Summerfest August 23: Morris Day & The Time

August 21, 2014 by  
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Albuquerque Summerfest offers great free family entertainment – and the Westside Summerfest is the last one for the 2014 season. They’re going out with a great line-up…

Albuquerque Westside Summerfest on Saturday August 23, 2014, from 5 pm to 10:30 pm should be quite the street party. The event takes place on Ellison Drive NW between Cottonwood Drive and Alameda and it includes a free concert by Morris Day and the Time. This band must be cool, as it appeared in Prince’s movie Purple Rain and you can’t get much cooler than Prince.

As well as the free live music and dancing, expect local food vendors and The Stumbling Steer Corral beer garden with Albuquerque and New Mexico microbreweries. You can also expect an arts and crafts market from local artisans, and activities for kids including giant inflatables, a rock-climbing wall, face painting, jumps, and balloon animals.

The Westside Summerfest entertainment program on Saturday August 23 is:

  • 5 pm:  Good Green
  • 6:20 pm:  The Chris Kill Trio
  • 7:45 pm: The JDS – formerly known as The James Douglas Show, the nationally touring band based in Albuquerque
  • 9:15 pm: Morris Day & The Time

And did we mention the concerts are all FREE?  Take your own folding chairs if you like and make sure your pooch is on a leash if you take him or her along for the evening.

Parking is available at Cibola High School, 1510 Ellison Rd NW. If you want to cycle there, take advantage of the free bike valet provided by Esperanza Bike Shop on the dirt median.

Enjoy the last Summerfest of the season!

–Tania


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Rio Rancho Free Music Concerts

June 26, 2014 by  
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The Rio Rancho free music concerts series is in the swing for summer 2014, offering musical pleasure and any dancing you choose to do on Sunday evenings. They’ve some great acts on the schedule!

Rustle up a picnic and take blankets, lawn chairs or whatever other seating arrangement suits you (probably leave the La-Z-Boy at home) to the Rio Rancho free music concerts for summer 2014. They’re all on Sunday evenings through August 31 2014 and they all run from 6:30 -8 pm at the  Rotary Club Barbeque Pavilion in Haynes Park.

The kids can do their thang on the free fun jumps while you chill out listening to a nice mix of familiar and new performers. The Haynes Park music schedule at time of writing is:

  • June 29: The New Hit Squad
  • July 6: Twisted Mojo
  • July 13: Rio Rancho Jazz Band
  • July 20: Little Hawk
  • July 27: Flyin A’s
  • Aug. 3: St. Wolfe & Company
  • Aug. 10: The New Hit Squad
  • Aug. 17: St. Wolfe & Company
  • Aug. 24: Rio Rancho Concert and Jazz Bands
  • Aug. 31: Recurve

The Rio Rancho free music concerts are of course weather-permitting, at Haynes Park, 2006 Grande Boulevard, Rio Rancho, opposite Intel.

–Tania

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Rio Rancho Free Music Concerts

June 11, 2013 by  
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The Rio Rancho free music concerts series is in the swing for summer 2013, offering musical pleasure and any dancing you choose to do on Sunday evenings. They’ve some great acts on the schedule!

Rustle up a picnic and take blankets, lawn chairs or whatever other seating arrangement suits you (probably leave the La-Z-Boy at home) to the Rio Rancho free music concerts for summer 2013. They’re all on Sunday evenings through August 25 2013 and they all run from 6:30 -8 pm at the  Rotary Club Barbeque Pavilion in Haynes Park.

The kids can do their thang on the free fun jumps while you chill out listening to a nice mix of familiar and new performers. The Haynes Park music schedule at time of writing is:

  • June 16: Twisted Mojo
  • June 23: Point Blank
  • June 30: Bosque Blues
  • July 7: Saint Wolf
  • July 14: Rio Rancho Community Jazz Band
  • July 21: Rio Rancho Community Concert Band
  • July 28: Interplay
  • Aug. 4: The Hit Squad
  • Aug. 11: The Otherside
  • Aug. 18: Code 29
  • Aug. 25: Rio Rancho Community Jazz Band

The Rio Rancho free music concerts are of course weather-permitting, at Haynes Park, 2006 Grande Boulevard, Rio Rancho, opposite Intel.

