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Still jammin’: Silver City Blues Festival will stream online after outdoor event is scuttled

Las Cruces’ C.W. Ayon is part of the lineup of the 2021 Silver City Blues Festival, which will be livestreamed on Saturday, May 29. (Courtesy of Lightbenders Visual)

The Silver City Blues Festival is going online this year.

Performances will be available online starting at noon Saturday, May 29. The event previously was scheduled to be held at Gough Park in Silver City. However, after consideration for the health and well-being of attendees and the community, the Mimbres Region Arts Council decided to cancel the outdoor event and stream it online, according to a festival news release.

The online event will be shown commercial-free on the Silver City Blues Festival website – silvercitybluesfestival.org – as well as on social media channels. Funding for the festival came from about 50 individual donors as well as New Mexico Arts and the town of Silver City.

Felix y Los Gatos are among several artists who will perform at the 2021 Silver City Blues Festival on Saturday, May 29. (Courtesy of The Mimbres Region Arts Council)

This year’s lineup features Albuquerque’s Felix y Los Gatos, Las Cruces’ C.W. Ayon, Silver City’s Missy Andersen & Her One Man Band, Brandon Perrault, Manda Clair & The Lost Relics, Dustin Hamman and Famous Raymos & The Hard Times, according to the news release.

Felix y Los Gatos describe its music as Zydetejano Blues. The band blends a number of genres, including Latin, blues, Tejano and rockin’ outlaw country, according to its website.

C.W. Ayon is no stranger to the festival. His music is something one might hear in the Mississippi hill country. Ayon uses a kick/snare drum and a tambourine to create solid beats while playing “catchy hooks” on acoustic to resonator guitars, according to the blues festival website.

Missy Andersen returns to the festival, accompanied by her husband, Heine Andersen, on guitar. Missy Andersen’s gospel-tinged vocals are complemented by her husband’s blues and Americana-inspired guitar work, according to the festival website.

Singer and composer Brandon Perrault of Silver City will perform at the 2021 Silver City Blues Festival. (Courtesy of Lightbenders Visual)

Singer, composer and musician Brandon Perrault’s music is diverse. His music stems from his deep roots in the Southwest, according to the festival website. Perrault blends Tex-Mex, country, soft rock and jazz to create his unique sound.

Dustin Hamman is a composer and musician rooted in folk. In his early days as a musician, Hamman had a fascination with American Indian singing and punk rock. He later explored the blues and the origins of country. He later gained interest in early jazz, swing and big band. While living in Florida, he was introduced to Latin rhythms and became intrigued with flamenco and classical guitar, according to his website.

More information on the Silver City Blues Festival can be found at silvercitybluesfestival.org.

The festival is presented by the Mimbres Region Arts Council. The council’s mission is to nurture a creative community that enriches education and attracts visitors seeking authentic cultural experiences, according to its website. It provides programs that foster appreciation and understanding of the arts, serve as a resource for artists and cultural entrepreneurs and boosts the area economy by supporting events and experiences that enhance regional appeal.




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