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I Draw Slow at Summer Nights and Locarno at Zoo Music.

BioPark Concerts Go International This Week

I Draw Slow.

July 22, 2013

Musicians from around the world are featured in this week's ABQ BioPark concerts. For an international take on bluegrass, come hear I Draw Slow at Summer Nights on July 25. At Zoo Music, concertgoers can enjoy the familiar sounds of Latin and Mexican music from far afield with Vancouver-based Locarno on July 26.

Coming all the way from Dublin, I Draw Slow is a five-piece ensemble made up of vocals, guitar, fiddle, banjo and double bass. This group of musicians have created a mesmerizing new sound somewhere between bluegrass and Celtic. Their music gathers influences that are rooted in the old time style of the Appalachian Mountains, while drawing on Irish traditional music and modern Americana. The most recent album, Redhills, is gathering enthusiastic reviews in both Ireland and the United States.

On Thursdays, gates open at 6 p.m. and the concert starts at 7 p.m. Summer Nights guests can tour the ABQ BioPark Botanic Garden until 8 p.m. and the Aquarium until 9 p.m. Summer Nights is sponsored by Big-I 107.9 New Mexico's Country, 104.7 Albuquerque's Classic Country and the Best Western Rio Grande Inn.

Locarno.

Born in Mexico City to a Mexican father and Canadian mother, Tom Landa moved to Canada in his teenage years. While he delved into a wide variety of music (he's also the frontman for Paperboys), Landa has returned to his roots with Locarno. Locarno's sound comes from a mixture of traditional Mexican and Cuban son with elements of folk, pop, funk, and world music. Listeners will hear threads of son jarocho and salsa as well. (Wild Beats subscribers can enjoy a free download of "Candela" this week.) The musicians of Locarno call Vancouver home, but their music pays little attention to national boundaries.

On Fridays, gates open at 6 p.m. and the concert starts at 7:30 p.m. Zoo Music goers can enjoy animal exhibits until 8 p.m. Zoo Music is sponsored by KOB Channel 4, 100.3 The Peak, Channel 95.1 All the Hits and the Best Western Rio Grande Inn.

The ABQ BioPark's two concert series, Zoo Music and Summer Nights, offer an affordable and enjoyable evening for families and friends. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for seniors (65+) and $3 for children (3-12). NM BioPark Society members receive half-price tickets. Tickets are available online or from BioPark cashiers from 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. daily and starting at 6 p.m. on concert nights.

Music fans can sign up for the BioPark's new Wild Beats music e-newsletter for updates on the coming acts, free music downloads and concert-night food and gift specials. For more information, email [email protected] or dial 311 locally (505-768-2000).

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