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‘Pickamania’ Fest Brings Free Music to Heart of Old West

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PickamaniaSilver City, NM -- Distinguished by Travel and Leisure magazine as one of “America’s Greatest Main Streets” (May 2012), Silver City, New Mexico is bringing a kaleidoscope of local and regional musical acts to the town for the third annual Pickamania! – a family-friendly, free, music festival which is the perfect summer farewell. The event takes place Sept. 7 through 9, 2012 and is organized and produced by the Mimbres Region Arts Council (MRAC) in coordination with premier sponsor Comcast Universal.

“People love the ‘down home, grassroots’ nature of this event,” said Faye McCalmont, Festival Director. “We are thrilled to have our new premier sponsor, Comcast Universal, on board to help us produce the event in addition to the support of Western New Mexico University and Lawley Toyota. We also received funding from Wells Fargo, the Seedboat Center for the Arts and WNM Communications in addition to long time program sponsors Silver City Radio, Holiday Inn Express and the Copper Manor.”

“This is a music-loving community, as we know from the popularity of our Blues Festival which has grown every summer until we’ve reached capacity,” said Blake Farley, MRAC board president. “By bringing back Pickamania!, we're responding to the demand for traditional, folk and bluegrass music. We want to specially thank the local music groups that have stepped up to make this event possible by contributing their time and talent.”

New this year, is a street dance kick-off event in historic downtown in partnership with Silver City MainStreet that will have folks kicking up their heels. The street dance kick-off will feature music by northern NM acoustic band, the Saltine Ramblers, whose musical influences include Bluegrass, alternative-country, old time fiddle tunes, folk, blues, and Cajun. The street dance will be held on 6th Street and Bullard Street next to Silver City Food Coop, from 6 - 9 p.m., and will be part of MainStreet’s AmBank First Fridays program.

Headlining the event on Saturday, Sept. 8 are the Wiyos – a dynamic, eclectic, high-energy band from the east coast. Then on Sunday, Sept. 9, the well-known Colorado bluegrass band Head for the Hills headlines the event to close our their 2012 Summer Tour. A special addition to the line up this year is NM treasure and recipient of the Governors Award for Excellence in the Arts, performer Antonia Apodaca.

The original Pickamania! event took place in the mid 1980’s on Bill Bussman’s property near Caballo, NM, where “pickers” from across the state would gather in an informal setting to play together and have fun. The MRAC produced the event in 2008, 2009 and 2011 as a festival featuring local, regional and national musicians. In addition to the performances in Gough Park, workshops by a number of performers will take place both Saturday and Sunday mornings for a modest entrance fee.

Vendor information for the weekend is available a as well as the full line up, band bios, photos and much more information about the weekend festivities. Many volunteer positions are open for those wishing to be a part of this exciting music festival. Thanks to the support of Rocky Mondello at Morning Star Screen Printing, fans can become a PickaMANIAC! for a $25 donation and will receive a t-shirt emblazoned with that sentiment. All proceeds will go toward supporting the festival. Contact the MRAC office for information.

Once again, a handmade Old Wave Mandolin, built and donated by NM luthier, Bill Bussmann, will be the highlight of the Festival raffle, with all proceeds supporting the event. Raffle tickets will soon be available online or at the event for $5 each.

The MRAC is located at 1201 Pope Street in the Wells Fargo bank building, PO Box 1830, Silver City, 575-538-2505. For more information on Silver City/Grant County, contact the Silver City Vistors Center at 575-538-5555,

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