Trampa performed live at Effex Nightclub on April 11th, 2019. Find all your photos from the night in our two photo galleries.
Photos by ABQ Live photographer Diego Martinez
MORE photos from TRAMPA in Gallery 2
By Nichole Harwood
Musician Richard Mittelstet released the song “Albuquerque!” on Feb. 23 along with an accompanying music video highlighting what he loved about the Duke City.
His description praised Albuquerque describing it as not only the birthplace of his daughter and home for four years but as a quiet diverse city with much unity and love.
With as much passion and love that has been injected into the lyrics, a casual listener of the song may, however, may find it surprising that Mittelstet had not always felt so strong about Albuquerque.
Mittelstet’s journey to discovering Albuquerque and his love for the city began when his wife was accepted into the University of New Mexico. After receiving the acceptance letter the two quickly packed their bags for the Duke City.
Mittelstet didn’t know what to expect of his new home for the next four years. Everything he ever remembered hearing about Albuquerque was blanketed in negativity and he was uncertain what the future held in store for him.
It didn’t take long, however, for that uncertainty to transform into wonder. Rather than battling with a bleak and dangerous environment Mittelstet instead found himself immersed in a city filled with culture, diversity and a thriving music scene.
“There was so much art and artistic people out there going to different open mics and just getting out and sharing their gifts while being able to just express themselves,” Mittelstet said.
As a musician, Mittelstet found himself inspired by the culture of Albuquerque quickly finding venues to play in and even establishing a regularly scheduled performance at Java Joe’s.
Outside of his growth as an artist, Mittelstet found renewed interest in hobbies he had long left behind including biking and hiking. With his home located near Old Town, Mittelstet and his wife would often walk among the local shops together taking in the art and the culture of the city.
“There is so much talent in Albuquerque and New Mexico in general,” he said. “So many gifted artists and it was great to be immersed in that.”
As his time in Albuquerque neared its end Mittelstet was struck with inspiration on October of 2016 and staring at the city that was his home for many years Mittelstet wrote a song to encapsulate what he loved about it.
“Sometimes the songs just fall out of the sky and that one definitely did,” he said. “Albuquerque is the only city I have written a song for.”
With footage being shot in May of 2017 for an accompanying video the song titled “Albuquerque!” was released. A musician’s goodbye to a city that had helped him grow in his musical career and as an individual.
Now residing in his new home in Richfield, Minnesota Mittelstet said he still treasures many of his memories from his time in Albuquerque. One that stood out among the rest involved events put together by friend and fellow musician Seth Hoffman who has also released his own song serenading the Duke City titled “Albuquerque Nights.”
Hoffman, Mittelstet said would host an open mic for musicians regularly attracting a mix of professional and amateur musicians. The venue would encourage new musicians to play and the crowd would be receptive to a variety of musical styles performed, he said.
“I would just love that because he would just invite everybody and anybody,” Mittelstet said. “He would make an environment of just peace and love.”
While Mittelstet no longer reside in Albuquerque his time in the Duke City is one that he will never forget as he continues to move forward as a musician.
“When I go out and play in front of people I feel fulfilled. It’s what I am supposed to be doing. So that’s what I’m hoping for in the future,” Mittelstet said. “The opportunity to play music for as many people as I possibly can.”
By Elaina Jameson
Following the new year, many fitness-related resolutions spark people’s motivation. SPENGA, a boutique fitness studio that calls themselves an “unrivaled fitness experience,” opened to the public on Feb. 18 — just in time to keep people focused and their resolutions on track.
Consisting of 20 minutes of spin or indoor cycling, 20 minutes of strength training and 20 minutes of yoga, SPENGA creates what they call the “best workout ever.” The gym, providing a diverse experience, invites people with tight schedules looking to improve or maintain their physical health in just 60 minutes.
Albuquerque’s SPENGA Marketing Consultant, Don Lopez, told ABQ Live SPENGA goes beyond the expectations of a traditional spin gym.
“We don’t just focus on two of the various principles that are involved with working out,” he said. “We make sure that we get all three facets which are cardio, strength training and flexibility. The way that we have accomplished that is with the three items that we do here which are spin, strength and yoga.”
Lopez said SPENGA is ideal for anyone, but especially those who want a good workout without the side effect of joint pain.
“We believe in community, not competition. We just happen to fulfill a niche that will help people who are looking to avoid high impact on joints,” Lopez said.
Additionally, locals can expects SPENGA to be invested in community involvement and building relationships.
“Not only are you part of the community and what everybody’s doing inside of the walls of the gym, but we’re going to make sure we get you guys outside so that you can experience those relationships above and beyond what you’re doing here,” Lopez said.
Mario Diaz, a SPENGA instructor, said he stays motivated to teach classes because of SPENGA’s atmosphere along with its one-of-a-kind aesthetic.
“My favorite feature of SPENGA is the multisensory experience — from the cleanliness of the studio, to the mint gum offered for every session,” Diaz said. He told ABQ Live dimming the green and white LED lights in the studio to resemble a nightclub during sessions adds for a unique experience.
“It [SPENGA] is an excellent addition to any sort of training routine you currently have, and it can certainly complete your routine,” Diaz added.
The customer service offered at SPENGA is the forefront of their business. Rafal Hussein, customer experience manager at SPENGA, said her job has allowed her to widen her network on a level she never thought existed — at least in the workplace.
“Learning their [members] names and really getting to know them — it’s become personal. It’s not just a job. I get to interact with a lot of people I never thought I would,” Hussein said.
She said price has been a significant factor when potential customers consider a membership. But with SPENGA operating as a one-stop shop for cardio, strength training and flexibility and mobility exercises, the membership prices are a bargain.
“It [SPENGA] is the cheapest form to workout with an instructor. It’s a you versus you concept. It’s not a competition. It’s about you and how you’re willing to utilize the workout and push yourself,” Hussein added.
People who are interested in joining SPENGA are eligible for a free three day pass. After the pass expires, the member has the opportunity to register for a membership of four or eight classes a month or an unlimited membership.
SPENGA will hold sessions on March 26 available to the public by donation to raise money for Athletes Against Epilepsy.
The day after Valentine’s Day at Effex Nightclub got hot and steamy for the Atliens : Spacecult Tour invasion. The energy was wild and exotic, showcasing the XoXo Dance Party in the Lounge and Rooftop while ATLiens rumbled downtown with there heavy bass and intense wobbles of soundwaves.[Read more…]
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