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Wednesday, October 24th, 2018

Hot Club of Cowtown

7:30 - $22 in advance, $27 day of show

Since 1998, the Western swing-gypsy jazz trio Hot Club of Cowtown has traveled the world bringing their own brand of magical musical chemistry to audiences far and wide. Fiddler Elana James, guitarist Whit Smith and bassist Jake Erwin are equal partners in this original marriage of gypsy-jazz-inspired by the music of Django Reinhardt—which accounts for the "Hot Club" portion of their name—with the hoedowns, traditional tunes, and Western swing-inspired music of Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys, represented in the "Cowtown" of their name. They have created a legacy of the preservation of musical traditions that have often been overlooked by the mainstream and alternative music worlds. Even Americana and roots enthusiasts have only scratched surface of the multitude of musicians, past and present, who continue to inspire the Hot Club of Cowtown.

The band has a long list of accomplishments since their first album, Swingin' Stampede, first appeared in 1998 on HighTone records. Most notably, they are marking their 20th anniversary during the 2017-2018 touring season. They have released nine studio albums and they are among the youngest members ever to have been inducted into the Texas Western Swing Hall of Fame, a considerable accomplishment for a band that have migrated their way from New England and the Midwest by way of New York City.

 

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Friday, October 26th, 2018

Richard Smith

7:30 - $20 - TICKETS AT DOOR - DOORS OPEN AT 7

There seems to be no limit to Richard’s ability to quickly master whatever guitar style captures his fancy. The complex styles of many guitar greats including Django Reinhardt, Les Paul, and Lenny Breau have proved to be no impediment to his voracious musical appetite. Apart from his guitar virtuosity, he is also an accomplished banjo and violin player. Richard has toured around the world, surprising audiences everywhere with his genius, showcasing a repertoire spanning an incredible range of musical styles from country, bluegrass, mainstream jazz, modern pop and rock, to classical guitar. Richard also plays several of John Phillip Souza’s marches and, incredibly, comes close to sounding like an entire marching band – drums and all. Now thirty, Richard Smith is nothing less than a phenomenon. 

Here’s what a few of his fellow guitarists have to say about him: “The most amazing guy I know on the guitar.” “He can play anything I know, only better.” Chet Atkins,  "Guitar playing at its finest. Don’t miss this one.” Doyle Dykes “If you like my playing, you should hear Richard Smith.” Tommy Emmanuel.

Saturday, October 27th, 2018

Tracy Grammer

7:30 - $20 - TICKETS AT DOOR - DOORS OPEN AT 7

TRACY GRAMMER: Called “one of the finest singers and musicians anywhere in folkdom” (Boston Globe) and "one of the finest interpretive artists on the contemporary folk scene” (Montreal Gazette), Tracy Grammer is among contemporary folk music's most beloved artists. Renowned for her pure voice, deft guitar and violin work, and humorous, often incantatory storytelling, she has toured with Joan Baez, recorded with Mary Chapin Carpenter, and enjoyed 12 consecutive years as one of folk radio's 50 top-played artists. Her new release, LOW TIDE (2018, Tracy Grammer Music), is her long-awaited eleventh recording and the first ever to feature her original songs. "Hole" is currently the #1 song at folk radio, and LOW TIDE is the #2 album (February 2018).

“Potent songcraft that reflects the tender and stubborn heart that got her here, and a way with words and images that … marks the beginning of a new path to glory. A bold and beautiful collection.” -coverlaydown.com on LOW TIDE

“A musician and singer of dazzling versatility.” — No Depression

“A brilliant artist.” — Joan Baez

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Saturday, November 10th, 2018

Bayou Seco

7:30 - $20 - TICKETS AT DOOR - DOORS OPEN AT 7

Bayou Seco, featuring Ken Keppeler and Jeanie McLerie, have been entertaining New Mexico and many parts of the world since 1980. Recipients of the 2017 NM Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts, Keppeler and McLerie have learned from a number of revered traditional musicians in New Mexico, Louisiana and Arizona (thus, Bayou Seco). They present a rollicking set of dance music with chugging accordions, soaring fiddles and exciting vocals in Spanish and French. Bayou Seco's brand of Southwestern Chilegumbo - Cajun two-steps, waltzes, polkas and rancheras, chotis's, meringues and huapangos, and, perhaps a broom dance, is cross- cultural, multilingual and transcends labels and pigeon holes. Bayou Seco's roots are in the south and southwest, but their branches reach far across the world. 

