RPM—Cheryl Hooks (of “Ear to the Ground” on KUNM and many other musical pies across our fair state) says that our own "little boy blues," Ryan Patrick McGarvey, will step into the studio for the first time this March to record his debut album. Cheryl says the as-yet-untitled work should be ready for release by the spring. Ryan will also be the featured performer on Channel 27's "It's Tobyriffic" this Tuesday, Feb. 28, and then record an in-studio session on KUNM's “Afternoon Freeform” show with Travis Parkin, which will air on March 2. To top it all off, Ryan has been invited to play legendary Chicago bluesman Buddy Guy's after-party that evening at the Eldorado Hotel in Santa Fe. Way to go, Ryan!
It's Santa Fe, Only More Appealing—The Todd Tijerina Band will release a brand-new album this Friday, Feb. 24, at Willee's Blues Club in Santa Fe (401 South Guadalupe, 982-0117). Todd's ass-shaking nouveau blues is well-worth the drive, so go and get some!
Outpost, Awake!—After a long, yearly winter hibernation, Outpost Productions is back and ready for action with a fresh roster of groundbreaking jazz, world music, blues and beyond. Their Spring Season 2006 begins this Saturday, Feb. 25, with a family concert featuring the Grammy-winning Pablo Ziegler and his Trio for New Tango. 2 p.m. at the Outpost Performance Space (210 Yale SE). The show is free, but you've got to make reservations through Chamber Music Albuquerque at 268-1990. Look for more highlights of the upcoming season at www.outpostspace.org.
Slow Burn makes their musical debut this Friday, Feb. 24, and Saturday, Feb. 25, at Joker's Pub (San Mateo just north of I-40, 884-4151). Get there by 9 p.m. to take part in the first virgin strains of Slow Burn's triple-blended rock—that's hard, classic and modern, according to Slow Burner Patrick Lopez. Somebody buy this new band a beer!