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Featured event-Roswell Jazz Festival

October 17th-21st, 2018 Various locations and times throughout Roswell, NM

Founded in 2006, the Roswell Jazz Festival has an interesting connection to New Orleans. In August of 2005, Hurricane Katrina forced many residents of New Orleans to evacuate the city. One such resident was the esteemed Pulitzer nominated composer and jazz pianist Dr. Roger Dickerson. During the wrath of Hurricane Katrina, Dr. Dickerson escaped from the roof of his flooded New Orleans home and joined the masses of evacuees in Houston’s Superdome, where he placed a phone call to his dear friend in Roswell, Frank Schlatter. Schlatter and Dickerson had been long-time friends, having served together in the 33rd U.S. Army European Band in Heidelberg, Germany. Schlatter invited Dickerson to take refuge in his home in Roswell and he accepted. The spiritual and musical energy Dickerson brought with him to Roswell, along with the tireless efforts of Schlatter and the all-volunteer staff ultimately brought about Roswell’s first annual jazz festival, held in October, 2006. Today, after twelve consecutive festivals, the Roswell Jazz Festival has evolved into a highly respected, nationally acclaimed, world-class event! It is held annually in multiple venues Wednesday through Sunday during the third week of October. Complete info @


The Liberty – 312 N. Virginia 575 627-2121
7 – 9 p.m. Josh Ragsdale Presents the Emily Gimble Band
Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets must be purchased at

Stellar Coffee – 315 N. Main 575 623-3711
9 – 11 p.m. Blues in the Night – Hillary Smith/Chris Dracup Duo.


RISD Schools
10 a.m. – 3 p.m. RJF School of Jazz Student Outreach -Barrett; Francis; Malichi; Person; Redd; Unsworth.
Reischman Park – 308 N. Main Free Admission!
2 – 3:30 p.m. Kent Taylor – Hot Club On the Pecos
4 – 5:30 p.m. Blues with Chorné* – Francis; Malichi; Hill Smith; Unsworth.

Pecos Flavors Winery – 412 W. Second 575 627-6265
6 – 7:30 p.m. Xcel Energy Presents: ‘Dem Bones – B.Allred; J. Allred*; Barrett; Simon; Smith (d);Sportiello.
8:30 – 10 p.m. The Jazz Flutist – Hofmann*; Malichi; McSweeny; Redd (v); Piper.

Open seating (Reserved seating only for Donors Quintet level and above. See Sponsor)
First Show-Doors open 1 hour prior to start of performance

Reischman Park – 308 N. Main Free Admission!
10 – 11:30 a.m. Latino Jam – Allen; J Allred; Francis*; Gordon; Hofmann; Lechuga; Malichi; Noel; Redd (v).
2:30 – 3:30 p.m. Kent Taylor and Hot Club On the Pecos
4 – 5:30 p.m. Straight, No Chaser – McSweeny; Piper; Redd (d).

Courthouse Lawn – N. Main and 4th Street Free Admission!
12 – 2 p.m. – Meet the musicians. Sandke* and everyone.
Mayor Kintigh – Guest of Honor presentation and acknowledgments

Pecos Flavors Winery – 412 W. Second 575 627-6265
5 – 6:30 p.m. Two Pianos and Friends – Allen; Dickerson*; Erickson; Francis*; Malichi; Sandke; Hill Smith; Unsworth.
7:30 – 9 p.m. Sax Appeal – Malichi; Person*; Simon; Sportiello.
Open seating (Reserved seating only for Donors Quintet level and above. See Sponsor)
First Show-Doors open 1 hour prior to start of performance

Peppers Grill and Bar Jazz on the Patio – 500 N. Main 575 623-1700
5 – 6:30 p.m. – Jody Leonard Presents ‘Dem Bones: B. Allred; J. Allred*; Barrett; Smith (d); Simon; Sportiello.
7:30 – 9 p.m. Reedman Madness – McSweeny; Peplowski*; Redd (d); Piper.
Open seating (Reserved seating only for Donors Quintet level and above. See Sponsor)
First Show-Doors open 1 hour prior to start of performance

Roswell Museum and Arts Center Bassett Auditorium – 1011 N. Richardson 575 624-6744
9 – 11 a.m. Kay McMillan Presents: RJF School of Jazz – Barrett; Dickerson; Francis; Gordon; Hofmann; Malichi.
ENMU – Portales Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Dr. Richard Schwartz.

Reischman Park – 308 N. Main Free Admission
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Special Ed – Eddie Erickson*; Erik Unsworth; Hal Smith.
1 – 2 p.m. Eastern NM University- Portales Jazz Ensemble
2 :30 – 3:30 p.m. Trad Time – Barrett; Erickson; Francis; Gordon; Malichi; Peplowski; Sandke; Shearer*.
Private VIP Party
4 – 5:30 p.m. Thanking Our Donors Jam Session. For details on how you may receive an invitation, see Sponsor page.

