Avoid a nightlife La Niña

Pasatiempo - - Restaurant Review -

who think Santa Fe’s mu­sic scene leaves much to be de­sired, here’s a dare: spend a week in Du­rango or Pagosa Springs in Septem­ber look­ing for de­cent live mu­sic that doesn’t have the word “blues,” “jam,” or “folk” at­tached to it.

Af­ter just six days of hang­ing out in two pop­u­lar south­ern Colorado pow­der­hound towns dur­ing the snow­less sea­son and look­ing for a good live show, I’m here to tell you: we have it pretty damn good here by com­par­i­son. Now, that doesn’t mean there isn’t al­ways room for im­prove­ment. Va­ri­ety is the spice of life, and some Santa Fe venues need to add a few dashes of it to their weekly per­for­mance sched­ules, and fast.

It’s of­fi­cially the start of the shoul­der sea­son af­ter the 2010 Santa Fe Wine & Chile Fi­esta makes its last toast on Sun­day, Sept. 26, and I can’t imag­ine bar and club own­ers serv­ing up heap­ing gob­lets of same-ol’ same-ol’ are go­ing to keep the lo­cals in­ter­ested much longer af­ter that. A few newer show pro­mot­ers book­ing un­com­mon lo­cal and tour­ing tal­ent should be com­mended for keep­ing the Santa Fe mu­sic scene lively and in­ter­est­ing.

There seems to be some se­ri­ous stag­na­tion among well-es­tab­lished in­de­pen­dent show pro­mot­ers and in-house per­for­mance book­ers. To these folks, I im­plore you: step aside and give the new garde a chance to prove them­selves. They have a more sen­si­tive fin­ger on the pulse of what Santa Fe’s ears crave, and they can draw in dif­fer­ent crowds, in­creas­ing the like­li­hood that those crowds will re­turn to es­tab­lish­ments for some­thing fresh and ex­cit­ing. Trust me: one glance at most per­for­mance sched­ules as­sem­bled by pro­pri­etors and long­time pro­mot­ers in this town and it’s easy to dis­cern that most of them are out of — or quickly los­ing — touch with their pa­tron­age. On the up­side, for them, there’s al­ways Du­rango in Septem­ber.

— Rob DeWalt

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