Summerfest returns to its roots at Civic Plaza with a Latin explosion, headlined by superstars Ozomatli.
Parking: $6 at Convention Center and underneath Civic Plaza.
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Downtown Summerfest means food, entertainment, and fun.
In addition to some rocking grooves, the 2013 Downtown Summerfest includes:
- Great Food
- Children's Activities
- Local Artisans
Food & Drink
In addition to great food vendors, Downtown Summerfest includes a micro brew garden featuring:
- Broken Bottle
- Bosque Brewing
- La Cumbre
- Il Vicino
- 5 p.m. - Brown Sugar Band
- 6:20 p.m. - The Blue Ventures
- 7:40 p.m. - Sabor
- 9 p.m. - Ozomatli
In their eighteen years together as a band, celebrated Los Angeles culture-mashers Ozomatli have gone from hometown heroes to being named U.S. State Department Cultural Ambassadors.
Ozomatli has always juggled two key identities: they are the voice of their city and they are citizens of the world.
Their music - a notorious urban-Latino-and-beyond collision of hip hop and salsa, dancehall and cumbia, samba and funk, merengue and comparsa, East LAR&B and New Orleans second line, Jamaican ragga and Indian raga - has long followed a key mantra: it will take you around the world by taking you around L.A.
Originally formed to play at a Los Angeles labor protest, Ozomatli spent their early days participating in everything from earthquake prep "hip hop ghetto plays" at inner-city elementary schools to community activist events, protests, and city fundraisers. Since then, they have been synonymous with their city: their music has been taken up by MLB's Los Angeles Dodgers and the NBA's Los Angeles Clippers, they recorded the travelogue "City of Angels" as a new urban anthem, and they were featured as part of the prominent L.A. figures imaging campaign "We Are 4 L.A." on NBC-TV. Ozomatli also have the distinction of headlining the Hollywood Bowl three times, in 2008, 2010, and 2012. In recognition of their efforts, the City of Los Angeles has officially declared every April 23rd in perpetuity as "Ozomatli Day."
Sabor is composed of five seasoned musicians with combined music experience of more than 30 years. Their goal is to provide New Mexico and the surrounding areas with quality entertainment while maintaining the utmost professionalism.
Sabor specialize in all special events including, weddings, anniversaries, and corporate parties. Their unique sound and vast array of music selection -- which includes Latin, pop, classic rock, oldies, and country -- make them the perfect variety band for any occasion.
The Blue Ventures
Louis Sanchez, manager of The Blue Ventures was born in Alcalde. He taught himself to play the guitar at the age of 15 when his Aunt gave him a guitar. From the age of 20, Louis always had a musical group.
Louis taught his children to play the guitar. As they grew older, Louis' children and younger brother started playing in the band until the whole band was composed of family. The band now includes 5 of Louis' sons: Harold (bass and vocals), David (saxophone), Robert (trumpet and vocalist), Joseph (saxophone) and Lawrence (accordion) and two daughters: Marie (drums) and Louise (keyboard and vocalist) as well as nephew Frank Martinez (trumpet) and guitar player Derrick Aragon.
Louis and his wife, Della, instilled a strong faith in God and a love of music in all their children. Playing in the band has helped keep the family close and tight knit.
The Blue Ventures released their twelfth CD "Eres Mi Padre" in 2012. The title song of the CD is a tribute to Louis from his children and was written by Harold Sanchez who is the songwriter of the group.
In 1999 Louis was recognized for his musical contributions with the Life Time Achievement Award.
Brown Sugar Band
The band, "Brown Sugar," was formed in 1974 by one of it's present day members, Jerry Jaramillo. The band has always consisted of seven to eight members. At present, Brown Sugar consists of seven members.
Brown Sugar's main goal has always been to provide a wide variety of music. Our repertoire is comprised of: Old School,Hip Hop, Classic Rock, Tex Mex, Cumbias, Mambos, Boleros, Cha Chas', Easy Listening, Country & Western, Oldies and some Classic Standards. We feel that our diversity has been a leading factor in our success and popularity in New Mexico and the surrounding states. The Brown Sugar Band can provide music for all occasions. We pride ourselves on being responsible, on time, courteous and doing whatever it takes to keep our customers satisfied and happy.
In 1992, Brown Sugar was awarded "Best Upcoming Group" and for "Song of the Year," by the New Mexico Hispano Music Association. Their CD, "Still Around & Still In Town," is still being aired by some of the radio stations throughout New Mexico and the surrounding states.
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