ONSTAGE THIS WEEK
Take the vocal brilliance of celebrated operatic tenors, place it within the context of Hawaii’s diverse culture and musical history, and throw in some North American folk for good measure. Swaying between sweet balladry, jaunty slack-key-guitar jams, straight-up hula, and even a little surf rock, Nathan Aweau and Barry Flanagan, who make up Hapa (which means “of mixed blood”), take Polynesian music into the 21st century without sacrificing its traditions. Hapa performs at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 30, at the Santa Fe Brewing Company, 37 Fire Place, 424-3333. Tickets are $18 in advance from the Lensic Performing Arts Center (211 W. San Francisco St., 988-1234) and at www.ticketssantafe.com; and $20 at the door. Jazz singer Karrin Allyson croons for the Center for Contemporary Arts during Magic, Music & Moonlight, a CCA fundraiser at 6 p.m. Saturday, June 26. Allyson has released 12 albums on the Concord Jazz label since the early 1990s.
Bill McGlaughlin, composer and host of Exploring Music on WFMT radio in Chicago, offers opening comments. Also on the bill is a tribute to the late artist John Connell. Tickets to the event in the Muñoz Waxman Gallery at CCA, 1050 Old Pecos Trail, are $120 in advance and $145 at the door. Call 982-1338. California-based singer-songwriter Steve Poltz was writing great songs long before the release of his first solo album, One Left Shoe, in 1998. Besides splitting from his San Diego folk-rock band, The Rugburns, in the late ’ 90s to develop a successful solo career, Poltz co-wrote Jewel’s folk-pop megahit “You Were Meant for Me.” Fans of fantastic visual storytelling in song who also appreciate a less-than-dolled-up live-performance approach: your ship has come in. Poltz performs on Friday, June 25, at the Railyard Performance Center, 1611-B Paseo de Peralta. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Admission to the all-ages show is $15 in advance from Nicholas Potter Bookseller (cash only, 211 E. Palace Ave., 983-5434), by calling 866-443-8849, or by visiting www.gettix.net; it’s $20 at the door. Lucky is the child who first approaches opera through the fairy-tale adventure of The Magic Flute. On Tuesday, June 29, Mozart’s opera is offered as the second of four Youth Nights at Santa Fe Opera (seven miles north of Santa Fe on U.S. 84/285), final dress rehearsals that families can attend for about the price of a first-run movie. The series begins the preceding night with Madame Butterfly on Monday, June 28, and continues with The Tales of Hoffmann (July 13) and Albert Herring (July 27). It will be a late bedtime, since these performances begin at 9 p.m. Tickets are $16 for adults and $8 for children (one adult must accompany two children; two adults need three children or more to be admitted). Call 986-5900.