Summerfest returns with a Latin explosion, headlined by superstar Sheila E.
Parking: $6 at Convention Center and underneath Civic Plaza. Additional parking at 5th and Copper.
Join us at Downtown Summerfest on Saturday, August 9th from 5-10:30 p.m. on Central Ave from 2nd St to 7th St for food, entertainment, and family-friendly fun.
In addition to some rocking grooves, the 2014 Downtown Summerfest includes great food, children's activities, and local artisans!
Free to the public. This is a rain or shine event.
Parking can be found at the Convention Center on 2nd Street and Marquette Ave or under Civic Plaza on 3rd Street and Marquette Ave for $6. Additional parking can be found at 5th and Copper.
Free bike valet provided by Esperanza Bike Shop on Central and 3rd.
Downtown Summerfest is bringing 2 different stages featuring fun, live music! Each of the stages showcases a different genre of music. Main Stage is all about energetic, Latin flavor, while the Millennial Stage has an alternative, rock feel. Both stages are located along Central Ave to provide you with non-stop entertainment!
- 5-6 p.m.- Paul Pino and the Tone Daddies
- 6:20-7:30 p.m.- Roberto Griego
- 7:45-8:30 p.m.- Miguelito
- 9-10:30 p.m.- Sheila E
- 5-5:45 p.m.- Great States
- 6-6:45 p.m.- The Lymbs
- 7-7:45 p.m.- Josh Burg
- 8-9 p.m.- Repel the Robot
Main Stage Featured Entertainers:
Sheila E -
Sheila was obviously influenced by her father Latin jazz legend and timbalero Pete Escovedo (then band leader of the influential band Azteca) while watching him rehearse. At 5 years old, she made her concert "debut" at the former Sands Ballroom in Oakland, as she was invited on stage by her father to play a solo in front of an audience of 3,000. At that moment, Sheila knew exactly what she wanted to do: she was going to be a percussionist.
From age 17, Sheila has recorded and toured extensively with renowned artists such as Babyface, Billy Cobham, Natalie Cole, George Duke, Pete Escovedo, Gloria Estefan, Marvin Gaye, Herbie Hancock, Stevie Nicks, Patti LaBelle, Cyndi Lauper, Prince, Lionel Richie, Diana Ross, Ringo Starr, Tito Puente, Don Was, Stevie Wonder and countless others, but to name a few.
Her last CD release "Heaven" is an enchanting combination of adult contemporary, funk, jazz and inspirational tracks.
At the young age of 14, Puerto Rican singer Miguelito, has a lot to be proud of. Miguelito is the youngest person to win Latin Grammy, was featured on Billboards' '21 Under 21,' and is currently working on his eighth album. Miguelito is not only an artist, but an actor and business man and will have the crowd on their feet with his Latin pop tunes. He may just give young stars like Justin Bieber a run for their money!
From a youngster raised in a community where there were more rabbits than people, to a nationally known recording artist, Roberto Jose Griego still considers himself as “just an ordinary guy.” Born in San Francisco, NM, Roberto was raised by his father, grandparents, and an aunt in the small ranching community of Bosque, NM.
Griego began playing and singing with other bands, subsequently recording his first two songs in an Albuquerque studio owned by John Wagner. Of his first recording in 1971, “Un Pobre No Más” Griego said, “it all began as me, myself, and I and my guitar producing my first 45 RPM record” which today still remains as his biggest hit. He has maintained the same record label for the past 42 years. With 9 full length CD’s and 1 singles on the label, he continues to perform, promote, and distribute his music throughout the Southwest.
Paul Pino and the Tone Daddies
Born in Tularosa New Mexico, Paul was raised at the family ranch. It was there he and his three sisters would sit on a windmill and listen to Rock & Roll music through a transistor radio. New Mexico music was embedded in Paul’s life. The Spanish accents and speech patterns of his family could be described as melodious and “sing-song-y.” Paul’s experiences growing up on the ranch, along with Spanish language, New Mexico radio stations have influenced Paul’s music. Paul served the community for 25 years, teaching in Albuquerque’s public schools until he retired. He has now devoted his life to writing songs and playing music.
Millennial Stage Featured Performers
Repel the Robot
Albuquerque-born, Repel the Robot is an alternative-electronic duo now living in Dallas, Texas. Their unique sound is a mix of old and new, with influences of Coldplay, Deadmau5, and Radiohead. They released their first EP, "Who We Are and Who We Want to Be," In December 2013, which includes the track "This Big World," nominated for Best Electronica for the 2014 New Mexico Music Awards. They are currently in the studio and performing around the southwest, with their second EP coming this December. You can find their music on iTunes, Spotify, Rdio, and SoundCloud.
The Lymbs, formed in 2011, is an alternative rock band from Albuquerque, New Mexico. Combining a sound that draws influence from blues rock, classic rock, and modern rock movements alike, The Lymbs have created a genre of their own which they refer to as progressive blues. The band includes Gage Bickerstaff (vocalist/guitarist/keys) and Jeff Bell (percussion/keys.)
Josh Burg has been making waves in the Albuquerque club and underground dance scene for the past four years. With a style that ranges from mainstream pop, EDM, and hip-hop, to the most eclectic house and disco; he feels equally comfortable rocking the main stage to thousands as he does a one-off, intimate show with barely a dozen in attendance. It's this remarkable versatility that has landed him residencies with almost all the nightlife venues in Albuquerque. Josh hopes to expand his territory out of state within the next year and begin playing more original music of his own design. Follow him on Facebook to see where he'll be making bodies move next.
Great States is an alternative rock band that employs modern instruments, beautiful vocal harmonies, and thought-provoking lyrics to create a truly "one-of-a-kind" sound that mirrors the uniqueness of the Great Southwest. They are now currently supporting their debut full-length record "Gatsby" (released April 2014), which can be found on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, and most other online music retailers. The band is Morgan Ching, Eric Jecklin, Sean Leston, and Ryan Rael.
Enjoy browsing products from your local artisans. Featuring items ranging from jewelry and glass work, to leather goods, Mayan art, and T-shirts; there is sure to be something for everyone. Or step into the neighborhood's stores and see what the shops of Central have to offer. Have your wallet ready to purchase some beautiful, handcrafted items.
Food & Drink
Savor some local favorites while you walk around Summerfest! Snack on some pizza, dig into some BBQ, and cool down with Italian ice. These fabulous food vendors will leave you begging for more! Adults can quench their thirst at the microbrew garden featuring local breweries including Marble Brewery, Il Vicino, Bosque Brewing Company, La Cumbre Brewing Co., Broken Bottle Brewery, Abbey Brewing Company and Santa Fe Brewing Company.
Downtown Summerfest is full of entertainment for the whole family! Kids can bounce out their energy in giant inflatables, get creative with colorful face painting, and challenge their strength on a huge rock wall. This Kids' Zone will provide hours of fun. The best part is, it's all FREE!
Did you love watching the hit TV drama Breaking Bad? At this year's Downtown Summerfest, the Breaking Bad RV will be in attendance offering RV Tours that take you to fifteen different locations featured on the show. In addition, there will be an original Batmobile from the popular TV series.