Battle of bands highlights July 4 event

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The Los Alamos County Summer Concert Series will be at the July 4 Kiwanis Fireworks Spectacular at Overlook Park in White Rock on Thursday, and Friday the event moves back up the hill to the LA Food Co-op Market with the classic nu-funk band, Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band. Friday is Holiday Inn and Suites, LA Co-op Market and N.M. Consortium Night.

Music for the July 4 festivities includes a Battle of the Bands.

3 p.m.: Boo Koo, a Los Alamos roots-reggae-Americana and rock band. Scott Beguin on drums and percussion, Peter Young on guitar/vocals, Greg Mechels on bass.

3:30 p.m.: State Road Four, classic rock and blues from Los Alamos. Guy Raper on lead guitar, Jonathan Dowell on dulcimer, Eddie Padilla on drums, Kent Scarborough on bass and Ronda Jones on fiddle. 

4 p.m.: Higher Ground Bluegrass, bluegrass and folk from Northern New Mexico. Fred Bolton on guitar/vocals, Dave Devlin on mandolin and dobro, Pat Mahoney on fiddle/vocals, Laura Leach on bass/vocals and Duke Weddington on banjo/vocals. 

4:30 p.m.: Triple Trouble, a Los Alamos band of lovers of Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble and other blues/rock bands. Eric Tylor on vocals, Eunsung Park on guitar, Kent Scarborough on bass and Eddie Padilla on drums. 

5 p.m.: Skydivers

5:10 to 5:30 p.m.: Syzygy, a hard rock band from Los Alamos. Michelangelo Lobato on guitar/vocals, Daniel Yamada on guitar/vocals, Kile Ulenbrock on drums and Dave Hemsing on bass. 

5:30-6:45 p.m.: LA Community Winds will perform under the direction of Ted Vives. 

6:45 p.m.: The winner of Battle of the Bands will be announced, followed by an encore song by the winning band. Awards are $300 for first place,  $200 for second place and $100 for third place. 

7:10 p.m.: Eddy and the Nomads, classic rock of 50’s, 60’s and 70’s by Los Alamos’ favorite band. 

8-8:10 p.m.: Flyover with Will Fox and friends

8:30 p.m.: Best Seat in the House Drawing and announcements 

9:10 p.m.: Fireworks

At 7 p.m. on Friday, the funk band of Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band will perform. “If you like the name of the band, you’ll probably love the concert,” Organizer Russ Gordon said. 

Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band started out as a party band, evolved into a sound and are now an institution out of Asheville, N.C. They say, “their goal is to shake the world, one cheek at a time.” A lot of their fans refer to them as “The Booty Band”.

The Booty Band call themselves “nu funk” since they take elements of 70’s funk and fuse it with some of the other music of today like soul, hip-hop, electronica, New Orleans brass, dub-reggae, Afro-beat, Latin, jazz and rock. Their influences include George Clinton and Parliament, Galactic, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Primus. You’ll hear the early sound reminiscent of the funkiest, Little Richard and James Brown. “Early Motown and Sly Stone funk may move us but it’s the sound of something like Funkadelic that’s going to make you shake your booty tonight,” Gordon said.  They’re still a party band and their philosophy is for them and their audience to have great fun and feel good. Some of the covers will include music by Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Allen Tousant, Rage Against the Machine, the Doors and Bill Withers.

Watch them on YouTube and at nu.bootyband.com.