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Performance Interest Application
From the heart of our city and in the spirit of our community the Rail Yards Market will take place from 10am-2pm every Sunday from May-October.
The Rail Yards Market's mission is to celebrate the cuisine, culture, and art of Albuquerque and the State of New Mexico. Our commitment is to:
- Preserve the legacy of a historic downtown neighborhood.
- Gather the city's many communities around a shared space with local food, art and music.
- Nurture the next generation of local entrepreneurs.
- Create a dynamic hub for Albuquerque's agricultural and artisanal communities.
- Promote the knowledge and preservation of New Mexico's heirloom crop varieties.
- Promote tourism by providing Albuquerque with a must-see destination in the heart of downtown.
- Demonstrate one of many potential uses for the Rail Yards site.
Location: The Albuquerque Rail Yards, Blacksmith Shop (23,000 sq feet) located off of 1st street & Hazeldine
Hours of operation: 10:00am-2:00pm on Sundays May-October
Venue/Space: The Rail Yards Market was held in the venue throughout the Summer, and was well attended; ranging from 2000-8000 visitors/day. With roughly 23,000 square feet of space, the Blacksmith Shop will host 80+ vendors, and is almost exactly the same size as many world-famous public markets, including La Boqueria in Barcelona, The Source in Denver, and the Grand Central Market in downtown Los Angeles. The venue is NOT climate controlled, so please dress & plan according to weather conditions. There will be one Entertainment area that will feature a wide variety of acts including community groups, dancers, solo and group musicians.
Would you like to be part of the Rail Yards Market’s Performance scene?
We have opportunities for family-friendly performances including musicians, dancers, and entertainers on Sundays.
LOW-VOLUME + FAMILY FRIENDLY content is key for our selection process. We seek entertainment that is appropriate for a "coffee-house" environment, where vendors and community attendees can converse easily while music is playing. This is not a venue for large and loud bands, and we rarely book groups with back lines.
This is a juried process. Performers selected are those that are compatible for the event. Thank you!
Stage Time Slots are approx. 1 hour:
• This is a great opportunity to get exposure, tips, and merchandise sales.
• Songwriters, High School Bands, Choirs, Dance groups, entertainment of all kinds is welcome!
• There will be a 15 minute break between all sets
• Share your craft, and contribute to the community!
The Rail Yards Market will provide a modest sound system that includes 2 monitors, 2 mics, 2 mic cables, 2 mic stands, and a mixer with 4 line inputs/4 mic inputs. Bands cannot bring any additional amplification, and MUST respect our volume control for this neighborhood event.
Bands may load in/out in parking lot, and must not block fire lanes.
Groups will Load in one (1) hour before set at their respective stage. Entertainers who have not checked in at least 1 hour before their performance may have their time slot given to someone else. If an entertainer cannot commit to a scheduled arrangement, they should notify the Entertainment leadership at least 1-2 weeks before to give adequate notice.
Each group will may bring a SMALL table (5ft or under) sell merchandise (music, t-shirts, posters, etc.) and may collect tips for the duration of their performance.
Payment amount TBA. For payment performers MUST submit an invoice and W-9 tax form to Market Manager 7 days before performance date.
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Describe your act/style/offering in 5 words or less
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Solo musician/singer etc
Instructional/Interactive (dance/music lessons, yoga, etc)
Lecture, speech, informational
Daytime Phone Number
How many performers are in your group?
How many people do you believe you can draw to your performance?
Link(s) to where we can hear your music and/or watch a live performance.
(Live performances preferred.)
Do you have an upcoming performance in New Mexico?
Please list any date(s) and location(s) where a market representative might be able to hear you perform.
Does your offering require any special technical, space, or other needs ?(Direct boxes, amp mics, etc.)
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