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Local Albuquerque Music Scene


The Albuquerque music scene doesn't get much press but Albuquerque was mentioned in the song "Everywhere" by Tim McGraw. Weird Al Yankovic also pays tribute to the city with his song "Albuquerque," which is the home of The Shins. The Weekly Alibi is the alternative publication that covers the local scene. Even though America hasn't heard much of this town, in the 2000s it has been one of America's fastest growing cities in the 21st century. In 2006 the city was rated best in the nation by Forbes for business and careers. The history of the Albuquerque music scene is not deep with national acts.

Native Roots is a reggae band formed in 1997 by Native Americans John Williams (Sisseton Wahpeton Dakota Sioux) and Shkeme Garcia (Tamaya/Jemez Pueblos). They band reaches for universal themes in the vein of Bob Marley and appeals to a wide age group. The band has traveled the country, performing in casinos, Tribal Nation events and many festivals.

Ben Martinez Project * Bo Brown * Charley Mckay * Chasing Disaster * Christian Venegas * Dianne * DIVERJE * Drawing the Moon * Echoing Green * Franki Baaz * James Douglas Show * JD Strait * Juan Gambino * Kimo * Leah Black * Lousy Robot * Lowercase Noises * Maria Lopez * Michael David Sherwood * Michael Sena * Native Roots * Neckbone Monroe * Noms * Olympians Fall * Patricia Morrison * Rick Hale * Ryan McGarvey * Sam and Nate * Shane Wallin * Sleep Siren * Tijerina *

Local Highlights

The Albuquerque Botanic Garden, located at 2601 Central NW, is the site for the Summer Nights concert series that showcases family-oriented music, dance and food. Performers in the 2013 concert series included world music band Wagogo, New Mexico folk/bluegrass singer Eliza Gilkyson, Latin band Incendio, classic country band The Derailers, Americana singer Barnaby Bright, indie folk rock artist Steve Poltz and alternative country band Slaid Cleaves.

Public radio station KUNM on 89.9 FM from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque is the region's direct connection with the local music scene. The station has been on the air since 1966, although its roots go back to 1960. The station delivers a wide range of multicultural programming. Half of the station's funding comes from listeners. KUNM was written about in this Shavone Otero article 7/13/2011 in the Examiner.

Albuquerque, despite a population of over a half million people, only has a limited number of music venues. Not too many national bands have originated from the region, although the Shins have risen as the area's top 21st century indie band. The top venue for national acts is the Sunshine Theater, although its imaged was tarnished by a 2003 murder. Smaller venues for local acts include the El Rey Theater and the Launchpad. Albuquerque's music scene profile was written about in this Shavone Otero article 6/28/2011 in the Examiner.








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