We love to listen to all kinds of music. We love to listen for a good cause. We love to listen to local groups. We love to listen to groups from far away. We love to listen to guitars, harps, violins, pianos, banjos, drums, ukuleles and voices. We love to listen outside under the beautiful Albuquerque sky. We love to listen inside of Albuquerque’s neat indoor venues.
Good news! Albuquerque is more than willing to provide tons of concerts that fit all of our interests and loves. And it just so happens that Thursday seems to be Albuquerque’s very favorite day for concerts. And when you think about it, Thursday nights are really pretty perfect for concert going—after work, before the weekend.
We love to listen on Thursdays. And we think that with this many choices, there’s something you’ll love to listen to, too!
For country music:
Grab a nonperishable food item or cash donation to benefit the Roadrunner Food Bank to County Line Bar-B-Q every Thursday for the Giant Music Series. The concerts take place from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. and are free. Tonight, Micky and The Motorcars, a big name on the alternative country beat, will perform outside under the beautiful New Mexico sky.
Where: County Line Bar-B-Q, 9600 Tramway Blvd. NE, 856-7477
When: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. every Thursday through August 19.
Upcoming: Randy Houser (July 1), Lee Brice (July 8), Kevin Fowler (August 19), complete list online.
For classical music:
The Albuquerque Museum of Art and History hosts the Turner to Cezanne Concert Series this month featuring music from the 19th and 20th century. Tonight’s concert spotlights pieces like Franck’s Sonata for Violin and Piano and Berlioz’s Harold in Italy, based around “French Romanticism.” The concerts are presented in conjunction with the museums current Turner to Cezanne exhibit of impressionist paintings.
Where: The Albuquerque Museum of Art and History, 2000 Mountain Road NW, 243-7255
When: 6p.m. on Thursday nights through June 24.
Upcoming: 20th Century French (June 24)
For world music:
It’s tough to beat the Botanic Gardens for gorgeous, and what better way to enhance the already amazing park than the very best in world and folk music? The Summer Nights Concert Series at the park presents Wagogo Banda tonight. The Albuquerque group that specializes in island grooves, Northern Mexican folk music and Zimbabwe spirit music, and will perform tonight from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the gardens.
Where: Albuquerque Botanic Gardens, 2601 Central Ave, 768-2000
When: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday nights through August 12.
Upcoming: Eliza Gilkyson (July 8), Boris and the Saltlicks (July 22), Po’ Girl (August 5)
For jazz music:
Thursday nights are Summer Jazz Nights at Outpost, Albuquerque’s community-based performing arts center. Jackie Zamora Brazilian Quintet and Greg Abate Quartet perform at 7:30 p.m. tonight. Outposts presents two groups every Thursday night all summer.
Where: Outpost Performance Space, 210 Yale, 268-4481
When: 7:30 p.m. on Thursday nights through August 13.
Upcoming: The Claudio Perez Trio (July 1), The Doug Lawrence Quartet (July 15), Saudade (August 12)
Did we miss any great concerts going on tonight? Let us know what you’re looking forward to after work tonight!