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Balloon Fiesta Entertainment

Chris Young at Music Fiesta

Parmalee at Music Fiesta

Sim Balkey at Music Fiesta

Tiho Dimitrov Band

Ryan Montano

Reanna Molinaro

Lillie Kolich

The Bus Tapes

The Pleasure Pilots

Rio Rancho Youth Chorus

Edward Pimentel

Chris Zaccara

Tempo Dance Academy

Entourage Jazz

Chris Dracup: Funk of the West

Cellicion Zuni Dance Group

Hopi Tewa Sinom Dance Group

Acoma Rain Dancers

Laguna Corn Dancers

United States Air Force Academy - Blue Steel

New Mexico Dance Academy

Sydney, Abriele, Mackenzie and Cameron Cole

  • Chris Young at Music Fiesta
  • Parmalee at Music Fiesta
  • Sim Balkey at Music Fiesta
  • Tiho Dimitrov Band
  • Ryan Montano
  • Reanna Molinaro
  • Lillie Kolich
  • The Bus Tapes
  • The Pleasure Pilots
  • Rio Rancho Youth Chorus
  • Edward Pimentel
  • Chris Zaccara
  • Tempo Dance Academy
  • Entourage Jazz
  • Chris Dracup: Funk of the West
  • Cellicion Zuni Dance Group
  • Hopi Tewa Sinom Dance Group
  • Acoma Rain Dancers
  • Laguna Corn Dancers
  • United States Air Force Academy - Blue Steel
  • New Mexico Dance Academy
  • Sydney, Abriele, Mackenzie and Cameron Cole

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
2016 Schedule

Saturday, October 1

 

Morning Session

7:00a

National Anthem sung by Micayla De Ette

9:00a

Tempo Dance Academy - a dance academy from El Paso, TX composed of performers ages ranging 15-25 years old who have a passion for dance, culture, and art.  At TEMPO members are taught various types of ballroom dance styles from Waltz, Tango, Chachacha, Paso Doble, Jive, to Samba and other social Latin dances like Salsa and Bachata.

 

Evening Session

4:30p

Tiho Dimitrov Born in Bulgaria, Tiho Dimitrov took up classical guitar at age 12, but it wasn’t long before he gravitated towards the sound of the electric guitar. At 20, he immigrated to the US to pursue his dream of playing music. “The voice that emerged is steeped in the blues but shimmers with a modern pop sensibility that makes his music accessible yet real.”

7:30p

 Ryan Montano Billboard Jazz Trumpeter & Albuquerque native Ryan Montano fuses Jazz, Salsa, and Rock into a unique, one-artist genre of Instrumental Pop. From radio stations across the United States to jazz festivals & concert halls world-wide, Montano's sound is making him Jazz's newest star.

Sunday, October 2

 

Morning Session

7:00a

National Anthem sung by Catherine Powdrell

 

Evening Session

4:30p

Broomodust Caravan The Carvan released its first CD -- Heavy Rescue -- in 2011. Frogville Records and Bill Palmer!! Thanks to the local radio stations, including KBAC 98.1(santafe.com) and KTAO up in Taos, several of the songs on the CD have gotten plenty of local radio airplay. The Caravan has also gotten plenty of attention from local press as well.

7:30p

Entourage Jazz Founded in 2007 by Lead Singer, Emerson Susan Corley, Entourage jazz ensemble charms audiences with its jazz standards and selections from The Great American Songbook. Named as a finalist for Albuquerque's Best Jazz Artist, voted "Best Local Band", and named the City of Albuquerque's Band of the Month.

Monday, October 3

 

Morning Session

7:00a

National Anthem sung by Reanna Molinaro

 

Evening Session

 

No events...

Tuesday, October 4

 

Morning Session

7:00a

National Anthem sung by Lillie Kolich

 

Evening Session

 

No events...

Wednesday, October 5

 

Morning Session

7:00a

National Anthem sung by Mackenzie Cole, Abriele Cole, Cameron Cole, and Sydney Cole

 

Evening Session

 

No events...

Thursday,October 6

 

Morning Session

7:00a

National Anthem 

 

Evening Session

4:30p

United States Air Force Academy Band:Blue Steel is the commercial, popular music ensemble of the United States Air Force Academy Band. These full time, active duty bandsmen are committed to enhancing community relations, supporting the recruiting mission of the United States Air Force Academy and instilling the Air Force core values of Integrity, Service and Excellence in our nation's youth.