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www.bayouseco.com

 

Sunday, November 11th, 2018

Peter Case

7:30 - $22 in advance, $27 day of show

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Peter Case has always been a pioneer. Genre-tripping through punk with The Nerves ("Hanging On The Telephone"), new wave/power pop with The Plimsouls ("A Million Miles Away") and Americana with his Grammy-nominated, self-titled solo debut. It is a career that is still going strong over 40 years later on the strength of his exceptional songwriting.

His latest album, On The Way Downtown: Recorded Live On FolkScene, is a snapshot from nearly twenty years ago when Case sat still long enough for the airwaves to catch up to him. The album captures material from two live performances on the highly influential KPFK (Los Angeles) syndicated radio program in 1998 and 2000. The first half features material from his then newly-released Full Service, No Waiting—an album New York magazine called "stunning." The latter half contains material from 2000's Flying Saucer Blues, as well as songs from his earlier releases. Plus, some choice covers appear as well. Both intimate acoustic sets have remained unheard since their original broadcasts.

Tickets are $22 in advance, $27 day of show (including all service charges). They are also available by phone through Hold My Ticket at 505-886-1251.

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Saturday, November 24th, 2018

Latif Bolat & Serap Yilmaz - Music And Dance From Turkey!

7:30 - $20

Latif Bolat is a Turkish singer, composer and scholar of Turkish music and folklore 

Serap Yilmaz is a Turkish whirling dervish from Istanbul. She has been taking part in many spiritual events especially in England with her poetry reciting and whirling. This will be her debut in North America as a devotional dancer during Latif Bolat's performances.

Latif Bolat is a native of the Turkish Mediterranean town of Mersin. After receiving his degree in folklore and music at Gazi University in Ankara, Turkey, he taught traditional music throughout the country. Mr. Bolat also received additional degrees in Turkish History and Middle East Religion and Politics from Ankara University and an MBA from San Francisco State University.

Now residing in the USA, Mr. Bolat is one of the most distinguished Turkish musicians in this country. He has presented concerts and lectures at colleges, universities, performing arts institutions and festivals across the US, Canada, England, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Bulgaria, Philippines, Scotland, Singapore, Indonesia and Turkey. With a vast repertory that includes songs in classical, folk and Sufi mystic music styles, he accompanies his singing on the baglama (long-necked lute), and various other traditional instruments from the Turkish folk music tradition. 

Specializing in the ancient Turkish mystic-devotional music genre, Latif Bolat has been received with appreciation and enthusiasm throughout the world, as he provides a unique philosophy and approach to the performance of traditional music. By creating an intimate, almost "storytelling" atmosphere, he explains Turkish folk and mystic music and its sociopolitical and cultural elements. The performance both entertains and invites the audience to ponder questions such as how major sociopolitical factors influence culture and the art it produces.

Saturday, December 1st, 2018

Vaiven - Flamenco/Jazz

7:30 - $20

VAIVÉN is a Flamenco/Jazz fusion trio with Calvin Hazen on Flamenco guitar, Jon Gagan on upright and electric bass and Robby Rothschild on percussion. 

Calvin Hazen has recently relocated to the New Mexico areaafter 20 years of living and working as a professional guitarist in Madrid, Spain. During this time, he performed at some of the most famous Flamenco Tablaos in Spain as well as internationally in some of the most important theaters where his performances have enjoyed enthusiastic critical acclaim. THE VILLAGE VOICE hailed his “…excellent guitar playing…”, and THE NEW YORK TIMES called his music “…a pleasure throughout.” Television appearances include THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO, GOOD MORNING AMERICA and THE REGIS AND KATHY LEE SHOW. Most recent recording credits include a collaboration with Spanish pop icon PABLO ALBORAN on the recording of “Terral”, the 5 time platinum selling record which enjoyed 11 straight weeks as Spain’s number 1 selling record.

