Translate Our Site

Summer Nights: Wagogo

Join us for Summer Nights music at the ABQ BioPark Botanic Garden.


This event has already happened.
Aug 03, 2017
06:00 PM - 09:00 PM


ABQ BioPark Botanic Garden
2601 Central Ave. NW
Albuquerque, NM 87104


An image with the text "Buy Tickets Now."

Member Tickets

*Events are rain or shine and that tickets are available online or at the gate.

Wagogo, born, raised and loved in Albuquerque, NM, is an eclectic group of musicians that make a rhythmic cocktail out of their Chicano influences, Northern Mexico folk songs, warm calypso island grooves, and the captivating spirit music of Zimbabwe. Their lyrics possess an equally enriching quality, being composed by lead singer Armando Ortega, in a blend of Spanish, English, and the Shona language of Zimbabwe. With such a diverse repertoire, Wagogo inspires a multigenerational crowd to dance and sing, and even gets the old folks weeping with its dedication to preserving the traditional roots of music, in addition to exploring new sounds. Broadcast on radio stations from New Mexico to New York, California, and Zimbabwe, they have been featured on Afro-Pop Worldwide radio show’s “Africa in the Americas” series. With all the intrigue of the Land of Enchantment, they are definitely a band not to be missed.

Wagogo is one of the longest-standing, most evolved local New Mexico bands of the past two decades, having released 5 CD’s previous to their most recent 2014 release, “Thank You Beautiful.” Starting with “Waking Up” in 1999, a CD titled (in three languages) "Baile Sosegador" in 2000, "Familia y Amor" in 2001, self-titled “Wagogo” in 2004, and “Love Music” in 2007, their previous flirtations with African rhythms and indigenous melodies have coalesced into a stunning example of what a group of musicians can accomplish when their collective influences are simply allowed to flow freely.

Currently consisting of Armando Ortega (vocals, guitars, mbira, percussion); Nicolas Adam Baker (drums, vocals, accordion); Brian Shonerd (bass, vocals); Raymond J Thomas (guitar, vocals, percussion); and Patrick Latimer (keyboard, vocals, percussion). Wagogo utilizes a host of guest musicians live and on their recordings which lends the band a unique familial quality that’s instantly gratifying.

Most Botanic Garden exhibits, the BUGarium and the Aquarium are open until 8 p.m. during Summer Nights Concert events.

Gates open at 6 p.m. Music starts at 7 p.m.


ABQ BioPark Events
Dial 311 (505-768-2000)