Var­ied en­ter­tain­ment to play at 5 lo­ca­tions

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Sign­ing of Grammy win­ner com­pletes lineup for Route 66 Sum­mer­fest

Al­bu­querque’s mu­si­cal lineup for its Sum­mer­fest series was re­cently com­pleted with the sign­ing of Grammy Award-win­ning singer Irma Thomas as the head­liner for Route 66 Sum­mer­fest on July 21.

Thomas, known as the Soul Queen of New Or­leans, is one of New Or­leans’ most es­teemed and iconic en­ter­tain­ers, or­ga­niz­ers said in a news re­lease.

She has ap­peared on HBO’s hit series Treme, in which she sang with an all-star back­ing band in­clud­ing Allen Tous­saint, who pro­duced some of her best known work.

The Squir­rel Nut Zip­pers bring their mix of jazz, folk and punk rock to Heights Sum­mer­fest at North Domingo Baca Park on Satur­day, June 9, from 4-10 p.m., or­ga­niz­ers said in a news re­lease.

Coun­try mu­sic veteran Jo Dee Messina will head­line July 4 at Bal­loon Fi­esta Park. Messina posted nine No. 1 hits, 16 Top 40 songs, sold more than 5 mil­lion al­bums world­wide, and was hon­ored by the ACM Awards, CMA Awards, and Grammy Awards.

On Aug. 4, Robert Ran­dolph and the Fam­ily Band will bring funk and soul to Civic Plaza dur­ing Down­town Sum­mer­fest. The group’s sound is in­spired by suc­cess­ful 1970s funk bands such as Earth, Wind & Fire and Sly & the Fam­ily Stone. Down­town Sum­mer­fest is from 4-10 p.m.

West­side Sum­mer­fest re­turns to Cot­ton­wood Cor­ners on Aug. 18 from 4-10 p.m. with Ozomatli as the head­liner. The LA group blends gen­res from clas­sic to mod­ern Latino, ur­ban, hip-hop, and other world styles.


Free­dom 4th head­liner is coun­try star Jo Dee Messina.

Grammy Award-win­ning singer Irma Thomas

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