ONSTAGE This Week
Dallas ensemble Jonathan Tyler and the Northern Lights takes its blues-tinged Southern/classic rock sound seriously. Cutting its teeth headlining in bars and recently opening for Lynyrd Skynyrd, JTNL blends barn-burners with love ballads that are sure to seduce and soothe your rock ’ n’ roll soul. In “Pardon Me,” the band lets audiences know that, “Maybe it’s been too long since rock ’ n’ roll turned you on, so pardon me, just let it set you free.” Fans of Lenny Kravitz and The Black Crowes, head to Corazón (401 S. Guadalupe St., 983-4559) at 9 p.m.
Monday, Jan. 10, to catch JTNL live. Tickets are $7 in advance at www.corazonsantafe.com, $8 at the door. Local rockers O/Z open. A Tony Award winner that opened on Broadway in 2006,
The Drowsy Chaperone (book by Bob Martin and Don McKellar, music and lyrics by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison) is a show within a show — and a musical-theater lover’s dream. When lead character “Man in Chair” plays a recording of an obscure (and fictional) 1928 Broadway musical called The Drowsy Chaperone, he and a cast of nutty characters take the audience on a wild journey backstage. Starlets, gangsters, pastry chefs, and Latin lovers collide in this production, directed by Devon Frieder and presented in Santa Fe by teens and young adults. Show times are 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 7; 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 8; and 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 9, at Warehouse 21 (1614 Paseo de Peralta, 989-4423). Tickets at the door are $10, under 21 $5. The layering of multiple sounds on top of bass lines and guitar melodies can be achieved digitally in a studio with relative ease; however, reproducing those sounds live is another story.
El Ten Eleven has mastered live redubbing of layered music produced by only two musicians, Kristian Dunn and Tim Fogarty. Based out of Los Angeles, the duo uses a bass, drums, and effects pedals to create a complex musical sound that has been likened to that of post-rock groups such as Explosions in the Sky or Mogwai. Opening for El Ten Eleven is As in We, a local instrumental progressive-rock band. Check them out at Corazón (401 S. Guadalupe St., 983-4559) at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 12. Tickets to the all-ages show are $10. Who hasn’t been left to starve in the woods and then deceptively befriended by a cannibal witch who lives inside a gingerbread house? Englebert Humperdinck’s opera version of the Brothers Grimm tale Hansel and Gretel is presented by the Santa Fe Concert Association. Somewhat abridged but featuring costumes and a full orchestra, this English-language production is performed at the Scottish Rite Center (463 Paseo de Peralta) at 7 p.m.
Friday and Saturday, Jan. 7 and 8, with a matinee performance at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 9. A piano-concert version of the work takes place at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 8, at the Southside Branch Library (6599 Jaguar Drive, 955-2810). All events are free and open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis with no reserved seats.