Warren Hood Band starts off busy weekend

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A busy weekend is coming up starting with the Warren Hood Band playing at the corner of Central Avenue and Main Street on Friday. The concert will be next to the Post Office and sponsored by CB Fox, Dixie Girl and Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce Night.
    Warren Hood Band’s out of Austin, Texas and plays a fantastic fusion of rock, country, bluegrass, swing, jazz, classical and acoustic American roots music. There will be “lots of good dancin’ and romancin’ if you treat your partner right,” Organizer Russ Gordon said.
    Warren is the original fiddler/violinist and founding member of the South Austin Jug Band. He came to New Mexico for the first time in 2002 with the SAJB on the way to the Telluride Bluegrass Festival. “They put on a great show here, made a lot of fans and then drove up to Telluride and won “Best New Band” that year. The guys still talk about one of the best weekends of their lives,” Gordon said.
    Warren graduated from high school in 2002, and was off to the Berklee School of Music  in Boston. He won the top honor award at Berklee, “The String Achievement Award” and after graduation, headed back to the “Live music capitol of the world, Austin and started his career. He’s played in tributes to the legendary Uncle Walt’s Band. He also played often with the Toni Price Brand. Uncle Walt’s Band was started by Walter Hyatt, Warren’s iconic father, Champ Hood and country singer David Ball. That band was dubbed the first “Americana” band. Since college, Hood’s regular gigs have been with the roots-rock band, the Waybacks out of San Francisco and the rock band, the Bodeans. Warren’s well known in the music industry as certainly one of the best fiddle players in the world. He’s performed with such artists as Lyle Lovett, Joan Osborne, Emmylou Harris, Little Feat, Elvis Costello, Susan Tedeschi and many more.
    Warren will play fiddle, violin and mandolin on Friday. On keyboards, Emily Gimble, granddaughter of the multiple Grammy Award winner, Johnny Gimble. “Gimble is a wonderful keyboard player and has the voice of an angel, as well as being a tremendous, growling blues and jazz singer,” Gordon said. “She is fantastic. Emily has played here in Los Alamos with Warren and with the Marshall Ford Swing Band. You’ll remember her from past gigs here if you were lucky enough to catch her.”
Emily has played many times with her grandfather, as well as such stars as Ray Benson, Marcia Ball, Bobby Bare and Willie Nelson. On guitar is Willie Pipkin. Pipkin was the lead guitarist for the South Austin Jug Band and has also played with some of Texas’ best musicians. The Warren Hood Band will spend this summer touring all over the country in the best clubs and festivals from Austin to Los Alamos to Los Angeles to New York City.
All of the shows are free and the public is advised to bring lawn chairs. For more on Warren Hood, go to warrenhood.com, or on myspace.com and Youtube.com. For more on the series, go to gordonssummerconcertseries.com.
    This Saturday starting at 11 a.m., Eddy and the Nomads will be playing rock hits from the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s. They’ll play the music by Elvis, Bo Diddley, Chuck Berry, Buddy Holly and Jerry Lee Lewis, and classics made famous by Johnny Cash, the Beatles, the Stones, the Doors, Gene Vincent and the Big Bopper, plus many others.
Friday night ushers in the beginning of Los Alamos MainStreet’s and the Chamber of Commerce’s ChamberFest. On Saturday, there’s the Nomads, a huge sandpile in front of CB Fox, a car show, as well as games and booths featuring the business members of the Chamber. “It’s one of the top festivals that we have in Los Alamos every year,” Gordon said. For more on the ChamberFest, go to losalamoschamber.com/chamberfest.  
    On June 14, at Ashley Pond the Mississippi Delta’s, Lightnin’ Malcolm will perform. “I promise all a great night of music and fun, hope to see you at the concerts,” Gordon said. Visit lightninmalcolm.net.