Wednesday, February 10, 2010

ABQ Councilor Don Harris Chastised for Boorish Behavior by Tower of Power Drummer (With Letter)

DonHarris Albuquerque City Councilor Don Harris, a Republican who represents the city's District 9 around Four Hills, got blasted for his alleged boorish behavior at a recent concert in a letter written by renowned Tower of Power drummer David Garibaldi. The drummer's credits include work with artists like Patti Austin, Natalie Cole, Larry Carlton, Mickey Hart's Planet Drum, Jermaine Jackson, Ray Obiedo, the Buddy Rich Orchestra, Boz Scaggs and Talking Drums, in addition to his work with Tower of Power.

Before and after the band performed at the annual bash of the Hispano Chamber of Commerce at the Albuquerque Convention Center on Saturday, Harris made his way backstage with his son. He's accused by Garibaldi of entering the band's private space uninvited, gobbling down food meant for the band, dissing musicians in front of the band members and swiping a pair of drumsticks from Garibaldi's kit. The drummer didn't mince words in charging that Harris felt justified to do as he pleased because of his political position:

"Obviously, the rules don't apply to you...The dressing room was our private area, and you had no right to be there without permission...I guess you thought because you're a city council member, you can go where you want, and take what you want."
"...I hope we don't meet're what's wrong with politicians today."

Harris, who claims it was all just a misunderstanding, has sent an email apology to Garibaldi and says he'll return the drumsticks. Which version of the story is accurate? You decide. Check out Garibaldi's scathing letter -- which was sent to Harris and the rest of the City Council:

David Garibaldi here. I'm the drummer with the Tower of Power, and we met Saturday evening at The Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce gathering. Ever since our meeting I was troubled by what transpired, so I thought I'd drop you a line and express my thoughts to you.

Just to recount the events surrounding our meeting...

Prior to our show, you and your son came into our dressing room without asking and introduced yourselves to me, our guitarist Jerry Cortez, and trumpet player Mic Gillette. You wanted your son to meet us, which we were more than happy to do. We spoke for a few minutes and you mentioned that you were a lawyer and a politician and that you played saxophone at one time, had studied music and when you began to play after graduating, you said music wasn't a very good life.

You expressed this to some folks who have been very successful musicians all their lives. I'm 63 years old and have been playing the drums since the age of 10, and a working musician since the age of 17. As a boy, my dream was to travel the world playing the drums...I'm living my dream. My work is well documented and my reputation speaks for itself.

After the show I again saw you and your son backstage, and you showed me a pair of drum sticks that you had taken off of my drum set. I was pretty surprised and said that your taking them wasn't a good idea. i didn't want to make a scene and allowed your son to keep said something about not knowing what the "protocol" was. Then, in the dressing room in front of most of the band members, you asked me why that wasn't ok...I replied "because you didn't ask".

Again, I didn't want to make a scene and embarrass you in front of your son and said he could keep them, but in retrospect, I should have asked for the sticks back and said what I'm saying now. Our dressing room is our sanctuary before shows where we can relax and focus on our performance, so I wasn't expecting to have to deal with you in that way.

That "protocol" you mentioned isn't really's my property, and you had no right whatsoever to to my property. You're a lawyer and should know this. Obviously, the rules don't apply to you. The dressing room was our private area, and you had no right to be there without permission. Again, I guess you thought because you're a city council member, you can go where you want, and take what you want. Sorry. You took my property without my permission, and thought it was ok. Your now son thinks it's ok too. Where did you get this idea that you could take what's mine without asking?

You came into our dressing room without an invitation, ate our food without asking, and also took my drumsticks without my permission as a prize for your son. Yes, it only a pair of drumsticks, but sir, they're my drumsticks and they mean something to me...they represent my life and all I've worked for.

I hope we don't meet're what's wrong with politicians today. You represent yourself and your own interests and definitely showed how little respect you have for what I do. You're not welcome at our shows. We've been doing this for 42 years, and are serious about our craft. We're also serious about the impression we leave behind.

