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Downtown Summerfest


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Downtown Summerfest 2016!

Save the date! Your favorite way to spend a summer night is back! Downtown Summerfest will be returning to Civic Plaza on Saturday, August 6, 2016 from 5-10:30 p.m.

Stay tuned for more information!


Entertainment Schedule

  • 5-6 p.m. - Suacvecito
  • 6:15-7:15 p.m. - Cactus Slim & The Goatheads
  • 7:30-8:30 p.m. - The Big Spank
  • 9-10:30 p.m. - The Wailers

National Headliner: The Wailers

Together with Bob Marley, The Wailers have sold over 250 million albums. They have played to an estimated 24 million people across the globe performing an average of 200 dates a year. The anchor of the band is Aston “Family Man” Barrett, who in  
addition to being Marley’s most trusted lieutenant and co-producer. The authenticity he brings to the Wailers’ sound is indisputable and yet today’s line-up combines old school know-how with lead vocals from one of Jamaica’s most exciting new singers.

The current lineup includes Mr. Barrett’s son, Aston Barrett Jr., a multi-instrumentalist who plays bass, drums and organ at varied occasions. He helps bring the music forward to a new generation. Anthony “Benbow” Creary, who recorded and toured with the band in the early years, is on drums. The two lead singers are Dwayne Anglin, known as Danglin, and Joshua David Barrett. Audley “Chizzy” Chisholm plays both lead and rhythm guitar. “Chizzy” also performs backing vocals with Cegee Victory. Keyboard is played by Chaka Taylor.

The Wailers are undoubtedly the world’s premier reggae and world music group known for performing high-energy shows to fans across the globe.

The Big Spank

The Big Spank, based in Albuquerque NM, composes and performs with an original musical style that can be loosely described as “Funky-Latin-Punkish-Ska-Pop”. THE BIG SPANK has been performing across the southwest since 1998.

The Big Spank transitioned from playing mostly weekend shows (while maintaining day jobs) into living gypsy-style in a converted school bus and touring full time, spreading their love in the form of feel-good tunes that beg, borrow, and steal from ska, rock, soul, R&B, hip-hop, death metal, polka, Norteño and other genres. Their stage antics and high-energy live performances are not soon forgotten.

Cactus Slim & The Goatheads

New to the New Mexico music scene, Cactus Slim and the Goatheads is a trio that comes from Chicago, Detroit and Albuquerque. Formed less than a year ago this fun little east mountain boogie band can go from Cowboy Funk to Soulful Blues.




Suavecito is a variety six piece band from Socorro, New Mexico. They consist of two guitar players, bass, keys, accordion and drums. They have performed at a wide variety of venues across New Mexico alongside notable performers Al Hurricane, Al Hurricane Jr. and El Gringo. They play a wide variety of genres including country, oldies, R & B, Top 40, and Rock N’ Roll with an emphasis on New Mexico Spanish music.



Vendor Information

All interested vendors are encouraged to submit an application to be a part of Heights Summerfest. Applications will be accepted until June 27, 2016. The application for market vendors can be found here. The application for food vendors can be found here.


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