AMP Concerts became an official business on September 10, 2004 and became a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation in 2007. Prior to that, AMP founder Neal Copperman spent four years putting on house concerts, sporadic small shows and volunteering with a variety of local music organizations. AMP's goal is to complement the music available around town, working both independently and in collaboration with many other local groups to provide additional chances to experience world, folk, acoustic and Americana music.
AMP programs include:
- A free monthly series at the Albuquerque Public Libraries
- A free quarterly series that integrate developmentally disabled artists and the community at the N4th Arts Center
- Workshops with visiting artists
- The Concerts & Conversations series with Art of the Song
- a wide variety of concerts in clubs, listening rooms and theaters around town
AMP is also one of the producers of ¡Globalquerque! - New Mexico's Annual Celebration of World Music and Culture
- AMP it up!, Local Flavor, 12/2012
- Neal Copperman amps up the scene - part 2, albquerqueARTS, 11/30/2009
- AMP Concerts' series of shows in homes comes to an end after seven years from the Albuquerque Tribune, 8/24/2007
- Concert promoters bring musical diversity to the Duke City from the Albuquerque Tribune, 6/1/2007
- KUNM's Performance New Mexico feature on the Bosque House Concerts. This audio is courtesy of KUNM 89.9 FM, 3/21/2005.
- Down-Home Music (PDF) from Albuquerque The Magazine, January 2005
- Living room, folding chairs, eats: Welcome to the concert venue (PDF) from the Albuquerque Tribune, 11/5/2004
- AMP evolves into music presenter (PDF) from abqARTS, November 2004
- House music: The concert scene is as close as your living room (PDF) from the Albuquerque Journal, 3/31/2002
- House concerts open the door to a unique concert experience (PDF) from abqARTS, March 2002
Testimonials: What people are saying about AMP...
"I've been to many of the shows you've promoted and I'm very grateful for your presence in Abq and how you've totally uplifted the music scene. Providing these small and midlevel venues is exactly what these artists need to flourish and then music lovers like me are the beneficiaries. So thanks again and keep it up!"
—Fred (when purchasing an AMP Membership)
"Thank you for all the great music! Of the many awesome AMP Concerts shows I've seen a few really touched my heart and soul, particularly Oliver Mtukudzi, Baka Beyond, Vieux Farka Toure, and Johnny Clegg. Amazing, talented musicians that I never thought I would get to see in my lifetime so thanks so much for bringing them to Albuquerque."
AMP Staff Bios
Neal Copperman, Executive Director (and Board Member)
Neal launched the AMP House Concert series with then roommate Jeff Hanson soon after moving to Albuquerque. He has steered AMP from house concerts and a hobby to a sole proprietorship and eventually a non-profit organization. Neal's goal has always been to see the music he loved in other parts of the country be available in Albuquerque. Neal works full time as the Executive Director of AMP, and in his spare time works on AMP :) He is also on the board of the New Mexico Presenters Alliance, sporadically hosts KUNM's Global Music show, organizes the entertainment for the Santa Fe International Folk Art Market, helps organize and run ¡Globalquerque! and is active in many civic and arts projects around the city.
Dave Corby, Executive Assistant
Dave came to Albuquerque in 2008. After finishing an exciting career with the military, an extended "sabbatical" to the Republic of Panama and the addition of two daughters, he decided to try out the local music business. Dave now handles a lot of the administrative tasks at AMP and thinks it's the best job in Albuquerque! While not working at the office or helping out at shows, Dave finds time to enjoy the great live music of the west, year-round mountain biking, lunch time soccer games and occasionally, a local beer or two.
AMP Board of Directors Bios
Micaela Brown, Board Member
Micaela is the CEO of Target Market International, LLC and the founder and "SuperStarter" of StartupABQ. She managed the Department of State's International Visitor's Leadership Program for the state of New Mexico as the Executive Director of The Albuquerque Council for International Visitors, and previously as Assistant Director for the Colorado Springs, Colo., Office of International Affairs. Micaela has a background in international trade (trade missions, reverse trade missions, import/export, trade finance, supply chain and logistics), international development, as well as educational and professional exchange. She holds a B.A. in Psychology and Communications from the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, and an M.A. in Government and Politics, with a focus in Public Administration, and Certification in International Law and Diplomacy from St. John's University in Rome, Italy .I joined AMP because it is the heartbeat of the community. I'm excited to be a part AMP and be spoiled with the best music in the world brought to Albuquerque! (Although I still want to join a glee club. A cappella, baby!)
