Virtual LemonAid is a compilation of talents with deep ties to Northern New Mexico and its incredible history, culture, and sense of place. Each of these artists have contributed their time and talents to the broadcast of the original Virtual LemonAid show and the BONUS TRACKS show.
As the inaugural Poet Laureate of Albuquerque, NM (2012-2014), Hakim Bellamy is a national and regional Poetry Slam Champion, and holds three consecutive collegiate poetry slam titles at the University of New Mexico. His poetry has been published in on the Albuquerque Convention Center, on the outside of a library, in inner-city buses and in numerous anthologies across the globe. Learn more about Hakim at www.beyondpoetryink.com
Buffy Sainte-Marie is touring constantly, and coming off her critically acclaimed, award-winning 2015 album Power in the Blood. Since her groundbreaking debut, 1964’s It’s My Way!, the Cree singer-songwriter has been a trailblazer and a tireless advocate, an innovative artist, and a disruptor of the status quo. Learn more - www.buffysainte-marie.com
Meredith Monk is a composer, singer, director/choreographer and creator of new opera, music-theater works, films and installations. Recognized as one of the most unique and influential artists of our time, she is a pioneer in what is now called “extended vocal technique” and “interdisciplinary performance.” Learn more at www.meredithmonk.org
Daniel Rossen is an American multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter. He is best known as the guitarist and co-lead vocalist of the indie rock band Grizzly Bear, with whom he has recorded four studio albums. Rossen is also a member of Department of Eagles, and released a solo EP, Silent Hour/Golden Mile, in 2012. Learn more about Daniel at www.danielrossen.com/music
John Dieterich is a musician known largely for his work in the band Deerhoof, which he has been a member of since 1999. In that time, Deerhoof has released 13 critically acclaimed albums and toured extensively throughout North and South America, Europe, Australia and Asia. Learn more about John at www.deerhoof.net
A HAWK & A HACKSAW
A Hawk and a Hacksaw is an American folk duo from Albuquerque, New Mexico, currently signed to L.M. Dupli-cation. The band consists of accordionist Jeremy Barnes, who was previously the drummer for Neutral Milk Hotel and Bablicon, and violinist Heather Trost. The music is inspired by Eastern European, Turkish and Balkan traditions, and is mostly instrumental. They have released six albums and have toured internationally. Learn more - http://lmduplication.com/
Lone Piñon is a New Mexican string band, or “orquesta típica”, whose music celebrates the integrity of their region's cultural roots. With fiddles, upright bass, accordions, vihuela, mandolin, guitars, jarana huasteca, and vocals in Spanish, English, Nahuatl, and P’urepecha, they play a wide spectrum of the traditional music that is at home in New Mexico. Learn more at www.lonepinon.com
From Dixon/Embudo, NM, Vicente has devoted his life to the study of Cante Flamenco, the art of flamenco singing. In 1992, Vicente began touring world wide with the Jose Greco II Flamenco Dance Company. He sings for Yjastros, the American Flamenco Repertoire Company and tours internationally. Vicente is currently presenting the musical group ReVoZo. Learn more - www.vicentegriego.com
Nacha Mendez is pioneering the genre of World Latin music, drawing from the influences of her youth combined with the formal training she received during her world travels. Nacha grew up as Marghreta Cordero in the tiny border town of La Union, in southern New Mexico. Nacha is recipient of the New Mexico Music Commission’s 2018 Platinum Music Award. Learn more about Nacha www.nachamendez.com
ASHLEY MOYER - SAYWUT?!
