Enjoy a great night out as we bring Summerfest to the Northeast Heights!
Cherry Poppin' Daddies
Join us for the first Summerfest of the year on June 14, 2014 at North Domingo Baca Park from 5-10:30 p.m. Located on Wyoming and Carmel, just North of Paseo Del Norte.
This free Summerfest includes an art market, children's activities, food, shopping, and a microbrew garden featuring local breweries.
Free to the public. Personal, weighted canopies are welcome. This is a rain or shine event.
Free parking located at La Cueva High School and North Domingo Baca Multigenerational Center.
Free bike valet provided by Esperanza Bike Shop located at the skate park.
- 5 to 6 p.m. - Mondo Vibrations
- 6:15 to 7:15 p.m.- Django Rhythm Meat Grinder
- 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. - Le Chat Lunatique
- 9 to 10:30 p.m. - Cherry Poppin' Daddies
Cherry Poppin' Daddies
Although Cherry Poppin' Daddies became a popular act during the swing revival of the late 1990s, the eight-piece band formed one decade prior in Eugene, OR. The band catered to America's slowly-building swing craze by compiling the most swing-oriented tracks from their back catalog. The result was 1997's Zoot Suit Riot, a compilation that also featured four new tracks. One such track was the titular "Zoot Suit Riot," which became a surprise Top 40 hit in 1998 and helped pave the way for such revivalist bands as Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and Brian Setzer Orchestra. The album had sold more than two million copies by 2000.
Le Chat Lunatique
As unpredictable, fearless, and entertaining as their namesake, Le Chat Lunatique purveys an addictive genre they call “filthy, mangy jazz,” a signature sound that makes you want to smoke and drink too much—if only you could get off the dance floor. Le jazz hot of Django Reinhardt and Stéphane Grappelli is their north star, but they use that beacon to navigate through a wide range of genres, blending Western swing, classical, reggae, d00-wop, and “anything else we damn well please” into strikingly original compositions and audaciously reworked standards alike.
Django Rhythm Meat Grinder
Django Rhythm Meat Grinder performs an eclectic mix of gypsy jazz, swing and funk/fusion. The band’s approach involves pushing a variety of tunes (rock, classical, swing, pop) through a metaphorical ‘rhythm grinder’ by playing them in styles radically different than the originals. An improvisational team approach allows tunes to evolve naturally generating a whimsical spontaneity. DRMG caters to the listener who enjoys a ‘good curve ball’ and seeks an energizing, multifarious performance.
Mondo Vibrations is an infused sound of reggae, rock, and Burque. Composed of 6 members; Kenny Cernius, Rick “Smirie” Gonzales, Mike Gerdes, Shea Longi, Kevin Sanchez, and Jimmy Sanchez. They take inspiration from Sublime, Bob Marley, Pink Floyd, and the landscapes of New Mexico. The band began their journey sometime in 2009 playing house parties, pubs, and were quickly welcomed into the booming music scene of Albuquerque, also know as Mondos extended family of artists.
Enjoy browsing products from your local artisans. Featuring items ranging from jewelry, quilts, and glass work, to hair tinsel, garden art and screen printing; there is sure to be something for everyone. Have your wallet ready to purchase some beautiful, handcrafted items.
Food and Drink
Savor some local favorites while you walk around Summerfest! Snack on some pizza, dig into some BBQ, and cool down with Italian ice. 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. Or stop by Left Turn Distilling and sip on some local spirits.
Heights Summerfest is fun for the whole family! Head on over to the kids’ area and enjoy the Clan Tynker’s “stunning array of talents in a fanciful ‘Vaudeville’ style of circus.” Stop by the skate park and watch NM[x] Sports put on a thrilling skate show and contests. If you’re still looking for some entertainment, the kids’ area will also have a challenging rock wall, fun face painting, and inflatables.
Come and meet 3-world champion boxer, Danny Romero, and the rest of his team from Hideout Boxing. Get more information on his youth sports program. There will also be a special appearance by MMA superstar Carlos Condit, as well as some possible other surprise guests presented by NM Sports Ambassador Program.
Bring your four-legged friend by the dog park to let out some energy and explore the vendors specifically for your pets. On your way, check out an original Batmobile from the popular TV show. For even more automobile fun, head over to the car show featuring muscle cars, hot rods, classics and more.