Lots of good stuff to see in the Duke City in August and a couple good excuses to make the run up to Santa Fe as well. P-Funk on the Westside, Dar Williams in the South Valley, Billy Bob Thornton & the Boxmasters in Santa Fe and the Glenn Miller Orchestra Downtown are just a sample of the music you can catch. It’s also great to see the Guild Cinema keeping up with their standup comedy offerings on Friday Nights.
Esperanza Spalding – The Lensic
Thursday, August 6, 7:30 p.m., $42, $49, $69, $79.
Presented in partnership with Outpost! and the NM Jazz Festival, Grammy winning bassist/vocalist/composer Esperanza Spalding brings her latest project to New Mexico.
Burque Blues Blowout, various locations
August 7th through 9th, varied price packages
Experience the pleasure of Blues dance with live music, exceptional dance instruction from two highly regarded instructors and community engagement. Don’t have a dance partner? Don’t worry – you don’t need one. Put on your dancing shoes and go!
Billy Bob Thornton & the Boxmasters – Skylight Santa Fe
August 13th, 7:30, $31.00
Yep, that Billy Bob Thornton and his band bring their “Modbilly”, American Roots-Rock brand of music to Santa Fe. Maybe they’ll enjoy some of them French fried potaters, mhmm, with some of that there green chile while they’re in town…
Ladies Sing the Blues – Albuquerque Museum
August 14, 7:00 p.m., $414, $16
Join Tracey Whitney, Patti Littlefield, Joanie Cere and Wendy Beach, accompanied by Michael Herndon, as they explore the many faces of the blues in this very popular show.
Stand Up Comedy Live with Aarona Lopez – The Guild Cinema
August 14, 10:30 p.m., $10 advance, $15 door
Aarona Lopez was born and raised in Chicago. She is the creator/host of Velvet Circus – a live comedy show that fuses stand-up, sketch and musical comedy. She got her chops at Second City, Chicago. http://www.guildcinema.com/specialevents/
Glenn Miller Orchestra – Sister Bar
August 16th, 7:00 p.m., $15
The Glenn Miller Orchestra never really disappeared even after Glenn Miller did, over the English Channel, in 1944. Now directed by Nick Hilscher, the GMB swings through ABQ on the southwestern leg of its current tour. Come out and dance to some timeless music.
Martin Sexton – Santa Fe Railyard
August 16th – 6:00 p.m. – Free
Rolling Stone calls Sexton a singer with a “soul marinated voice.” Catch his free live performance in the Railyard. http://www.ampconcerts.org/
Westside Summerfest – Ellison Drive
August 22nd- Free
George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic headline. Also performing – ABQ’s own Soul Kitchen, playing the blues with a lot of soul.
Dar Williams – South Broadway Cultural Center
August 22 – 7:00 p.m., $22 & $27.50
Dar Williams brings her witty, often sarcastic, always insightful songs to ABQ for a night of her unique folk-pop music. http://www.ampconcerts.org/event/207975/dar-williams
Led Zeppelin: The Song Remains the Same – KiMo Theater
August 29, 6:00 p.m.
You know you want to see it again – on the big screen. Put on your Zeppelin t-shirt and rock on with one of the greatest rock and roll bands there ever was.
KiMo is also showing more Batman and Clint Eastwood movies in August, as well as a couple of showings of Journey to the Center of the Earth. Gotta love the KiMo.
Memphis P-Tails blues jam – Monte Vista Fire Station
Every Wednesday, 8:30 p.m., free.
Come to ABQ’s best blues jam every Wednesday night with the Memphis P. Tails and special guests.
– Lisa LaMastra, July 29, 2015