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The Albuquerque Music Office is a division of the City of Albuquerque Economic Development Department.
Strengthening the local music industry by bringing together and promoting our diverse music community will have a positive impact on the business community at large.
- Our city possesses a compelling local musician and performance community
- Beautiful, acoustically ideal venues in a variety of sizes
- A vibrant and growing Downtown scene
- Independent record labels & manufacturing facilities
- Local and regional music publications
- A variety of music festivals and series in an inspiring geographical setting
Latest News & Events
New Music Songwriters' Showcase
Saturday, December 5th, 2-4 PM at Grandma's Music & Sound 9310 Coors Blvd NW in Albuquerque
Twenty-four songwriters bring their latest compositions to an acoustic performance. This event is open to the public and attendees will have the opportunity to win a Yamaha guitar.
Hillary Smith and Chris Dracup
Friday, November 21st, 6:00-9:00 PM, Club Rio Rancho, 500 Country Club Drive, Rio Rancho, NM
The reinging diva of song and her favorite bluesman bring the best blues, soul and funk. Seating is limited. No cover for this event
Saturday, November 22 at 7:30 PM, Yannis Lemoni Lounge 3109 Central NW in Nob Hill.
Great Jazz from Bob Gusch, Dan Dowling and John Griffin.
The Harlem Quartet
Sunday, November 22nd, 2015 3 P.M. Keller Hall, The University of New Mexico
The HARLEM QUARTET, praised for its “panache” by The New York Times, is “bringing a new attitude to classical music, one that is fresh, bracing and intelligent,” says the Cincinnati Enquirer. The quartet’s mission is to advance diversity in classical music, engaging young and new audiences through the discovery and presentation of varied repertoire that includes works by minority composers.
Saturday November 21 at the Old San Ysidro Church 966 Old Church Road Corrales Doors at 7 Music at 7:30
"His voice feels like fine old leather, and his guitar sounds like it's on steroids... a superb technician." The Boston Globe
He has been the street-singing kid in Dublin, the man fronting the storming electric band, the spoken-word craftsman, the Tin Pan Alley delver bringing his music to audiences from Fairbanks to Bilbao. In clubs, theaters, coffeeshops, the Kennedy Center, and old barns Mulvey continues to hone his sound with grit and warmth. In Mulvey's hands Duke Ellington and Thelonious Monk are presumed colleagues of Tom Waits and Jolie Holland. Bill Frisell and Willie Nelson are obiously in the same wheelhouse. Bobby Charles is still alive and having coffee with a bemused Leonard Cohen somewhere in the Ninth Ward.
Tickets available at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2260284
or at Frame n Art on Corrales Road just south of Meadowlark
4th Annual Howlin’ Holiday Jam-A night of Soul, Funk, Blues, and Rock & Roll
Cali Shaw Band CD & Video Release Party
Friday, November 13th at 8:00 PM at Sister Bar, 407 Central Avenue in Albuquerque.
This event features the Cali Shaw Band, Le Chat Lunatique, Lilah Rose and DJ Halcyon and is hosted by Leah Black. This is a 21+ event. Tickets are available at www.holdmyticket.com
Second Saturday Community Coffeehouse
Saturday, November 14th, 6:00PM, 1 Deanna Lane, Edgewood, NM. Sponsored by listen!ABQ and the New Mexico Music Awards. This month the program features the acoustic-electric duo Boulavard Lane (Angela Andazola & Bill Royal) and singer/songwriter Cassette. The event is free to the public.
Dirty Kid Discount at the Launchpad
Don't miss this killer band at the Launchpad 618 Central SW in Albuquerque next Monday,
November 16th from 7:00-11:00PM. Tickets available at www.launchpadrocks.com
November Listening Room/Songwriter Showcase
Original music presented in an intimate, acoustic environment tomorrow night, November 10th from 7:00-8:30 PM at Winning Coffee, 111 Harvard Drive SE, Albuquerque. Hosted by Kristina Jacobsen and featuring songwriters Wyatt Granger and Jaime Rodriguez.
Call for Artists
Perform during the New Mexico Jazz Workshop's 2016 season!
The New Mexico Jazz Workshop employs more local musicians than any other non-profit in New Mexico. This is your opportunity to perform at one of the many programs during the 2016 season including April 2016's Jazz Appreciation Month (JAM) programs, the summer Jazz, Salsa and Blues under the Sta
rs concert series, the Madrid Blues Festival, the New Mexico Jazz & Wine Festival and other NMJW 40th Anniversary programs. Looking for Jazz, Blues and Salas bands at this time in a variety of band configurations including solos, duos, trios all the way up to big bands and orchestras. Deadline to apply is December15th, 2015. Apply online at nmjazz.org/perform-1.aspx
Lyle Lovette & John Hiatt
Amp Concerts present Lyle Lovett & John Hiatt in concert at the Kiva Auditorium in Albuquuerque.
