Balloon Fiesta Week in Old Town!

Events happening in Old Town during the 2014 Balloon Fiesta week.

Spend some time in Old Town during Balloon Fiesta Week! There will be live entertainment every day from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Gazebo. Each day will feature a different theme and genre of music with the first two days being the Santero Market.


October 4

15th annual San Felipe de Neri Santero Market

  • 10 a.m.- La Rondalla
  • Noon- NM Marimba Band
  • 1 p.m.- Santero Awards
  • 2 p.m.- Casa Flamenca
  • 3 p.m.- Folklorico Fiesta Mexicana
  • 4 p.m.- Mariachi Nuevo Sonido

October 5

15th annual San Felipe de Neri Santero Market

  • 11 a.m.- El Trio Latino
  • Noon- Mariachi Alma Nuevo Mexico
  • 1 p.m.- Los Primos
  • 2 p.m.- Luz De Luna
  • 3 p.m.- Mariachi San Jose
  • 4 p.m.- Ramon Y Lydia

October 6- World Day

  • 11 a.m.- Dave Hoover
  • Noon- Ha`aheo O Hawai`i Hula
  • 1 p.m.- Filipino Cultural Dancers
  • 2 p.m.- Sadaqah
  • 3 p.m.- BK Taiko Japanese Drum
  • 4 p.m.- L@s Otr@s

October 7- Western Showcase Day

  • 11 a.m.- Sons of the Rio Grande
  • Noon- Buffalo Bill Boycott
  • 1 p.m.- Jim Jones
  • 2 p.m.- Tumbleweeds Duo
  • 3 p.m.- Holy Water and Whisky
  • 4 p.m.- High Desert Dancers

October 8- Mariachi Day

  • 11 a.m.- Mariachi Lobo
  • Noon- Mariachi Tradicional
  • 1 p.m.- Mariachi Nuevo Sonido
  • 2 p.m.- Baila! Baila!
  • 3 p.m.- Mariachi Alma Nuevo Mexico
  • 4 p.m.- Folklorico Fiesta Mexicana

October 9- Blues and Folk Day

  • 11 a.m.- Skip Batchelor
  • Noon- Cornbread Blues
  • 1 – 3 p.m.- Chava and Paid My Dues Rhythms and Blues
  • 3 p.m.- Three Bits
  • 4 p.m.- Sherri Gonzales

October 10- Flamenco and Folklorico Day

  • 11 a.m.- Ronaldo Baca
  • Noon- Casa Flamenca Students
  • 1 p.m.- Casa Flamenca's Flamenco Por Derecho
  • 2-5 p.m.- Flamenco Institute

October 11- Rock 'n' Roll Day

  • 11 a.m.- Sage Harrington
  • Noon- Rock 101 Students
  • 1 p.m.- Kevin Herig
  • 2 p.m.- The Real Matt Jones
  • 3 p.m.- Bonnie Bluhm and Friends
  • 4 p.m.- The City Lights Band

October 12- Native American Day

  • 11 a.m.- Native American Flute / Hand Drum
  • Noon – 5 p.m.- Gourd Dance all Pueblos all Tribes

Meet the Performers

Ha'aheo O Hawai'i Hulacaption:

The grace and beauty of the hula - Hawaii's art and soul, is alive and well in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Under the direction of Hawaiian native Cindi Kealaula`ula`ulaokawao`one Heffner, Ha`aheo O Hawai`i (which means Proud to Be Hawaiian) provides a wonderful taste of aloha through the hula (dance), oli (chant), and mele (song) of Hawaii. Come and experience the happiness and joy of hula.


Founded by Beth Beaver in 1996, Sadaqah is an ensemble of friends. Sadaqah is a word caption:that means “friendship” in several middle-eastern languages. It has also come to represent an ideal of good will and mutual respect that transcends languages, cultures and borders. A unique group of musicians gather under the banner of Sadaqah to bring their talent and message to a world hungry for peace and harmony, not to mention fun!

