Featured event-Patti Labelle
Friday, January 18th, 2019 8:00 PM Isleta resort & Casino, Albuquerque
Patti LaBelle began her career in the early 1960’s as lead singer and front woman of the vocal group, Patti LaBelle and the Bluebelles. Following the group’s name change to Labelle in the early 1970s, they released the iconic disco song “Lady Marmalade” and the group later became the first African-American vocal group to land the cover of Rolling Stone magazine. After the group split in 1976, LaBelle began a successful solo career, starting with her critically acclaimed debut album, which included the career-defining song, “You Are My Friend“. LaBelle became a mainstream solo star in 1984 following the success of the singles, “If Only You Knew“, “New Attitude” and “Stir It Up“, with the latter two crossing over to pop audiences becoming radio staples.
Less than two years later, in 1986, LaBelle scored with the number-one album, Winner in You and the number-one duet single, “On My Own“, with Michael McDonald. LaBelle eventually won a 1992 Grammy for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance for her 1991 album, Burnin’, followed by a second Grammy win for the live album, Live! One Night Only. Her 1990s albums, Burnin’, Gems (1994) and Flame (1997), continued her popularity with young R&B audiences throughout the decade. Following the release of two mildly receptive solo albums in the early new millennium, she reunited with her Labelle band mates for the album, Back to Now, followed by a briefly well received promotional tour. LaBelle’s success has extended as an actress with a notable role in the film, A Soldier’s Story, and in TV shows such as A Different World and American Horror Story: Freak Show. In 1992, LaBelle starred in her own TV sitcom, Out All Night. A decade later, LaBelle hosted her own lifestyle TV show, Living It Up with Patti LaBelle on TV One. In 2015, LaBelle took part in the dance competition, Dancing with the Stars.
In a career that has spanned fifty years, she has sold more than 50 million records worldwide. LaBelle has been inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame, the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the Apollo Theater Hall of Fame and the Songwriters’ Hall of Fame. In 2005, the World Music Awards recognized her years in the music business by awarding her the Legend Award. Possessing the voice of a soprano, LaBelle was included in Rolling Stone on their list of 100 Greatest Singers. LaBelle is commonly identified as the “Godmother of Soul”.
Tuesday, January 15th 2019, 12:00 PM Los Griegos Branch Library & 6:00 PM Taylor Ranch Library, Albuquerque
David Berkeley’s gift as a songwriter and storyteller is that he sees both the tragedy and comedy in life, managing to both reveal the sorrow at the heart of the human condition and the blazing joy and beauty in the same. It’s a duality that audiences experience at all of Berkeley’s shows as he tells uproarious stories between cathartic songs. It’s also why his fans respond so deeply to his music and why so many look to him to express what they
are often unable to articulate. Berkeley’s songs are at once hard and hopeful.
Don’t miss this free performance, the latest in a monthly series of free events in collaboration with AMP Concerts and the Friends of the Public Library.
David Berkeley took a longer journey than usual in creating his latest EP. He needed the time to carefully craft each song. The tracks on the EP, “The Faded Red and Blue,” are about not only President Trump, but also suicide, immigration, gun violence and the environment.
Berkeley felt that he had to address what’s going on in the world, because every day, there is something new. Berkeley is based in Santa Fe and recorded the majority of the album at The Kitchen Sink Recording Studio. He also did a little recording at his home studio, as well as a studio in Atlanta. The concert is free, but you must register at ampconcerts.org
Pink Martini (This event is Sold Out)
Wednesday, January 16th, 2019 7:30 PM Kimo Theater, Albuquerque
“Pink Martini is a rollicking around-the-world musical adventure… if the United Nations had a house band in 1962, hopefully we’d be that band.”
—Thomas Lauderdale, bandleader/pianist
Drawing inspiration from music from all over the world—crossing genres of classical, jazz and old-fashioned pop—Thomas Lauderdale founded the “little orchestra” Pink Martini in 1994. Featuring a dozen musicians, Pink Martini now performs its multilingual repertoire in over 25 languages on concert stages and with symphony orchestras throughout Europe, Asia, Greece, Turkey, the Middle East, Northern Africa, Australia, New Zealand, South America and North America.