Ashley Moyer aka Saywut?! Originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico. Widely known for her unique talent of Beatboxing (producing sounds and beats through her mouth), Ashley is an award winning female beat boxer. She has been a fixture in the hip hop scene from coast to coast performing for Federal and state educational, environmental, and humanitarian aid workshops through the use of non-traditional, alternative music outlets. Learn more about Ashley at www.beatboxbeauty.com
LUKE BERN CARR
Luke Bern Carr is a songwriter, composer, and multi-instrumentalist producer based in Northern New Mexico. Known for his unique compositional structures, vivid guitar work, and distinct production, Carr is currently preparing for the release of his second solo album in 2020. Learn more about Luke at www.lukeberncarr.com
Rooted in the high desert, Future Scars is a tender, frenzied monsoon of sound. With lyrically-focused songs that rise and fall between impassioned roars and soft confessions, they create a dramatic, emotionally turbulent musical landscape for the members’ diverse influences to converge. www.futurescars.bandcamp.com
Tiago Arrais is a singer and songwriter, well know as member of Brazilian indie-folk band Os Arrais with his brother André Arrais. Follow Tiago at instagram.com/tiagoarrais
TAN COLOGNE is the new project of Lauren Green (ex Mirror Travel) and interdisciplinary artist Marissa Macias formed in Taos, New Mexico. Tan Cologne released their debut album Cave Vaults on the Moon in New Mexico in February 2020 through Sweden's Labrador Records. Cave Vaults on the Moon in New Mexico is a story of time capsules and contact; examining fossilized terrains, monsoons, New Age dreams, alien visitations, resurrected communes, and the life cycle of a human ego on Earth. Check them out here - www.tancologne.com
Prism B!tch is a hard rock band that beamed down in 2016 from the dust and wind of New Mexico. The group started as a four piece and asexually reproduced an additional member in 2017, resulting in a 5 piece mix of heavy guitar/keyboard layers blended with pop hooks/melodies/harmonies and occasional total noise freakouts. From humble beginnings at a punk rock coffeehouse open mic to nominations in the weekly alibi’s "best of burque” music awards for 2017, 2018, and 2019. www.prismbitch.com
MIKE MARCHANT / LIGHTNING CULT
Lightning Cult is a new project created by Mike Marchant, a self-taught songwriter and multi-instrumentalist whose work received consistent critical acclaim during a productive period that began in 2007 and ended after a cancer diagnosis in 2012. He was described by Westword as “one of Denver’s best songwriters” and by the Denver Post as “one of Denver’s most admired songwriters and performers”. Learn more - www.lightningcult.bandcamp.com
Grace Browning is the newly appointed Principal Harpist of The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and the Santa Fe Opera. An equal devotee of ensemble music and solo performance, Grace has been recognized for her commanding stage presence, artistic versatility, and her dedication to community engagement. www.gracebrowningharpist.com
Pushing the boundaries of a traditional singer/songwriter, Tiffany Christopher has developed a musical career of highly acclaimed performances as a one woman band. Creating her own alternative brand of folk-rock, she has opened for and performed with a wide variety of trend-setting musicians including Brandi Carlile, Ani DiFranco, Indigo Girls, Martin Sexton, Billy Corgan, Michael Franti, Tim Reynolds, Todd Snider and Jethro Tull. Learn more at www.tiffanychristopher.com
UNITED WORLD COLLEGE - AFRICAN CHORUS
The 18 UWC schools and colleges make up a movement that includes more than 60,000 alumni around the world. The United States campus is located in Montezuma, New Mexico. The Arts and Culture Signature Program emphasizes a globally-minded approach to the creative process that honors the complexity and diversity of our students’ everyday experiences. We embrace the arts as a unique access point for a broader exploration of the role that culture plays in our lives and in the world, as well as an opportunity to help us communicate across barriers of language, politics, and divergent ways of learning. Learn more about this performance at www.uwc-usa.org/looking-back-at-shosholoza
Santa Fe-based songwriter and author David Berkeley writes songs capable of both breaking and mending the heart. The San Francisco Chronicle calls him a “musical poet,” and the New York Times praises his “lustrous, melancholy voice with shades of Tim Buckley and Nick Drake.” He was a guest on This American Life, and he’s won many songwriting awards and honors including ASCAPs Johnny Mercer Songwriting Award. He’s released six studio albums, one live album, a DVD, and authored two books. Learn more about David at http://davidberkeley.com/bio/
Quirky, offbeat and melodic, his award-winning “theatrical folk music” is a singular mix of country and rock, which he has been recording and releasing on cassettes, CDs and vinyl records since the mid eighties. He has toured extensively throughout the States and Europe, opening and sharing the stage with the likes of Peter Rowan, The Violent Femmes, Arlo and Sara Lee Guthrie, Mojo Nixon and James McMurtry. Joe lives on his family homestead south of Santa Fe where he spends his free hours gardening and tending to a flock of chickens. Learn more about Joe at https://www.joewestmusic.com/
Santa Fe, NM based surf punk band formed in a hurry. The Batrays long for the ocean but make do with the land locked, tideless Rio Grande. With members of Clementine Was Right and a rockabilly bent á la Wanda Jackson, The Batrays are poppy, doo-woppy and oh-so-catchy with enough of a Link Wray-esque fuzzy edge to keep it rocking. Check them out here - www.thebatrays.bandcamp.com/releases
Jono will always be associated with New York City, even though he’s lived in Santa Fe, New Mexico since 1992. His time out West has expanded his artistic palette, enriching his aesthetic with an earthy Americana quality that subtly courses through Silver Moon. His story spans rocking dive bars in gritty NYC 1970s to hitting that pinnacle of performing at Madison Square Garden. Between these book ends, Jono has played countless iconic venues and bars, house concerts, and festival stages, and he’s become an in-demand producer, sideman, and songwriter. Learn more - www.jonomanson.com/
Felecia Ford's singing career has taken her across seas and to almost every state in the U.S., singing in both prestigious theaters and the most acclaimed rock venues in the United States. Her recording career is extensive; she has recorded on literally hundreds of songs through the years for many great bands. Felecia has opened for Dolly Pardon, Willie Nelson; Felecia's band Hundred Year Flood has shared the stage with many well-known and talented bands, including SonVolt, Ozomatli, Dave Alvin, Charlie Sexton (Bob Dylan's lead guitar player), James McMurtry, Stix, and
many more. Learn More - www.kokopellimusic.com/artists/felicia-ford/
Justin Schmidt is an American soccer player who currently plays for New Mexico United in the USL Championship. Soccer isn't his only talent though, - Justin sang A cappella in college, and will share a very special performance for Virtual LemonAid audiences on May 18th.
