Music to Your Ears
The 19th century term “sukey jump” was likely preserved in the English language by country blues folk hero Leadbelly. The Louisiana musician, born in 1888 to parents that were born into slavery, used the term in songs and interviews. He described it as a party and dance held in a rural area (or, previously, slave quarters), or a quick dance song.
That term, now used to mean a singing, dancing social gathering, has come a long way. On Saturday, Aug. 11, L.A.-based actress and musician Heidi Swedberg and her Sukey Jump Band are having a party at the Outpost Performance Space (210 Yale SE). It starts at 10 a.m. with an all-ages ukulele workshop (children under 8 require a participating adult). More skilled students will receive an intensive training in Latin technique from local flamenco artist David Ward. A handful of ukuleles will be available on loan. After chords are learned, participants will join the band for a few numbers in the family-friendly concert that follows at noon. Tickets for adults are $25 for the workshop and concert as a package; or $20 for just the workshop, $10 for just the concert. Children and students can participate in both for $15; or $10 for the à la carte workshop, $5 for the concert. Call 268-0044 to reserve your spots.
Later on Saturday, the final installment of the 2012 concert series at The Albuquerque Museum’s amphitheater (2000 Mountain NW) takes place from 7 to 10 p.m. The Charlie Christian Project is a tribute to the eponymous ’30s and early ’40s swing guitar legend and pioneer of the nascent electric guitar. Bassist Micky Patten, guitarist Michael Anthony, trumpeter Bobby Shew and drummer Cal Haines make up the ensemble. Super Sax New Mexico is a revival of early ’70s Los Angeles project Supersax, which took on the mind-boggling task of orchestrating the solos of Charlie Parker. Drummer Cal Haines leads a band of nine of New Mexico’s best players. Tickets are $15; $13 for seniors and students; free for children 12-and-under.