Pink Martini’s most recent studio album, Je dis oui!, features vocals from China Forbes, Storm Large, Ari Shapiro, fashion guru Ikram Goldman, civil rights activist Kathleen Saadat, and Rufus Wainwright. The album’s 15 tracks span eight languages (French, Farsi, Armenian, Portuguese, Arabic, Turkish, Xhosa and English), and affirms the band’s 25-year history of global inclusivity and collaborative spirit.
David Bridewell presents Singer Singwriter Showcase
January 16th 2019, 8:00PM Tractor Brewery @ Wells Park, Albuquerque
This final Singer Songwriter Showcase from David Bridewell, who is moving out of state at the end of January, will feature Ry Warner, J5th, Toni Maestas, and Bridwell.
Ry Warner is an experimental country musician from the Appalachian foothills of southeastern Ohio, currently based in northern New Mexico.
He has collaborated with artists such as legendary pedal steel guitarist Susan Alcorn, trance-punk painter Arrington de Dionyso, Dimitri Manos (Dr. Dog) and Connor Gallaher (Calexico). He developed a style called High Country that drew on free jazz, country, noise, drone, north African assouf, and Appalachian folk. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=REoK50qQupw
J5th is the real American outlaw deal. Originally from northern California, he relocated to the southwest in the late 90’s. Influenced not only by the sounds of classic country and rock n roll… but also by the lifestyles some would find questionable. He writes about his life with heartfelt and brutal honesty; about the good, the not so good and his reflections on it all. SW Rebel Music.
Toni Maestas likes women with tattoos and they like her too. An Albuquerque native, Toni Maestas sticks to no particular genre when writing her hook-filled tunes and life-influenced lyrics. She’s part rock-n-roller, honky-tonker, and gritty singer/songwriter https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iLhANlOL-zA
David Bridwell is a country-americana-rock-folk singer writing about spiders, bad drivers, and bad breakups. He’s posting one new song each month on social media (@davidbridwellmusic on FB or Instagram). He just came out with a song “Dirty Old Town”, featuring images from the Rail Runner train: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rJqk8qjUx0M&t=1s
Disturbed with Three Days Grace
Thursday, January 17th, 2019 Tingley Coliseum, Albuquerque
After announcing a “hiatus” in 2011, Grammy Award-nominated, multiplatinum hard rock titans Disturbed knew that their imminent return would happen during such a moment. The members—David Draiman [vocals], Dan Donegan [guitar], Mike Wengren [drums], and John Moyer [bass]—put a plan into play. In 2010, the group’s gold-certified fifth offering, Asylum, became their fourth consecutive #1 on the Billboard Top 200, an accolade shared only with Metallica and Dave Matthews Band. They had sold out arenas everywhere on the subsequent tour, and it was time for that calm to commence.
That album, Immortalized [Reprise], initially became the best-kept secret of the group’s career. In 2013, Draiman released a top 15 record with Device’s self-titled debut, while Donegan and Wengren launched Fight or Flight with A Life By Design? Following the success of both, Draiman and Donegan decided to have dinner back in their hometown of Chicago during January 2014. Without notifying their families, friends, or label, that’s the moment they stirred the sleeping beast. However, instead of simply emailing ideas, they actually flew back and forth to each other’s respective home studios for every writing session. This is the first time they collectively wrote together since 2001.
In order to capture that “difference” on tape, they headed to Hideout Recordings in Las Vegas to work with producer Kevin Churko [Ozzy Osbourne, Five Finger Death Punch]. It marked their first collaboration together, and Churko pushed the musicians to expand their signature style.
In June 2015, the group revealed themselves creatively with a big bang, their first new single “The Vengeful One.” Disturbed was officially back. “The Vengeful One” served as the perfect clarion call for this next chapter. Beginning with a bombastic drum beat and jarring riff, it bares its teeth with an unabashedly metal refrain that’s instantly unshakable.
