On the 29th of November, Rio Bravo Brewery along with 104.1 The Edge and a select group of individuals who won tickets to the event, enjoyed an exclusive acoustic show with Blue October’s lead singer Justin Furstenfeld and violinist Ryan Delahoussaye. The intimate, emotional, and at times personal show may have lasted all night if the band had it’s way. Furstenfeld wanted to stay, play and talk. The band stayed for a personal farewell and meet and greet after their set for all their fans.[Read more…]
The sound of a Lindsey Stirling’s violin echoed throughout the crowd paired with the haunting vocals of the lead singer of Evanescence, Amy Lee at the Isleta Amphitheater on Aug. 28.
By Nichole Harwood
With gates opening at 7 p.m. together Evanescence and Stirling delivered a dynamic show introducing a variety of music that ranged from highly energetic and joyful to soothing and melodic.
Stirling first took to the stage dancing with her iconic violin in hand as she was joined with a live orchestra and her dancers. Each songs tone rang true as she performed a variety of favorite melodies ranging from “Roundtable Rival” to “Shatter Me” in which she was joined by Amy Lee for the vocals in the latter.
Likewise in fitting with the themes Stirling and her dancers showcased a variety of costumes and dance styles often telling a story on stage as reflected by the songs.
One particularly moving performance featured one of the dancers dressed as a ballerina attempting to dance only to be shoved and belittled by her fellow dancers when she tried to match their movements. Despite the discouragement the lone dancer persists throughout the song causing attendees of the concert to watch eagerly to see how her fate would unfold by the end of the melody.
Stirling who hails from Arizona said she felt at home among the New Mexican terrain and was excited to perform in New Mexico for the first time. She thanked a cheering crowd as she revealed she grew up as a fan of the band she was sharing a stage with. Stirling expressed her appreciation in sharing the stage with Evanescence even showcasing an old video of her lip syncing the popular song by the group “Bring me to Life”.
Stirling joked about her younger self good naturedly and then spread a message of hope to crowd as she recounted her experiences and the trials she went through to get where she is today.
“I am living proof because I am standing on the stage in front of you tonight I am living proof that it doesn’t matter if someone else sees it in you or not,” Stirling said. “What matters is if you can see it in yourself.”
After encouraging the cheering crowd to follow their dreams and believe in themselves Stirling launched into her song “Take Flight” telling the crowd that the emotions in the song were the closest she can come to describing the feeling of flying.
Stirling also took a moment to share her personal feelings on subjects of depression and anorexia encouraging attendees to understand the importance of positivity and recognizing the steps many take to reach it.
“Rather than focusing on the things I want to take out of myself I focus on the things I want to add to my life,” Stirling said to the crowd.
Following Stirling’s energetic performance was Evanescence who drew cheers from attendees as Lee launched into a mix of both older and newer music. Like with Stirling the addition of the orchestra added a new element to many of Evanescence’s songs.
Many of these tracks were amplified with the emotions of old hits such as “Lithium” and “Imaginary” standing out in particular.
In true fashion to many of Evanescence’s songs the sound of the keys of the piano accompanied lead singer Lee’s voice with the singer herself playing the instrument as well for many segments. Just as with Stirling’s performance Lee was joined on stage by the violinist for a short time.
Lee thanked the attendees with vigor as she expressed her appreciation of her fans calling the audience awesome. As the evening continued both fans of Stirling and Evanescence watched excitedly as the night’s performances unfolded.
“One of the most incredible things about music is its ability to completely transport us to another place, another time, to a precious memory,” Lee told a cheering crowd.
Photography by ABQ Live photographer Michael Griego Jr
River Whyless’ serenaded Albuquerque on Monday, July 30 at the Launchpad along with opener native New Mexican Adam Torres.
The two created a calming and energetic atmosphere as they played their unique blend of music to the crowd Monday night.
Adam Torres first took to the stage around 8 p.m. establishing a tranquil atmosphere for River Whyless’ as he played what he calls psychedelic folk music to the audience. Despite being a native New Mexican born in Albuquerque the artist who has been playing professionally for four years had never before played in his hometown. His journey to becoming the opener for River Whyless’ began during a past performance where member of River Whyless’ Daniel Shearin’s band opened in Asheville, California for Torres. After staying in touch Torres later agreed to be the opening artist for River Whyless’ a road that eventually brought him to perform in Albuquerque for the first time.
It’s awesome, I’ve never actually played in Albuquerque strangely enough as I grew up mostly in other places but my extended family lives here,” said Torres. “I hope I get to meet people that haven’t heard of my stuff and hopefully they like it.”
The crowd welcomed Torres warmly as he performed first alone with guitar and vocals and later joined by his friend on cello.
