Alumnus CD release concert is November 11

(10-31-2011)

The Alamosa Live Music Association presents singer-songwriter Antonio A. Lopez in concert to celebrate the release of his debut album The Romantic and The Realist. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11, in Leon Memorial Hall.

The award winning Don Conoscenti Trio from Taos, NM, along with local-legend Don Richmond will accompany Lopez, an Adams State 2010 alumnus who graduated with degrees in music performance and composition.

The Romantic and The Realist was recorded at The Pearl Recording Studio in Minneapolis, Minn., with producer Zach Hollander. Lopez said he and Hollander worked 12 hours a day without lulls in creativity or inspiration. "It was almost like our brains were wired together. Throughout the whole session there was not one technical difficulty. It was as if all the stars were perfectly aligned."

The album is a 13-song collection of original material with an earthy modern-folk-rock feel. Nashville based recording artist Tyler James describes Antonio's music as "raw and beautiful...two traits any young songwriter should strive for."

To fund the project, Lopez worked five jobs simultaneously. He juggled his time as a substitute teacher, high school soccer coach, personal care assistant for a quadriplegic, guitar instructor, and AmeriCorp volunteer. He believes his hard work and determination is paying off. Hollander, who has worked on over 1,000 records -some with big name bands and artists, says The Romantic and The Realist is one of the best albums he helped produce.

Tickets are available at the Adams State Music Department or the Narrow Gauge Newsstand. Ticket prices include $10 in advance; $12 at the door; $5 for students and seniors; ALMA member receive $2 off ticket price. Receive a complimentary copy of the album with ticket. For more information, call 719-233-1593 or visit www.antonioalopez.com.

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