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July 2015
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Opening Night with SON COMO SON

July 7 @ 6:00 pm - 8:45 pm
Santa Fe Bandstand,
Santa Fe Plaza National Historic Landmark Santa Fe, NM 87501 United States

In celebration of America’s newly re-started relationship with Cuba, we’re kicking off the 2015 Santa Fe Bandstand season with a Cuban Street Party one of New Mexico’s longest-standing and most popular salsa ensembles. Founded in 1993, SON COMO SON bills itself as Salsa Cuban Style. They play regularly to packed audiences comprising highly animated and dedicated, salseros at the NM Jazz Workshop’s Salsa Under the Stars Series; at The Cooperage; as well as at special concerts including the Telluride Jazz Festival. They are directed…

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THE RIFTERS

July 8 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Santa Fe Bandstand,
Santa Fe Plaza National Historic Landmark Santa Fe, NM 87501 United States
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AMERICANA/FOLK. The Rifters formed in 2002 in the fertile and creative music scene of Taos, New Mexico from members of two popular bands already active in the area. Jim Bradley and Don Richmond of Hired Hands, and Rod Taylor of the Rounders, who had all known one another for years playing in the acoustic dance-oriented Americana music scene of northern New Mexico, decided to join forces to form The Rifters. Putting out more music than it seems should be right…

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SYD MASTERS & THE SWING RIDERS

July 8 @ 7:15 pm - 8:45 pm
Santa Fe Bandstand,
Santa Fe Plaza National Historic Landmark Santa Fe, NM 87501 United States
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COUNTRY & WESTERN/SWING. Syd Masters is an award winning singer and songwriter of traditional western music. He takes pride in doing his part in keeping the modern and old west alive through vintage cowboy music and songwriting. Syd is the author and recording artist of The Official State Song of New Mexico and the 2012 AWA Male Vocalist of the Year. The Western Music Association, Academy of Western Artists and The New Mexico Music Industry have combined to nominate him…

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PARTIZANI BRASS BAND

July 9 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Santa Fe Bandstand,
Santa Fe Plaza National Historic Landmark Santa Fe, NM 87501 United States
Sponsor: Tune-Up Cafe

NEW ORLEANS SECOND LINE. A Santa Fe street band following in the tradition of New Orleans gypsies. Forget the circus – run away with the band!

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RADIO LA CHUSMA

July 9 @ 7:15 pm - 8:45 pm
Santa Fe Bandstand,
Santa Fe Plaza National Historic Landmark Santa Fe, NM 87501 United States
Sponsor: Tune-Up Cafe

REGGAE/PACHUCO ROCK. Representing the beauty and complexity of the border culture, the reggae/ cumbia/ rock band known as Radio La Chusma, is sparking up the music scene.  With their positive message and hard hitting rhythms, they make uplifting the people look easy. Featuring four part harmonies and battling solos, their new “Pachuco sound” takes the reggae vibration to a whole new level. Bringing their unique perspective to the rest of the world, Radio La Chusma breaks down the borders of language…

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MALA MAÑA

July 10 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Santa Fe Bandstand,
Santa Fe Plaza National Historic Landmark Santa Fe, NM 87501 United States
Sponsor: Diva Diamonds

WORLD MUSIC. Mala Maña, New Mexico’s own Women’s Voice and Drum Ensemble, draws its inspiration from the rhythms of Afro-Colombia’s Atlantic and Pacific coasts, but does not stop there: woven into the mix are Caribbean reggaton,  African-American traditional, Salsa, Mexican cumbia, and their own cumbia-inspired original compositions. Like a collective, Mala Maña consists of 8 women who share diverse backgrounds in African and Latin pop, flamenco dance, and Mexican norteño music. Their love for the rhythm-inspired music of Colombia’s coastal…

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PAA KOW

July 10 @ 7:15 pm - 8:45 pm
Santa Fe Bandstand,
Santa Fe Plaza National Historic Landmark Santa Fe, NM 87501 United States
Sponsor: Diva Diamonds

WORLD MUSIC. Paa Kow is an internationally renowned drum set player, bandleader, composer, and producer. Growing up in the small village of Enyan Denkyira near Cape Coast in Ghana, West Africa, Paa Kow began to play music and tour with his family’s concert band at a very early age.  He has since grown to be widely recognized as one of the most remarkable drum set players to tour in Africa, Europe, and America. Paa Kow’s deep groove and prodigious talent…

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THE ROOM OUTSIDE

July 14 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Santa Fe Bandstand,
Santa Fe Plaza National Historic Landmark Santa Fe, NM 87501 United States
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INDIE. There isn’t a local band that comes close to the sound produced by the criminally under-known local quartet The Room Outside, so bear with me here for a sec while I explain why you absolutely need to know this band.   The easiest way to describe them is to say they’re a hodgepodge of that feel-good San Francisco sound mixed with a semi-modernist take on neo-Laurel Canyon freak folk heroes like Devendra Banhart or Edward Sharpe.   There are…

