High Desert Doom
New Mexico is a pretty metal state. From the Rez to downtown Burque, there’s almost always something heavy on the Land of Enchantment’s aural menu. Half an hour from now, you could be stretching your neck and breaking in your earplugs at High Desert Doom Fest. The headliner is unknown quantity Stonerist, which features members of Denver grindcore outfit Cephalic Carnage and local death/grind foursome Vale of Miscreation. Whether old-school or upstarts, these desert-dwelling noisemakers—Black Maria, Black Lamb, Hanta, Prey for Kali, Marsupious, The Horned God and Rezin Tree—crank out glorious low-end bass and vicious riffage for your pleasure. This 21-and-over fest starts at 6:30pm at Launchpad (618 Central SW), and admission is $8. Launchpad • High Desert Doom Fest • Sat Dec 7 • 6:30pm • 21+
Honk, honk, honk your harmonica for fabulous cash prizes in Socorro.
My old pal Ronna Kalish (who was in the Twigs, a great Albuquerque band of yesteryear) sent me a reminder about the Socorro Fest Harmonica Contest on October 9th. There are still a few slots available for your own sloppy, drooly harmonica stylings, should you feel so inclined. You know you want to. I think you’ll win, Harmonica Person. Here’s the blurb:
CALLING ALL HARMONICA PLAYERS! Enter the Socorro Fest Harmonica Contest today. For a $25 entry fee, get the chance to win a $250 first prize, $150 second prize or $100 third prize. Play any musical style for five minutes and WOW the judges. Be part of this very fun music and arts festival on Saturday, October 9th. To enter: call 575-835-8927 or email email@example.com or download a registration form at www.socorrofest.com.
And there’s more. Whether you win or not, Socorro Fest will be happening for two days… with bands, and beer, and wine and food. Here’s the other blurb:
SOCORRO FEST, Friday and Saturday, October eighth and ninth on the historic Socorro Plaza. An easy drive 75 miles south of Albuquerque, Socorro Fest will have a street dance on Friday night, 6 to 10pm with Grammy award winner Terrance Simien and the Zydeco Experience, followed by Socorro’s best variety band, Remedy. Saturday, noon to midnight, features three stages of music highlighted by jam band Asper Kourt, gypsy jazz with Le Chat Lunatique, Louisiana’s Cajun-creole-zydeco band with Terrance Simien, high energy rock with Tangled Up, plus Socorro’s best folk, blues, rock, country and Spanish bands. There will be New Mexico microbreweries and wineries, arts and food vendors, family activities, Free State of Socorro, Enchanted Skies Star Party events, and more! For more info, see www.socorrofest.com