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!

Jim Almand

THURSDAY, November 6th at 6pm

Memphis born, the son of a sailor and his singing wife, who taught me that life, is a never ending road. Bumped around until I found music, ‘yes’. First studied classical guitar, then started playing music professionally via jazz (singing & guitar), moved to R&B, then to bass guitar and C&W/original/etc, and then, finally settled into writing, vocals, harmonica, and guitar.

Living in the hills outside of Santa Fe (great town for songwriters). The whole time (30+ years) I’ve been writing and bringing my satchel of songs to the various musical bus stops along the way. Met my ever inspiring mother-child (Mary) a life time ago. Met my beautiful, smarter and more talented than me, makes a father proud, daughter-child (Amorena Elena Marie) twenty-six years ago. Married to one of the finest singing/songwriting/guitar-slaying muses in the world (fact), Sara K.

The Al Demarco Trio

FRIDAY, November 7th at 7:30pm

Jazz the way you like it!


SATURDAY, November 8th 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.

Solo Piano with Bob Tate

SUNDAY - WEDNESDAY, November 9th - 12th at 6pm

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


THURSDAY, November 13th 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.

Todd Tijerina

FRIDAY, November 14th  at 7:30pm

For the last fifteen years singer/songwriter/guitarist, Todd Tijerina (Tee-her-ee-na), has steadily made a living playing his unique blend of blues, funk, roots-rock and jazz. In addtion to frequent tours of the central and southwestern United States with his band, Todd has worked as guitarist for Chicago-based artists such as internationally revered bluesman, Byther Smith, the legendary Harmonica Hinds, and BB's daughter, Shirley King. Currently based in Albuquerque, NM, though originally from Chicago, the band is a former winner of Chicagoland's Rory's Blues Talent Competition (1999). This victory funded recording expenses for the group's 2000 release, The Lowdown. Since then Tijerina has released three more albums, Welcome Home in 2004, Now in 2006, and Walk This Road in 2009 which have enjoyed radio play in the US, Australia and Europe.

Todd has always striven to be musically unique. Rootstime (Belgium) declares that he "creates his own style and sound… His manner of guitar playing, singing and songwriting is refreshing and inspiring." The Promised Land Entertainment Magazine states "[Tijerina's] newest release is a perfect example of how to take the old and mix in the new to get a feeling of something very special." Todd's unique sound is a result of his own take on songwriting with an emphasis on maintaining potent hooks, personal identity and grooves that cross genre lines. This approach helps explain his musical contribution's relevancy to blues as an evolving art form.

The Rudy Boy Experiment

SATURDAY, November 15th at 7:30pm

In 2011, The Rudy Boy Experiment released their second national album Volume 2, which included a compilation of previous indie singles from the group. This release was supported by a west coast tour which included high profile stage performances at SXSW and Las Vegas. Rudy Boy's effortless promotions include many high profile radio interviews nationwide, ranging from Fox Sports Radio to NPR, and as a regular on 94 Rock's morning show in Albuquerque. Rudy Boy also enjoyed an endorsement deal from Reverend Guitars, which provided a platform to show off his Volcano on tour.

In 2011, Rudy was successful spearheding the 1st Annual DSN Music Blues Fiesta in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Rudy's single As The Cursor Blinks was featured in the DSN Music compilation album Soundtrack to the End Times.

Solo Piano with Bob Tate

SUNDAY - WEDNESDAY, November 16- 19th at at 6pm

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

Lori Michaels

THURSDAY, November 20th at 6pm

Lori Michaels brings years of professional experience and has performed through out Europe and the southwest region of the United States.  Her background leans towards traditional style Jazz from the 40’s era bringing a fresh sound with warm phrasing.  She has a soft laid back style with scat accents and her inspiration derives from Streisand, Jane Monheit and Ella with a splash of Sinatra and Etta James.

