ONSTAGE THIS WEEK
Ah, the life of a child: you can climb chairs stacked on one another, spin plates, tumble across the kitchen floor, and even open umbrellas in the house — as long as Mom isn’t around. No wonder children are among the most enthusiastic members of the audience when the Golden Dragon Acrobats visit Santa Fe. These Chinese acrobats return to the Lensic Performing Arts Center, 211W. San Francisco St., starting at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 17, with four additional shows through Sunday, Dec. 20. Antics will ensue, high jinks will happen, and monkeyshines will materialize, or our name isn’t Pasatiempo. Tickets are $20 to $35, but children under 12 get in for half price. Call 988-1234. You want some hot blues-rock passion? Check out guitarist and singer Coco Montoya at 9 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 13, at Evangelo’s Cocktail Lounge. The native Californian started his stage career playing drums in a rock band and was hired by blues legend Albert Collins in the mid-1970s. During his five years with Collins’ band, Montoya took up the guitar and was tutored in the Collins “icy-hot” playing style.
In 1984, bluesman John Mayall brought Montoya into his Bluesbreakers, giving him the lead guitar spot once held by Eric Clapton. Montoya toured with Mayall’s group for 10 years before becoming a bandleader himself. He has recorded six albums under his own name, beginning with 1995’s Gotta Mind to Travel.
The 21-and-older set at Evangelo’s, 200 W. San Francisco St., begins at 9 p.m. Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 the day of the show; call 982-9014. Following a great performance on Nov. 20 by clarinetist Anat Cohen at Vanessie of Santa Fe, get set for another beautiful evening of jazz, again courtesy of Friends of Santa Fe Jazz and Singer and Simpson Productions. The holiday concert at 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12, at Vanessie, 434 W. San Francisco St., is a tribute to trumpet great Freddie Hubbard, who died Dec. 29, 2008, after a half-century of playing jazz.
The members of the all-star band for this tribute are Eddie Henderson on trumpet, Javon Jackson on tenor saxophone, Benny Green on piano, Peter Washington on bass, and Carl Allen on drums. Tickets are $45 and are available at the Lensic Performing Arts Center, 211W. San Francisco St., 988-1234. It’s been about half a decade since local improvelectro-groove duo Ray Charles Ives released its stellar debut CD, the self-produced five-song Clandestine Pedestrian. Since around 2007, however, Santa Fe appearances by Ives’ Paul Feathericci (drums, gadgets, vox) and Brian Mayhall, aka Diplomat (electric bass, gadgets, vox), have dwindled to zero. But this weekend, the funky loop-and-sample-drenched duo reunites — hopefully with the Fender Rhodes electric piano in tow— for a live show at 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12, at High Mayhem Studio (2811 Siler Lane, 501-3333, highmayhem.org). Electro duos Ink on Paper (Carlos Santistevan and Milton Villarrubia III) and Glad as Knives (DJ Miss Ginger and Cannupa Hanska Luger) also perform. Admission is $10 at the door.