Disturbed have made good on every promise since their genesis. Their quadruple-platinum 2000 debut, The Sickness, formally announced their arrival as hard rock leaders. Throughout their career, they received a Grammy Award nomination in the category of “Best Hard Rock Performance” for “Inside the Fire” in 2009 and churned out nine No. 1 singles at Active Rock Radio, while eventually selling over 12 million records globally. However, Immortalized will live up to its title and fortify their legacy further.
Outsiders always leave enduring impressions. By veering away from the pack, these mavericks confidently lead the charge for others to follow. Since 2003, Three Days Grace has staked a spot amongst the hard rock vanguard, quietly breaking records, toppling charts, moving millions of units worldwide, and making history by holding the all-time record for “most #1 singles at Active Rock Radio ever” with 13. The Ontario, Canada quartet—Matt Walst [lead vocals], Barry Stock [lead guitar], Brad Walst [bass], and Neil Sanderson [drums, percussion, keyboards, programming]—continue to blaze that trail on their sixth full-length album, the aptly titled Outsider [RCA Records].
That’s exactly what the musicians did in the fall of 2016. Instead of congregating in a downtown Toronto rehearsal space, they initially wrote in a converted garage behind Brad’s house located two hours from the city. Eventually, they retreated to Neil’s 90-acre farm to further hone ideas. Following daytime snowmobile trips, the guys often sat around bonfires with acoustic guitars, tapping into the wild spirit surrounding them.
As the songs took shape, the band packed up and headed to the remote Ontario’s Jukasa Studios. In order to capture that energy, they called upon longtime friends and collaborators. Producers Gavin Brown and Howard Benson returned to the fold, with Mike Plotnikoff engineering and Chris Lord-Alge on mixing duty.
Given this undeniable unpredictability, Outsider feels right at home alongside a catalog of fan favorites from Three Days Grace. In 2015, Human marked the group’s second straight bow at #1 on the Billboard Top Hard Rock Albums Chart as well as their fourth consecutive debut in Top 20 of the Top 200. It spawned two #1 singles “Painkiller” and “I Am Machine,” signaling their 13th overall and 5th consecutive number ones on the Active Rock Radio chart. Moreover, the four-piece consistently averaged a staggering 3.9 million monthly listeners on Spotify—remaining “one of the most listened to rock bands in the world.” In 2012, Transit of Venus soared to the Top 5 of the Top 200 and garnered a nod for “Best Rock Album of the Year” at the Juno Awards. The seminal One-X  notched an RIAA triple-platinum certification as Three Days Grace  was minted platinum and Life Starts Now went gold. To date, their veritable arsenal of number one includes “Chalk Outline,” “The High Road,” “Misery Loves My Company,” “World So Cold,” “Good Life,” “Break,” “Never Too Late,” “Animal I Have Become,” “Pain,” “Just Like You,” and “Home.”
In the end, Outsider speaks directly to that army of fans around the globe.
Tenth Anniversary Girls Night Fight
Thursday, January 17th, 2019 9:00 PM The Launchpad, Albuquerque
For 10 years, the Launchpad has been featuring women entertainers and performers the third Thursday of each month. This month, Thursday Night Girl Fight will celebrate its 10th anniversary. Each month both veteran and first time performers hit the stage to put Girl Power into the spotlight.
The event will feature Nizhóní Girls, Saywut?, Chicharra, Ebony Isis Booth, grp.txt, Bianca Sánchez García, Ermine, Merma & Roberta, Sing Down The Moon, Ramonda Holiday, Scissor Lift, Baby Tuna. It will also be hosted by Katrina Benally.
Girl Night Fight began as a one time event, became monthly with the idea of supporting local femme organizers and promoters. The event continues to evolve.
NM Jazz Latino Orchestra
Friday, January 11th, 2019 8:00 PM National Hispanic Cultural Center, Albuquerque
Each year, the New Mexico Jazz Latino Orchestra comes together for one performance. The NMJLO will showcase the extraordinary musical talents of artists who are now New Mexico residents, while bringing in international guest artists to introduce audiences to traditional instrumentation and rhythms from Latin America and show how jazz fusion can provide a harmonious and exciting blend of ancestral and contemporary tones. The orchestra is made up of 11 performers.