The Bobcats

FRIDAY, November 21st at 7:30pm

Bob Gusch, Dan Dowling, and John Griffin, have teamed up to play some classic and contemporary jazz, swing, blues, and bossa nova. Seven-string guitarist Dan Dowling is a veteran jazz and blues musician who has been performing in combos ranging in size from duo to big band for the last three decades. Dan was one of the five finalists in the Heritage International Jazz Guitar Competition of 1996, and was named “Best Unsigned Blues Artist” in 1995 by the Nashville Music City Blues

Bob Gusch on woodwinds has been a mainstay of the Albuquerque music scene backing such greats as Clark Terry and Dianne Reeves. Locally he has played with many bands including the Albuquerque Jazz Orchestra and Outpost Repertoire Jazz Orchestra and currently leads his Brazilian band, Saudade. Bob likes to feature the clarinet in this group. John Griffin is a long time acoustic and electric bassist with various jazz, blues, and rock groups. He has appeared with artists such as Bo Diddley, Eddie Harris, and Charlie Rouse.

Jones and the Tones

SATURDAY, November 22nd at 7:30pm

Led by Heather Blair Jones (singer/songwriter/worship leader), this talented quartet perform locally in Albuquerque, NM and other surrounding areas. Although they specialize in jazz standards, you can hear old and new favorites from just about any genre.

Solo Piano with Bob Tate

SUNDAY - WEDNESDAY, November 23rd - 26th at 6pm

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

No Music.

Happy Thanksgiving!

THURSDAY, November 27th at 6pm

James Whiton

FRIDAY, November 28th at 7:30pm

James Whiton began his career at 3 years old, playing a half-size 'cello under the tutelage of his mother, who was principal double bass with the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra. When he was six, he went on the road as a child prodigy, playing 'cello concertos throughout the Southwest United States.

Over the past 35 years, he has performed both as a soloist and as a member of symphonies, rock bands, jazz combos and big bands.  He has been featured on over 100 recordings, including a dozen self-produced releases.  He has traveled throughout the US and Europe, playing in an incredible variety of venues in front of audiences ranging in size from 1 to 10,000 (ah, the life of a working musician!).  The dedication of playing upwards of 300 nights a year for 25 years has resulted in a deep understanding of the subtle nuances of music and an absolute mastery of his instrument which is sharply evident the instant his finger touches a string.

In 2010, Tom Waits recruited James to play bass on his 2011 release Bad As Me, alongside superstar artists such as Keith Richards, Charlie Musselwhite, Augie Meyers (Little Richard, Bob Dylan), Marc Ribot, Dave Hidalgo (Los Lobos, Bob Dylan), Flea and Les Claypool.  James is one of seven bass players on the recording, but Waits chose to use James' bass tracks on 7 of the 16 songs. Bad As Me was an astounding success; named as the best reviewed album of 2011, it outsold every other recording in Waits' catalog and was nominated for a Grammy.

Throughout his career, James has been fortunate to play with many of his heroes, including Tom Waits, George Clinton (P-Funk All Stars),  The Rev. Horton Heat, Les Claypool, Vernon Reid (Living Color), Dave Schools (Widespread Panic), Nels Cline, Eric Burdon (The Animals), Bernie Worrell (P-Funk, Talking Heads), Thomas Dolby, Lady Kier (Dee-Lite), Fred Wesley (James Brown), Angelo Moore & Norwood Fisher (Fishbone).

Currently, James lives in Albuquerque, NM and is touring the country as a solo artist.

Chris Dracup

SATURDAY, November 29th at 7:30pm

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.

In 2002, Chris and the Chris Dracup Trio became finalists in the New Mexico Music Showcase. He has also been a featured performer at some of the region's top music festivals, including the Thirsty Ear Festival, The Telluride Blues and Brews Festival and the Silver City Blues Festival. In 2004, Chris was featured on a television commercial for Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Mexico’s “You’ve got the Blues” ad campaign. In addition, he has shared the stage with many popular touring acts.

He has recently started a family with his wife Melissa and has two daughters, Aleida Rose and Stephanie Corinne. He still maintains a regular performance schedule, performing his original songs and the blues, reggae and funk classics that are a staple of his act.

Solo Piano with Bob Tate

SUNDAY - WEDNESDAY, November 30th - December 3rd at 6pm

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