Paul Evans, Board Member
Paul is an Executive Producer of Cable TV for Bernalillo County, NM, where he produces a variety of documentaries, studio and on location interview programs, as well as PSAs that highlight Bernalillo County's programs and services. He won a Rocky Mountain Emmy Award for the program "Hurricane Katrina Relief Efforts." Previously, Paul served as the creator, producer and director of "WILD New Mexico" for 8 years and 102 episodes.
Jeff Hanson, President
Jeff has been involved with AMP Concerts even before its inception, working with Neal Copperman on the Bosque House Concerts, which hosted over 100 shows in seven years in Jeff's living room. Besides being involved in AMP Concerts, Jeff is a Senior Technical Manager at Honeywell and enjoys cooking, bowling, theater, and fine dining. Jeff's musical interests span a pretty wide range, but his favorites tend to be female singer-songwriters with big voices, ala Kate Bush, Jane Siberry, Jewel, Alison Moyet, and Wendy Rule.
Alicia Lueras Maldonado, Board Member
Alicia is a photographer, producer and actor. She is a Native New Mexican, born and raised in the community of Atrisco, with roots in Carizzozo, Tahique, México and España.
She has spent the last 20 years working within the intersections of art, politics, community organizing + social justice. Through her business, Atlixco Productions, she helps individuals and organizations design creative strategies for their work, shoots photographs + video, interviews folks and performs for stage + film. Alicia finds every opportunity to support live music and dance, dance, dance!
Ron Sisneros, Board Member
I am employed with State Government, I enjoy a variety of music from various artist from folk, country, jazz, Northern New Mexican and 70's and 80's. I believe that music can be used in many ways from telling a story to teaching math. I was fortunate to have a teacher in 3rd grade that taught us math through music and allowed us to read a story in history and put it to music. I believe in helping out the community you live in through volunteering such as serving meals and helping out in food banks. I believe that through our actions we teach the next generation about the arts and helping others.
Rachel Zuback, Secretary
Rachel moved to Albuquerque in 2007 after working for 2 years in Mauritania, West Africa as a Peace Corps Volunteer. Originally from Ventura County, California, Rachel has always loved going to all sorts of concerts, festivals and small local shows. After many years of faithful attendance as an energetic and supportive audience member, Rachel decided to expand her role in the world of live music to also include serving as a behind-the-scenes contributor. Currently, she is involved with Albuquerque Folk Festival as Vice President of the Board and Festival Co-Director. New to the AMP Concerts board in 2013, Rachel is excited for the opportunity to help bring the delight and joy that she experiences from a live performance to as many people as possible, all year long. Rachel also enjoys hiking, camping, traveling, healthy living and learning to play the mandolin.
"I wanted to say THANK YOU for bringing Paco de Lucia to Abq! It was by far the best concert I've ever seen! Paco and the other musicians were absolutely mind blowing! I have never been so inspired. I appreciate all the hard work you do to present quality, world-class music to the Abq community. We are INCREDIBLY LUCKY!!"
—Fellow Music Lover, Emily Dunkin
"I wanted to thank you so much for booking the Tom Russell show at the Outpost. I drove down from Aztec to catch the show.
I have seen Tom over 20 times, and this show was absolutely one of the best! Everything was perfect. The venue and sound were great, the audience was great, and so was Tom. It made for a wonderful evening of great music.
I hope that Tom Russell can become an annual event at the Outpost."
—Russ, Aztec, NM
"It is important for individuals with severe disabilities to have the opportunity to listen to good music.
"The concert was AMAZING! AWESOME! ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT!
I don't know what I enjoyed more- seeing Steve Martin live, or the incredible musical talent of the Rangers.
As he said, 'They are not my band, I am their celebrity.' I went with my husband, two daughters, another couple, and my sister and her friend who were visiting from Florida.