 Jon Gagan is best known as bassist for renown guitarist Ottmar Liebert . Along the way Jon has received three platinum and four gold records, four Grammy nominations, and toured in over 20 countries. As a freelance musician, Jon has performed and/or recorded with such luminaries as Milt Jackson, Nat Adderley, Dave Grusin, Emily Remler, Christopher Cross, Louis Bellson, Kenny Davern, Judy Collins, Eddie Daniels, Alan Pasqua, Warren Vaché, Ralph Sutton. Howard Alden, Butch Miles, Mose Allison, Cedar Walton, Gary Novak, Rahim Alhaj, and Eddie Harris among many others.

Robby Rothschild has studied many forms of music, with teachers around the world. Besides his own musical project Round Mountain, he has performed with Thomas Mapfumo, Guinean griot Prince Diabate, and Kip Winger. He has studied in Mali, Paris, and Ireland, as well as at the New England Conservatory of Music. He has a master's in composition from the University of New Mexico. Onstage, he plays percussion- the West African Djembe and Peruvian Cajon. He also plays the West African harp known as the Kora, and the Irish bouzouki. 

 

Friday, December 7th, 2018

Art Lande / Bruce Williamson / Khabu Young

7:30 - $20

Art Lande - Bruce Williamson - Khabu Young 

Three master improvising composers with decades of playing history are celebrating the release of their forthcoming album, entitled “Lubbock” . This trio of piano, guitar, and woodwinds blurs distinctions between chamber/orchestral, written/spontaneous, sublime/ridiculous, as well as any stylistic suggestions from Jazz, Blues , Rock, 20th Century classical, and beyond. The underlying principle is the expansive spirit of freedom and adventure, allowing the stories of the moment to emerge and guide the musical journey.

Art and Bruce began playing together in the Bay Area during the mid-70’s as part of Rubisa Patrol. Young and Lande met in the late 80’s and formed the Russian Dragon Band. Williamson came on board a few years later for tours and recording projects. After moving to NYC in the mid-90's, Khabu continued numerous projects with Bruce. Thanks to a Pathways To Jazz grant through the Boulder County Arts Alliance, Lande, Williamson, & Young recorded nearly three albums worth of original compositions spanning the past five decades. “Lubbock” is the first release from the session. 

Thursday, December 13th, 2018

Tony Furtado

7:30 - $29 advance, $32 door

Equally adept on banjo, acoustic and slide guitar, and ukulele, Furtado’s virtuosic take on the American song book is a singular mix of original and traditional. A native of California who now makes his home in Portland, Oregon, Furtado took up the banjo at age 12, inspired by the Beverly Hillbillies. He won the National Bluegrass Banjo Championship twice, cut his teeth with Laurie Lewis & Grant Street, and signed a solo deal in 1990 with Rounder Records, resulting in six critically acclaimed albums for the label, collaborating with such master musicians as Alison Krauss, Jerry Douglas, Tim O’Brien, Kelly Joe Phelps, and Tony Trischka. Beginning in the late 1990s—influenced by musical heroes Ry Cooder, David Lindley and Taj Mahal—Tony added slide guitar, singing, and songwriting to his musical toolbox and began leading his own band. He especially values the opportunities he has had to tour with A-list artists Gregg Allman, David Lindley, Derek Trucks, Sonny Landreth, and the like. He has performed at such prestigious music festivals as Telluride Bluegrass, Thirsty Ear, High Sierra, Jazz Aspen, Kerrville, Strawberry, Winnipeg, Sisters and many  others. His latest acclaimed release is Cider House Sessions.

