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American Pie…er, Pancakes

Get ready to delight your ears and clog your arteries. This is ‘Murrica, dammit!

July 2, 2013, 12:00 am
Of the many annual events that take place in and around Santa Fe, Pancakes on the Plaza is one of the more…interesting of the bunch (this includes when we burn the gigantic papier-mâché puppet known as Zozobra, which very well might be the weirdest thing any town does anywhere, but we give it a free pass because it’s a great excuse to stay out all night).

Don’t get us wrong, it isn’t that we have anything against pancakes—far from it—it’s just that the ancient fluffy treat isn’t normally the kind of thing that comes to mind when we think back on those 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence and gave birth to our nation.

Regardless, it’s a great way to stuff your face while checking out a bitchin’ car show and taking in some great local music. It’s a win-win, if you will, and this year’s incredible feast offers up musical entertainment in the form of The Bus Tapes—a band that represents more musical styles than you can shake an Aunt Jemima bottle of syrup at.

From rock numbers to jazz jams, folk to funk, R&B ballads and beyond, the husband and wife duo of Case and Heather Tanner have been busting ’em out since 2008.

The Tanners have been known to stock their backup band with some of Santa Fe’s best and brightest (Bjorn Hamre on the drums, anyone?), and for those who don’t know, Case is a legend in the local music scene who’s been a session bassist for literally any local band you can name.

Heather is a monster of a guitarist and plays one of the most beautiful Gibsons we’ve ever seen. Amazingly enough, she’s an even better singer, which officially makes the pair so freaking cute you’d probably want to drown a sack of kittens if you weren’t so focused on that mouth-watering short stack.

Oh, and just in case the killer cars, tremendous tunes and the peerless pancakes aren’t enough to part you from a mere 6 or 7 bucks, keep in mind that there is also a silent auction, plenty to do for kids, and all the day’s proceeds benefit charities hand-picked by The Rotary Club of Santa Fe.

Yeah, when our forefathers set to work on creating this magnificent country of ours, you can be sure they dreamed of a land for the people—a land where we might taste liberty and all kinds of buttermilk goodness.

Pancakes on the Plaza:
7 am-5 pm Thursday, July 4.
$6-$7. Santa Fe Plaza,


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