Balloon Fiesta Entertainment

The 2017 Entertainment Schedule will be posted in the Summer of 2017. Stay tuned! 

The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta features many wonderful experiences! In addition to the magical spectacle of balloons, we showcase some of the most talented performers of our day - most of them local New Mexicans - representing a myriad of styles and genres. We hope you'll plan to attend Balloon Fiesta for each and every session to enjoy this line-up of world-class talent.

With the exception of Music Fiesta, all entertainment is included with admission.

Entertainment is offered in 2 locations:

  1. Sandia Resort and Casino Main Stage - Located in the center of Main Street. Featuring National Anthem performers, local dance talent, and a wide variety of musical performances during Balloon Fiesta.
  2. Main Street - Strolling performers along "Concession Row"

Sandia Resort and Casino Main Stage

Saturday, October 7

 

Morning Session

7:00a

National Anthem - The New Mexico Peace Choir

9:00a

The New Mexico Peace Choir was founded in December 2015 as an inclusive, mixed voice choir.
We sing inspiring songs about nature, social awareness, the human spirit and peace.
We are filling a need and bridging the gap between head and heart.
The ripple effect of the energy we give and receive while singing is palpable and we believe this energy will help transform our world.

 

Evening Session

5:00p

Wild Blue Country is the United States Air Force Academy's commercial band of active duty musicians whose mission is to support the Air Force, and its Academy, both stateside and abroad.

8:15p

Entourage Jazz specializes in performing standards to classic jazz favorites.
Adored by audiences, Entourage Jazz is a favorite at such venues as clubs, restaurants,
corporate events, private parties and wedding receptions

Sunday, October 8

 

Morning Session

7:00a

National Anthem - Albuquerque Academy "Unaccompanied Minors"

9:00a

Wild Blue Country

 

Evening Session

5:00p

Wild Blue Country

8:15p

Pop-country band Two Way Crossing, comprised of Jenny and Blake Marvin (lead vocals), Kevin Smith (guitar), Jaron Mossman (drums), Jacob Garner (guitar) and Will Martin (bass), will reel you in with their high-energy stage presence and leave you chanting “encore” after the final drum beat. Their electric vibes, flawless harmonies and catchy lyrics have undeniably made them a fan favorite with a live show that can’t be missed!

Monday, October 9

 

Morning Session

7:00a

National Anthem - Brittany Graham is a worship band leader, a teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, and an American Sign Language interpreter in her home state of Montana. She is married to Colin Graham, one of the special shape balloon pilots for the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, and loves being the Bud E. Beaver team's crew chief.

 

Evening Session

 

No events...

Tuesday, October 10

 

Morning Session

7:00a

National Anthem - UNM’s Concert Choir is a highly select SATB ensemble of approximately 40 singers, directed by Juan Hernández, Interim Director of Choral Activities at the University of New Mexico. The ensemble specializes in the study, preparation, and performance of the outstanding choral literature from all periods of music history.

 

Evening Session

 

No events...

Wednesday, October 11

 

Morning Session

7:00a

National Anthem - The Cole Sisters 

 

Evening Session

 

No events...

Thursday,October 12

 

Morning Session

7:00a

National Anthem - “Key of A”  are a local group from Albuquerque, NM. Their day jobs are at Sandia National Laboratories, and the members include Soprano Mellisa Heller, Alto Tammy Brown, Tenor Todd Ritterbush, and Bass Mike Furnish. 

9:00a

Key of A

 

Evening Session

5:00p

Charanga del Valle is a salsa band with a traditional flavor and flair that combines the acoustic sounds of violins and flute, along with a driving rhythm section and horns to create a sound that's both elegant and dynamic.The band's varied repertoire of rhythms includes traditional salsa, bolero, charanga, cha-cha, and merengue as well as contemporary Cuban timba--wonderful for dancing!

8:15p

Ivon Ulibarri & Café Mocha: New Mexico Latin music Pioneers perform SALSA, CUMBIA,and CHA-CHA, infused with New Mexico passion.

Friday, October 13

 

Morning Session

7:00a

National Anthem - The Albuquerque Boy Choir gives young men a chance to develop good vocal technique as well as stage presence, polish, and responsibility. For over 80 years now, the Albuquerque Boy Choir has been "Making music, magic, and men!" 

