V.25 No.32 | 08/11/2016
Big Head Todd and the Monsters
Saturday, Aug 20: Westside Summerfest
By August March [ Fri Aug 19 2016 1:00 PM ]
Enjoy live music from Big Head Todd & The Monsters, a microbrew garden, food, art and family-friendly fun.
V.25 No.30 | 07/28/2016
Saranga U Nara
Wailing Through Downtown with a Groove
Saturday, Aug 6: Downtown Summerfest
By August March [ Thu Aug 4 2016 11:00 AM ]
Food and drink, a microbrew garden, an artisan market, kids' activities and live music with The Wailers headlining and many more local bands.
Reggae Rules at Downtown Summerfest
Press Release [ Thu Aug 4 2016 8:45 AM ]
What is considered the world's premier reggae band, The Wailers, will take over the Civic Plaza stage and liven up the crowd during Downtown Summerfest 2016. Held on Civic Plaza, this free event on Saturday, August 6th begins at 5pm with live music, lots of food and drink, the popular Artisan Market, fun for kids-and just a great summer evening.
For those who know that Bob Marley was the undisputed King of Reggae, you have the opportunity to hear the band that keeps his legacy alive. Together with Marley, The Wailers have sold over 250 million albums, have played in front of about 24 million people worldwide, and performed about 200 dates a year, making them among the most successful groups in music history. Their authentic sound captures hearts and causes bodies to move to the reggae beat-just try and sit still while they are onstage!
The evening begins with Suavecito from 5-6pm which will warm up the crowd with their variety of tunes that include country, oldies, R&B, Top 40 and old-time Rock 'n Roll, plus New Mexico Spanish music-something for every musical taste.
Then, from 7:30-8:30pm The Big Spank brings what they describe as their "Funky-
Join us for an evening of free family fun and a lot of great entertainment. You can even bring your well-behaved, leashed family dog along to enjoy the fun.
V.25 No.22 | 06/02/2016
Join the Fun at Heights Summerfest Featuring Rusted Root
Press Release [ Wed Jun 8 2016 6:14 AM ]
Albuquerque's first popular Summerfest of the season returns to North Domingo Baca Park on Saturday, June 11 with live music, food and drink, arts and crafts, great entertainment for kids and much more. The event kicks off at 5pm and closes the evening at 10:30pm.
Next onstage from 6:15-7:15pm is Santa Fe native Alex Maryol. He has opened for Etta James, Bo Diddley, Ani DiFranco, Michael Franti, Leon Russell, and G. Love and Special Sauce. He performed at the Telluride Blues Festival for a number of years with other musical guests such as James Brown, Johny Lang, John Mayer, Otis Taylor and Buddy Miles.
Porter Draw takes the stage from 7:30-8:30pm to perform its version of alternative country. The Albuquerque-based band has been involved in the New Mexico roots music movement since 2007, and has shared the stage with such greats as Greensky Bluegrass, Reverend Horton Heat, New Riders of the Purple Sage, Cross Canadian Ragweed, and Cadillac Sky. The Porter Draw has built a reputation for high energy, sweat-drenched shows coupled with tight harmonies of wistfully delicate lyrics of longing, heartbreak, and the American experience.
Enjoy the tastes of Summerfest with choices from green chile cheese burgers to barbecue, and cool off with snow cones or Italian ice in the food court. Settle back and enjoy the music with libations that include local craft beers and a variety of wines at the Microbrew Garden.
There will be plenty of fun for everyone, including the kids, who will be worn out at the end of the evening after trying the bouncies, testing their strength on the 25' climbing wall, and deciding on a design for face painting. The little biologist in them will enjoy learning with the ABQ BioPark staff as they check out shark fins, cactus and much more.
A crowd favorite, Clan Tynker, will be there to amaze and confound the audience with their Vaudeville act that includes magic and magical stunts that have the crowd oohing and aahing! Wings of Enchantment will bring fluttery fun to everyone with live butterflies you can enjoy up close and personal.
Bring out the creative bent in your kids with Home Depot on hand to guide them as they craft and construct special keepsakes, like birdhouses, tool boxes, baskets and even a helicopter!These workshops are a great way to show kids how fun creating something can be.
In the Artisan Market you can find more than 35 local vendors offering a wide variety of handmade and other items for sale. From unique t-shirts to handmade soaps and salsa, jewelry and more, you are sure to find a local treasure.
North Domingo Baca Park is located on Wyoming Blvd. and Carmel Ave. NE, just north of Paseo del Norte. There will be shuttles running from La Cueva High School from 4:30 - 11 p.m. If you don't want to deal with the traffic, ride your bike and leave it at the Bike Valet provided by Esperanza Bike Shop.
Entry is free to all ages. Come join the fun!