Everyone left the room smiling :-) That's quite a feat, given our varying ages and personalities! So, thank you! We love live music and go as often as possible and are always up for exploring new venues."
—Heidi, Rio Rancho, NM
"Looking forward to a family bilingual show. We want to thank the organizers and producers that make a tremendous effort to bring bilingual, cultural and quality performances to New Mexico."
"I wanted to thank you for handling the stage all weekend long!!! What a great job you did with the line-up—everyone loved it!! West African Highlife was the life of the party—truly. I really appreciate how hard you work for the [Santa Fe International Folk Art] Market and the entertainment groups—they are such an important part of what we do and you make it happen!!"
—Laura Sullivan, Director of Development, Santa Fe International Folk Art Market
"Lenny and I were at the Emmylou Harris concert on Sunday night which was fantastic! AND have come to both days of Globalquerque all years since you got it started. We love it, and have gotten lots of our friends to go too. I have such high regard and excitement about what you and AMP contribute to the musical life of our community—I simply want to add some support to your efforts as a non-profit. I've been on your e-list for years: today I decided it was time to make a donation too :-).
"Just so you know... we've already purchased our earlybird tickets for Globalquerque this year, including a third ticket for my brother traveling to NM just to attend again. He came last year too. He's a music collector and youth worker from Central New York state—and we ALL have fallen in love with Globalquerque. See you there this September!"
"I've been meaning to write you for the last month and thank you for bringing Johnny Clegg here and to such a beautiful venue. It was a great concert and a great experience overall, being outside and getting to dance with the kids, plus my family and I were able to express to Johnny Clegg how much his music has meant to us over the years. Thanks for all you do!"
"Just a thank you for your delightful presentation at Creative Albuquerque yesterday. You shared lots of valuable information and gave us new perspectives to think about. It will be so exciting to host at least one of those Pakastani groups in Albuquerque. Thank you for all you do for Albuquerque and the arts. You are amazing, and definitely one of the gems of our city!"
"Thank YOU for the rare treat! My friends in fancier places (Atlanta, Los Angeles, New York, Helsinki) couldn't believe Albuquerque ('where is that exactly?') got to see Philip Glass up close and personal, and for only $45."
"I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for getting the Philip Glass 'mini-festival' together—I was able to attend the discussion at Keller Hall (and especially was entranced by PG saying what really mattered was writing the spaces!) and also the performance at the Academy. My son's funeral was held in Simms, so it's hard for me to go there, but it was worth it to see Mr. Glass bring his music to life. I think my Tyler would also have liked that concert. So, thanks again for all your hard work on our behalf. This was a special evening."
"What a GREAT concert last night by Badi Assad—the best single act performance I've seen/heard in a long, long time—those who did not attend lost out. I hope that she felt rewarded for her performance.
My wife and I are on your list serve. Take this for what it is worth—you're doing a GREAT job of bringing world music to NM. We are fans of AMP CONCERTS."
"you ROCK! this is the best free concert series ever! Love ABQ, love AMP, love the Rio Grande Libraries!!"
"I just love all this music you are bringing to Albuquerque. Here's a great big thank you from me!"
"I'll be bringing my group of guys... they've been asking me when the next time we could go on a field trip to hear great music... we've enjoyed four concerts so far and they've been hits with my clients. So thanks again for what you're doing, and how in particular these free library concerts are enriching our community."
—Greg (and the crew from the homeless transition house)
"Richard Thompson show was KILLER! I was a happy member of the crowd at the Museum Sunday, and wanted to congratulate you on one of the best shows I've
heard in years. I hope you are able to book more shows at the Museum amphitheater, which is my current favorite place
to see and hear music."
"I just want to say thank you for this afternoon's concert. It is the first time my husband and I attended one of your events at VSA, and were not only blown away by the music, but felt great joy in seeing everyone get into the groove, it was very special indeed!"
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Photo of Lyle Lovett by Michael Wilson. Photos of the Guerrilla Girls, Suzanne Vega, Cowboy Junkies, Po Girl, Wagogo and Sam Bush by Alan Mitchell.