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AMP Tagline Competition
Thursday, April 24th @ 6:00 pm
ampconcerts.org, Albuquerque
Who better than our friends and fans to help us remind the community that we bring good indie music to New Mexico that is cool and somewhat exclusive. From the world stages at ¡Globalquerque! to local stages all over Albuquerque, from student workshops to community concerts in libraries all over town. Help us come up with a new slogan to spread the word about AMP.
 
Wishbone Ash
Tuesday, April 29th @ 7:30 pm
9800 Montgomery Blvd NE, Albuquerque
No other rock band on the planet has done more with the twin-guitar concept than Wishbone Ash. After 40 years, there is a lot to celebrate: a musical resumé that includes more than 30 albums and several DVD performances, and the appreciation of thousands of fans worldwide. This anniversary show will feature a live performance of their classic CD "Argus" as well as a CD release party for their new release "Blue Horizon."
 
Shakey Graves
Whiskey Shivers
Tuesday, April 29th @ 8:00 pm
2823 2nd Street NW, Albuquerque
Shakey Graves' "stunning" (KUT-FM) one-man show has made him a hero in his hometown, so much so that the Mayor of Austin, TX gave him his own holiday: February 9th is officially "Shakey Graves Day" in the Live Music Capitol of the World. NPR Music described his debut album "Roll the Bones" as "unclassifiably original and frighteningly good," while Daytrotter wrote, "Incredible storytelling... the full-bodied richness of a novella, set in the sketchy, rattlesnake-infested wilds of the southern parts of America." Austin quintet Whiskey Shivers will open the show.
 
Terakaft and Sihasin
Sunday, May 4th @ 7:00 pm
9800 Montgomery Blvd NE, Albuquerque
Terakaft (meaning "caravan" in Tamasheq) is a genuine desert rock band, sculpted by the pure searing air and the endless rolling sands of the Sahara. The stark, harsh conditions of the Sahara have permeated their wild riffs, and as a result Terakaft are the perfect embodiment of all that is wild and free in desert blues today. Also on the bill is Sihasin, Jeneda
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Give ¡Grande! New Mexico
Tuesday, May 6th @ 5:00 am
ampconcerts.org, Albuquerque
On May 6, join people around the country for a national day of local giving. Each local gift will be amplified with dollars from a national incentive pool of funds, plus New Mexico will also have its own, additional incentive prizes! This 24-hour event, led by The Community Foundation Coalition of New Mexico, will raise as much money as possible for our local nonprofits—including AMP and ¡Globalquerque!—via online fundraising.
 
Crystal Bowersox
Wednesday, May 7th @ 7:30 pm
210 Yale SE, Albuquerque
Crystal Bowersox was catapulted to stardom when she captured the hearts of millions as a finalist on Season 9 of "American Idol." Earning a slot as the season's runner-up, Crystal Bowersox's gentle strength, quiet wisdom, immense emotional depth and angelic voice made a connection with the show's viewers. With a confidence and rich soulfulness well beyond her years, Crystal continues to make a lasting impression.
 
Jesse Cook
Thursday, May 8th @ 7:30 pm
423 Central Ave. NW , Albuquerque
Award-winning guitar phenomenon Jesse Cook returns to Albuquerque! His fiery, passionate, and percussive guitar work and soulful artistry make him an electrifying live performer. His latest TV special, "Jesse Cook: Live at the Bathurst Street Theatre," recorded live in Toronto, will be broadcast on PBS stations around the country.
 
AMP Membership Appreciation Party
Saturday, May 10th @ 6:00 pm
119 Gold SW, Albuquerque
Join AMP Concerts for an evening to thank our wonderful members and supporters. Enjoy food, spirits, good company and fun music. We'll have some updates on what AMP is up to, giveaways and a few other surprises to boot. This event is for AMP Members, though we are happy to sell you a membership at the party too.
 
Oumar Konaté
Thursday, May 15th @ 12:00 pm
900 Girard SE, Albuquerque
Oumar Konaté is a young guitarist, songwriter and singer leading the new wave of internationally influenced artists from Mali. His style combines the folk traditions with rock guitar, jazz and modern rap. True to tradition, Oumar pushes boundaries of style, poetry and politics with his music.
 
Oumar Konaté
Thursday, May 15th @ 7:30 pm
7220 Lomas Blvd NE, Albuquerque
A rising young star from Gao, Mali, Oumar Konate is blazing the new wave of Malian music onto the contemporary world music stage. Oumar sings about love, family, and social responsibility, punctuated by his searing electric guitar solos and infectious energy. Trained at the renowned National Institute in Bamako, Oumar leads the new generation of Malian musicians blending tradition with the internet's global musical perspective.
 