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HUMMING HOUSE

July 14 @ 7:15 pm - 8:45 pm
Santa Fe Bandstand,
Santa Fe Plaza National Historic Landmark Santa Fe, NM 87501 United States
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INDIE. FOLK. The spotlight on Nashville, with its musical values and timeless traditions, is currently bright. And no band embodies what’s right about 21st century Nashville more completely than the quintet known as Humming House. It’s the way they weave together threads of Music City’s folk, soul, and bluegrass legacies. It’s in the inspirational and revealing songwriting. It’s in their acoustic instrumentation, presenting mandolin, fiddle, acoustic guitar and bass in fresh roles. It’s in the pleasant tension between rousing energy…

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TRACY WHITNEY

July 15 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Santa Fe Bandstand,
Santa Fe Plaza National Historic Landmark Santa Fe, NM 87501 United States
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JAZZ.  Ray Charles didn’t need to meet singer Tracey Whitney to know she was his ideal back-up vocalist. Called to audition for The Genius of Soul’s backing group, The Raelettes, Tracey left her demo behind when Charles couldn’t make their meeting. Later that afternoon, his management phoned to say she’d landed the gig. “Ray just listened to my tracks and said, ‘She’s got it,’” Tracey recalls. “Four days later, I was onstage singing with him at the Hollywood Bowl.” Luckily,…

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NACHA MENDEZ

July 15 @ 7:15 pm - 8:45 pm
Santa Fe Bandstand,
Santa Fe Plaza National Historic Landmark Santa Fe, NM 87501 United States
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ECLECTIC PAN-LATIN. Nacha Mendez grew up in the tiny border town of La Union, in southern New Mexico, where she began singing and playing the guitar at an early age. She learned traditional Ranchera canción from her grandmother and performed in border towns near El Paso with her cousins, the Black Brothers, sons of ex-Mothers of Invention drummer Jimmy Carl Black. She went on to study classical voice and electronic music at New Mexico State University before moving to New…

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SCARLET CORTEX

July 16 @ 7:15 pm - 8:45 pm
Santa Fe Bandstand,
Santa Fe Plaza National Historic Landmark Santa Fe, NM 87501 United States
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PROGRESSIVE JAZZ. ROCK. Formerly known as Ruder and The Shockwaves, Scarlet Cortex is a 5 piece progressive rock/jazz fusion group from Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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SOL FIRE

July 17 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Santa Fe Bandstand,
Santa Fe Plaza National Historic Landmark Santa Fe, NM 87501 United States

ROCK. Sol Fire is a rock group formed in Santa Fe, New Mexico. They are known for their unique sound that merges rock with pop, r&b and latin influences. The band is led by guitarist/vocalist/songwriter Amado Abeyta and his brother guitarist/vocalist/songwriter Buddy Abeyta. The concept of brothers collaborating in a rock band is far from new and hardly overlooked in the music industry. Oasis, Van Halen, The Everly Brothers and The Beach Boys are a small example of how a…

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LUMBRE DEL SOL

July 17 @ 7:15 pm - 8:45 pm
Santa Fe Bandstand,
Santa Fe Plaza National Historic Landmark Santa Fe, NM 87501 United States
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CHICANO ROCK. Forty-two years and still going strong. Santa Fe’s  favorite Chicano rock band. Always a Bandstand season highlight. This year’s Lumbre del SOl show will be held in conjunction with the Santa Fe Classic Car Show on the Plaza. – Guaranteed to be a special night!

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LENI STERN

July 21 @ 7:15 pm - 8:45 pm
Santa Fe Bandstand,
Santa Fe Plaza National Historic Landmark Santa Fe, NM 87501 United States

WORLD/JAZZ. The blues is a universal language, and electric guitarist Leni Stern’s fluency has lured her into African adventures beyond her wildest dreams — from jamming in Timbuktu to playing Carnegie Hall with Senegalese stars. She has learned another language―Wolof―and has become a griot, a member of the West African class of traveling musical storytellers considered to be the forerunners to American country-blues singers. As Alan Lomax explained in The Land Where the Blues Began, “through the work of performers…

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HIGHER GROUND BLUEGRASS

July 22 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Santa Fe Bandstand,
Santa Fe Plaza National Historic Landmark Santa Fe, NM 87501 United States
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BLUEGRASS. Higher Ground was established in early 1998 when a group of talented New Mexico musicians found they shared a common interest in Bluegrass music. Performing original material penned by members of the group, the band also plays a variety of Bluegrass oriented tunes to include traditional and contemporary selections. Their philosophy remains one of developing interesting arrangements of original material and lesser known songs, and adding something new and unique to standard bluegrass tunes. With four members providing vocal…