Pecos Flavors Winery – 412 W. Second 575 627-6265
6 – 7:30 p.m. Trumpetology – J Allred; Malichi; Hill Smith; Sandke*; Unsworth Wofford.
8:30 – 10 p.m. The Art of Good Jam – Barrett*; Erickson; McSweeny; Peplowski; Sandke; Smith (d); Hill Smith; Sportiello.
Open seating (Reserved seating only for Donors Quintet level and above. See Sponsor)
First Show-Doors open 1 hour prior to start of performance

​Peppers Grill and Bar Jazz on the Patio – 500 N. Main 575 623-1700
6 – 7:30 p.m. It Don’t Mean a Thing If It Ain’t Got That Swing – Allen*; Erickson; B. Allred; Hofmann; Smith (d); McSweeny; Wofford.
8:30 – 10 p.m. Sax Appeal – Wofford; Person*; Redd (d); Simon.
Open seating (Reserved seating only for Donors Quintet level and above. See Sponsor)
First Show-Doors open 1 hour prior to start of performance

First United Methodist Church – 200 N. Pennsylvania 575 622-1881
10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Worship in Jazz – Allen; Allred B.; Allred J.; Barrett; Blake; Dickerson; Edmunds; Francis*; Gordon; Redd; Sandke; Shearer; H. Smith (d).

Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art – 409 E. College 575-623-5600.
2 – 4 p.m. Donald and Sally Anderson Present: Bosendorfer Biz – Hofmann; Piper; Sportiello; Wofford. Restrictions will apply) PLEASE ARRIVE EARLY FOR SEATING!

Pitbull (This concert is sold out)

Tuesday, October 16th, 2018, 7:00 PM Sandia Resort Amphitheater

Armando Christian Perez aka Pitbull is a globally successful musician, performer, business entrepreneur, fashion icon and actor whose career sales have exceeded 5 million albums and over 60 million singles worldwide. Pitbull has had #1 hits in more than 15 countries, his videos have over 5 billion views, and his social reach matches audiences of some television networks around the world. Pitbull’s latest album, Global Warming: Meltdown features the massive hit singles “Feel This Moment” with Christina Aguilera, “Don’t Stop The Party,” “Back In Time” from the action-comedy Men in Black 3, along with his second #1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart “Timber” featuring Ke$ha. Pitbull’s world tours have sold out concerts in North and South America, Europe, and the Far East.

Armando is also a burgeoning business entrepreneur with his own line of premium vodkas (Voli), a partnership with Sheets, the dissolvable energy strip, as well as premier fragrances for men and women simply titled Pitbull. These ventures along with major sponsorship deals with blue-chip brands like Bud Light, Dr Pepper, Kodak, and Dodge, plus a television production deal announced with Endemol North America where they announced his own production company Honey I’m Home and a New Year’s Eve special on Fox. He also has a strategic partnership with Playboy Enterprises and recently announced as a star on the 2015 Hollywood Walk of Fame clearly define Pitbull as Mr. Worldwide.

Singer-Songwriter Showcase  featuring Nathan Fox, Val James, Singer-Songwriter ShowcaseStephen Haynes, and Bridwell and Batista.

Wednesday, October 17th, 2018 8:00 PM Tractor Brewery Wells Park, Albuquerque

Nathan Fox’s unique jazzy songs have been featured in film and TV projects such as Daredevil, and Jessica Jones. He graduated from the Berklee College of Music and tours across the U.S. Originally from San Diego, California, we’re happy to have him here singing, songwriting, and producing in Albuquerque.

Val James has been playing guitar since she was 7 and writing songs since 14. Her biggest influences are Bonnie Raitt, Johnny Lang, Joni Mitchell, and Etta James. Her new album “Don’t Worry Baby” just came out:

Stephen Haynes rocks at lead guitar, has some solid original songs, and might bust out some Michael Jackson.

Bridwell and Batista combine guitars, harmonicas, and violins to create songs about spiders, bad drivers, and bad breakups.

Las Cruces Country Music Festival

Friday, October 19th- Sunday, October 21st, 2018 5:00 PM Hadley Sports Complex, Las Cruces

Blues Skies. Country Stars. Put your party boots on and get ready to kick-it at the Las Cruces Country Music Festival featuring three days of food, fun and country music guaranteed to rock your soul. Now in its sixth year, the festival features heritage and up-and-coming country acts straight from Nashville.

The annual event will feature some of America’s top country acts as well as some incredible New Mexico musicians including Dwight Yokum, Sawyer Brown, Rick Trevino and Frankie Ballard. New Mexico acts include Coco O’Connor, Half-Broke Horses and Slim Balkey

Friday, Oct. 19

5:15-5:45pm Coco O’Connor (2nd stage)
6-6:30pm Vince Alten & the Riff Raff (2nd stage)
6:30pm King Leg (main stage)
7:15-7:45pm Sugar & Steel (2nd stage)
7:45pm Frankie Ballard (main stage)
9-9:30pm The Yarbrough Band (2nd stage)
9:30pm Dwight Yoakam (main stage)

Saturday, Oct. 20

5:15-5:45pm Half-Broke Horses (2nd stage)
6-6:30pm Chris Baker Band (2nd stage)
6:30pm Brennin (main stage)
7:15-7:45pm The Tell Runyan Band (2nd stage)
7:45pm Sawyer Brown (main stage)
9-9:30pm Sim Balkey (2nd stage)
9:30pm Randy Houser (main stage)

