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Southern blues to hit the Southwest

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By Kirsten Laskey

Musician Eric Sardinas has a signature style that listeners seldom hear – especially those who live in Northern New Mexico.

The Los Alamos Summer Concert Series, however, is bringing the sounds of Deep South to the Southwest.

Eric Sardinas and Big Motor will perform at 7 p.m. Friday at the Holiday Inn Express located in the Entrada Business Park.

According to Sardinas Web site, Sardinas was exposed to gospel, Motown and R&B, all of which pushed him to the acoustic sounds of the Deep South.

Sardinas said his music is “blues rooted.” He said while he and his band come from the traditional side of blues, they push the envelope.

Concert series organizer Russ Gordon said “just the excitement and raw energy” of Sardinas’ music makes him eager to present this musician to the community.

While he admits Sardinas’ music may not be for everyone, but “a lot of people are going to love it – be blown away.”

Gordon added, “(Sardinas’) knowledge of the blues is from the acoustics delta blues to the Chicago electric blues. So he’s paid his dues from playing, listening and loving those music styles to making changes where he is now screaming those styles.”

Sardinas picked up the guitar for the first time when he was child.

“I started playing guitar when I was about 6 years old and I was exposed to all of the root music … gospel, Motown. I took to the blues at an early age. Music is a big part of my spirit,” he said.  

Sardinas’ Web site reports he has released three albums: “Treat Me Right,” “Devil’s Train” and “Black Pearls.”

This is the first time Sardinas has brought his unique brand of music to Los Alamos.

“It’s going to be an experience,” Gordon said. “It’s going to be a full rockin’ blues show. A full, hard rockin’ blues show.”

Sardinas said he is eager to make his introduction to the town.

“We are really (excited) to be playing (in Los Alamos) one – because we’ve never been there before and it’s a pleasure to play in a new place and I know this is going to be an environment where people love music. It’s a great musical experience for both sides.”

Performing a live show, Sardinas added, is an opportunity for everyone to come together and have a great time. The ideal situation is when the energy becomes circular and there is no difference between the stage and the audience.

“We can’t wait to play,” he said, “it’s going to be a great time.”