others in
on it?” he said.
This concert will feature Granger’s award-winning music as well as some Native
American stories he shares with audiences around the U.S. He performs on the ethereal
Hang drum, Native American and world flutes, world percussion, guitar, and voice as
well as the ukulele. A lifelong musician, he makes his living full time at music. Recently
he won an Indian Summer Music Award for his recordings, his second award. He’s won
the Great American Song Contest and flute playing competitions. He’s been nominated
for several Native American Music Awards, New Mexico Music Awards, and broadcast
Along with performing on the road, Granger is also a sought-after workshop leader and
teacher at festivals and music schools around the country. He has volunteered his music
at Mesilla Valley Hospice for over ten years and teaches other musicians how to begin
that process. He’s played at Arbors of del Rey, The Aristocrat, Golden Mesa, and the
Village at Northrise for assisted living residents and those with Alzheimer’s and
Originally from southeastern New Mexico, he’s lived in a variety of places and now
makes his home in Las Cruces. He has been the master of ceremonies and performed at
the Doña Ana Arts Council Renaissance ArtsFaire for three years. He’s a sought-after
emcee and headliner at major Native American and other world music festivals, including
the Gathering of Nations, Sundance Film Festival, Casa Grande Ruins festival, Zion
Canyon, White Sands full-moon concert series, Native Rhythms festival in Melbourne,
Florida, the Heard Museum, and dozens of solo concerts, house concerts and a variety of
Unsure of his Native American ancestry, Granger decided to do several DNA tests to
confirm. He discovered, like many from the Southwest, he has Mestizo ancestry. More
specifically, the results revealed significant percentage of Mayan (Choltan), Apache,
Athabaskan, and even some Dogrib tribe. He’s gone on to research their practices,
beliefs, and way of life.
KRWG-TV picked him for their first Music Showcase series, which has gone on to
become very popular. He’s appeared on several television specials, talk shows, and
programs as well as many radio interviews and in magazines, newspapers, and online
articles. His music is heard on stations around the world, including the program “Hearts
of Space,” Sirius Soundscapes, I Heart Radio, Pandora Radio, and NPR and community
stations worldwide. In 2007, National Public Radio’s All Things Considered featured his
work on the Hang drum in a story called, “Like water over bells,” which gained him
immediate worldwide attention. His YouTube channel has over 1.7 million views and he
enjoys several thousand followers online.
He has eight commercially released albums, which will be for sale and signing at his
show. His music is also available at the major online retailers. Learn more at his website,
The concert will take place at the Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Main Street in Las Cruces.
Reserved Seat tickets are $12 – $17 and are available at www.riograndetheatre.com, at
the Rio Grande Theatre box office on the second floor of the theatre during business
hours 9-5 Monday - Friday, or at the door one hour prior to the event. This concert is
included for New Mexico Heritage Series ticket holders.
The Rio Grande Theatre is located at 211 N. Main Street, Las Cruces, New Mexico, and
is managed by the Doña Ana Arts Council. The theatre box office and Doña Ana Arts
Council office are on the second floor of the theatre. Box office hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Monday through Friday, and one hour prior to show time. For more information or to
purchase tickets online, go to www.riograndetheatre.com or call (575) 523-6403.