7:30p

The Bus Tapes are a fun and energetic band that have been entertaining local crowds since 2008, and shared the stage with national acts such as Better Than Ezra, The Dunwells, and Solomon Burke. Husband and wife duo Case and Heather Tanner bring together a range of talented musicians for a lively show.

Friday, October 7

 

Morning Session

7:00a

National Anthem - United States Air Force Academy Band:Blue Steel

9:00a

United States Air Force Academy Band:Blue Steel

 

Evening Session

 

 

4:30p

The Pleasure Pilots are a rhythm and blues and swing band composed of all-star players from all over Northern New Mexico.  With a swinging horn section and several standout vocalists, the band has been called “the best dance band in New Mexico.”While the band plays vintage R & B, they are currently recording an album of original compositions.  

 

6:00p

United States Air Force Academy Band:Blue Steel

 

7:30p

Chris Dracup: Funk of the West - The latest project from seminal Albuquerque blues guitarist Chris Dracup, featuring some of the city’s top musicians. Funk of the West is the product of Dracup’s collaboration with West African percussionist Male Fainke. The band features Dracup’s original songs that delve into American roots music and come alive with the fusion of African rhythms. Madly fun and danceable blues and funk music that has been a huge hit with New Mexico audiences.

 

Saturday,October 8

 

Morning Session

7:00a

National Anthem sung by the Rio Rancho Youth Chorus

 

Evening Session
2016 MUSIC FIESTA

1:00p

Sim Balkey

2:30p

Parmalee

4:00p

Chris Young

Sunday, October 9

 

Morning Session

7:00a

National Anthem sung by Edward Pimentel

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!

This year's Main Street performers include:

Chris Zaccara - A warm and funny family friendly entertainer. Whether performing in private venues, restaurants, corporate events, indoors or out, Chris's magic will astound and amuse!    
Hopi/Tewa Sinom Dancers (Pueblo of San Ildenfonse, NM) - The Hopi/Tewa Sinom Dancers are a family group led by well known pottery artist and father Daryl Sakeva. The children have been dancing in both Hopi and San Ildefonso since they could walk and are dedicated to learning their culture, songs and dances in efforts to carrying on their Native American traditions.
Laguna Corn Dancers (Pueblo of Laguna, NM) - The Laguna Corn Dancers are from Laguna Pueblo, near Albuquerque, New Mexico. Phillip Marmoleho started the group in 2006 while still a sophomore in high school. The group, consisting of teens and young adults from the Pueblo, performs traditional dances such as the Buffalo, Corn and Eagle dances. The main goal of the group is to ensure survival of the Keresan language, culture and traditions among the youth.
Acoma Rain Dancers (Pueblo of Acoma) - Acoma Rain Dancers is an after school program under the Acoma Learning Center that utilizes traditional education to promote individual skills, knowledge and cultural growth. The youth were brought together through their own desire to learn the culture, language and participate in feast days and traditional activities. (Ages of the children are from 3 years to 12 years old.) Our group is unique, because it is solely involves young children and their parents. The fathers of the children are the ones who sing for them and the mothers play a key role in getting the children dressed and ready. The children performing come up with the dance choreography and what songs they want to dance too. 
Cellicion Zuni Dancers (Pueblo of Zuni, NM) - Founded by their late parents in 1983, the Cellicion Zuni Dancers entire dance group consists of 15 family members and is made up of 2nd, 3rd, 4th generation performers. Under the direction of Fernando Cellicion, the group has become one of the top professional touring native Dance companies in the performing arts. World renowned for their performances of traditional Zuni social songs & dances the group has performed throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Southeast Asia and the South Pacific. All group members are fluent in the Zuni language and participate year round in their cultural community activities. 
New Mexico Dance Academy - New Mexico Dance Academy is the home and training facility for New Mexico Ballet Company. We train ages 3 years old to professional adults in all genres of dance from classical ballet to hip hop! 

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

Balloon Fiesta Park

(For GPS planning only)
5000 Balloon Fiesta Pkwy NE

Mailing address

4401 Alameda NE
Albuquerque, NM 87113

Contact

Local: (505) 821-1000
Toll-free:1-888-422-7277