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Austin via Santa Fe: Musicians stop in by the dozens on the way to SXSW

March 8, 2010, 12:00 am
By SFR Staff
The end of this month marks South by Southwest, the legendary music festival in Austin that brings musicians traipsing from far and wide to play with thousands of other folk-rock-indie-alternative-generally cool artists. Santa Fe, depending on where you're coming from, is on the way or very close to being on the way to Austin, so each year we get to rope in tons of talent that may not otherwise swing by our neck of the woods.

There are tons of chances to catch SXSW artists in Santa Fe this week; Corazón, for one, is holding the first (annual?) SXSF Transit Music Festival from March 11-15, bringing in tons of stellar acts on their way to Texas. Cowgirl has a bunch of shows this week as well, some of which we were able to feature in this week's paper, but one of which slipped through the cracks (it got confirmed past our press deadlines): Anamieke Quinn will play the Girl this Friday, March 12, along with ABQ rockers Ants Have Voices.

Quinn is pretty much totally badass. She's presently based in Phoenix, so she's really coming out of her way to play for us, and we here at SFR are quite chuffed that she's making the trip. While she's played in bands since college and may perhaps be best known as the yodeling cowgirl that played with Phish for the band's Vegas '96 show, Quinn is now a decidedly solo act. Lady-led bands are all well and good, but there are few things hotter than a girl onstage with an acoustic guitar (this, coming from a nothing-but-straight female), and that's precisely what Quinn is.

Go below the jump for more about Quinn, plus a rundown of a slew of acts that are on their way to the Motherland.

Her voice, while strong, is not overpowering. She retains that slight throaty cry that speaks to an often-overrun innocence; while her words may come forcefully from the diaphragm or dissolve into a heady vibrato, Quinn keeps it down to earth. In songs like "Float Away," she gives the listener the what-for with no bullshit but still could pass for an abnormally talented 12-year-old if she really tried. Between an infectious piano swing and Quinn's voice going into a disarmingly low register, "Robin Has Rhythm" shows a different side of the pensive girl of the slow "The  Beaten Path." (All these songs are available streaming on Quinn's website, by the way.)

A versatile and undeniably awesome vocalist and musician, Anamieke Quinn is yet another face in the string of performers ushered into Santa Fe via SXSW. Let's show them a good time in hopes that they'll come back before next March, no?

Quinn, in addition to playing at Cowgirl, also will be on Radio Free Santa Fe (98.1 FM) with Honey Harris for an in-studio session around 10:30 am on Thursday, March 11. Ants Have Voices AHV members Eleanor Carbett and Danny Trujillo will be in the studio as well.

ANAMIEKE QUINN

5-7 pm
Friday, March 12


Cowgirl
319 S. Gualadupe St.
982-2565




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If you haven't yet heard about Corazón's SXSF Transit Music Fest (other than earlier in this post, that is), you should damn well know that the folks at the Zón are bringing in acts from far and wide to provide the best week March in Santa Fe has pretty much ever seen, ever. Here's the lowdown:

LA JUNTA, SAPPHIRE, RE-FLEX, DJ WILLIE K
Hip-hop from Santa Fe—plus local promoter Felix Cordova's birthday party!
9 pm
Thursday, March 11
$7


DAEDALUS, RAY CHARLES IVES, DJ BACON
Experimental electronica from Los Angeles (Daedalus) and Santa Fe (RCI, Bacon)
9 pm
Friday, March 12
$10-$13


ABE VIGODA, LOWERS, DJ MAYNARD DEL MAR
Alternative rock and post-pop-punk from LA, the UK and Santa Fe, respectively
9 pm
Saturday, March 13
$7


BROKEN WATER, RAINBOW ARABIA, LOW ON HIGH, VENUS BOGARDUS
Post-punk etherial experimental electronic post-modern goodness
8 pm
Sunday, March 14
$5


NICE NICE, TV GHOST, NOBUNNY
Electro art-rock, psychedelic post-punk and pop-punk, respectively
9 pm
Monday, March 15
$7


Corazón
401 S. Guadalupe
983-4559


Santa Fe's catching a few other acts that will be at SXSW this month; here's the short (short short) list:

TAWNY ELLIS

8 pm
Thursday, March 11


$3

Cowgirl
319 S. Gualad
upe St.
982-2565


THE TEXAS SAPPHIRES

9 pm
Saturday, March 14


$5

Cowgirl
319 S. Gualad
upe St.
982-2565


And again for Beats on the Basin...

Noon-3 pm
Saturday, March 14

No cover

Totemoff's Mid-Mountain Lodge
Ski Santa Fe, Hyde Park Road
955-9858

 

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