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Jun 26, 2013

Balloon Fiesta Announces Music Fiesta

Country Superstar Darius Rucker to Perform Last Saturday of Balloon Fiesta

Albuquerque, NM
– The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta® (AIBF) has announced that country music superstar Darius Rucker will headline the 2013 Music Fiesta on Saturday, October 12. A Balloon Fiesta first, the Music Fiesta will feature four separate performances after the morning Mass Ascension and before the evening Night Magic Glow.

The 2013 Music Fiesta provides Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta guests a new event to complement the main attraction of hot air and gas balloons. Darius Rucker, country music star and former lead singer/rhythm guitarist for the band Hootie & the Blowfish will be the lead performer of the concert scheduled for the last Saturday afternoon of the Balloon Fiesta. Joining Rucker for the concert is local singer-songwriter Bob Farrell, Derryl Perry out of Nashville and one more artist who has yet to be announced.

Rucker’s career as a country music artist started in 2008 with the release of the album Learn to Live. From this album he achieved several singles that charted as number one on the Hot Country Songs charts including “Don’t Think I Don’t Think About It,” “It Won’t Be Like This for Long” and “Alright.” He released a second album, Charleston, SC 1966 in 2010 which includes number-one singles “Come Back Song” and “This.” In 2013 he released his third album titled True Believers featuring singles “True Believers” and chart-topping “Wagon Wheel.”

The festival will begin at noon and conclude with Rucker’s performance, which starts at 4 p.m. Tickets will be available through starting Monday, July 8 at 8:00 a.m. MDT and at Balloon Fiesta Park gates. Advance tickets will cost $20 plus a $2 service fee.  Tickets purchased at the gate will cost $25. Guests who purchase Music Fiesta tickets can also stay to enjoy the Night Magic Balloon Glow and AfterGlow fireworks presented by the Albuquerque Journal.

For additional information on Music Fiesta, parking and Park & Ride visit

Balloon Fiesta Park

(For GPS planning only)
5000 Balloon Fiesta Pkwy NE

Mailing address

4401 Alameda NE
Albuquerque, NM 87113


Local: (505) 821-1000