Albuquerque Film & Music Experience Sets 2016 Showcase Music Lineup

The fourth annual Albuquerque Film & Music Experience (AFME) kicks off in April, with this year's events featuring one-of-a-kind musical experiences, including the 2016 Showcase Music Event. The showcase event evening begins with the New Mexico Premiere of the documentary Nathan East: For the Record, followed by a Concert Tribute to Nathan East.

Nathan East, one of the top bassists in the world and the recipient of the 2016 AFME Music Award, will be honored at the tribute concert on Saturday, April 23. The concert, presented by AFME and Yamaha Entertainment Group, will take place from 9pm-11pm at the historic KiMo Theatre. Performances will feature songs he has recorded throughout his career, performed by top names in the music industry, and the concert will be a tribute to the significant contributions he has made to the industry.

The concert will follow the presentation of the documentary, Nathan East: For the Record, presented by Founder and Vice President of Yamaha Entertainment Group, Chris Gero. At the event, Chris will be presented the AFME 2016 Visionary Award. The film will be shown at the KiMo Theater from 6-8pm. Tickets are now on sale for both events and can be purchased separately. For documentary tickets, visit For concert tickets, visit

"Albuquerque is in for another one-of-a-kind music experience with incredible performances and an exceptional documentary honoring Nathan and his impact on the music world," said Ivan Wiener, Executive Director of AFME. "Every year, our goal is to provide exceptional entertainment, films, and music, and this year's lineup goes above and beyond. Nathan is genuinely a legendary talent and contributor to the music industry, and we are thrilled to welcome him, Chris Gero, and all of the performers, actors, and filmmakers involved in our Showcase Music Event to Albuquerque for AFME."

The tribute concert will feature an array of live performances from some of the greatest musicians in the industry, including: Greg Phillinganes-music director for the 2016 Grammy Awards, keyboardist, singer, songwriter, and musical director who has contributed keyboard tracks to numerous albums, has toured with notable artists such as Stevie Wonder, Eric Clapton and Toto, served as musical director for Michael Jackson, and has released two solo albums; Steve Ferrone-drummer of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and former member of the Average White Band, who has recorded and performed with high-profile acts, including Duran Duran, Stevie Nicks, Christine McVie, Slash, Chaka Khan, Eric Clapton,Bee Gees, Scritti Politti, Johnny Cash, Anita Baker, George Benson, Jonathan Butler, Bryan Ferry, Climie Fisher, Peter Frampton, Jeff Golub, Rick James, Whitney Houston, Freddy King, Tracy Chapman, Steve Winwood, Jeffrey Osborne, Paul Simon, Bernie Worrell, and Jaco Pastorius, among others; The East Family (Marcel East, James East, Ray East, Nathan East, Noah East, David East, Gertie East, Cecilia East); Hakim Bellamy; and New Mexico's Nathan East Tribute Band-Bandleader and Keys: Robert Muller, Drums: Mo Roberts, Bass: Milo Jaramillo and Patrick Andrews, Guitar: Larry Mitchell, Jesse Martinez, Casper Gomez, Eric George, John Kurzweg, Percussions: Josh English and Ramon Lovato, Horns: Phil Arnold, Vocalists: Andrew Cooper - Get Lucky (Daft Punk), Mina Tank - Saving All My Love For You (Whitney Houston), Tracey Whitney - Giving You The Best That I Got (Anita Baker), Matthew Andrae - Tears in Heaven (Eric Clapton), Helene Yvonne & Eric George - Easy Lover (Phil Collins and Phillip Bailey), Kyle Jason & Kady Bow - Moondance (Van Morrison; recorded on Nathan East by Michael McDonald), Tracey Whitney, Cynthia Becker & Zenobia - I'm So Excited (The Pointer Sisters), John Kurzweg and cast - Footloose (Kenny Loggins) with Nathan East on bass.

In addition to the documentary and concert, Nathan East will also be participating in a Bass Clinic, an intimate conversation and a special performance with his son Noah on Friday night. The 2016 Albuquerque Film & Music Experience features a full lineup of films, musical performances, panels, parties and special events. Tickets are on sale, and a full lineup can be found online at

About AFME: The AFME Foundation, a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization, supports the nurturing, success and growth of a vibrant creative community, specifically through film, music and the arts, and seeks to help further a world-class economic center of excellence for these industries in Albuquerque, New Mexico. It produces the Albuquerque Film & Music Experience (AFME), an annual film and music festival, attracts prominent attendees, filmmakers, musicians and visionaries from around the globe to celebrate the art of storytelling and collaborate into the future. The Foundation also supports the Albuquerque film, music and art scenes through creation, facilitation and support of complimentary, mission-based projects and programs. Our purpose is to provide opportunities for future generations, while increasing exposure and economic impact for the City of Albuquerque, the State of New Mexico and our partners.

About Nathan East - Nathan East, one of the top bassists in the world, will receive the 2016 AFME Music Award. With over 2,000 recordings, East is considered one of the most recorded bass players in the history of music. East is a founding member of the contemporary jazz quartet Fourplay, along with Bob James, Lee Ritenour and Harvey Mason. East has recorded, performed and co-written songs with Barry White, Anita Baker, The Love Unlimited Orchestra, Babyface, B.B. King, Eric Clapton, George Harrison, Elton John, Laura Pausini, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Bryan Ferry, Savage Garden, Barbara Streisand, Sting, Quincy Jones, Al Jarreau, Kenny Loggins, The Manhattan Transfer, Herbie Hancock, Daft Punk and more. In 2013, he recorded the bass line of Daft Punk's chart-topping hit "Get Lucky," which went on to win the Grammy Award for Record of the Year and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance (2014) and sell over 7.5 million copies. East also composed the music for the number one hit song "Easy Lover" for Phil Collins and Philip Bailey.

In 2014, East released his first ever self-titled debut solo album on Yamaha Entertainment Group. The album features guest appearances by Michael McDonald, Sara Bareilles, Stevie Wonder, Eric Clapton, Kazumasa Oda, Bob James, Chuck Loeb, Ray Parker, Jr., David Paich and his 13-year-old son Noah East. Nathan East topped the jazz charts and received a Grammy nomination for Best Contemporary Instrumental Album. Most recently, East was in the studio to record an album with longtime friend and fellow Fourplay member, Bob James. The legendary bassist and keyboardist released The New Cool in 2015. The Grammy nominated album is an acoustic jazz offering centered around duets by the celebrated jazz artists.

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