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May, 2012:

Eclectic, High-Energy Latin Rock to Open San Luis Valley Roots Festival

Sol Fire

With a unique sound that merges rock with pop, r&b and Latin influences, Sol Fire will open the inaugural San Luis Valley Roots Festival Fri., June 15 at 7pm, at the baseball field in Alamosa’s Cole Park. Sol Fire is a rock group formed in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The band is led by guitarist/vocalist/songwriter Amado Abeyta and his brother, guitarist/vocalist/songwriter Buddy Abeyta. Their musical influences include the Beatles, Oasis, Stevie Wonder, Mána, Prince, the English Beat and Terence Trent D’arby.

Beginning their musical careers at an early age, the brothers formed Sol Fire in 2002. Two years later they entered the studio and released their debut album. Since then, Sol Fire has become a house-hold name in Santa Fe and New Mexico. After releasing their second studio album, “Third Floor Serenade,” in the summer 2006, the buzz about the band brought them to new heights in the New Mexico music scene. That year they were chosen to be showcased in New Mexico Lottery Powerball commercials and ad campaigns. In 2007, their original song, “She’s Got,” was chosen for the national compilation album “The After After Party” sponsored by McDonald’s and Coca-Cola. Sol Fire also co-wrote and produced a new song for a United Way of Central New Mexico spot, and their song, “I Don’t Like,” was used in a City of Santa Fe water conservation commercial. (more…)

May 31 Jenny Bird Concert Postponed Until September

In order to present the concert during a less crowded time and ensure it gets the proper attention, the Jenny Bird CD release show that had been scheduled for May 31 has been postponed until Sept. The Alamosa Live Music Association regrets any inconvenience this postponement may cause and invites everybody to the show in Sept., as well as the San Luis Valley Roots festival June 15 and 16 and Sundays at Six June 23 – July 29 and Aug. 12-19. (more…)

Inaugural San Luis Valley Roots Festival to Rock Cole Park in Alamosa.

artwork for posterMusic ranging from Latin rock to vintage-sounding Americana and folk to Mariachi to Taiko to classic rock and more will fill the air around Cole Park in Alamosa, Col., June 15 and June 16 as the Alamosa Live Music Association (ALMA) presents the inaugural San Luis Valley Roots Festival.

“It is time we bring together our incredible diversity in a celebration,” ALMA board president Julie Mordecai said. “We are lucky to live where the Southwest meets the Rocky Mountains, where western music is woven into the lives of the cowboys, and an incredible diversity of Spanish language music is sung,” she added. The festival is also scheduled to coordinate with the Rollin’ Deep Car Show, on Fathers’ Day, Sun., June 17, to give visitors a full weekend of events, according to Mordecai.

Sol Fire, led by brothers Amado and Buddy Abeyta, will kick off the festival at 7pm on Fri., June 15. They are known for a unique sound that merges rock with pop, r&b and Latin influences. Since their founding in 2002, Sol Fire has become a household name in Santa Fe and New Mexico. They have shared the stage with a wide variety of folks, including Ozomatli, the English Beat, Yerba Buena, the Iguanas, Groupo Fantasma, Quetzal, Los Lobos, Everclear, Blues Traveler, War, comedians George Lopez and Paul Rodriquez, President Clinton and then-candidate Barack Obama.

The Japanese style drums of Crestone’s Kaminari Taiko will thunder and whisper to kick off Saturday’s festivities at noon. Mariachi Encantadoras is a highly regarded group of young female musicians from northern New Mexico that plays everything from traditional sones to classical works and popurrís, and they are on the schedule at 2pm.

Pedro and the Pistons are not only a classic rock cover band, but they have begun performing their own music, a mix of country, rock, reggae, funk, and some Latin fills, and they take the stage at 4pm. The Don Conoscenti Band brings their soulful fusion of rock, jazz, blues, folk, funk, and country from Taos at 6 pm.

The Haunted Windchimes‘ sound draws from traditional folk and American roots music, and they will close out the festival starting at 8pm. Desirae Garcia, Chela Lujan and Inaiah Lujan of the Windchimes have SLV connections, and their honeyed harmonies and spirited pickin’ lie between bluegrass, blues, and country, and bring those styles together to create something new, yet vintage-sounding. Multi-instrumentalist Mike Clark and standup bassist Sean Fanning round out the group.

Special “tweeners,” who will be playing while bands set up and tear down throughout the day, include Marc Albion, Antonio A. Lopez, los Cancioneros del Valle, and Rhonda Mouser. Tickets for Fri. night only are $8 for ALMA members, $10 general public. For Sat. only, tickets are $18 for ALMA members, $20 general public, and for Fri. and Sat., tickets are $24 for ALMA Members, $28 for non members.

As of 10:45am, Saturday, June 16, on-line ticket sales are over. Please purchase your admission at the gate, at the southeast corner of the baseball field at Cole Park.

Groove-driven Rootsy Chamber Trio Helps ALMA Appreciate Members.

The Peace Project Trio

Kailin Yong is a violinist, teacher and composer who believes in the power of music to bring about positive change. He has played in the SLV as part of Boulder Acoustic Society and in collaboration with tabla player Andy Skellenger and others. Fri., May 18 at 7:30pm he brings the Peace Project Trio to Leon Memorial for ALMA’s annual member appreciation concert. Admission is free for ALMA members and memberships will be available at the door. Tickets are $15 for non-ALMA members.

The trio blends the elegance of chamber music with the vitality and rootsiness of folk music from all over the globe, driven by the grounding groove of world percussion. The original music featured in the Peace Project is a chronicle of Yong’s musical exploration of many cultures in the world.

Yong was born and raised in Singapore. In 1992, he caused his parents considerable heartache and consternation when he tore up an admission letter from engineering school to move to Vienna and pursue his musical interests. While in Vienna, he took the opportunity to travel around Europe, hearing some of the greatest classical artists live and coming into contact with gypsy music.

In 1999, Yong found himself stranded in San Francisco; penniless, friendless and jobless. It was there that he started his career as a street musician in the underground public transit system of the city. It was also in this subterranean concert hall that he started to improvise on his fiddle; making up tunes that represented his mood, telling stories of his life and sharing his deepest emotions.

Since moving to Boulder in the summer of 2000, Yong has been introduced to many different types of music, including bluegrass, jazz, Middle Eastern and Balkan music, and Tango. He was one of the founding members of Boulder Acoustic Society and toured extensively with the group from 2003-2009. Mentor and fiddle wizard Darol Anger called them “the future of String Band Music on a silver platter.”

My lifelong dream is to become an ambassador of music where I travel around the world promoting friendship and peace by playing my fiddle and working with other like-minded musicians,” Yong said. He has been awarded the Daniel Pearl Memorial Violin, named for the violinist, fiddler and Wall Street Journal reporter who was murdered in Pakistan in 2002.

ALMA memberships help support programs such as the Sundays at Six series of free outdoor concerts as well as the new SLV Roots Festival, debuting in Cole Park June 15 & 16.

Somebody recently broke into Yong’s car and stole many of his  most treasured musical instruments. ALMA will conduct a special collection at the concert to help with the cost of replacing these musical tools. Yong also has a button to make donations on his website, http://kailinyong.com/.