Your bio says you studied the saxophone with the late Jackie of the greats. I'm a fan of his and often listen to his recordings. You studied with someone who understood the tradition of the instrument and respected it. Based on your behavior, I wouldn't include him on your bio...if he knew what you were up to, he probably wouldn't approve of it.

It was an embarrassing moment, totally unacceptable and I have no recourse but to write you, and to Cc your colleagues on the city council, so they'll know what kind of person they're working with, if they don't already. If I knew any media people there in Albuquerque, I'd be including them here as well.

Aside from this, it was a tremendous event, staffed and attended by some very nice compliments to a very professional Joe Bufalino and his crew for making us feel welcome.

David Garibaldi
Drummer - Tower of Power

February 10, 2010 at 12:50 PM in City of Albuquerque, Music | Permalink | Comments (17)

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Today: Haitian Dance Group Racine Kreyol Hosts Event for Haitian Earthquake Relief

Racine_Kreyol On Saturday, January 23, from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM, at the Albuquerque Peace and Justice Center, located at Harvard and Silver SE, the Haitian dance group Racine Kreyol will be hosting an event for donations while also collecting dried goods and survival items to send to Haiti. Come celebrate Haitian culture and arts while supporting the earthquake relief effort.

Kiley Guyton Acosta, a UNM doctoral candidate in Caribbean and Brazilian Literature in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, said, “We need help in the form of dried bagged grain and beans, organic seeds, first aid kits and survival items such as blankets, condoms, baby bottles, cereal and formula, iodine tablets, reusable plastic dishes, ramen noodles, backpacks, flashlights, batteries, candles, matches, tents, tarps and more.”

She said they will also be accepting monetary donations of $5 or $10, with all proceeds go toward sending a filled bus of supplies to Haiti. They cannot accept canned goods or clothes, she said.

“We will have Haitian food, drumming, dancing and art at this family-friendly event, so bring a box of items, a bowl to eat, and your cheerful and giving spirits,” she said.

January 23, 2010 at 11:42 AM in Children and Families, Events, Food and Drink, Music | Permalink | Comments (0)

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Help Haiti at Albuquerque's Visiones Gallery with Art, Food & Music on Jan. 22

From Working Classroom:
Last summer, Albuquerque Journal photojournalist and Haitian native Adolphe Pierre-Louis shared his craft with 10 young artists at Working Classroom. Their work together is featured in "From The Studio To The Street," a photo exhibit opening with a public reception Friday, January 22, from 6:00-8:00 PM in Working Classrooms Visiones Gallery at 115 Gold SW in downtown Albuquerque.

In the wake of the horrendous aftermath of the earthquake in Haiti, the reception will now be a fundraising event for survivors with.

  • Live music by Racine Kreyol
  • Haitian food and drinks catered by Haitian chef, Fofo
  • Silent auction of Haitian art
  • Photos by Adolphe Pierre Louis and Working Classroom students
  • Proceeds from sales and donations will benefit Doctors Without Borders and The International Red Cross

This is an opportunity for Albuquerque residents to come out and show their support for the people of Haiti, enjoy Haitian culture, support student artists AND purchase affordable art for a good cause.

January 16, 2010 at 01:37 PM in Arts, Events, Food and Drink, Haiti Earthquake, Music | Permalink | Comments (0)

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Video of the Day: Albuquerque's Raging Grannies with a Revised Version of 12 Days of Christmas

Be sure to watch all the way through. Ring some bells?

December 12, 2009 at 07:48 PM in Holidays, Music | Permalink | Comments (2)

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Buy Tix Now for NM Jazz Workshop's Yule Struttin'


From Joanie Griffin:
Please join me for a good time to support a worthy cause. I am a board member for the New Mexico Jazz Workshop. I love this organization because we do so many great things in the community. Not only do we put on amazing concerts, we are also making a difference in the lives of many New Mexico children through our youth education programs.

