Two decades down the road from their stint as unlikely mainstream country hitmakers, the Mavericks have evolved into a singular musical force that encompasses a bottomless well of influences while transcending petty genre restrictions. Now enjoying their second reunion, the Florida-bred ensemble has perfected a peerless Americana /Tex-Mex/R&B/swing fusion that’s too freewheeling and quirky to be dismissed as neotraditional. The band’s live shows are expansive and joyous, bursting with musical chemistry and elevated by frontman Raul Malo’s majestic, emotion-charged vocals.
Currently performing as an eight-piece with the addition of standup bass, accordion and a two-man horn section, the Mavericks — minus recently departed founding bassist Robert Reynolds — flexed their fire and flexibility on this, the last night of a tour leading up to the release of their new live album All Night Live (due out Oct. 14.)