Frankie Vazquez is the featured artist this year. Vazquez, born in Salinas, Puerto Rico, began performing with his own band at his father’s restaurant at age 16, as a conga player and then as a lead singer. A year later, he had played in three orchestras around Puerto Rico, and subsequently was invited to New York to perform on his first recording with Fuego 77. He now has over 20 album collaborations to his credit and has performed all over the world.
In addition to featuring Vazquez, César Bauvallet, Doug Lawrence, Bobby Shew, Zamora and special guest Mike Williams are scheduled to perform. Williams is formerly the lead trumpeter with the legendary Count Basie Orchestra and one of the most powerful high-note trumpet players in music.
Mozart Times Three
Saturday, January 19, 2019, 6 :00 PM Popejoy Hall, Albuquerque
Three works written by the greatest of the great in a sure-to-sell-out concert! This night of wondrous music under the direction of Roberto Minczuk opens with the Turkish-inspired music of the Overture to The Abduction from the Seraglio. Mozart’s masterwork of drama and beauty, his Piano Concerto No. 20 in d minor follows played by Olga Kern International Piano Competition Third-Prize Winner, Anastasiya Naplekova, who the Cincinnati Enquirer said performed with “effortless virtuosity.” Also featured is Mozart’s Symphony No. 40—an emotionally charged masterpiece.
Mozart Overture to The Abduction from the Seraglio
Mozart Piano No. 20 in d minor
Mozart Symphony No. 40
Red River Songwriters in Concert
Saturday, January 19th, 2019 7:30 PM The Kitchen Sink Studio, Santa Fe
The Red River Songwriters are a group of Central Texas-based performing songwriters who started a festival 8 years ago that takes place in Red River, New Mexico. It always happens on the last weekend of January, guaranteeing all visitors good skiing and warm places gather to listen to the hosting group of writers and their guest performers.
Susan Gibson is one of the most respected touring songwriters in the country. She’s also known for penning “Wide Open Spaces,” the huge hit that launched the Dixie Chicks’ career. She hosts songwriting schools and tours constantly, everywhere.
Josh Grider is one of the most visible contemporary Texas country performers, with 7 #1 singles on Texas Music Chart, and constant touring throughout the southwest. This year he released the record “Good People,” another stellar cellection of radio-ready goodness.
Drew Kennedy released his 9th record this year, “At home in the Big Lonesome” to enthusiastic praise from all corners. He is one of the most highly regarded young songwriters in the country, and he, too, travels the country as a solo artist, logging over 200 dates a year.
Walt Wilkins has over 100 songs recorded by other artists, as well as releasing 8 solo records, 4 with his band the Mystiqueros, and one with his singer-songwriter wife, Tina. He continues to travel constantly across Texas, US & Europe.
The guests this year for the festival are major label artist Jack Ingram, with a bunch of big-time radio hits, Jon Randall, writer of “Whiskey Lullaby” and other hits, and Jaimee Harris, who just released her first record, “Red Rescue.” The group is excited for their first performance in Santa Fe, and particularly grateful to play The Kitchen Sink.
Solid Grounds Coffeehouse presents the Watermelon Mountain Jug Band
Saturday, January 19th, 2019 7:00 PM Solid Grounds Coffeehouse, St. Stephens United Methodist Church
Watermelon Mountain Jug Band—True to the original 1920’s jug band music comes alive with washboard, jug, kazoo, washtub bass, spoons, band, ragtime, country andbluegrass music with some rock’n roll or a Spanish ranchera for spice.
