Casa de Cultura is a community based organization that seeks to create a strong cultural environment in Las Vegas and in Northern New Mexico. One of the strategic objectives of Casa is to present multicultural experiences for the citizens in efforts to help our people gain appreciation of other cultures.
This year’s Ain’t Got No Frijoles Blues was a rousing success with a rockin’ party on Friday night, Sept. 14, at the Plaza Hotel featuring Wayne Roper’s Unfinished Business and The Rudy Boy Experiment, one of Albuquerque’s great blues bands.
On Saturday, Unfinished Business, Jeff Romero’s Rainy Morning Blues Band and The Memphis P Tails played in a free concert at the Old Town Plaza Park. There was an $8 cover charge at the Friday night event. This helped to provide a free concert for the people of Las Vegas.
On Saturday, two youth performers took stage at the start of the concert: 11-year-old Andres Garcia, playing blues guitar and Justin L’Esperance, 12-year-old country singer and composer. Casa de Cultura was honored to have had these two young musicians from our very own community of Las Vegas perform for us.
We thank Plaza Burgers, Estella’s Café, White Buffalo Concession, Pedro’s Bakery, El Fidel Restaurant and El Burro for providing a delisioso menu.
Our generous donors: Southwest Capital Bank; Community 1st Bank; McCune Charitable Foundation; Luna Community College; Highlands University; San Miguel County Lodgers Tax Board; San Miguel /Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce; City of Las Vegas Lodger Tax Board; City of Las Vegas; New Mexico Department of Transportation, District IV; KFUN, KNMX, KBAC, KEDP, KTAO, KTRC, KUNM Radio Stations; Santa Fe Audio Visual; New Mexico‘s Blues Society; Plaza Hotel; Holiday Inn Express; Sky Chief Liquors of Springer; Dick’s Liquor & Deli; Charlie’s Restaurant; Territorial Title; Randall E. Garcia, DDS, PC; Wells Fargo Bank; Sandi Maestas; Quick Lube Center; Del Norte Pharmacy; North Valley Senior Center, Albuquerque; Love Music, and Traveler’s Café.
Special thanks: Nick Angel, Graphic Arts and Freddy Cruz, T-shirt designer; New Mexico Highlands Club, MeCHA; Highlands Conservation Club; New Mexico’s Blues Society; Team Cutters; Media Mayhem, Virginia Marrujo; Boys & Girls Club, and Community for Clean Water Air and Earth Organization.
To all our community volunteers who worked hard to put this together, most importantly the public who have supported us and all of Casa de Cultura’s events, Mil Gracias!
Casa de Cultura