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311 kicks off summer tour in Albuquerque
Get ready for a night to remember: The multi-platinum rock band 311 comes to Albuquerque tonight. In fact, this will be their first stop for a seven-week North America summer tour. With influences from hip-hop to funk to ska, there’s plenty to take away from their show.
Stereolithic, their most recent album, has debuted in the top 10 on Billboard's Top 200 Album Chart and features 15 new songs. It originally dropped on March 11—get it, 3/11?—making it 311 Day, which consisted of the band playing a 66-song, 5-hour set in New Orleans. Definitely a tough show, but by all reports, they held their own.
After more than 25 years, the band has been able to keep and grow its fan base. According to a 2012 interview with 311 vocalist and DJ SA Martinez, "There’s always a younger generation that may not be privy to a lot of musical styles, but I find our audiences constantly changing. ... When we came out in the ’90s, we had a different sound and radio wasn’t initially ready for us."
With that being said, “Count me in” for 311’s Goodwill benefit concert tonight at the Sandia Resort and Casino Amphitheater (30 Rainbow Rd.). Doors open at 7pm and the show kicks off at 8. Tickets start at $25 and can be purchased at ticketmaster.com or at the Sandia Casino and Resort box office or by calling (800) 745-3000.
The eyes and ears of Burque
A lonely woman used to call 311, the city's information hotline, in the dead of night. She said her husband was a doctor, that she was home alone and just wanted to say hi. Operators got to know her on a personal level, says Esther Tenenbaum, division manager. "That's great, but that's not why we're here."
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Albuquerque's 311 Hotline: It’s No Longer Their “Pleasure to Serve You” at Night
Bad news for those Albuquerque residents needing information about city services late at night or early in the morning—the city announced yesterday that it was cutting hours for the 311 Citizen Contact Center service, which allows Albuquerque residents to call for information about City-sponsored events and services as well as report the problems they want taken care of.
The new hours for 311 are 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. from Monday to Saturday, while on Sunday the hours are further shortened to 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. This is a little more than half of the original 24/7 operating time, but according to an announcement on the City of Albuquerque's Website, less than two percent of calls to the 311 line came after 9 p.m. The news release stated that the city will save $500,000 by closing the call center overnight.