ALAMOSA — Society Hall, the performance space, concert hall and community gathering place at 400 Ross Ave. in Alamosa, is proud to feature one of the San Luis Valley’s most beloved and longest-running bands, Indian Nickel, in concert Saturday, January 13th at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door and are available at the Green Spot in Alamosa or online at www.societyhall.org or at the door.
Indian Nickel will celebrate their 50th anniversary as a band in 2019, and for all these decades they have been entertaining audiences with their own signature blend of music – combining several different Hispanic musical forms with classic rock and country. It’s a combination with something for everyone, and truly has become it’s own roots genre of music in this area.
“It’s like they are our own Los Lobos”, says Society Hall board member and local record producer Don Richmond. “They honor traditions going back to the various different roots of our combined cultures in our area, yet they make it new, and make it their own.”
Indian Nickel has released a few CDs over the years, and are planning a new release next year to celebrate their 50th year anniversary.
Indian Nickel is: Leroy Casias - lead guitarist and founder of the Indian Nickel Band. Leroy’s’ musical journey began in 1969 with love for all types of music, especially old corridos and piesas. With great perseverance, he has continued to bring out his passion through the music. Floyd Martinez - rhythm guitar, vocals and founder. Floyd’s musical journey also began in 1969. Floyd’s smooth harmony vocals and rhythm guitar talents are an integral part of the foundation of Indian Nickel’s sound. Jeffrey Jacquez - keyboard and vocals. Jeffrey joined the band in 1999, bringing a new flavor of New Mexico style Tex-Mex and a little salsa to the band. Jeffrey’s keyboard and vocal talents are an important part of the band’s wide-ranging tapestry of sound. John Overton - Drums and vocals. John joined the band in late 2004, bringing with him decades of experience in area bands. His energy, talents and great personality shine through with each beat. Vernon Padilla - bass guitar and background vocals. Vernon joined the band in 2015. His years of experience and “solid as a rock” bass playing provide a strong foundation for the band’s wide variety of music.
Although Indian Nickel is widely known for their great dances, the Society Hall (a 501c-3 non-profit organization) board thinks their music deserves the fine concert setting that the hall provides, and hopes folks can join them in honoring and supporting this Valley musical treasure, Saturday, January 13, at Society Hall, starting at 7 p.m.! As always, wine, beer, soft drinks and snacks will be available. Society Hall – where community celebrates!
Caption: Indian Nickel member are from left Leroy Casias, Vernon Padilla, Jeffrey Jacquez, Floyd Martinez and Johnny Overton./Courtesy photo