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A local favorite to perform Friday

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By Kirsten Laskey

Although the Jimmy Stadler Band canceled its Friday performance in the Los Alamos County Summer Concert Series, it opened the door to allow for one of the series’ most popular bands to take the stage at 7 p.m. at Ashley Pond.

The Nomads, currently comprised of local musicians Eddy Partridge, Wilfred Romero, Bob Carmen and David Banes, have been around since the 1980s, entertaining the crowd with rock n’ roll songs from the 1950s, 60s and 70s.

“They play songs that everyone knows,” said concert organizer Russ Gordon.

As a result, “They’re probably our most popular band.”

Gordon added he enjoys including the local band in the concert series because “some of the guys are some of my best friends and I enjoy that they are popular.”

“They know their moves, they know their music history,” he added.

Partridge explained the band chose rock music from past eras because, “people like the songs. That was the idea from the start. To play the songs that people know.” He said the crowds in northern New Mexico seemed to like the mix they play and the band enjoys the music’s beat.

A lot of different players have been a part of the band throughout its history, but looking at the current lineup, it’s “really the best yet,” Partridge said. “We get along and have fun at it.”

The band is eager to perform once more for Los Alamos. “(There’s) a lot of people we know. It’s a fun place to play outdoors. A lot of people come out and dance,” he said. The concert is free and open to anyone.