The Watermelon Mountain Jug Band has been entertaining audiences, young and old, since 1975. Yes, celebrating in 2019, 44 years of performing!! True to the original 1920’s jug bands of the South, our music comes alive with washboard, jug, kazoo, washtub bass, jaw harp, guitar and banjo. The band delights audiences with country, bluegrass, jug band, ragtime, Spanish and original music and even some rock ’n roll classics. Ben might even play a classical music piece! Performances have included appearances at the KIMO Theater, Rio Grande Zoo, Albuquerque Bio Park, Rio Grande Arts and Crafts Festival, Placitas Artists Series, International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta, with the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra and much more! We also play for national and international conferences, weddings, private parties, school and community events. Our latest CD, “Radio Station WMJB,” was released in 2011. Other special recognition includes: being chosen by Jim Kweskin as one of the top 20 jug bands in the USA for the CD “Jugs Across America”; receiving recognition by NM Music Awards for an original song “Beer” written by Pat Houlihan; and Ben playing the NM state guitar at the dedication ceremony at the request of Pimentel Guitars.
Members of The Watermelon Mountain Jug Band are professionals on stage as well as off. Gary Oleson (washtub bass) is a retired math teacher from Los Lunas High School. Five-time New Mexico banjo champion Ben Perea (banjo, guitar) is a retired band director from Valley High School in Albuquerque and owner of New Mexico Academy of Driving in Rio Rancho. Pat Houlihan (vocals, guitar, jaw harp, kazoo, jug) is a professor of English at Central New Mexico Community College (CNM). Barbara Piper (washboard, high-hat, percussion, background vocals) is a retired teacher from Albuquerque Public Schools and an independent educational consultant.
The Watermelon Mountain Jug Band has been recognized as “one of New Mexico’s treasured natural resources”…“a truly unique mixture of music, mirth and pure entertainment”…“totally irresistible.” So sing along! Grab a kazoo and enjoy! It’s just too much fun to miss! www.watermelonmountainjugband.com
American Crossroads Trio-David Bromberg, Larry Campbell & David Hidalgo
Sunday, January 20th, 2019 7:30 PM National Hispanic Cultural Center
It may seem lofty to use the motto of the United States to describe a musical group, but “out of many, one” accurately describes the trio of David Bromberg, Larry Campbell and David Hidalgo. Each of these acclaimed performers is steeped in American music traditions, from wildly divergent paths.
David Bromberg haunted the streets of Greenwich Village in the 1960’s, learning the blues first hand from Rev. Gary Davis and Mississippi John Hurt on his way to becoming an in-demand session musician and accompanist for Jerry Jeff Walker, Bob Dylan, Phoebe Snow, Willie Nelson and dozens more. Further musical explorations with Doc Watson and others lead to a deep dive into American bluegrass and country music. David’s unannounced performance before 400,000 at the Isle of Wight Festival in 1970 launched a legendary career as a recording artist and bandleader in his own right.
David Hidalgo is perhaps best known as the guitarist and singer of the Grammy-winning band Los Lobos, the East LA based group he co-founded with Louie Perez. ‘Lobos’ has prospered over a storied forty-five year career, introducing audiences around the world to its unique Chicano-flavored American rock and roll, blues and roots music. Adept at a dizzying arsenal of instruments, Hidalgo is a masterful musician and singer who has contributed to recordings by Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Elvis Costello and Tom Waits and others. His unrivaled musicality and vision enables him to adapt to virtually any setting.
Larry Campbell, like Bromberg and Hidalgo, has lent his considerable talents to the aforementioned Mr. Dylan—Larry was by Bob’s side for eight years as a part of the “Never-Ending Tour” band. Painstakingly teaching himself multiple instruments as a teen, Larry criss-crossed the US soaking up music in Austin, TX, Jackson, MS and Los Angeles. Studio recordings and tours with Keith Richards, k.d. lang, Jackson Browne, Emmylou Harris and others have cemented Larry’s reputation as a world class musician. A master guitarist, Larry is also accomplished on mandolin, lap steel, fiddle, pedal-steel guitar, cittern and banjo. Campbell is a three-time Grammy winner for his productions of Levon Helm. He currently records and tours with Teresa Williams.
Thursday, January 31st, 2019 Kiva Auditorium, Albuquerque Convention Center
The last time we checked in with Slug and Ant was on 2016’s Fishing Blues, the latest chapter in a string of albums showcasing the pair’s evolution from tortured hedonists into settled-down dads making kicked-back rap records. It would have been nice to carry on thinking they were finally at well-earned peace after two decades of extensively documented trials and tribulations. But just because your corner of the globe is peaceful, that doesn’t mean that the rest of the world stops turning.
