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Band Lineup for ChromaFEST 2017

We are excited to announce we have 10 bands participating in ChromaFEST on April 8th! There will be rock, metal, and folk rock. In between each of these great groups we will have singer/songwriters, poets and maybe a comedian or two from Albuquerque sharing their craft.  This is going to be a great show featuring several of our Chroma Studios resident bands. Tickets are only $10 for the whole day! More ticket information will be available soon! We weren’t anticipating this kind of participation so unfortunately for this year’s show we will not have any of our past bands perform. We’re thinking next year’s ChromaFEST will need to be a two day event!

The schedule of bands is as follows;

11am: Old Devils/the shine
11:45am: TBA
12:10pm: Humble Waves
12:55pm: TBA
2:05pm: TBA
2:30pm: The Haptics
3:15pm: TBA
3:40pm: The MLC
4:25pm: TBA
4:45pm: Sunlight
5:30pm: Aaron Lewis
5:55pm: Critterz
6:40pm: TBA
7:05pm: Modus
7:50pm: TBA
8:15pm: Electoral College Dropouts

The Haptics and Psykick Monkey are performing in their second ChromaFEST show.

IF you are a fan and supporter of live independent music, these bands all take themselves serious enough to rent space so they can rehearse and put on shows in their community. Come help us celebrate their talent and dedication to Albuquerque’s indie music scene.

Chroma Studios, the Music Perspective

We here at Chroma Studios are fans of music ourselves, owning a record collection with well over 8,000 records (if you want to count them come on over). It is through this that we have developed the philosophy that all music has something to offer. Instead of not listening to it and saying it sucks we decided to open ourselves up to the opportunity to listen to a different perspective. Which is all music is really. A different perspective due to a different upbringing. It seems to me that we all could use the reminder that this is one of our strengths. It does not matter what style it is there are only 12 notes, there is melody, there is harmony and form. There is rhythm syncopated and straight. The beauty of all of that is it’s an individual’s voice that makes those 12 notes, melody, harmony, form, and rhythm all come together.

Whenever I rent spaces to bands, they ask what the rules are and this is my response. My number one rule for the band studios is be supportive of your fellow musicians no matter what you do or what they do.  We currently rent 19 band studios and these bands will provide the majority of the music at ChromaFEST. We rent space to all different types of bands. There are some cover bands, original bands, trained musicians, untrained hip hop, rock and roll, metal, and bands I have never heard. Chroma used to house a performance space where Chroma developed a relationship with many Singer Songwriters and poets who will be a part of ChromaFEST in what we call Tweener acts. The Chroma community will provide a diverse set of music that is Albuquerque.

If you are up to listening to a bunch of different styles of music all in one place as part of your day, mark down April 8th and come to ChromaFEST in Albuquerque, NM. I can make you this promise, you won’t be disappointed. More info on ChromaFEST will be shared as we get closer to April, stay tuned…

 

Coming up at Chroma Studios!

It’s official! We have set the dates for our 4th anniversary Chroma Fest: Art, Music and Poetry show. First Friday, May 4th at our Central location we will have an open studios and art show opening. Artists who have their studios will open their doors so you can have a peek inside. We also plan to have some of our previous studio and gallery artists showing as well. Saturday, May 5th (also known around here as Cinco de Mayo!) will be the music and poetry show, an outdoor show/street party at our dead end section of Roma street. The patio will become the stage and several if not all of our studio bands will perform along with local poets and other musicians with a Chroma connection. The graffiti art show will be happening down in the Chroma basement halls all day Saturday as well. More information will be released as we know more. Stay tuned…… 🙂

April First Friday: Two Years of Chroma Studios!

The featured artist this month is Chroma Studio’s own Paula Manning Lewis, owner/proprietor. Paula will be showing us new work featuring a twist on artistic harmony. This collection of work includes artistically painted guitars, allowing art & music to collide.

Some other features for the evening will be:

Studios downstairs will be open and artists will be here to answer questions and share their work spaces.

Albuquerque SLAM Poets will be here offering their art of the spoken word. Join Carlos Contreras, Kenn Rodriguez, Hakim Bellamy and friends for their thought provoking & always entertaining poetry.

Various musicians will bring us musical entertainment throughout the evening. Wayne Shrubsall will perform his banjo music. Danny Clayburn will entertain us with his talents of playing the bottleneck slide. John Simmons, the “Human Jukebox” will invite us into his world of musical storytelling. This is only a short list of what is materializing in the performance space for this coming First Friday event.

A new twist on poetry, Elevator Haikus with Zack and Té, will be going on throughout the evening. Ride the elevator to the downstairs studios and hear a haiku!

Our kids art studio (for kids of all ages) will be open and chock full of supplies for art making!

There will be a scavenger hunt with prizes!

This will be an evening full of entertainment for all; visually, musically & generally all encompassing good times. We hope to see you here.