Mile-long event features 3 stages, food & beverages, classic cars and more
On Saturday, July 16 Route 66 Summerfest will be filled with fun for all ages along one mile of the Mother Road in Albuquerque.
From 2 -10:30 p.m. Central Avenue in Nob Hill between Girard Ave. and Washington Ave. will offer something for everyone. Three stages of live music. The Old Route 66 Car Show and Neon Cruise. Youngsters will love the Kids’ Zone and Youth Central. The Mother Road Artisan Market will offer a wide variety of hand-made and creative items for purchase. And we won’t forget the many taste treats offered by a variety of food trucks, and the offerings of local beer, wine and other libations at the Cork & Tap garden.
Presented by the City of Albuquerque, Nob Hill Main Street and the New Mexico Jazz Festival, the event is free to attend and offers an opportunity to not only enjoy the Summerfest activities, but to visit the many unique shops and restaurants that make Nob Hill a great destination.
The musical performances on three stages will offer great entertainment. The Main Stage headliner is an artist whose popularity with Albuquerque audiences has him returning this year and will take the stage from 9-10:30 p.m. Booker T. Jones’ Stax Soul & Blues Revue is led by the man who sparked the popularity of modern soul, The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee has also been inducted into the Musicians Hall of Fame, and received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. Jones is always pushing boundaries and creating a sound that endures today, for his efforts, Booker T. holds four Grammy Awards.
Preceding him on the Main Stage from 7:40 – 8:30 p.m. is New Orleans-based vocalist Nikki Hill. Known as “A Southern Fireball,” Hill’s roots in Southern church music and immersion in R & B and garage rock rumble has made her a force to be reckoned with. Encouraged by her husband (and her band’s guitarist), Matt Hill, she gave up bartending for the stage and her fan base has grown to fit her big style, of which the Minneapolis Star Tribune wrote, “If Tina Turner and Little Richard had a daughter and raised her with the help of uncles James Brown and Chuck Berry, she’d be like Nikki Hill.” Rt. 66 Summerfest attendees have a rare treat in store!
For the romantics among us, there will be a FREE Group Wedding provided by the Celebration of Love Wedding Chapel at 6 p.m. on the Main Stage. Couples must have a wedding license, which can be picked up at the City Clerk’s office on the 6th floor at Old City Hall (400 Marquette NW).
Highlights of Route 66 Summerfest are the Old Route 66 Car Show and Neon Cruise. Check out the over 150 hot rods, classics, muscle cars and more, then pick your spot for the perfect view of the Neon Cruise that begins at 8:15 p.m., watching as the neon-covered cars glide down Historic Route 66, offering a nostalgic look at the Mother Road’s famous past.
Hungry and thirsty? Make sure to try the tastes offered by more than ten food trucks. You can select a variety of foods, including pizza, tacos, homemade BBQ, gelato, quesadillas and more. And the ever-popular Cork & Tap will feature beer, wine and distilled spirits from Red Door Brewing, Broken Trail, Boxing Bear, Santa Fe Brewing, Left Turn Distillery, Abbey Brewing, St. Clair Winery, Marble, The Canteen, La Cumbre, and Kactus Brewing.
The kids won’t have a minute of boredom with the free Kids’ Zone and Youth Central with rock-climbing wall, face painting, inflatables and a Kids’ Stage. And be sure to take time to visit the Mother Road Artisan Market where you will find a great range of creative options for your home, yourself, or gifting.
Getting there can be a breeze with the free Park & Ride. Drive to the Park & Ride lot on the southwest corner of University of Lomas and take the bus to the UNM’s Johnson Field. Regular Nob Hill street parking will also be available off of Central.
If you prefer two-wheeled transportation, take advantage of the freebike valet provided by Esperanza Bike Shop located on Central Avenue, west of Carlisle in the Fan Tang parking lot.
Main Stage Central & Girard)
2:30 – 3:15 p.m. Ali and the Afterhours – Old school soul music for the modern palette
3:35 – 4:20 p.m. Todd Tijerina – Unique, scorchin’ funky blues
4:45 – 5:35 p.m. Chris Dracup’s Funk of the West – High energy funk with African percussion
6 p.m. GROUP WEDDING
6:20 – 7:15 p.m. Son Como Son – Original Salsa Cuban style
7:40 – 8:30 p.m. Nikki Hill – From New Orleans, it’s roaring boogie that’s “equal parts Staple Singers and AC/DC.”
9 -10:30 p.m. Booker T. Jones’ Stax Soul & Blues Revue – The “Green Onions” father of southern soul music
Center Stage (Central & Carlisle, Nob Hill Shopping Center)
2:30 – 3:20 p.m. Vaivén – Flamenco/Jazz trio
3:35 – 4:35 p.m. Wagogo – World beat from Memphis to Mozambique
4:55 – 5:40 p.m. Eileen & the In Betweens – Social justice-oriented indie folk band
6:05 – 7:55 p.m. Soul, Blues, R&B Revue w/Toni Morgan & Just Us/Cathryn McGill Group + Dewitt Bolden
8:15 – 9:10 p.m. Pleasure Pilots – Rockin’ vintage and original rhythm & blues
9:30-10:30 p.m. Le Chat Lunatique – Filthy mangy jazz
Cork & Tap (Central & Montclair, South Side)
2 – 2:45 p.m. Alpha Cats – A twin guitar swing thing
3:05 – 3:50 p.m. Racine Kreyol – Reggae
4:15 – 5 p.m. Roger Jameson & the Jaded Heart Band
5:25 – 6:10 p.m. Dave Paul Band – Originals and classic blues
6:30 – 7:15 p.m. Mala Maña
7:35 – 8:25 p.m. Busy McCarroll & Her Mighty Amigos
8:45 – 9:40 p.m. Concepto Tambor – Afro-Latin drum ensemble
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