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Craig Martin Experience Jazzes Up Mission Fundraiser

on June 5, 2012 - 11:11am
Even the youngest set grooves on good jazz. Gloria Marksteiner watches her dad, Quinn Marksteiner, left, of the Craig Martin Experience, take a solo during a jazz concert Saturday night at White Rock Baptist Church. Carl Hagelberg, center, and Craig Martin perform along with, not in photo: John Frary, Rob Heineman and Mike Rogers. The event was a fundraiser for the Church's mission work with the Tarahumara Indians of the Copper Canyon area in Mexico. Photo by TK Thompson/ladailypost
John Frary on the drums. Photo by TK Thompson/ladailypost
Rob Heineman on bass.

Ryan Finn Quartet Performs at Coffee Booth

on June 5, 2012 - 10:08am
Ryan Finn on trombone during Friday night's concert at the Coffee Booth. Finn is a native of Los Alamos and has returned after spending seven years living in the Caribbean. The Ryan Finn Quartet is an infusing of jazz standards with a calypso twist, or infusing calypso with american jazz depending upon what the original tube was. It made for a very interesting evening of Jazz in Los Alamos. These musicians are good and have a new take on America's original music. Photo by TK Thompson/
Andy Zadrozny plays the "baby bass." Photo by TK Thompson/

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Laurie Lewis and Tom Rozum Entertain Los Alamos

on June 2, 2012 - 6:45am

Laurie Lewis and Tom Rozum play to a large crowd during the County's Summer Concert at Ashley Pond Friday. Photo by Salvador Zapien

Concert Promoter Russ Gordon, right, with Laurie Lewis and Tom Rozum. Photo by Salvador Zapien

Tara Key, Melissa Duke, Rita Brake, and Jamie Duke (members of the 1st Baptist Church of Los Alamos) offer free cotton candy at the Summer Concert on Friday. Photo by Salvador Zapien

Tom Rozum plays the mandolin. Photo by Salvador Zapien

Laurie Lewis plays the violin. Photo by Salvador Zapien

Laurie Lewis takes some time between sets to chat and sign autographs. Photo

Bluegrass to Surround Ashley Pond Friday

on May 30, 2012 - 6:41am

Laurie Lewis and Tom Rozum. Courtesy/LASCS

By Russell Gordon

I was listening to the music of Laurie Lewis and Tom Rozum today thinking about what I’ll write for this article.

They both grew up in the 60’s.

Tom was more of a rocker and said that he started listening to more and more Folk and American roots music after driving home to Connecticut following the infamous Woodstock Festival of August 1969.

Laurie started listening to the same in high school and college. I read that she really loved the music of the Dillards, the Greenbriar Boys, Ralph Stanley, Bill Monroe and Doc Watson.

Happy Times @ White Rock Baptist Church

on May 29, 2012 - 6:50am

The Craig Martin Jazz Experience Band. Photo by Minesh Bacrania

Happy times with friends, jumping feet, summer time, music, crafts and snacks … is this Vacation Bible School or a fun time with the Craig Martin Jazz Experience Band? 

The answer is both … so bring your jumping feet to the White Rock Baptist Church at 6:30 p.m., Saturday June 2 and enjoy the free and informal event.

The Craig Martin Jazz Experience Band will play until 8:30 p.m., and there will be homemade ice cream and other delicious desserts.

Video and still picture highlights of the church’s first mission trip to Mexico

Red Elvises [Video]

on May 26, 2012 - 8:42am

Red Elvises, Los Alamos' favorite band, plays at the Los Alamos County Summer Concert  Series (produced by Russ Gordon). Fun for everyone including a couple future Los Alamos head bangers.

Red Elvises Rock the Pond

on May 26, 2012 - 7:19am

The Red Elvises rocked the large crowd gathered around Ashley Pond Friday night as part of the Gordons Concert Series. Photo by Greg Kendall/

The crowd chants along to the Red Elvises' "Disco Dancer". Photo by Salvador Zapien.

The Red Elvises are Los Alamos' favorite band. Photo by Salvador Zapien.

Two youths wait for their Italian sodas between sets by the Red Elvises. Photo by Salvador Zapien.

The Red Elvises played crowd favorites. Photo by Salvador Zapien.

The Red Elvises performed a great show. Photo by Salvador Zapien.

Los Alamos Choral Society Performs Songs of Love and Romance at 3 p.m. Sunday

on May 17, 2012 - 8:06am
Los Alamos Choral Society Director Dr. Mary Badarak checks the music before the start of Tuesday's rehearsal to determine which songs will pratice. Photo by TK Thompson/
By Mandy Marksteiner

The Los Alamos Choral Society presents their spring concert, entitled “Love In Bloom,” at 3 p.m., this Sunday at the United Church of Los Alamos.

There will be a second performance at Cochiti Lake on Memorial Day.

