Westside Summerfest 2015!
Save the date! Your favorite way to spend a summer night is back! Westside Summerfest will be returning to Ellison Dr. between Alameda Blvd. and Cottonwood Dr. on Saturday, August 22, 2015.
Admission and Transportation
Summerfests are free to the public to attend. Pets are welcome on leashes. This is a rain or shine event.
RIDE YOUR BIKE and take advantage of the free bike valet provided by Esperanza Bike Shop. Park for free at Northwest Modular Skate Park or at Cibola High School. We respectfully request that you do not park in the shopping center parking lots unless you are patronizing one of their stores.
Ellison Dr. will be closed from Cottonwood Dr. to Alameda from midnight on Saturday, August 22 until 3 a.m. on Sunday, August 23.
5-6 p.m.- Jody Vanesky & Groove Time
6:15-7:15 p.m.- Moonhat
7:30-8:30 p.m.- Soul Kitchen
9-10:30 p.m. George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic
National Headliner: GEORGE CLINTON AND PARLIAMENT FUNKADELIC
Recording both as Parliament and Funkadelic, George Clinton revolutionized R&B during the ’70s, twisting soul music into funk by adding influences from several late-’60s acid heroes: Jimi Hendrix, Frank Zappa, and Sly Stone. The Parliament/Funkadelic machine ruled black music during the ’70s, capturing over 40 R&B hit singles (including three number ones) and recording three platinum albums.
In reviewing Clinton’s illustrious career and success as a producer / writer/ performer, perhaps his greatest achievement stemmed from his relentless dedication to funk as a musical form. Funk as a musical style had been around for what seems like forever, deeply rooted in the music traditions of New Orleans and the Blues of the Deep South. Following the lead – and commercial success – of James Brown and Sly Stone, Clinton took Funk to new heights, blending elements of Jazz, Rock, Pop, Classical and even Gospel into his productions, eventually developing a unique and easily identifiable style affectionately called “Pfunk.” Clinton’s inspiration, dedication and determination resulted in the elevation of “funk” music to complete recognition and acceptance as a true genre in and of itself.
Clinton has received a Grammy, a Dove (gospel) , and an MTV music video awards, and has been recognized by BMI, the NAACP Image Awards, and Motown Alumni Association for lifetime achievement. Clinton’s Partliament/Funkadelic was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997.
"Soul Kitchen creates a dynamic blues drenched sound that wanders between Saturday night revelry and Sunday morning redemption... "
The group features powerhouse blues vocalist Hillary Smith, multiple year winner of Albuquerque the Magazine’s “Best Vocalist” honor. Her last two recording projects won numerous New Mexico Music Awards, including Album of the Year 2009 & 2012. Guitarist Chris Dracup is the driving force behind the band and was also named “Best Musician” by Albuquerque the Magazine and voted Local IQ’s “Best Solo Act” and " Best Blues Artist". He was also a featured performer at last years Telluride Blues and Brews festival. Rounding out Soul Kitchen is saxophone giant Glenn Kostur and the rock solid rhythm section of bassist Marcus Casman and drummer Mo Roberts - all accomplished musicians and recording artists. The group has quickly achieved regional notoriety and performs at music festivals around the Southwest.
Kevin "Kookie" Jones created Moonhat's original music under an influence of styles and genres to create a unique, eclectic and blended sound sensation and funk wonderment. From dancefloor-oriented bootie-jazz to funky beats with soaring solo lines to soulful groove ballads to ease your heart, shake your booty and transform your soul.
Members: Kevin "Kookie" Jones - Lead Vocals, Guitar, Keyboard, Congas, Tenor Sax and anything he can get his groovin' hands on Nicole "Soul" - Bad Ass Bass Ernesto "Zoom" Crispin - Drums Michael Christmas - alto & baritone saxes Vicente - harmonica Dustin Hunter - baritone sax Recording Engineer: Jesse Ehrenberg
Jody Vanesky and Groove Time
Jody Vanesky & Groove Time is a five piece jump-blues band influenced by blues, old-time rock & roll, swing, boogie and groove. Groove Time features spirited male and female vocalists, two award-winning lead players and a toe-tapping rhythm section. Groove Time is known for danceable grooves, original songs, memorable lyrics and lively performances. Jody Vanesky (harmonica, vocals) and Denise Crouse (rhythm guitar, vocals) front the all-star ensemble that includes lead guitarist Greg McCool, bassist David Capute and drummer Chris Carpenter.
Fun for Kids
Westside Summerfest is a blast for the whole family! The kids' area is full of different activities for fun-seekers of all ages! Get your face painted however you'd like, take a shot at climbing the giant rock wall, or bounce the night away in huge inflatables. New this year! Explora will be on-site with activities and investigations with everyday materials that people of all ages can get their hands into. All of these activities and more can be found for FREE at Westside Summerfest.
Food & Drink
Savor some local favorites from on-site food trucks and sip on a cold brew in the Microbrew Garden hosted by Vernon's Open Door.
The Microbrew Garden will be in the parking lot of the new Vernon's Open Door. There will be a great view of the stage, not to mention 14 breweries, wineries and distilleries! Don't miss performances by Gregg Daigle Band from 6-7:30 p.m. and 8:30-8:50 p.m. in the Microbrew Garden. Participants include:
Vernon's Open Door
Turtle Mountain Brewery
La Cumbre Brewery
Boxing Bear Brewing Co.
Santa Fe Brewing Co.
St. Clair Winery
Kaktus Brewing Co.
Bosque Brewing Co.
Abbey Brewing Co.
Red Door Brewing Co.
Broken Bottle Brewery
Left Turn Distilling
Gregg Daigle Band
Gregg Daigle’s life has taken him from the bustle of the Northeast to the serene vistas of New Mexico; his musical journey has seen him travel similarly wide expanses. Like many pickers, it was rock n’ roll that initially put a guitar in Gregg’s hands; a keen ear and an open mind eventually led him to explore a varied cross-section of the acoustic music landscape, from classical to Gypsy jazz. However, it was the rootsy sounds of Bill Monroe and bluegrass that would leave the deepest mark, evident in the strains of acoustic guitar, banjo, and mandolin that abound throughout his music.
The Gregg Daigle Band represents a true convergence of these seemingly disparate musical paths. Upright Bassist Jon McMillan provides a solid rhythmic foundation upon which Gregg and mandolinist Bob Bruen build robust melodies and harmonies – music that is at once instantly accessible but replete with hidden nuances.
Arts and Crafts
Check out some great local vendors and take home something you will treasure. Over 20 local artisans will be on site displaying their wares. Always a Summerfest favorite, this year's market is bringing jewelry, baked goods, t-shirts, bath products, and more. There will even be original hand painted incense, caricatures, and air plants.
We would like to thank all of the local merchants for helping us make this event possible. An extra special thank you to Cottonwood Corners merchants Michael's, Office Max, Homelife Furniture and Best Buy.