The concert is a benefit for the Dual Language Educators of New Mexico Teacher Scholarships. Grammy winning singer songwriters Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt share an evening of acoustic music. Anything can happen and probably will. Tickets available online at https://holdmyticket.com/checkout/event/209251
Southwest Baconfest-Bacon, Beer & Blues
Get your bacon on this Saturday, Nov. 7 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Balloon Fiesta Park in Albuquerque. Sample over 100 bacon dishes by 50 chefs!
Compete in the bacon eating contest, show off your HOG (Harley), express your bacon love with bacon poetry and sample beer from one of 15 breweries. Enjoy music by Hillary Smith and Soul Kitchen, Alex Maryol, Bosque Blues and Raven and theSweet Potato Pie Band . Tickets available at www.southwestbaconfest.com/ticketing-2015/
The New Mexico Jazz Workshop presents Music a la' Mode!
(An integrated arts day camp for kids pre-K through 5th grade)
While you go to work on Veterans' Day on Nov. 11, your children should be enjoying Music a la' Mode day camp.
Activities will connect kids with the excitement of Life on the Rio Grande.
Wednesday, Nov. 11 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
There is a fee for the class. Sign up online at http://www.nmjazz.org/music-a-la-mode.aspx or call 505-255-9798 ext. 3. Reservations required. First come, first served.
The Fredrick-Breuer Jazz Orchestra
Beginning Tuesday, November 20th, The HQue Club at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, 330 Tijeras Avenue, NW in Albuquerque is proud to present a weekly program featuring the Jordan Fredrikh-Matt Breuer Jazz Orchestra. This nineteen piece ensemble brings you the iconic music of Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Quincy Jones, Glen Miller, Maynard Ferguson and features modern arrangements by Brent Walltraub, Alan Baylock and more.
This event is free and open to all ages and includes a full bar and menu as well. Free parking in the Hyatt garage off of Copper Avenue. Reservations are recommended. Call 505-843-2681 to reserve your table today.
E. Christina Herr & Wild Frontier is the Albuquerque Music Office's featured Band of the Month for March 2015.
Merican Slang is the Albuquerque Music Office's featured Band of the Month for February 2015.
Entourage Jazz is Albuquerque Music Office's featured Band of the Month for November 2014.
The Strange is the Albuquerque Music Office's featured Band of the Month for October 2014.
ONE FOOT IN is Albuquerque Music Office's featured Band of the Month for September 2014.
JeeZ LaWeeZ is the Albuquerque Music Office's featured Band of the Month for August 2014.
Cynical Bird is the Albuquerque Music Office's featured Band of the Month for July 2014.
Nocturnal Company is the Albuquerque Music Office's featured Band of the Month for April 2014.
Jose Antonio Ponce is the Albuquerque Music Office's featured Band of the Month for March 2014.
The Blue Hornets is the Albuquerque Music Office's featured Band of the Month for September 2013.
The Dreampop group was the featured Band for the Week of February 13th, 2012
The New Mexico Gay Men's Chorus is featured for the week of February 7, 2012.
The Albuquerque Youth Symphony is featured for the week of January 30, 2012.
The indie rock band Asper Kourt is the Albuquerque Music Office's featured Band of the Week for Jan. 23rd, 2012
The synthpunk band Vertigo Venus is the Albuquerque Music Office's featured Band of the Week for Jan. 16th, 2012
The rockabilly trio Cowboys & Indian is the Albuquerque Music Office's featured Band of the Week for Dec. 27, 2011.
The "Burque/Reggae/Rock Rhythm" group ¡Revíva! is the Albuquerque Music Office's featured Band of the Week for Dec. 12, 2011.
The "filthy, mangy, jazz" group Le Chat Lunatique is the Albuquerque Music Office's featured Band of the Week for Dec. 5, 2011.
The Afro-beat, Drum & Bass, Latin group Concepto Tambor is the Albuquerque Music Office's featured Band of the Week for Nov. 21, 2011.
Indie Hip-Hop artist Justin Hood is the Albuquerque Music Office's featured Musician of the Week for Nov. 14, 2011.
The group Hue-Menn is the Albuquerque Music Office's Band of the Week for Nov. 7, 2011.
The Albuquerque Philharmonic Orchestra is the Albuquerque Music Office's Musician of the Week for Oct. 31, 2011.
The Electro Duo is the Albuquerque Music Office's Musician of the Week for Oct. 17, 2011.
Songwriter and performer Cali Shaw is the Albuquerque Music Office's Musician of the Week for Oct. 10, 2011.
Recording artist Liz Melendez is the Albuquerque Music Office's Musician of the Week for Oct. 3, 2011.
Indie rockers The Shins are the Albuquerque Music Office's Artist of the Week for Sept. 25, 2011.