Currently I am playing guitar in Mestizo, a theatrical presentation by Su Teatro in Denver. The production commemorates the 40th anniversary of the landmark album Mestizo by Chicano musician Daniel Valdez. Throughout his career Daniel has collaborated with Artists such as Linda Ronstadt, Carlos Santana, and James Taylor. Also a writer and actor, he was in the movie La Bamba and appeared on Broadway in Zoot Suit, both of which he wrote with his brother Luis Valdez. The play opens Thursday the 10th and runs till the 27th of October. More info at suteatro.org
I am pleased to be returning back to my hometown for this special show. I am in the midst of a 6 week west coast tour with living looping artist Arthur Lee Land. I am helping with guitar tech, roadie, and driving duties. He was kind enough to work my family reunion in Alamosa into the tour schedule and we will be sharing the stage for what promises to be an exciting evening of music. This show is a year after I moved from Alamosa to the front range, making it extra special. I am excited to share with all y'all what I've been up to since I have left! Tickets available at Narrow Gauge Newsstand or by calling 719-589-6543
Time has been flying as of late for me! It's hard to believe that we are already two weeks into the new year. Something about the colder weather that winter ushers in causes it to be a time of introspection. Slowly but surely getting settled into life in the new locale of Longmont, Colorado. Towards the end of the month I am heading out to Park City, Utah from January 23rd-27th to play in some music showcases put on by Access Film Music including a performance on Park City TV's Mountain Views with Terry Burden. Full schedule and details at Accessfilmmusic.net
It's almost been a month since the move up to the front range. Right now I am staying with a friend of my dads in Niwot, CO. To start the whole adventure off I attended the The Rocky Mountain Song School in Lyons August 12-16. It was an inspiring week of creating music and making some new friends. The sense of community there was unreal and people were so jazzed about making music that it created a buzz that was magical. I've got my first show in Boulder this coming Thursday. It would be great to see some SLV transplants to the front range there! Old friends and new, hope you are doing swell today and enjoying the transition into fall!
Less then a week till the move date. Getting everything packed up. One last show in Alamosa before I move to Lyons, CO for more musical adventures. Would love to see you there!
I hope you are all enjoying the transition into spring time. This last week in the San Luis Valley has seen some beautiful sunny days. Riding bikes to friends BBQ's and playing guitar in the park- there is a lot to look forward to in the days to come! I've been working on lining up some live dates, check the site often for more additions! an ALMA and Friends Benefit show in April, Crestone in May, and in June, I am excited to play The Cowgirl in Santa Fe, NM. This cool spot has been featured in The New York Times and On Rachel Ray's 40 Dollars a Day on The Food Network. Well, I'm going to get away from this dang computer screen and catch some sunshine!
The Southern Colorado Film Commission's goal is to bring film production and job opportunities to Southern Colorado and the San Luis Valley. They put this reel together that showcases the are to shop around to movie producers. An instrumental version of Antonio's song "Simple Life" is used in this promo video. I don't know about you; but this video makes me want to get out there and explore!
Danny Ledonne from Emberwilde Productions shot some video footage at the SOLD-OUT CD release show back in November. I have made a new Youtube account and there will you be able to find many songs from that show, with more being added periodically. Subscribe to the channel here.
Valley Wide presents the 21st annual "Share The Magic" Gala. This is a fundraiser for La Puente, a homeless shelter in Alamosa. The Gala takes place on December 2nd before The ASC Theater Departments opening performance of "A Christmas Carol". Antonio A. Lopez will be performing in The Experimental Theater from 6-8 before the start of the play.
Thanks again to such an awesome crowd at last night's sold-out CD release
show! Hopefully the first of many album releases:) You all amazed me! Everyone
that came got a complimentary copy of The Romantic and The Realist. If you
enjoyed the show or the album, let's spread this thing by word of mouth! Word of
mouth is exponentially more powerful then any other form of marketing. Heck,
I'm not trying to market, I just want to share my passion with the world. I
financed this album working thousands upon thousands of hours at 5 different
jobs that pay $10 an hour or less. Saving up several thousand dollars is not
easy when you are chipping away at the stone in this fashion. I just REALLY
REALLY believe in this group of songs and want to put them out there...I got the
best producer that money COULDN'T buy- producer Zachary Hollander of The Pearl
Recording Studio hooked me up and worked for way less than his normal rates.
What he did and does is unreal. Mark my words that this guy is going to be a
legendary producer and engineeer. Look at the dudes production credits- then
consider the fact that he is only 27 years old.
One of the top drummers in Minneapolis Alexander Young just completely nailed
EVERYTHING. His drumming is like a cinematic masterpiece in 3-D with Dolby
surround sound- even if you are listening through a mono speaker. James Towns
grooves on the bass and locks in like no other- and is one cool dude to boot.
James has it going on. And what more can I say about Don Richmond except the
fact that every time I work with him he amazes me more and more. You're the
musical ambassador for the SLV - but if earth sent a spaceship to another planet
you could easily be chosen as the musical ambassador for planet earth! Thanks
to Sonny Chavez, Benjamin Melgares, Ben Rumble, and Inaih lujan for helping me
with the graphic work!
The guys that played in the CD release show band had there work cut out for
them. I don't know if they knew what they were getting themselves into when they
agreed to do it...:) Next time I write some songs, I promise not to make them so
hard! The first time we rehearsed was 48 hours before the show. Don
Conoscenti, Don Richmond, Patrick Turnmire, and Dan Daily- I owe you all big
time. Any dish washing or snow shoveling you guys need? Patrick, you were
telling me you needed an 8 ft. hole dug in your backyard right? For those that
weren't able to make it to the show, Emberwilde productions was shooting some
video footage so we will get that up soon!
----AND A BIG THANKS TO EVERYBODY, family, friends, and friends that I just
haven't met yet. Especially if you are still reading this:)---- The album is
officially released! itunes, Amazon, etc...and physical copies through my
website www.antonioalopez.com. The Holiday season is approaching and this can
make a great gift! lol. Please rate and write a review for the album on itunes,
amazon, my website etc. WORD OF MOUTH. WORD OF MOUTH. -let's say it all
together- WORD OF MOUTH.
thanks and much love,
Antonio A. Lopez