They will perform, “How to Talk to Turtles, (a love song),” by Mary Badarak, LACS’s director. It opens with the lines:

Turtles truly love to talk

In voices low and sweet…



Summer in Taos is Chamber Music Heaven

on May 17, 2012 - 12:08am
The Smithsonian calls it the #2 “Best Small Town” in America. Forbes says the “stunningly beautiful mountain community north of Santa Fe” is the #3 “Prettiest Town in America.” 
And we’re here to tell you when it comes to experiencing exquisite chamber music, Taos, New Mexico is #1 by far.
This summer, 19 talented young performers, students from the nation’s leading conservatories, will be in residence for eight weeks.

2012 Los Alamos County Summer Concert Series Kicks Off Friday at Overlook Park

on May 13, 2012 - 9:40am

The 2012 Los Alamos County Summer Concert Series begins at 7 p.m, Friday May 18 at Overlook Park in White Rock.

Sponsorships are still needed. Checks can be sent to Gordons’ Concerts at 109 Central Park Square, Los Alamos, NM 87544.

All shows start at 7 p.m. unless otherwise noted.

Summer Concert Schedule:

  • May 18 Overlook Park: Tiho Dimitrov Band Rock - DK & The Affordables Roots Rock the Los Alamos Kite Fest, see
  • May 25 Ashley Pond: The Red Elvises LA’s favorite band! Russian rokenroll KRSN AM1490 Night
  • June 1 Venue TBA: Laurie Lewis Fabulous

Aimée Ringle's Bowl of Stones Tour

on May 10, 2012 - 9:21pm

Aimée Ringle is performing at 7 p.m., Saturday May 12 at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church in Kelly Hall.

Tickets are $10 at the door.

Aimée grew up in Los Alamos and graduated from Los Alamos High School.

She is a singer/songwriter, doing a tour to promote her first album.

Scenes From Cinco de Mayo Concert

on May 10, 2012 - 9:25am
The Los Alamos Community Winds wrap up their Cinco de Mayo concert Saturday night at the Crossroads Bible Church in which they were joined by the Los Ninos de Santa Fe dance troupe. The concert subtitle was "Celebrating a century of the music and dance of Mexico and New Mexico." One of the songs performed "Over the Waves" was written by Mexican composer Juventino Rosas in 1888. Photo by TK Thompson/
Flutist Austin Keyser of Los Alamos was awarded a $1,000 music scholarship by Bryan Fearey of the Los Alamos Community Winds. Photo by TK Thompson/

Co-op Rocks!

on May 8, 2012 - 10:45pm


Co-opRocks! is brought to you by the Los Alamos Co-op as part of their outreach program to young adults (high school and college age). The program is intended to provide young adults a venue to express their interests (music, art, theater, etc.) in a fun and safe atmosphere. General Manager, Steve Watts said, "We strive to share our cooperative values through this venue by sourcing local talent and encouraging young adults and the community to come support each other at Co-opRocks!"

The 5 hours will be filled with a variety of activities, which reflect

Choral Society Spring Concert

on May 8, 2012 - 9:34pm


Courtesy Photo

The Los Alamos Choral Society will perform their Spring Concert on May 20th at 3:00 at the United Church in Los Alamos.  Our Spring concerts are light and fun. Here is an example of the songs being sung: Everythig's Coming Up Roses, Almost like Being in Love, Amor de me Alma Liebeslieder Walzer,The Nightingale by Tchaikovsky, Life's Joy by Franz Schubert, Fruhlingsahnung, Op 48 No 1 by Felix Mendelssohn, How to talk to Turtles (A Love Song) by Mary Badarak (our director), Dirait-on by Morten Lauridssen.


LALT’s Cowboy Poet a Rip-Snorting Good Time

on May 5, 2012 - 6:50pm

Grace (Christina Martos) and Wyatt (Bruce Lamartine) share a song.  Photo by Minesh Bacrania

Review by Bonnie J. Gordon

Los Alamos Little Theatre's production of Cowboy Poet, a C&W Musical, an original country-western musical written, composed, and directed by Deborah Magid, opened May 4 to an enthusiastic audience.

Toe tapping music, comedy and a dash of pathos combine to make Cowboy Poet a great evening at the theatre.

Cowboy Poet is set in Pojoaque and Santa Fe, and is all about New Mexico.

Wyatt Rugosa (Bruce Lamartine) is the Cowboy Poet Laureate of New Mexico.

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with the Community Winds and Los Niños de Santa Fe

on May 2, 2012 - 9:44pm

By Bonnie Gordon

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with the Los Alamos Community Winds and their special guests Los Niños de Santa Fe by attending “Cinco de May - Celebrating a Century of the Music and Dance of Mexico and New Mexico,” at 7 p.m., Saturday May 5, at Crossroads Bible Church.

“I saw Los Niños de Santa Fe perform at the Museum of International Folk Art and it was a wonderful experience,” Winds Director Ted Vives said. “This seemed like a perfect opportunity to do something together.”

The performance has been selected as an Official New Mexico Centennial Event.

“We want to celebrate our


Los Alamos Youth Food Project - Flash Mob Practice

on May 1, 2012 - 5:08pm

Watch as the Los Alamos Middle School Green Team practices an original song they plan to perform as a "flash mob."  When and where will the flash mob occur? So far it's a big surprise.

