August in ABQ, What’s Happening

As always there are some interesting things to do if you're stuck here in the Duke City in August, and while some certainly will require your attendance in the great, muggy outdoors, there are quite a few things happening in the cool swampy air of our fine theaters and bars. Check it out -

Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi

Tedeschi Trucks, Los Lobos, North Mississippi Allstars – Wheels of Soul Tour.  August 4th, Sandia Casino Amphitheater, 7:00 p.m. $20 – $100.  OK, I’m not quite sure what Los Lobos are doing warming up for Tedeschi Trucks Band (as excellent as they are) and as happy as I am to see the North Mississippi Allstars make it to the Duke City, it’d be much sweeter to see them in a club like, say the Launchpad, but all that’s a personal problem. This is a smoking lineup at the Sandia Amphitheater.  Tedeschi Trucks

Science on Tap with Clayton Meredith. August 4th, O’Neill’s Pub, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Free.  Clayton Meredith gets down and dirty discussing the story told by sediment and what it reveals. He talks about his research into 10,000 years of forest transformation in the Mayan forests of southern Belize.  Science on Tap

The Wailers at Downtown Summerfest.  August 6th, Civic Plaza, 5:00 – 10:30 p.m.  FREE.  Aston “Family Man” Barrett and the legendary Wailers headline an evening of great music at Civic Plaza. Come out and groove to the positive vibrations! Albuquerque’s not the only city in the USA that could stand an hour or two of skankin to One Love… Downtown Summerfest

Matisyahu.  August 9th, Sunshine Theater, doors @ 7:00 p.m.  All ages, $27.  Groove to the Hasidic reggae/beat box musician, who is touring his latest release, Live at Stubb’s III – A 10-Year Journey.  Sunshine

Slim Cessna’s Auto Club.  August 11th, Low Spirits, doors 8:00 p.m.  $8. Get down to Cessna’s whiskey fueled, rock/country/gospel tent-revival sound as they work the kinks out of their upcoming disc The Commandments According To SCAC.  Hot summer, hot night, hot tunes – Low Spirits

Ziggy Marley.  August 18th, Santa Fe Bridge, 7:30 p.m., $38 ($44 day of show) …And hot on the heals of his dad’s former band, seven time Grammy winner Ziggy Marley brings his Fly Rasta tour to the very cool Santa Fe Bridge patio. Ziggy

Tracey Whitney and Horace Alexander Young.  August 18th, double bill at Outpost Performance Space, 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.  $10 – $15  Former “Raelette” with Ray Charles, soul/jazz singer Tracey Whitney and her quintet is joined by multi-instrumentalist Horace Alexander Young with his New Mexico quartet at the very fine Outpost! performance space.

My Love Don’t Cross That River

The Guild Cinema. August, various dates, various times.  $5 – $8.  Laugh and cry on the same night: The Guild opens August with two highly regarded flicks – the Korean documentary My Love, Don’t Cross That River and the Kiwi comedy Hunt for the Wilderpeople (both 8/1 – 8/4). The Guild then works through a wide variety of movies including the 70’s classic Network; the semi-autobiographical Bukowski dramedy Barfly; the avant-garde Film, a Samuel Beckett/Buster Keaton collaboration (including the documentary Not Film); Les Innocentes and Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World among quite a few more. A whole pile of excuses to come in out the heat. Guild Cinema

Big Head Todd & the Monsters at Westside Summerfest.  August 20th, 5:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.  FREE. Come out and jam to BHTM at another free show on Ellison Drive near Cottonwood.  Music starts at 5:00.  Put on your dancing shoes! Westide Summerfest

The Box Performance Space. Fridays and Saturdays, 9:00 p.m. $8 – $10. Live improv comedy basically every weekend, with some audience participation bits (the farther back you sit, the safer you are…in theory). They also give classes if you’re inclined to polish your own funnybone. The Box

KiMo Theater.  Various dates and times.  $6 – $8.  The KiMo has a great bunch of movies showing this month, from Hitchcock and Bogart to comedies from Mother Road movies, including National Lampoon’s Vacation and Midnight Run. There’s even an Indiana Jones movie thrown in.  KiMo

Wednesday Blues Jam.  Monte Vista Fire Station, 8:30 p.m.  Free.  Check out ABQ’s premiere blues jam every Wednesday night with the Memphis P Tails and special guests. Memphis PTails