Sunday, Oct. 21

1-2:15pm Abe Mac Band
2:30pm Rick Trevino

ALCHEMIE at Solid Grounds

Saturday, October 20th, 2018 7:00 PMSolid Grounds Coffeehouse, Albuquerque

ALCHEMIE is an ABQ-based band with inspired originals that feature outstanding vocals and harmonies as well as a full sound.  In 2017, they received three New Mexico Music Awards—two for songs on their album “dark” and one for another single; in 2018 they again won a New Mexico Music Awards nomination for the single “For Karen.”  In 2018 they were ranked second of the “Best Local Bands” in albuquerque, The Magazine’s “Best of the City” readers’ poll and second of the Best Pop Bands in the Alibi’s “Best of Burque” competition.  Their web site is

They have gotten airplay on KUNM and KPUR as well as live coverage on KRQE TV 13 and KOB TV4.  Mel Minter, in ABQ the Magazine feature article “Tiempo,” May 2017, writes:  “A duo that spawns excitement with vocals, Haubrich’s keyboards, and Danielson’s drum kit…manage, at times, to sound like a much larger band.”  “Though the title [“dark”] reflects the subject matter, the music is sweet.”

The Solid Grounds Coffee House provides a top-notch venue in which to listen to music and is one of Albuquerque’s finest live music venues featuring outstanding local, regional and national singer/songwriters and groups. Don’t forget to grab a gourmet coffee, tea, Italian soda or other beverage to enjoy with a homemade cookie or snack. The Coffeehouse atmosphere is casual, family-friendly and best of all, it’s all FREE.”

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Saturday, October 20th, 2018 8:00 PM Legends Theater @ Route 66 Casino, Albuquerque

Third Eye Blind from San Francisco Mission District Mostly guitars with other things knocking around Riffs and deep beats Lyrics are expanded in a kinda hip hop way That wrong thing you’re not supposed to say- we say it Black on Black pretty much from the beginning It took us so long to get things this way but it really feels like we are underway now Jacked on coffee we are a fabulously disorganized bunch We seek impact with friends try to surf whenever we can dirty jokes looking out for each other we have eyes and a voice so no surprise when we speak the fuck up We care about shit No sequencers no backing tracks not a DJ group We believe in the gathering power of music Guess you could say we are a motherfucking rock band Born in shadow, made of lions and loud.

NM Symphonic Chorus presents “Bach and Bernstein”"Bach and Bernstein" Concert To Be Performed by NM Symphonic Chorus on Oct. 21

Sunday, October 21st, 2018 3:00 PM First United Methodist Church, Albuquerque NM

The 75 talented members of the New Mexico Symphonic Chorus, along with NMPhil musicians, directed by Roger Melone will perform a “Bach and Bernstein” concert on Sunday, Oct. 21, at Albuquerque’s First United Methodist Church.

New Mexico Symphonic Chorus and New Mexico Philharmonic musicians directed by Roger Melone will perform a “Bach and Bernstein” concert. Program includes Bach’s Jesu, meine Freude, American treasure Leonard Bernstein’s music for The Lark with countertenor and narrator Sean Little and Bernstein’s Make Our Garden Grow from Candide with pianist Daniel Cummings. This performance will be the first concert for the Chorus’s 2018-19 season, which is honoring Leonard Bernstein, who was born 100 years ago in 1918.

The concert will begin at 3 p.m. on Oct. 21 in Albuquerque’s lovely First United Methodist Church with its wonderful acoustics. If purchasing tickets at the door, please arrive at least 30 minutes early for this concert.

Tickets are $25 for regular and $45 for premium general seating. Students with valid ID are $15. If purchasing tickets at the door, please arrive at least 30 minutes early.

Contact: 800-838-3006 Email:

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Sunday, October 21st, 2018 3:00 PM Heights Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Albuquerque

Symphony Orchestra of Albuquerque Fall Concert 2018//Movie Themes Concert

Under the direction of conductor Shutong Li, the program will feature Gershwin’s RHAPSODY IN BLUE featuring Charles McDaniel, piano and selections from Jurassic Park, Pirates of the Caribbean, My Fair Lady, Tara theme from “Gone with the Wind”

Cost: Free/Donations Appreciated. Call: (505) 296-6009 for more information

Paulooza-A Benefit for Paul Gonzalez

Sunday October 21st, 2018 Noon to 6:00 PM Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, Albuquerque

7 bands! 50 musicians! Big band swing, epic jazz musicians and vocalists, Burque’s premier Latin ensembles, blues, funk and R&B all rolled up in an all-day lovefest for brother Paul Gonzales.

Paul has been diagnosed with multiple myeloma. Our goal is to provide a little help with rapidly increasing medical costs and to support a brother that is the backbone of our musical community. If you can’t make it to the concert here is another way to donate!


•12-12:30-Albuquerque Jazz Orchestra with Hillary Smith

•12:45-1:15 Baracutanga

•1:30-2 Jazz with Doug Lawrence, Arlen Asher, Bobby Shew, Cal Haines, Jim Ahrend and Colin Dueble

•2-2:15 Patti Littlefield, Marietta Benevento Patty Stephens

•2:30-3:00 Kari Simmons and Groove Line

•3:15-3:45 Calle 66

•4-4:30 Hillary Smith, Dimi DiSanti, Mo Roberts, Steve Figueroa, Milo Jaramillo, Glenn Kostur.

