Summer is finally here (well, almost) and there’s some pretty cool stuff to do in the Duke City. Here’s a sample of some of the great music and other events that should keep you nicely distracted.
Built to Spill – The Launchpad – June 1st, 9:00 p.m., $22. Boise, Idaho, rockers Built to Spill bring their post punk indy sound to the Launch Pad to, uh, launch the month of June. Don’t know if they’re touring Untethered Moon, the re-press of There’s Nothing Wrong With Love, or putting something new together, but should be a punchy show. Launchpad
Blue Velvet – 30th Anniversary – The Guild Cinema, June 3rd, 4th, 10:30 p.m. Like a train wreck you can’t look away from, check out the classic David Lynch film about the bizarre and violent underworld of a seemingly normal town. And don’t worry, mommy loves you… Guild Cinema
Alfred Hitchcock – The KiMo Theater – Fridays in June, 6:00 & 8:30 p.m. Lots of Hitchcock coming in the month of June and well as Mother Road Movies (in partnership with ABQ Museum’s Route 66: Radiance, Rust Revival on the Mother Road), various dates. Also showing, Easy Rider, June 30th. KiMo
Stephen Marley – Sunshine Theater – June 8th, 7:30 (13+ show), $25. Stephen Marley always puts on a great show and keeps the reggae tradition mastered by his father very much alive. Sunshine
Dale Watson – Low Spirits – June 9th, 9:00 p.m., $13. If you’re looking for some real country, Dale Watson is just the guy for you. Come out and see a great show in an intimate setting and be sure to wear your dancing boots. Low Spirits
Soul Kitchen, LeChat Lunatique, Memphis P Tails and others – Harvest Café – various June dates, 6:00 p.m., $10 (includes a the pizza you can eat). Come out to some great blues and dirty jazz on the patio at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. There’s lots of music playing under the June sky. Pueblo Harvest Cafe.
Hairspray – The Little Theater – through June 16th, $14 – $24. Hey Hon! The Broadway version of John Waters screenplay is here in ABQ. Set in 1962 Baltimore (“ats Bawlmer, hons, if you don’ know how to say it right and all…”), this winner of 8 Tony Awards is sure to entertain you with laughter, romance and great tunes. ABQ Little Theater
Cali Shaw – Marble Brewery – June 23rd, 7:00 p.m., FREE Come out and catch a great act on the beautiful patio at Marble and enjoy one of the many fine beers. A fun summer night! Marble Brewery
Ryan McGarvey – Zoo Music – June 24th, 6:00 p.m., $10. The summer concert series at the zoo features New Mexico’s own multi-award winner Ryan McGarvey and his blues tinged hard rock. Zoo Music
James McMurtry – Dirty Bourbon – June 26th, 7:30 p.m., $20 – $25. McMurtry is cynical, snarly, and an amazing songwriter. He rips it up at the Dirty Bourbon in late June. If you haven’t seen him, make sure to put this one on your calendar – he never disappoints. Dirty Bourbon
Wednesday Blues Jam – Monte Vista Fire Station – 8:30 p.m. Free.
Check out ABQ’s best blues jam every Wednesday night with the Memphis P Tails and special guests. Memphis PTails
Tracey Whitney & Friends – Pappadeaux – June 3rd, 5:30 – 9 p.m., FREE Join Tracey Whitney, and bassist Stephen Dewave Peace, at Pappadeaux, where they’ll be serving up some tasty sides of classic jazz & sophisticated soul!
– Lisa LaMastra, May 31, 2016