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Sutherland sings country gospel in San Ysidro

Stephen Sutherland, an award-winning recording artist, will present a special concert of country gospel music on August 9 at 7:00 p.m. at the Christian Life Center, 1357 Highway 4, in San Ysidro.

Sutherland has been the recipient of the Country Gospel Music Association’s 1998, 1999, 2000, and 2001 Male Vocalist of the Year awards for the Western Division; the 1998 National Producer of the Year Award; and this year’s Entertainer of the Year Award, which he accepts reluctantly, as he considers himself a minister and not an entertainer. Sutherland’s well-crafted songs, encompassing a variety of country-music styles including traditional country, new country, and bluegrass, will touch the hearts of young and old alike.

Admission is free, with a voluntary offering. For further information, call Pastor Randall Floyd, 834-7534, or listen to KFLQ Family Life Radio 91.5 FM between 6:00 and 9:00 a.m. on August 9.


Call for entries

Artists are called to enter the fourteenth annual Corrales Fine Arts Show, a New Mexico multimedia art exhibition and sale at the historic Old San Ysidro Church on October 5-13. Jurying will take place on August 22. Entries will be accepted on August 21 between 5:00 and 6:00 p.m and August 22 between 9 :00 a.m. and noon. The works must be gallery ready. The nonrefundable entry fee is $30. For details and entry forms, call Hope Grey, 897-3942, or Deb Kennedy, 344-2110.


Artists available?

Coronado State Monument is taking applications from artisans who are interested in selling traditional Spanish, colonial, folk, or religious art during special events at the monument. The upcoming calendar includes Spanish Heritage Day on August 17 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and the Arts and Crafts Festival on October 5 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. If you are interested in participating or would like more information, please call Angie Manning at 867-5351 or e-mail


Anasazi Fields Winery to host blues festival

Anasazi Fields Winery in Placitas is expanding its annual “Gathering of Spirits” to an acoustic blues festival. The event will take place at the winery on August 3 and 4 from noon to 6:00 p.m. each day. In addition to music, there will be live bird shows, several local artists, goat cheese tasting, wine tasting, and winery tours. Admission is $10 for adults (includes a wine glass) and $4 for youth 14 and over.

Appearing will be Alex Maryol and Thomas Blues and Stan Hirsch on Saturday and Alpha Blue and Dennis Dillion on Sunday. Emcees for both days will be Big Momma Ethel and Stagefright Slim, who also will be entertaining the crowd (especially the young of heart).

Lawn chairs, umbrellas, blankets, and picnic baskets (no alcohol or glass) may be brought into the event. Advanced tickets are available at Anasazi Fields Winery, Wildlife West Nature Park, and Encore Music.

“Gathering of Spirits” is a benefit for Wildlife West Nature Park, a 122-acre enhanced zoo in Edgewood. Anasazi Fields Winery is on the western edge of the old village of Placitas. For more information, call the winery at 867-3062.


Placitas Artists Series announces 2002-2003 season

Gary Libman

The Board of the Placitas Artists Series has officially announced its concert schedule for the 2002-2003 season.

This year, as in the past, the concerts will be a mixture of several types of music anchored by Willy Sucre and Friends giving classical-music concerts in the Las Placitas Presbyterian Church.

Willy Sucre’s friends are some of the best musicians in this area, if not in the whole country.

There will also be a fun concert in October by the Watermelon Mountain Jug Band and a concert of popular Brazilian music in April.

 In December, as is the PAS tradition, there will be a holiday concert featuring the always outstanding Santa Fe Desert Chorale.

Oleksiy Koltakov, who is a Van Cliburn Piano Competition finalist, and was one of the pianists featured on the PBS television show on the Competition, will be performing in February.

The schedule, subject to change, is:

  • September 15—Willy Sucre and Friends Play String Quartets by Ravel and Debussy
  • October 20 —Watermelon Mountain Jug Band
  • November 10—Willy Sucre and Friends Play Trios (clarinet, piano, viola)
  • December 22—The Santa Fe Desert Chorale, “Merry New Mexico Christmas”
  • January 26—Willy Sucre and Friends Play Trios (flute, violin, viola)
  • February 16—Van Cliburn Piano Competition Finalist Oleksiy Koltakov
  • March 30—Willy Sucre and Friends Play Piano Quartets
  • April 13—Searles and Allen, Popular Brazilian Music
  • May 18—Willy Sucre and Friends Play String Quartets

Season tickets are on sale now and may be ordered by mail until August 31. The subscription price—$100 and $80 for seniors (sixty-five and older) and students—provides great price savings over individual tickets, availability to all concerts, and preferred seating. In addition, the PAS ticket exchange policy provides that “any unexpired ticket may be exchanged in advance at any concert, for any other like-priced ticket during the same season, subject to availability.” Individual ticket prices are as follows: general admission, $15 ($20 for December concert); seniors and students, $12 ($15 for December concert).