Austin Piazzolla Quintet
Friday, May 23rd @ 12:00 pm
908 Eastridge NE , Albuquerque
The Austin Piazzolla Quintet has been stunning audiences in Austin, Texas and beyond since 2009. Founded by violinist James Anderson, APQ specializes in the music of the late Argentine composer Astor Piazzolla, as well as performing "astonishing original tangos that are not to be missed" (KUTX, Austin).
 
Austin Piazzolla Quintet
Friday, May 23rd @ 7:30 pm
3201 Carlisle Blvd. NE, Albuquerque
Austin Piazzolla Quintet specializes in the music of the late Argentine composer Astor Piazzolla. APQ continues in the Nuevo Tango tradition with unique arrangements of Piazzolla's classic compositions, breathtaking original compositions, and talented improvisation. The quintet features some of the finest talent on the Austin music scene today, with experienced musicians coming from diverse backgrounds and educated at some of the world's finest music schools.
 
Johnette Napolitano
(of Concrete Blonde)
Monday, May 26th @ 8:00 pm
210 Yale SE, Albuquerque
A rare solo appearance by the singer, songwriter, and bassist for the popular, darkly poetic rock group Concrete Blonde. Napolitano’s solo show is a navigation through her most personal thoughts regarding music, art and life, chronicled in her book "Rough Mix," a collection of memoirs, stories, poetry, lyrics and essays.
 
Zimbabwean Music and Dance Extravaganza
Featuring Artists Musekiwa Chingodza, Rujeko Dumbutshena, Aly Steinman, Armando Ortega and dancers from Albuquerque Pan African Ensemble
Thursday, June 5th @ 12:30 pm
4904 4th St. NW, Albuquerque
Join us for an afternoon of music and dance from Zimbabwe! This special event at the N4th Theatre will feature members of Albuquerque's own Wagogo, acclaimed mbira player Musekiwa Chingodza, and Rujeko Dumbutshena (who appeared in Broadway's "Fela!") and the Albuquerque Pan African Ensemble.
 
AMP Concerts and the Albuquerque Folk Festival present
The Claire Lynch Band
Holy Water and Whiskey
Albuquerque Folk Festival Kickoff Concert
Friday, June 6th @ 7:30 pm
9201 Balloon Museum Dr NE (off of Alameda), Albuquerque
We are excited to be partnering with the Albuquerque Folk Festival and helping to extend the festival to a second day with this special kickoff concert!

Long recognized and praised as a creative force in acoustic music, Claire Lynch is a pioneer who continually pushes the boundaries of the bluegrass genre. She is the reigning Female Vocalist of the Year for the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) and a two-time Grammy nominee. Dolly Parton credits Claire with "one of the sweetest, purest and best lead voices in the music business today." Albuquerque trio Holy Water and Whiskey will open the show.
 
Claude Bourbon
Monday, June 16th @ 12:00 pm
6901 Barstow NE , Albuquerque
Born in France in the early 60s, Claude Bourbon grew up in Switzerland, where he was classically trained for many years. This finger-picking guitarist has performed and studied all over the world; he has crafted an unbelievable fusion of classical and jazz, with ethereal Eastern influences, Spanish and Latin elements with strains of Western folk. "From haunting Spanish moods to lyrical, romantic jazz, Claude Bourbon provides both a rich evening of music for lovers, and a real treat for music lovers." (BBC, UK)
 
Claude Bourbon
Tuesday, June 17th @ 12:00 pm
1 Old Tijeras Rd., Tijeras
Claude Bourbon is a formidable performer. He may have his roots in the blues, but he is inspired by music and song from all around the world, taking these sounds and weaving them into a performance of blues, rock, jazz, songs and melodies that defy a label, all delivered with a gravelly voice. Claude's inimitable style incorporates all five digits on each hand dancing independently but in unison, plucking, picking and strumming at such speed and precision that his fingers often seem to melt into a blur.
 
AMP & Heath Concerts present
The Soulshine Tour
featuring Michael Franti & Spearhead, SOJA, Brett Dennen and Trevor Hall
Saturday, July 5th @ 6:00 pm
At The Downs of Santa Fe
27475 W Frontage Rd, Santa Fe
This summer, Michael Franti & Spearhead will launch the first-ever music & yoga tour, "Soulshine," that will bridge daytime and nighttime experiences including music, yoga, sustainable lifestyle and DJs, guaranteeing a full-blown dance party! SOJA, Brett Dennen and Trevor Hall will be joining the tour along with Special Guest Yoga Teachers. Each afternoon on the Soulshine tour will begin with a mass yoga and acoustic music jam with Michael Franti & Friends, giving way to the full concert in the evening.
 
