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  • N.M. band to kick off Balloon Fiesta music fest

    The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta will feature country music superstars The Band Perry along with special guest Gloriana at this year’s Music Fiesta, scheduled for Oct. 10.
    A local New Mexico band will kick-off the third annual event.  
    Gloriana will take the stage at 2:30 p.m., followed by The Band Perry at 4 p.m. Night Magic Glow will follow the Music Fiesta. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased through balloonfiesta.com.
    In order to better accommodate guests, this year’s Music Fiesta will be staged at the north end of the Launch Field at Balloon Fiesta Park. 
    The new location will allow for more seating in all of the sections.
    Advance tickets are available for purchase and will cost $50 for reserved seats, $20 for premier lawn seating until July 30. Prices will increase July 31. Guests who purchase Music Fiesta tickets can also stay to enjoy the Night Magic Glow and AfterGlow fireworks show, presented by Albuquerque Journal.

  • Public can choose Taos Solar Music Fest's headliner

    

Now in its 15th year of bringing the hottest bands to Taos, the Taos Solar Music Festival is asking music lovers to choose which New Mexico band they would like to see perform at the festival, held on June 27-28. Voting will be available via Facebook until 5 p.m. June 18.
    

“The fans get to choose who they want to see get the spot on the Taos Solar Festival Stage — the winning band will have to be ready to show their fans how to vote and win new fans with their efforts on Facebook to drive people to vote,” said Taos Solar Music festival organizer Dawn Richardson.
    

Last month, Taos Solar Music Festival organizers held a call for entries as part of their “Fan of the Band” contest. New Mexico based bands were asked to upload a three to five-minute video of a live performance and submit it to be judged. Judges received more than 30 entries, and narrowed them down to the top five finalists. Last week, the finalists’ videos were posted to the Taos Solar Music Festival’s Facebook page. Fans who “like” the Taos Solar Music Festival Facebook page can vote for the band of their choice. One vote per Facebook profile only. The video with the most votes will be determined the winner.

  • Local jazz bands playing tonight

    The Los Alamos County Summer Concert Series presents two local jazz bands on Friday at Ashley Pond.
    The show starts at 7 p.m. and is free.
    The opening act will be the Craig Martin Experience. Martin plays tenor sax and clarinet.
    Other band members are John Frary on drums, Carl Hagelberg plays trumpet, Quinn Marksteiner on alto sax, Mike Rogers on guitar, Aaron Anderson on keyboards and Rob Heineman plays the standup bass.
    The Experinece’s sound is jazz is rock and fusion.
    The concert will be CB Fox Night, who has been a sponsor for 26 years — as long as the concert series has been around.
    The Craig Martin Experience plays up-tempo funky and Latin rhythms.
    There will be tunes by Lee Morgan, Horace Silver, Weather Report, the Yellow Jackets, Chick Corea and the late, great, superstar of be-bop and fusion, Miles Davis.
    Taking the stage a little after 8 p.m. will be the Ryan Finn Septet.
    Finn graduated from Los Alamos High School in 2000. Finn plays the trombone in his band.
    The music he plays has a Caribbean tilt, along with reggae, ska, calypso, soca, zouk, salsa, cha-cha, samba and more.
    All of the music will be played in a jazz style.

  • This Week on PAC 8, June 5-11

    THIS WEEK
    ON PAC 8

    Views expressed on programs shown on PAC 8 do not necessarily reflect the views of the manager, staff, or board.

    Friday, June 5, 2015
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! – Live
    10:00 AM The Tom Hartman Program
    11:00 AM County Council Meeting – Replay – 5-26-15
    02:00 PM Los Alamos Nature Center Opening Ceremony
    03:00 PM Road to Recovery
    04:00 PM Uprising
    05:00 PM Democracy Now!
    06:00 PM United in Christ
    07:00 PM Los Alamos Historical Society – “Exploring Mars
    with the Curiosity Mars Rover”
    08:30 PM The Garage
    09:00 PM Bongo Boy Rock and Roll
    09:30 PM Golf Course Opening Ceremony
    10:00 PM Living Treasures Ceremony
    12:00 AM Free Speech TV

    Saturday, June 6, 2015
    Free Speech TV

    Sunday, June 7, 2015
    06:00 AM FSTV
    05:30 PM Key to the Kingdom
    06:00 PM Drawing Men to Christ
    07:00 PM United Church
    08:30 PM Trinity on the Hill
    09:30 PM Generations
    11:00 PM That Which Is
    12:00 PM Free Speech TV

  • PEEC hosts PBS Science Café

    What would it be like to see the world from a bird’s perspective? To experience riding on the backs of bald eagles, snow geese, and pelicans flying over Alaska, the Grand Canyon, the Great Plains, and the Golden Gate Bridge as they encounter and engage with bears, bison and spawning fish. 
    “Earthflight: Birds of North America” is being shown from 10 a.m.-noon at the Nature Center and sponsored by the Pajarito Environmental Education Center.
    The program is part of the New Mexico PBS Science Café. The public is welcome to watch a segment of the six-part series, “Earthflight: A Nature Special Presentation.”
    In addition, there is a public discussion with Stephen Fettig, Wildlife Biologist, who will explore a range of topics from feathers to migration to bird diversity and the tree of life.
    This will be the last presentation of the New Mexico PBS Science Cafes for the summer and will return Sept. 19.
    Admission to the Science Café is free but a reservation is required. RSVP to Rose Poston, Community Outreach Coordinator, New Mexico PBS Education & Outreach Department, at 277-2396 or rposton@newmexicopbs.org, or online at newmexicopbs.org/science-central. Seats are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

