“Nosotros’ music is not be explained, it is to be felt in the pit of our souls.”
M.E. Schenck, Hyperactive Music Magazine

Carlos Fontana Lead Vocals • Glenn Contreras Vocals • Randy Sanchez Tres • Shane Derk Guitar • Gilbert Uribe Bass • David Weeks Trumpet • Manuel Ramirez Bari Sax • Jesse Joaquin Parker Congas • Michael Trujillo Timbales • Dennis Javier Jasso Drums

Nosotros is known for its vibrant fusion of rhythms and socially conscious lyrics. Their latest single, “Mentiras,” was released in April 2024, in the wake of a tumultuous political climate and presidential voting year. The song came out just as the first criminal trial of former president Donald Trump was getting underway. The song went viral, gaining enough public attention to guarantee its emergence as a powerful anthem that takes a pointed look at political dishonesty.

What began as a guitar trio in 1994 in the small town of Las Cruces, Nosotros quickly took on a life of its own, becoming something that no one could have predicted— one of the most recognized Latin bands, not just on the band’s home turf of the Southwest, but in the entire nation. With its members based in Albuquerque and Santa Fe, the band has been drawing music lovers to their distinctive Latin groove more than 20 years. Nosotros has been featured twice on NPR’s Alt Latino, and twice been named winners in the prestigious John Lennon Songwriting Competition. The band has also been awarded 14 New Mexico Music Awards, including “Best Latin Song,” “Best Arrangement,” and “Producer of the Year.”

Nosotros’ remarkable evolution over the years—taking on new members and leadership along the way—has resulted in the 10-piece Latin music powerhouse it is today. The group seamlessly combines a myriad of Latin rhythms with elements of rock, salsa, jazz and cumbia creating an innovative and imaginative Latin sound that is unique, undefinable, and unmistakably Nosotros.

Astounding audiences wherever it performs, Nosotros quickly became a “can’t miss” band at music festivals across the nation. They have shared stages with the likes of Etta James, Gypsy Kings, Los Lobos, The Wailers, Roy Hargrove, Los Lonely Boys, Joan Osborne, Ozomatli, Las Cafeteras, Flor de Toloache, Grupo Fantasma, Victor Wooten, Dave Mason, Making Movies, and others. More importantly, their new music continues to be relevant, reflecting our ever-changing world. It also continues to be vibrant, fun and, yes, undefinable. Undeniably “felt in the pit our souls.”

Clearly, music critics and promoters feel the same way. “It really says a lot about a band when they play on the same day as Victor Wooten and Roy Hargove and the crowd can’t stop talking about Nosotros’ set,” wrote a Festival Promoter with Telluride Jazz Festival.  Felix Contreras, an announcer with NPR Alt Latino, was more to the point. Their music is what “I would put on at a party because the energy would never drop!”

Nosotros makes its debut with The Santa Fe Symphony at 7:30 pm July 9 in a free concert to be held on Magers Field at Fort Marcy Park in Santa Fe. The event, Sonrisas! Smiles of a Summer Night, is the final performance in The Santa Fe Symphony’s 40th Anniversary Season. The concert will feature all 10 members of the band performing with the orchestra under the baton of guest conductor Thomas Heuser.

For more about the band, or to download “Mentiras,” visit nostrosmusic.net.