 

Evening Session

 5:00p

Ryan Montano & Friends

8:15p

Ryan Montano & Friends

Saturday,October 14

 

Morning Session

7:00a

National Anthem - Ymelda Erin Coriz

 

2017 MUSIC FIESTA

1:00p

The Bus Tapes

2:30p

Phil Vassar

4:00p

Billy Currington

 

Sunday, October 15

 

Morning Session

7:00a

National Anthem - Reanna Molinaro

Main Street

Visit our new North Stage at Balloon Fiesta, located at the north end of Main Street in front of the Balloon Discovery Center, and enjoy the following talent. A variety of talented groups will also be strolling on Main Street - so have your cameras ready! 

MARIACHI TENAMPA AND MARIACHI SAN JOSE
Mariachi Tenampa's history begins in Santa Fe, New Mexico, located in the Southwest part of the United States. In 1971, Don Miguel Ojeda Sr.-- originally from Carachéo Munícipio de Los Leónes, Mexico-- settled in Santa Fe along with members of his group in hopes of finding better work opportunities. Don Miguel Ojeda Sr. formed and directed this group along with his brothers Elias Ojeda and Antonio Ojeda, his two sons Raul Ojeda and Miguel Ojeda Jr., and 4 additional members. It wasn't long before the local New Mexicans discovered and appreciated this talented group. Mariachi Tenampa quickly gained popularity throughout the state and quickly became known as the best mariachi in the region. The members of this new group had found a new home and were welcomed with open arms into the state of New Mexico, the beautiful "Land of Enchantment."

JEMEZ PUEBLO SEASONAL DANCE GROUP
We are the Seasonal Dance Group from the Pueblo of Jemez (Walatowa) in north central New Mexico. The Seasonal Dance Group was formed in 1990 to promote our cultures and languages of the Jemez and Zuni Pueblo’s and is comprised of members from both tribes. Aside from participating in Tribal obligations throughout the year, the Seasonal Dance Group also sing and dance at many functions throughout the United States. Dances include: The Buffalo Dance, Corn Dance, Rainbow Dance and the Eagle Dance.

SKY CITY BUFFALO/RAM DANCE GROUP
The Sky City Buffalo Ram Dance Group is comprised of children, teenagers and young adult’s ages 7yrs old - 22yrs old and are from the Pueblo of Acoma, New Mexico. Acoma Pueblo, located 70 miles (112 km) west of Albuquerque, is one of the oldest continuously inhabited communities in the United States and also known worldwide as the “Sky City” . The dances we share represent prayer, all the wildlife and to bring peace and good spirits to mankind. May the songs that are created and danced, bring you happiness, peace in your heart & souls and may you live a long healthy & happy life.

SPIRIT WIND POWWOW DANCERS
The Spirit Wind Powwow Dance group features champion dancers and singers from throughout New Mexico. Founded in the late 1990’s, Spirit Wind Powwow dance group members are multi-generational, sometimes parents and their children, and have performed at various private events & conferences for people from all over the world. Additionally, Spirit Wind features singers from the multiple Grammy award winning Powwow Drum Group – the Black Eagle Singers from the Pueblo of Jemez, New Mexico. Audiences will feel the spirit, beauty and strength of Native American culture through Powwow songs and dances and marvel at their amazing regalia!

NEW MEXICO GUNFIGHTERS ASSOCIATION
Offering a visually appealing step into the past, the New Mexico Gunfighters put on quite a performance. This ensemble of gun-slinging actors is part of an award-winning theatrical group who has been performing free public comedic Old West skits in Albuquerque for over 38 years. The themes range from thrilling bank robberies to dramatic shoot outs and other scenes typical of the Wild West days of lore.

CHRIS ZACCARA, Magician and Illusionist
Chris has been interested in magic for most of his life. Growing up in rural Louisiana in the days before the internet however, his exposure to the art was limited to yearly David Copperfield specials and occasional trips into New Orleans or Baton Rouge to visit the magic shops there. It wasn't until moving to Albuquerque in 96' that Chris really had a chance to explore magic. Since then he has worked behind the counter of two magic shops here in Albuquerque NM, and spent time as a restaurant magician. Chris believes in magic very strongly and loves to share it with others. In addition to performing in Max's Magic Theatre he is also one of our key demonstrators and teachers in the Shop. Chris is also an alumni of The Magic and Mystery School in Las Vegas, NV.

NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF FLAMENCO
The mission of the National Institute of Flamenco is to preserve and promote flamenco’s artistry, history, and culture by presenting the finest flamenco in the world and by educating the American family in this art form while emphasizing the positive influence of art on family and community.

PERFORM AT BALLOON FIESTA

Would you like to perform at Balloon Fiesta? Please complete the following form and our entertainment committee will consider your group for performance. Entertainment Consideration