It’s a different place than it was two years ago, and the seventh Atmosphere album, Mi Vida Local, reflects the ways in which the world–and Atmosphere’s place in it–have changed. The idyllic domesticity of the past few records has morphed into anxiety over keeping loved ones safe during turbulent times. Instead of bragging about backstage misadventures it’s about grappling with mortality. The easygoing collaboration between Ant and Slug has started to feel more like the life-or-death intimacy of two men trapped together on a lifeboat.
At times it’s a heavy album (“I might be the last generation of grandparents,” goes a key line from “Virgo”), but it’s far from grim. There are jokes being cracked, joints getting smoked, a little trash talking and beefing here and there–after all, it’s still a rap record.
And Atmosphere’s never sounded better.
As the name implies, Mi Vida Local is intensely focused on the place it was created–the southside of Minneapolis–where Slug and Ant work tirelessly in their “beautiful basements”, refining their sound without interruption. (Although a handful of friends from the Minneapolis hip-hop community showed up to contribute.) A year of one-on-one collaboration resulting in an album that matches complex subject matter with equally deep beats–ones that show a clear lineage back to the psychedelic funk landmarks from an earlier era where America was going through a post-utopian hangover, and prove that there won’t ever be a time where boom-bap beats don’t sound perfectly of the moment.
Mi Vida Local might be the best album Atmosphere’s ever made. It’s definitely the one they needed to make right now, and one listeners need to hear just as urgently. If it’s sometimes an album about how the fight to find happiness never really ends–even after you get the house and the kids and the artistic freedom to make dad-rap records–it’s also about discovering that there’s happiness to be found just in fighting.
Ten years ago, Atmosphere released what has become one of Rhymesayers’ best kept secrets, their surprise album Strictly Leakage. Christmas Eve 2007 found hip-hop heads reaching into their stockings and pulling out an entire Atmosphere album of completely new previously unheard music.
Monday, February 5th, 2019, 7:30 PM Taos Center for the Arts
Thursday, February 7th, 2019 7:30 PM Historic old San Ysidro Church, Corrales
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 (www.dancingcat.com). 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.
Panic at the Disco w/ Two Feet
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.
Monday, February 25th, 2019 7:00 PM Kiva Auditorium, Albuquerque
Chicago has toured continuously for more than 50 years, helping make the legendary “rock band with horns” one of America’s most successful groups. Rhino spotlights that legacy with two stellar live collections, one that captures the band’s early days, and the other recorded just last year.
Formed in 1967 in the band’s namesake city, Chicago is one of the longest-running and best-selling groups of all time. It’s the first American band to ever chart albums in Billboard’s Pop Top 40 in six consecutive decades, the highest charting American band in Billboard’s Hot 100 All-Time Top Artists and the #4 band on Billboard’s All-Time Top Bands and Duos list. The group’s extensive accomplishments include: two Grammy Awards®, multiple American Music Awards, 11 Number One singles, five consecutive Number One albums, and record sales in excess of 100,000,000, with 47 albums earning gold and platinum certification. Chicago was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2016, and Chicago’s first album, Chicago Transit Authority, was inducted into the GRAMMY® Hall Of Fame in 2014. Robert Lamm and James Pankow became inductees of the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2017. These legendary songwriters wrote mega-hits such as, “25 or 6 to 4,” “Saturday In The Park,” “Feelin’ Stronger Every Day,” “Make Me Smile,” and many others.
Bob Seegar & the Silver Bullet Band-The Final Tour
Tuesday, March 5th, 2019, 7:30 PM, Tingley Coliseum
There is a signature richness and power to the music that Bob Seger has been making for four decades. Seger has always stayed true to his legendary sound, effortlessly marrying blues, country, and heartland soul into his trademark brand of Motor City rock ‘n’ roll.