On December 5, 2009, we will hold our annual fundraising event, “Yule Struttin’, Shop & Strut.” The gala will take place at the Albuquerque Museum of Art and will feature fine foods, great music from Hillary Smith, Patty Stephens, the Albuquerque Jazz Orchestra under the direction of Bobby Shew and Stan Hirsch, beautiful works of art and a silent auction. The focus of our event this year is youth education.

Now more than ever, we need your support. All of the money that we raise will help us to continue to do the great work that we are doing in the community. Please buy your tickets today. Contact me if you need more information:

November 15, 2009 at 05:05 PM in Arts, Events, Food and Drink, Music | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Benefit for Casa de Salud Family Medical Office Set for Nov. 8 at Scalo

From Casa de Salud:
Join us for a 5th year celebratory BRUNCH BENEFIT for Casa de Salud Family Medical Office on Sunday, November 8th, from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM at Scalo Northern Italian Grill near Central and Carlisle in Albuquerque's Nob Hill. We extend our gratitude to Scalo for offering their restaurant and providing free food. Local artists will share good music and offer donated art pieces for a silent auction.

The suggested donation is $30. All donations will support our patient care fund. We are a 501(c)(3) certified nonprofit. Please RSVP to or on our Facebook page.

We would love to see you there! Casa de Salud Family Medical Office is located in the heart of the South Valey of Albuquerque. We interweave traditional and conventional medicines to meet the physical and spiritual health needs of our patients in a welcoming, just, creative and inclusive environment. We are dedicated to providing fair-priced health care and will never turn anyone away for lack of funds. We promote a learning and leadership development environment for practitioners, staff and patients.

November 4, 2009 at 09:21 AM in Arts, Events, Food and Drink, Healthcare, Music, Physicians | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, October 26, 2009

11-Day Festival in ABQ, Santa Fe, Taos Will Highlight Jewish Experience in Spanish-Speaking Countries

¡Celébrate! The Jewish Experience in Spanish-Speaking Countries, scheduled for November 5 – 15 in Albuquerque, Santa Fe and Taos, is a festival of film, music, art, theater, food, exhibits and lectures highlighting the extraordinary historic and contemporary journey of the Jewish people after their expulsion from Spain in 1492.

This 11-day festival is a collaborative effort with New Mexico and international sponsors organized by the New Mexico Anti-Defamation League (ADL) with major funding provided by the Isaac Liberman Foundation, according to a statement released by the organizations.

New Mexico ADL Director Susan Seligman, who organized the effort states, “I am thrilled with the depth and scope of ¡Celébrate! and the incredible collaborations that came together to make this happen. This is not just a Jewish event, this is not just a Hispanic event, but a community event about discovering one’s roots and how those roots shape our lives and cultures today.”

Dr. Estevan Rael-Gálvez, Executive Director of the National Hispanic Cultural Center notes, “The Hispanic world as well as New Mexico and its people are the heirs of a unique, complex and intricately woven past, the depth and breadth of which has only begun to be measured. Woven into this story is the Jewish experience. The National Hispanic Cultural Center is honored to be a part of this exciting commemoration.

The Albuquerque opening event is the award-winning Spanish film El Ultimo Sefardí/The Last Sephardic Jew on Thursday, November 5, at 7:00 PM at the National Hispanic Cultural Center’s Bank of America Theatre. This film traces the journey of a young rabbi who searches for his Sephardic roots from Jerusalem to the Caribbean to Spain, looking to keep his culture alive. This film is presented In Ladino with English subtitles. This is a free ticketed event, with tickets available at the NHCC box office (505-724-4771) or

The Santa Fe opening event is an exhibition of contemporary paintings, entitled Unified Borders, by internationally acclaimed Mexican-Jewish painter Beatriz Ezban on Saturday, November 7 at 5:00 PM at El Museo Cultural de Santa Fe. This event is free.