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PETER ROWAN

July 22 @ 7:15 pm - 8:45 pm
Santa Fe Bandstand,
Santa Fe Plaza National Historic Landmark Santa Fe, NM 87501 United States
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BLUEGRASS. A Grammy-award winner and six-time Grammy nominee, Peter Rowan is a singer-songwriter with a career spanning over five decades. From his early years playing under the tutelage of Bluegrass veteran Bill Monroe, to his time in Old & in the Way and breakout as a solo musician and bandleader, Rowan has built a devoted, international fan base through a solid stream of records, collaborative projects, and constant touring. Peter’s early career included stints with Earth Opera, Sea Train, Muleskinner,…

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LOS MARTINEZ

July 23 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Santa Fe Bandstand,
Santa Fe Plaza National Historic Landmark Santa Fe, NM 87501 United States
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TRADITIONAL HISPANIC/NORTEÑO. Los Martinez are brothers from New Mexico who play traditional Hispanic music of New Mexico. Lorenzo Martinez is recognized by the Smithsonian Institution as a master folk violinist. Lorenzo is an NEA National Heritage Fellow, having received the award in 2003 for preserving New Mexican Hispanic Folk Music. Rob Martinez, guitarist and vocalist, has performed with his brother Lorenzo for over twenty five years throughout the USA and all over New Mexico. He is currently the Assistant State…

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FIDDLIN’ DOC GONZALES

July 23 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Santa Fe Bandstand,
Santa Fe Plaza National Historic Landmark Santa Fe, NM 87501 United States
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COUNTRY/BLUEGRASS/HISPANIC Elmer (“Fiddlin’ Doc”) Gonzales is an amazing fiddle player from Northern New Mexico.  Don’t miss this rare treat to see a true and authentic music talent. Here’s a video clip from last year’s Bandstand:   DOC GONZALES VIDEO CLIP

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POLYPHONY MARIMBA

July 28 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Santa Fe Bandstand,
Santa Fe Plaza National Historic Landmark Santa Fe, NM 87501 United States
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WORLD. MARIMBA. Polyphony Marimba was founded in 2010 with the mission to get a large acoustic ensemble of ten players together who wanted to make a life out of the roots music of southern Africa, while contributing their own creative expression to that tradition.  Peter Swing, the founder, had been teaching the marimba music of Zimbabwe for 25 years and led four previous projects doing the same thing, only part time.  Polyphony would take this on the road, into the…

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ZONGO JUNCTION

July 28 @ 7:15 pm - 8:45 pm
Santa Fe Bandstand,
Santa Fe Plaza National Historic Landmark Santa Fe, NM 87501 United States
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WORLD. AFRO-BEAT. Generating a well-deserved buzz in NYC’s exploding afrobeat scene, Zongo Junction electrifies dance floors wherever they perform. The Village Voice describes their live show as “Sheer energy with the force of a tractor-trailer that roars with power and noise.” With five horns, and a six-piece rhythm section, audiences can’t help but move no matter where the band is playing. If the Talking Heads produced a Fela Kuti record of Sun Ra’s music, the product would probably sound something…

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SIM BALKEY

July 29 @ 7:15 pm - 8:45 pm
Santa Fe Bandstand,
Santa Fe Plaza National Historic Landmark Santa Fe, NM 87501 United States
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COUNTRY. New Mexico’s own Sim Balkey has a distinctive voice, which quite simply, doesn’t sound like anyone else in country music today. There’s an edgy intensity that brings out the best in every song whether it’s a vulnerable ballad or uptempo party anthem. Balkey infuses lyrics with a warmth and authority that draws the listener into every song and makes it memorable. Sim’s country roots shine through as his heart-felt vocals and his lyrics paint a picture of pain, love, and the…

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August 2015
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GLEEWOOD

August 6 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Santa Fe Bandstand,
Santa Fe Plaza National Historic Landmark Santa Fe, NM 87501 United States
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FOLK/ROCK. The acoustic rock songwriting style of Jhett Schiavone (Guitar & Vocals) meets western and folk tradition of New Mexican cowgirl, Callie Sioux (Bass and Vocals) to bring an unlikely, and at-once recognizable sound to the folk/rock scene. In short, if in some alternate universe, Johnny Cash learned how to play guitar under a palm tree with Jack Johnson and started writing with an Irish Zoey Deschanel in the late 60’s,… That might sound like Gleewood’s latest release.­­­­ Jhett’s bass…

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CLOSING NIGHT with JONO MANSON AND FRIENDS, Featuring Jason Crosby with Mark Clark, Peter Williams and a cavalcade of surprise guests!

August 27 @ 6:00 pm - 8:40 pm
Santa Fe Bandstand,
Santa Fe Plaza National Historic Landmark Santa Fe, NM 87501 United States
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Road-tested roots. Jono Manson is a prolific singer/songwriter and seasoned performer, with a long track record that includes major-label releases as both recording artist and producer. During a career spanning almost four decades he has performed everywhere from the local dive to Madison Square Garden, from house concerts to festival stages. He has released numerous albums and amassed a vast catalog of original material. His songs have been recorded by Grammy Award – winning artists and have been featured in…

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