Seger is a multi-talented artist, songwriter, producer, and bandleader whose indelible body of work has affirmed his place in the fabric of American song. Inducted to both the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame, Seger’s reputation as an artist and songwriter has only grown. His work represents the honest best of what rock & roll can be — passionate, unpretentious, uplifting and true to itself and its audience.
Seger has sold over 53 million albums and has earned 13 platinum and 7 multi-platinum RIAA Certified sales awards, including such landmark albums as Beautiful Loser, Live Bullet, Night Moves, Stranger in Town, Against the Wind and Nine Tonight.
Seger paid his dues for many years trying to break out of the regional scene. He scored a national hit in 1968 with “Ramblin’ Gamblin’ Man,” his Capitol Records debut. But it would be eight long years and nine more albums before he would return to the charts. As a last-ditch effort Seger composed a group of songs which became his eighth album, Beautiful Loser. The album sold 80,000 copies. But it was the album Live Bullet that finally brought Seger significant national attention, recorded live in Detroit in 1975 with the Silver Bullet Band. Riveting performances of “Travelin’ Man/Beautiful Loser,” “Heavy Music,” “Katmandu,” “Ramblin’ Gamblin’ Man,” and “Turn the Page” combined those two elements on Live Bullet. The album broke and set the stage for Seger’s meteoric rise with Night Moves.
Bob Seger’s struggle for recognition may have been fought and won long ago, but the battle to convey his vision precisely as he experiences it within himself goes on unabated. He has expressed the frustrations, hopes and dreams not simply of people like himself, but that he himself has felt. When he sings, you believe it. Not giving up until he’s satisfied that he’s gotten it right fulfills the promise he has made to his fans and to himself.
The Beach Boys
Sunday, March 24th, 2019 Popejoy Hall, Albuquerque
“Fifty years ago, we started something very big,” says Brian Wilson. “So now we’re celebrating together in a very big way.”
“It’s pretty miraculous that we can start out as a bunch of guys who didn’t know anything about fame or money, or anything like that,” says Mike Love. “All we knew was we liked to sing and make harmonies together. So to have it become part of American musical culture is pretty amazing.”
The amazing yet true saga of The Beach Boys is well chronicled, and by any standard it’s one of the greatest and most musical stories ever told. Now this singular West Coast story continues with a global celebration that is befitting of the remarkable and enduring legacy of these Rock & Roll Hall of Famers.
From humble roots in Hawthorne, California, The Beach Boys have become an international sensation. Their famous harmonies and classic songs continue to travel the world bringing “Good Vibrations” everywhere.
For five decades, The Beach Boys — America’s first pop band to reach the 50-year milestone — has recorded and performed the music that has become the world’s favorite soundtrack to summer. Founded in Hawthorne, California in 1961, The Beach Boys were originally comprised of the three teenaged Wilson brothers: Brian, Carl and Dennis, their cousin Mike Love, and school friend Al Jardine. In 1962, neighbor David Marks joined the group for their first wave of hits with Capitol Records, leaving in late 1963, and in 1965, Bruce Johnston joined the band when Brian Wilson retired from touring to focus on writing and producing for the group.
The Beach Boys signed with Capitol Records in July 1962 and released their first album, Surfin’ Safari, that same year. The album spent 37 weeks on the Billboard chart, launching the young group known for its shimmering vocal harmonies and relaxed California style into international stardom. The Wilson/Love collaboration resulted in many huge international chart hits, and under Brian Wilson’s musical leadership, the band’s initial surf-rock focus was soon broadened to include many other themes, helping make The Beach Boys America’s preeminent band of the 1960s.
Impressively, The Beach Boys continue to hold Billboard / Nielsen SoundScan’s record as the top-selling American band for albums and singles, and they are also the American group with the most Billboard Top 40 chart hits (36). ‘Sounds Of Summer: The Very Best Of The Beach Boys’ has achieved triple-Platinum sales status and ‘The SMiLE Sessions,’ released to worldwide critical acclaim in November, has been heralded as 2011’s #1 Reissue of the Year by Rolling Stone magazine.
Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988 and recipients of The Recording Academy’s Lifetime Achievement GRAMMY Award, The Beach Boys are a beloved American institution that remains iconic around the world.
