San Juan College will host the first Summer Music Festival on June 29 featuring three nationally-touring bands and three local artists. The festival will be held in the Learning Commons Plaza of the Farmington campus.
The theme of the Summer Music Festival is “Bringing World Fusion to the High Desert” with headlining bands including Ricardo Lemvo & Makina Loca, Nation Beat, and Radio La Chusma. Three local bands including Big’ns , a Celtic Band Pagosa Springs, Wyatt Granger, a solo artist from Farmington, will also be performing at the festival, and the band Heirs to Outlaws, also of Farmington.
A shaded children’s area will be available for families with activities. Food and drinks will be available to purchase at the festival.
Where: Learning Commons Plaza at San Juan College.
When: Gates open at noon
Kids Activies 2-6pm.
Information: Student Activities, 505-566-3403
- Children under the age of 2 are free
- $6 for students (with student ID) and children (ages 2-17)
- $8 for staff and faculty
- $10 for general admission
Tickets at the door:
- Children under the age of 2 are free
- $10 for students and children
- $15 for staff and faculty
- $20 for general admission
Gates open at noon and event will continue until sunset.
The American/Brazilian collective Nation Beat plays a 21st century mashup inspired by Brazilian maracatu drumming, New Orleans second line rhythms, funk and country blues. They're the first American group to record in Brazil with the legendary Mestre Walter and Maracatu Nação Estrela Brilhante – and the first Brazilian band to perform with Willie Nelson who called Nation Beat "just a fantastic group".
After nine years of experimenting with Northeastern Brazilian music, Nation Beat has released an album that is as deep as their mixed roots – and is their best album to date. Far from being a fusion album, Growing Stone is a record with a complete unity of sound and style. From Forró to Swamp Rock, Maracatu and Funk – the rhythms are grounded by the musicians' own history and years of collaboration. For more info: http://www.nationbeat.com/
Ricardo Lemvo & Makina Loca
Ricardo Lemvo has established himself as a pioneer with his innovative music. Lemvo's blend of Afro-Cuban rhythms with pan-African styles (soukous, Angolan semba and kizomba) has been described by the Los Angeles Times as “seamless and infectious.” This Congo-born artist of Angolan ancestry is the embodiment of the Afro-Latin Diaspora which connects back to Mother Africa via the Cuban clave rhythm. Lemvo is truly multi-cultural and equally at home singing in English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Lingala, and Kikongo. Since forming his Los Angeles-based band Makina Loca in 1990, Lemvo has refined his craft and vision, raising his joyous voice with strength, singing songs that celebrate life, and most importantly, inspiring his audiences to let loose and dance away their worries. For More Info: http://www.makinaloca.com/
Radio La Chusma
Bringing a unique perspective to the world through music, Radio La Chusma breaks down the barriers of age, race, language and religion. This six piece band features four-part harmonies and a high energy live show. Their new “Frontera Reggae” sound takes the reggae vibrations to a whole new level. Finding inspiration from pre-Columbian and African traditions, Radio La Chusma has been inspiring crowds for the past eight years. Known for their hard-hitting performances, Radio La Chusma performs over a hundred shows a year and has a strong presence and following throughout the Southwest. Currently, the band just released their new full-length album and is working on a soundtrack for a movie based on the border. For More Info: http://www.radiolachusma.net/
Big'ns is a four-piece band performing mostly traditional Irish pub tunes and hailing from Pagosa Springs, CO. Eli Carpenter (guitar, vocals) is the big driving force behind the Big'ns, strumming the six-string and belting out Clancy Brothers and Pogues lyrics like there is no tomorrow. Eli recruited Jess Wilton (mandolin, vocals) to play a St. Patty's Day 2009 show in Pagosa, and Jess welcomed the diversion from playing in the local bluegrass scene and signed up for something different, as well as an opportunity to wear his kilt in public. Shane Tuller (violin, vocals), a classically trained violinist, joined in late 2009 and displays his Irish heritage and inherent family musical background with rousing fiddle tunes and tongue-twisting traditional vocal tunes - he is also arguably the best-dressed Big'n. In early 2011, talented multi-instrumentalist and veteran of the Durango music scene Evan Fricke stepped up to lend his talents on the upright Kay, adding more low-end thump to the Big’ns repertoire. From very diverse backgrounds, these four deliver a fun gig with flavors drawn from all types of music.For More Info: http://www.reverbnation.com/bigns
Food and drinks will be available for sale at the festival from San Juan College’s Mary’s Kitchen. Tickets will be available in advance and at the door. Advance tickets are $6 for students (with student ID) and children (ages 0-17), $8 for staff and faculty and $10 for general admission. Tickets are the door will be $10 for students and children, $15 for staff and faculty and $20 for general admission. Gates open at noon and the event will continue until sunset.
For more information about the event, auditions and tickets, call the Student Activities office at 505-566-3212.