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‘Bigger stage’: Ryan Montaño, Isaac Aragon to perform together at Balloon Fiesta

Albuquerque musician Isaac Aragon will perform as part of the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta on Thursday, Oct. 10. (Courtesy of Bobby Gutierrez )

Isaac Aragon is a staple in the Albuquerque music scene.

Over the years, he’s become friends with many other musicians.

That’s why he was asked to join trumpeter Ryan Montaño for two performances at the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta on Thursday, Oct. 10.

Aragon is the special guest. Montaño has put together a group of local musicians that includes Paul Palmer, Artha Meadors, Dee Brown and Claudio Toulousse.

“Ryan uses the same players that I do in my band,” Aragon says. “They help arrange his music. We have this co-op of musicians that bounce around. We went into the studio a year ago, and they helped me with my album. It’s great to have an opportunity to perform together.”

Aragon says the date at the Balloon Fiesta worked out because everyone had the date open.

“We all have other gigs and travel with other bands,” he says. “It was meant to be for us to come together.”

The musicians will play two sets – one at 6 p.m., before the balloon glow, and one at 8 p.m., just after the glow.

“We will both be playing a great deal of our original compositions,” Aragon says. Montaño is known for his work in jazz, and Aragon is known for his rock and soul sound.

Aragon grew up in Peñasco and eventually moved to Albuquerque.

Most weeks, he can be found playing around town anywhere from one to four days.

Sometimes, he plays two shows in one day.

“I don’t feel like I get to play very often, because I’m also a physical therapist and a new dad,” he says. “When I’m asked to perform, I work hard to make sure that I’m doing the best that I can.”

Illustration by C. Cunningham/Journal

Aragon is looking forward to his first time playing at the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.

“I have family and friends that are coming in for the show,” he says. “We’re a group of local musicians looking to make an impact. Shows like these give us a bigger stage to reach a different audience.”

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