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!
Prior to The Wailers, who perform from 9-10:30pm, the Civic Plaza stage will be alive with music from talented local bands that will definitely get the crowd going and energize people of every age.
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.
Following them from 6:15-7:15pm is Cactus Slim & The Goatheads, a trio fairly new to the New Mexico music scene. This fun east mountain boogie band goes from Cowboy Funk to Soulful Blues, and back again.
Then, from 7:30-8:30pm The Big Spank brings what they describe as their "Funky-
All of that moving around and dancing will make you hungry and thirsty, so check out the food court where more than 15 of Albuquerque's favorite food trucks and vendors will offer such tasty fare as roasted corn dripping with butter, a wide variety of sandwich offerings, hot and gooey pizza, and much more to tempt your taste buds. And to slake that thirst, visit the Microbrew Garden where you will find a variety of craft beers and other beverages.
A little shopping is in order at the Artisan Market, where handcrafted jewelry, baked goods, bath products and much more await at the more 20 booths: A great place to purchase gifts or find special treats for yourself.
Never for a moment forgetting the children in attendance, Downtown Summerfest offers face painting, inflatables for getting rid of all that pent-up energy, and rock wall-climbing to test strength and skills, as well as other fun activities.
Getting to Downtown Summerfest is a breeze. Public transportation takes you to a stop just a couple of blocks away. Paid parking under Civic Plaza or at the Convention Center brings you close to the action, and there are numerous other parking lots in the area. Or, you can avoid traffic and ride your bike; there will be a free Bike Valet located on the north side of Civic Plaza managed courtesy of Esperanza Bike Shop.
Downtown Summerfest will take place rain or shine. Limited seating is provided, but you are welcome to bring lawn chairs or blankets. Glass and alcohol will not be permitted.
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.
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.
Headlining this year's Heights Summerfest is Rusted Root, a band from Pittsburgh known for their fusion of acoustic rock and other styles featuring strong percussion that draws from African, Latin and Native American influences. Rusted Root rocked to fame in 1994 with its platinum-selling album When I Woke, featuring the hit single, "Send Me On My Way," a song featured prominently in many films and commercials. The band has sold more than three million albums worldwide. Rusted Root performs from 9-10:30pm.
Kicking off the event from 5-6pm is the Cali Shaw Band. Bringing Americana/folk/rock with his unique stylings, Cali Shaw is fast becoming one of the most celebrated songwriters and performers across the Southwest. Cali Shaw performs regularly as solo, duo or up to a seven-piece festival-ready ensemble; with dynamic and original performances that captivate and embrace people of all generations.
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.
Well behaved, leashed pets are welcome to attend.
Entry is free to all ages. Come join the fun!
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.
"The City of Albuquerque is in the business of creating great family events for the whole community," said Mayor Richard J. Berry. "Looks like we have another exciting summer filled with a great line up of music for families and neighbors to enjoy."
The 2016 season opens on Saturday, June 11 with Heights Summerfest at the North Domingo Baca Park located on Wyoming and Carmel, just North of Paseo del Norte. Live music, food and drink, the Artisan Market filled with custom-crafted items, special games and fun for the youngsters, and more, will keep everyone entertained.
Headlining this year's Heights Summerfest is Rusted Root, a band from Pittsburgh known for their fusion of acoustic rock and other styles featuring strong percussion that draws from African, Latin and Native American influences. Rusted Root rocked to fame in 1994 with its platinum-selling album When I Woke, featuring the hit single, "Send Me On My Way," a song featured prominently in many films and commercials. The band has sold more than three million albums worldwide.
Freedom 4th at Balloon Fiesta Park will feature headliner Lonestar, four "good old boys" from Texas who have never lost touch with their roots. Since 1995, Lonestar has sold more than ten million albums and achieved ten #1 country hits, including crossover smash hit "Amazed," which was the first record since 1989's "Islands in the Stream" to top both the Billboard and country charts. Known for merging their country roots with strong melodies and rich vocals, Lonestar received a huge welcome on their European tour with Reba McEntire, Ricky Skaggs, and Little Big Town, garnering major attention and building fans across the pond.
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.
The fun continues as Downtown Summerfest comes to Civic Plaza on Saturday, August 6 with an event that features everything fans expect and more. Music will fill the Plaza throughout the event, with headliner The Wailers taking the stage to close out the event, bringing their own brand of reggae honed by years of performing worldwide. Carrying Jamaica's reggae tradition forward, the band has played to an estimated 24 million people across the globe and, together with Bob Marley, has sold in excess of 250 million albums worldwide.
The last, but definitely not the least, Westside Summerfest is set for Saturday, August 20 on Ellison Dr. between Alameda Blvd. and Cottonwood Dr. in Cottonwood Corners. Filled with activities that make Summerfest one of the most popular events in Albuquerque, Westside Summerfest will host rock band Big Head Todd & the Monsters. With a great deal of success under their belt, including their 1993 Sister Sweetly album that went platinum, the group wrote the single "Blue Sky" at the request of crew members of the Space Shuttle Discovery, the first shuttle to launch after the Columbia disaster.
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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.
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.