Hey, welcome to the High Desert, Ben !I recently moved from DFW to Las Cruces, NM. I know Lenny Pickett is from here, and Mack Goldsbury used to gig here some with Duane Durrett. Also, there are a few smaller venues such as coffee shops and wineries. Is anyone on the forum currently in this area? What's the scoop on the musical scene here? Thanks!
Yup, I live here, Las Cruces....there is a music scene, a significant one in Paso, a more local and sporadic one in Cruces.
I have always found it really ODD that the music scene in ABQ is so...underdeveloped or stagnant. I mean, it's a big city and although it has its problems, it also is a college town and has a not-insignificant level of "at least regional sophistication" and in my visits , people there DO like to go out and socialize, and there are some nice restaurants, fun bars, etc.You could probably play for some big crowds at the border but there is not much of a music scene anywhere in New Mexico anymore. Years ago you could do the "Downtown Crawl" on a weekend in Albuquerque where like ten bands were playing in the thriving bars on Central Avenue. Now it's an area you want to avoid.