Vernon's Black Diamond Lounge - Schedule


Did you know that Vernon's Black Diamond Lounge is one of the best venues to listen to live music in the state?  We have scheduled amazing live bands all weekend long!

Solo Piano with Bob Tate

SUNDAY - WEDNESDAY, July 20th - 23rd at 6pm

Bob Tate is one of New Mexico’s finest solo pianists. Enjoy jazz piano in a true speak easy style.

Sweet n Lowdown

THURSDAY, July 24th at 6pm

Guitarist John Sandlin has been playing music for over twenty years. He received his Bachelor of Music degree in Classical Guitar Performance in 2003 from the University of New Mexico. During that time, he studied with the great Michael Chapdelaine, former student of Andres Segovia. In addition to classical guitar, John studied jazz guitar with Michael Anthony, 25-year Los Angeles studio veteran and local jazz hero.

John has played with many local groups over the past decade. The Melizmatix, a lounge-funk trio, the dub reggae group Sub Agencia, and in a brief trucker country stint, John played guitar in the enormously popular Breaker 19. Currently John can be seen performing with his filthy, mangy, jazz band, Le Chat Lunatique, and his “other band,” a two-toned ska outfit known as The Blue Hornets.

Elizabeth Dwyer Sandlin has been acting, singing and writing since the age of eleven. She has performed in Minneapolis, Seattle, Los Angeles, and her present home of Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Throughout her childhood, Elizabeth sang in her church and school choirs, and performed in various musical theater roles. As a jazz vocalist, Elizabeth has studied with Beth Winter at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, Washington, and Amber Quintana in Los Angeles, California.

Brought together by a fateful road trip through the Southwest, Elizabeth and John marry vocals and guitar to form the jazz duo Sweet & Lowdown. Pairing classic jazz standards with the occasional Abba song and a sprinkling of vintage country, this sultry, swingin’ twosome always fits the bill.

Summer Nights with The Blunns on the VIP Patio

FRIDAY, July 25th from 6-9pm

Summer Nights on the VIP Patio - Friday and Saturday 6-9! Enjoy our new tapas menu and great drink specials!

Janelle has been performing as a vocalist for various events since her youth. She has performed at festivals and the Idaho State Fair in and around Boise, Idaho. Formerly a member of the Middle Income Houshold Band in Boise, Idaho, and currently member of Stratus Phear here in Albuquerque - She also performs various alternative, jazz, blues, rock and indie selections with her dad Bob providing accompanyment on guitar as The Blunns. Her sultry vocals coupled with Bobs blues-infused guitar work create a unique blend of alternative-jazz/blues/rock sure to provide a sonic delight!

Shane Wallin

FRIDAY, July 25th at 7:30pm

Shane is a name soon to be synonymous with the forward motion of music. Already stirring a buzz in the recording industry the singer songwriter from Albuquerque, NM yielded songs from the very first moment he cradled a guitar in his arms. Since, he has produced two albums, and was recently voted “Best New Singer/Songwriter of 2011” by Albuquerque the Magazine. Influenced by 60‘s soul, pop, folk and rock music, Shane’s songs are tender and soulful and with his organic yet fluid voice Shane draws you into a most comfortable place and keeps you there like a gentleman host.

Citing his parents as planting the musical seed at an early age, most every morning music from his parent’s record player greeted Shane’s young ears with the sounds of Otis Redding, Marvin Gaye, The Drifters, The Eagles and Patsy Cline. With an ear for soul and a mind for philosophy and Eastern religion (he graduated with a degree in Religious Studies and English Literature from the University of New Mexico), Shane’s music is moving and introspective while being inviting and most enduring, all. While Shane’s first album, When the Light Comes In (2008), consists entirely of raw, acoustic songs, his sophomore offering filled out his sound with a full band in This Year Has Changed Me (2010) . Garnering critical acclaim and quite a buzz in the southwest and beyond, the latter has received praise by numerous
media, including The Albuquerque Journal, The Mountain View Telegraph, KRWG and PBS in El Paso, TX, and the Albuquerque Examiner.

