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October, 2011:

ALMA Presents Modern-Folk-Rock Singer-Songwriter CD Release show.

Antonio A. Lopez

The Alamosa Live Music Association presents singer-songwriter Antonio A. Lopez in concert to celebrate the release of his debut album “The Romantic and the Realist.” The award winning Don Conoscenti Trio from Taos, NM along with local legend Don Richmond will be the backing band for the CD release show. The show is set for Friday November 11, 2011 at 7:30 PM and will take place at Leon Memorial Hall on the Adams State College campus. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door, and $5 for students and seniors. ALMA members receive $2 off. A COMPLIMENTARY COPY OF THE ALBUM IS INCLUDED WITH EACH TICKET. Tickets available at The ASC Music Department or Narrow Gauge Newsstand.

The album is a 13-song collection of original material with an earthy modern-folk-rock feel. Nashville based recording artist Tyler James describes Antonio’s music as “raw and beautiful…two traits any young songwriter should strive for.”

Lopez is an Alamosa native and Adams State College alumnus who graduated in 2010 with degrees in music performance and composition. “The Romantic and the Realist” was recorded at the Pearl Recording Studio in Minneapolis, MN with producer Zach Hollander. Commenting on the chemistry that the two had in the studio Lopez said, “It was almost like our brains were wired together. We would be doing 12 hour days and not have one lull in creativity or inspiration. Throughout the whole session there was not one technical difficulty. It was as if all the stars were perfectly aligned!”

To fund the project, Lopez worked five jobs simultaneously, juggling his time as a substitute teacher, high school soccer coach, personal care assistant for a quadriplegic, guitar instructor, and AmeriCorp volunteer. Lopez’s hard work and determination is starting to pay off. Hollander who has worked on over 1,000 records -some with big name bands and artists- says that “the Romantic and the Realist” is one of the best albums that he has been a part of. To listen to tracks from the album visit or

Michael Gulezian – Saturday, October 22 – Leon Memorial Hall


Michael Gulezian

For those who follow solo acoustic instrumental guitar, Michael Gulezian (gu-LAY-ze-in) is firmly established in the genre as one of the most significant artists of our time, playing with rock attitude, imbued with a mystical, spiritual essence – all tempered and disciplined by a rigorous program of classical guitar training. Gulezian is slated to perform Sat., Oct. 22, 6:30pm at Adams State College’s Leon Memorial Hall, presented by the Alamosa Live Music Assoc. (ALMA). Tickets are $10 for ALMA members, $12 for the general public, $5 for students, seniors, full-time volunteers and active duty members of the military.

Michael began playing guitar at the age of six, assimilating everything from the Hindustani raga improvisations of Ravi Shankar, to Gregorian chant, to the rock of Led Zeppelin and the Rolling Stones. He soon discovered the early finger style guitarists of the Mississippi Delta: Son House, Rev. Gary Davis, and Robert Johnson. But the crystallizing moment occurred upon hearing the music of John Fahey – godfather of American solo acoustic guitar. Gulezian locked onto Fahey’s then-radical concept of acoustic instrumental guitar as lifelong medium for composition and creative self-expression.

To this day Gulezian tours constantly, performing at concert halls, festivals, and at hundreds of colleges and universities. It is visually breathtaking to watch him play – his cutting edge virtuosity, commanding stage presence, offbeat humor, and genuine humility has won him a reputation for excellence and a steadily growing audience.

For all the airplay, accolades, recognition, and encores, Michael remains most touched and humbled by the words of his late friend and colleague Michael Hedges, who called Gulezian “a great guitarist. My kindred spirit.”

One generation removed from the musical arabesques of his Armenian heritage, infused with the raw emotional power of the Mississippi Delta trailblazers, fiercely devoted to his art, and blessed with technical proficiency in the extreme, Michael Gulezian remains a seminal force on the cutting edge of the American solo acoustic guitar tradition.