Tuesday, April, 30th, 2019, 8:00 PM Kiva Auditorium, Albuquerque
His professional music career began in earnest in 1976 when MCA Records released his first album, The Chestnut Street Incident. His manager dubbed him Johnny Cougar out of his belief that nobody would buy a record by anybody named Mellencamp. John protested but was overruled and eventually, of course, reclaimed his birth name as his public name.
After releasing a few albums, he broke out in 1979 with his first hit, “I Need A Lover” In 1982 his fifth album American Fool was the year’s best-selling album on the strength of two huge hits, “Hurts So Good,” and the number 1 single “Jack & Diane,” The albums that followed in the 80’s, Uh-Huh, Scarecrow, Lonesome Jubilee, and Big Daddy, were released under the name John Cougar Mellencamp. Hit singles during this period included “Crumblin Down,” “The Authority Song,” “Small Town,” “Rain On The Scarecrow,” “Lonely Ol Night,” “”R.O.C.K. In The U.S.A.,” “Paper In Fire,” “Check It Out,” “Cherry Bomb,” “Pop Singer,” and “Jackie Brown.”
Mellencamp took the music on the road with a band that many considered the best in the business, playing approximately 1,000 shows around the globe during the decade. In 1985, John’s concern for the plight of the American farmer, which had been voiced in the Scarecrow album, brought him together with Willie Nelson and Neil Young in launching Farm Aid. It became an annual event and has helped make people aware of the issues farmers face and how they affect on the entire nation.
He received the 2001 Billboard Century award in recognition of all that he had accomplished over the course of his career and was honored with the Woody Guthrie Award in 2004. Previously, he was awarded a Grammy and had been nominated a total of 11 times. In 2007 the ASCAP Foundation honored John Mellencamp with its Champion Award in recognition of his outstanding use of music in service to humanity. John received ASCAP’s highest honor, The Founders Award, for his exceptional contributions to music and was inducted into the prestigious Songwriters Hall of Fame on June 14, 2018.
A career landmark occurred on March 10, 2008, when John was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame by Billy Joel at the annual induction ceremony in New York City.
John’s full-length album, Sad Clowns & Hillbillies, featuring Carlene Carter, is his 23rd over the course of a remarkable career. The album released on April 28, 2017 followed by an upcoming summer tour in major cities across the country. Sad Clowns & Hillbillies returns Mellencamp to the musical eclecticism that is, itself, a reflection of his wide-ranging musings on life and showcases a poet who has wisely used the years between youth and the present day to become an absolute master of songwriting and interpretation. That passion and experience resonates most beautifully in this showcase of his music. John also wrote the title song for the upcoming film, The Yellow Birds, an American war film directed by Alexandre Moors and based on the novel The Yellow Birds by Kevin Powers. The film stars Tye Sheridan, Jack Huston, Alden Ehrenreich, Jennifer Aniston, and Toni Collette.
On February 1, 2018, John’s self-narrated musical odyssey, Plain Spoken: From The Chicago Theatre premiered on Netflix, and was released May 11th on DVD+CD, Blu-Ray+CD, & Digital Formats. The cinematic film presents John, with his full band, performing at the landmark Chicago Theater on October 25, 2016.
John continues to focus on another facet of his artistic expression: painting. His style has progressed over the years as evidenced by several gallery shows and published portfolios, and in recent years he has increased his output by completing over 100 new works. He had his second solo exhibition this past Spring in New York and has a current exhibit at the famed Butler Museum in Youngstown, Ohio from September 20th through January 19, 2019. His highly successful Rock and Roll Hall of Fame exhibit ran for nearly two years and is now at the Woodie Guthrie Museum in Tulsa, Oklahoma from September 1st through January 5, 2019.
John has said many times in interviews that you will never meet anyone luckier than John Mellencamp. He is grateful for the support of those who have enjoyed his work and career over the years. If he has any advice to offer, it is to be tenacious: John’s found that far too many people quit too soon in the face of early disappointment. While his own early efforts may have been faltering, he stayed with it–and that tenacity has been rewarded with the successes that continue to the present.