New Mexico Music Commission’s Student Musician Spotlight Featured Student: Chevel Shepherd ~ Farmington 17-year-old Chevel Shepherd stands as living proof that big things sometimes come in small packages. Chevel won America’s hearts, and the title of “Season 15 Winner” during
Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts: Marc Neikrug ~ Santa Fe Recipient of the 2019 Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts, Marc Neikrug’s musical career has spanned over 54 years as a globally recognized concert pianist, composer, and
Notable New Mexican: Lindy Blaskey ~ Albuquerque While they never broke big on the national charts, Lindy Blaskey and his band the Lavells were one of the most popular bands in the Southwest during the mid-’60s garage rock explosion. The
Bert Dalton ~ Santa Fe Bert Dalton is a 2019 Platinum Music Awards honoree. Originally from Chicago and living in Santa Fe for over 20 years, Bert is a renowned and versatile jazz pianist, arranger, educator, and producer, who has
Brian Hardgroove ~ Santa Fe Brian Hardgroove works as a producer and educator. Most recently, he served as artist in residence at Santa Fe University of Art and Design, where he helped start the Artists for Positive Social Change program.
Andru Bemis ~ Carlsbad Andru Bemis is a folk and Americana musician from Carlsbad currently living in South Haven, Michigan. He performs on the banjo, violin, guitar and banjo-ukulele (which he calls a “banjolele”). Bemis lives a minimalist lifestyle, and