The Mavericks head to the Performing Arts Center

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The Mavericks play at July 18 at the Performing Arts Center. —David McClister

The genre-defying Mavericks will take the stage at the Performing Arts Center at the high school on Wednesday, July 18, at 8 pm.

As part of the MV Concert Series, the band will showcase its first studio album with Mono Mundo Recordings, “Brand New Day.” The album is the band’s latest example of stepping away from established genres and creating a sound and feel that is uniquely its own.

According to the CMT news website, “Brand New Day” gives hope and light to a broken world:

“Love, and hop, and courage — it’s a reminder to us all that we must be the change we want to see in the world. Change starts with you and me. We are the only ones who can begin the move into a brand new day.”

According to the Mavericks’ website, the band was founded over 25 years ago by Paul Deakin and Raul Malo. The two attempted to stand out in a Miami rock scene dominated largely by hair metal and punk. The band’s trajectory changed when producer and president of MCA Records Tony Brown saw them play in Nashville and offered to sign them. Brown has produced Reba McEntire, Vince Gill, and George Strait, and also played piano for Elvis Presley. The band’s personalized Cuban stylings and “Bakersfield-inspired twang” netted multiple Country Music Awards and Academy of Country Music Awards, plus a Grammy in 1995. Varying albums and singles shaped the band’s identity as a standalone stage presence and a distinctive mix of melodies.

Now, the Mavericks deliver a brand-new experience that shines light on the trials and tribulations of everyday life. The song “Rolling Along” from “Brand New Day” contains upbeat sentiments of perseverance in the face of hardship: “Life isn’t easy, it’s uphill believe me, whether you’re weak or you’re strong, sometimes you feel like you’re back on your heels, and everything’s going all wrong, through the confusion and all disillusion, somehow life still goes on.”

Tickets range in price from $83 to $88, and are on sale at the MV Concert Series website.