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Mother’s Day in Old Town features live music, merchants, food

Eventgoers take to the dance floor as a band entertains during a Mother’s Day in Old Town event. (Courtesy of The City Of Albuquerque)

Take Mom to Old Town for music, food and fun this Mother’s Day.

“The Mother’s Day in Old Town event has only featured bands in the past,” said Bree Ortiz, events and operations manager for the city of Albuquerque. “This year, we have invited the stores in Old Town to join in the fun. There will be more than 10 merchants in the plaza for plenty of gifts for mom. You can grab a bite from a food truck and enjoy the local bands that will be performing in the gazebo.”

Eli del Puerto will perform Latin jazz from 1 to 2:30 p.m., and the Black Pearl Band will perform New Mexican and a variety of music from 3 to 5 p.m.

Eli del Puerto was born in Georgia and is now based in Albuquerque, where she sings, teaches and paints. She discovered her artistic name while living in Veracruz, Mexico, according to a city news release. The Black Pearl Band is a horn-driven group that plays New Mexican music, rancheras and cumbias, as well as rhythm and blues, old school, Top 40 and more. The band is made up of musicians with more than 30 years of experience, the news release adds.

Also, new this year, the Animal Welfare Department will bring adoptable pets that will be ready to find their forever homes, according to Ortiz.

There are plenty of places to shop for Mom in Old Town, which features 150 stores and galleries and a number of restaurants. The Old Town Portal features authentic handmade jewelry from local artisans, according to the news release.

“Old Town is a perfect place to celebrate Mom with this free, family-friendly event,” Ortiz said.

Mother’s Day in Old Town is part of the city’s Summertime in Old Town concert series. The concert series features live music Friday through Sunday in Old Town from May until August. A full schedule and information on the concert series can be found at cabq.gov/culturalservices.

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