V.25 No.32 | 08/11/2016
Big Head Todd and the Monsters

Event Horizon

Wild West

Saturday, Aug 20: Westside Summerfest

Enjoy live music from Big Head Todd & The Monsters, a microbrew garden, food, art and family-friendly fun.
V.25 No.30 | 07/28/2016
The Wailers
Saranga U Nara

Event Horizon

Wailing Through Downtown with a Groove

Saturday, Aug 6: Downtown Summerfest

Food and drink, a microbrew garden, an artisan market, kids' activities and live music with The Wailers headlining and many more local bands.

Reggae Rules at Downtown Summerfest

What is considered the world's premier reggae band, The Wailers, will take over the Civic Plaza stage and liven up the crowd during Downtown Summerfest 2016. Held on Civic Plaza, this free event on Saturday, August 6th begins at 5pm with live music, lots of food and drink, the popular Artisan Market, fun for kids-and just a great summer evening.

For those who know that Bob Marley was the undisputed King of Reggae, you have the opportunity to hear the band that keeps his legacy alive. Together with Marley, The Wailers have sold over 250 million albums, have played in front of about 24 million people worldwide, and performed about 200 dates a year, making them among the most successful groups in music history. Their authentic sound captures hearts and causes bodies to move to the reggae beat-just try and sit still while they are onstage!

Prior to The Wailers, who perform from 9-10:30pm, the Civic Plaza stage will be alive with music from talented local bands that will definitely get the crowd going and energize people of every age.

The evening begins with Suavecito from 5-6pm which will warm up the crowd with their variety of tunes that include country, oldies, R&B, Top 40 and old-time Rock 'n Roll, plus New Mexico Spanish music-something for every musical taste.

Following them from 6:15-7:15pm is Cactus Slim & The Goatheads, a trio fairly new to the New Mexico music scene. This fun east mountain boogie band goes from Cowboy Funk to Soulful Blues, and back again.

Then, from 7:30-8:30pm The Big Spank brings what they describe as their "Funky-Latin-Punkish-Ska-Pop" sounds that are full of fun. Known for their humorous stage antics and high energy, they are sure to acquire a lot of new fans.

All of that moving around and dancing will make you hungry and thirsty, so check out the food court where more than 15 of Albuquerque's favorite food trucks and vendors will offer such tasty fare as roasted corn dripping with butter, a wide variety of sandwich offerings, hot and gooey pizza, and much more to tempt your taste buds. And to slake that thirst, visit the Microbrew Garden where you will find a variety of craft beers and other beverages.

A little shopping is in order at the Artisan Market, where handcrafted jewelry, baked goods, bath products and much more await at the more 20 booths: A great place to purchase gifts or find special treats for yourself.

Never for a moment forgetting the children in attendance, Downtown Summerfest offers face painting, inflatables for getting rid of all that pent-up energy, and rock wall-climbing to test strength and skills, as well as other fun activities.

Getting to Downtown Summerfest is a breeze. Public transportation takes you to a stop just a couple of blocks away. Paid parking under Civic Plaza or at the Convention Center brings you close to the action, and there are numerous other parking lots in the area. Or, you can avoid traffic and ride your bike; there will be a free Bike Valet located on the north side of Civic Plaza managed courtesy of Esperanza Bike Shop.

Downtown Summerfest will take place rain or shine. Limited seating is provided, but you are welcome to bring lawn chairs or blankets. Glass and alcohol will not be permitted.

Join us for an evening of free family fun and a lot of great entertainment. You can even bring your well-behaved, leashed family dog along to enjoy the fun.

V.25 No.22 | 06/02/2016

Join the Fun at Heights Summerfest Featuring Rusted Root

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!

V.25 No.8 | 02/25/2016

Great Entertainment at Summerfest 2016

Five Major Events Feature Top Performers and Much More!

Albuquerque's popular Summerfest events return in June with five exciting events that cover the City's broad geographic area, offering easy access to everyone across the city. An Albuquerque tradition for more than 30 years, Summerfest delivers free, quality entertainment in a family-friendly atmosphere, while becoming the can't-miss parties in our community.

"The City of Albuquerque is in the business of creating great family events for the whole community," said Mayor Richard J. Berry. "Looks like we have another exciting summer filled with a great line up of music for families and neighbors to enjoy."

The 2016 season opens on Saturday, June 11 with Heights Summerfest at the North Domingo Baca Park located on Wyoming and Carmel, just North of Paseo del Norte. Live music, food and drink, the Artisan Market filled with custom-crafted items, special games and fun for the youngsters, and more, will keep everyone entertained.

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.

Freedom 4th at Balloon Fiesta Park will feature headliner Lonestar, four "good old boys" from Texas who have never lost touch with their roots. Since 1995, Lonestar has sold more than ten million albums and achieved ten #1 country hits, including crossover smash hit "Amazed," which was the first record since 1989's "Islands in the Stream" to top both the Billboard and country charts. Known for merging their country roots with strong melodies and rich vocals, Lonestar received a huge welcome on their European tour with Reba McEntire, Ricky Skaggs, and Little Big Town, garnering major attention and building fans across the pond.

Saturday, July 16 is the date for the giant Route 66 Summerfest that fills Nob Hill on Central Avenue from Girard Blvd. to Washington Blvd. Headlining this street festival's entertainment is four-time Grammy®-winner, Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, and Musician Hall of Fame inductee, Booker T Presents: A Stax Revue and a Journey Thru Soul, Blues, and R&B. With 2016 being the 90th anniversary of The Mother Road, we can expect visitors from across America joining in the festivities as they travel through Albuquerque.

