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Courtesy Santa Fe Friends of Traditional Music / S Hausman

Tradition! Tradition!

New music festival spinoff kicks off in style

August 23, 2017, 12:00 am

What started out as the Santa Fe Banjo and Fiddle Contest in 1974 has a new tune this year in the form of not one but two festivals it birthed.

The Southwest Pickers Bluegrass and Old Time Music Festival stalled out at the Santa Fe fairgrounds, then moved to Edgewood last year and Red River next month. But now, the first-ever Santa Santa Fe Traditional Music Festival will go down at Camp Stoney north of the city this weekend. The event is “an outgrowth of the old festival,” not meant to take the place of Southwest Pickers’ event, but to add to the landscape in a broader fashion, says Ron Hale, an organizer with the group Friends of Traditional Music.

In addition to old-time and bluegrass options, mariachi and Balkan performers are slated to play. This means that over three days, 27 performances, jam sessions and food trucks like Trinity Kitchen and Taqueria Gracias Madre are scheduled to descend upon the wooded rural setting, and the pickings are good.

“I’m looking forward to the diversity,” Hale says of the lineup, which includes acts like Lone Piñon, Round Mountain, Mariachi Buenaventura, Fast Peso String Band and many others. Hale also serves as the chair of the planning committee and on the board of nonprofit Outside In, the festival’s fiscal sponsor (Outside In also produces the Santa Fe Bandstand summer series).

“The whole process of rekindling and re-envisioning this festival has been really exciting and everyone has been very receptive and excited,” Hale tells SFR. “We’re all people who have been involved in the [Southwest Pickers] festival for years, but we’ve never run one before.”

Attendees also have the option to camp out over the weekend should they so choose, and Hale says workshops on Balkan music, fiddle, ukulele and tin pan alley will cover lots of ground. “We’re trying to make them not just basic workshops,” he says. “It will be a little deeper than just bluegrass and old-time.”

Which is really the takeaway here—you’ll have your precious bluegrass and your beloved old-timey jams, but also the chance to broaden your horizons, all in a beautiful nearby forest. Not too shabby. (Alex De Vore)

Santa Fe Traditional Music Festival
5 pm Friday Aug. 25; 10 am-on
Saturday Aug. 26; 10 am-4 pm Sunday Aug. 27. $15-$50.
Camp Stoney,
7855 Old Santa Fe Trail,

Such Stuff as Dreams are Made On

Courtesy The Tempest
This summer has been chock-full of Shakespeare, and every last bit of it has been outdoors. The season wraps in kind with The Tempest, the inaugural production from Shakespeare in the Garden at the Santa Fe Botanical Garden. In addition to featuring fine Equity actors, there are added perks: Every night but Wednesday, the gates open at 6 pm, so bring a picnic dinner and chill. The performance is seated (no blankets necessary for that part). Wednesday features an opening gala beforehand, and Wednesday and Saturday also offer a reception with the cast afterwards for an extra $20—and theater folk sure are fine, so do take the time. (Charlotte Jusinski)

The Tempest:
7:30 pm Wednesday-Sunday Aug. 23-27
and Tuesday-Thursday Aug. 29-31. $75
Wednesday Aug. 23; $10-$35 all other dates.
Santa Fe Botanical Garden,
715 Camino Lejo,

One Thing Leads to Another

We know every writer out there putting together a blurb about The Fixx coming to their town probably used a very similar headline, but what are we supposed to do? Ignore it? Talk about songs like “Saved by Zero” or “Deeper and Deeper”?! Naw, we just thought we’d let you know they’re coming so you can plan accordingly—and we know a whole mess of you are now actively excited. For real, though, The Fixx has had a decades-long career and penned some of the most enduring everyone-knows-’em songs in the history of music, and that’s nothing to joke about. (ADV)

The Fixx:
7:30 pm Friday Aug. 25. $25-$30.
The Bridge @ Santa Fe Brewing Co.,
37 Fire Place,

Outside the Lines

Courtesy New Mexico Museum of Art
Santa Fe now has more than one mobile gallery, and the boys of Axle Contemporary—who retrofitted an old bread delivery truck into an art exhibition truck—keep the ball rolling, this time by exhibiting the original works of 67 New Mexico artists who created different pages for a coloring book based on stories by New Mexico writers. For this particular event, held in a brick-and-mortar with the truck parked nearby, a number of artists (including, but hardly limited to, Anastasio Wrobel, Lisa Flynn, Jason Garcia and Israel Francisco Haros Lopez), come together to talk about their work, sign copies of the book and meet their adoring public. (ADV)

Local Coloring Book Signing:
1 pm Sunday Aug. 27. Free.
New Mexico Museum of Art courtyard,
107 W Palace Ave.,


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