–Tania

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Free Albuquerque Summerfest 2013

June 11, 2013 by  
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Albuquerque Summerfest 2013 offers great free outdoor concerts and family entertainment. This year’s series of Summerfest events kicks off this Saturday June 15 with performers including Big Bad Voodoo Daddy!

So you can save the future dates, the schedule for Albuquerque Summerfest 2013 is:

  • June 15 – Northeast Heights Summerfest
  • July 20 – Route 66 Summerfest in Nob Hill
  • August 3 – Downtown Summerfest at Civic Plaza
  • August 24 – Westside Summerfest

For the first event in the series, the Northeast Heights Summerfest is on Saturday June 15 from 5 pm to 10:30 pm. This is the first time the City has held Summerfest at this NE Heights location, on Wyoming Boulevard just north of Paseo del Norte.

They’ve got a great line-up of free live music – you provide the dancing!

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy is the star act, celebrating their 20th anniversary! The contemporary swing revival band has played with orchestras including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony and Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. They’ve performed on the TV shows Dancing with the Stars and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

The Summerfest entertainment program on Saturday June 15 is:

  • 5 pm:  Ryan Montano – songwriter and trumpeter (and model and actor! Don’t all swoon, ladies.)
  • 6:15 pm:  Cowboys & Indian – classic rockabilly from the Albuquerque band
  • 7:30 pm: The Quality Retreads – mixing it up with high energy Gaelic, Delta and Appalachian music
  • 9 pm: Big Bad Voodoo Daddy – Take your dancing shoes and prepare to party!

As well as the free live music and dancing, many stores will stay open late, and you can expect local food vendors and a beer garden with Albuquerque microbreweries, an arts and crafts market from local artisans, and activities for kids.

Parking will be available at the North Domingo Baca Multigenerational Center (Carmel and Wyoming) and at La Cueva High School. Note that Wyoming Boulevard itself will be closed between Paseo del Norte and Carmel starting at 6 am on Saturday June 15.

And did we mention the Albuquerque Summerfest 2013 concerts and events are all FREE?

–Tania

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Summerfest August 18: The James Douglas Show

August 15, 2012 by  
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Albuquerque Summerfest offers great free family entertainment – and the Westside Summerfest is the last one for the 2012 season. They’re going out with a great line-up…

Albuquerque Westside Summerfest on Saturday August 18, 2012, from 6 pm to 10:30 pm at the Cottonwood Mall includes a free concert by The James Douglas Show.

As well as the free live music and dancing, expect local food vendors and a beer garden with Albuquerque microbreweries, an arts and crafts market from local artisans, and activities for kids and teens including face painting, BMX demonstrations, a rock-climbing wall, jumps, and balloon animals.

The Summerfest entertainment program on Saturday August 18 is:

  • 6 pm:  The Breaktone – winners of the 2010 New Mexico Music Award for Best Pop CD
  • 7 pm:  Aladocious – soul, funk and rock from the Albuquerque band
  • 8 pm: Alex Maryol – blues from Santa Fe
  • 9 pm: The James Douglas Show – the nationally touring band based in Albuquerque

And did we mention the concerts are all FREE?

Albuquerque Westside Summerfest takes place outside Cottonwood Mall on the north side, Coors Boulevard NW

–Tania

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New Mexico Centennial Summerfest 2012: June 16

June 12, 2012 by  
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New Mexico Centennial Summerfest in Albuquerque promises to be one mega birthday party to celebrate New Mexico’s Statehood Centennial, and best of all – it’s free! If you’re an ABQ local and you haven’t heard about Summerfest already, you must have been living under a rock. But hey, who am I to judge how you spend your time? So here’s the scoop.

The New Mexico Summerfest Centennial event is on Saturday June 16, 2012 along Albuquerque’s Central Avenue, old Route 66 herself, with oodles of free live entertainment, exhibits, a car show, activities for kids, an arts and crafts show, and more. The party kicks off at 12 noon, and culminates with a free concert of star acts: country singer Will Banister, and the Grammy award-winners Robert Mirabal and Los Lobos.

