WILDLIFE WEST ANNUAL MUSIC FESTIVAL (JULY 29TH & 30TH, 2011)

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Hot Club of Cowtown Performs Live & 10 other Bands

at Wildlife West, July 29-31 in Edgewood

 

 

            Wildlife West sponsors its 9th Annual Music Festival on Friday, July 29 through Sunday 31, 2011 with an impressive line-up of nationally acclaimed performers, including The Hot Club of Cowtown, Finders & Youngberg, Chuck Plye and Grayson. This phenomenal 9th Annual Music Festival features 11 bands performing on two stages, musicians workshops, jam sessions, musical instrument contests, wildlife viewing, and free hay rides, camping and parking.

George Bullfrog and the Turquoise Trailers will kick off the weekend of fun with an old-fashioned country barn dance on Friday at 7 p.m. in a historic pinto bean barn. Bring your dancing boots and dance to this outstanding western swing band.

On Saturday different bands perform on 2 stages, each hour starting at 11 a.m. and into the evening until 9:30 p.m.  Hot Club of Cowtown brings the unique style of hot jazz to Western swing in a powerful and breathtaking live show on Saturday at 4:30 and 8:30 p.m., and they present an interactive workshop at 6 p.m.

Other renowned musicians provide constant entertainment and interactive workshops on Saturday, including  Finders and Youngberg, who explores the love for old-time, honky-tonk, folk and bluegrass while making their own unique music.  Colorado’s favorite storyteller and Zen Cowboy, Chuck Pyle, is a sly humorist and an innovative finger-style guitarist.  Singer-songwriter Michael Edser is Grayson.  He has toured extensively through Europe and the United States and is now capturing 66 performances in documentary format over the course of 66 days along Route 66.  Wildlife West is located just off of Route 66 in Edgewood!

Gospel performers, Coyote Crossing, take the stage on Sunday at 11 a.m.  Folk and bluegrass performances continue until 4 p.m.  Fiddle and guitar contests start next, providing opportunity for visitors to participate and show their talent.  Winners will be awarded a musical instrument courtesy of Robertson & Sons Violin and Guitar Vista in Albuquerque.  See www.wildlifewest.org for contest rules.  Following the contests there will be an open stage for youth group performers.

Throughout the weekend, visitors can stroll around the wildlife park and experience, close-up wildlife in their natural habitat, including endangered Mexican wolves, cougars, black bear, javelina, hawks, crested caracaras and more.

Get away from the heat in Albuquerque for a cool weekend of music ─ temperatures are usually 10 degrees cooler!  It’s fun for the entire family ─ children under 12 are free.  All events take place in the Edgewood Performing Arts Center at Wildlife West.

Don’t miss this incredible line-up of musicians in a beautiful high desert setting.  Just 25 minutes east of Albuquerque, off Interstate-40 in Edgewood.  The festival is made possible in part by the New Mexico Arts, a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs.  For a complete schedule of performances and more information go to www.wildlifewest.org or contact Wildlife West at 505-281-7655 or toll free 877-981-9453.

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What:  Wildlife West Music Festival

 

When:  Friday, July 29 – Sunday 31, 2011

Friday, 7 p.m. Country Barn Dance with George Bullfrog & the Turquoise Trailers

Saturday, performances hourly on 2 stages, 11 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Sunday, performances hourly, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

 

Where:  Wildlife West Nature Park, 87 North Frontage Road, Edgewood, 20 miles east of Albuquerque off I-40, take exit 187 and follow the signs.

 

Cost:  Barn dance $10, Saturday $25, Sunday $15, Sat. & Sun. $35. Children under 12 admitted free. Purchase tickets at the door.

 

Contact: 505-281-7655 or 877-0981-9453, or visit www.wildlifewest.org.

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