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Downtown Summerfest 2018

Free, family, fun, concert-series.

2018 Downtown Headliner Robert Randolph & The Family Band on Wood and Tin

Saturday, August 4, 2018 | 4-10 p.m.

Civic Plaza  

This free family-friendly event features fun for the whole family including an artisan market, microbrew garden, food trucks and live entertainment from local and national acts.


National Headliner – Robert Randolph & the Family Band

Today the Robert Randolph & the Family Band serves as inspiration for musical artists around the world. The band has received renowned recognition for their Got Soul album as it was nominated for a “Best Contemporary Blues Album” at the 2018 GRAMMY Awards. The renowned pedal steel guitarist, vocalist and songwriter, Robert Randolph, led such a cloistered childhood and adolescence that he heard no secular music while growing up. Robert Randolph and the Family Band will ignite the spirit of Downtown Albuquerque as they take the stage on Civic Plaza during Downtown Summerfest.

Entertainment Schedule

  • 4 p.m. – Dust City Opera
  • 5:20 p.m. – Felix y Los Gatos
  • 6:50 p.m. – Reviva
  • 8:30 p.m. – Robert Randolph & The Family Band

2018 Dust City Opera   2018 Felix y Los Gatos   2018 Reviva

Dust City Opera is New Mexico’s freshest indie folk-rock band led by singer/songwriter Paul Hunton. Known for their playful stage presence and dramatic yet whimsical songs, Dust City Opera is a modern, energetic, rockin’ band with an unusual combination of sounds. Their melodies include the expected rock band instruments, as well as trombone, accordion, clarinet and more.

Felix y Los Gatos is a national touring act with their roots planted firmly in the desert Southwest. With over 15 years of stage experience, the Gato’s have an improvisational style that is uniquely their own. Their sound is crafted through the cultural influences of dydeco, Tex-Mex, blues, and gypsy jazz, swing, a dash of outlaw country, and the mystical, spiritual realm of Santana Latino soul style playing.

Reviva has made a name for themselves in the Albuquerque music scene through their inspiring lyrics, unique sound, and positive vibes. Forming in the fall of 2009, they have turned ears with their original Burqueño/Reggae/Rock rhythm and lyrics, both in English and Spanish that touch the soul. The band’s mission is to revive themselves and others through the healing power of music and to give back and help those in the community.

Food & Drink

Grab a bite to eat from your choice of many local food trucks. Adults can unwind from the week with a glass of the best brews, spirits and wines from the Albuquerque Convention Center and local breweries and wineries.

Artisan Market

Shop local! Browse through a variety of local handcrafted artisans ranging from pottery, housewares, and baked goods to clothing, body products and jewelry. There will be plenty to choose from and these local artisans have what you’re looking for.

Children’s Activities

The kids’ area is full of fun activities including free face painting, inflatable bounce houses and a 25-foot rock climbing wall presented by the City of Albuquerque Parks & Recreation Department.

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