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Sounds of summer: Hear Dar Williams, some pop, a cappella and R&B this week

Singer-songwriter Dar Williams balances her music career with being a mother.

Singer-songwriter Dar Williams balances her music career with being a mother.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Dar Williams is a musician. She’s also a teacher, a writer, philanthropist and a mother.

As the singer-songwriter’s two children grow up, it has become easier to have conversations with them – though it didn’t start that way.

“Kids don’t travel well,” she says with a laugh. “But starting around 5 or 6, you can bring all sorts of things into your kids’ lives. You can talk to them about the world, the culture and literacy.”

The latter is something Williams holds close to her as she can often be found working at her children’s school. In fact, being with her children is extremely important to her.

“My kids understand what mom does for a living,” she says. “They’ve been able to notice the power that is given to me when I’m on stage. It’s really good to have them see the many sides of myself.”

Williams is back with a new album, “Emerald,” and will perform on Saturday, Aug. 22, at the South Broadway Cultural Center. Read more about her journey.

It’s been about three years since Grammy Award winner Kelly Clarkson was in the Duke City for a show. Well, she’s back and bringing along Pentatonix, Eric Hutchinson and Abi Ann for her summer tour on Thursday, Aug. 27.

School is back in session and the city of Albuquerque is hosting its final Summerfest on the Westside. Headlining the free show on Saturday, Aug. 22, is George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic.

Make sure to check out the movie and dining reviews to kick-start your weekend.

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