Click for a complete schedule. Highlights of the ¡Celébrate! Festival include:

November 5
Cuisine: Delicious Jewish-Latino Cookery
6 pm – 9 pm, Las Cosas Cooking School, Santa Fe, $75

November 6 – 8
Theatre: Light in My Soul/Una Luz En Mi Alma
A story of crypto-Jews in New Mexico from actual interviews
James A. Little Theatre, Santa Fe, $15 - $20

November 8
Music: Discovering My Jewish Roots Through Music
NM Symphony Conductor Guillermo Figueroa
8 pm, National Hispanic Cultural Center, Albuquerque, $12

November 8
Film: Un Beso a Esta Tierra/A Kiss to This Land
Jews who escaped the Holocaust to Mexico with Mexican Director Daniel Goldberg
3 pm, National Hispanic Cultural Center, Albuquerque, Free

November 10 Exhibit: Voyages to Freedom: 500 Years of Jewish Life in Latin America and the Caribbean
5:30 pm – 7 pm, The Ronald Gardenswartz Jewish Community Center, Albuquerque, Free

November 12
Conference: Unlikely Neighbors? The Jewish Experience in the “New World,' Historical Perspectives of the Jews in Spain, New Mexico, Argentina and Cuba
1 pm – 5 pm, UNM Student Union Building, Albuquerque, Free

November 12
Film: Adio Kerida
Finding Jewish roots in Cuba with filmmaker Ruth Behar
7 pm, National Hispanic Cultural Center, Albuquerque, Free

November 13
Service: Sephardic Sabbath Service in Hebrew, Ladino, Spanish and English
8 pm, Congregation Nahalat Shalom, Albuquerque, Free

November 13-14
Theatre: Light in My Soul/Una Luz En Mi Alma
Taos Center for the Arts, Taos, $18/$15

November 14
Music: The Sarah Aroeste Band: Contemporary Sephardic Music
8 pm, National Hispanic Cultural Center, Albuquerque, $10 - $15

November 15
Lecture: The Jewish Experience in Latin America with Ilan Stavans
1 pm, New Mexico History Museum, Santa Fe Free with museum admission
4 pm, National Hispanic Cultural Center, Albuquerque. Lecture is free, $10 for post-lecture tapas and wine reception

Partners who have made this program possible include: The Mexican Consulate, The Mexican Foreign Ministry, the National Hispanic Cultural Center, the Instituto Cervantes, Casa Sefarad-Israel, The Latin American and Iberian Institute at UNM, The New Mexico History Museum, El Museo Cultural de Santa Fe, Hotel Santa Fe, The Ronald Gardenswartz Jewish Community Center, The Israeli Consulate, Congregation Nahalat Shalom, the Sokolove/Singer/Buchwald families, The Jewish Arts and Culture Group of Santa Fe, Working Classroom, The Society for Crypto-Judaic Studies, the New Mexico Jewish Historical Society and the New Mexico Symphony.

For further information on these events please visit

October 26, 2009 at 11:54 AM in Arts, Events, Faith Community, Film, Food and Drink, Hispanic Issues, History, Music | Permalink | Comments (1)

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Southwest Indigenous Uranium Forum Set for Oct. 22-24 at Acoma Pueblo

The 7th Southwest Indigenous Uranium Forum will be held at Acoma Pueblo's Sky City Hotel and Casino located at I-40 Exit 102 on October 22, 23 and 24, 2009. The Forum will feature a myriad of speakers, workshops and other activities, including a keynote speech by activist Winona LaDuke, a performance by Santa Fe musicians Indigie Femme and a screening of the documentary film, "The Return of Navajo Boy."

According to the event's organizers:

"The Forum proposes to focus much needed public attention on the rape of Mount Taylor and to serve as a vehicle to launch a regional inter-tribal campaign to end this madness in the Grants Mineral Belt, Lakota Lands, and elsewhere in Indian Country from the Grand Canyon to White Mesa where deadly and runaway uranium technology threatens the lives of future of our water, land, people, and our winged, four legged and those that crawl relatives."

"The Forum we will focus on the recent onslaught of exploratory measures to mine and mill uranium in the Grants Mineral Belt. Due to recent price fluctuations of uranium on the world market and United States energy policy still emphasizing nuclear power as an answer to global warming and climate change, we will inform and educate participants of local, national and international nuclear issues impacting Indigenous peoples.

