Summer concerts kick off Friday in White Rock

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By The Staff


The 2013 Los Alamos County Summer Concert Series will have it’s first show Friday at Overlook Park in White Rock. 

“Our 24th Season will be a tremendous year,” Coordinator Russell Gordon said. “Why do I say this when I say the same thing every year? I’m an excitable boy! I’ve been working on this Series since last September, and we’re ready. I’m thrilled! The clock is ticking.”

The featured band is What Made Milwaukee Famous. The show starts at 7 p.m. Public should bring chairs, blankets, family and friends. It’s also the first night of the Los Alamos Kite Festival, so bringing a kite is encouraged.

LA County and the Summer Series sponsors will present at least 20 acts from May 17 through Sept. 6. A complete schedule can be found at gordonssummerconcerts.com.  

“I’ve been listening to What Made Milwaukee Famous almost nonstop for last two days,” Gordon said. 

The band has been a stalwart of the Austin, Texas music scene since 2003. 

They have played major festivals like Lolapalooza, Bonnarroo, South by Southwest and Austin City Limits. Their style of music is always changing. It is mostly an alt-rock band. They mix power indie-rock, modern rock, and intense guitar work. 

AllMusic.com said, “They’re a band with their own voice, their own ideas, their own great talent and will inevitably leave their own mark on the music world.” 

WMMF are energetic, passionate and literate. Lead singer, Michael Kincaid, attributes much of his singing style to Jeff Buckley. The band is cheerful, playful, dramatic and unpredictable. 

They play blues, 70’s power pop, folk, Americana, electronica and post punk. Kincaid said they are “Portishead meets Queens of the Stone Age” sound. The band gets their name from the old Jerry Lee Lewis song, “What Made Milwaukee Famous (Has Made a Loser Out of Me.”) That’s also a part of their personality.

On May 24, the series will be at Ashley Pond with “Your favorite band, the Red Elvises,” Gordon said. The band is always a highlight of the summer series. 

There will be a lot of new bands coming this year, like Lightnin’ Malcolm from Mississippi, the Homemade Jamz’ Blues Band from Tupelo, Miss.; SIMO from Austin, Texas; Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band from Asheville, N.C.; the West African Highlife Band from Nigeria and Ghana; the Paula Nelson Band from Austin, Texas;  and Reggae star, Pato Banton from Birmingham, England. 

“Tell your friends and family to visit Los Alamos this summer. This is where it’s happening every Friday night. See you there!” Gordon said.