•4:45-6 Son Com son

$30 general admission. Tickets available at the door! 100% of proceeds go to Paul! Children under 12 get in free and there will be firetruck tours from 12-2pm! Rain or shine show.

Silent raffle includes: •Season tickets to the summer museum “Music Under the Stars” provided by the groovy folks from NMJW. •Private, one hour house concerts from most of the bands performing, starting bid $500 -$1200 (some r

Joe Diffie

Sunday, October 21st, 2018 6:00 PM Isleta Resort & Casino, Albuquerque

With the recent release of Jason Aldean’s hit “1994” that name-checked many of Joe Diffie’s twelve Number One hits, the legendary singer found himself squarely back in the hearts and minds of country fans. The multi-platinum-selling artist has never slowed down – writing, touring and recording a myriad of projects including his critically acclaimed 2010 bluegrass album “Homecoming,” and his upcoming ”Country Unplugged” acoustic tour with fellow hit makers Mark Chesnutt and Lorrie Morgan. The video for his most recent single “Girl Ridin’ Shotgun,” which features cameo appearances from such superstars as Blake Shelton, Brad Paisley, Toby Keith, Lee Brice, Tim McGraw, and Keith Urban has amassed well over 7 million views on Youtube.

With chart-toppers like “Pickup Man,” “Third Rock from the Sun,” and “John Deere Green,” and 13 albums and over 20 Top 10 singles to his credit, Joe has little to prove at this point in his career, yet he still has a fire in his belly to make good country music. A renowned songwriter in his own right, Joe has hits for artists like Tim McGraw, Conway Twitty, and Jo Dee Messina to his credit.

Joe Diffie is a Grammy and ACM award-winner. He is a member of the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame and has been a member of the Grand Ole Opry for over 20 years.

Looking Ahead

Bob Weir & the Wolf Brothers

Saturday, October 27th, 2018 8:00 PM Kiva Auditorium, Albuquerque

Bob Weir and Wolf Bros featuring Bob Weir, Don Was and Jay Lane performing songs of Grateful Dead and more will embark on a 19-stop tour this fall. The tour kicks off October 16 and runs through November 18, hitting major markets across the US including New York City, Los Angeles, Boston, Philadelphia, Nashville, Denver, and Washington D.C. See the complete list of dates below.

Weir says, “Wolf Bros is something that really took its roots back in the spring of 2015 when Don Was came up to TRI and helped us piece together Dead & Company. For a while now I’ve been itchin’ to explore our songs in a trio setting. An upright bass, my acoustic or electric guitar and a drummer. We did some rehearsals this past spring and it was big fun—and that’s the whole idea. We were kickin’ around Dead songs as well as tunes from my back pages. I’m pretty sure we’re gonna have a big adventure with this…”

Edgar Winter

Saturday, October 27th, 2018 7:00 PM Legends Theater @ Route 66 Casino, Albuquerque

By the time Edgar Winter left his hometown of Beaumont, Texas in the 1960’s, he was already technically proficient in every aspect of music. A child prodigy who achieved international success early on, Edgar has found an audience in every major entertainment medium–music, film and television. A prolific writer, Edgar’s music encompasses many different genres, including rock, jazz, blues, and pop. From his critically acclaimed 1970 debut release, Entrance, he has demonstrated his unique style and ability to cross the genre lines and do the unexpected. His early recording of “Tobacco Road” is a powerful, emotionally devastating masterpiece that propelled him into the national spotlight. Edgar followed Entrance with two hit albums backed by his group White Trash, a group originally comprised of musicians from Texas and Louisiana. White Trash enjoyed huge success, both with the 1971 release of the studio album, Edgar Winter’s White Trash, and with 1972’s follow-up live gold album, Roadwork.

In late 1972 Edgar brought together Dan Hartman, Ronnie Montrose and Chuck Ruff to form The Edgar Winter Group, the legendary band that created such hits as the number one Frankenstein and the ever popular Free Ride. Released in 1973, They Only Come Out at Night peaked at the number 3 position on the Billboard Hot 200 and stayed on the charts for an impressive 80 weeks. It was certified gold in April 1973 and double platinum in November 1986. Edgar invented the keyboard body strap early in his career, an innovation that allows him the freedom to move around on stage during his multi-instrument high-energy performances. He was also the first artist to feature a synthesizer as the main instrument in a song. Frankenstein revolutionized rock and roll and opened up a whole new world of possibilities with experimentation and sound.

After They Only Come Out At Night, Edgar released Shock Treatment, featuring guitarist Rick Derringer in place of Ronnie Montrose. Later albums included Jasmine Nightdreams, The Edgar Winter Group with Rick Derringer, a live album, Together Live With Johnny Winter, Recycled, a reunion with White Trash, Standing On Rock, Mission Earth, Live In Japan, Not A Kid Anymore, The Real Deal, and Winter Blues.

With over 20 albums and numerous collaborative efforts to his credit, Edgar Winter has not been satisfied to ride the wave of popular music stardom. Major national television and radio campaigns have relied on Edgar’s music to advertise their products. Edgar has also made frequent television appearances, both to promote his music, and to give his opinions on everything from Politically Incorrect to a commercial with George Hamilton for Miller Lite beer. He has appeared in the film “Netherworld”, and the TV shows “The Cape”, “Mysterious Ways”, “Dave Letterman”, and “Jimmy Kimmel”.

