Big Head Todd & The Monsters Headline Westside Summerfest

Big Head Todd and the Monsters
Big Head Todd and the Monsters
Courtesy of the City of Albuquerque

Wrapping up an exciting summer for Albuquerque's Summerfest season, the final event will be held on Saturday, August 20, from 5-10:30pm on Ellison Drive between Alameda and Cottonwood. Westside Summerfest will offer all of the features Summerfest fans have come to expect: great bands, food, drink, local products available for purchase, fun for the kids and more.

Headlining this year's Westside Summerfest is Big Head Todd & The Monsters. They began playing small clubs in Colorado, then leapt onto the national scene with their live performances and recordings, including their Platinum album, Sister Sweetly, produced by Prince associate David Z. BHTM, as their fans call them, will end the evening with their unique brand of rock/blues/folk/jazz onstage from 9-10:30pm.

But the Westside Summerfest crowd will not have to wait that long to hear some great music. Opening onstage from 5-6pm will be Double Plow, a local group bringing a potpourri of rock sounds that never fail. Their energetic onstage style will set the tone for a great evening of live music.

From 6:15-7:15pm Treehouse Basement will perform tunes that range in influence from Nirvana to Willie Nelson and the Commodores. This feel-good band performs regularly around the Albuquerque area and is building fans everywhere they play.

Boris & The Salt Licks bring rousing Americana sounds to the stage from 7:30-8:30pm. Boris McCutcheon brings his singer/songwriter talent to every performance. Boris plays guitar, harmonica and mandolin, with backup band The Salt Licks bringing a rich depth to the sound. The fact that they are also great friends is felt in the warmth of their onstage presence.

If the idea of roasted corn, pizza, creative sandwiches, BBQ, tacos, Italian ice, and more sound good to you, you are in luck. Some of Albuquerque's most popular food trucks will be there dishing out delectable dining options. The Microbrew Garden will feature a great mix of local breweries, including Bosque Brewing, Red Door Brewing, Broken Trail, Boxing Bear Brewery, Santa Fe Brewing, Left Turn Distilling, Kaktus Brewing, Abbey Brewing, St. Clair Winery, Turtle Mountain Brewery, Marble Brewery, Canteen Brewhouse, and LaCumbre Brewing. The only question will be which brew to try first!

The Artisan Market presents unique items for purchase, and you can know that whatever you choose will be something very special.

There will be a number of options to entertain the kids at this family-friendly event. Inflatables help get rid of extra energy, face-painting brings out their creativity, and other fun activities will keep them happy and engaged.

One exciting option for kids is being offered by Home Depot. With expert supervision they can construct their own bird houses, baskets and even a helicopter-what fun! Home Depot conducts these workshops on the first Saturday of the month at their various locations, and love showing kids how much fun it is to create something special.

As always, admission to Westside Summerfest is free. Leashed pets are welcome, and the event will be held rain or shine.

Parking in the Cibola High School parking lot is an easy way to get there, with a free shuttle running from Cibola directly to the Summerfest location. Or ride your bike and take advantage of the free Bike Valet provided by Esperanza Bike Shop. All attendees are requested to avoid parking at local shopping centers unless you are patronizing stores there.

Circle your calendars for August 20 and don't miss the last big outdoor event of this summer!