South By Southwest Plays Summer Concert at Ski Hill Tonight

Photo of Michael Hearne. Courtesy/
Los Alamos Summer Concert Series Producer

Tonight, the Summer Concert will be at Pajarito Ski Area and features South By Southwest’s Michael Hearne, Zeke Severenson and special guest Jimmy Stadler. The show starts at 7 p.m.  and is free of charge. It’s paid for by the sponsors of the Los Alamos County Summer Concert Series. The sponsors and other information are listed at

In the 25 years that we’ve produced this Series, South By Southwest has played 20 shows. Why? They’re arguably the absolute best country dance band in the southwest! Jimmy Stadler plays with them sometimes when he has time off from his own Jimmy Stadler Band. Jimmy has also played the Series about 20 times. Why? Because he’s a great entertainer that plays rock, pop, blues, country and everything from the Eagles to the Boss, to Hendrix, SRV, Warren Zevon plus  Hank Williams, Willie Nelson and Frank Sinatra. He’s also a prolific songwriter, as is Michael, and believe me, this is going to be a great show. The two bands are some of New Mexico’s best!

South By Southwest plays “acoustic, Southwestern Americana/country” according to Michael Hearne. They’ve won more New Mexico Music Awards than any other act. Friday night you’re going to hear songs such as “New Mexico Rain” and “The Girl Just Loves to Dance,” two award winning songs written by Jimmy and Michael. You’ll also hear classics by such greats as Townes Van Zandt, Michael Martin Murphey, the Grateful Dead, Bob Dylan, Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson, Bob Wills, Taj Mahal plus their own country swing, two step and rock. You can read about Michael and So. By SW at  and on YouTube. Jimmy’s also on YouTube as well as at

I recommend you come up tonight and bring your dancing or hiking shoes, maybe some rain gear or a warm jacket and your friends and families. You may also bring your own coolers and picnic baskets or you can eat at the Pajarito café.

Friday, Sept. 5 will be our last show of the season. We’ll be back at Ashley Pond with Colorado’s Whitewater Ramble. These cats play “High-Octane Rocky Mountain Dance Grass.” They have mostly bluegrass instruments with a drum and they “grass-up everything from disco house grooves to roots to Americana and rock.” They remind me of acts like Leftover Salmon, Railroad Earth, String Cheese Incident and the Yonder Mountain String Band. They’ve played nearly all the major bluegrass and nearly, but not necessarily bluegrass festivals including Telluride, Strawberry and Lyons, Colo. party scenes. Read about them at  and listen to more music at YouTube.