September 2018 - Follow-Up: SOMOS ABQ
It was another world in Downtown Albuquerque as SOMOS ABQ made their second annual appearance on August 25th. The bustling area was transformed into an artist wonderland, showcasing the best Albuquerque has to offer. Local businesses, organizations, musicians, artists and more gathered together to show the town the beauty within this state. We arrived at the event around 3:30 pm and was treated to a welcome spread before we took to the streets to explore.
After walking through the white tent, we witnessed a wonderful display of creative art including streamers created with plastic bags, a giant handmade Lite-Brite, a television with flowers blooming, and street drains decorated with color. The music was plentiful - offering over four different stages: R&B, Rock, Pop, and Electro. Some of our favorite moments were the areas provided for kids. There was a cooking station provided by The Hyatt Downtown, a coloring table from Homewise and plenty of goats and ponies for the children to pet. One of the moments that stood out was AirDance ArtSpace, a dance collective of aerialists and stilters. Witnessing one of the performers balance a lady with his feet and arms while laying on the ground was mesmerizing!
SOMOS ABQ also provided other events leading up to the highly attended festival. Along with The City of Albuquerque, SOMOS hosted a comedy event called StANNEd Up for Albuquerque. Hosted by Lauren Poole, the beloved actor, and comedian who made Lynette a household name with “Shit Burquenos Say.” The event also featured special guest Anne Heche who was debuting her stand up act for the first time. We even had the opportunity to interview her after the show which ending in a dance-off. Only in Albuquerque. Local comics including Zach Abeyta, David Montoya, Matt Peterson, and Caitlin Minton to name a few also took to the stage making the event a successful evening.
The organizers of this event have surpassed their expectations from last year. We look forward to 2019.