About the bands

Nation Beat
The American/Brazilian collective Nation Beat plays a 21st century mashup inspired by Brazilian maracatu drumming, New Orleans second line rhythms, funk and country blues. They re the first American group to record in Brazil with the legendary Mestre Walter and Maracatu Nação Estrela Brilhante. And it s the first Brazilian band to perform with Willie Nelson, who called Nation Beat just a fantastic group. For more information, go to www.nationbeat.com.

Ricardo Lemvo and Makina Loca
Ricardo Lemvo has established himself as a pioneer with his innovative music. Lemvo s blend of Afro-Cuban rhythms with pan-African styles (soukous, Angolan semba and kizomba) has been described by the Los Angeles Times as seamless and infectious. This Congo-born artist of Angolan ancestry is the embodiment of the Afro-Latin Diaspora, which connects back to Mother Africa via the Cuban clave rhythm. Lemvo is multi-cultural and equally at home singing in English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Lingala and Kikongo. For more information, go to www.makinaloca.com.

Radio La Chusma
This six piece band features four-part harmonies and a high energy live show. Their new Frontera Reggae sound takes the reggae vibrations to a whole new level. Finding inspiration from pre-Columbian and African traditions, Radio La Chusma has been inspiring crowds for the past eight years. Radio La Chusma has a strong following throughout the Southwest. The band just released its new full-length album and is working on a soundtrack for a movie based on the border. For more information, go to www.radiolachusma.net.

FARMINGTON — San Juan College is looking to recruit talented musicians for its upcoming music festival.

The festival will be the college's first and is expected to feature several internationally known groups, including Nation Beat, Ricardo Lemvo and Makina Loca and Radio La Chusma. The college is hoping to "bring world music to the high desert," according to the festival's motto.

It also hopes to line up local musicians and bands will perform at the festival.

Musicians and bands have until Wednesday to submit an mp3 file, web link or audition video to musicfest@sanjuancollege.edu. Audition material can also dropped off at the Student Activities Center office on the San Juan College campus.
Ricardo Lemvo & Makina Loca will perform at San Juan College’s first Summer Music Festival on June 29.
Ricardo Lemvo & Makina Loca will perform at San Juan College's first Summer Music Festival on June 29. (Courtesy of San Juan College)

The festival will be held from noon to dusk June 29 in the college's Learning Commons Plaza.

"Here in the Four Corners, we're really family-oriented, but we would love to go listen to music, too," said Christopher Keating, student activities specialist at the college.

The event is in the daytime to ensure that it is family-friendly and convenient for those with children.

The Student Activities Center has helped to organize the festival, as has a festival committee made up of college students, staff and community members.

For more information, go to the festival's Facebook page and follow it on Twitter @sjcmusicfest.

Jenny Kane can be reached at jkane@daily-times.com; 505-564-4636. Follow her on Twitter @Jenny_Kane.



Radio La Chusma is among the bands that will play at the San Juan College Summer Music Festival
Radio La Chusma is among the bands that will play at the San Juan College Summer Music Festival (Courtesy of San Juan College)


What: Junior Civitan International Meet and Greet

When: 6 p.m. today

Where: Sycamore Park Community Center, 1051 Sycamore St., Farmington

Cost: Free

More info: Call 505-320-5042.