"The Forum will also prioritize presentations on health issues impacting both mining and non-mining populations living in contaminated communities. We will use the forum as an organizing and network initiative to help us better understand the work Indigenous people are doing to fight nuclear power in their communities and move toward alternative forms of energy such as wind and solar."

Event sponsors include the 7th Generation Fund, Lannan Foundation, Western Mining Action Network, Bioneers, Available Media, Inc., Beyond Nuclear and Phil Harrison, Navajo Nation Council Delegate (Cove & Red Valley).

Visit the Forum website for more information on the event, its history and how to register.

October 14, 2009 at 10:41 AM in Energy, Environment, Events, Film, Land Issues, Mining, Music, Native Americans, Uranium, Water Issues | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, October 05, 2009

New Energy Economy Invites You to Vision Shift! Art in the Age of Climate Change

From New Energy Economy:
We cordially invite you to attend Vision Shift! Art in the Age of Climate Change. Vision Shift! is the product of a collection of organizations including New Energy Economy, Center for Contemporary Arts, McCune Charitable Foundation, New Cycle Foundation, Santa Fe Art Institute, Earth Care (Youth Allies Organizing Program), Earthworks Institute, Fine Arts for Children and Teens (FACT), Santa Fe Place, Warehouse 21, The Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, and the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA).

Vision Shift! Art in the Age of Climate Change will raise awareness around climate change and affect public policy while creating meaningful social change.

Santa Fe Mayor David Coss recently signed a proclamation declaring a Vision Shift! Art in the Age of Climate Change week. Vision Shift! opens October 8, 2009 at six venues in Santa Fe with more than 100 works and runs through November 30, 2009. We hope you will join us!

See below the fold for upcoming VISION SHIFT! EVENTS:

Thursday, October 8:

5-7 PM Kick Off Event, Santa Fe Place, 4250 Cerrillos Road. Santa Fe Mayor David Coss reads Vision Shift! Proclamation, music with DJ Anjali, and unveiling of the mural done by Bryan Dixon (Diné) working with Earthworks. Bryan's father worked underground in the coal mines in Farmington and knows all too well the negative impacts to his community from the reliance on fossil fuels. Info: 505-469-4060.

5:45 PM Littleglobe's Common Ground - Santa Fe Performance, Santa Fe Place, 4250 Cerrillos Road. Littleglobe's artistic director Molly Sturges and members of Littleglobe's arts and activism ensemble Common Ground - Santa Fe will lead a short interactive performance exploring our shared post-fossil-fuel future and the evolving collective mythologies that can get us there. Visit Info: 505-989-1437.

Friday, October 9:

5-7 PM Mapping a Green Future Opening, Center for Contemporary Arts, 1050 Old Pecos Trail. Curated by Lea Rekow. Mapping a Green Future is an exhibition that looks toward the promise of sustainability and the challenges we currently face. The connection between the automobile, life and air is explored through Andrea Polli and Chuck Varga's Cloud Car. Polli's weather station, Hello, Weather! attempts to de-mystify the collection and use of weather and climate. Bill Gilbert documents walking the grid, as topography and legalities allow. Jenny Polak negotiates border politics through a sound installation made from conversations with immigrant workers. Joan Myers' panoramic photography of power plants deals with industrialization's impact on the environment. CCA Info: 505-982-1338.

6 PM Director of New Enery Economy, John Fogarty Lecture - Building Local Economies and Solving Global Warming: Santa Fe is Ready to Lead, Center for Contemporary Arts, 1050 Old Pecos Trail. Opening John Fogarty's lecture, Littleglobe's arts and activism ensemble, Common Ground - Santa Fe, will do a short music and spoken worrd performance with guests J.A. Deane and Joel Glanzberg. Led by Littleglobe's artistic director, Molly Sturges, performers include ensemble members Jaime Figueroa, Brent Herrera, London Wilder, Audreyann Martinez, Acushla Bastible, Elisa Keir, and Adelma Hnasko.

