July 2007 Folk Enews

Happy Summer, Folkies,

Call me crazy, but I think 07/07/07 would be a great wedding anniversary! I happen to be at the Heights Community Center that night calling a dance, so if you bring a marriage license there, I can hitch you right up. Just a thought. Visit http://www.bernco.gov/live/departments.asp?dept=2315&submenuid=2432#marriage for info.

FOLKMADS Treasurer Joli Sharp wrote, “THANKS TO EVERYONE FOR CAMP DONATIONS! I would like to say Thank You to everyone who added donations to their camp fees this year (there were a lot of you), and to one particularly generous anonymous donor. The camp raffle had an especially good showing. Your enthusiastic support of camp decreases the anxiety among those of us who are noticing whether the ends meet, and makes it possible for us to entertain the thought of spending more in areas that would improve the camp.”

Albuquerque Concert, Sunday, July 1
THE IGUANAS at 8:00 pm
Puccini’s Golden West Saloon, 620 Central Ave SW
21 and over.
$15 advance, $20 door
Tickets at abqmusic.com, Bookworks and Natural Sound

New Orleans is known for its unique fusions in food, music and culture. In that respect, The Iguanas are typically New Orleans. But like gumbo, everyone combines their influences in different ways. For the Iguanas, it’s a melding of the blues, classic R&B, zydeco, cajun, Tex-Mex and roots rock & roll – and the result is a rollicking good time. On their last release, “Plastic Silver 9-Volt Heart”, The Iguanas pump up the Latin and Mexican influences, which garnered them positive comparisons to Los Lobos. Look for a standard rock band fleshed out with two saxophones and accordion to create that swampy New Orleans groove — the perfect way to start a 4th of July holiday week!

Corrales Sing, Friday, July 6
FOLK SONG CIRCLE. Newcomers welcome! They’re meeting in July to sing of Babies, Children and Grandparents AND the 4th of July, a double feature.
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: lauriemcpherson@hotmail.com or lmcpherson@salud.unm.edu
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, July 7
Merri Rudd calling and the Friends (Gary Papenhagen on fiddle, Bo Olcott on guitar, Lou Blackwell on bass) playing smokin’ hot dance tunes this post-July 4th weekend. 7:30 – 10:30 p.m., acoustic jam at 6:30 p.m. and newcomers class at 7 p.m. Heights Community Center, 823 Buena Vista SE (1 block east of University, south of Lead/Coal). Bring clean dance shoes. No shoes with nails or that leave black scuff marks, please. $6 members, $7 others.

Durango Contra Dance, Saturday, July 7
Caller is ??? with live music by Durango’s Kitchen Jam Band. VFW Hall, 1550 Main Avenue, Durango. Beginner instruction is at 7:00 p.m. Dancing is from 7:30 to 10:30. For further information, call 970-259-6820 or 970-903-9402.

Old Time Music Circle, Albuquerque, Sunday, July 8
The Old Time Music Circle Jam is not meeting at Covenant Presbyterian Church in July. However, if anyone wants to get together to play on July 8, Judy Muldawer is happy to host the circle at her house. Email her at inquiry@siliconheights.com.

Santa Fe Contra Dance, Saturday, July 14
Richard Wilson calling, Sandia Hots playing (Liz Stevens on fiddle, Mike Gallagher on banjo, Linda Askew on guitar, Scott Mathis on mandolin and guitarron). 8 p.m. -11 p.m., IOOF Hall, 1125 Cerrillos Rd. Instruction at 7:30 p.m. $6 members, $7 others.

NO Second Sunday Dance in Albuquerque in July!!!

Albuquerque Megaband Practice, July 17
Join the Megaband in a jam at the Blue Dragon, 1517 Girard NE, Albuquerque, 7:30-10:30 p.m. More info: Bruce Thomson, 277-4729.

No Las Cruces Contra Dance in July!!!

Albuquerque Contra Dance, Saturday, July 21
Wendy Graham from Durango calling and the Albuquerque Megaband playing. 7:30 – 10:30 p.m., acoustic jam at 6:30 p.m. and newcomers class at 7 p.m. Heights Community Center, 823 Buena Vista SE (1 block east of University, south of Lead/Coal). Bring clean dance shoes. No shoes with nails or that leave black scuff marks, please. $6 members, $7 others.

No Taos Contra Dance in July!!!
Alas, due to a venue scheduling glitch, no dance will occur in Taos in July. Also, none in August. Dances resume at San Geronimo Lodge in September.

Santa Fe Contra Dance, Saturday, July 28
Open Mic dance, Karina and Della playing (Karina’s fiddling grows more beautiful with each gig). Potluck at 6 p.m., Dance 8 p.m. -11 p.m., IOOF Hall, 1125 Cerrillos Rd. Instruction at 7:30 p.m. $6 members, $7 others.

Adobe Brothers in Concert, Saturday, July 28
Flying Star Restaurant on 4501 Juan Tabo (www.flyingstarcafe.com/). Eat some yummy treats while listening to the well-honed tunes of one of Albuquerque’s oldest and finest bands.

Pickin' in the Pines, Santa Fe, Sunday, July 29
Pickin’ in the Pines will be held again this year on Sunday, July 29th, at 1 pm at Shelter #3 at Hyde Memorial State Park , just north of Santa Fe. Hotdogs, hamburgers, and cold water will be provided, and you are encouraged to bring side dishes and deserts. This has been an extremely popular event for many years with great picking, singing, and socializing among all Southwest Pickers members. Don’t forget sweaters, since late afternoon thunderstorms will frequently drop the temperature into the 60’s. For directions to the park see:

Albuquerque House Concert, Tuesday, July 31
$12 suggested donation
Reservations required. Contact Jeff at abqmusic@att.net or use the on-line reservation system at www.abqmusic.com/houseconcerts.html
Prepare for an intimate night of unplugged folk-rock with Amy and band take over Jeff’s living room. Amy covers a wide range of topics, from the heartrending (“I feel like I’m dying, and I’m always crying. If this is what love is, make me lonely again”) to the defiant (“Do I make you blush, do I talk too loud. Do I drink too much, do I act too proud? Well take me as I am
or take another now ’cause I am not going to change for nobody no how”). She’s got full on rockers and country weepers, an Americana Blondie cover and an uproarious tale of white trash love.

Looking Ahead, Albuq. House Concert, August 16
If you loved the Boulder Acoustic Society as much as the rest of the crowd at the Albuquerque Folk Festival, plan to attend their house concert:
1000 Parkland Circle SE, Albuquerque
Contact: 266-6928 or 858-3463 or email gcnewma@sandia.gov.
They’re young, energetic, immensely talented and gonna make it “Brave Combo” or “Bills” big one day, I predict. With their fun, lively tunes, lyrics, old-time harmonies, and ensemble of instruments including guitars, marimba, violin, double bass and ukuleles, you’ll be thoroughly entertained. Bring your own small chair, alcohol, and a snack to share and $10 donation for the artists. Hosts will provide some snacks, tea, water and a cooler of ice for beers/wine etc. For live recordings: http://www.boulderacousticsociety.net/

¡Globalquerque! September 21-22, 2007
National Hispanic Cultural Center, Albuquerque
1701 4th St SW
New Mexico’s Annual Celebration of World Music and Culture will return to the NHCC in September! The third annual show will feature Planet Drumz, Koko Taylor, Baka Beyond, Yungchen Lhamo and many more great artists from all over the world! Details at www.abqmusic.com.

Stay cool.

Merri Rudd
Albuquerque, NM