To give you just a taste of the Summerfest schedule, highlights include:

  • Youthfest including games, face painting, music and dance, a climbing wall, and BMX bike demonstration, at the Youthfest area on Central between 4th and 5th streets.
  • Hispanic Heritage Pavilion (3rd and Central) with entertainment including Matachines de Bernalillo, flamenco dancing, and music by Al Hurricane and Al Hurricane, Jr.
  • World Pavilion (4th and Central) entertainment is as diverse as it sounds, from Taiko drumming to Irish dancing, Opera Southwest, and Le Chat Lunatique.
  • Native American stage (5th and Central) with Gathering of Nations Inter Tribal Dancers at various times during the afternoon, and a performance at 5 pm by Shelley Morningsong, whose album Full Circle won the Native American Music Awards 2011 Record of the Year.
  • NM Office of African American Affairs Juneteenth stage (7th and Central) is the venue for music by Sweet Life, Cathryn McGill, and an excerpt from Roots Revival by Rainbow Studio Theater.
  • Rock and Rockabilly stage (6th and Central) hosts the Daddy O’s, The Fireballs, and Soul Kitchen with Hillary Smith and Chris Dracup.
  • KiMo Theatre free cartoon movies all day and a free musical about New Mexico at 7 pm by the SouthWest Rural Theatre Project.
  • Storytelling Tent (8th and Central) including cowboy poets and chautauquas on New Mexico history and Billy the Kid.
  • Territorial Village in Robinson Park (between 8th and 10th on Central) with Roy Rogers Jr, Syd Masters, New Mexico Territorial Brass Band, and gunfighters!
  • Vintage Car Show on Central between 6th and 7th.
  • Science and Technology Center (7th and 8th on Central) with exhibits from Explora, Sandia National Labs, Spaceport America, White Sands National Monument, the National Museum of Nuclear History & Science, the Fractal Foundation, and more.
  • 100 for 100 Arts and Crafts show by New Mexico artists on Central between 6th and 7th.
  • Free trolley rides courtesy of ABQ Trolley Co along Central Avenue from noon to 6 pm as a shuttle to save your aching feet!
  • Free evening concerts at the Downtown Harry E. Kinney Civic Plaza Centennial Main Stage with country music artist Will Banister at 5:30 pm, Taos Pueblo musician Robert Mirabal at 6:30 pm, and headline act Los Lobos from 8 – 9:30 pm.

This is but a sampling of the free fun on offer – here’s the full New Mexico Centennial Summerfest schedule with all the details and a map.

The City of Albuquerque is expecting up to 80,000 people to attend Summerfest… plus you. So unless you can walk from home to the venues, you’d be wise to check out the Summerfest transportation, parking, and park and ride options at the link.

Party on, New Mexico!

–Tania

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Rio Rancho Free Music Concerts

May 22, 2012 by  
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Rio Rancho starts its summer series of free Sunday evening music concerts on May 27 – so plan ahead because they’ve some great acts in the line-up.

Rustle up a picnic and take blankets, lawn chairs or whatever other seating arrangement suits you (probably leave the La-Z-Boy at home) to the free Rio Rancho summer music concerts. They’re all on Sunday evenings from May 27 through August 26 2012 and they all run from 6:30 -8 pm at the  Rotary Club Barbeque Pavilion in Haynes Park.  

The kids can do their thang on the free fun jumps while you chill out listening to a nice mix of familiar and new performers. The Haynes Park music schedule at time of writing starts with:

  • May 27:  The Casuals
  • June 3:  Gary Reynolds & The Southwest Band
  • June 10: Adobe Brothers
  • June 17: Bosque Blues
  • June 24: The Flyin A’s
  • July 1: Nahalot Shalom Band
  • July 15: Dennis and Song Writers
  • July 22: Rudy Boy Experiment
  • July 29: Twisted Mo-Jo
  • August 5: The Hit Squad
  • August 12: Little Hawk
  • August 19: Inferno
  • August 26: Rio Rancho Symphonic Band

On June 10, July 15, August 12, and August 26, the Arts at Haynes Park show also takes place from 3 – 8 pm, so you can browse jewelry, glass, paintings, clothes, photography, sculpture and other New Mexican artisan pieces before and during that evening’s performance.

