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Cobi coming to town: Artist on the rise has plenty of buzz

Rising star Cobi is planning to release a new album later this year. (Courtesy of Shervin Lainez)

When Cobi rolls into the Duke City and sets up at Launchpad, it will be his first time performing in the city.

Is he nervous about playing a new market?

“Expectations can be dangerous,” he says. “I go into each show with an open mind and perform to the best of my ability.”

Cobi is currently one of the most buzzed-about acts in music. His single, “Don’t You Cry for Me,” has been compared to Hozier’s smash single, “Take Me to Church,” because of the use of a choir.

But Cobi is different. He’s working to make a name for himself as a solo artist, after his time with a band came to an end a few years ago. With an upcoming album due out later this year, he can’t wait.

“The songs are being mixed and mastered as we speak,” he says. “It’s the most wonderful thing and it’s the scariest. All of the work I’ve done for the last two years is coming to fruition.”

Cobi will perform at Launchpad on Tuesday, May 23. To read more about this up-and-coming artist, click below.

Speaking of up-and-coming artists, I got a chance to speak with Paul Klein of Los Angeles-based band LANY. The band is currently on tour and will drop its self-titled debut album on June 30th. Read more at the link below.

The weather is definitely warmer and it’s time for plenty of festivals. Staff writer Rozanna M. Martinez caught up with the organizers behind the Rio Grande Celtic Festival, which is in its 29th year. To read more about the traditional sports and events, follow the link …

And Country Music Hall of Famer Richard Sterban of The Oak Ridge Boys took some time to chat with me about the upcoming tour. The legendary group isn’t in Albuquerque until May 26, so there’s time to plan to attend. To read more on what keeps the band going, click below.

As with every week, there are movie reviews and dining in Albuquerque and Santa Fe.