Archive for May, 2009

Summer 2009 Folk Enews

Saturday, May 9th, 2009

Greetings, Folkies,

I’ve collected some links to help you find information about music, dance and concert events around the southwest this summer. I hope that the links below work and that you all have a fun summer.

New Mexico Folk Music and Dance Society (FOLKMADS) events, such as contra dances, special events, and festivals, are now posted electronically at

This summer the most important events to remember are the Albuquerque Folk Festival on June 19 and 20, 2009, and the Wildlife West Music Festival on August 7-9, 2009. I went to both last year, and they were awesome. The Wildlife West Music Festival will feature internationally known folk singer and musician John McCutheon and Tucson’s Round the House, in addition to other regionally known bands. AND you can walk around and observe bears, mountain lions, and other rescued wild critters–utterly amazing.

Info on Las Cruces, NM dances is at Their dances have been so popular this year, they may even have them in June and July. is Albuquerque Swing and Country Dance Club.

There is also outdoor “Salsa Under the Stars” dancing event most Fridays during the summer at the ABQ Museum. It is put on by the NM jazz society. They also have jazz & blues events too. The link is:

To subscribe to a New Mexico local dance e-newsletter, please contact Susan Kellogg at or call 505-299-3737.

Monthly Singing: FOLK SONG CIRCLE the 1st Friday of each month in Corrales, New Mexico. 8:00 P.M. TO MIDNIGHT; Contact: Laurie McPherson 898-6978, or

New Mexico Music Links: is neal copperman’s awesome music venue with lots of concert information for music-lovers. Neal also organizes ¡Globalquerque!, which will be September 25 & 26, 2009 at the Hispanic Cultural Center, ABQ, NM.

ABQ Biopark & Zoo Concerts: Concerts on Fridays at the zoo and Thursdays at the Biopark. has info on bluegrass concerts around Albuquerque.

The Outpost Performance Space in Albuquerque, mostly jazz and folk, has a web site,

Santa Fe Concerts: GiG is Santa Fe’s non-profit performance space. GiG is located at 1808 Second St. The suggested donation is $7 to $10. All shows are at 8 PM. Check out for more details about each week’s artists and listen to their music samples at the Listen link! is the web site of Roger Landes, Taos musician extraordinaire and organizer of Zoukfest, It’s June 12-14, 2009 at the UNM Campus in Albuquerque.

To sign up for the e-mail list for Parkland Circle House Concerts (Albuquerque), write

Durango Contra Dance Info: For information, call 970-385-9292, or see the website

Arizona Music and Dance Info: (Scroll down the page to find links to various Arizona dance communities.

Colorado Music and Dance Info:

Oklahoma Dance Weekend: Flamingo Fling
When: June 12-14, 2009
Where: Epworth United Methodist Church, 1901 N. Douglas Oklahoma City, OK
Nils Fredland calling, with music by The Great Bear Trio. These young energetic talents will rev you up bigtime! Hospitality is available, if needed. Registration details available at:

Jerome, AZ Ghost Town Chill Down
Who: The Rhythm Rollers (Cathie Whitesides, Laurie Andres and Bob McQuillen) with caller Bob Isaacs; also featuring Arizona talent Updraft, Peg Hesley and Laila Lewis
What: GHOST TOWN CHILL DOWN: A COOL dance weekend for HOT dancers
Where: At Spook Hall in Jerome AZ
When: July 17- 19, 2009
More info and registration form:

Email me other links and I will add them to this page. Thanks and happy dancing and playing,

Merri Rudd

Please contact Merri at merridancing @ gmail .com (had trouble with spammers, so you’ll have to type the address. Thanks!)