Join us for the very first Wine Up Wednesday with Chris Dracup + Friends at VARA!
Our summer concert fun takes place here on our patio and yard every Wednesday beginning on May 29th. Come and get yourself situated and satiated with our hot and cold tapas, sangria, beer, or wine all of which will be served at “$2-Off Happy Hour between 5:00 - 7:00pm.
The Chris Dracup Trio will start at 7pm. Followed by a visiting St Louis band, The Matching Shoe, who are stopping in Albuquerque for one night only while on their way to perform at The Viper Room in LA. Reservations will be recommended for parties of more than two and there will only be a $10 cover per couple.
Two bands for ten bucks… that's just ridiculous, but then again so are our tapas and sangria!
About Chris Dracup:
Chris Dracup is a life long New Mexico musician who began his performing career at the age of fifteen in his hometown of Taos. He has been a singer, songwriter and lead guitarist with some of the states most popular musical acts including The Muttz, The Rattle Cats, The Chris Dracup Trio, Tommy Elskes and Soul Kitchen. His most recent project :Funk of The West - is an energetic six piece dance band that combines authentic American blues and funk music with African polyrhythms.
Known for his soulful electric and acoustic blues guitar, Chris’ music draws on being comfortable in a wide range of musical styles. His acoustic slide guitar playing heavily reflects the southern delta blues tradition. His original songwriting and regular performance schedule have garnered him critical and popular acclaim and won him an enduring Southwestern fan base.
Chris Dracup has been a featured performer at some of the top regional music festivals including the Telluride Blues and Brews Festival, Silver City Blues Festival, Madrid Blues Festivals, Thirsty Ear Festival, Trinidaddio Fest, Taos Solar Fest and more. He was featured prominently on a television ad campaign for Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Mexico’s “You’ve got the Blues” and is also involved in commercial and film work.
He is often featured as an opener for concert acts touring through New Mexico, performing with a wide range of musical artists- everyone from George Clinton and the P-Funk All-Stars to Joe Walsh, Tori Amos, Taj Mahal, Richard Thompson, Shuggie Otis and many many more.
Voted Best Musician and best Solo Act multiple years by the Local IQ magazine- “Smart List” and Best Blues Artist by Albuquerque the Magazine- “Best of the Year” 2014.
“Dracup has a knack for hitting the blue notes others only dream of...” -Weekly Alibi
“... a blues mans blues man...” -The Albuquerque Journal
“The NMJW's official blues advisor...” -Ed Ullman, Director NM Jazz Workshop
About The Matching Shoe:
The Matching Shoe’s first full length album of original songs is available now!
Released in April 2019 “Right On” is what their fierce local following of "Shoe-Heads" has been waiting for. Their originals ring of early Jethro Tull,
Revolver era Beatles, and psychedelic pop while their carefully selected covers span the Doors, Grateful Dead, Elton John and more.
The core of the Matching Shoe consists of hypnotizing guitar and bass lines, mesmerizing keys and dynamic percussion. Led by multi-instrumentalists Dillon Wilfong (vocals/drums/guitar) and Ben Vennard (keyboards/upright bass/vocals). Their repertoire consists of both original and cover songs that combine the sounds of Classic Rock 'N' Roll, Art Rock, Folk, and Blues.
Fueled by the same musical styles, the band released their first album 'Out Thru the Window’ in August 2016. Their next EP titled “Don’t Hide It. Divide It” was recently released fall of 2017, which was recorded between St. Louis and Aftermaster Studios in Hollywood, California. Some of their big influences include Wilco, Johnny Cash, Pink Floyd and The Beatles.