Oct 21 - 27, 2010 
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Squash Blossom Boys’ debut album is sneaking up on you

By Summer Olsson

A pioneering band in Albuquerque’s Americana scene, the Squash Blossom Boys brings expert musicianship and rollicking energy to standard and original tunes. The squashies have played in various localesbars, growers’ markets, on tour earlier this year opening for the Meat Puppets, maybe even at your backyard barbecueand the band’s popularity is on a steady upward climb. But even fans may not know the winding path these bluegrass men have traveled.

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Django Reinhardt and co.

Jazzed

Gypsy Jazzers Take Over Albuquerque

Producer John Sandlin gives us the lowdown on the low-down sounds of his Django Festival

By Mel Minter

The New Mexico Django Festival returns to Albuquerque in its fourth, nearly annual edition after a layoff in 2009 in deference to the imploded economy. Producer John Sandlin, perhaps best known hereabouts as the rakishly handsome, devilishly talented guitarist for Le Chat Lunatique, has once again put together a stellar lineup, including up-and-coming international acts as well as local favorites like Zoltan Orkestar, The Hot Club of Santa Fe and Django Rhythm Meat Grinder. For four days, they’ll all pay homage to the Belgian whiz-kid guitarist Django Reinhardt, who put a unique gypsy spin on swing.

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Flyer on the Wall

Spooooooky!

Steve Eilandof Beefcake in Chains notorietyand his betrothed observe their upcoming nuptials at Cap’n Creepy’s Halloween Weddin’ Party. Music is to be provided by Icky and the Yuks, The Gracchi, Dead On Point Five and None of the Above. Beefcake in Chains will also stage a mini-reunion. The free, 21-and-over show/party happens at the Launchpad (618 Central SW) beginning at 9 p.m. (Jessica Cassyle Carr)

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Muni in his younger days

Song Roulette

Le Chat Lunatique vocalist and violinist Muni Kulasing has never heard most of these songs

By Jessica Cassyle Carr

Muni Kulasinghe is the talented vocalist and violinist for Le Chat Lunatique. He’s also a friendly, multilingual gentleman who’s always armed with a smile, a wink and maybe a dirty joke. This weekend his gypsy jazz band plays local host to the New Mexico Django Festival. In honor of the event, Kulasinghe was asked to provide shuffled tracks from his music library. “I don’t have an MP3 player, nor an iPod; only my computer, which means the music I happened upon is not necessarily music I have listened to much, if ever,” he explains. “As it turned out, I was wholly unprepared for what spouted forth.”

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