Edgar Winter’s live shows consistently receive rave reviews. His music is always evolving and he is a master at stretching his skill and imagination to produce amazing results. He continues to thrill audiences with his live performances, always remaining on the cutting edge of music and style. Edgar is now at the very top of his game, and his future looks even brighter than his past.

The New Mexico Jazz Workshop presents Raul Midón

Saturday, November 3rd, 2018 8:00 PM Kimo Theater, Albuquerque

The New York Times has called Raul Midón “a one-man band who turns a guitar into an orchestra and his voice into a chorus.” Now, with his exciting new album – If You Really Want,  released  September 14 – Midón’s voice and guitar ride the waves of an actual orchestra: the acclaimed Metropole Orkest. Midón earned his first GRAMMY nomination for Bad Ass and Blind.

If You Really Want includes choice numbers from across Midón’s career: “Sunshine (I Can Fly),” “Sittin’ In The Middle” and “Suddenly,” from his hit debut, State of Mind (2005)

Midón has collaborated with such heroes as Herbie Hancock, Stevie Wonder and Bill Withers, along with contributing to recordings by Queen Latifah, Snoop Dogg and the soundtrack to Spike Lee’s She Hate Me. A native of New Mexico who was educated in the jazz program of the University of Miami – and who now lives in Maryland after years in New York City – Midón has earned acclaim the world over

The title of Midón’s 2017 release Bad Ass and Blind came from an apt description of its maker that soul icon Bill Withers endorsed; the album saw Midón collaborating with such top jazz players as trumpeter Nicholas Payton and pianist Gerald Clayton, and it earned the singer his GRAMMY nomination for “Best Jazz Vocal Performance.”

Ever since being told by some when he was a child that his blindness meant that “you can’t do this, you can’t do that,” Midón has lived a life devoted to beating the odds and shattering stereotypes, learning his own lessons along the way. “As someone who has never seen, I’ve always felt at a disadvantage in that lyric writing is usually very visual,” he says. “People really relate to images, and I’ve never seen images. But what I realized early on is that you have to write from what you know, and I hear, touch and feel intensely – and those are sensations and experiences that everyone can relate to.”

Straight, No Chaser “One Shot Tour”

Saturday, November 3rd, 2018 8:00 PM Kiva Auditorium, Albuquerque

If the phrase “male a cappella group” conjures up an image of students in blue blazers, ties, and khakis singing traditional college songs on ivied campuses… think again. Straight No Chaser (SNC) are neither strait-laced nor straight-faced, but neither are they vaudeville-style kitsch. As original member Randy Stine comments, “We take the music very seriously; we just don’t take ourselves too seriously.” In the process, they are reinventing the idea of a cappella on the modern pop landscape.

Originally formed over a dozen years ago while students together at Indiana University, the group has reassembled and reemerged as a phenomenon – with a massive fanbase, more than 20 million views on YouTube, numerous national TV appearances, Straight No Chaser is the real deal – the captivating sound of ten unadulterated human voices coming together to make extraordinary music that is moving people in a fundamental sense… and with a sense of humor.

On the road, Straight No Chaser has built a reputation as an unforgettable live act. By the end of 2010, the group will have sold more than 225,000 tickets to 160 shows, more than half of which sold out in advance. Over the summer, the group held a hugely successful residency at Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City, where they performed 40 shows in 8 weeks. Although the constant traveling takes its toll, the members of SNC maintain that every night, the direct connection with their fans reinvigorates them.

The current incarnation of SNC includes later members of the group, including Michael Luginbill, Seggie Isho and Tyler Trepp. “A music career was definitely not on my radar; getting the guys back together, not just for someone’s wedding or bachelor party, but to spend the majority of the year together touring and recording, is a dream come true.” Stine says. “I pinch myself all the time and hope it continues and becomes a longstanding career.”

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Saturday, November 10th, 2018 7:00 PM Inn of the Mountain Gods, Mescalero, NM

A pair of gonzo country showmen initially shunned by the Nashville mainstream but eventually becoming the face of Music City as the 2000s drew to a close, Big & Rich were the most unlikely country success story of the new millennium. They didn’t appear from nowhere, but when Horse of a Different Color exploded in 2004, it sure seemed like they did, memories of John Rich’s time in Lonestar vanishing, along with any trace of Big Kenny’s years struggling on the fringes of major-label studios. In its place was something cheerfully, grotesquely super-sized, happy to revel in a bad taste that camouflaged exactly how eclectic the duo was, how Big & Rich happily pushed hip-hop braggadocio into their rocking country, building their music on chant-along sports anthems and ballads, the former showcasing their humor, the latter their sentimentality.

Soon after “Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy)” because a smash, Big & Rich started firing out hits, not just as performers but as writer/producers, turning Gretchen Wilson into a star, assisting in John Anderson’s comeback, and supporting novelties like country-rapper Cowboy Troy. Their oversized, out-of-control train steamrolled throughout the back half of the ’90s, with Rich slowly ingratiating himself in the establishment — appearing as a judge on Nashville Star, the country American Idol knockoff — and Big Kenny once again turning toward the fringes, only this time working with the added benefit of being able to have his music be heard.

