A new year has arrived, and to celebrate this momentous occasion, I wrote out 2,013 of the most promising new developments looming on our local musical horizon.
However, due to spatial constraints, I was forced to cut the list down to 13. These lucky 13 include new musicians, new bookers and new series.
Here they are, in no particular order. Don’t hesitate to fill me in on the numerous items that I missed.
1. Santa Fe Music Alliance: Following their boisterous inaugural event at the Cowgirl, SFMA is intent on changing music culture in Santa Fe from the inside out, with goals that include group health care for musicians, scholarships for young musicians and much more.
2. Music on the Hill Elevated: The organizers of the popular summer Music on the Hill series are capitalizing on their large audience base by introducing a new winter series that will take place at St. John’s College starting Jan. 19. Proceeds from the jazz-oriented shows go toward a student financial aid fund.
3. David Berkeley: Although he just arrived in August, Berkeley has already recorded an album in Jono Manson’s studio titled The Fire in my Head, set to be released early in the year. The singer-songwriter has toured nationally over the years in support of artists such as Don McLean, Rufus Wainwright and Billy Bragg.
4. Stats Indie Shaker Maker: The relatively young bar tries to draw the indie crowd with a new weekly series that features local and touring bands. Hosted by Jared Garcia of Thieves & Gypsys.
5. New Second Street music booker: James Bell ends the temporary lull in music programming at both Second Street Brewery locations. He has already signed up stalwart acts like Man No Sober, Stephanie Hatfield and Ben Wright for the Brewery’s January and February slots.
6. Bob Andrews: The keyboardist for Graham Parker and the Rumour (and formerly, Elvis Costello) now calls Albuquerque home and plans to perform throughout northern New Mexico. Despite a full-time touring schedule, Andrews and his band managed to find time to appear in the most recent Judd Apatow movie, This Is 40.
7. No weekend cover at Cowgirl: In an effort to bring in more locals during the off-season months, the Cowgirl is eliminating its Friday and Saturday night live music covers for a temporary period. Take advantage of it while it lasts—once summer comes, there’s a good chance that the covers will return along with the tourists.
8. Will and Lily Courtney: As you might guess from the shared last name, this brother and sister were the foundation of the band Brothers and Sisters, a longtime Austin favorite. Now in Santa Fe, Will has a new record that he plans to debut early in the year, along with a supporting tour (dates pending).
9. A&M Talent House Music Division: The local talent agency has long focused on representing New Mexico actors in the film industry. It just announced plans to branch out and support local musicians as well, both by licensing music and promoting on-screen roles for the artists on their roster.
10. DJ Frighten: This recently-formed DJ duo has performed only twice thus far (both times in December, at Molly’s Kitchen and Lounge). However, its counterparts—DJ Gettysburg and DJ Liberty—are both veterans with diverse and complementary styles.
11. Design Center Music: Matt Kuhn (who owns the Matt Kuhn Collection, and happens to be my uncle) recently began bringing performers to the Design Center during lunch hours a few days a week. The December 2012 lineup featured the guitar and vocals of Scott Cadenasso, and the series is scheduled to expand in January.
12. New leadership for Outside In: The organization named Michael Dellheim as its new executive director in December. Dellheim, who has been with Outside In since its founding in 1995, will carry the organization into new territory following the death of founder David Lescht in May.
13. A year without…: Speaking of Lescht, 2013 heralds much that is new, but the year will lack some of the figures that made 2012 great. On an international level, we can expect no further musical contributions from the titans of a wide variety of genres, including Ravi Shankar, Whitney Houston, Dave Brubeck, Earl Scruggs, Donna Summer, Andy Williams and Jenni Rivera. RIP.