Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2017 | SELF

Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 2017
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"Albuquerque Summerfest Headliners Announced"

Albuquerque Summerfest Headliners Announced
Free, family friendly concerts feature a variety of national and local entertainers.
May 9, 2023 - The Department of Arts & Culture's Albuquerque Summerfest concert series will bring a variety of national touring groups and diverse local performers to different areas of the city this summer. The excitement kicks off with Heights Summerfest on Saturday, June 10 at North Domingo Baca Park with New Orleans quintet, Galactic featuring Angelika Jelly Joseph.

Beginning at 5 p.m., concert goers can enjoy the local music of St. Levi and the Family Tree, Vibestrong, and The Big Spank ahead of Galactic taking the stage at 8:30 p.m.

Route 66 Summerfest in Nob Hill on Saturday, July 22 from 5 to 10 p.m. will feature QUITAPENAS, a tropical Afro-Latin combo from California known to borrow their aesthetics from the radical 60s, 70s, and 80s. In addition, there will be eight other bands on three stages playing everything from bluegrass to garage pop throughout the day.

From 5 to 10 p.m., Westside Summerfest on Saturday, August 5 at Ventana Ranch Community Park will be dedicated to promoting local talent and will feature Albuquerque bands on two stages. Bands include Big K & Blue Train; Burque Jazz Bandits; Chris Dracup; Nathaniel Krantz Music; Revíva; Side Montero; Silver Sky Blues Band; and Str8 Shot.

Albuquerque Summerfest will also feature local businesses with handcrafted products, food trucks, free activities for children, and a Cantina (with the exception of Route 66 Summerfest) with libations created by breweries, wineries, and distilleries.

Albuquerque Summerfest is free and open to the public. More details on each specific event can be found at Albuquerque Summerfest is sponsored by iHeart Radio.

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"Vibestrong performs their new single, ‘Kings Medley’ live"

Taking their sound to new heights, Vibestrong is a four-piece reggae rock band from Albuquerque. The group has been together for 1.5 years and has already been nominated for the New Mexico Music Awards and the New Mexico Entertainment Awards.

Vibestrong released their full album, “These Mountains,” in 2023, and the band is working on their second album now. Vibestrong will be having a release party for their first single out of California and their first single of 2024, “Kings Medley,” on Friday, Jan. 19, at the Launchpad.

Vibestrong gave a preview performance of “Kings Medley” live on New Mexico Living. The full performance is in the video at the top of this page. To check out all of Vibestrong’s music and stay up to date with the group’s performance schedule, click here. -

"Cuidando Los Niños features local musicians to fundraise for child homelessness"

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Cuidando Los Niños is a local non-profit that is raising awareness for child homelessness in the community. Their services include providing supportive housing, family case management, workforce development, early childhood education, and more.

On Saturday, August 5, local talent will be taking the stage to help raise funds for Cuidando Los Niños’ work. The 5th Annual Burque Niños Block Party, featuring a handful of musical groups, will take place on Saturday from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. at FUSION (708 First Street) in northwest Albuquerque.

United Way of North Central New Mexico hosts benefit concert featuring Los Lobos
The event is open to all ages, and tickets cost $20 for adults and $10 for kids ages 12 and under. Tickets purchased for the event will go directly toward supporting the programs and services put on by the non-profit; tickets can be purchased at this link.


Music Lineup

Red Light Cameras
The Mango Cakes
Side Montero
Thursday Marks Fall
Cuidando Los Niños will also be taking donations online for those unable to attend the event who still want to donate. To learn more about the non-profit and the work they do in the community, click here. -

"Summer Music in Old Town to return for 2023"

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Looking for summer break plans? Old Town will be hosting its Summer Music in Old Town events.

Every weekend in June and July, there will be great food, unique local shops, and live music at the gazebo.

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The event will take place on Fridays and Saturdays from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. On Sundays, it will be from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Organizer said this event is a perfect way to spend time with family and friends.


Sunday, May 6– 11 a.m.-3 p.m.– Lemonade Day Albuquerque
Sunday, May 14– 1-5 p.m.– Mother’s Day in Old Town
1-2:30 p.m. – Levi Dean and the Mesa Rats – Americana/Folk
2:45 – 3:15 p.m. – Fiesta Mexicana – Folklorico Dancing
3:30 – 5 p.m. – Son Como Son – Cuban Salsa
Saturday, May 20 – 6-8 p.m. – Santacruzan Celebration
Presented by the Filipino American Foundation of New Mexico

