The Mavericks @ The CNE Bandshell, Sat August 15 2014

by Bill Kwan

During The Mavericks concert at the CNE, lead singer Raul Malo remarked how even as cold as Toronto is, it’s still a great city. Not that the fans seemed to mind the climate commentary, as the crowd stormed the front area dancing the night away for two hours to the band’s catalogue of merry tunes.

Not far from us was the Ribfest festival, it’s savory aroma complementing the CNE tradition of combining memorable music of a great band like The Mavericks with fantastic food. What more could one ask for on an August summer night?

We expect that next time The Mavericks will be playing in a larger and less intimate venue. So it was that much more rewarding to see them return to their roots, performing at a small setting like the Bandshell at the CNE.


Paul Deakin
Raul Malo
Robert Reynolds
Eddie Perez
Jerry Dale McFadden

The Mavericks are an American neotraditional country band founded in 1989 in Miami, Florida. Between 1991 and 2003, they recorded six studio albums, in addition to charting 14 singles on the Billboard country charts. Their highest-peaking American single was 1996’s “All You Ever Do Is Bring Me Down“, a collaboration with accordionist Flaco Jiménez. They are best known in the UK for their 1998 single “Dance the Night Away“, which reached number 4 in the UK singles chart.

The band split up in 2004, and lead singer Raul Malo released six solo albums. Robert Reynolds released two solo EPs and co-founded ‘supergroup’ SWAG with Jerry Dale McFadden, along with Ken Coomer of Wilco, Tom Petersson of Cheap Trick, and Doug Powell. In 2012, the band announced plans for several reunion festival dates. Shortly after, they were offered a record deal by Big Machine Records and recorded their reunion album In Time. The much-anticipated album was released in February 2013.

The CNE weekend was treated to the reunion of the multi-talented “The Mavericks”, a combination of Gypsy Kings, Ritchie Valens and Los Lobos.

Set List:

Tell Me Why
The Things You Said To Me
Back In Your Arms Again
All Over Again
There Goes My Heart
Here Comes The Rain
Theme From True Blood / Never On A Sunday
Sinners & Saints
(Raul Malo song)
From Hell To Paradise
Every Little Thing About You
Fall Apart
La Bamba / Dance In The Moonlight
As Long As There’s Loving Tonight
Dance The Night Away
I Said I Love You
Come Unto Me
All You Ever Do Is Bring Me Down