Groovin' on a summer full of sunny afternoons.
***image2***We spend the majority of our lives indoors. The whole "shelter from the elements" thing has its advantages, sure, but when the sun's out and music is playing, that cold beer isn't going to drink itself, buddy. So why bother with assigned seats and indoor voices when there's a steady stream of Vitamin E and sound waves waiting to be sucked into your pores?
THE NEW MEXICO JAZZ WORKSHOP
The Jazz Workshop returns this summer with another great series of blues concerts. The CSF Quad will host the events and chances are (don't quote me on this) it will not snow at either show. So, if you're wondering how to party with your old man or want to forget about the job you despise, let the blues set you straight.
FATHER'S DAY BLUES FESTIVAL
Featuring Stan Hirsch, The Ryan McGarvey Band,
Fiona Boyes and the Fortune Tellers
2 pm Sunday, June 17
LABOR DAY BLUES FESTIVAL
Featuring Larry Freedman, The Hoodoos, Alex Maryol, Cadillac Bob and the Rhinestones
2 pm Sunday, Sept. 2
Tickets: $15 adults, $12 students and seniors; $10 New Mexico Jazz Workshop members, free for children younger than 12.
MADRID'S SUMMERTIME STOMP
The town of Madrid is what Santa Fe used to be: a rough and tumble community with a convivial vibe and eccentric spunk. I doubt this place will ever have a 24-hour Super Wal-Mart breathing down its neck or a Chili's slinging slabs of indigestible crap. Music is central to the town of Madrid. With The Mine Shaft Tavern holding it down indoors, the outdoor stage at the Oscar Hubar Memorial Ballpark hosts a variety of outdoor events throughout the summer. August seems to be the most popular time for outdoor music concerts, and Madrid is joining the fun with a little stomp of its own featuring Shawn Johnson and the Foundation among others.
6 pm Saturday, Aug. 4. $16
SANTA FE BANDSTAND MUSIC FESTIVAL
Turning the bandstand into a permanent structure was a stroke of rare civic genius. As the city center, the Plaza should be the place of gathering and community activity. Let's face it: Music plays a central role in our willingness to head downtown. Now in its fifth year, the Santa Fe Bandstand Music Festival is stronger than ever. Three key factors in the success of the festival are in place: It's free, it lasts all summer and great bands perform. Featured musicians this year include Alex Maryol, Sol Fire, T Broussard, Radio La Chusma and many more.
July 5-Aug. 23. 6 pm Monday-Thursday. Noon Tuesday
and Thursday. Free.
SANTA FE COMMUNITY PICNIC
The English Beat are back and this time all the skankin' will be done in broad daylight. The ska pioneers haven't slowed down since their last show at the Santa Fe Brewing Company. If you're not a rude boy or girl, perhaps a little New Orleans funk will get you moving. The Iguanas bring a little bit of soul to the party.
3 pm Tuesday, July 3. $20, free for kids younger than 12.
Fort Marcy Ballpark
SUMMER HAZA AT PAOLO SOLERI
Ozomatli has officially become Santa Fe's house band. There's no need to cry if you miss them, because chances are that they'll be back before your cheeks dry. This time, however, they're bringing the British reggae band Steel Pulse along for the party. And unless my euphemism radar is on the fritz again, I would say that the name of this show guarantees high times.
7 pm Thursday, Aug.16. $34 reserved, $29 general
admission, $20 for students, $5 for kids.
THIRSTY EAR FESTIVAL
The Thirsty Ear Festival is dedicated to folk and roots rock music, more commonly known as Americana. Within this vast and expansive music category, bands that embrace singular genres or a combination of sound stretch their legs and boundaries. This year's festival provides a healthy nod to the sounds of Acadiana, the region of southern Louisiana where Cajun and Zydeco music was created. Accordion waltzes, washboards and Cajun-French lyrics that will utterly mystify you will round out the day and bring a little of that Joie de Vivre at summer's end. Check out performances by Beausoleil, Rosie Ledet and the Zydeco Playboys, Joe Louis Walker and Mississippi Hill Country stomp, Richard Johnson and others.
Aug. 31-Sept. 2. $30-$65.
Eaves Movie Ranch,
LIVE AT THE PAOLO COMMUNITY CONCERT SERIES
The Paolo Soleri is perhaps the best outdoor music venue in town. There's not a bad seat in the house, the sound is great and the musicians playing at this year's concert series are fantastic live performers. Jamie Lenfestey at Fan Man Productions hopes to strike music gold a second time from a lineup that includes jam band veterans and exciting singer-songwriters.
Joan Armatrading with Elvis Perkins
7 pm Friday, June 22
$50 reserved, $32 General Admission
RIDERS IN THE SKY
6 pm Sunday, June 24
$36 reserved, $23 general admission, $5 kids younger than 12
RUFUS WAINWRIGHT WITH SEAN LENNON
7 pm Monday, Aug. 6
$42 reserved seating, $29 general admission
THE BLACK CROWES
7 pm Saturday, Sept. 8
$47 reserved, $37 general admission
1501 Cerrillos Rd., 988-1234
THE PAID DUES INDEPENDENT HIP-HOP FESTIVAL
Underground hip-hop isn't exactly underground anymore, and for good reason. Indie hip-hop festivals are springing up throughout the US and one of the most ambitious and talked-about festivals is doing a cameo in Santa Fe. This festival will bring members of Atmosphere, Brother Ali, Sage Francis, Cage, Mr. Lif and others for a taste of hip-hop at its best.
6 pm Monday, Aug. 6. $25 beforehand, $30 at the door.
1501 Cerrillos Road, 988-1234
THE SANTA FE MUZIK FESTIVAL AT THE SANTA FE DOWNS
Mark your calendars now for a three-day event that will host more than 75 bands and DJs and more than 115 vendors. This outdoor celebration is the first of its kind for New Mexico. The festival hopes bring the music back to the Downs permanently with this inaugural event. Overnight camping will be available.
Aug. 10-12. Tickets purchased before June 15: $49 for one day, $99 for two days, $129 for three days; after June 15: $65 for one day, $105 for two days, $135 for three days.
The Santa Fe Downs