DJs D-Monic and Sol relieve some of the heaviness
Given the shape of our past seven months, it would be easy to turn our backs on live music's new form. No -concerts hurts, it turns out, and it sometimes feels like there are only so many livestream events we can handle on a regular basis. It's not the same. Performers seem tired. Viewers are most definitely tired. What's a music fan to do?
"With all the heaviness and change going on in our world, we believe now more than ever it's important to tune out and enjoy life for a while," says Dominick Gonzales, aka DJ D-Monic. Gonzales joins forces with longtime fellow DJ Dynamite Sol (aka Sol Bentley) this week for House Party.
No, it's not a stream of the seminal 1990 Kid and Play movie—though that would be awesome—it's a Halloween-themed dance party laser-blasted right into your home via the Twitch platform.Originally a video game streaming service, Twitch's evolution has found it serving as an everything-streaming kind of platform with elements of live chatting, high-quality sound and video and a little of that Samhain magic we need right now.
"The virtual house party is just that," Gonzales continues. "An escape. Let's just have fun together."
Gonzales says the duo will share deck duties, spinning their very favorites of soul, reggae, hip-hop, funk and more. We can reportedly expect some throwback numbers and some secret hits—a veritable cornucopia of well-known and lesser-known dance jams meant to soothe.
In a way, D-Monic and Sol have trained Santa Fe's collective DJ-listening ear over the years with appearances at local clubs and fests. They'll also -accept tips through PayPal, Venmo and CashApp (watch for the links during the stream; musicians gotta make a living, too). So tune in, tip a few bucks and interact with others desperately missing that live music scene.
"We miss you," Gonzales adds. "Peace, love and light, party people!
8 pm Friday, Oct. 30 Free, but you should tip.
Every time we think we're about to start hating online performances because they're not even close to as good as concerts, some dark horse appears as if from nowhere to whisper "Just hold on a little longer." This week, it's Lucinda Williams, as fine a songwriter as ever there was and a goddamned legend in the music world. Seems Williams has set up a six-part streaming concert series (including a tribute to her friend, the tragically deceased Tom Petty), and local promotions crew AMP Concerts is one of the proud and the few companies with access to the show. Hit up their website to get tickets to one or to all, and now let's just hope she plays "Drunken Angel," her song about Blaze Foley. (ADV)
6 pm Thursday, Oct. 29. $20.
Science Fiction Double Feature
If COVID-19 thinks we're all about to just sit here and let traditions not happen, it's sorely mistaken—especially as it applies to the (cult) classics like Rocky Horror Picture Show. In case you didn't know—which, dammit, Janet, would be, like, really hard to do—it's the tale of a lost pair of lovers who meet the super-sexy scientist Dr. Frank-N-Furter's on the cusp of revealing his also super-sexy creation. With indoor theaters closed, it seemed no one would have a movie at which to throw toast this year. Luckily, Meow Wolf and the Motorama Drive-In saved the day, complete with a performance from drag troupe SAINTS BALL. Yes. A million times yes. (ADV)
Rocky Horror Picture Show+SAINTS BALL:
5 pm Saturday, Oct. 31. $30-$50 (per carload).
Motorama at the Downs,
27475W Frontage Road,
El Mejor Dia
It's a mite heartbreaking to see the Santa Fe museums open briefly then be forced to close again due to rising COVID-19 numbers. But that doesn't mean they stop doing things, not even at all. Take the Museum of International Folk Art—one of our favorites and just the type of place you'd expect to host a virtual Dia de los Muertos party on Nov. 1. The whole thing goes down free on Facebook live and features Albuquerque folklorico duo Las Flores del Valle. The harmonies are sweet, the skulls will surely be plentiful and the celebration is just what we need in the dark days right now. Don't forget to check out the museum when it reopens, too. The exhibit on Northern New Mexico music is worth it alone. (ADV)
Dia de Los Muertos Concert:
7 pm Sunday, Nov. 1. Free.