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Route 66 Summerfest

A celebration of music, food and fun along the "Mother Road" in Historic Nob Hill.


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Route 66 Summerfest 2016!

Save the date! The City of Albuquerque, Nob Hill Main Street, and the New Mexico Jazz Festival invite you to the annual Route 66 Summerfest spanning one mile of Nob Hill on Saturday, July 16, 2016 from 2-10:30 p.m. Central Avenue will be filled with live music and entertainment, a car show, shopping, kids' activities, food trucks, The Mother Road Market, Cork & Tap- Beer and Wine Garden and more! 

Admission and Transportation

Summerfests are free to the public to attend. Pets are welcome on leashes. This is a rain or shine event.

Bike Valet

Save gas and ride your bike! Take advantage of the free bike valet provided by Esperanza Bike Shop. 


Route 66 Summerfest is hosting three different stages, each featuring a wide variety of music, located along Route 66 for a day filled with fun live entertainment.

Main Stage Schedule (Central & Girard)

  • 2:30-3:15 p.m. - Ali and the Afterhours - Old school soul music for the modern palette
  • 3:35-4:20 p.m. - Todd Tijerina - Unique, scorchin' funky blues
  • 4:45-5:35 p.m. - Chris Dracup's Funk of the West - High energy funk with  African percussion
  • 6 p.m. - GROUP WEDDING
  • 6:20-7:15 p.m. - Son Como Son - Original Salsa Cuban style
  • 7:40-8:30 p.m. - Nikki Hill - From New Orleans, it's roaring boogie that’s "equal parts Staple Singers and AC/DC.”
  • 9-10:30 p.m. - Booker T Jones' Stax Soul Blues Revue - The "Green Onions" father of southern soul music

Center Stage (Central & Carlisle: Nob Hill Shopping Center)

  • 2:30-3:20 p.m. - Vaivén - Flamenco/Jazz trio
  • 3:35-4:35 p.m. - Wagogo - World beat from Memphis to Mozambique
  • 4:55-5:40 p.m. - Eileen & the In Betweens - Social justice-oriented indie folk band
  • 6:05-7:55 p.m. - Soul, Blues, R&B Revue w. Toni Morgan & Just Us/ Cathryn McGill Group + Dewitt Bolden - Gospel flavored blues, R&B and soul with down-home kinship
  • 8:15-9:10 p.m. - Pleasure Pilots - Rockin' vintage and original rhythm & blues
  • 9:30-10:30 p.m. - Le Chat Lunatique - Filthy mangy jazz

Cork & Tap (Central & Montclair South Side)

  • 2-2:45 p.m. - Alpha Cats - A twin guitar swing thing
  • 3:05-3:50 p.m. - Racine Kreyol - Reggae, kompas, high life, blues and more
  • 4:15-5 p.m. - Roger Jameson & the Jaded Heart Band - Original music of romance and intrigue
  • 5:25-6:10 p.m. - Dave Paul Band - Originals and classic blues
  • 6:30-7:15 p.m. - Mala Maña - Voice, percussion fusing contemporary and folkloric rhythms of the African Diaspora
  • 7:35-8:25 p.m. - Busy McCarroll & Her Mighty Amigos - Hip smooth soulful vocals with cinematic Latin-lounge-jazz-pop!
  • 8:45-9:40 p.m. - Concepto Tambor - Percussion based Afro-Latin drum ensemble

National Headliner: Booker T. Jones (A Stax Revue and a Journey Thru Soul, Blues, and R&B)

It can be argued that it was Booker T. Jones, who set the cast for modern soul music, is largely responsible for its rise and enduring popularity. On classic Stax hits like "Green Onions," "Hang 'Em High," "Time Is Tight," and "Melting Pot", the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Musicians Hall of Fame inductee and Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award recipient and winner of four Grammy Awards pushed music’s boundaries, refined it to its essence and then injected it into the nation's bloodstream. Outside of the band, Jones made the charts as a solo artist and also lent his trademark keyboards to many artists ranging in genre from Ray Charles to Neil Young. He also produced albums for Rita Coolidge, Bill Withers, Willie Nelson's Stardust and more.

Booker more recently won back to back Grammy Awards in the category Best Pop Instrumental Album for his 2011 release The Road From Memphis where he is backed by the hip-hop band The Roots and for the 2009 album Potato Hole which features guests Neil Young and Drive By Truckers. He has also been in the spotlight, leading an all-star band for a number of events for President Obama, the latest being an In Performance at the White House gala devoted to Memphis soul that aired on PBS. Booker's current album Sound The Alarm is critically acclaimed and features collaborations with some of the finest talents in modern soul and R&B including Mayer Hawthorne, Anthony Hamilton, Vintage Trouble, Estelle, Gary Clark, Jr., Luke James and more.

Nikki Hill

North Carolina-bred and New Orleans-based vocalist Nikki Hill, who has earned the moniker, “A Southern Fireball,” was raised in the church choir and steeped in R&B and garage rock rumble. A “spitfire with the soul-drenched voice of Etta James and the tattooed, beehived-hair aura of Cramps’ guitarist Poison Ivy,” Hill was, just a few years ago, a bartender. At her husband (and her band’s guitarist) Matt Hill’s behest, she stepped out from behind the bar and onto the stage, and ever since, the response has been ecstatic. She released a self-titled, independently released EP in June of 2012 which created an international underground buzz and quickly followed that with her debut album, Here’s Nikki Hill, in 2013. She has been performing and touring extensively across America and in Europe and Australia with her band whose independent 2015 release, Heavy Hearts Hard Fists, was described as “roaring boogie that’s equal parts Staple Singers and AC/DC” and a showcase for Hill’s unfettered versatility. The Minneapolis Star Tribune wrote, “If Tina Turner and Little Richard had a daughter and raised her with the help of uncles James Brown and Chuck Berry, she’d be like Nikki Hill.” If  you haven’t heard of Nikki Hill yet …once you see her perform, you won’t forget her. This isn’t  just another newcomer on the scene, this is a ‘whiplash’ moment!

Free Group Wedding

Tie the knot or renew your vows on Route 66! Join us in this growing tradition taking place at 6 p.m. on the mainstage.

Food and Drink

Cork & Tap

Relax and enjoy delicious beverages at the Cork & Tap featuring local wineries, breweries and distilleries. This year, businesses, Red Door Brewing, Broken Trail, Boxing Bear, Santa Fe Brewing, Left Turn Distillery, Abbey Brewing, St. Clair Winery, Marble, The Canteen, La Cumbre and Kactus Brewing will be serving drinks during the event.

Food Trucks

Delectable food, sweet treats and more can be found in the food court featuring over 10 food trucks! A range of cuisine can be found in the food court from pizza, tacos, homemade BBQ, gelato, quesadillas and more. If these scrumptious options aren't satisfying your cravings take e a look at the menus of restaurants located along Nob Hill. 

Route 66 Summerfest Car Show and Neon Cruise

The Route 66 Summerfest Car Show is a must see for all automobile enthusiasts. Take a look at over 150 hot rods, classics, muscle cars and more throughout the day. Enjoy the Neon Cruise at dusk taking place at 8:15 p.m. Central will transform into a stage for the best show cars as they glide down Historic Route 66 during the Neon Cruise. 

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