Monday, July 17, 2017

15th Annual Edgewood Music & Arts Festival

15th Annual Edgewood Music & Arts Festival
Featuring John McCutcheon


     
John McCutcheon returns to perform at Edgewood’s 15th Annual Music & Arts Festival at Wildlife West Nature Park on Saturday, July 29th.  One of our most respected and beloved folk singers, McCutcheon has produced 34 albums earning him six Grammy nominations. He is a multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter, storyteller, activist and author.  As an instrumentalist he is a master of a dozen traditional instruments, most notably the rare and beautiful hammer dulcimer. People of every generation feel at home with McCutcheon on stage. “Storytelling with the richness of fine literature,” touted the Washington Post. “One of our country’s best songwriters,” praised Pete Seeger.
            Also joining McCutcheon will be Coral Creek from Colorado with their high energy original music spanning rock, country, bluegrass, Cajun, folk and island music. James Reams & the Barnstormers will bring authentic Kentucky Mountain old-time and bluegrass music to the Festival along with seven other bands. Music starts on Saturday at 11 a.m. with bands changing every hour performing on two stages until 10 p.m. This energetic, family-oriented music festival takes place in a covered all-weather amphitheater and air conditioned historic pinto bean barn with plenty of seating. 
The Festival starts on Friday night, July 28th at 6:00 p.m. with a special free-flight Peregrine Falcon show presented by world-renowned falconer Tom Smylie. Experience these magnificent birds close up and learn how the fastest raptor on earth survives in the wild. Then a delicious Cowboy Chuckwagon barbecue is served at 7:00 p.m. followed by award winning singer, Syd Masters and the Swingriders. New Mexico Magazine reported that Masters is “a southwestern music icon and luminary of Cowboy Americana!”  All ages love to kick-up their heels on the newly expanded dance floor near the stage.
            "Wildlife West is the best outdoor music venue in the state," described Bob Gray, a member of The Hot Club of Santa Fe, who has performed all over the country.  Plus temperatures are much cooler in the East Mountains so remember to bring a jacket.
A variety of tasty foods and local craft beer will be available on Saturday. Moriarty’s Sierra Blanca Brewery will serve a variety of beers made in a traditional non-mechanized way.  Local artists will display their artistic creations and an amazing juggler for the kids. Throughout the weekend, visitors can stroll around the wildlife zoo and get eye to eye with two young cougars and other animals. Free hayrides, parking and dry camping.
Get Music Festival discount tickets for $25 online at www.wildlifewest.org or $30 at the door, children 11 and younger are free. See the website for a complete list of performers and times. For the Friday night Chuckwagon reservations are required by 2 p.m. the day of show. Tickets online are $25/adults, $23/seniors, $12/children 5-11 years of age and children under 4 years are free. Tickets can also be purchased for $28/person or $15/child by calling Wildlife West at 505-281-7655 or toll free 877-981-9453.
Don’t miss this incredible line-up of musicians and local artists in a beautiful high desert setting that is 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, and Santa Fe and Moriarty Lodger’s Tax.

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