Checks should be mailed to Placitas Artists Series, P. O. Box 944, Placitas, NM 87043. Please include $2 for postage and handling. For more information, call the PAS information line at 867-8080 or visit the PAS Web site at Tickets can also be purchased on-line at the Web site. For added convenience, tickets will be available this year at La Bonne Vie Salon and Day Spa in the Homestead Village Shopping Center in Placitas, 867-3333.

This is a great opportunity for all of us to support our community and treat ourselves to beautiful music in an acoustically perfect facility in the foothills in Placitas.


Neville Brothers, Journey to play August dates
at Santa Ana Star

Greg Johnston

For those of us that love big-name rock-and-roll shows, it’s no longer necessary to travel farther than Bernalillo to see a great band. Santa Ana Star Casino has added a comfortable three-thousand-seat showroom to its growing complex. The small arena offers a million-dollar state-of-the-art lighting and sound system and there’s hardly a bad seat in the house. Since December, audiences have been treated to performances by Ray Charles, Los Lobos, George Thorogood and the Destroyers, the Doobie Brothers, Pink, Robert Cray, Kansas, Steppenwolf, and Johnny Mathis, just to name a few.

In May, the immensely popular band No Doubt sold out two shows in less than an hour each. Their Santa Ana concerts were the final dates on the national Rock Steady tour that also played larger sold-out arenas across the country. With No Doubt, Santa Ana Casino broke the mold for the type of acts that normally play local casinos by bringing in a chart-topping young band, as well as the comeback artists that typically play the casino circuit. (Later this year No Doubt will open for the Rolling Stones on their national tour.) No Doubt didn’t disappoint and delivered back-to-back shows of reggae-infused high-energy dance music led by singer Gwen Stefani. Many Placitas and Bernalillo schoolkids were in attendance for their first big concert, with Mom or Dad along to make sure things didn’t get too crazy.

At another show this spring, George Thorogood went so far as to list Bernalillo as one of the tour destinations on the back of his concert tee shirts. This may have been a first. Many performers at the casino believe they are performing in Albuquerque and erroneously list on tee shirts our neighbor to the south as the concert location. Thorogood announced to the audience that it was his first Indian casino gig and he expected to be back. Then he proceeded to knock out the sold-out crowd with a high-powered performance of his best-known songs, including “Bad to the Bone.”

The Santa Ana venue changes to suit the needs of the different types of crowd. Whereas the Thorogood show offered seats on the main floor and a nearby concession stand with plenty of flowing beer, the No Doubt shows removed the floor seats to accommodate the mosh pit, and no alcohol was sold. The casino is careful when alcohol is sold during a concert not to allow any alcohol outside the area where the gaming takes place. However, several bars and restaurants are within a short walk of slot machines and blackjack tables.

On Friday, August 23, at 7:00 p.m., audiences are in for a treat when the Neville Brothers come to town. The four brothers from New Orleans are known for their R & B- and Mardi Gras-infused music, as well as their messages of brotherly love, peace, and harmony. The group consists of Art “Papa Funk” Neville on keyboards and vocals, Charles on saxes and vocals, and Aaron and Cyril, both on percussion and vocals. When the band formed in 1977, the family name had already come to prominence in New Orleans rhythm and blues. Art Neville and his high-school band, the Hawkettes, had a hit in 1954 with the song “Mardi Gras Mambo.” Aaron Neville has the distinction of having his hit song from 1966, “Tell It Like It Is,” listed in the five hundred songs that shaped rock and roll in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

The Neville Brothers came gained national recognition in 1981 with their album Fiyo on the Bayou. Rolling Stone’s guitarist Keith Richards cited the Nevilles as one of his favorite bands and they soon were opening for the Stones and the Grateful Dead. A Neville Brothers concert features traditional New Orleans sounds with favorites thrown in by artists like Sly and the Family Stone and Jimmy Cliff. One of the most distinguishing features of the group is the sweet-as-honey falsetto vocals that emanate from the large muscular frame of Brother Aaron. The band is a delight to witness live and is sure to make you dance.

Journey will also travel to Bernalillo for a concert on Wednesday, August 21, at 7:00 p.m.

The group came together in 1973 when Neal Schon and Gregg Rolie reformed after leaving Santana. Rolie had been the lead singer on the Santana hits “Evil Ways” and “Black Magic Woman.” Journey debuted as a progressive, predominately instrumental group, and their first show was on New Year’s Eve, 1974, at San Francisco’s legendary Winterland arena. Their first album, Infinity, has sold over three million copies worldwide. Journey hit songs include “Wheel In the Sky” and “Don’t Stop Believin’.” The group became the first rock band to inspire a video game: Journey-Escape.

Tickets for all shows at Santa Ana Star Casino can be purchased by calling 867-0000 or by going to



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