The Silver City Public Library is pleased to announce the return of their popular seasonal concert series, starting in January 2017. Four free concerts are scheduled for the first Friday of each month from January through April, each starting at 6:00pm. Musical styles will range from bluegrass and traditional New Mexican to music from Gambia and Mexico. The events are free and open to the public thanks to the support of the Friends of the Library, the New Mexico Humanities Council, and the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs.
The Las Cruces-based Hard Road Trio (Steve Smith, Chris Sanders, and Anne Luna) will kick off the series on January 6th at 6pm. Their music grows from Steve’s love of bluegrass rooted in his native Virginia, the beauty of choral singing ever-present in Chris’ Minnesota childhood and the tradition of music in Anne’s New Mexico family. The trio has captured audiences across the country with their Southwestern blend of Bluegrass and Americana, the depths of their songwriting, and the power of their distinctive voices.
The series will continue with a special presentation on northern New Mexican ritual and traditional folk music and song by Dr. Cipriano Vigil on February 3. Dr. Vigil, a native of Chamisal in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, is the living embodiment of nuevomexicano ritual music. His program is made possible by the New Mexico Humanities Council and the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs.
Concert attendees will have an opportunity to explore music from much further afield on March 3 at a performance by Sean Gaskell. Gaskell features traditional songs on the Kora, a 21 string harp that he learned how to play throughout the course of multiple visits to its homeland in Gambia, West Africa.
Finally, on April 7 the library will welcome Maria y Yahví, multi-instrumentalists and vocalists who joyfully share music from various Mexican music traditions including music from the U.S./Mexico border, Son Jarocho (Veracruz), and Son Calentano (Michoacan/Guerrero). Their instrumentation includes fiddle, guitar, jarana, voice, percussion and marimbol.
The Silver City Public Library is located at 515 W. College Avenue on the corner of College and Cooper Street in Silver City. Doors open 30 minutes before performance time. Space is limited and will be a on a first come, first seated basis. For more information call the library at 575-538-3672.