See the Los Alamos Daily Post "Focus - Los Alamos Youth Food Project" special section for more information on the Project and it's goals.

Local Events Occurring Tonight and Tomorrow

on April 26, 2012 - 2:57pm

Clark & Kendall will have the "Weekend Preview" Audio Webcast available tomorrow evening.

Events taking place tonight and tomorrow include:

Tonight & Friday, April 27  11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Community Blood Drive -

9 a.m. – 4 p.m. First Baptist Church hall, 2200 Diamond Dr., – Call United Blood Services @ (505) 246-1457 to schedule an appointment, or log onto Bring photo ID and donor card. Free Cholesterol testing with every donation.


Wed.-Sat., April 25, 26, 27 and 28 Rags: The Musical
7 p.m. at Duane Smith Auditorium

The Los Alamos High School Olions Thespian

Los Alamos Community Winds Collaborates with Los Niños de Santa Fe

on April 25, 2012 - 11:48pm

By Mandy Marksteiner

Los Nños de Santa Fe. Courtesy Photo

Los Alamos Community Winds will present "Cinco de Mayo Celebrating a Century of the Music and Dance of Mexico and New Mexico,” at 7 p.m., Saturday May 5, at Crossroads Bible Church.

Los Nños de Santa Fe will perform traditional Mexican dances, directed and choreographed by Antonina Valdez Romp, on three pieces (Danzón no. 2 by Arturo Marquez, Huapango by José Pablo Moncayo, and La Bamba de Vera Cruz by Terig Tucci).

Los Niños de Santa Fe (LNSF) is a local program dedicated to preserving traditional dances of Mexico.

Romp, a

Expect Surprises at LASO's Spring Concert Friday

on April 22, 2012 - 11:02am

Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra violinist Jane Duan. Photo by TK Thompson/

By Bonnie Gordon

Beautiful music was wafting from the band room at Los Alamos High School as the Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra (LASO) rehearsed for their Spring Concert, but a passerby may not have recognized the melodies.

LASO will perform “Polonaise” by Antonin Dvorak.

The performance is almost certainly the New Mexico premiere of the work, said Dr. Ivan Shulman, music director of LASO.

The piece was originally suggested to Shulman by his mother, and when he heard it a few years later, “I thought,

Rio Grande Guitar Quartet Performs April 26

on April 19, 2012 - 9:03pm


Rio Grande Guitar Quartet. Courtesy Photo

Los Alamos Arts Council presents the Rio Grande Guitar Quartet at 7 pm., April 26 at Fuller Lodge. The cost is $15 ($10 for LAAC members) and includes light refreshments.

The Rio Grande Guitar Quartet, made up of premiere New Mexico classical guitarists Mickey Jones, Jeremy Mayne, Lynn McGrath and Ben Silva, is an exciting ensemble whose eclectic repertoire spans centuries and genres, including new compositions and new transcriptions. 

The members of RGGQ bring a deep wellspring of expertise, talent and experience

Haunting Melodies From ¡Fiesta Primavera, Que Alegria! Fill Fuller Lodge

on April 19, 2012 - 1:00pm

Director Ellen Walton of Los Alamos directed last weekend's Fiesta Primavera, !Que Alegria! extravaganza at Fuller Lodge and preformed a solo number with castanets. Photo by TK Thompson/

The historic building rocked out with haunting Spanish melodies and the sound of stamping feet and clapping hands amid words of encouragement for the dancers as the full Company preformed the opening number "Sevillanas." Photo by TK Thompson/

The action was mostly fast and furious! Photo by TK Thompson/

The entire Company in the Grand Finale.

Scenes From "Petra & the Jay"

on April 19, 2012 - 11:54am

The sci-fi musical "Petra & the Jay" was performed at Crossroads Bible Church April 13 and April 14 with music by Alice (Bonnie) Kellogg and book and lyrics by Carolyn (Cary) Neeper. Photo by TK Thompson/

Alicia Solomon in action as she directs the final dress rehearsal for "Petra & the Jay." Photo by TK Thompson/

Petra (Maura Taylor, LAHS senior) with Kayll (Rose Click, 12 year old Middle Schooler.) Photo by TK Thompson/

Costume designer, Joy Drake, with her alien friends. Photo by TK Thompson/

Mean Barb (Juli Mackenzie ),

Tom Rheam Trio Plays Blue Window Bistro April 21

on April 14, 2012 - 10:36pm


The Blue Window Bistro in Los Alamos will host a Jazz Night featuring the Tom Rheam Trio Saturday, April 21. Tickets are $15 per person and dinner reservations are required. 

The Trio will perform 7-9 p.m. Tom Rheam plays trumpet and piano, Dick Hogle plays drums and sings and David Moir is on bass.

Rheam has played on the road with Ray Charles, played backup to Frank Sinatra on recordings, toured with the Glenn Miller Band and many other well-known professional singers and musicians.

Hogle has worked in the Catskills in New York state as a show drummer, played on