I love Albuquerque, I love this town and I am happy to be here,” Torres said.
River Whyless began their performance at 9 p.m. playing a variety of tracks from older albums as well as their newest “Kindness, A Rebel.”
“So far I love it (Albuquerque) this is actually one of the rare days where we had time to cruise around and explore the scenery,” said drummer for River Whyless’ Alex McWalters commenting that the band enjoyed the venue at Space Coffee earlier that day. Having played in Santa Fe a year prior and enjoyed the state the band had wanted to return to New Mexico and chose to play in Albuquerque for the first time, McWalters said.
It was on route and so we figured it was high time we found out what Albuquerque’s got going on,” McWalters said.
River Whyless’ presents a unique addition to the American folk genre with three vocalist who play other instruments in addition to singing often in harmony. For McWalters his motivations as an artist are not something he can give consciously.
I think it (playing music) is more of a unconscious desire, to be creative and play my drums,” McWalters said. “There is nothing specific or exact about my motivations it’s just about creating things with people I love.”
As people filled the Launchpad McWalters said the turnout was great considering the band had never played in Albuquerque taking to the stage with his fellow bandmates.
The audience at the Launchpad embraced the rippling violin of Halli Anderson and rhythmic drumming of McWalters as they listened to the powerful harmonization of the three lead vocalist and their instruments. Near the end of the performance the band left the stage opting to instead join the crowd below as the three vocalist Halli Anderson, Ryan O’Keefe and Daniel Shearin performed songs with only the assistance of a acoustic guitar.
The band thanked the audience after the performance and met with fans after at their merchandise table.
This is an enchanted city,” Anderson said. “We had an amazing time riding bikes and eating delicious food and drinking coffee. The weather was great it was dry and breezy. It was one one of those days that from the beginning to the end it was just a good time.”
By ABQ-Live reporter Nichole Harwood | Photography by Naomi Romero
Sweeping into the Albuquerque Isleta Amphitheater on July 18, American pop rock band from Las Vegas, Nevada, Imagine Dragons played to a cheering crowd for their Evolve Tour.
With the show beginning at 7 p.m. the 14-year-old musician who won America’s Got Talent in 2016, Grace VanderWaal opened for Imagine Dragons creating a soothing atmosphere while fans shuffled in. Lines were still packed to get into the venue long after VanderWaal’s opening act took to the stage as attendees adjusted to new rules set at the Isleta Amphitheater barring bags longer than six inches as well as items such as lawn chairs and large umbrellas. Attendees of the concert were offered the option of purchasing rental lawn chairs or see through bags in the cases of purses. Alternatively a ziplock bag was provided for people to carry there positions in if they declined to purchase the see through totes.
Despite the long lines seats were quickly filled and the lawn was flooded with excited onlookers. After finishing up with her new song “Clearly” a reimagining of Johnny Nash’s “I Can See Clearly Now” Grace VanderWaal thanked the cheering crowd as she introduced Imagine Dragons.
Smoke flooded the stage at 8:20 p.m. and the band erupted with popular 2012 hit “Radioactive”. After the song lead singer Dan Reynolds addressed the cheering crowd asking if they were ready to let go along with the band.
“Work, school, politics, leave it, leave it, leave it. This is a place of safety,” Reynolds said. “This is a place of equality. This is a place of no judgement of anyone, where you can be yourself unabashedly and I will be mine.”
The crowd cheered as Reynolds and the band began 2012 hit “It’s Time,” stopping at parts to allow audience members to sing the words. The band’s segment included drumming solos, guitar solos and confetti shooting into the air. At one point Reynolds himself disappeared from stage only to be seen running through the crowd with security guards close to him. Fans cheered and many ran towards him as he made his way back towards the stage.
During the concert Reynolds shifted the tone as he took a moment to address depression along with the stigma connected to it. He urged concert goers to realize that acknowledging depression was not a weakness but a strength.
“There is a stigmatization in our society today that is hurting our children, it’s hurting our youth, it’s killing our youth,” Reynolds said. “We must speak openly and honestly about depression.”
The crowd cheered at his words and continued to as he told his story about his own diagnosis and urged those struggling with depression to speak to friends, family and therapist.
“Your life is always worth living,” he told the crowd shortly before launching into the 2012 hit song “Demons.” The song marked a more soothing and calm part of the concert as members of the crowd sang along. Throughout the show the band played songs from both their 2012 album Night Visions as well as their 2017 album Evolve. Long after dark, lights filled the stage as they performed encores of many of there popular songs.
“Thank you for being here tonight,” Reynolds said. “What an incredible thing it is to come out to a new city every night, to feel at home, to feel amongst family. Thank you for providing us with that. It’s not every night that happens.”
