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Celebrate Cinco de Mayo Week with ABQ RIDE at Montaño Transit Center

Enjoy a Late Afternoon of Music, Art and Food at Albuquerque's Newest Transit Center on May 9


Since 2011’s first entertainment event premiered at the Alvarado Transportation Center, ABQ RIDE has strived to give passengers an enriched experience while commuting on public transportation. In 2013, the Entertainment Series branched out to the Uptown Transit Center, for a December performance by the New Mexico Ballet and New Mexico Philharmonic.

Now, the Entertainment Series is branching out yet again, to the new, Montaño Transit Center on Friday, May 9, 2014. From 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., the area will be filled with the sound of Mariachi music from Albuquerque’s Mariachi Nuevo Sonido; an homage to Cinco de Mayo and New Mexico’s heritage.

“We want to draw potential commuters to the new Transit Center and an event like this is one way to do that,” said Bruce Rizzieri, Director of ABQ RIDE. “If people enjoy themselves, they may want to come back to the Montaño station to take ABQ RIDE and the New Mexico Rail Runner.”

Mariachi Nuevo Sonido is seven musicians, all brothers and cousins, from Chihuahua. They are also 3rd generation Mariachis with a repertoire ranging from traditional Mariachi to jazzy Tijuana Brass and catchy New Mexican Rancheras.

The two hour, late afternoon event will also feature an art show with paintings, photographs and mixed media art.  The roster of artists includes Carol Estes-Nowlin, Abby Boling, Amanda Miller, Daniel Torres, Gregory P. Smith, Jacinta Hughes, Eliana Enriquez, Maggie Casias-Goodmon and Lydia Gosling. About half of them are from the University of New Mexico.

One of Albuquerque’s most popular food trucks, The Toasted Bean, will be parked inside the Transit Center during the show. It is noted throughout New Mexico for its quality coffees and espresso, as well as for its savory and dessert crêpes.

The new, Montaño Transit Center is at 180 Montaño Rd NW, next to the railroad tracks between Edith Blvd and 2nd St NW. It is served by ABQ RIDE’s #157-Montaño/Uptown/Kirtland route, seven days a week. The New Mexico Rail Runner Express also makes seven north and southbound stops at the Transit Center on weekdays, with four stops on Saturdays and three stops on Sundays.