V.25 No.8 | 02/25/2016
Great Entertainment at Summerfest 2016
Five Major Events Feature Top Performers and Much More!
Press Release [ Fri Feb 26 2016 12:00 PM ]
Albuquerque's popular Summerfest events return in June with five exciting events that cover the City's broad geographic area, offering easy access to everyone across the city. An Albuquerque tradition for more than 30 years, Summerfest delivers free, quality entertainment in a family-friendly atmosphere, while becoming the can't-miss parties in our community.
Saturday, July 16 is the date for the giant Route 66 Summerfest that fills Nob Hill on Central Avenue from Girard Blvd. to Washington Blvd. Headlining this street festival's entertainment is four-time Grammy®-winner, Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, and Musician Hall of Fame inductee, Booker T Presents: A Stax Revue and a Journey Thru Soul, Blues, and R&B. With 2016 being the 90th anniversary of The Mother Road, we can expect visitors from across America joining in the festivities as they travel through Albuquerque.
V.24 No.35 | 8/27/2015
The Council talks bedtime enforcement, noise violations and Summerfest
By Carolyn Carlson
Our city leaders discuss curfews, Summerfest and more.
V.24 No.25 | 6/18/2015
Crib Notes: June 18, 2015
By August March
Test your friends and family to learn who is best informed about Albuquerque area news.
The Daily Word in shark attacks, festival mishaps and space porn
By Constance Moss [ Mon Jun 15 2015 11:52 AM ]
In the capital of Georgia, flooding killed a dozen people and freed zoo animals to run wild in the streets.
Two teens lost limbs in separate shark attacks on a North Carolina beach over the weekend.
Here are some pointers for eating seafood.
You can finally have a conversation with your sex doll.
You can be fired for being a stoner in Colorado even though it's legal.
In local news, a Heights Summerfest attendee was struck by an drone.
The singer of Smash Mouth flipped out on a bread-throwing audience member in Fort Collins and threatened to "beat the fuck" out of him.
V.23 No.32 | 8/7/2014
By Devin D. O’Leary
Boyhood’s slow journey to ABQ, Summerfest’s princely connection, family fun at SBCC and the Native Film Series 2014.
V.23 No.29 | 7/17/2014
Courtesy of artist
Jazzin’ Up Summertime
By August March
This year’s New Mexico Jazz Festival proffers concerts by Arrested Development, The Memphis P. Tails, Omar Sosa and a slew of other mega-talented artists.
V.22 No.29 | 7/18/2013
Six degrees of nü-folk, mercury rising, all that jazz and rocking the cat’s cradle
By Samantha Anne Carrillo
Six degrees of nü-folk
Whatever your sonic pleasure—nü-folk, jazz fusion, psychedelic gospel-funk, bhangra-funk, bluegrass, gypsy jazz, traditional New Orleans brass band, witch house or booty bass noise—scope Four Up to make a date with live music.
V.21 No.24 | 6/14/2012
Sábado Gigante ... muy Gigante
By Adam Fox [ Sat Jun 16 2012 7:00 AM ]
As New Mexico celebrates 100 years of being one of those 50 stars on the blue upright, the city is planning the largest party ever held in Albuquerque: Centennial Summerfest is from noon to 9:30 p.m. on a closed-off stretch of Central between Second and 10th Streets. Multiple pavilions (including an authentically constructed 19th century Territorial Village) representing the eras of New Mexico's history will offer musical entertainment and dancing. Plenty of food, vintage car shows and an arts market reflect the modern. Centennial Summerfest draws to a close at 8 p.m. with a headlining performance by Los Lobos at Civic Plaza. All events are free to the public. For an extensive schedule of events, visit abqsummerfest.com.
Music to Your Ears
By Jessica Cassyle Carr
Though Santa Fe de Nuevo México became a territory of the United States in 1850, six decades passed before it was finally anointed 47th state. Despite ongoing union-joining efforts on the part of the citizenry, the lapse was due to federal government reluctance—the inhabitants here were seen as uncivilized and just not quite Anglo enough—but in 1912 the state was judged adequately assimilated. This January, New Mexico observed its statehood centennial, and fiestas will continue throughout the year. One of the biggest will be effervescing in Downtown Albuquerque this weekend.
V.19 No.29 | 7/22/2010
Route 66 Days and Nights
By Adam Fox [ Fri Jul 23 2010 10:00 AM ]
Make like the Griswolds and head down to the Mother Road this weekend for Route 66 Days and Nights. Beginning Friday evening and running through Saturday night, catch car shows, live music, sidewalk sales, artisan markets, food, a 5K run and more, all free and for the family. The action takes place on Central between Girard and Washington with traffic closed all day Saturday, coinciding with Albuquerque Summerfest and the New Mexico Jazz Festival. For a complete schedule of events, visit rt66central.com.
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