If Big & Rich seemed like an ungainly match, it’s because they came from quite different backgrounds: Rich taking the traditional Music City path via Lonestar, and Big Kenny Alphin working as a pro songwriter, dabbling in both country and rock. They paired up in 1998, starting a regular performing group called the MuzikMafia, which appeared at a Nashville club on a regular basis for several years. Big & Rich worked on new material, both as a team and separately, building a reputation that started to crest in 2003, when Martina McBride recorded their “She’s a Butterfly.” Soon, the duo signed with Warner Nashville, which released their first single, “Wild West Show,” early in 2004 with the full-length Horse of a Different Color appearing that spring. Thanks to the near-novelty “Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy),” a boisterous blend of rockin’ country and old-school rap, the album turned into something of a phenomenon and Big & Rich were ready to seize this opportunity, pushing themselves and their MuzikMafia. First out of the gate was Gretchen Wilson, whose 2004 debut, Here for the Party, was produced by Rich, who also wrote many of the songs, including its hit “Redneck Women.” The group’s country rapper comrade Cowboy Troy was next in line, releasing his debut in 2005.

By the time Big & Rich released their sophomore album, Comin’ to Your City, in time for the holiday season of 2005, they were dominating country music, with Rich in particular popping up all over the place, producing John Anderson’s comeback and judging Nashville Star. Comin’ to Your City showed signs of Big & Rich turning their schtick into formula, but the record went into the Top Ten and had several hits. The group’s momentum didn’t slow until 2007, when their third album, Between Raising Hell and Amazing Grace, performed only respectably. Big & Rich decided to devote 2009 to solo projects, with Rich’s Son of a Preacher Man appearing in the spring and Kenny’s Quiet Times of a Rock and Roll Farm Boy in the fall, followed by a hits collection of the group’s first three albums. The duo reunited in 2012 as Big & Rich for their fourth studio album, Hillbilly Jedi, which featured a pair of songs co-written with Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora (Bon Jovi was also instrumental in getting clearance from George Lucas to use the term “Jedi” in the album title).

The duo quickly returned to the studio, working on their fifth album throughout 2013. By the time 2014 arrived, Big & Rich severed ties with Warner and started their own label, also called Big & Rich. The first release on the label was the single “Look at You,” which appeared in early 2014 and went into the Billboard country Top 20. The full-length Gravity saw the comedic duo opting for a softer, melodic direction; it was released in September 2014. In April 2017, the duo issued the single “California” in anticipation of the release of their sixth studio LP. Released on September 15, 2017, Did It for the Party debuted at two on Billboard’s Country Albums chart.

David Crosby & Friends

Thursday, November 15th, 2018 7:00 PM National Hispanic Cultural Center, Albuquerque

It’s a good time to be David Crosby. The two-time Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee is experiencing an unprecedented surge not only in prolificacy, but in creativity.

Sky Trails, his third album of original material in four years, takes the fearless folk rock legend in a new musical direction as the set tilts toward a full band sound with deep, soulful grooves.  Crosby’s son, multi-instrumentalist James Raymond, from Albuquerque, produced the album.

Sky Trails follows last year’s critically acclaimed Lighthouse – which received praise from outlets including Rolling Stone, Stereogum and NPR Music – which was preceded by 2014’s Croz, Crosby’s first solo album in 20 years. Though Crosby wrote many of the songs for Sky Trails as he was working on Lighthouse, the two are distinctly different projects. “Lighthouse was conspicuously and deliberately acoustic,” Crosby says. “Sky Trails was intended to be a full band record from the start.”

Crosby found himself reinvigorated by the stellar musicians with which he’s surrounded himself. “All the people in the Sky Trails band are much younger than me, so I have to paddle faster to keep up,” he says with a laugh.

His delight in working with his son, whom Crosby met when Raymond was 30 after being given up for adoption, is palpable. Crosby co-wrote four of the album’s 10 songs with Raymond. He also praises Raymond for his inventive studio wizardry, especially on “Curved Air,” where Raymond’s keyboards create the vibrant flamenco guitar sound that serves as the song’s foundation.

Crosby and Raymond recorded some of the songs at Raymond’s home studio and then moved to Jackson Browne’s Groove Masters studio in Santa Monica for tunes that feature the full band.

Though he offers abundant praise for his bandmates, as writer/co-writer of eight of the tracks, Crosby deserves the credit for the album’s wide-ranging, incisive lyrics that examine the human condition, from our frailty on “Here It’s Almost Sunset” to our greed on the searing “Capitol.”


In Crosby’s unparalleled six-decade career, the native Californian has created songs that resonate as indelible cultural touchstones for more than three generations, not only as a solo artist, but as a founding member of The Byrds in the mid-60s, Crosby, Stills & Nash (recipients of the Grammy for best new artist in 1969), and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. He’s collaborated with dozens of artists, including Joni Mitchell, James Taylor, Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour, Phil Collins, Elton John and Carole King.

The folk rock pioneer, who was inducted into the prestigious Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2009, has also served as our social conscience, not only eloquently writing about societal issues on such songs as “Almost Cut My Hair” and “Wooden Ships,” but continuously donating concert proceeds to likeminded causes. His towering influence and brilliant ability to capture the spirit of our times in his music remains undiminished.

