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Roots Music & Modern Energy at This Week's BioPark Concerts


Max Gomez plays at Summer Nights and Mountain Heart takes the stage at Zoo Music.

Roots Music & Modern Energy at This Week's BioPark Concerts

Max Gomez.

July 9, 2013

Both BioPark concerts this week have their roots in musical tradition, but there's nothing "old-time" about these performers. Taos-native Max Gomez plays Americana at Summer Nights on July 11, and the rockin' bluegrass ensemble Mountain Heart plays at Zoo Music on July 12.

Singer-songwriter Max Gomez just returned home to New Mexico after touring with Patty Griffin in June. With a love of roots music and a passion for storytelling, Gomez brings his smoky voice to the Botanic Garden stage this week. Influences include Neil Young, John Prine, Shawn Mullins, Robert Johnson and many other seasoned artists. USA Today said, "Songs such as 'Rule the World' and 'Run from You' display a directness and depth that deserve attention from fans of Americana music and beyond."

On Thursdays, gates open at 6 p.m. and the concert starts at 7 p.m. Summer Nights guests can tour the 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.

Mountain Heart.

From the Grande Ole Opry and Merlefest to arenas and music festivals across the country, the musicians of Mountain Heart are at home anywhere if they have a stringed instrument in hand. Guitar, fiddle, banjo, bass, mandolin and dobro all appear on stage with this acoustic ensemble as they bring rock n' roll energy and influence to their bluegrass, country and mountain music. They've shared the spotlight with Tony Rice, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Alison Krauss and many others. Concertgoers may not be able to sit still as these entertainers take the stage at the Zoo on Friday.

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, Channel 95.1 All the Hits, 100.3 The Peak, and the Best Western Rio Grande Inn.

The ABQ BioPark's concert series, Zoo Music and Summer Nights, offer an affordable and enjoyable evening. 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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