Make plans to visit historic Old Town on Saturday, May 21 when Summertime Stroll offers an afternoon of live entertainment and the opportunity to enjoy the many shops, galleries and dining options offered in Albuquerque's oldest neighborhood. From noon to 5pm music will fill the plaza with energy as Albuquerque favorites like La Rondalla, Mariachi Nuevo Sonido, Round About, and Lone Piñon perform.
From noon to 1:30pm, La Rondalla de Albuquerque, with music director Otilio Ruiz de Xalapa from Veracruz, brings lively music from New Mexico, México and Latin America with harp, guitar, guitarrón, vihuela, jarana, violin, mandolin, manjo-uke (mandolin/
At 1:30 and 3:15pm Mariachi Nuevo Sonido,"The Dancing Mariachis," take the stage with a selection of traditional mariachi to jazzy Tijuana Brass and catchy New Mexico Rancheras music. Musicians in the group include: Marvin Teitelbaum and Miguel Ojeda on trumpet/vocals; Jose Luis Ojeda on viehuela/vocals; Raul Ojeda on guitarrón/vocals, and Elias Ojeda and Joseph Santiago on violin/vocals.
Round About, performing from 1:45 to 3:15pm, brings a musical mix and showmanship fined-tuned by years of experience. Six professional musicians collectively combine their talents to create a great variety band, with guitarist Harold Garcia, drummer Al Guadagnoli, keyboardist Carol Mayberry-Sanchez, saxophonists Phillip Brown and Louis "Smoothie" Soto, and bassist Hector Franco.
From 3:30 to 5pm, Lone Piñon takes the stage to perform New Mexico Roots music. The acoustic trio from Santa Fe features Greg Glassman (guitar, vocals), Jordan Wax (fiddle, vocals) and Noah Martinez (guitarrón). With harmony vocals in Spanish, English, and Nahuatl, the group has revived and updated the Chicano stringband style that once flourished in New Mexico.The trio has dedicated years to learning and performing the acoustic ensemble tradition that is at the heart of the region's musical landscape, working to reinfuse the repertoire with the vitality it lost with the passing of its most prominent musicians in the last few decades.
Music is not the only thing happening at Summertime Stroll. Artists Eason Eige and Adan Carriaga (and others) will be demonstrating their techniques on the Plaza. Be sure to stop and watch these talented professional artists at work. And you can find special deals at participating shops and merchant booths that include such vendors as Wild Hare, Gabby's Handmade Soaps, Painted Sky Gallery, Wild Moon Boutique, Treasure House Books, and many more. The Classic Chevy Club will be in Old Town to show off their preserved and restored cars.
There is also plenty of fun slated for the youngsters. A large-scale rock wall, face painting and arts and crafts like small wood retablos, papel picado (cut-out designs on paper) and Native American ohos will keep kids entertained.
All of that activity can build appetites, and local food trucks will be on hand for those looking for a bite to eat. Or, enjoy a relaxing experience dining in one of Old Town's many restaurants.
From 5 to 8pm the Old Town Plaza will be filled with colorful costumes, music, dance and puppet shows as the Filipino American Foundation celebrates Santacruzan at the Plaza, featuring the dancing, costumes and customs of indigenous Filipino people. Admission is free for Summertime Stroll and Santacruzan de Mayo.