The good news is that at 75, Crosby remains as engaged and energized as ever, with no end in sight. The creative floodgates that opened a few years ago continue to flow and Crosby delights that the songs are still pouring forth. He doesn’t think too hard about why the muse has alighted upon him at this late stage in his career, but offers up that perhaps once CS&N ended, “there was a lot of pent-up creative juice. It’s as if I’d been in a dark room and someone turned on the lights,” he says. “I don’t want to take it for granted, but it’s been absolutely amazing.”

Crosby will be joined by the Lighthouse band to journey down a new four-way street that brings his music to life with new spirits.

Three-time Grammy winner Michael League of Snarky Puppy; New York’s best kept secret Becca Stevens and Canadian songstress Michelle Willis, playing acoustic and electric guitars, piano, keyboards, and beautiful vocal harmonies. The band will reinterpret Crosby’s greatest hits as well as performing music from the critically acclaimed album Lighthouse and the upcoming release in October 2018

Ramon Ayala

Wednesday, November 24th, 2018 7:00 PM, Inn if the Mountain Gods, Mescalero NM

Ramon Ayala, born in Monterrey, Mexico has mastered the artistry accordionist/vocalist/songwriter for over 40 years. Ramon Ayala has defined norteño music with signature songs and definitive instrumental styling that have made him a superstar on both sides of the El Rio Grande.

Ramon, son of local musician Ramon Cobarrubias, began playing his favorite instrument, the accordion when he was six years old. Inspired and supported by his parents, he performed in different public places to help his modest family. His first band experience was a group called Los Jilgueros de Marin, later he joined Los Pavorreales.

As a teenager in the early sixties, Ramon virtually invented modern conjunto music, teaming up with the late bajo sexto guitarist / vocalist Cornelio Reyna to form Los Relampagos del Norte, the duo forged a distinctive sound and compiled a roster of songs that have since been covered by countless artists in contemporary Latin music. Their first hit single “Ya no llores” was recorded in 1963. For the next eight years, Los Relampagos del Norte tore up the music charts by revolutionizing and re-inventing norteño music, a genre that was then considered exclusively cantina music. Ramon and Cornelio livened the music and lyrics in order to reach and appeal to more people.

The talented duo recorded a total of 20 albums leaving behind many classics such as “El disgusto”, “Devolucion”, “Mi Tesoro”, “Tengo miedo”, and many others. After Cornelio Reyna left to pursue his own ranchero career in 1971, Ramon Ayala set out to prove that he could make it on his own and formed the legendary band, Ramon Ayala y sus Bravos del Norte in late 1971. Early next year Ramon was growing and already making a name for himself with his new vocalist, Antonio Sauceda.

Ramon has also been awarded with two Latin Grammys’ for the albums “Quemame Los Ojos” and “ El Numero Cien”. Ramon has been nominated for a total of ten times with both markets combined. Among the awards and recognitions he had received we can find: Mr. Amigo in Brownsville, TX. “La Diosa Musical” for his high sales, “Llaves de Cristal” in Monterrey, gold and platinum albums. His sales keep and average of 750,000 units per year. Ramon’s performances range from 120 to 150 in both markets. He has more than 105 albums in his trajectory and he also took part in 13 movies, sharing credits with talents such as: Antonio Aguilar, Los Hermanos Almada and Cornelio Reyna among others. Ramon Ayala’s influence on modern music cannot be overstated, as most norteño groups today use their style as their musical foundation to perform their songs. In sum, Ramon is one of the most memorable iconic super stars today. Ramon Ayala y sus Bravos del Norte are: Ramon Ayala, Fidencio Ayala, Jose Luis Ayala, Mario Marichalar, David Laure y Raul Rosales.

Ayala continues to be a classic musician who is remembered as one of the founders of the modern norteño music. Ayala has won and has been nominated for several Grammy awards. In 2001 Ayala was awarded with an American Grammy award for the album En Vivo… El Hombre Y Su Música. Ayala has also been awarded with two Latin Grammies for the albums “Quémame Los Ojos” and “El Numero Cien”. He is well known for his music.

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Thursday, December 8th, 2018 7:00 PM, Inn of the Mountain Gods, Mescalero, NM

Tracy Lawrence is one of the most recognizable voices in Country music with songs such as “Paint Me A Birmingham,” “Time Marches On,” “Alibis,” and “Find Out Who Your Friends Are.” The entertainer has enjoyed twenty-two songs on the Billboard top ten charts with eighteen number one singles, selling over thirteen million albums.

The Multi-platinum CMA and ACM award winning recording artist has helped shape the sound of Country music for two decades, recently celebrating twenty-years in music. Few country artists have ever known the kind of success that Tracy Lawrence has earned and the influence his iconic voice has contributed to the Country music genre.

His music has inspired a whole new generation of entertainers and fans. Jason Aldean and Luke Bryan frequently pay tribute to the singer live in concert by playing his double-platinum hits like “Time Marches On” and Alibis.” Songs that help make Lawrence among one of the most played artists on radio.

Lawrence has set out to embark on the next chapter of his music career with his highly anticipated forthcoming studio album Headlights, Taillights And Radios to be released August 2013. The first single, “Stop Drop And Roll” written by hit songwriters Casey Beathard who penned Lawrence’s CMA and ACM award winning hit “Find Out Who Your Friends Are” and Brandon Kinney, marks the singers first studio album in five years.

