That heat you're feeling just might be the sizzling schedule of musical entertainment enlivening area venues this month. Start with Joshua Breakstone on June 1 at the Seedboat Center for the Arts in Silver City. Note for Note calls Breakstone "one of the most gifted and formidable jazz guitarists in the country." Then on June 7 it's the Summer Music Series at St. Clair Winery in Deming, starting with Tom Morris and continuing on Fridays. On June 13, the "Nashville Invasion" continues at the Buckhorn in Pinos Altos, with AG and Garrison Starr. Adrianne Gonzalez (AG), with nine solo albums to date, has had songs featured on countless hit TV shows and opened for performers including Jeff Buckley and Jackson Browne. Starr has toured with Melissa Etheridge, Sarah McLachlan and Mary Chapin Carpenter.
On the busy June 29, it's Bayou Seco and friends performing and teaching old-time dances at the Ole Tavern in Cliff. In Silver City at the WNMU Fine Arts Center Theatre, the Grant County Community Concert Association presents a special pre-July 4th concert by the Mesilla Valley Concert Band, joined by members of Grant County's own Concert Band of the Southwest. And up in Pinos Altos, The Oversouls host a CD release party at the Buckhorn Opera House.
This is also the month for Silver City's Wild, Wild West Pro Rodeo, June 5-8, which you can read about elsewhere in this issue. If you're more into reading than rodeo, check out occasional Desert Exposure contributor John Catsis at the Silver City Museum on June 8, presenting and signing his first novel, Fulltimers — The Adventures of Lou and Martha. The Albuquerque Journal called it a "funny, RV-connected political satire."
In Las Cruces, on June 7, the Branigan Cultural Center opens a new exhibit, Coffee: The World in Your Cup, which runs through August 31. The exhibit tells the story of one of the world's most widely traded commodities and how it has affected cultures, economies and environments across the globe. Public programs will include coffee demonstrations, family workshops, coffee tastings and more.
Back in Silver City, June 15 brings JUMP into Summer at Gough Park. This family fun day features games, raffles and prizes. If you haven't already jumped into summer, now there's no excuse!