Downtown Summerfest 2015
Downtown Summerfest 2015!
Save the date! Your favorite way to spend a summer night is back! Downtown Summerfest will be returning to Civic Plaza on Saturday, August 8, 2015.
Admission and Transportation
Summerfests are free to the public to attend. Pets are welcome on leashes. Personal weighted canopies are welcome. This is a rain or shine event.
RIDE YOUR BIKE and take advantage of the free bike valet provided by Esperanza Bike Shop. More information about parking will come soon.
5-6 p.m.- Severo y Grupo Fuego
6:15-7:15 p.m.- Animal Opera
7:30-8:30 p.m.- Soul Divine
9- 10:30 p.m.- Taylor Dayne
National Headliner: TAYLOR DAYNE
Taylor Dayne stands out as one of music's most dynamic artists. Her unique vocal style has earned her numerous best-selling gold and platinum albums, which produced seventeen Top 20 singles, among them number 1 hits such as "Tell It To My Heart", "Love Will Lead You Back" & "Prove Your Love". During the course of her career, she has sold more than 75 million albums and singles worldwide, garnered three GRAMMY nominations and appeared in many film, television and stage roles such as "Love Affair" & "Cold Case". A while ago the single mother took an extended break, as she dedicated herself to raising her two kids Levi and Astaria. However in 2008, she came back with her album "Satisfied” which enjoyed great success in the USA, immediately positioning its single "Beautiful" at Billboard's # 1 slot and producing two other top ten singles, "Over My Head" and "My Heart Can Change".
Established in 1997, this collective group of musicians with credits that include James Brown, Lakeside, The Dazz Band, Sparx, and Lorenzo Antonio, and record label deals with Epic and Warner Bros., set the local scene on fire with its exciting brand of Latin and jazz-tinged R&B music. The band quickly established itself as the hottest ticket in the region. Over a two-decade period, Soul Divine has provided the soundtrack for a new generation of soul music lovers and created an emerging scene for R&B groups that followed. The original band consisting of Donny Tesso, Juan Mena, Jak, Frank Mirabal, and AB had not performed together since 2000, when front man AB left the group to sign a solo record deal with Warner Bros. Records.
Animal Opera, an Albuquerque group of local "all stars", rocked the NM desert with African dance music in the ear ly 90's. Back together after 20+ years, with the original core members intact, the band explores the various styles of African guitar/ vocal electric pop music (mbaqanga, chimurenga, sax jive, soukous, etc.) creating high energy groove music. Back in the day, opening for Thomas Mapfumo ("The Lion of Zimbabwe") and South African greats, Mahlathini & The Mahotella Queens among others, Animal Opera was a fixture on the local world beat dance scene, beloved by many. The "Animal Operators" are excited to be playing this incredible music together again.
Severo y Grupo Fuego
With the fusion of Mexican and Puerto Rican upbringings, Severo Y Grupo Fuego has had a successful career in the Latin music scene since 2005. They bring traditional Latin music to the public while incorporating their own influences to this music genre. The band includes 6 members and is made up of musicians from all over the United States and Latin America. Severo y Grupo Fuego has taken the art of recording and performing Latin music to a whole new level. Severo y Grupo Fuego will always make you get up and dance with their high-energy shows. Their pride, passion, and drive shine every minute they are on the stage.
All interested vendors are encouraged to submit an application. Applications will be accepted until June 26, 2015. The application for food can be found here. The application to be a market vendor can be found here.
Stay tuned for more information coming in 2015!