The fun continues as Downtown Summerfest comes to Civic Plaza on Saturday, August 6 with an event that features everything fans expect and more. Music will fill the Plaza throughout the event, with headliner The Wailers taking the stage to close out the event, bringing their own brand of reggae honed by years of performing worldwide. Carrying Jamaica's reggae tradition forward, the band has played to an estimated 24 million people across the globe and, together with Bob Marley, has sold in excess of 250 million albums worldwide.

The last, but definitely not the least, Westside Summerfest is set for Saturday, August 20 on Ellison Dr. between Alameda Blvd. and Cottonwood Dr. in Cottonwood Corners. Filled with activities that make Summerfest one of the most popular events in Albuquerque, Westside Summerfest will host rock band Big Head Todd & the Monsters. With a great deal of success under their belt, including their 1993 Sister Sweetly album that went platinum, the group wrote the single "Blue Sky" at the request of crew members of the Space Shuttle Discovery, the first shuttle to launch after the Columbia disaster.

V.24 No.35 | 8/27/2015
Robert Maestas

Council Watch

Curfew Kerfuffle

The Council talks bedtime enforcement, noise violations and Summerfest

Our city leaders discuss curfews, Summerfest and more.
V.24 No.25 | 6/18/2015
News Monkey

Crib Notes

Crib Notes: June 18, 2015

Test your friends and family to learn who is best informed about Albuquerque area news.


The Daily Word in shark attacks, festival mishaps and space porn

The Daily Word

In the capital of Georgia, flooding killed a dozen people and freed zoo animals to run wild in the streets.

Two teens lost limbs in separate shark attacks on a North Carolina beach over the weekend.

Eating this Thai delicacy could give you liver cancer.

Here are some pointers for eating seafood.

You can finally have a conversation with your sex doll.

A man successfully got someone pregnant after a penis transplant.

Rachel Dolezal has resigned from her position at the NAACP. This could free her up to focus on her artwork.

You can be fired for being a stoner in Colorado even though it's legal.

The Belgian Privacy Commission is suing Facebook.

In local news, a Heights Summerfest attendee was struck by an drone.

The singer of Smash Mouth flipped out on a bread-throwing audience member in Fort Collins and threatened to "beat the fuck" out of him.

Porn in space is imminent.

V.23 No.32 | 8/7/2014

Reel World

Boy talk

Boyhood’s slow journey to ABQ, Summerfest’s princely connection, family fun at SBCC and the Native Film Series 2014.
V.23 No.29 | 7/17/2014
Arrested Development
Courtesy of artist

Festival News

Jazzin’ Up Summertime

This year’s New Mexico Jazz Festival proffers concerts by Arrested Development, The Memphis P. Tails, Omar Sosa and a slew of other mega-talented artists.
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V.22 No.29 | 7/18/2013
Daniel Margreth

Four Up

Six degrees of nü-folk, mercury rising, all that jazz and rocking the cat’s cradle

Six degrees of nü-folk

Whatever your sonic pleasure—nü-folk, jazz fusion, psychedelic gospel-funk, bhangra-funk, bluegrass, gypsy jazz, traditional New Orleans brass band, witch house or booty bass noise—scope Four Up to make a date with live music.
V.21 No.24 | 6/14/2012

Alibi Picks

Sábado Gigante ... muy Gigante

As New Mexico celebrates 100 years of being one of those 50 stars on the blue upright, the city is planning the largest party ever held in Albuquerque: Centennial Summerfest is from noon to 9:30 p.m. on a closed-off stretch of Central between Second and 10th Streets. Multiple pavilions (including an authentically constructed 19th century Territorial Village) representing the eras of New Mexico's history will offer musical entertainment and dancing. Plenty of food, vintage car shows and an arts market reflect the modern. Centennial Summerfest draws to a close at 8 p.m. with a headlining performance by Los Lobos at Civic Plaza. All events are free to the public. For an extensive schedule of events, visit

The Fireballs, from Raton, wrote and recorded the 1963 bubblegum hit “Sugar Shack.” The band will be performing on Saturday at the Rock and Rockabilly Pavilion at Sixth Street and Central at 3:15 p.m.

Music to Your Ears

Centennial Summerfest

Though Santa Fe de Nuevo México became a territory of the United States in 1850, six decades passed before it was finally anointed 47th state. Despite ongoing union-joining efforts on the part of the citizenry, the lapse was due to federal government reluctance—the inhabitants here were seen as uncivilized and just not quite Anglo enough—but in 1912 the state was judged adequately assimilated. This January, New Mexico observed its statehood centennial, and fiestas will continue throughout the year. One of the biggest will be effervescing in Downtown Albuquerque this weekend.
V.19 No.29 | 7/22/2010

Alibi Picks

Route 66 Days and Nights

Make like the Griswolds and head down to the Mother Road this weekend for Route 66 Days and Nights. Beginning Friday evening and running through Saturday night, catch car shows, live music, sidewalk sales, artisan markets, food, a 5K run and more, all free and for the family. The action takes place on Central between Girard and Washington with traffic closed all day Saturday, coinciding with Albuquerque Summerfest and the New Mexico Jazz Festival. For a complete schedule of events, visit