ONSTAGE THIS WEEK
On Thursday, Sept. 9, Will Shuster’s Zozobra gets what’s coming to him. It’s been a rough year, and there still seems to be plenty of gloom to go around. If you feel like commiserating after the big guy gets s’mored, amble over to Cowgirl BBQ (319 S. Guadalupe St., 982-2565) for a 9 p.m. performance by femalefronted old-time folk trio
Hurray for the Riff Raff.
Touring in support of its
second album, Young Blood Blues, the New Orleans ensemble plays songs with no shortage of sadness and heartache. Luckily, weeping ballads rife with mournful harmonies and fiddle mingle with upbeat numbers offering plucky banjo and electric bass, allowing you to cry in your beer between multiple “Que Vivas!”
Sam Doores & the Tumbleweeds open, and
there’s a $3 cover charge. This summer, the period-instrument foursome Agave Baroque, consisting of violin, viola da gamba, guitar, and harpsichord, recorded a CD of music by the mid-Baroque English composer Henry Purcell. The group travels from its base in the Bay Area to offer a concert at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 4, at the Johnsons
of Madrid Galleries (2843 N.M. 14, Madrid; 471-1054), joined by two New Mexican musicians: viola da gambist Mary
Springfels and harpsichordist Kathleen McIntosh. Purcell is on the docket, along with music by his 17th-century predecessors Christopher Simpson and Matthew Locke. A $10 donation is requested.
Music from Angel Fire concludes its season at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 5, by celebrating the remarkable musical couple Robert and Clara Schumann. Bassoonist Frank Morelli offers Robert’s Three Romances (op. 94), originally for oboe, and violinist Ida Kavafian plays Clara’s Three
Romances (op. 22). Pianist Gilles Vonsattel accompanies them in these short but captivating pieces from the mid-19th century. Also on the program is Beethoven’s evergreen Piano-and-Winds Quintet and a new work by Daniel Shapiro. The concert takes place at the Angel Fire Community
Center (15 CS Ranch Road). Call 575-377-3233 or 888-377-3300 or visit www.musicfromangelfire.org for tickets, which cost $30. Mariachi music and Fiestas de Santa Fe go together like honey and sopaipillas, and you have numerous opportunities to catch a strolling ensemble downtown or see one onstage over the next few days. If you miss the Mariachi Extravaganza at the Santa Fe Opera on Wednesday, Sept. 8, fear not. At 2 p.m. Thursday,
Sept. 9, the Lensic Performing Arts Center (211 W. San Francisco St.) hosts a Mariachi Matinee with performances by New York’s Mariachi Tapatio de Alvaro Paulino; a Pojoaque Valley-based folklórico dance group; Maegan Pacheco; and others. Tickets, $5, are available from the Lensic box office, 988-1234, www.ticketssantafe.org.