Makin' Melodies Matter
Music. That good ol' love affair that keeps getting passed from generation to generation. It's no wonder most people who don't consider themselves musically inclined still form a strong bond to music itself—it has a certain magic that can't be replicated by any other means. Before children can speak, they have an internal rhythm. Maybe that's why the Western Music Association has seen fit to perpetuate this grand cycle by fostering relationships with musicians and fans alike. Music-makers and music-lovers can come together at the WMA's Annual Convention, happening at the Albuquerque Marriott (2101 Louisiana NE). The association was started in the late '80s as a way for musicians to gather yearly and have a festival of sorts. Since then, they've helped popularize Western music with their 12 state and regional chapters. This year's convention started on Nov. 20, but it runs until Sunday, Nov. 24. The tickets for certain events can range from $5 to $250, but on Friday and Saturday (Nov. 22 and 23), from 10am to 5pm, there will be free music showcases and mingling. So if you have music in your heart, head Uptown and hear what Western music is all about. All shows after 5pm on these days require ticket purchases. But what's a little cash for some rhythmic memories? (Mark Lopez)
Thursday Nov 21, 2013
Convention for the Western Music Association includes workshops, performances, talks and more.