The days are getting longer, the weather is warming up and summer events all over New Mexico are accommodating our inner party animals.
Want to experience live music under the sun without traveling to California for Coachella? Look no further than Taos, NM. Cali may have Lady Gaga and DJ Khaled, but Taos has guitars, cadillacs and hillbilly music! That’s right, Dwight Yoakam will be performing live along with The Mavericks and The Last Bandoleros at Kit Carson Park on July 29. You don’t have to journey too far from home to watch a Grammy Award winning performance. Click here for more details and ticket information.
Taos has become a hotspot for outdoor concerts over the years. There will be many other musical festivities held in the park throughout the summer season. A star-studded lineup consists of bands like Ozomatli, Michael Franti and Spearhead, as well as classically trained artists from the Institute of Music in Philadelphia.
Distance doesn’t define an adventure. These activities are well within reach for fellow New Mexicans. There is no shortage of instate entertainment!
Reggae artist Chronixx talked to ABQ-Live exclusively about his music, his recent collaboration with Adidas and his plans for the future, as he gets ready to take the stage at Sunshine Theater Wednesday April, 5th at 8pm.
Interview and story by Brenda Paiz
The 24-year-old Jamaican reggae singer, who comes from a musical family, got his start when he was about six years old. Having a father who was also in the reggae music scene, Chronixx says he feels very fortunate to have been exposed to more than just the music as a child.
“[Having a family with a musical background] exposed me to the process of making music…one of the first thing I experienced was the process of recording and writing music,” he recalls. “I remember just going to the studio with my father and watching him make music: that was one of the greatest influences in terms of how I’ve chose to operate as a musician.”
With a number of records already under his belt, Chronixx talks about his latest single “Majesty” and the message that he wants women to take from it.
“The song was meant to outline divinity of women in general. It’s a love song that isn’t just a ‘romantic/intimate’ love song, it’s just a love song in general for the divinity of women,” he says, “from the grandmother, to the mother, to the sister, to the daughter…every woman is majestic.”
After briefly discussing the new music and upcoming album (no release date yet) Chronixx explains how an idea with a friend, blossomed into a collaboration with Adidas, as Chronixx was named the face of the 2017 Spezial collection. The collection which draws inspiration from Jamaican life, Adidas originals, and soccer (or futbol, as Chronixx and the rest of the world calls it,) is available in stores and online.
While discussing his accomplishments, Chronixx began to talk about his holistic views and lifestyle that stem from his Rastafarian beliefs.
“As a part of Rastafarian movement and community , you’re automatically evolved into the philosophy and the beliefs of the teachings. And once you see yourself as a part of the earth and that the earth provides everything that you need for your nutrition, you make that change,” he says. “Ever since I started to practice the teachings , that’s where my diet and everything changed which was a few years ago.”
Chronixx continues to talk about how Rastafarian practices have changed his life and freed his soul by correcting natural imbalances in his life. And as he aims to become more unified with the earth itself, his success has become more mainstream in the United States as well. Chronixx performed on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon back in February, which he says is such a great platform and had an amazing experience.
In addition to national television, Chronixx has recently been featured in Vogue, Self Magazine, GQ and CNBC. The future looks bright for this rising star, but for now he says he just wants to continue making music and living a wonderful life.
If you haven’t checked out Chronixx yet, find him on Spotify/ Apple music or follow him on Instagram @chronixxmusic. See him live tomorrow night at Sunshine Theatre.
IF you’re a fan of Reggae than you won’t wanna miss out on an amazing concert featuring the 2017 Grammy nominated group Raging Fyah. Their World Tour is coming through Albuquerque on Wednesday, March 8th to the Sunshine Theater. The Winter Roots Tour also features Tribal Seeds and Aloha Radio. The doors open at 7pm. This is a 13+ show. Get your tickets and more info HERE
“…most promising acts…their revolutionary spirit evoking the late Peter Tosh or Steel Pulse circa the late 1970s” – BILLBOARD
“whole crowd was drawn to its feet in a visible wave, like fallen dominoes getting up again.” -VOGUE
“kept bubbling irie of its predecessors alive in its penetrating lyrics & classic beats –RELIX
Albuquerque Funk group Merican Slang perform their original song, ‘Livin in Merica’ at Low Spirits.
The audio was recorded live by Central Root Studio. Edited and shot by Kori Kobayashi with additional footage by Martin Saenz. Find more about Merican Slang in ABQ-Live the Magazine or online at http://www.mericanslang.com.
Scorpions 50th Anniversary Tour feat. Queensryche presented by LiveNation
May 25 starts @ 7:30 pm
5601 University Blvd SE
Albuquerque, NM United States
Tickets available HERE