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Music, music everywhere

Adrian Gomez

Adrian Gomez

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Music – it’s truly a universal language.

The Duke City gets a fair share of entertainment and it’s usually in blocks.

For the music lover, this week is going to be a doozy.

From country to rock, we’ve got it covered.

• There’s an up-and-coming country star who will make his way to Sandia Casino Amphitheater, thanks in part to Keith Urban’s tour on Wednesday, Aug. 28. (There are still a few tickets available to this.)

Dustin Lynch may be the next big thing in country music – if not music in general. He has been ranked No. 1 by MTV Music Meter, which measures buzz on emerging artists across all genres.

Lynch’s self-titled debut is a hit and he can’t wait to put in the work on his way to becoming a big name in country music. “I’ve got so much more to go with this. It’s nice to be embraced from the starting gate. I want to still be embraced years from now.” Read story

• If country’s not your thing, Sandia also is bringing in singer/songwriter Jason Mraz. While many may know his music, it’s his opener, Selah Sue who is sure to make fans take notice.

Selah Sue is from Belgium and is a big deal in Europe – like a really big deal.

This will be the first time the soulful singer-songwriter will head to the Western part of the United States. Read story

• I know the singer-songwriter genre isn’t for everyone, and Albuquerque is definitely a rock and metal town. The Revolt on the Rio doesn’t take place until Aug. 30-31 at Isleta Amphitheater. Arts writer Rozanna M. Martinez caught up with Lzzy Hale from Halestorm and chatted about how having a song on “Glee” opened up their music to a new audience. Read story

• New Mexicans will have two chances to revisit the ’80s when Journey performs at Sandia Casino Amphitheater on Monday, Aug. 26 and then Winger, yes Winger, performs at San Felipe Casino Hollywood on Aug. 30. I caught up with Journey’s Jonathan Cain and Winger’s Kip Winger to see what these bands are up to. (It’s been 40 years since Journey was formed and Winger is celebrating the 25th anniversary of its debut album.)  Journey story Winger story