Albuquerque metal four-piece Frostbite will not be getting a lump of coal this year. Tonight the band hosts its Fourth Annual charitable musical affair known as the Frostbite Food Drive. This event is now taking place at the Moonlight Lounge, located at 120 Central SW at the corner of Second Street, NOT at the Launchpad, as previously scheduled. Still rocking for a worthy cause along with Frostbite are Shattered on Stone, Green Street Elite, Just Lazarus and Futilitarian. The food drive benefits the Roadrunner Food Bank of New Mexico, which has been helping struggling families for more than 30 years as the state's largest hunger relief organization. Bring nonperishable food items to the show or drop them off at any Planet Fitness gym and feel like St. Nic himself. This show begins at 9 p.m. and admission is $5.
Concerts for Cures
Concerts For Cures, happening this weekend here in Albuquerque, uses the power of music to bring communities together to fight cancer. This year many local artists are contributing to the cause. On Saturday, the concert happens at 4 p.m. at The Harwood Art Center (1114 Seventh Street NW at Mountain). This early show is all-ages and features six bands including The CPC Band, Chicken Noodle Chainsaw, Recycleman, The Chuck Hawley Group, The Goat Heads and an All Star Funk Jam with The Saturday Night Fever Blisters. The late show starts a 9 p.m. at Low Spirits (2923 Second Street NW). Felonious Groove Foundation, Saving Damsels and Leah Black, along with secret, special guests will play to raise not only funds but awareness this weekend. In addition, on Sunday, Cafe Green (located at 319 Fifth Street SW at Lead) will hold a Jazz Brunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with The Jazztet. Make sure to open your ears and wallet for a great cause.
Casting Spells at Voodoo Fest
Halloween is full of voodoo—especially in New Orleans. Voodoo Fest held in the Crescent City features multi-day musical performances from local and national bands during this Halloween weekend. This year Ozzy performs, kicking off his U.S. tour! Some of the bands feeling the curse of voodoo are Young Money rapper Drake, rockers Weezer and New Orleans's own Preservation Hall Jazz Band. Not only does the music make a great case to attend the Fest, but large interactive art installations can be found all throughout City Park. Titles like "Galactivation Station" by Photonic Bliss and "Hotshot the Robot" by Munz/D6/ Intruder Alert! only make a person wish they were there even more. Well, if you can’t be, pretend you’re there by listening to WWOZ’s live stream which will be broadcasting from Voodoo Fest periodically over the weekend.
Twenty-Five Years of Farm Aid and Still Growing
This year marked the 25th annual Farm Aid concert and founding members were on hand to show their support once again. On Oct. 2, Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp and the newest board member, Dave Matthews—who has been with Farm Aid for nine years—were all in attendance. Alongside numerous other bands, the headliners kept the music and message of prosperity going throughout the day. Since 1985 over $37 million dollars has been raised and given to families to keep them farming. This year the concert was held in Wisconsin. With over 97 percent family-owned farms, the Dairy State teems with small farms. Aside from showcasing great music, the concert aims to raise awareness about U.S. farming policy and the plight of the small farmer. It seems the little program Willie and his friends started in the '80s has more than accomplished its mission and will continue to speak up for the the little guy across the country.
State Fair Music
The New Mexico State Fair is upon us again and with it brings local, national and even international music. Many bands will be gracing the State Fair with varying musical stylings—this years selection should leave everyone's appetites quenched. These are the bands I am going to check out. Find all of this year’s fair entertainment here.
• Reggae united with native sounds created the outstanding flowing mixture of music that is "Native Roots." The band brings messages of unity and pride to the Indian Village at 7 p.m. on Thursday the 16th.
• Actor Gary Farmer (Arnold Joseph from Smoke Signals) and the Troublemakers also perform at 4 p.m. on Thursday the 16th at the African American Pavilion, and on the Wednesday the 22nd at 7 p.m. at the Indian Village. Farmer steps away from the silver screen to demonstrate his musical abilities with his blues band.
• Los Grammy Award Winners Los Texmaniacs bring Tex-Mex to New-Mex once again on Friday the 17th at 8:30 p.m. Max Baca, founder of Los Texmaniacs, (who was born aqui in Albuquerque), will light the Villa Hispana stage on fire with his Bajo Sexto and make you mover a bote!
• MC Magic founder of Nasty Boy Records and the former NB Ridaz will be at the African American Pavilion on Saturday the 18th at 7:30 p.m. MC Magic is out to prove that Latin R & B and hip-hop is still alive and bumping.
• With all country entertainment iside Tingley Coliseum (no Taylor Swift?), Los Nortenos de Ojinag bring a fresh sonido to the line-up. From Ojinag, Chihuahua, this norteno band gives the Charreada (a traditional Mexican rodeo) a perfect encore on the afternoon of Sunday the 19th.
• An old fashioned family band of two sisters and one brother, The Iveys, bringan indie-acoustic rock sound to the Sate Fair Pavillon on Friday the 24th at 4 p.m. Hailing from West Texas close to El Paso the The Iveys make rich and warm melodies to warm your senses.
• Local band The Noms play at 5:30 p.m. on Friday the 24th the State Fair Pavilion. The Albuquerque based pop band will leave the audience singing along to each of their songs and in a better mood than when they started.
• Beautiful and very talented Jenna Martinez performs on Friday the 24th at 8:30 p.m. Formerly a member of the Fat City Band, Jenna sports quality New Mexican singing with her inate voice and diverse songbook