5-7 PM Scout's Honour and Badland Exhibition Openings, The Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, 108 Cathedral Place. Scout's Honour is an exhibition which explores, among many things, environmental issues and relationship to land. Badland is an exhibit that is part of the statewide Land Art project and deals with environmental issues. Info: 505-983-8900.

Oct. 5 - Oct. 30:

Post-Fossil-Fuel Art Exhibition, Santa Fe Art Institute, 1600 St. Michaels Dr. This unjuried exhibition explores artists' visions for a post fossil-fuel world. Info:

Saturday, October 10:

5-7 PM FACT and Warehouse 21 Art Opening, Warehouse 21, 1614 Paseo de Peralta. Artwork from the Vision Shift FACT printmaking workshop goes on display at Warehouse 21 in the W21 Flying Cow Gallery. Info: 505-989-4223 x1 or

7:00 PM Spoken Word Performance, Award-winning slam poet Nolan Eskeets performs spoken word at W21.

7:10 PM Ed Mazria Lecture, Warehouse 21. Is it possible to achieve energy independence, solve climate change and revitalize the United States' economy with a single solution? According to Ed Mazria, Founder and Executive Director of Architecture 2030, it is. Mazria will deliver an eye-opening presentation of current climatic, energy and economic events, illustrating the magnitude of the challenges and opportunities confronting us today. Info for all Warehouse 21 events: 505-989-4223x1;

Friday, October 16:

10 AM-2 PM Live Feed from Bioneers, Center for Contemporary Arts, 1050 Old Pecos Trail. A repeat will be shown from 3 to 7 PM.

Saturday, October 17:

10 AM-2 PM Live Feed from Bioneers, Center for Contemporary Arts, 1050 Old Pecos Trail. A repeat will be shown from 3 to 7 PM.

Sunday, October 18:

10 AM-2 PM Live Feed from Bioneers, Center for Contemporary Arts, 1050 Old Pecos Trail. A repeat will be shown from 3 to 7 PM. CCA Info: 505-982-1338.

Saturday, October 24:

2-4 PM International Day of Climate Action. In observation of the International Day of Climate Action, Earth Care's Youth Allies Organizers will host an action to raise awareness about climate change and demand movement by political leaders to cap carbon emissions and reduce carbon dioxide in the atmosphere below 350 parts per million. The action will include a critical mass bike ride, march, and mass bus ride from CCA to the Roundhouse to leave a powerful message (both literal and figurative) for our leaders. Contact:, (505) 699-1025.

Saturday, November 7:

12 PM The Museum of Contemporary Native Arts Members' Lunch, 108 Cathedral Place. Luncheon at the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts with Scout's Honor talk by exhibit curator Ryan Rice. Info: 505-983-8900.

October 1 - November 30:

Art-in-Transit, Santa Fe Buses. Art relating to climate change by Charles Strong will be displayed in the Santa Fe City Buses.

For more information, visit the websites of New Energy Economy and Vision Shift!.

October 5, 2009 at 10:41 AM in Arts, Children and Families, Climate, Energy, Environment, Events, Green Economy, Music, Native Americans, Santa Fe, Transportation, Youth | Permalink | Comments (0)

Friday, September 18, 2009

Fire Up for Liberty with the ACLU of New Mexico on Saturday 9/26


Where: Albuquerque International Balloon Museum

When: Saturday, September 26, 2009
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM: Free entrance to the Balloon Museum
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM: Food, drink, awards and live music

Who: Board members of the ACLU of New Mexico Foundation cordially invite you to our Bill of Rights Benefit Celebration!

Guest of honor:
Susan Herman, newly-elected national ACLU President

Music by: Le Chat Lunatique
Catering by: SCALO Northern Italian Grill, Flying Star Café
Open Bar for beer & wine: The Cooperage


  • Charles “Kip” Purcell of Rodey Law Firm, Cooperating Attorney of the Year
  • The Weekly Alibi, First Amendment Award
  • Dr. Curtis Boyd, MD & Dr. Bruce Ferguson, MD, Guardian of Liberty Award

This benefit celebration is in lieu of the Bill of Rights Dinner in December. We're giving you back your holiday season! Join us!

