Westside Summerfest 2015!
Save the date! Your favorite way to spend a summer night is back! Westside Summerfest will be returning to Ellison Dr. on Saturday, August 22, 2015.
Admission and Transportation
Summerfests are free to the public to attend. Pets are welcome on leashes. This is a rain or shine event.
RIDE YOUR BIKE and take advantage of the free bike valet provided by Esperanza Bike Shop. More information about parking will come soon.
National Headliner: GEORGE CLINTON AND PARLIAMENT FUNKADELIC
Recording both as Parliament and Funkadelic, George Clinton revolutionized R&B during the ’70s, twisting soul music into funk by adding influences from several late-’60s acid heroes: Jimi Hendrix, Frank Zappa, and Sly Stone. The Parliament/Funkadelic machine ruled black music during the ’70s, capturing over 40 R&B hit singles (including three number ones) and recording three platinum albums.
In reviewing Clinton’s illustrious career and success as a producer / writer/ performer, perhaps his greatest achievement stemmed from his relentless dedication to funk as a musical form. Funk as a musical style had been around for what seems like forever, deeply rooted in the music traditions of New Orleans and the Blues of the Deep South. Following the lead – and commercial success – of James Brown and Sly Stone, Clinton took Funk to new heights, blending elements of Jazz, Rock, Pop, Classical and even Gospel into his productions, eventually developing a unique and easily identifiable style affectionately called “Pfunk.” Clinton’s inspiration, dedication and determination resulted in the elevation of “funk” music to complete recognition and acceptance as a true genre in and of itself.
Clinton has received a Grammy, a Dove (gospel) , and an MTV music video awards, and has been recognized by BMI, the NAACP Image Awards, and Motown Alumni Association for lifetime achievement. Clinton’s Partliament/Funkadelic was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997.
"Soul Kitchen creates a dynamic blues drenched sound that wanders between Saturday night revelry and Sunday morning redemption... "
The group features powerhouse blues vocalist Hillary Smith, multiple year winner of Albuquerque the Magazine’s “Best Vocalist” honor. Her last two recording projects won numerous New Mexico Music Awards, including Album of the Year 2009 & 2012. Guitarist Chris Dracup is the driving force behind the band and was also named “Best Musician” by Albuquerque the Magazine and voted Local IQ’s “Best Solo Act” and " Best Blues Artist". He was also a featured performer at last years Telluride Blues and Brews festival. Rounding out Soul Kitchen is saxophone giant Glenn Kostur and the rock solid rhythm section of bassist Marcus Casman and drummer Mo Roberts - all accomplished musicians and recording artists. The group has quickly achieved regional notoriety and performs at music festivals around the Southwest.
Kevin "Kookie" Jones created Moonhat's original music under an influence of styles and genres to create a unique, eclectic and blended sound sensation and funk wonderment. From dancefloor-oriented bootie-jazz to funky beats with soaring solo lines to soulful groove ballads to ease your heart, shake your booty and transform your soul.
Members: Kevin "Kookie" Jones - Lead Vocals, Guitar, Keyboard, Congas, Tenor Sax and anything he can get his groovin' hands on Nicole "Soul" - Bad Ass Bass Ernesto "Zoom" Crispin - Drums Michael Christmas - alto & baritone saxes Vicente - harmonica Dustin Hunter - baritone sax Recording Engineer: Jesse Ehrenberg
Fun for Kids
Westside Summerfest is a blast for the whole family! The kids' area is full of different activities for fun-seekers of all ages! Get your face painted however you'd like, take a shot at climbing the giant rock wall, or bounce the night away in huge inflatables. New this year! Explora will be on-site with activities and investigations with everyday materials that people of all ages can get their hands into. All of these activities and more can be found for FREE at WestsideSummerfest.
Food & Drink
Savor some local favorites from on-site food trucks and sip on a cold brew in the Microbrew Garden hosted by Vernon's Open Door. This year's Microbrew Garden will feature local breweries, wineries, and more.
Stay tuned for more information coming in 2015!