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, January 11-14th at 6pm

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

Mélange

THURSDAY, January 15th at 6pm

Melange is a duo made up of Monique Candelaria and Matthew Harrell.

Albuquerque, New Mexico’s rising star, Monique Candelaria, is a native New Mexican showing her amazing talents all over the world and hypnotizing her audience with her abundance of strength and beauty. Since Graduating from the University of New Mexico in 2009 she has shown her ability to manipulate her self-image and make a name for herself by being cast in 4 full-featured films in the last two years. Her repertoire includes a 1940’s period film called “Bless me, Ultima” directed by Carl Franklin, “Ten Year” staring Channing Tatum, Rosario Dawson and Justin Long, as well as a horror film called “The Banshee Chapter” being ranked 4th on the character cast list as the mentally corrupt antagonist due to chemical experimentation. Her most recent accomplishment is being cast in the award winning television series Breaking Bad for the #501 episode titled “Live Free or Die.” On her time off she has been modeling for Siren Audio Studios for the audio book covers ”Sid Guy Private Eye” and “Sin Temer La Noche” which is Albuquerque’s first audio cinema providing a full cast list of local actors to narrate each book. She has also reached as far as the UK with her beauty by gracing the cover, “Seven Point Eight” written by Marie Harbon from Eastwood, Nottinghamshire, England. Besides her talent to act and model she has shown her amazing vocal range by singing a variety of music with only vocals and a guitar in the duo “Mélange.” One thing is clear; this is only the beginning of a prosperous journey that will captivate the world around her.

Matthew Harrell was born with a love of music.  His mother would tell him stories of how he as an infant, lying in front of the stereo, would try to match pitch with the music. He started on saxophone in the 5th grade and played through college at LSU.  There he earned his B.A. in Music Education.  He first picked up a guitar towards the end of high school when he became tired of waiting to play a solo while everyone else was jamming.  His older brother taught him a few chords and he never looked back.  Guitar took center stage and after playing in several bands in Baton Rouge, La. he moved to Los Angeles to chase his rock and roll dreams. After three years in L.A., he returned to Baton Rouge to rejoin his old band.  They played together until he and his girlfriend moved to Albuquerque to follow her job opportunity.  They got married in 2005 and started a family.  After almost a decade of not playing on stage, Matt is excited to start gigging again. https://www.facebook.com/Melange.duo

Wicked Wilde

FRIDAY, January 16th at 7:30pm

M.J. Wilde has been performing jazz in venues large and small throughout the Southwest for over 30 years, offering that special touch at weddings, receptions of every kind, private parties, business openings, fundraisers, in concert and especially for audiences who are just out for a night on the town and want to experience the very best music out there. Loving the life of a live jazz musician, Ms. Wilde is a thrilling and consummate performer who pours herself into every song, always keeping the bar high and surrounding herself with the very best musicians available. Over the years she has had three concerts at The Outpost Performance Space and was the premiere jazz performer at The Hilton's (Now Crowne Plaza) Ranchers Club for over 10 years. Now she can offer her own group, Wicked Wilde, and, much like the improvisational jazz she plays, change it to fit each venue as duo, trio or quartet.

Listen to Wicked Wilde:

http://www.reverbnation.com/mjwildethejazzlife/song/21278663-all-me-by-mj-wilde-ben-martinez

https://soundcloud.com/mjwildethejazzlife/if-i-only-had-a-brain/

http://www.reverbnation.com/mjwildethejazzlife/song/21245225-dont-explain-by-mj-wilde-ben-martinez

http://www.reverbnation.com/mjwildethejazzlife/song/21248099-comes-love-by-mj-wilde-ben-martinez

Sina Soul

SATURDAY, January 17th at 7:30pm

Sina Aurelia Soul is the product of an international marriage between a Native Pacific Islander & a North African Latino. While her mother was a traditional healer, served as a nurse in the US Army and her father was an Naval immunohematolist and chemist, Soul womanifests a synthesized shamanic sound that synthesizes harmonic healing with a soothing of the senses. Soul's proliferation as an international underground icon stems from work as a multi-lingual lyrical activist & multi-instrumental vocalist to Hip Hop Culture educator & lecturing socioethnomusicoloist. In layman’s terms, Soul sings in 8 different languages, is a trained classical pianist, a fierce percussionist and a true JazzMaster of the voice. Described by Raymond Fiore of Entertainment Weekly as “the southwest will not contain the cosmic jazz stylings of sexy, sultry, funky international vocal artist Sina Soul for much longer- she is destined for worldwide fame... her sound and interpretations falling between powerhouses Rochelle Ferrel and Ella with a hint of Tina Turner and a splash of Sade.” Soul’s repertoire encompasses selections by Sade Adu, Norah Jones, Dianna Krall, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Cassandra Wilson, Nina Simone, Erykah Badu, Dianna Reeves, Abbey Lincoln, Dinah Washington, Sarah Vaughn, Randy Crawford, and Nancy Wilson in addition to works by international jazz artists in French, Spanish, Portugese and Italian.

Soul weaves a masterful web of original and cover tunes spotted with lyrical compositions from all 7 continents. Soul is a Zulu Queen, ordained by Afrika Bambaata, curandera & griot, named Wumei or 'beautiful warrior' by Mokotaidejekan. She has performed with Rock Steady, Cassandra Wilson, K.R.S.O.N.E., the Roots, Cody Chestnut, Celia Cruz, Ozomatli, DeadPrez, Bahamadia, Ziggy Marley, B.B.King & Zap Mama! as well as toured with Erykah Badu & George Clinton (P-Funk) on the Smoking Grooves Tour ('96). She attended BROWN University and is a SLAM Poet, author, mc, martial artist and healer in addition to being hailed as the premiere Jazz & Soul vocalist of the Southwest. Soul performs with iconic bassist Rodney Bowe and his RB Jazz trio. Her sounds will soothe and entice you; her scintillating, powerful voice will entrance you and have you coming back for more. Schedule at www.sinasoul.info, www.sinasoul.com, or text “Sina” to 83936 for updates. Vocal samples can be found at www.reverbnation.com or at www.myspace.com/SinaSoulmusic, video can be found at www.vimeo.com.

Solo Piano with Bob Tate

SUNDAY - WEDNESDAY, January 18th-21st at 6pm

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

Solo Piano with Bob Tate

SUNDAY - WEDNESDAY, January 25-28th at 6pm

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