June 2-4: San Felipe de Neri Church Fiestas
Friday, June 2 – 6-10 p.m.
Saturday, June 3 – 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
Sunday, June 4 – 12-7 p.m.
Friday, June 9 – 7-9 p.m. – Chris Dracup: Funk of the West – American Blues/Funk
Saturday, June 10 – 7-9 p.m. – JD Nash and the Rash of Cash – Alternative Country
Sunday, June 11 – 1-3 p.m. Watermelon Mountain Jug Band –Bluegrass
Friday, June 16 – 7-9 p.m. – Slim and the Blue Tones – Swinging Blues
Saturday, June 17 – 7-9 p.m. – Tracey Whitney –Jazz/Classic Soul
Sunday, June 18 – 1-3 p.m. – Terra Trio – Latin Jazz
Friday, June 23 – 7-9 p.m. – 44th Army Band (New Mexico’s Own) – Mariachi/Big Band
Saturday, June 24 –7-9 p.m. – The Porter Draw – Bluegrass
Sunday, June 25 – 1-3 p.m. – Scotty & The Atomics – Rockabilly
Friday, June 30 – 7-9 p.m. – Austin Van – Country

Saturday, July 1 – 7-9 p.m. – Felix Y Los Gatos– New Mexican/ Spanish
Sunday, July 2 – 1-3 p.m. – Alex Maryol – Blues/ Funk
Friday, July 7 – 7-9 p.m. – Vibestrong – Reggae
Saturday, July 8 – 7-9 p.m. – Picoso – New Mexican/ Spanish
Sunday, July 9 – 1-3 p.m. – Cowboy Way – Country
Friday, July 14 – 7-9 p.m. – Kyle Martin – Country/Rock
Saturday, July 15 – 7-9 p.m. – Tropicalia – Latin Rhythms
Sunday, July 16 – 1-3 p.m. – Bobcats – Jazz
Friday, July 21 – 7-9 p.m. – Divino – New Mexican/ Spanish
Saturday, July 22 – 7-9 p.m. – Nathaniel Krantz – Country
Sunday, July 23 – 1-3 p.m. – Last Call – Jazz
Friday, July 28 – 7-9 p.m. – Sol De La Noche – Latin
Saturday, July 29 – 7-9 p.m. – Calle 66 – Salsa
Sunday, July 30 – 1-3 p.m. – Mustang Sally & the Corvettes – Blues -


Vibestrong released their Debut Album titled "These Mountains" the spring of 2023. Written by rick Gonzales. Recorded and produced at rio grande Studios in Albuquerque New Mexico by Grammy award winner Kenny Riley. This Album is available on all major streaming platforms. 

On January 19th 2024 Vibestrong Released Their single "Kings Medley" (a 9 minute reggae Medley) recorded by Lewis Richards at 17th Street Recording studio in Costa Mesa California. This single is available now on all music streaming platforms.



Formed in the vibrant music scene of Albuquerque, New Mexico, Vibestrong emerged as a dynamic 4-piece southwest reggae/rock "super" band. The band comprises exceptionally talented musicians with over 60 years of combined musical experience, who have left their mark in other esteemed local acts including Reviva, Mondo Vibrations, The Riddims, and Stoic Frame.

From the very beginning, Vibestrong's journey has been adorned with impressive achievements. Sharing the stage with reggae legends J Boog, Collie Buddz, Dubbest, and receiving the honor of opening for Grammy-nominated reggae pioneers The Wailers, the band has gained a reputation for delivering electrifying performances that captivate audiences.

 Vibestrong's talent was recognized with a New Mexico Music Award nomination for their remarkable track "Feeling Today," in 2003 and "Manzanos" in 2004, both featured on their debut album "These Mountains." Produced by the Grammy-winning maestro Kenny Riley at the esteemed Rio Grande Studios in Albuquerque, the album also features the enchanting vocals of Amanda Machon Singer, renowned for her work with The Red Light Cameras. Vibestrong was also nominated in 2023 for a New Mexico Entertainment Award for best reggae band. Since then the group has been busy touring the southwest, and recording new music at the famous 17th Street recording studio in Costa Mesa CA, with legendary reggae producer Lewis Richards who produced artists like Sublime and Dirty Heads.

Drawing inspiration from their diverse musical backgrounds, Vibestrong has crafted a sound that defies genre boundaries and leaves a lasting impression. 

With an irresistible fusion of rock and reggae, Vibestrong's music carries an undeniable energy that resonates with listeners. Their name itself embodies their mission - to encourage everyone to embrace their inner strength and "Vibestrong." Get ready to immerse yourself in the uplifting rhythms and infectious melodies that define Vibestrong's captivating musical journey, and Be sure to listen to their latest Single "Kings Medley" available now on all streaming platforms, and stay tuned for their next single release "Lift Up" set to drop summer 2024. 

Band Members