Summer concert series returns

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By The Staff

On Friday, the Los Alamos County Summer Concert Series will have an encore summer concert as part of LA MainStreet’s Next Big Idea: A Festival of Discovery, Invention and Innovation.

At 7 p.m. Friday, the series will be back at Ashley Pond for a concert with Stephanie Hatfield and Hot Mess, plus Bill Palmer’s TV Killers, two rock bands from Santa Fe.

Hot Mess is an Indie rock band playing mostly original music with a great drummer and loud guitars. Hatfield’s vocals might remind folks of Brandi Carlile, Janis Joplin, Florence and the Machine, Adele and Sheryl Crow. Hatfield is a singer/songwriter, guitarist and is married to guitarist Bill Palmer.

Palmer is a singer, songwriter and guitarist. He fronts the rock band that is similar in style to Tom Petty, Neil Young, Ryan Adams and Hatfield’s Hot Mess.

Palmer is well known in New Mexico as an award-winning record producer. He’s produced records for Hatfield, ThaMuseMeant, Joe West, Goshen and Hundred Year Flood, his critically acclaimed old band. HYF played Los Alamos twice before breaking up. 

Palmer also produced music by Bill Hearne, Boris and the Saltlicks, Ryan McGarvey and many more. Palmer said about record producing, “Vibe is king ... Everything else is secondary ... Real records are not so much clinical as they are soulful and magical.”

The name TV Killers comes from a gig at Santa Fe’s Cowgirl Saloon. It was a Stephanie Hatfield and Hot Mess show and the television at the bar was turned on above the band’s stage. 

Palmer asked the bartender to turn off the tube, but he refused. A few other words were exchanged and the band was asked to leave right in the middle of their set. Hot Mess has never returned and the TV Killers won’t be asked. 

“The Stone River Boys put on a sensational show at the Pond a few weeks ago, but at the Cowgirl, they were asked to turn it down 10 times,” LACSCS promoter Russ Gordon said. “They really shouldn’t book rock bands. Stick with what you do best, Cowgirl.”
Starting at 11 a.m. Saturday, it’s the Next Big Idea Fest. 

“This growing Fest is starting to be a truly Big Thing. The show has become a ‘signature event’ for L.A. County, L.A. MainStreet and the soon to be L.A. Creative District,” Gordon said. “They’ll have lots of booths, interactive robots, an amazing immersible dome, a Proctor and Gamble Corvette, a Kraz-E-Science Show, a pet area, music, artists, a beer tent and much more. 

“A disclaimer, the Los Alamos Summer Concert Series is not a sponsor of the music because we cannot sell beer at our shows. Anyway, this is going to be a tremendous Festival.”

 For more information, visit nextbigideala.com.