Information about the City of Albuquerque's Music Office.

Welcome to listen!ABQ

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

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


Bobcats Trio

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.

For tickets and information call 505.268.1990 or go to



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

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

Friday, December 18th, Sunshine Theater 120 Central Ave SW Albuquerque, NM 87102

This is not your average holiday concert! It’s a jam session with soul, funk, blues, and Rock & Roll brought to you by some of Albuquerque’s finest plus a few out of town guests. The concert features Solo Loop Bass Madness - James Whinton and Bring on the Fund; Artha Meadors with drummer Ferris Senter; NYC's Grammy Nominated Bluesman Junior Mack, Albuquerque's Chris Dracup, and young gun Kevin Cummings from The Noms.  LA's Soul Singer Niki J. Crawford and Albuquerque's  Hillary Smith (Friday only) are the featured vocalists.  Kofi Burbridge and Kebbi "The Wolf" Williams round out the show.
Doors: 7:00 pm | Show: 8:00 pm. Tickets start at $15.00




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


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



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

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

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

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 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.