Kevin Kinane Live Music Shows
Kevin Kinane Live Music Shows
Kevin Kinane Live Music Shows

Musician & Teacher

“a myriad of musical faces”

Since 1994, Kevin Kinane has been teaching music in a wide variety of situations with an emphasis on younger, beginning students and special needs children. You may have seen him at The Public Library Summer Reading programs or at The City Of Albuquerque Summerfest events where Kinane has brought his high energy, interactive music programs for over 20 years. At the libraries, Kevin alternates between his “Drums Around The World’ and his “RecycleMan” programs each year at every library. One features dozens of percussion instruments while the latter utilizes found objects as well as the Dr. Seuss like “RecycleMachine” to teach kids rhythm, tone, and team building.

Kevin began his teaching career as a preschool music teacher at Garden Gateway in the north valley. Since then he has served as interim music teacher, after school music program coordinator or guest teacher at the following facilities: Bandelier, Monte Vista and Eubank Elementary Schools, The Academy, Jefferson and Harrison Middle Schools, UNM Children’s Hospital, NM School For The Blind, Cornstalk Institute, ARCA Special Needs Facilities and various home school groups. As a founding teacher for The New Mexico Jazz Workshops summer music camps, Kinane has taught piano, ukulele, drum set, harmonica, jam band, percussion, and junk band/instrument building for nearly 20 years. Presently, Mr. Kinane has been performing at family events, juggling private students and going into schools to reach a new generation of our future musicians.

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``creativity, rhythm, and a genuine love for sharing music``


Daddy’s One Man Big Band

Big Daddy creates intricate loops and grooves then adds Chapman Stick for a unique One Man World Beat Dance Party. Add funny originals and some blues and you’ve got a combination of Frank Zappa and Tom Waits backed by a combination of The Meters and Fela Kuti!

Slim Belly Blues Band

Psychedelic, original and traditional blues and funk jams. The Belly Of The Beast consists of Kevin Kinane On Chapman Stick, Harmonica and Vocals, Ken Hume on Guitar and Kyle Goon rounds out The Belly on Drums. Sometimes on bigger stages, Douglas Bellen joins on Keyboards and Flugelhorn to make it a four piece. Carli Marshall jumps on board occasionally on Saxophone and then we are five. Freebee the dog brings it to six but she’s not on the payroll! On smaller stages Slim Belly can be seen as a duo with Kevin and Kyle. Formed in June of 2023, Slim Belly Blues Band brings a fresh new energy to the ever burgeoning ‘Burque Music Scene!

Dinner With Daddy

The perfect accompaniment for any type of restaurant setting! Kevin plays his unique 12 string Chapman Stick creating a mellow or energetic mood while fascinating your dinner guests.

People come back when Kevin is doing his musical magic, and they come back with family and friends to see this amazing instrument being played in a vast array of musical genres. The volume of music is never too loud, as the music will match the unique restaurant setting creating the perfect ambience.

Kevin understands that the overall atmosphere of the dining area is crucial for restaurants and he can cater to different types of diners with different types of music.


Be part of the entertainment when RecycleMan brings his Dr. Seuss like RecycleMachine to an event! RecycleMan also goes to schools, libraries, street fairs and private events. Utilizing recycled plastic spoons, buckets and much more, Kevin can literally get hundreds of people of all ages in on the action or do an intimate interactive event focusing on teamwork, rhythm and tone.


With a collection of just about every percussion instrument in the world, this program gets everyone hitting, scraping, shaking and dancing every time! With a focus on Teamwork First, Kevin subtly teaches rhythm, tone and technique for a highly interactive and musically pleasing program.

Cosmic Static

Reaching for the outer limits of musical possibilities, Cosmic Static incorporates live loops, sequences and other trickery to keep it flowing, keep you guessing and keep it weird! This dynamic duo also performs straight up Latin Style Jazz improvisation with no help from machines and manages to sound like a full band!

Let It Grow: Drummer for Grateful Dead Tribute Band

Formed back in 2013, Let It Grow has grown into one of New Mexico’s premier Grateful Dead Tribute Bands. Featuring Lonn Calanca on Guitar & Vocals, David Hotkamp on Mandolin/Guitar and Vocals, Tony Orant on Keyboards and Vocals and Kelly Wilson on bass, Kevin has been driving the band from his drum throne with his hybrid Drums/Percussion set up and unyielding energy. Kevin also steps up to Sing and play Harmonica on The Pig Pen tunes while Dave Holtkamp jumps on drums. Known for their long improvisational passages, Let It Grow always delivers a unique and polished show.

Carli's Angels: Drummer for a True Original Supergroup

Comprised of five players that have all been locally nominated “best of” at their respective instruments, Carli’s Angels brings a blend of World Beat, Americana and Funk originals, cool covers and lots of improvised dance jams. Driven by the Songs and Guitar of Chuck Hawley, the Angels are rounded out by Tony Orant on Keyboards, Douglas Bellen on Bass and on Saxophone, the leader and true heart and soul of the band, Carli “Diamond” Marshall!

Start Making Sense: Percussionist for Talking Heads Tribute Band

A super group made up of local musicians including Tony Orant, Rachel Ross and Chuck Hawley, this ten piece super group keeps the dance floor hopping with their original take on The Music of The Talking Heads. With so much diverse talent, you never know who is going to sing the next song. Kevin even steps out from the percussion to sing a couple of tunes with this dynamic and versatile ensemble.

Saturday Night Fever Blisters

Since 1995, Kevin has put on an annual show compiled of rotating local stars. It’s 1977 for one night of non stop disco, funk improvisation with each member trying to outdo their costume from the previous year! The audience dresses for excess too for a magical and hilarious night of glam funk madness! Some Improvised lyrics have turned into staple songs from the Blister cannon such as “Ham Samich” and “I slept with my monkey last night”. Hasn’t been a show since Covid but the demand is there so keep an eye out for Disco Jesus, MC Tick Boy and the rest of The Blisters!
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A personal word from Kevin


Back in 1990 I realized that I can’t waste my time working for a company and still try to pursue a career in music. So I studied and kept learning new instruments and found a way to immerse myself in music and still eek out a living. Forming my own bands, teaching, playing in five bands on different instruments, taking pickup gigs and generally making myself available (without missing any gigs) is how I’ve spent more than half of my life and I wouldn’t trade it for anything.

Kevin Kinane,

Musician & Teacher
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