Kickstart the New Year
The first weekend of 2011 just happens to coincide with what would have been Elvis Presley’s 76th birthday, and I expect you to celebrate accordingly.
If you want to keep the weekend flow a bit contemporary, to honor, say,
the Elvis-themed Cirque du Soleil show in Las Vegas, Nevada, DJ Miss Ginger puts on a party hat of her own and performs at (401 S. Guadalupe St., 983-4559) at
under the new name Blasting deep-bass madness and underground hip-hop as part of the Zón’s weekly Heartbeats DJ event, Miss Ginger is preceded by techno/dubstep maven and
who spins a combo of mellow electro and house. Chispa, an artist from the Meow Wolf collective, supplies trippy visuals. Cover is $5, and this is a 21-and-over event.
Speakin’ of Meow Wolf: the collective is using a website called www.kickstarter.com to gather some greenbacks for an upcoming exhibit at the Center for Contemporary Arts. The donation site has worked well for some Santa Fe artists and musicians. On Dec. 30, 2010, Santa Fe’s Little Wing performance space (851 St. Michael’s Drive, 983-5906) finished its Kickstarterhosted fund drive for its School of Rock outreach programs, which offer music classes, scholarship opportunities, and help for those students who need it when it comes to purchasing instruments. Besides bluegrass, Americana, traditional rock, and jazz, Rock School students can learn funk, punk, metal, reggae, gospel, hip-hop, and classical music.
Winter registration for the rock-school program has begun, and classes start on Monday, Jan. 10. Of course, not everyone can be privy to aid through the Kickstarter donations, but anyone is welcome to register. Prices, schedules, and registration forms are available online at www.candymanstringsandthings.com/RockBandClasses.aspx. And don’t worry, aging dreamers — there are classes available for adults. Here’s a fun nugget of music trivia: part of the 12th track on the new Gorillaz album, (EMI) — most of which was produced on an iPad — was recorded in Santa Fe. The instrumental titled “Aspen Forest” contains nature sounds and other bits recorded in the Santa Fe area on Oct. 25, 2010. The entire album is streaming live at http://thefall.gorillaz.com (registration required). Bad news for folks anticipating the two New Mexico performances by ex-Hüsker Dü guitarist Bob Mould later this month. Local promoter Fan Man Productions was unable to find a replacement venue in Santa Fe after the Santa Fe Brewing Company Pub & Grill’s recent demise, and Mould is unwilling to travel to New Mexico for just an Albuquerque show. I have suddenly become unwilling to buy his next album.
— Rob DeWalt