AMP Concerts and the NHCC present
Las Alegres Ambulancias
Sunday, July 6th @ 7:30 pm
1701 4th St SW, Albuquerque
Las Alegres Ambulancias was started in 1905 in Palenque de San Basilio, Colombia, with a mission to preserve the music and dance traditions associated with lumbalu, a ceremony reminiscent of the funeral practices of its African ancestors. As representatives of the culture of Colombia’s Caribbean area, Las Alegres Ambulancias are a living demonstration of how this 500-year-old African tradition is surviving in this globalized world.
 
The Doubleclicks
Tuesday, July 8th @ 12:00 pm
1025 Broadway SE , Albuquerque
The Doubleclicks are a pair of sisters—Angela Webber and Aubrey Webber—who sing about Dungeons & Dragons, dinosaurs, and Mr. Darcy. They play cello and ukulele. They have been called snarky, geeky, and sweet. At this show, which is especially geared toward kids and families, The Doubleclicks will be performing songs from their children's album, "Worst Superpower Ever," which has advice for velociraptors and songs about vampires, superheroes and grammar.
 
The Doubleclicks
Tuesday, July 8th @ 6:00 pm
3407 Juan Tabo Blvd NE , Albuquerque
Sisters Angela Webber and Aubrey Webber, also known as The Doubleclicks, tour the country regularly, playing at game stores, comic shops, and conventions. They have shared bills with nerd and comedy superstars including Jonathan Coulton, Paul and Storm and Wil Wheaton, and their geek girl anthem "Nothing to Prove" has been viewed over 1 million times on YouTube.
 
Over the Rhine
Saturday, August 2nd @ 8:00 pm
1701 4th St SW, Albuquerque
"There may be no more soothing voice in music than Karin Bergquist's," observed Entertainment Weekly. Native Ohioans Linford Detweiler and Bergquist launched Over the Rhine in 1989, naming the ensemble after the historic, bohemian Cincinnati neighborhood where they lived and first wrote and recorded together. Over the past 25 years, OtR has continued to build a musically and emotionally potent catalogue. Their latest release, "Meet Me at the Edge of the World," explores challenging new musical territory while featuring some of the duo’s most compelling songs and performances to date.
 
AMP & Heath Concerts present
Ray LaMontagne
The Belle Brigade
Tuesday, August 5th @ 6:30 pm
At The Downs of Santa Fe
27475 W Frontage Rd, Santa Fe
Since leaving his job in a Maine shoe factory to pursue his calling as a musician, Ray LaMontagne has released four studio albums and two live EPs, won awards and topped critics' polls internationally, and established himself as one of the most distinctive talents of his generation. His album "God Willin' & the Creek Don't Rise" won a Grammy for Best Contemporary Folk Album, and its hit single "Beg Steal or Borrow" was nominated for Song of the Year. Sibling duo The Belle Brigade will open the show.
 
Mala Maña
Saturday, August 9th @ 12:00 pm
900 Girard SE, Albuquerque
Harmoniously fusing traditional rhythms and songs with a modern flair, Mala Maña uses music as a medium for healing, empowerment, and entertainment. Mala Maña is built upon a deep love and respect for music and each other, with a shared passion for social truths and justice.
 
AMP Concerts & Avokado Artists present
¡Globalquerque!
New Mexico's 10th Annual Celebration of World Music and Culture
Friday, September 19th @ 6:30 pm
1701 4th St SW, Albuquerque
¡Globalquerque! takes over the whole campus of the National Hispanic Cultural Center on September 19 and 20! Each night features three stages of artists from around the world. And don't forget the free Global Fiesta on Saturday from 10:30 AM-4 PM!
 
AMP Concerts & Avokado Artists present
¡Globalquerque!
New Mexico's 10th Annual Celebration of World Music and Culture
Saturday, September 20th @ 6:00 pm
1701 4th St SW, Albuquerque
¡Globalquerque! takes over the whole campus of the National Hispanic Cultural Center on September 19 and 20! Each night features three stages of artists from around the world. And don't forget the free Global Fiesta on Saturday from 10:30 AM-4 PM!
 
Ribab Fusion
Wednesday, October 8th @ 7:30 pm
9800 Montgomery Blvd NE, Albuquerque
A feverishly funky sign of a new era, Ribab Fusion celebrates Morocco's Amazigh (Berber) culture as it flies from 70s-style funk to Afropop dance vibes, from slow jams to high-energy call-and-responses choruses. The one-stringed bowed ribab weaves all the madcap diversity together, sometimes gritty, sometimes soothing as a well-played sax. It's a jazzy mix that wows technically and sets people celebrating.

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