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High Desert Rangers

Mayan Collapse

By David Johanssen

Steel-string guitars, fiddles, mandolins, and banjos, and the music associated with them are something of a rarity in Mexico. These instruments are the bedrock of American roots-based music as performed by San Miguel’s High Desert Rangers, who will play two nights at the Shelter Theater, on Saturday, September 26, at 7pm, and on Sunday, September 27, at 5pm.

Missing 43 Anniversary
Fri, Sep 25, 5pm
50 pesos
Live Concert
High Desert Rangers
Sat, Sep 26, 7pm
and Sun, Sep 27, 5pm
150 pesos
Quest for the Lost Maya
Tue, Sep 29, 5pm
50 pesos
Live Music
Open Mic
Tue, Sep 29, 7:30pm
40 pesos (includes drink)

Shelter Theater
Vicente Guerrero 4
154 7524

The band, formed in 2013 after a long search to find compatible musicians to play that kind of music, consists of Wade Ashley (vocals/guitar), Joan Elena Goldberg (vocals/guitar), Jon Sievert (vocals/mandolin), Steve Singer (fiddle), and Ron Incontro (bass). All are full-time residents of San Miguel.

Its repertoire is best described as Americana, a roots-oriented music and radio format that emerged in the 1990s as a reaction to the slick commercial sounds that dominated mainstream country music. However, its make-up extends well beyond the boundaries of country. The Americana Music Association calls it “contemporary music that incorporates elements of various American roots music styles, including country, roots-rock, gospel, folk, bluegrass, R&B, and blues, resulting in a distinctive roots-oriented sound that lives in a world apart from the pure forms of the genres upon which it may draw.”

In that spirit, the High Desert Rangers’ repertoire includes music by Woody Guthrie, Alison Kraus, the Grateful Dead, Bob Dylan, John Prine, Linda Ronstadt, Hank Williams, the Carter Family, Todd Snider, Gillian Welch, Rodney Crowell, the Stanley Brothers, New Riders of the Purple Sage, the Old Crow Medicine Show, and Neil Young.

Tickets are 150 pesos and are available at the Shelter Theater, at La Biblioteca, and online at For reservations, call 154 7524.

On Friday, September 25, at 5pm, join us for the documentary The Missing 43 Anniversary and a discussion on the missing 43 students. What happened to the 43 students who went missing in southern Mexico in September of last year? We will take a look at two short documentaries examining the mass disappearance of the students, as well as the tragedy and controversy surrounding their disappearance. 50 pesos

Shelter Theater is part of the Shelter VG4 Cultural Center, located at Vicente Guerrero 4, a 10-minute walk from the Jardín down Insurgentes. Telephone 154 7524 or visit to see upcoming events. Taxi service available. Shelter VG4’s theater and class/performance space are available for rent. We welcome proposals for activities and events.


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