ONSTAGE THIS WEEK
Wu Man is the only pipa player Western listeners are likely to know by name, the pipa being a Chinese lute of ancient lineage. In Wu Man’s corner of the all-embracing world-music scene, disparate traditions sometimes become strange bedfellows. If you feel your life is incomplete because you have never heard Chinese, Ugandan, Ukrainian, and Appalachian Mountain musical traditions converge in a single program, this one’s for you. The Santa Fe
Chamber Music Festival presents a program with Wu Man and friends at 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 7, at St. Francis Auditorium (New Mexico Museum of Art, 107 W. Palace Ave.). For tickets, which are $26 to $39, call 982-1890 or 988-1234 or visit www.ticketssantafe.org. Guitarist-singer-songwriter Dan Hicks has come a long way since his days hitting skins with ’ 60s-era San Francisco psychedelic-rock outfit The Charlatans, but thankfully, he hasn’t abandoned his irreverent, eccentric ways. Blending jazz, folk, swing, and razor-sharp lyricism, Hicks and his band, the Hot Licks, tour in support of their latest album, Tangled Tales (Surfdog Records); they perform at 7 p.m. Saturday,
Aug. 7, at the Santa Fe Brewing Company (37 Fire Place, 424-3333). Word has it Hicks will roll out some new material from his ensemble’s upcoming holiday album (the band’s first), titled Crazy for Christmas. Tickets are $22 in advance from SFBC and Tickets Santa Fe at the Lensic (988-1234, www.ticketssantafe.org), $25 at the door.
John Proulx, who won Best Vocal Performance in the 2010 New Mexico Music Awards, has four shows lined up. He appears at 6 p.m.
on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, Aug. 6, 7, and 8, at Vanessie, 434 W. San Francisco St. (982-9966). For the Friday and Sunday gigs, Proulx focuses on the Nat King Cole songbook. On Saturday, the program is Songs from the Great American Songbook — Then &
Now, which includes a tribute to Chris Calloway. The cover charge for each of those shows is $35. Then, at 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 9, it’s John
Proulx Meets Cole Porter at La Casa Sena Cantina, 125 E. Palace Ave. That show has a $30 cover; call 988-9232 for reservations.
If love does indeed keep us together, then it’s love songs that have kept that message alive and potent through the ages. As part
of the Santa Fe Desert
Chorale summer season, members celebrate the music of amour with a program titled HeArt Songs. Along with works for duet, trio, and quartet that will be announced immediately before their presentation, the program includes Brahms’ Liebeslieder Walzer for vocal quartet and four-hand piano; his poetic Four Quartets, Opus 92, for single-piano accompaniment; and his Neue Liebeslieder waltz-songs.
Linda Durham Contemporary Art (1807 2nd St., Suite 107; 466-6600) is the setting for the program, which is presented at 4 and 8 p.m. Sunday,
Aug. 8. Tickets, $45, are available from Tickets Santa Fe at the Lensic (988-1234, www.ticketssantafe.org).