The Phil Appelbaum Celebration of Life will take place on Sunday, July 10, 2022 from 5:30pm – 9:00pm at the Albuquerque Museum, 2000 Mountain Rd NW, Albuquerque. Light snacks will be provided and there will be a CASH bar. Of course, there will be lots of great music! Hawaiian attire suggested. Please RSVP to barbappelbaum@gmail.com

When you consider the list of people he has worked with, it reads like a history of New Mexico music, from Carl Silva, The Muttz, Alma, Chuck Coulter, Strictly Taboo, The Strawberry Zotz, The Philisteens, Femme fatale, Cadillac Bob & the Rhinestones, Chris Dracup, Wendy Beach, Bert Dalton….the list is endless.

He had world class chops, but preferred to practice his art in New Mexico after moving from Chicago via LA in 1974 to create Thunder Digital. He worked with national and international artists including Spencer Davis, Harriet Schock, Chris Calloway, Doug Lawrence and many more. He did work for NASCAR and NBC television. You could find him in the company of people like the Rolling Stones or Todd Rundgren.

Phil won no fewer than 37 MIC Awards, the progenitor of the NM Music Awards, including Album of the year in 1992 and 1994 for Strictly Taboo’s Playing with Fire and Speak No Evil, also taking home the best producer award in 1992.

Phil was meticulous and a brilliant sound engineer. We will always remember him glass raised and nursing that same drink all evening long. God bless you Phil for helping to make us what we are today; a world class music community.

Once again, The Phil Appelbaum Celebration of Life will take place on Sunday, July 10, 2022 from 5:30pm – 9:00pm at the Albuquerque Museum, 2000 Mountain Rd NW, Albuquerque. The family (and museum) requires you be vaccinated and wear a mask indoors. Masks are optional outdoors. Light snacks will be provided and there will be a CASH bar. Of course, there will be lots of great music! Hawaiian attire suggested. Please RSVP to barbappelbaum@gmail.com