To find out how to RSVP visit us online at or call 505-266-5915 x1006.

September 18, 2009 at 02:43 PM in Civil Liberties, Events, Food and Drink, Legal Issues, Music | Permalink | Comments (0)

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Mary Travers: And When I Die ...

She was Greenwich Village through and through -- beautiful and edgy, smart and fierce, talented and rowdy and brave -- a freedom fighter and peace seeker and lover of life till the end of her time, today, on this beautiful but often contentious plane of consciousness.

At Martin Luther King's March on Washington 1963

Her voice and energy could be powerful or sweet, rousing and rebellious, thirsting for justice, political or intimate. She worked for civil rights, for human rights, for the children, for the sisterhood and brotherhood, all over the globe. She was one tough, independent, yet vulnerable woman, when it was much more difficult to be one. With a voice and presence uniquely hers, full of grace and passion. She touched the world.



Mary Travers
of Peter, Paul and Mary

At Washington Peace March 1971

September 17, 2009 at 12:24 AM in Current Affairs, Music | Permalink | Comments (2)

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

All Day Saturday: New Mexico Black Expo at Albuquerque Civic Plaza

The 3rd Annual New Mexico Black Expo will take place from 10 AM - 6 PM on Saturday, September 5th, 2009 at Civic Plaza in Downtown Albuquerque (3rd & Tijeras) with music, food and much more. The New Mexico State Office of African American Affairs (OAAA) is sponsoring and facilitating the Expo. The Expo is designed BY the African American community FOR the New Mexican community and is FREE and open to the public.

This year the EXPO will feature entertainment from all across the state:

  • The Afro-Gospel Praise Experience (Roswell NM) will combine Afro-Latin rhythms with traditional gospel to bring a new style of praise to the EXPO stage.
  • Voices of Harmony (Clovis NM) is a male quartet that rocked the Roundhouse in Santa Fe with their inspiring performance during the legislative session.
  • Albuquerque’s Brothers on Bass (B.O.B.) will feature some of Albuquerque’s best “string-smiths.”
  • Sweetlife (Albuquerque) will be bringing R&B/Soul rhythm with a contemporary flair to Civic Plaza.
  • Florida transplant, Tim “Boogiehead” Poindexter will be resurrecting the spirit of Charlie Parker and John Coltrane with his own original work.
  • There will also be movement and choreography by Fletcher Nickerson’s Oxygen Contemporary Dance.

And as a special gift to the children who can drag their families out of bed and down to the EXPO early ... Radio Disney will be the featured entertainment from 10 AM - Noon and give out free prizes to the first 200 youth! Power 106 FM’s BIG MOON will also be on site, broadcasting live from the Plaza! Come be on the air with your favorite Hip-Hop/R&B radio station.

NM Black Expo 2009 will host over 40 different informational tables that will include higher education, faith-based organizations and non-profits, according to a press release. Commercial vendors will also be on site to market their goods and services to Expo goers.

In the past few years, the NM Black Expo has brought critical information and service providers that both originate in and are targeted towards the African American community. The Expo promotes Black businesses and entrepreneurs, along with artists and entertainment to showcase African American talent and resources to the larger New Mexican community statewide. The Expo has hosted free HIV/AIDS and other health screenings, educational workshops and has registered voters in past years and will bring more of the same in 2009.

The Expo has entertainment and activities targeted to young and old alike and is FREE and open to everyone. Please come support the African American community of New Mexico and celebrate our contribution.

For more information contact Hakim Bellamy at the NM Office of African American Affairs at (505) 222-9442 or For a complete schedule for the event and a video about the Expo, visit

To reserve a booth space as a commercial vendor or an informational booth go to or call 866-219-4582. Limited space is available and registration has been extended until WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 2, 2009 at 5 PM!

September 2, 2009 at 11:54 AM in Events, Food and Drink, Minority Issues, Music | Permalink | Comments (0)