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The Scots arrive to play at Ashley Pond

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By Russ Gordon

The Summer Concert Series continues at 7 p.m. Friday at Ashley Pond with the one of Scotland’s best traditional and neo-traditional bands, Old Blind Dogs.

I promise it’ll be a tremendous show. They’ll play jigs, reels, love songs and ballads. The Los Angeles Times reported the Old Blind Dogs brings “freshness and color to acoustic music steeped in centuries of Scottish folklore and history.”

Old Blind Dogs use border pipes, whistles, a djembe, a bouzouki, double bass, fiddle, mandolin, guitars and stunning vocal harmonies in bringing you stories of Scotland’s history and heart.

   Old Blind Dogs originally formed in 1990 in Aberdeen, Scotland and last played in Los Alamos in 2004. It was a great show. The new album, due out this autumn, will be their 11th. In 2004 and 2007 they were voted “Folk Band of the Year” at the prestigious Scots Traditional Music Awards.

They’re the real thing, me lads. They’ll sing about drams of whiskey, battles between Highlanders and Lowlanders dating back 600 years, itinerant workers, rural and farm life, Scots fighting, Scots fighting Napoleon and bonnie maidens and troopers and laddies and lasses.

The show will be their only New Mexico date and I’m expecting a big audience. I’ve received e-mails and calls from Taos, Santa Fe, Albuquerque and Tulsa, Okla., and I tell them, “Yeah folks, the show is free and bring your own lawn chair.”  

I thank our sponsors including the County of Los Alamos. You can read about our sponsors at www.gordonsconcerts.com and read about Old Blind Dogs at www.oldblinddogs.co.uk.

    The London Daily News wrote, “The skill, talent and verve with which (Old Blind Dogs) played, belied their laddishness and the crowd responded with thunderous applause. Folk is the new rock and roll.”

    In conjunction with the concert will be the American Cancer Society’s “Relay for Life” fundraiser starting at 6 p.m. Friday and running through noon Saturday. They’ll have a survivor’s lap and reception starting at 6:15 p.m., a luminaria ceremony at 10 p.m.

There’ll be people raising money by camping out all night, taking walks around the pond and getting donations from their friends and family.

There’s board and video games, sumo wrestling, a “Dancing With the Stars” competition and a birdhouse action that ends at 9 p.m. Friday. Please go to www.facebook.com and then go to Los Alamos Relay for Life. There’s some great pictures of the birdhouses plus more info on the “Relay.”

The Masons are serving a waffle breakfast from 7:30-10:30 a.m. at the pond on Saturday. Also on Saturday will be bouncy tents, DJ Tim Gallegos, the bubble tub, a water balloon toss, pet walk and judging and more.

The mission statement for the Relay for Life is to “celebrate those that have battled cancer. Remember those that have lost their battle. Fight back against this disease.” Come to the concert and it would be great if you could help in the fight.

 July 2, we’ll have our yearly show at the Pajarito Mountain Ski Area. The show will open with the Santa Fe and Los Alamos rock, blues and soul act, the Tiho Dimitrov Band.

Around 6:15 p.m. will be rocker, blues, folk singer, punkrocker, ex-leader of one of the first big “new wave rock bands” the Plimsouls, and now back as the rocking duo, Peter Case. I’ve been trying to get him here for 15 years. He’s been nominated for three Grammys.

I think the last time was in the early ‘70s when Paul Simon won and he thanked Stevie Wonder for not putting out an album that year. Case’s new album is a gas. I mean he is a really fine rocker.

Check Case and his music out at www.petercase.com and www.myspace.com/petercase. The Ski Hill is a fantastic venue and the music, well, c’mon man, just check this one out.

The show will be “Pajarito Mountain Ski Area, Los Alamos Monitor and Santa Fe Bandstand Night.”

These are great sponsors who’s support we had to have to produce this series. Check out www.skipajarito.com and buy your season tickets; visit www.lamonitor.com and support your local paper and see www.santafebandstand.org and check out their concert series.

We work with the Bandstand on booking some bands and this helps make both series almost affordable.

The shows are possible because our sponsors recognize the benefit that live music is to our communities and to one’s soul.

Hope to see you at the Los Alamos County Summer Concert Series.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Russ Gordon is the organizer for the concert series.