Headlights, Taillights And Radios is not just another release for Lawrence, it’s a testament to how his music continues to evolve and engage all generations of Country music fans. The 11-song collection features some of his most progressive music to date.

Reflecting on the creative process when recording Headlights, Taillights And Radios Lawrence knew that he needed to push the envelope and creativity to a new level. “When recording the new album it was a very different process than I had ever done before,” said Lawrence. “We ended up recording the album in two parts, that’s just how it worked out. I started recording in the direction to make a more traditional County record. But as time progressed, I needed to explore and challenge myself musically. I wanted to go deeper and try a more edgy and progressive sound that reflected where I was going next. The combination really worked well for me and I think it will appeal to many different types of County music fans.”

The album title Headlights, Taillights And Radios carries a signature meaning for the artist. “Headlights” looking to the future; “Taillights” celebrating the past; and “Radios” a tribute to his success on radio.

Headlights, Taillights And Radios gives us a new Tracy Lawrence. One that is sure to inspire and ignite a whole new generation of Country music.

George Winston

Monday, February 5th, 2019, Taos Center for the Arts

George Winston grew up mainly in Montana, and also spent his later formative years in Mississippi and Florida. During this time, his favorite music was instrumental rock and instrumental R&B, including Floyd Cramer, the Ventures, Booker T & The MG’s, Jimmy Smith, and many more. Inspired by R&B, jazz, Blues and rock (especially the Doors), George began playing organ in 1967. In 1971 he switched to the acoustic piano after hearing recordings from the 1920s and the 1930s by the legendary stride pianists Thomas “Fats” Waller and the late Teddy Wilson. In 1972, he recorded his first solo piano album, BALLADS AND BLUES 1972, for the late guitarist John Fahey’s Takoma label.

Since 1980 George has released ten other solo piano albums. In 2001 George released REMEMBRANCE – A MEMORIAL BENEFIT, a six song CD of piano, guitar and harmonica solos, to benefit those affected by 9/11.

His latest solo piano release is LOVE WILL COME – THE MUSIC OF VINCE GUARALDI, VOL. 2 (released 2/2/10), which features compositions by the late jazz pianist, including pieces from the Peanuts’ TV specials. His next album SPRING CAROUSEL-A CANCER RESEARCH BENEFIT will be released in 2016.

George is presently concentrating mainly on live performances, and most of the time he is touring playing solo piano concerts (the Summer Show or the Winter Show), solo guitar concerts, solo harmonica concerts, and solo piano dances (with R&B and slow dance songs).

He is currently most inspired by the great New Orleans R&B pianists Henry Butler, James Booker, Professor Longhair, Dr. John, and Jon Cleary; and he is also working on interpreting pieces on solo piano by his favorite composers, including Vince Guaraldi, Professor Longhair, and the Doors, as well as Dr. John, Allen Toussaint, Ralph Towner, Sam Cooke, Randy Newman, Al Kooper, Jimmy Wisner, Arthur Lee, Frank Zappa, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Wes Montgomery, John Coltrane, Cal Tjader, John Hartford, Oliver Schroer, Taj Mahal, Philip Aaberg, Henry Butler, James Booker, Jon Cleary, and others, to play at concerts, and at his solo piano dances.

George is also working on solo guitar and is recording the masters of the Hawaiian Slack Key guitar for an extensive series of albums for Dancing Cat Records ( Slack Key is the name for the beautiful solo fingerstyle guitar tradition, unique to Hawaii, which began in the early 1800s and predated the steel guitar by over half a century. He is also recording his main inspirations for his harmonica playing, Sam Hinton, Rick Epping, and Curt Bouterse.

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Tuesday, February 12th, 2019 7:00 PM Tingley Coliseum

The members of Panic! At the Disco had barely graduated high school when their full-length debut, A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out, transformed the suburban Las Vegas teens into national emo-pop stars. The band had materialized several years earlier, when friends Spencer Smith (drums) and Ryan Ross (guitar) began covering blink-182 tunes together. After tiring of playing another group’s material, they recruited two additional classmates, guitar/vocalist Brendon Urie and bassist Brent Wilson, and the newly formed quartet decided to model its name after a line in Name Taken’s “Panic.” Crafting pop-influenced songs with theatrical touches, quirky techno beats, and perceptive lyrics, Panic! At the Disco posted several demos online that caught the attention of Decaydance Records, the Fueled by Ramen imprint headed by Fall Out Boy’s Pete Wentz. Even though Panic! At the Disco had yet to play a live show, they subsequently became the first band signed to Wentz’s label.

With their record scheduled for release in September 2005, Panic! At the Disco joined the successful Nintendo Fusion Tour and hit the road alongside Fall Out Boy. The band continued touring into early 2006, while its single “I Write Sins Not Tragedies” found its way onto MTV and the Billboard Top 40.  The guys picked up a Video of the Year award at MTV’s annual VMA ceremony, beating out heavy-hitters like Madonna and the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

In 2011 they released their third studio album, the John Feldmann- and Butch Walker-produced Vices & Virtues. Two years later, the band returned with Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die! 2016’s Death of a Bachelor, featured co-production from Urie and longtime engineer Jake Sinclair debuted at number one in the U.S., and was nominated for a Grammy for Best Rock Album.