David Byrne is a British-American singer, songwriter, musician, record producer, artist, actor, writer, music theorist, and filmmaker who is a founding member and the principal songwriter, lead singer, and guitarist of the American new wave band Talking Heads. Byrne has released solo recordings and worked with various media including film, photography, opera, fiction, and non-fiction. He has received Academy, Grammy, and Golden Globe Awards, and he is an inductee to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Stewart Copeland is an American musician and composer. He was the drummer of the British rock band the Police, has produced film and video game soundtracks and written various pieces of music for ballet, opera and orchestra. According to MusicRadar, Copeland's "distinctive drum sound and uniqueness of style has made him one of the most popular drummers to ever get behind a drum set." He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of The Police in 2003, the Modern Drummer Hall of Fame in 2005, and the Classic Drummer Hall of Fame in 2013.
Fred Schneider is an American singer, songwriter, arranger, and musician, best known as the frontman of the rock band The B-52's, arguably the biggest party band of the late-'70s punk/new wave era, of which he is a founding member. Schneider is well known for his sprechgesang, which he developed from reciting poetry over guitars.
Though he was born and raised in “The City Different” and has been drawing since kindergarten, Mikey Rae is not your typical Santa Fe artist. Mikey’s illustrations from the hallway and within Meow Wolf’s flagship exhibit, House of Eternal Return depict simple, energetic, and thought-provoking scenes. Whether funny or deep, they are some of the most Instagrammed artworks from the exhibit. Check out Mikey's project Legit Concerns here - www.legitconcerns.com
Ali MacGraw is an American actress. She first gained attention with her role in the film Goodbye, Columbus (1969), for which she won the Golden Globe Award for Most Promising Newcomer. She gained an international profile for her role in the film Love Story (1970), for which she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress and won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama. Ali currently resides in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Lee David Zlotoff is an award-winning writer, producer and director of film and television. Among his more than one hundred hours of television credits, he was the creator/writer of the original hit series “MacGyver” as well as the writer/director of the indie hit film “Spitfire Grill” which won the coveted Audience Award at the Sundance film festival. Zlotoff is a graduate of St. John’s College where he has served for over a decade on the board of directors and is now one of the founders and directors of the online streaming Santa Fe Network.
Gary Farmer is an Aboriginal Canadian actor and musician. He is perhaps best known for his roles in the film Dead Man (1995) and Smoke Signals (1998). In his career spanning over three decades, Farmer received three Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male nominations. He is widely recognized as a pioneer in the development of First Nations media in Canada and is the founding director of an urban Indian radio network, Aboriginal Voices Radio Network.
Brian Hardgroove is a record producer, bassist and member of the legendary hip-hop group Public Enemy. With productions that include the extraordinary talents of Chuck D, Steven Tyler & Joe Perry, Burning Spear, Marc Anthony, Supertramp and The Fine Arts Militia, his most cherished work is the production of two of China’s premier punk bands, Demerit and Brain Failure. Hardgroove’s musical repertoire spans the genres of hip-hop, soul, rhythm and blues, rock and reggae. He also served as Artist In Residence at Santa Fe University of Art and Design.
Shandien grew up in Flagstaff, AZ. At the age of 10 she started learning the ancestral Hoop Dance often performed in cultural ceremonies and Powwows. She quickly discovered herself a talent for that discipline. Her brother and mentor is Nakotah Larance, the current Hoop Dance World Champion. Shandien is currently performing in Cirque du Soleil's TOTEM. Her father, Steve LaRance, runs the local nonprofit Lightning Boy Foundation. - www.lightningboyfoundation.com