And did we mention that the live entertainment and the Arts at Haynes Park event are all free?

Shows are of course weather-permitting, at Haynes Park, 2006 Grande Boulevard, Rio Rancho, opposite Intel.

–Tania

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Rio Rancho Free Concerts: August 21 and 28

August 17, 2011 by  
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Rio Rancho’s final two free Sunday evening outdoor music concerts this summer are coming up. The next one is this Sunday August 21, 2011.

Rustle up a picnic and take blankets, lawn chairs or whatever other seating arrangement suits you (probably leave the La-Z-Boy at home) to the free Rio Rancho summer music concerts.  They both run from 6:30 to 8 pm, and the kids can do their thang on the fun jumps while you chill out listening to the music.

Check the Haynes Park music schedule in case of any changes, but at time of writing performers are:

  • August 21:  Daddy O’s 
  • August 28:  Rio Rancho Symphonic Band

They’re held at the Rotary Club Barbeque Pavilion in Haynes Park.  

On August 28,  the Arts at Haynes Park show also takes place from 2 – 8 pm, so you can browse jewelry, glass, paintings, clothes, photography, sculpture and other New Mexican artisan pieces before and during performances.

And did we mention that the live entertainment and the Arts at Haynes Park event are all free?

Shows are of course weather-permitting, at Haynes Park, 2006 Grande Boulevard, Rio Rancho, opposite Intel.

–Tania

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Summerfest August 20: Ryan Star

August 17, 2011 by  
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Albuquerque Summerfest offers great free family entertainment – and this is the last one for the 2011 season. They’re going out with a great line-up…

Albuquerque Summerfest on Saturday August 20, 2011, from 7 pm – 10:30 pm at the Cottonwood Mall includes a free Ryan Star concert. Ryan Star is probably best-known from the TV show Rock Star: Supernova, and he’s performed on tours with the Backstreet Boys and American Idol winner David Cook.

As well as the free live music and dancing, expect food and beer vendors, arts and crafts market, and lots of free kids’ activities, such as face painting, bounce houses, juggling, and magic.

The Summerfest program on Saturday August 20 is:

  • 7 pm: Poema, a local country, folk and rock duo
  • 7:50 p.m:  Students from Interplay School of Music
  • 8 pm:  The Noms, Albuquerque acoustic pop band
  • 8:50 pm: Students from Interplay School of Music
  • 9 pm:  Ryan Star

And did we mention the concert is all FREE?

Albuquerque Summerfest takes place in the Cottonwood Mall North Parking Lot, Coors Boulevard NW

–Tania

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Rio Rancho Free Outdoor Music Concerts August

August 6, 2011 by  
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Rio Rancho continues its summer series of free Sunday evening outdoor music concerts, and if you missed our previous posts, here’s a reminder that the next one is this Sunday August 7, 2011.

Rustle up a picnic and take blankets, lawn chairs or whatever other seating arrangement suits you (probably leave the La-Z-Boy at home) to the free Rio Rancho summer music concerts.  They’re all on Sunday evenings through August 28 2011 and they all run from 6:30 to 8 pm at the Rotary Club Barbeque Pavilion in Haynes Park.  

The kids can do their thang on the fun jumps while you chill out listening to a nice mix of familiar and new performers. Check the Haynes Park music schedule for the latest dates and deets, but at time of writing performers for August are:

  • August 7:   The Hit Squad
  • August 14:  The Muddy River String Band
  • August 21:  Daddy O’s 
  • August 28:  Rio Rancho Symphonic Band

On August 14 and August 28,  the new Arts at Haynes Park show also takes place from 2 – 8 pm, so you can browse jewelry, glass, paintings, clothes, photography, sculpture and other New Mexican artisan pieces before and during performances.

And did we mention that the live entertainment and the Arts at Haynes Park event are all free?

Shows are of course weather-permitting, at Haynes Park, 2006 Grande Boulevard, Rio Rancho, opposite Intel.

–Tania

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