Squash Blossom Boys’ debut album is sneaking up on you
A pioneering band in Albuquerque’s Americana scene, the Squash Blossom Boys brings expert musicianship and rollicking energy to standard and original tunes. The squashies have played in various locales—bars, growers’ markets, on tour earlier this year opening for the Meat Puppets, maybe even at your backyard barbecue—and the band’s popularity is on a steady upward climb. But even fans may not know the winding path these bluegrass men have traveled.
Gypsy Jazzers Take Over Albuquerque
Producer John Sandlin gives us the lowdown on the low-down sounds of his Django Festival
The New Mexico Django Festival returns to Albuquerque in its fourth, nearly annual edition after a layoff in 2009 in deference to the imploded economy. Producer John Sandlin, perhaps best known hereabouts as the rakishly handsome, devilishly talented guitarist for Le Chat Lunatique, has once again put together a stellar lineup, including up-and-coming international acts as well as local favorites like Zoltan Orkestar, The Hot Club of Santa Fe and Django Rhythm Meat Grinder. For four days, they’ll all pay homage to the Belgian whiz-kid guitarist Django Reinhardt, who put a unique gypsy spin on swing.
Flyer on the Wall
Steve Eiland—of Beefcake in Chains notoriety—and his betrothed observe their upcoming nuptials at Cap’n Creepy’s Halloween Weddin’ Party. Music is to be provided by Icky and the Yuks, The Gracchi, Dead On Point Five and None of the Above. Beefcake in Chains will also stage a mini-reunion. The free, 21-and-over show/party happens at the Launchpad (618 Central SW) beginning at 9 p.m. (Jessica Cassyle Carr)
Le Chat Lunatique vocalist and violinist Muni Kulasing has never heard most of these songs
Muni Kulasinghe is the talented vocalist and violinist for Le Chat Lunatique. He’s also a friendly, multilingual gentleman who’s always armed with a smile, a wink and maybe a dirty joke. This weekend his gypsy jazz band plays local host to the New Mexico Django Festival. In honor of the event, Kulasinghe was asked to provide shuffled tracks from his music library. “I don’t have an MP3 player, nor an iPod; only my computer, which means the music I happened upon is not necessarily music I have listened to much, if ever,” he explains. “As it turned out, I was wholly unprepared for what spouted forth.”
Nas • hip-hop • Mary J. Blige • R&B, soul
On Tuesday, Aug. 20, catch a concert by hip-hop nation gods Mary J. Blige and Nas. The two ’90s rap and soul superstars—famous for hits like Blige's inimitable “Be Without You” or Nas' hip-hop anthem, “It Ain't Hard to Tell,” gig at Isleta Amphitheater at 8pm in a concert guaranteed to move your body, whether or not you have access to the fabled hot sauce recipe reportedly kept in the safe of mystery rapper Nathanial Hörnblowér. The funk cometh, so boogie on down; lawn tickets start at $31 and VIP packages begin at $250.
UB40 • reggae, '80s, pop
Once upon a time in the late '70s, pop music married dancehall reggae and the couple had a few very happy, musical children who ended up playing in bands with names like The Beat, The Specials, Madness and of course UB40. The latter outfit, named after an unemployment form used in Old Blighty, went on to become an international rocanrol superstar on the strength of stoney-groovy hits like their now ubiquitouscover of Neil Diamond's “Red, Red Wine.” Notably, this band had a slew of other totally danceable tuneage in their badass Jamaican-style soundsystem, including a cover of an old Sonny and Cher song that went to the top of the British charts in 1993. Founders Ali Campbell, Astro and Mickey Virtue left the ensemble in 2008, but the rest of the band soldiers on, playing heaps of shows as their 40th anniversary year crests here in America. Check out this noble group of upbeat experts when they jam at Route 66 Casino Hotel's Legend's Theater on Saturday, Aug. 24, at 8pm. Tickets for this all-ages romp through the before time range in price from $28 to $49.
Korn • metal • Alice in Chains • alt.rock
KoRn and Alice in Chains arrive at Isleta Amphitheater on Tuesday, Aug. 27 at 6pm to soothe your alt and nu metal needs. Something takes a part of you in the pit for $108.50 general admission; if you’d rather the music inside of you forever preach rather than reach, opt for lawn seats as low as $38.50. It’s an all-ages show, and bring your kids to show them how much better life was in the late '90s and introduce them to a whole new world of sights and smells. So long as you’re not a square or the colloquial man in the box who's down in a hole, get tickets from livenation.com. Even figure out a cool way to incorporate a joke about mohawks to tell your friends, “Yeah, here comes the rooster,” but only if you’re a talented writer who is wildly clever about things like that.