Jam honors all musicians
The second annual Memorial Jam will honor the memory of musicians who have passed on.
Memorial Jam will take place from 5 p.m. to close on Saturday, Oct. 6, at Capitol Bar.
Some of the musicians Memorial Jam honors include guitar player and singer Anthony Rosas and individual solo style musician Luis Graham, said retired heavy equipment lead man for New Mexico Tech, Rob Lopez. Memorial Jam will also remember other musicians, such as Johnny Lucero, JC Campbell, Daniel Padilla, Zach Galbadon and Clifford Lee Cash.
Performing at the event will be musicians from El Paso, Albuquerque and Colorado, including Guy Koplitz, a guitarist from Oregon, and The Murillos; Musician Carlo Chavez from The Remedy; Rosas’ group, Shane Vanlandingham, Keary Gibbons and Mark Howes; and Ernie Dominguez with Southern Rail will perform at the event.
“We are trying to get everyone who is still alive to play while we still can,” Lopez said. “Last year, 75 to 80 people attended the event; there was a great turn out. And it gets bigger each year.”
This is a 21 and over event only, he said. Lopez encourages people who are planning to drink to have a designated driver because he doesn’t want any drinking and driving. Lopez is a guitar player of 39 years and will also perform. He plays mostly rock and roll and heavy metal music.
“I hate being retired, but I enjoy my music,” Lopez said.
This year, Lopez hopes there will be at least over 100 people attending this event, he said.
“We are expanding,” Lopez said. “We have more than 100 confirmations on Facebook of those who will be attending.”
Lopez would like to thank Capitol Bar owner Joanna Debrine for allowing everyone to perform and pay tribute for all musicians. He welcomes anyone to come play to come and play.
This is a free event, he said, there will be no money involved.
“Music is like enchiladas,” Lopez said. “You can build it in so many different ways.”