Now that the rain has turned Santa Fe into Costa Rica, the humidity will make us all look a lot younger. So what better way to blow the Botox savings fund than by going to a hootenanny on a movie set? The eighth annual Thirty Ear Festival will serve up a walloping portion of accordion, mandolin and three-part harmonies. One reason you shouldn't miss the festival this year is Michael Doucet and his band, BeauSoleil. The group has been together since the 1970s, but its excursions into jazz and two-step Texas swing haven't hurt its reputation as the original ambassadors of zydeco. From Cajun waltzes to barn-burning juke stompers, BeauSoleil is a great reason to party in the heat.
The alt.country supergroup known as the Flatlanders will give you another***image1*** reason to lather up in sunscreen. Singer-songwriters Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Joe Ely and Butch Hancock made a little history as a band before their respective careers made them each Texas icons. Now they devote most of their time to their own projects, but occasionally still perform as a group. If you're not a connoisseur of the Texas singer-songwriter thing, don't worry; these cats will exorcise the bad Top 20 Country ju-ju right out of you.
Former New Orleans street musician Corey Harris is also in on the fun. His brilliant 2002 release, Downhome Sophisticate, made a modest splash upon its release, but still managed to put him on the musical map. Harris is a prolific blues player and an equally fervent student of the genre. He was shown jamming with famed Mali guitarist Ali Farka Toure and others in Martin Scorsese's PBS blues documentary, Feel Like Going Home.
A Texas singer-songwriter and no stranger to Santa Fe, Robert Earl Keen has recently been added to the lineup, along with Todd Snider, Joe Louis Walker and Rosie Ledet and the Zydeco Playboys. The three-day festival will include food and beer from local vendors.
Thirsty Ear Festival
6:30 pm Friday, Aug. 31; 1 pm Saturday, Sept. 1, 1:30 pm Sunday, Sept. 2
Eaves Movie Ranch
NM 45 off NM 14
The College of Santa Fe is kicking out the jams for another great fall season of live music. CSF has reinvigorated the local music scene in the last few years by hosting some of the most exciting indie acts from around the country. The CSF SUB and O'Shaughnessy Performance Space, informally known as the "garage," are the two main venues on the campus and share the spotlight ***image3***throughout fall. The SUB shows include performances by local electronica favorites D Numbers, indie pop rock group Voxtrot and the Boulder Acoustic Society. In October, CSF alumna and singer songwriter Rebecca Sanborn performs, as do the Gore Gore Girls. Other performers include string, jazz and noise arrangers Pillars and Tongues and the electro pop joy fest of the Mutiny Zoo recording artist Mad Happy.
CSF concert series
CSF Sub and O'Shaughnessy Performance Space
The College of Santa Fe
1600 St. Michael's Drive
The cacophony that is High Mayhem Studios returns to the Wise Fool Performance Space with the seventh installment of the Emerging Music and Arts Festival. The three-day festival is host to 29 local and national experimental and emerging musicians, video and performing artists. As usual, the Wise Fool Performance Space will be wired for audio and video to record the entire event. Among this year's performers are Santa Fe's experimental acoustic ensemble A Barnhouse, which includes members Carlos Santistevan, Yozo Suzuki, Alex Neville and Milton Villarrubia III. Other contributors to the festival include visual artist Abacus, composer, sonic improviser and philosopher John Berndt, noise and soundscape artists GK Duo and Denver's experimental group.
High Mayhem Seventh Annual Emerging Music and Arts Festival
6 pm-2 am Friday, Sept. 21; 3 pm-2 am Saturday, Sept. 22; 3 pm-1 am Sunday, Sept. 23
Wise Fool Performance Space
2778 Agua Fria Road
Working Man Blues
The Labor Day Blues Festival is the third installment of the New Mexico Jazz Workshop's 2007 blues festivals at the College of Santa Fe. This event will put a stamp on the end of summer with a variety of R&B samplings from some***image2*** the region's most recognizable blues artists. Larry Freedman, The HooDoos, the Alex Maryol Band and Cadillac Bob & the Rhinestones will headline the event.
The Labor Day Blues Festival
2 pm Sunday, Sept. 2
The College of Santa Fe Quad
1600 St. Michael's Drive