This will be my only May folk enews. HOWEVER, I may post updates during the month without notice, so you die-hard blog-lovers can check back on occasion throughout May.
Corrales Sing, Friday, May 5
FOLK SONG CIRCLE. Plants, Flowers, and Trees are the May theme.
FIRST FRIDAY OF EVERY MONTH, 8:00 P.M. TO MIDNIGHT
Each participant in the circle may lead a song, do a solo, request a song, or pass. Bring enthusiasm, songbooks, instruments, beverages/snacks, kids, and friends.
Contact: Laurie McPherson 898-6978
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
114 Coronado Road, Corrales, 87048
(Directions: From the intersection of Alameda and Coors, go 1.8 miles north on Corrales Road. Pass the Chevron station, go several blocks. Just past the Horseman?s Supply store, turn left on Coronado Road. Post office is too far. They?re the second house on the right, come in past the barns to park.)
Albuquerque Contra Dance, Saturday, May 6
Merri Rudd hosts an open mike with Lewis Land and Linda Starr calling and Adobe Brothers (Bruce Thomson on fiddle, Wayne Shrubsall on banjo, Elliott Rogers on guitar, Tim DeYoung on mandolin, Janice Ryals-Rogers on bass) playing. 8-11 p.m., acoustic jam at 7 p.m.; newcomers class at 7:30. Note Different Location Tonight Only! Dance Studio in Albuquerque at 4217 San Mateo NE, 1 block south of Montgomery on the west side of the San Mateo between Auto Zone and Bank of the West (across from Grandy’s). Park directly behind the studio on west side in gated area or along San Mateo to avoid vehicle break-ins. Do not park behind Auto Zone. Bring clean dance shoes. No shoes with nails or that leave black scuff marks, please. Clean dance shoes and tennis shoes OK. $5 members, $6 others.
Durango, Colorado Contra Dance, May 6
Albuquerque’s own Sandia Hots will play for the dance, and Wendy Graham from Durango will call. Saturday May 6th, Needham Elementary – 2425 West 3rd Ave., (Enter on the East side). Beginner instruction at 7:00 and dancing from 7:30 to 10:30. All dances are taught and called. No partner is necessary, and dancers of all abilities are welcome. Admission for this special dance is $10. For further information, call 970-903-9402.
Albuquerque Concert, Sunday, May 7
El Rey Theatre, 7:30 pm, 21 and over
Tickets: $20 advance, $25 door
Available at abqmusic.com, Bookworks and Natural Sound.
Neal is thrilled to bring the National Hispanic Cultural Center on board as a partner for the PERLA BATALLA show at the El Rey. Perla was the first artist in their wildly popular Latin Divas series, so it only seems fitting that she also be the first artist in the Latin Divas on the Road outreach program. Perla got her start as a back-up singer for kd lang and Leonard Cohen before she started making beautiful recordings of her own that highlight her Mixteca heritage. Perla’s got a new CD out entitled “What I Did On My Summer Vacation By Perla Batalla” which highlights the music she discovered on a recent trip to Argentina to meet her mother’s family. It’s beautiful music that perfectly highlights Perla’s stunning voice and charming presence.
Bluegrass Concert, Albuquerque, Thursday, May 11
Southwest pickers is pleased to announce that The Lost & Found Bluegrass band will perform on THURSDAY MAY 11 at 7:30 PM at the Covenant Presbyterian Church, 9315 Candelaria Ave. NE. ONE NIGHT ONLY. Admission is ONLY $10 for SWP members and $12 for non-members. The Lost & Found was founded in 1973 by original members Allen Mills, Dempsey Young, Gene Parker & Roger Handy. Allen and the fellow band members were asked to do a local cable TV show. Before that the band had not played anywhere too far from their own basement. To meet that deadline they decided to use the name The Lost & Found until they could think of a better one. That was in 1973, and now the name The Lost & Found is one of the most respected and recognized names in bluegrass music.
For more information on The Lost & Found, go to: http://www.lostandfoundbluegrass.com or http://www.southwestpickers.com
Las Cruces Contra Dance, Friday, May 12
Julie writes that their dance is May 12, the SECOND Friday, so they can go to Prescott’s Maymadness camp May 19-21 with me!!! (That would be Lonnie, Julie, Judy F, Cynthia W., aka dance gypsies, following Merri). Current location is San Andres High School, 2355 Avenida De Mesilla, Las Cruces (main highway through Mesilla and 2 blocks east of plaza). Three callers, Lewis, Chole and Lonnie and SNMMDS House Band , which numbered 8 last dance. >No dances in June or July. Following dance is third Friday, August 18. Info: 505-522-1691.
Santa Fe Contra Dance, Saturday, May 13
Jim Buechler of Taos is calling with Beat La Feet playing. 8 p.m. -11 p.m., IOOF Hall, 1125 Cerrillos Rd. $5 members, $6 others. Instruction at 7:30 p.m.
Second Sunday Dance, Mother's Day, May 14
Merri Rudd, with a little help from Noralyn Parsons, will call elegant English country and zesty contra dances; music by One Good Turn (Gary Papenhagen on fiddle, Peter Wegman on guitar, Graham Daily on fiddle, and Lou Blackwell on bass). 7:00 – 9:30 p.m., Dance Studio in Albuquerque at 4217 San Mateo NE, 1 block south of Montgomery on the west side of the San Mateo between Auto Zone and Bank of the West (across from Grandy’s). Park directly behind the studio on west side in gated area or along San Mateo to avoid vehicle break-ins. Do not park behind Auto Zone. Bring clean dance shoes. No shoes with nails or that leave black scuff marks, please. Clean dance shoes and tennis shoes OK. $6 admission.
