It wouldn't be the holidays in Albuquerque without the New Mexico Jazz Workshop's Yule Struttin' party. Way back since 1992, the state's nonprofit jazz steward has decked the halls with shiny baubles, fine art, food, wine, women and song to put some sparkle in the holidays and a little coin in the organization's cash box. No "Gift of the Magi" corollary here--Yule Struttin' is a win-win for jazz in New Mexico.
Several years ago, NOBUNNY was hoping to travel the country as an animal Elvis impersonator. “I figured I could fill the animal niche since there’s already like a Thai-Elvis and an extreme-Elvis and all that stuff,” he explains.
Sometimes you'd just rather be stressed out. That's what the well-intentioned folks at Brushfire Records don't seem to understand. This collection of breezy, down-tempo jingles includes tracks from Jack Johnson, Mason Jennings, G. Love and ALO among others. If you like guitar-heavy Christmas covers, then by all means snag this thing. But in a time of near economic collapse, wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and holiday shopping madness, you have to wonder: What are these musicians so goddamned relaxed about? The record is probably meant as an escape from the worries of the world, but it comes off as annoying, insensate and painfully inappropriate. (SM)
17th Annual Breakin' Hearts • Shuga Shane • Element • Knucklehead Zoo • Randy Boogie • Foundations of Freedom • Chief Rocekrz • BZ Beatz • hip-hop
By August March
Education, competition and reflection are the themes of the 17th annual Breakin' Hearts Festival, a four day hip-hop party right here in Albuquerque. Featuring regionally known artists, advocates and other interested parties, the main event for this spectacular get down is going down on Saturday, Feb. 23 at the Historic El Rey Theater from noon until 10pm. Preceded by nightly dances and educational opportunities galore, Saturday night's event is hosted by Shuga ShaneUHF/XFRX and Speed One and features the renowned DJs Element, Randy B and BZ Beats. Besides Beatbox and breakin' battles, a freestyle dance competition and a Blackbook contest, with performances by Def-i, LETSJUSB, Gravity, Jessica Lopez and Carlos Contreras. All-ages are welcome at this event—it's $20 at the door and $15 in advance from Vibes Dance Studio. Get your body movin' today before that sauce recipe disappears into the vault again.
AMP Concerts presents a concert by pedal steel guitarist Roosevelt Collier at The Cooperage on Sunday, Feb. 24 at 7:30pm. Collier is considered the master of a traditional approach to an instrument that's become familiar to American ears through every sorta sound from straight Country and Western to rocanrol and even indie bands. The artist's slide-style playing is lightning fast and gorgeously executed with a twang and twist. He's jammed with the Allman Brothers, Los Lobos and Tedeschi-Trucks; his latest recording was produced by by Michael League, one of David Crosby's current collaborators. In summary, this show is going to rock out, so be there. Tickets are only $17 in advance and $22 the day of the show. It's an intimate venue replete with meat and cocktails—which means this is a 21+ gig—and you are guaranteed to walk away with a shiny spot in your head that will only disappear with repeated exposure to songs like “Far Away Eyes.”