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
Tickets are now available for the CD release show. I'm getting excited for this one...Tickets are available at the Adams State College Music Dept. , The Narrow Gauge Newsstand, or here on the website. If you live in the area, you can get them straight from me also. The show is expected to be sold-out so get your tickets before it is to late!
I rolled out of bed this morning about 5:15. Right now is crunch time, no rest for the wicked! After a quick little run around the neighborhood streets, I started pounding the virtual pavement. Things are starting to come together for the album release show. The main task for today is to finish the charts for all the musicians. I've got a really talented group consisting of The Don Conoscenti Trio from down in Taos, NM and local legend Don Richmond on pedal steel, mandolin, and banjo. In my neck of the woods, these two guys are the premier singer songwriters and it feels great to have them onboard! Heck, several years ago when I had an internship at The National Guitar Workshop in Connecticut, I heard Don Conoscenti's song "The Other Side" on a radio station in the airplane while traveling home! The show is going to be at Leon Memorial in Alamosa and is going to be sponsored by The Alamosa Live Music Asscociation. Ticket sales will be available very soon. Mark your calenders for Friday 11/11/11! Also everyone that buys a ticket for the release show is going to get a complimentary copy of the 13 track album. Lets pack the house!
With The Romantic and The Realist almost to be released, I'd just like to thank everybody that played a part in the making of the album. First off, the Anderson family for putting me in touch with Zach and Noah Hollander of The Pearl Recording Studio in Minneapolis, MN. The chemistry that Zach as a producer and me as an artist have was like nothing that I have ever been a part of. After 12 hour days recording from noon to midnight- I'd never fail to wake up at 4am to excited about what we were going to work on the next day. The musicians that played on the album totally nailed all the parts that I was hearing in my head. The songs have some strange structures and chord changes and definitely kept them on their toes! Thanks for the sounds Alexander Young, James Towns, Don Richmond, and Andre Rodriquez ! I'd also like to thank my Mom and Dad, Raquel, Reyes, Amadeo, Paquito and Tati. I love you guys.
Well I better get back to work on getting the final details for the album worked out! Been doing some early mornings and late nights, but I am confident that they will pay off. Until next time! "like" my facebook music page if you get a chance to!
A very excited,
Antonio A. lopez