Albuquerque Megaband Practice, Tuesday, May 16
Join the Megaband on Tuesday, May 16, at the Blue Dragon, 1517 Girard NE, Albuquerque, 7:30-10:30 p.m. More info: Bruce Thomson, 277-4729.
Taos Concert, Tuesday, May 16
ZoukFest Presents Mandolin Duo Mike Compton & David Long in Concert at RANE Gallery on Tuesday, May 16th, at 7pm. Mike Compton, the mandolinist on the soundtrack of the Cohen Brothers film “O Brother Where Art Thou?”, and who appeared in the associated performance film “Down from the Mountain,” will appear with his duo partner David Long in a special Tuesday evening concert at RANE Gallery, 214 Ledoux Street in Taos, at 7pm on Tuesday, May 16th. The late, great John Hartford said that Mike Compton knows more about Bill Monroe mandolin style than the Father of Bluegrass himself! Check out Mike’s website: http://www.mikecompton.net/
Santa Fe Concert, Friday, May 19
MICHAEL COMBS plays at UPPER CRUST PIZZA
(corner of De Vargas and Old Santa Fe Trail)
FRIDAY, MAY 19, 6-9p.m., no cover
Traditional Acoustic Songs of the West, South & Norte on the Button Accordion, Fiddle and 6- and 12-string guitar. 438-6636.
Albuquerque Contra Dance, Saturday, May 20
Donna Howell is calling and Megaband is playing, and it may be someone’s birthday! 8-11 p.m., acoustic jam at 7 p.m.; newcomers class at 7:30. Back to the… Albuquerque Square Dance Center, 4909 Hawkins NE, one full block west of I-25 and 1/2 block north of Ellison. See www.asdc.org for directions. $5 members, $6 others.
NO 4th Santa Fe Contra Dance, Saturday, May 27!!!
Why not??? Cuz we’ll all be at the FolkMADness Music and Dance Camp in Socorro from May 26-29. Visit www.folkmads.org for details.
Albuquerque House Concert, Monday, May 29
Notorious in concert in Albuquerque
Eden MacAdam-Somer: fiddle, vocals
Larry Unger: guitar, banjo
May 29, 2006 7:00 PM, Home of Martina Mesmer
Donations $12 at the door
To reserve a seat, please contact 505.237.1033/505.620.0211 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Spend an evening with Notorious duo, Eden MacAdam-Somer and Larry Unger, as they bring FolkMADness to a close with a concert showcasing their new CD. With Eden on fiddle and sweet vocals and Larry on guitar and banjo, this band presents everything from traditional American and Celtic fiddle tunes to jazz, blues, and the group?s original compositions. Bring your families, neighbors, and friends to see how many ways Notorious can metamorphosize 64 beats! For information on Notorious visit www.larryunger.net or www.fiddlegarden.net
This and That
Albuquerque Folk Festival!! It’s almost time for the all-day folk blow-out on Saturday, June 17, at the Fairgrounds in Albuquerque. If anyone has instruments, cases, tuners etc that they want to sell, they can sell them at the ABQ Folk Festival, which will have a consignment booth there. ABQ Folk Fest will take 15 % of the sale leaving 85 % to the consignee. Gretchen is the lead on the consignment booth. The more instruments, the better the booth. To sell instruments, contact Gretchen at 266-6928 or email@example.com. Also, the Folk Festival schedule is now out and about. A copy was included in the latest FOLKMADS newsletter (look on the back side for DOZENS of workshops), plus schedule info is posted at the web site: http://www.abqfolkfest.org/schedule.htm
Fiddler Tim & Pacific Crest Trail I had blogged about how we could follow Hey!’s fiddler Tim Shaffer on his 2000+ mile journey up the Pacific Crest Trail. But after 7 days and 110 miles, he’s back in Albuquerque. He’ll post the gory details at his blog at http://www.trailjournals.com/TimS/ soon.
Two Cats Need Foster and/or Permanent Homes: Boo Hoo, Robin Brown, Marc Leonard, and their son Brendan are moving to the rainy Northwest. They have two cats that need separate homes. One is 11 years old. The other is 14. The 14-year old used to be a good mouser when there were mice around; she needs to be in a home without other cats or dogs. Robin & Marc will be in Santa Fe from April 24 to June 15. If the people taking the cats want, Robin & Marc can take them back after they resettle. If you can help them out, e-mail Robin at: Robin440 @ earthlink. net (take the extra spaces out if you send Robin email, she hates spam, hence the precautions!)
Rodney Miller & Airdance in Colorado: Airdance is coming to Colorado!
June 1 – House Concert in Erie, CO
June 2 – Dance in Denver, CO – 8pm
June 3 – Dance in Fort Collins, CO – 8pm
June 4 – Dance in Boulder, CO -2 pm
Details at www.cfootmad.org or www.fotd.org. Those of you who are going to Maymadness in Arizona, then Folkmadness Camp in Socorro, can make it “three for three” dance weekends in a row! Let me know how that goes…
That’s all for now. Enjoy the many May music and dance activities!
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