Route 66 Summerfest

Time for Summerfest!

Photo by Jim Gale

There are many cool things about the yearly series of sunshine-soaked and rico suave, evening-included events produced by the City of Albuquerque as part of Summerfest, which thank the baby Jesus happens again on Saturday, July 21 from 3 to 10pm along Route 66 in Historic Nob Hill. For one thing, amigos, these outdoor, all-ages, multi-attraction events are free. Two, speaking of those many diversions, there are all sorta local vendors at this week's site to sell lucky participants everything from locally grown vittles to beer and wine, too—visitors really can have a dandy retail experience whilst trotting through the best of what this Nob Hill has to offer. Additionally, this year's second in the series is back to its original size and location, on Central Avenue, between Girard Boulevard and Washington Street. This return to form will not only please business owners who were excluded last year, but should spur more participants of all sorts, individual, creative and commercial. Check out this Albuquerque tradition for yourselves! There are three music stages, so get there early because performers include stars like Grammy Award-winning singer Irma Thomas, The Memphis P. Tails, Wagogo, Fat City and Silver String Band. Thanks, Mayor Keller!

Saturday Jul 21, 2018

Central Ave
Albuquerque, NM 87108







Phone: 505-268-0044
Website: Click to Visit

More events at Nob Hill

See headliner Irma Thomas as well as The Memphis P.Tails, Max Gomez, Silver String Band and more as well as a kids' zone, brews and plenty of vendors.


presented in partnership with the City of Albuquerque Cultural Services Department & Mayor Tim Keller and Nob Hill Mainstreet

Grammy Award-winning singer, Irma Thomas is known as "the Soul Queen of New Orleans "and is one of New Orleans’ most beloved and iconic entertainers. The New York Times wrote that “Ms. Thomas sings warmly and forthrightly amid the two-fisted rumbas, R&B vamps, jazz ballads and barrelhouse flourishes." Her version of “Ruler Of My Heart” was re-interpreted by Otis Redding as “Pain In My Heart” and her version of “Time Is On My Side” currently has over 3.5 million listens on Spotify and was covered by The Rolling Stones. In 2008, Thomas was honored as the subject of the prestigious New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival poster. She appeared on HBO’s hit series Treme, in which she sang with an All Star backing band including Allen Toussaint, who produced some of her best-known work. The Associated Press called her a national treasure, and declares, "she remains at the top of her talent...her lush voice, with its earthy tones and full-note roundness, has grown more nuanced and emotionally resonant with time.”

Also featured on the 3 Summerfest Stages throughout the day are the following outstanding New Mexico performers: The Memphis PTails; Max Gomez; Fat City; Oscar Butler; Rodney Bowe; John Maestas' Juan Tigre; the Silver String Band; Wagogo; Dogbone, Youth Performers on the KidZone Stage, and more!