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A late substitution was made to Friday’s Summer Concert Series lineup.
It’s still at Ashley Pond. It’s still starting at 7 p.m. It’s still Los Alamos Monitor Night, but the band is quite different.
Playing this Friday is the Parker Millsap Band with Michael Rose featured on stand-up bass.
“Parker Millsap is a young singer-songwriter that’s most likely going to be a big star in the near future,” concert series organizer Russ Gordon said. “He plays Americana-folk-rock-blues-gospel and reminds me of some of the best of this genre. Heroes like Tom Waits, Ray LaMontagne, Ryan Adams, John Mayer, Lyle Lovett, Robert Earl Keen, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Keller Williams and then there’s Dylan and Woody Guthrie.”
A sneak peek of Millsap’s music can be found at parkermillsap.com or on YouTube.com.
According to Gordon, Parker’s songs build and build. One of Millsap’s best songs is “Truck Stop Gospel,” which can be found on YouTube.
“I feel pretty darn lucky getting Millsap on short notice,” Gordon said. “He’s on his way to a Northwest tour starting in Seattle on Sunday with another tremendous band, Old Crow Medicine Show. His agent and I agreed that only a young newcomer could play here on Friday night and then drive on to Seattle for a Sunday show.”
Millsap was raised in a Pentecostal church in Purcell, Okla.
Gordon said his gravelly voice and presence often reflects the hoop and holler of a fervent preacher he would listen to every Wednesday and Sunday.
“That’s why I say listen to the whole songs as he builds to shouting finish,” he said. “When he wasn’t listening to gospel music he would listen to Lovett and Keen. He also loved the blues, especially artists like Howling Wolf and Mississippi John Hurt.”
Friday’s Los Alamos Monitor Night show isn’t the only change to the Concert Series.
The scheduled artist Aug. 30, Pato Banton, is off due to illness. He’s cancelled his entire tour and is going home to England for hospitalization.
“We sure wish him a complete and fast recovery and hope that he can reschedule for next year,” Gordon said.
In Banton’s place will be the bluegrass and Appalachian folk music star Claire Lynch and her band.
Coming up are two concerts scheduled for the Fourth of July week. The July 4 festivities start at 2 p.m. at Overlook Park.
Music will be provided by Eddy and the Nomads playing the rock hits of the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. Also on tap will be the Community Winds.
The schedule also includes the Battle of the Bands, that will start around 3 p.m. Any bands interested in competing may contact Gordon at firstname.lastname@example.org. Entrants will be accepted until noon Thursday.
July 5, the concert will be at the Los Alamos Co-op Market. The band is Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band from Asheville, N.C.