The telltale smell of roasting green chiles in the air can only mean one thing: Weekly Alibi Fall Crawl is officially in-season and just around the corner—Saturday, Aug. 28, in fact. After 10 enormously successful Crawls (we don't expect this one to be any different in that regard), what was once an impossible dream has become a reality the entire community expects to take place every August and April. Even in our wildest dreams back in 1999 when we were planning and organizing the inaugural Fall Crawl, we couldn't have imagined that, in addition to hundreds upon hundreds of bands and solo artists; the Crawls would be embraced and enjoyed by such a diverse cross section of Burque dwellers. Folks that once avoided Downtown like the plague now visit at least twice a year. Businesses that used to approach Crawl nights by skeptically closing up shop and going home now extend their hours and invite the thousands of attendees who come to listen, eat and spend their money on all the goods and services Downtown—quite suddenly—has to offer.
As we wrap up the final preparations for Alibi Fall Crawl 2004, the 11th event in our series, we'd like to offer heartfelt thanks to everyone—bands, businesses, venues, sponsors, local media, city officials and the great crowds—for helping turn these events into the fantastic entertainment spectacles they've become.
By now, just about everyone knows the basic drill: A hundred or so bands play on a bunch of stages throughout the Central Corridor between Second and Seventh Street, and anyone with a wristband and proof-of-age is welcome to come and go as they please with respect to all participating venues.
Once again, we've invited a couple choice national acts to participate— Flaw and the Detonations, along with former Santa Fe residents The Soul Deacons, a long-awaited Oh, Ranger! reunion and the original Starsky crew—in an effort to diversify and begin attracting regional and, eventually, national attention to the Crawls. Some of the best news, though, remains that a plethora of portable crappers will be available to Crawlers, all of which are conveniently marked on the handy locator map below. Slightly more importantly, though, is the significant presence (on our dime) of Emergency Medical Services, Albuquerque Police Department officers and Albuquerque Fire Department officials, all centrally located just north of Central (cops and EMTs on Fifth Street, Fire Department on Third Street), along with a First Aid Station. We've also hired plenty of private security officers to help keep things as safe and incident-free as they have been from the beginning.
It behooves you to get an early start for one important reason: The Crawls tend to be less crowded early on, and that can be the best time to see some really good bands, grab something to eat or drink and get geared up for one hell of a late-night street party. You'll find music beginning at 6 p.m. at Third Street Outdoor Stage (21 and over) and the Fifth Street Outdoor Stage (21 and over), as well as at several indoor venues (see "Band Schedule,"). Live music at most other indoor venues begins at 7 and 8 p.m., but you'd be crazy to wait until then to start getting your Crawl on.
Among the venues participating in Alibi Fall Crawl 2004, the Sunshine Theater and Gold Street Caffé will be open to all-ages.
Also, bear in mind that wristbands will not be available at every participating venue for Alibi Fall Crawl 2004. And that's just all the more reason to get your wristband in advance, either online HERE, which is the easiest, most convenient way to get 'er done, or at Natural Sound in Nob Hill (255-8295), the Alibi offices at 413 Central NW (346-0660) or any Ticketmaster outlet. Purchased in advance, Crawl wristbands are just $15. If you insist on waiting until the night of show, the same wristband is going to cost you $20. Pre-sales cease online at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 28; and at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 28, at Natural Sound and Ticketmaster outlets. Day-of-show sales (read: $20) will begin at the Information Booth (Alibi offices) at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 28, 5 p.m. at both the Third and Fifth Street Outdoor Stages and 7 p.m. at the Sunshine and El Rey Theater. You will not be able to buy wristbands at any other location at any time during the night. We hope this will go a long way toward keeping lines down at most venues. But we also ask that you do your part to keep the lines down by purchasing your wristband in advance, which will also save you five bucks. It's the smart thing to do.
We sincerely hope you enjoy Alibi Fall Crawl 2004. Just remember to get your wristband in advance, book yourself a room at La Posada or Hotel Blue, and arrive Downtown in plenty of time to park and eat before you head out on a long night of Albuquerque's best live, local music and community spirit. We'll be happy to answer any questions you have during the Crawl at our Info Booth, located just west of of our offices at 413 Central NW, in the alcove of the Tolerance Museum. See you Downtown!