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Concerts in Albuquerque Summer 2015

June 3rd, 2015

I am procrastinating. I know I need to be doing some accounting or something, but I don’t want to, so I’ve justified my procrastination by looking up the great music concerts coming to Albuquerque this summer. Some of my favorites will be performing here, so you should check this list of upcoming Albuquerque Concerts, see if you have a favorite, and then plan a trip that will be complete with a stay at Adobe Nido B&B. Most of these concerts are at the largest concert venue in Albuquerque, the Isleta Amphitheater, formerly Mesa del Sol, and before that The Journal Pavilion. It is located south of the Albuquerque Sunport (Airport) and is a fabulous Venue. The Expo NM concert is right in the middle of Albuquerque on the State Fairgounds. Sandia Casino is the last Albuquerque exit of of I-25 that is on the north side of the city. Here’s the line up…

Tim McGrawTim McGraw w/Billy Currington & Chase Bryant
Friday, June 19, 2015 at Isleta Amphitheater

Vans warped tour 2015Vans Warped Tour Presented By Journeys
Handguns, Kosha Dillz, Palisades, blessthefall, Hundredth, Lee Corey Oswald, Trophy Eyes, As It Is, Beautiful Bodies, Crossfaith
Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Isleta Amphitheater

NickleNickelback w/Lifehouse
Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Isleta Amphitheater


MayhemSLAYER, King Diamond, HELLYEAH and more!
Saturday, July 4, 2015
Isleta Amphitheater

Lady AntebellumLady Antebellum w/ Hunter Hayes and Sam Hunt
Sunday, July 12, 2015
Isleta Amphitheater


SteelySteely Dan w/Elvis Costello & The Imposters
Wednesday, July 15, 2015
Isleta Amphitheater


Darius RuckerDarius Rucker w/Brett Eldredge, Brothers Osborne, and A Thousand Horses
Saturday, July 18, 2015
Isleta Amphitheater

J. ColeJ. Cole featuring Big Sean w/ YG, Jeremih, Bas, Cozz and Omen
Tuesday, July 21, 2015
Isleta Amphitheater

BoysFall Out Boy and Wiz Khalifa w/ Hoodie Allen and DJ Drama
Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Isleta Amphitheater


Dierks BentleyDierks Bentley w/ Kip Moore, Maddie & Tae, Canaan Smith
Friday, August 14, 2015
Isleta Amphitheater

ModestModest Mouse
Tuesday, August 18, 2015
Villa Hispana Pavilion at EXPO NM


SublimeSublime with Rome w/Rebelution, Pepper, and Mickey Avalon
Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Isleta Amphitheater

Kelly ClarksonKelly Clarkson w/Pentatonix and Eric Hutchinson
Thursday, August 27, 2015
Isleta Amphitheater

SlipSLIPKNOT w/ Lamb of God, Bullet For My Valentine and Motionless In White
Sunday, Augusut 30, 2015
Isleta Amphitheater

Brad PaisleyBrad Paisley w/ Justin Moore and Mickey Guyton
Thursday, September 17, 2015
Isleta Amphitheater


Def LeppardDef Leppard w/ Styx and Tesla
Friday, September 25, 2015
Isleta Amphitheater

Foo FightersFoo Fighters w/ Gary Clark Jr
Sunday, September 27, 2015
Isleta Amphitheater

RascalRascal Flatts w/ Scotty McCreery and RaeLynn
Thursday, October 1, 2015
Isleta Amphitheater


Zac Brown BandZac Brown Band
Wednesday, October 7, 2015
Isleta Amphitheater

Friday, October 9, 2015
Sandia Casino Amphitheater


FloridaFlorida Georgia Line w/ Thomas Rhett and Frankie Ballard
Friday, October 9, 2015
Isleta Amphitheater

Jimmy BuffetJimmy Buffett & The Coral Reefer Band
Tuesday, October 20, 2015
Isleta Amphitheater


I know the best things to do in Albuquerque!
Sarah Dolk, Adobe Nido Bed & Breakfast
Expert on Destination Albuquerque and Central New Mexico!

What Good is a Dead Tree?

April 2nd, 2015

We have a dead tree problem at Adobe Nido Bed & Breakfast. But despite the ugliness of a dead tree, it also has created some new blessings.


Our neighbor’s Cottonwood tree after 2 years of no water. It is still worth saving at this point.


This is the Cottonwood the following year. Gone, gone, gone. The green you do see are other trees.

When we moved into our home in 1985, there was a Cottonwood tree in our neighbors yard just a few feet from our property line. It was just about as tall as our single story home at that time. Because we live so close to an irrigation ditch, our neighbors would open their flood gates at their southern border to flood their yard once a week. This is a normal way of watering yards for many of Albuquerque’s residents living in the valley parts of town. The areas of the yards or fields that get flooded are depressed to contain the flooding. Even though everyone now has access to city/county water the tradition of flooding is a throwback to a time when the irrigation ditch system was utilized for agriculture, which was localized in the fertile lands close to the river that is now just called “the valley”. When the patriarch of a family died, the land was split up to the heirs and each of the splits had ditch rights. Over the decades the valley properties became long strips of lots, all having “ditch access”.

Still utilizing their ditch rights, many modern-day property owners continue to irrigate their yards in this fashion. For our neighbors, who have a fairly large property, irrigation enabled them to create a pretty lush oasis filled with fruit trees, pines and a few Cottonwood trees. Mr. Drake, our neighbor patriarch, watered like clockwork. It was his weekly ritual, from April through September when the Middle Rio Grande Conservancy regulates and distributes water into the ditch system along the Rio Grande Valley. This is how it was for nearly thirty years and the trees in the adjacent property thrived and grew quite tall, and then Mr. Drake passed, and the irrigation ritual stopped.

It only took a few years to see what was happening. First to die off was the 40′ Blue Spruce that was also planted along the property line. Then the mulberry died and the other fruit trees started to wane as well. Our beloved Cottonwood was dying too, so we asked our surviving neighbor if we could try and save the tree, at our cost, by bringing in an experienced tree crew to pollard the tree. Pollarding is a common way to extend the life of an aging Cottonwood. At first she agreed, the date and time was set, and then she backed out saying her son didn’t think it was the right time of year to do this. I won’t get into the whole sordid story, but the tree died the next summer and started rotting where it once stood majestically shading our backyard from the morning sun. It is ugly as sin, but we have now had time to realize that a dead tree has some real worth, besides firewood.

The number of bug-eating birds visible from our yard has grown exponentially. I see birds I have never seen before, and oh, the Woodpeckers! We watch them pounding away every morning. Here is a list of some of the birds we can now see from our backyard.

Ladder-backed Woodpecker
Lewis’ Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Also visible in the naked tree, we have seen Blue, Black Headed and Evening Grossbeaks, Lazuli Buntings, a lot of warblers, jays, finches, tanagers and orioles. We have even has a flock of Cedar Waxwings come through and spend several days to feast on the insects that abound in a dead tree. This is all in addition to what we commonly see in our yard anyway.

The other big dead tree benefit to us? It no longer sends roots into our raised bed gardens and we don’t need to dig them out by the bags full every Spring, Additionally, we get much needed morning sun to our gardens, and the leaves no longer have to be picked up in the fall.

The new birds are the real plus though, and I highly encourage any bird lover to keep a dead tree in their yard, look past the ugliness and enjoy the year round show.

I know the best places to see birds in Albuquerque!
Sarah Dolk, Adobe Nido Bed & Breakfast
Expert on Destination Albuquerque and Central New Mexico!

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