Free music returns to the Plaza, other places »Albuquerque Journal
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In 1920, artist John Sloan painted the oil piece “Music in the Plaza”.
It’s a snapshot of a vibrant nightlife scene in Plaza de Santa Fe, with people coming together, dancing, and embracing a community.
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During the 1920s, Santa Fe began hosting community cultural events in the Plaza.
The next chapter in this century-long story is led by AMP Concerts.
The association is launching its Plaza Summer Music Series on Thursday July 8 with Manzanares and JJ and the Hooligans.
The Albuquerque / Santa Fe association will carry the torch of free outdoor concerts until 2024. It took over the reins of Outside In Productions, making it a hit series for more than a decade.
AMP Concerts is known for presenting the Railyard Concert Series for the past six years. The association is also resuming the musical series at SWAN Park in the Southside.
Neal Copperman, executive director of AMP Concerts, said staff have been working non-stop for nearly three weeks to bring the series together. He puts Jamie Lenfestey and Tim Franke in charge of the projects in Santa Fe.
“We’ve always been kind of ready to take a step,” Copperman said. “We started working on the show when we had a vague idea that the state would open up again. Each of these steps takes at least two weeks to plan.
The takeover of the Plaza series is very new for AMP Concerts and Copperman said the goal is to present a diverse offering to the public.
“We think it’s essential to be as diverse as possible,” he says of the concerts on offer. “Diversity is at the heart of what we’ve always done and we’ve tried to have a broad spectrum that reflects our community. There is something for everyone and the opportunity to discover a different culture. We want the experience to be very inclusive for both the artists and the audience. ”
The three musical series on offer are free and open to the public.
Copperman says the association dedicates the entire year to fundraising to keep the series available to the public free of charge.
“We did fundraising for six years for the Railyard series,” Copperman said. “When we took the Plaza and SWAN Park, we knew there was a history of people supporting these series. We reached out to the new sponsors. We exceeded our targets and found that the support from the community is really strong.
Copperman said it was interesting to plan a musical series for each event.
“The spaces have their different personalities and we were aware of that during the programming,” he said. “Everyone is special in the way they fit into the community.”
The Plaza series will see Pamyua, Escape on a Horse, Charley Crockett, Ozomatli and an evening of songwriters in July.
The Railyard series will have Jesse Royal at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, July 9. There is also a series of films going on this summer.
SWAN Park will start with Severo y Grupo Fuego at 6.30 p.m. on July 18. For more information and a full schedule, visit ampconcerts.org.