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The Los Alamos County Summer Concert Series presents Texas blues-rocker Carolyn Wonderland at 7 p.m. Friday at Rover Park in White Rock. The show is free. Donations from Los Alamos County and many Los Alamos businesses, professionals and friends pay for the series.
Wonderland is a blues and blues/rock artist with diverse influences from elements of country, swing, zydeco, surf, churchy gospel-soul, jazz, Latin and soul.
“Carolyn is a great guitarist and singer. She’s played the world’s best venues, including public television’s ‘Austin City Limits,’ the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, all the Texas and New Mexico clubs as well as the European clubs,” LASCS Promoter Russ Gordon said.
Wonderland is married to A. Whitney Brown, a comedian and writer for shows like “Saturday Night Live,” Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” and the liberal radio network’s “Air America Radio.” Brown is quoted as saying he’s “a vegetarian not because he loves animals. I’m a vegetarian because I hate plants.”
An LA Times article said about a recent concert, “Carolyn Wonderland is the real deal. She’s an amazing guitarist. She whistled a solo. She even played trumpet, and damn can she sing.”
“A dollop of Janis Joplin, a slice of Stevie Ray Vaughan and a big load of soulful individuality seething hot Texas singer-guitarist.” — The Boston Herald
Wonderland’s picture is on the cover of the June 2012 issue of Guitar Player Magazine. This fall she’ll tour Japan, Switzerland, Germany and the Netherlands. That would be great to catch those shows, but she is playing White Rock Friday.
On Aug. 24, the series will be back at Ashley Pond for a concert by the ska, dub, reggae and rock band Yellow Dubmarine. Check them out at yellowdubmarine.com and on YouTube.
For more information about these sponsors and to read about the acts, visit gordonssummerconcerts.com. To submit comments on the series or to make a request for the 2013 Series, email Gordon at email@example.com.
“Keep in mind that we have a budget and can’t afford too many of the acts that perform at Madison Square Garden and that the shows must be family friendly,” Gordon said.