UNM Maxwell Museum Hosts Summer Concert Series

Lone Piñon will perform on August 25 as part of the Maxwell Courtyard Concert Series at the Maxwell Museum. (Courtesy of the Maxwell Museum
of Anthropology)

The courtyard outside the University of New Mexico Maxwell Museum of Anthropology, in partnership with the UNM Museum of Art, is thrilled to host the “Maxwell Courtyard Concert Series” featuring local artists and regional.

“With the pandemic, our museum hasn’t been able to become more of a community space, and we really want it to be,” said Julián Carrillo, curator of education and public programs at the Maxwell Museum. “So we were touched by that and what we really want to do is create a community space for people to know that this is a place where they can come to learn, but also have fun.”

The concerts are also co-sponsored by UNM’s El Centro de la Raza and the UNM Department of Anthropology.

“We thought, you know what, why don’t we do a concert series?” Carrillo said. “You know, something for every type of generation in some way.”

DJ Garronteed will perform on September 30. (Courtesy of the Maxwell Museum
of Anthropology)

The Maxwell holds the title of Albuquerque’s premier public museum and seeks to enable voices and build community.

“We have a very large collection of Native American art, ceramic pottery and baskets. So for a very long time the museum kept these things,” Carrillo said. “But it really is time for indigenous communities to feel that (the) museum belongs to them.”

During the series, the Maxwell, as well as the museum shop, will be open and light meals and refreshments will be offered.

Next up is Lone Piñon on August 25.

“They play different genres of music and resonate with multiple generations of New Mexicans,” Carrillo said. “I’ve seen live performances, and I’ve seen people of all ages get up and dance and really kiss them.”

Lone Piñon likes to implement older sounds in his music.

“Other than that, Lone Piñon does a lot of research and talks to alumni and then brings them into the repertoire so these songs can continue,” Carrillo said. “So it’s a lot about cultural heritage, and our museum is about cultural heritage and the peoples of the southwest.”

As more and more people go out, the courtyard is a perfect place for a concert.

“Well, I think coming from the pandemic, people are cautious, but also want to come together,” Carrillo said.

“The artists will perform, then say a few words about their music, and then we’ll take questions from the audience,” Carrillo said. “So I think that interaction makes it unique because it’s not just like going to a concert, where you see the show, you like it and you go home. Instead, you even meet the artists and you can ask about their creative process.

DJ Randy Boogie will co-direct a show on September 30. (Courtesy of the Maxwell Museum
of Anthropology)

On September 30, DJ Randy Boogie + DJ Garronteed will conclude the series.

“They are both Native American and Southwestern; Arizona and New Mexico, respectively,” Carrillo said. “What’s really important to us are artists who work with young people of all ethnicities and ages, and they have offered that we really reach out to the various cultural centers at UNM.”

The goal is for DJs to help the Courtyard Series integrate people of all colors and walks of life.

“We’re just the guardians of their cultural heritage, and I think with the two DJs, who are very traditional but also innovative in their own art form, it’s great,” Carrillo said. “I think they can talk about what we’re trying to accomplish with the museum, which is to create a space for the community to come together and learn.”

Tickets are free but limited to 80 people per event.

Spectators without a ticket can still enter the museum and enjoy the music, but must sit or stand in the gate and garden.

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