Wrong Side of the Tracks Jam--From punk to funk, the El Madrid (421 First Street SW), home to a few punk shows over a decade ago, is being revived by Midget Mogul Productions. Felonious Groove Foundation, Mystic Vision, Le Chat Lunatique and Wendy Colonna will bring in da funk on Thursday, Jan. 26, from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. $15 gets you in with a fun, plastic wristband. Call the Midget Mogul infoline at (505) 231-2408 to stay up to date.
Keep the Music Alive--Every music student loves scholarships, and everyone loves concerts, so a scholarship benefit concert is a great idea! The Lorenzo Dominguez Memorial Scholarship Fund is hosting a concert to benefit UNM guitar students at UNM's Rodey Hall on Friday, Jan. 27, at 7 pm. Liquid Cheese, Feels Like Sunday and Michael Chapdelaine play and there will be a performance by members of the Yjastros Flamenco Group. The tax deductible donation is $8 for students and $15 for everyone else.
Movies vs. Music--Due to the recent filming Downtown of some "Hollyburque" flick, Vertigo Venus' gig at the Launchpad scheduled for Jan. 17 was canceled. Boo! The man hasn't kept them down—just forced them to relocate. See them at the small, intimate venue that is the Tricklock Theater (118 Washington SE) during the final Reptilian Lounge of the season on Saturday, Jan. 28. The show costs $6.77 exactly, so bring change, and it's all-ages! Take that, Beerfest.
Get In There, Get Heard--Love your music, treat it with respect. Give it a chance to be heard by the masses, and use the media to make it happen (that's what they're there for). The New Mexico Music Commission, the New Mexico Hispaño Entertainers Association and the KiMo Theater are hosting a Music and Media Conference at the KiMo Theater (on Fifth Street and Central) Sunday, Jan. 29, for free. Sign-up starts at 8 a.m. for mind-expanding classes on marketing and artist development, financial business, how to get the attention of the media, making hits, and copyright and publishing. This is really what you could call priceless. Don't miss out on your chance to get the “in.”