Shane is currently in the finishing stages of his as yet unnamed third album project where it is rumored he has teamed with a Grammy Award winning producer/engineer. While information about the recordings is being tightly guarded, the album is also said to feature the talents of some of Rock and Rolls greatest players including Jack Casady of Jefferson Airplane fame on bass! Sounds' exciting! Time will tell.

Summer Nights with Marty York on the VIP Patio

SATURDAY, July 26th fro 6-9pm

Summer Nights on the VIP Patio - Friday and Saturday 6-9! Enjoy our new tapas menu and great drink specials!

Born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri, Marty York has been playing music since 1983. He moved to Albuquerque, NM in 1986, and lived a while in Austin Texas in 2009.

Known for his soulful vocals and rhythmic guitar playing, his influences include but are not limited to Hall and Oates, Earth Wind and Fire, Jeff Buckley, Sting, The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Monte Montgomery, Peter Gabriel, Keb Mo, Bob Marley, The Who, U2, Dave Matthews, Seal, Stevie Wonder, Incubus, The Foo Fighters, Steely Dan, Kansas, Joni Mitchell, Lenny Kravitz, James Taylor, and many more…

He has played in bands in Kansas City, local Albuquerque bands Drift, Funk Shui, Phat Jasper, Stump, The Number Ones, Bat & Marty, and Wad Stewart. He has hosted and taken part in open mic shows in Albuquerque, Phoenix, Taos, and Austin. Marty has added his vocals and guitar playing to several studio projects, including by not limited to: Drift-Rooftops and Trees, Drift-Afterthoughts, Funk Shui-Dedicate, The Kady Bow Album, the work of Anton Kosikowski, solo work of Paul Martinez, and the solo work of Steve Gonzales.


The DCN Trio

SATURDAY, July 26th at 7:30pm

An exciting and versatile trio, DCN’s repertoire has earned a reputation for the vast variety of songs they perform.  With refined talent, they adapt with ease to a wide range of genres including Jazz Standards, Bossas, R&B, Funk, and Soul Classics.   Their unique and innovative arrangements add an astonishing level of sophistication.

Solo Piano with Bob Tate

SUNDAY - WEDNESDAY, July 27 - 30th at 6pm

Bob Tate is one of New Mexico’s finest solo pianists. Enjoy jazz piano in a true speak easy style.

Ali Rae

THURSDAY, July 31st at 6pm

Ali Rae was destined to be a singer. Born into a family of professional musicians, she has been surrounded by music, rehearsals, performances and recording studios her entire life. Now, at the age of 21, Ali has burst onto the Albuquerque music scene as a soulful, expressive vocalist, with the edginess of youth and the maturity of musical life experiences.

Summer Nights on with Chris Dracup on the VIP Patio

FRIDAY, August 1st from 6-9pm

Summer Nights on the VIP Patio - Friday and Saturday 6-9! Enjoy our new tapas menu and great drink specials!

Chris Dracup, a life long resident of New Mexico, began performing at the age of sixteen in his hometown of Taos, NM. Since then he has been a singer and lead guitarist with some of New Mexico's favorite bands, including "The Muttz", "The Rattle Cats", "The Chris Dracup Trio" and "The Chris Dracup Project".

Known for his stunning and soulful electric blues guitar, he works in a diverse range of musical styles. His acoustic guitar playing draws heavily from the blues tradition, an eclectic mix of Delta slide, country blues and jazz influences. His songwriting has garnered critical and popular acclaim and won him an enduring fan base.

Summer Nights with The Night kNights on the VIP Patio

SATURDAY, August 2nd from 6-9pm

Summer Nights on the VIP Patio - Friday and Saturday 6-9! Enjoy our new tapas menu and great drink specials!

Summer Sun (vocals and Nick Fowler (guitar, vocals, programming) ar the Night KNights.

The Night kNights put the live in “lively” entertainment. Covering genres from pop, rock, funk, R&B, blues, jazz, reggae and maybe even a little country, there is always something for everyone to enjoy. The energy and charisma of the duo is matched by their talent and professionalism.