Albuquerque's first popular Summerfest of the season returns to North Domingo Baca Park on Saturday, June 11 with live music, food and drink, arts and crafts, great entertainment for kids and much more. The event kicks off at 5pm and closes the evening at 10:30pm.
Headlining this year's Heights Summerfest is Rusted Root, a band from Pittsburgh known for their fusion of acoustic rock and other styles featuring strong percussion that draws from African, Latin and Native American influences. Rusted Root rocked to fame in 1994 with its platinum-selling album When I Woke, featuring the hit single, "Send Me On My Way," a song featured prominently in many films and commercials. The band has sold more than three million albums worldwide. Rusted Root performs from 9-10:30pm.
Kicking off the event from 5-6pm is the Cali Shaw Band. Bringing Americana/folk/rock with his unique stylings, Cali Shaw is fast becoming one of the most celebrated songwriters and performers across the Southwest. Cali Shaw performs regularly as solo, duo or up to a seven-piece festival-ready ensemble; with dynamic and original performances that captivate and embrace people of all generations.
Next onstage from 6:15-7:15pm is Santa Fe native Alex Maryol. He has opened for Etta James, Bo Diddley, Ani DiFranco, Michael Franti, Leon Russell, and G. Love and Special Sauce. He performed at the Telluride Blues Festival for a number of years with other musical guests such as James Brown, Johny Lang, John Mayer, Otis Taylor and Buddy Miles.
Porter Draw takes the stage from 7:30-8:30pm to perform its version of alternative country. The Albuquerque-based band has been involved in the New Mexico roots music movement since 2007, and has shared the stage with such greats as Greensky Bluegrass, Reverend Horton Heat, New Riders of the Purple Sage, Cross Canadian Ragweed, and Cadillac Sky. The Porter Draw has built a reputation for high energy, sweat-drenched shows coupled with tight harmonies of wistfully delicate lyrics of longing, heartbreak, and the American experience.
Enjoy the tastes of Summerfest with choices from green chile cheese burgers to barbecue, and cool off with snow cones or Italian ice in the food court. Settle back and enjoy the music with libations that include local craft beers and a variety of wines at the Microbrew Garden.
There will be plenty of fun for everyone, including the kids, who will be worn out at the end of the evening after trying the bouncies, testing their strength on the 25' climbing wall, and deciding on a design for face painting. The little biologist in them will enjoy learning with the ABQ BioPark staff as they check out shark fins, cactus and much more.
A crowd favorite, Clan Tynker, will be there to amaze and confound the audience with their Vaudeville act that includes magic and magical stunts that have the crowd oohing and aahing! Wings of Enchantment will bring fluttery fun to everyone with live butterflies you can enjoy up close and personal.
Bring out the creative bent in your kids with Home Depot on hand to guide them as they craft and construct special keepsakes, like birdhouses, tool boxes, baskets and even a helicopter!These workshops are a great way to show kids how fun creating something can be.
In the Artisan Market you can find more than 35 local vendors offering a wide variety of handmade and other items for sale. From unique t-shirts to handmade soaps and salsa, jewelry and more, you are sure to find a local treasure.
North Domingo Baca Park is located on Wyoming Blvd. and Carmel Ave. NE, just north of Paseo del Norte. There will be shuttles running from La Cueva High School from 4:30 - 11 p.m. If you don't want to deal with the traffic, ride your bike and leave it at the Bike Valet provided by Esperanza Bike Shop.
Well behaved, leashed pets are welcome to attend.
Entry is free to all ages. Come join the fun!