  • BB King's family and friends go to Vegas

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — B.B. King played tens of thousands of gigs around the world and often said he was blessed to play for presidents and the common folk.
    On Saturday, the music legend was mourned and praised as the King of the Blues and father to 15 children during a family-and-friends memorial in Las Vegas, where he died May 14 at age 89.
    “He was the best,” said 83-year-old alto sax blues player Earl “Good Rockin” Brown, one of the first of more than 1,000 people who viewed King’s open casket during a public viewing on Friday. Brown remembered being inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 1990, the same time as King, who won 15 Grammys, sold more than 40 million records worldwide and was also inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
    “Everyone else copied after him,” Brown said.
    Some of King’s 11 surviving adult children are feuding with LaVerne Toney, his longtime business agent and power-of-attorney, who is now executor of his estate.
    Attorney Larissa Drohobyczer, representing a group of heirs, said Saturday that she met with five adult King daughters — Patty King, Michelle King, Karen Williams, Barbara King Winfree and Claudette King Robinson — before issuing a statement saying they’ll contest the blues legend’s will and the actions of Toney.

  • This Week on PAC 8, May 22-28

    THIS WEEK
    ON PAC 8

    Views expressed on programs shown on PAC 8 do not necessarily reflect the views of the manager, staff, or board.

    Friday, May 22, 2015
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! – Live
    10:00 AM The Tom Hartman Program
    11:00 AM County Council Meeting – Replay – 5-08-15
    02:00 PM Los Alamos Nature Center Opening Ceremony
    03:00 PM Gallery Discussion for Edith Warner & Tiano– Bridge Between Two Worlds
    04:00 PM Uprising
    05:00 PM Democracy Now!
    06:00 PM United in Christ
    07:00 PM Los Alamos Historical Society – “Exploring Mars with the Curiosity Mars Rover”
    08:30 PM The Garage
    09:00 PM Bongo Boy Rock and Roll
    09:30 PM Community Central
    10:00 PM Living Treasures Ceremony
    12:00 AM Free Speech TV

    Saturday, May 23, 2015
    Free Speech TV

    Sunday, May 24, 2015
    06:00 AM FSTV
    05:30 PM Key to the Kingdom
    06:00 PM Drawing Men to Christ
    07:00 PM United Church
    08:30 PM Trinity on the Hill
    09:30 PM Generations
    11:00 PM That Which Is
    12:00 PM Free Speech TV

  • Pianist revives Broadway, Hollywood music on PBS

    Beginning in late May, master pianist and storyteller Richard Glazier will be featured in a new PBS special, his third for the network.
    Recorded in 2014, “From Broadway to Hollywood with Richard Glazier” features Glazier’s piano talents as well as interviews with several artists having connections to the Golden Age of music. The program airs on PBS stations around the country, including KNME TV on May 31.
    “It will continue to air on PBS affiliates over the next three years and I’ll be appearing during the pledge drives,” said Glazier, who lives in Sacramento, California.
    Unlike most conventional concert pianists, Glazier draws on his background and connections with legendary figures in American Popular Song, such as Ira Gershwin, to blend recitals with stories of artists who influenced his career.
    “I’ve always told interesting stories about the composers, the performers, the shows, the movies—they all enhance the concert experience,” Glazier said. “I also add audio/visual components showing rare clips, photos and interviews that I’ve done.”

  • LALT plays for the new season

    The Los Alamos Little Theatre announces its 2015-16 season.
    September
    “Harvey,” by Mary Chase.The 1944 Pulitzer Prize-winning play, which falls into the “classic” category, tells the story of Elwood Dowd, who believes he is accompanied by an invisible, human-sized rabbit, much to the embarrassment of his family. Directed by Gwen Lewis.
    November
    8x10s. LALT’s fifth presentation of this format of eight short plays provides opportunities for wanna-be directors and actors to get their feet wet and for established ones to join the plunge. The scripts (still being selected) feature mostly local playwrights and the evening promises to have something for everyone.
    2016
    January
    “Once A Ponzi Time,” by Joe Foust.
    Enter the world of madcap finances as an investment scheme built of cards is about to tumble down. Think Bernie Madoff meets the Marx Brothers. Directed by Jim Sicilian
    March
    “The Consequence of Impression,” by Deborah Magid.
    Sometimes-local playwright Deborah Magid tells the story of French painter Berthe Morisot, who was the muse and subject of many paintings by French Impressionist Edouard Manet — and ended up marrying his brother. Directed by Ken Milder.
    May

  • This Week on PAC 8, May 1-7

    THIS WEEK
    ON PAC 8

    Views expressed on programs shown on PAC 8 do not necessarily reflect the views of the manager, staff, or board.

    Friday, May 1, 2015
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! – Live
    10:00 AM The Tom Hartman Program
    11:00 AM County Budget Replay 4-28-15
    02:00 PM MPL Authors Speak Series
    03:00 PM Gallery Discussion for Edith Warner & Tiano– Bridge Between
    Two Worlds
    04:00 PM Uprising
    05:00 PM Democracy Now!
    06:00 PM United in Christ
    07:00 PM Los Alamos Historical Society – President Truman
    08:30 PM The Garage
    09:00 PM Bongo Boy Rock and Roll
    09:30 PM Community Central
    10:00 PM Living Treasures Ceremony
    12:00 AM Free Speech TV

    Saturday, May 2, 2015
    Free Speech TV

    Sunday, May 3, 2015
    06:00 AM FSTV
    05:30 PM Key to the Kingdom
    06:00 PM Drawing Men to Christ
    07:00 PM United Church
    08:30 PM Trinity on the Hill
    09:30 PM Generations
    11:00 PM That Which Is
    12:00 PM Free Speech TV