Two Local Bands Play Ashley Pond Tonight

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Dk and the Affordables, from left, Rob Heineman, Scott Beguin and DK Warner at the Manhattan Project Restaurant. File photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Summer Concert Series Producer

The Los Alamos County Summer Concert Series presents two northern New Mexico bands, Higher Ground Bluegrass and DK & the Affordables at 7 p.m. today, June 27 at the Ashley Pond stage in Los Alamos.

The show is free of charge.

Higher Ground is one of New Mexico’s best bluegrass bands. They were founded in 1998 playing folk, country and bluegrass. They’ve sung at Albuquerque Isotopes ball games, the Albuquerque Folk Fest, Santa Fe Bandstand, “The Morning Brew” with Larry Ahrens, KRSN AM Radio and last year won the Los Alamos July Fourth “Battle of the Bands.” They also play the Santa Fe Bluegrass & Old Time Music Fest every year.

Higher Ground Bluegrass is Duke Weddington of Albuquerque on banjo, guitar, mandolin and vocals. Dave Devlin of Los Alamos plays Mandolin and dobro. Los Alamos’ Fred Bolton plays guitar and sings. Albuquerque’s Pat Mahoney plays fiddle and sings and Laura Leach play stand-up bass and sings harmony. They all sing beautiful harmony.

The band writes many of their own songs but they’ll also be singing many folk and mountain classics like “Make Me A Pallet,” “Pretty Fair Maid” and “Man of Constant Sorrow.” Higher Ground Bluegrass opens the show at 7 p.m. You can read more and listen at and on YouTube.

DK & the Affordables will go on about 8:40 p.m. These cats are all from Los Alamos and play rock, rock-a-billy, jump-blues and swing.

The lead singer and guitarist is DK Warner. On keyboards is Aaron Anderson. Scott Beguin plays drums, Rob Heineman plays bass and Quinn Marksteiner is on sax. The band is led by DK’s twangy guitar and a ripping rhythm section. The guys have greasy hair, pointy boots and live to make you dance and share a good time.

The music is mostly classic rockabilly covers by such acts as the Paladins, Nick Curran, Ronnie Dawson, Southern Culture On The Skids, the Stray Cats and other great rockers. DK also has written some great songs for the group. It’s a take on songs that sound like they’re rooted in the 1950s with a sort of punk attitude. You can read about and listen to them at

Hope to see you at the shows.

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