April 21, 2020
Las Vegas, New Mexico – New Mexico Highlands University presents a Facebook Live concert of the electronic folk artist SPiVEY April 30 at 7 p.m. Mountain Standard Time.
The link for the concert is https://www.facebook.com/HighlandsUniversity/ Watch for the live feed for the concert that begins at 7 p.m.
“We decided to have this event because we want the Highlands family to know that we are all in this together,” said Kimberly Blea, dean of students at Highlands. “We wanted to host an event that helps create a sense of connectedness that we are all missing as part of the Highlands community. It’s also a great opportunity to enjoy some great music from the comfort of our own homes.”
Blea said the SPiVEY concert also offers free entertainment to the Las Vegas community and beyond.
“Music can provide such comfort during trying times, and we’re glad we can share this concert with people outside the Highlands community,” Blea said.
SPiVEY, born Ryan Spivey in Lubbock, Texas, is a one-person band featuring vocals, guitar, synthesizer and drum machines. His newest album, “Neon Myth,” is available on Spotify, iTunes and Amazon music.
SPiVEY said on his Facebook page that his music is influenced by a wide variety of artists such as Bob Dylan, The Beastie Boys, Pink Floyd, Willie Nelson, The Flaming Lips and The Roots.
SPiVEY is known to some Las Vegas, New Mexico audiences. For the past year, he has performed monthly at Boraccho’s Craft Booze and Brews on Bridge Street.
Leon Bustos, interim director of the Highlands Undergraduate Enrichment program, worked with Blea to form an online events committee of Highlands campus leaders during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Being able to continue to serve students online is essential, but we also wanted to provide virtual entertainment events for our campus community,” Bustos said.
Bustos said SPiVEY is his favorite musician who performs regularly at Boraccho’s.
“SPiVEY is an eclectic artist who has diverse musical talents. He has quite a following in Texas and New Mexico,” Bustos said.
Bustos contacted SPiVEY regarding the possibility of performing a Facebook Live concert for Highlands.
“He was excited for the opportunity to continue to play for a New Mexico audience,” Bustos said.
The SPiVEY Facebook Live concert is part of the Arts@HU program.