Classic Cars, locals bars, live music and food on the grill.. Nothing beats Summerfest in Nob Hill! Want to learn more about Summerfest? Check out the story we reported last week at SUMMERfest 2018. [Read more…]
Since the first Summerfest came to Civic Plaza in 1980, the city wide event has returned each year featuring free community events, children’s activities, an artisan market full of handcrafted goods, and discounts from local businesses.
From their Summerfest has only grown in size with now four local Summerfest events widespread across Albuquerque. The first of the events kicked off on June 9 with Heights Summerfest located in North Domingo Baca Park. Still three more events have yet to come with Route 66’s Summerfest located in Nob Hill on July 21, Downtown Summerfest located on Civic Plaza August 4 and Westside Summerfest at the Cottonwood Mall on August 18.
“The goal of the event series is to offer free, family-friendly safe events for the community,” said Bree Ortiz, Events and Operations Manager with the city of Albuquerque, Cultural Services Department.
A large part of summerfest includes music from performers who are both national and local. One performer is Grammy Award-winning singer, Irma Thomas who will be the headliner for Route 66’s Summerfest.
“For the national acts, we work with talent agencies to get an artist within our budget that is available at the time of the event,” Ortiz said. “For the local artists, we have most bands reaching out to us for an opportunity to perform.”
With hundreds of local businesses involved in each of the Summerfest events attendees can expect artisans, food trucks, and breweries at the event. Additionally, each Summerfest will have its own unique atmosphere such as Route 66’s Summerfest which will be showcased on the streets of Nob Hill.
This allows for attendees of the event to support local businesses while enjoying the outdoors and other events offered. With this, all of the Summerfest events are different and continue to be a quality event series that the community can look forward to, Ortiz said.
“This series had grown and evolved over the years by taking best practices and current desires into consideration,” she said.
Owner of Nob Hill Bar and Grill, Nicole Kapnison describes Summerfest as an event that truly supports local. This done through local food, local drinks, local art,and local talent., she said
Her business has been part of Summerfest for as long as she can remember, Kapnison said.
“It (Route 66’s Summerfest) really is the best summerfest in the city because it incorporates so many local businesses,” Kapnison said. “It’s rare that we get to shut down central and set up a party in the middle of the streets. It’s a great event for family and friends and great for the local economy.”
Anything that drives business away from large chains, even only for a night to Nob Hill and historic Route 66 is something Nob Hill Bar and Grill loves to be a part of, Kapnison said.
As a local business owner herself Kapnison emphasizes the importance of local business as they are what keep Albuquerque alive and flourishing, she said.
“Events like this, where almost all the businesses are local, give us all a chance to showcase our hard work, talent, and dedication to the city,” Kapnison said.
Kapnison hopes this year’s Summerfest will be bigger and better than ever as past Albuquerque Rapid Transit (ART) construction has caused many to avoid downtown Albuquerque, she said.
However with the upcoming Summerfest stretching down Nob Hill, Kapnison urges attendees to come and enjoy the event while drinking responsibly, taking Uber or Lyft, and spending their your local dollars on Route 66. “Construction is over, the streets are beautiful, and we want people to remember that supporting local is what drives our economy,” Kapnison said.
Gallery 2 : Shattering expectations with a blend of electronic, heavy metal, drum & bass, trap, dubstep and electro, it’s a sound the guys come by honestly, having cut their teeth in the Parisian metal scene and the electro French Touch 1.0. The evolution of Dirtyphonics has unleashed a forward-thinking bass music powerhouse that has made its name on defying labels and limitations.
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Gallery 1 : Shattering expectations with a blend of electronic, heavy metal, drum & bass, trap, dubstep and electro, it’s a sound the guys come by honestly, having cut their teeth in the Parisian metal scene and the electro French Touch 1.0. The evolution of Dirtyphonics has unleashed a forward-thinking bass music powerhouse that has made its name on defying labels and limitations. More images in Gallery 2
Images by Mike Griego
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Gallery 2 – ABQ Corks & Brews was an afternoon of tasting craft beers and fine wines, paired with artisanal chocolate, featuring the Best Local Breweries, Wineries, Chocolatiers, Musical talents and Food Trucks. This year’s beneficiary is Paws and Stripes and Future Fund. Find more images in GALLERY 3
ABQ-Live got a chance to talk with busy hip hop group Ground Up as they start their national tour and make their way into Downtown Albuquerque this Saturday, October 24th at Sister Bar!
How has Philly influenced you guys in your Hip Hop music?
Molotov – Philly is an amazing city full of artistic people. Ground up was founded here in Philly at Temple University. If it wasn’t for this city we wouldn’t exist.
BIJ – When I was in highschool , the first hip hop show I went to was reef the lost cause in philly. 4 years later I was making songs with him and freeway. Little did I know that would ever happen. Life is surreal!
Azar – Philly is everything to us. It’s where we grew into men and musicians. This city helped facilitate our creative needs and everything else apart from that. We take great pride in repping a city as soulful and gritty as Philadelphia. Hopefully, when it’s all said and done, people will take great pride in the fact that we started this whole thing in this magical city.
How long have you all been making music?
I (Azar) started writing and recording music when I was about 14. Bij comes from a family of musicians so he’s been surrounded by it forever. And when I met Malcolm 7 years ago, he already had published a book of poetry. Once we all met, our talents came together and we started taking this very seriously.
Molotov – We’ve all spent nearly half our lives at this point. It’s a commitment.
Where do you guys see yourself in 5 yrs regarding your Hip Hop career?
BIJ– I see us traveling the world with our friends. The way it’s always been just on a much bigger scale. My goal is to make sure none of my friends need to work a job because they’re so devoted to this, that would be an accomplishment.
Molotov – It has always been our goal to be able support a family life with only our music. If we aren’t there in five years we better be close.
Who does your production? And who would you like to work with?
Azar – Bij Lincs does almost all of our productions. He’s our best friend and it’s just easy to work with someone like that. Not to mention, it’s a huge advantage having an in-house producer. He’s the most creative guy in the world and we feed off each others ideas and knowledge. I wouldn’t have it any other way.
What influences you in making hip hop?
BIJ – my friends are my biggest influence in the creation of hip hop music. I listened to hip hop my whole life however they were the ones who schooled me in that genre. I did not know much about the industry until I met them. I think that many people can tell that I love jazz through my production.
Where can we find your music and info?
BIJ – like most modern day bands, we are all over the internet. We promote our group on Instagram and facebook however, you can find us on blogs and google searches. Instagram & Twitter: @TheRealGroundUp Facebook.com/SkillOverSwag
BIJ – early influences are my brothers and parents. Before I met the group of friends that I have now, I was still playing music, such as guitar and piano but it wasn’t until 12th grade of highschool that I started producing/recording what I played. My parents never pushed sports and my brothers are musicians as well so my house was loaded with all types of instruments.
How long have you been on tour? When do you finish?
We have been on tour for 5 days now, so far I love it as much as any other tour we’ve been on. Rest stop food, bizzare green room art, late night drinking, little stages … I love it all. Tour is great because it brings us together and allows us to really work on the dream we all share.
See GROUND UP live at SISTER BAR in Downtown Albuquerque this Saturday, October 24th! Brought to you by 808 and ABQ-Live! Grab your tickets online at http://www.holdmyticket.com/event/220797