Get ready to dance Friday

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By Russ Gordon

Dear friends of the Los Alamos County Summer Concert Series,

The Series is coming to a close and hopefully we’ll be back next May. There are only two shows left, Friday and Sept. 5.

We’ve had to change our artist for the Friday concert.

Rosie Ledet is ill and can’t make either of her New Mexico concerts that she had planned for this weekend.

Thankfully, my dear friends, the Nomads will replace Rosie. The Nomads play ‘50s and ‘60s rock ‘n roll.

Great stuff like the music of Chuck Berry, Fats Domino, Buddy Holly, Richie Valens, Elvis, The Beatles, The Stones, The Doors, Bill Haley, The Beach Boys, Johnny Burnette, The Big Bopper, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash and many others that are either in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame or should be. Almost everyone will know and like and/or love almost every song.

I’m gonna request that they play “Do you Wanna Dance” by Bobby Freeman and maybe “At The Hop,” a great song by Danny and the Juniors. This is The Nomads and they’re a whole lotta fun. Matter of fact, there will be a “whole lotta shakin’ going on.”

Come and sing along but not on the stage, The Nomads got that covered. The show will be at our sponsor’s, Del Norte Credit Union.

The last concert of the 2008 season will be the rock and blues-rock band, Julie Stewart and the Motor Kings. They cover songs by such artists as Etta James, The Allman Bros., James Brown, Wilson Pickett, Robben Ford and Tina Turner. Much of the band’s original music is by Los Alamos’ Greg Woodfin. Woodfin is also a fantastic B3 organ player.

The bass player is one of my best friends, Rob Heineman. (Another great friend is Eddy Partridge, the lead singer and guitarist of the Nomads.)

The last two shows are family affairs. Heineman has played almost every year of the series with such bands as the New Huevos, Fat Guys with Money (with Greg Woodfin,) Ramon Bermudez Band (with Heineman,) and Julie Stewart and the Motor Kings. The Nomads have played every year of the series. The Julie Stewart and The Motor Kings show will be at our sponsor’s Zia Credit Union, which is next door to our other sponsors, Don Taylor’s Photography and Golgen Gun Luxury Plating. You can listen to The Motor Kings at www.motorkings.com.

A few notes: There’s a tremendous two days of concerts this weekend at Eave’s Ranch on the road to Madrid and Cerrillos. You can buy tickets at The Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce. The event is called the Thirsty Ear Festival and some of the acts are some of my favorites in music industry: Richard Thompson, Patty Griffin, Buckwheat Zydeco, Junior Brown and Shemekia Copeland. Rosie Ledet was supposed to play there also. Oh well, stuff happens. My other note is that my good friends Rick and Deanna Martinez have tickets to the Telluride Brews and Blues Festival, Sept. 12-14. He also has a condo that sleeps “eight comfortably.” Rick’s father is ill and he can’t go. Some of the headliners are John Hiatt, Gov’t Mule, Etta James, Blind Boys of Alabama and G. Love & Special Sauce. For more info check www.tellurideblues.com. To reach Rick and Deanna (sounds like a Mellencamp song), call 983-5643 or e-mail morgmartinez@yahoo.com.

Hope you’ve enjoyed the Series and can catch the last two shows.

Russ Gordon is the organizer of the Los Alamos Concert Series