Having closed its doors in December, the music venue portion of the Santa Fe Brewing Company re-opens Saturday, April 2 with its first show since December, headlined by bluegrass band The Infamous Stringdusters. Albuquerque promoter and owner of Launchpad Joe Anderson has taken up the lease as well as a host of changes for the Santa Fe venue.---
Possible alterations include an updated patio area and production elements, a full liquor license and food, although there's no food planned for the Infamous Stringdusters' concert. SFBC had suspended food production prior to closing in December.
The lease, which according to owner of the beer manufacturing portion of SFBC Brian Lock, begins April 1, and includes a provision for the venue to have at least six SFBC beers on tap (there are 16 taps) at all time. Until the liquor license goes through, Lock will use SFBC's off-sight license to serve beer at shows.
According to director of music nonprofit Heath Concerts Jamie Lenfestey—who had previously booked shows at SFBC with his for-profit company Fan Man Productions—he and Anderson, as well as several other promoters will book shows at the reopened venue.
"Our booking strengths really dovetail perfectly," Lenfestey says. "There's not a huge crossover between what we do in Santa Fe and Albuquerque."
Lenfestey says the music will stay much the same as that of the old SFBC, but he speculates that Anderson might include more indie and rock acts.
SFR is awaiting a call back from Anderson.
The Infamous Stringdusters
Saturday, April 2
The Santa Fe Brewing Company
37 Fire Place
Tickets: 988-1234 or online at Ticketssantafe.org