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Saturday, December 15th, 2018

Lone Pinon

7:30 - $20 - TICKETS AT DOOR - DOORS OPEN AT 7

Lone Piñon is a conjunto of young musicians in Santa Fe and Albuquerque dedicated to the study and revitalization of our region's musical roots. Having played professionally in a variety of other styles, founders Martinez and Wax in 2013 began an exploration of violin-based Northern New Mexico dance music rarely heard since the 1950s. Far from the isolated and quaint picture that is often painted of Northern New Mexico traditions, they quickly discovered our musical landscape to be a rich tapestry of intercultural connections and stylistic crossroads--the strands of those interwoven cultures have led them for the past five years on a musical trajectory that transcends generations and borders. Joined by Leticia Gonzales on violin, they will share some of the musical ground they've covered with a special emphasis on the double-fiddle traditions of the Rio Grande Valley and their kinship with neighboring styles.

www.lonepinon.com

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Friday, January 18th, 2019

Kevin Burke

7:30 - $27 in advance, $32 day of show

Kevin Burke's fiddle playing has been at the forefront of traditional music since the 1970s. His far-reaching solo album, If the Cap Fits, and his work with such distinguished performers as Arlo Guthrie , Kate Bush , Christy Moore and the Bothy Band established him as a first class musician. Never one to be restricted by geography or genre, his decades-long career has seen several innovative collaborations with notable musicians of differing styles—Classical, Old Time, Bluegrass, Pop and Rock, as well as the Irish traditional music for which he is so well known.

Kevin has earned international acclaim in both Europe and America as a solo performer, a teacher and as a member of some of folk music's foremost groups, including the exciting Celtic Fiddle Festival and Ireland's long admired and respected Patrick Street . In 2007 he also set up his own record label, Loftus Music , which soon developed a reputation for excellence in both its musical output and its unique eco-friendly packaging.

His contribution to music has received formal acknowledgement on both sides of the Atlantic where he has been the recipient of several awards including Ireland's Gradam Ceoil (Traditional Musician of the Year, 2016), and a National Heritage Fellowship , the USA's highest honor for excellence in the folk and traditional arts. Kevin has also been honored by his adopted home state with his induction to the Oregon Music Hall of Fame .

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Tickets are $27 in advance, $32 day of show (including all service charges). They are also available by phone through Hold My Ticket at 505-886-1251.

Monday, March 11th, 2019

German Lopez

7:30 - $22 in advance, $27 day of show

Brilliant young star of the timple, a diminutive 5-stringed instrument intrinsic to music of the Canary Islands, Germán López touches audiences with original instrumental music from the Canary Islands. Germán harnesses the grit of Spanish flamenco, the structure of West African rhythms, the flourishing spirit of jazz, and an innovative 21st century approach to performing "island music." His principal instrument is one of the grandfathers of the ukelele, and part of the same instrumental family that includes the cavaquinho, the cuatro and the charango. Germán López's music has been praised for "entrancing" performances of "delicately rippling notes" (Huffington Post), notes that flow from musical traditions uniting Spain, Africa, and the New World.

Germán López was born in Gran Canaria in 1982. His musical studies begin at an early age, where he was accepted to study at the Conservatory of Music in Las Palmas at seven years of age. In the conservatory, Germán studied piano, music theory, and jazz studies. At the ripe age of ten years, he began to concertize publicly, notably collaborating with legendary timple virtuoso José Antonio Ramos. It was around this time that Germán developed a keen interest in the timple and other traditional Canary Island instruments. In addition to duo and ensemble concerts, Germán has also collaborated with symphony orchestras, including the Philharmonic Orchestra of Gran Canaria in the "Teresa de Bolívar" festival. As both an educator and performer, Germán López has been awarded public prizes by the government of the Canary Islands on several occasions. 

At the end of 2007, the illustrious Womad festival shone a bright spotlight on Germán López, inviting him to take part on that year's festival program held in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. Since then he has continued to perform concerts all over the Canary Islands, mainland Spain, and continental Europe.

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Tickets are $22 in advance, $27 day of show (including all service charges). They are also available by phone through Hold My Ticket at 505-886-1251.

Presented by AMP Concerts - GiG Patreon Rewards do not apply.