What do you do when you can’t have fireworks for your 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular? You pull out the big guns and turn the evening into a concert event that will light up the night! This year, Fourth of July will be fireworks free in Los Alamos, due to recent wildfires and drought conditions. To make up for the loss, organizers Enterprise Bank & Trust, Los Alamos County Community Services and Sancre Productions have invited fan favorite Chevel Shepherd to give a FREE community concert at Overlook Park in White Rock.
Chevel endeared herself to audiences nationwide as the 2018 Season 15 winner of The Voice. Hailing from Farmington, New Mexico, she is a true native spirit, whose star is on the rise as a country singer and an actress. Since winning the reality show, she has released several popular singles on streaming platforms, a well-received Christmas album, an eagerly anticipated EP, and has starred in the film Wildfire, inspired by a country song of the same name by Michael Martin Murphy. She’s also gained a following in her home state.
In their 2019 Los Alamos Summer Concert Series Lineup, Sancre productions brought Chevel to Ashley Pond and drew what is still the biggest concert audience in the history of Los Alamos County. “We are so happy to have her back to Los Alamos this July 4th, we may not be able to have the fireworks this year, but she is sure to put on a spectacular show in their place” said Sancre Productions spokeswoman Monica Griego.
Also appearing onstage with Chevel are a slate of native New Mexican artists, turning this event into a New Mexico true event. The Los Alamos Jazz Project will kick things off at 4 p.m., showcasing the talents of Los Alamos High School students. Following the Jazz Project will be Taos native and multiple award-winning Spanish singer Gabriella Salazar, and Jemez Mountain native Austin Van.
Gabriella has been recording and releasing music since she was 11 years old. In 2017, she received two New Mexico Hispano Music Awards (NMHAA): The Rising Star of the Year Award, and Crossover Song of the Year, for Gracias al Sol. In 2019, she again took home the NMHAA award for Crossover Song of the Year for En el Cielo. Her debut album Concepto Rosa was released in Fall of 2021
Charismatic cowboy balladeer Austin Van hails from Ponderosa, New Mexico, and made his first appearance on the Los Alamos Summer Concert series stage in 2021. His debut album Music Road, dropped in July of that same year. A regular at the Coyote Country store in Gail, Texas, it was recently announced that Austin will be awarded the Coyote Country Rising Star award at the venue’s year end performance in October of this year.
In addition to the music, the Los Alamos July 4th Spectacular will include nonprofits, exhibitors and food vendors, so pack up the family and head out to Overlook Park for an evening of fun and excitement. You won’t even notice the fireworks are missing.This article was posted by David Salcido