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Local Country Band May Open for Clint Black; Bus From Los Alamos to Albuquerque a Possibility

on July 12, 2013 - 8:07am
The Renegade Mountain Band. Courtesy photo


The Renegade Mountain Band, a local country band, is set to battle it out against three other New Mexico bands in the finals of the Country Cares Competition at 7 p.m. Sunday, July 14 at the Dirty Bourbon Dance Hall and Saloon in Albuquerque.

The winner will open for Clint Black at Sandia Resort Aug. 3.

Los Alamos locals James Carothers (lead vocal, guitar), Dave Hemsing (vocal, bass) and Trent McCuistian (drums), as well as Albuquerque musicians JR Ross (steel guitar), and Dean Rimmer (banjo, guitar) will perform at approximately


Live the Highlife at Friday's Summer Concert

on July 11, 2013 - 10:06am
The West African Highlife Band brings an African beat to Ashley Pond Friday. Courtesy photo


The Los Alamos County Summer Concert Series will be back at Ashley Pond with the West African Highlife Band at 7 p.m. Friday, July 12.

“Highlife music” is the music from the western African club scene of the 50s, 60s and 70s. In those years when young African musicians and students would go to college in Europe, they’d return with a love of the fusion of the music of the cultures.


Beautiful Chamber Music & Decadent Desserts Equal One Sweet Deal at Summertime Coffeehouse!

on July 11, 2013 - 8:37am
Cellist Joel Becktell and Violinist and violist Kay Newnam will perform at the Summertime Coffeehouse. Courtesy photo

LAAC News:

What could be better than spending an evening listening to beautiful chamber music? How about if desserts were thrown into the mix? Now that is one sweet deal!

The Los Alamos Arts Council presents the Summertime Coffeehouse July 20 at Fuller Lodge. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and music begins at 8:15 p.m. Tickets are $30 and can be purchased at CB FOX.

Seating is limited so people are encouraged to purchase their tickets as soon as possible.

Violinist and viola

Jason Frazier's London In Red

on July 10, 2013 - 10:25am

Changing of the Guard. Photo by Jason Frazier


Introduction by Teralene Foxx of Los Alamos

It has been six and a half months since our daughter, husband, and 8-year-old child (Kerri, Jason, and Sydney Frazier) left to travel the world. Their travels have had ups and downs, but overall has been as good, or better than their expectations.

They have met interesting people, seen amazing sites, and experienced different cultures.


'Mostly Clear and Partly Cloudy' at Mesa Public Library

on July 10, 2013 - 9:32am
Sculpture by Shaun Gilmore. Courtesy photo
Postcard for 'Mostly Clear and Partly Cloudy' shows the work of Shaun Gilmore and Janice Wall. Courtesy


Climate does not just pertain to the weather. It reaches beyond the weather forecast and touches on emotional states and political situations.

These many different forms of atmospheric conditions are the subject of artists Shaun Gilmore and Janice Wall’s exhibit, titled, “Mostly Clear and Partly Cloudy,” currently on display at Mesa Public Library Gallery.

The show was opened to the public last week, but the reception is


New Mexico School for the Arts Announces New Chair

on July 10, 2013 - 9:29am

NMSF News:

SANTA FE -- New Mexico School for the Arts is proud to announce the appointment of the new Music Department Chair Neil Swapp.

“Not only does Neil bring to NMSA a distinguished career of 24 years as a professional music educator,” says NMSA-Art Institute Director, Riis Gonzales, “his life history mirrors our charter school initiative to provide young students from around the state an opportunity to develop their artistic talents – an opportunity many of them, especially those from smaller New Mexico towns, might not otherwise have.”

“Being a native of New Mexico and growing up

Hannemann's Music Corner: And Now, A Word From Your Instrument

on July 9, 2013 - 6:30am
Hannemann's Music Corner: And Now, A Word From Your Instrument
First, for purposes of discussion, there are five levels of instruments, to wit: beginning, student, intermediate (also referred to as step-up or performance), professional and custom. 
Generally, the first three are "production" meaning that they are manufactured to consistent specifications.