The music of Sadaqah takes you on a journey of the Silk Road and the caravan routes of Ancient Arabia. Sadaqah blends music of Greece, Turkey and the Arabic Countries. They present music of the Armenian, Kurdish, Hebrew people including music from Andalusia. Each musician is well versed in this genre and brings his or her own background of traditional western music, flamenco or folk styles to the mix.

Sons of the Rio Grande

The Sons of the Rio Grande formed as a trio in 1996 from veterans of the active Western caption:music scene in the Rio Grande valley of central New Mexico. They shared a desire to build a strong acoustic band with a lean, vocal-oriented sound. The result is a stirring combination of tight trio harmony and lively instrumental work that evokes the original Sons of the Pioneers, but builds on that excellent tradition with material spanning a century of Western music, including several original compositions from founding members Walen Mickey, Rob Croft and Larry Ruebush.

Buffalo Bill Boycott


William Frederick Boycott  as "Buffalo Bill",  is Lander, Wyomings  own  songster,  raconteur, fiddler, historian, winner of the Western Music Association Yodeler of 2011, multi-faceted entertainer and instrumentalist. He performs historical, cowboy and original songs  about the Wild West, the Oregon Trail and Wyoming, utilizing fiddle, banjo, mandolin, guitar and vocals. Bill also presents humorous cowboy poetry, tells stories in Traditional Native American Indian Sign Language and Yodels up a storm!!

Jim Jones

Jim Jones is a Western Folk Singer in the tradition of Woody Guthrie, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott caption:and more recently, Ian Tyson and Chuck Pyle (the “Zen Cowboy”).  He’s a native Texan who moved a little farther West so he could enjoy the beauties of New Mexico.  He sings songs about the West…cowboys, horses & cattle, cattle rustlers, the coming of the train.  He also sings songs about the people and the land, the rivers and the mountains, the beauty of the Western sky. If you like songs that tell a story, if you like singer/songwriters who can play the heck out of their instrument, if you like having fun and feeling good, you’ll like Jim.

Baila! Baila!

Welcome to Baila! Baila! Dance Academy! Located in Albuquerque, New Mexico where we caption:specialize in the art of Traditional Mexican Folk Dance. Baila! Baila! was founded in January of 1990 and has been spreading our love for our culture through music and dance for over 24 years. Baila! Baila! has entertained countless guests at various events ranging from events as prestigious as the “Autumn Dance Festival” at Carnegie Hall in New York City and the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia to entertainment around the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London.

El Trio Latinocaption:

El Trio Latino has a long trajectory of show business in Albuquerque, New Mexico. With more than 20 years performing, they have shared the stage with many nationally and internationally renowned musicians. Trio Latino has performed for multiple events ranging from Galas for mayors and governors to fundraising for charities. Their musical style resembles that of Romantic Latin American trios whose songs are accompanied by Bass, Requinto, and Guitarra, Trio Latino is one of Albuquerque's favorite groups.

Ramon Y Lydiacaption:

It has been a life of dedicated entertainment to private parties and commitment to several church choirs in New Mexico, restaurants, church fiestas, APS schools, hospitals and assisted living for Ramon and Lydia.  The NM State Fair in 1976 was the first big opportunity to entertain at the coliseum and at the Spanish Village.  Max Cisneros asked us to sing (La Nueva Zenaida) plus several other songs and that was the beginning of “El Dueto Alegre” in New Mexico.

Rock 101 Students

Rock 101 is a music program aimed to empower ABQ’s youth through the raw power of caption:music. Some of the students that attend Rock 101 are already proficient guitarists, drummers, bassists, and vocalists. Others have never before touched an instrument. Regardless of experience or talent, everyone in this program gains proficiency on their instrument and learns how to collaborate with other musicians in a band setting.

Kevin Herig

Kevin Herig made his introduction into the ABQ music scene in 2005 as the lead vocalist caption:and songwriter in the band Asper Kourt. In 2009, Asper Kourt was Voted “Best Band Headed for Stardom” by the Albuquerque Magazine. They have been featured on the Food Network show, “What Would Brian Boitano Make?” and have had their music played on both American and Delta Airlines. Kevin has continued to write songs and perform as a solo musician with plans to release his debut album, “Give it all away” in the Fall of 2013.



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