ONSTAGE THIS WEEK
Frogfest returns for its fifth year at the
Santa Fe Brewing Company (37 Fire Place) on Sunday, May 30. Featuring 15 bands and running from noon to
midnight, the festival is a celebration of artists signed to Santa Fe’s Frogville label. Americana, bluegrass, and folk rule the day. New to the roster this year is Angola Farms, a psychedelic garage-blues punk outfit. Mainstays of the party Hundred Year Flood and
Goshen close out the show. Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door. There’s no charge for kids under 12. Visit www.santafebrewing.com for details.
Blues-rocker Tinsley Ellis plays on The Hill on Friday, May 28, as part of the 2010 Los Alamos
Summer Concert Series. More than a dozen musical acts — among them the Peter Case Band, Eliza Gilkyson, the Jimmy Stadler Band, and Nick Curran & the Lowlifes — are scheduled in the series, which runs through Aug. 27. All shows are free and begin at 7 p.m. The venues vary; see www.gordonsconcerts.com or call 661-4891. At 57 years old, Robert Cray may be young for a bluesman. But with a few Grammys in hand and even a short stint on MTV, Cray has made inroads into the mainstream that few blues artists have been able to achieve. His style owes as much to throaty R&B and 1970s Southern soul as it does to 12-bar blues. Cray and his band take the stage of the Lensic Performing
Arts Center (211 W. San Francisco St.) at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 1. Tickets, $29 to $48, are available by calling 988-1234 and online at www.ticketsantafe.com. The premiere of Gustav Mahler’s First Symphony in 1889 was a fiasco. “My friends bashfully avoided me afterward,” the composer later recalled. “Nobody dared talk to me about the performance and my work.” Today the piece is revered as one of the most extraordinary first symphonies ever written. The Santa Fe
Community Orchestra, conducted by Oliver Prezant, takes on this monument of the symphonic repertoire in a free
concert at St. Francis Auditorium, New Mexico Museum of Art (107 W.
Palace Ave.) at 2:30 p.m. Sunday,
May 30, along with a new work by Doug Frantz, winner of the orchestra’s 2009-2010 Composition Competition. Call 466-4879.