ONSTAGE THIS WEEK
Pato Banton has a special spot in Santa Fe’s nightlife history. In 2009, the U.K. reggae/toasting legend became the first internationally known artist to hit the stage at
Corazón nightclub (401 S. Guadalupe St., 983-4559), which opened that year. Banton returns to the ’Zón this weekend. Serving up irie vibes with a decidedly ministerial bent, Banton and his Now Generation band are on a tour of the U.S. to deliver a message of spiritual awakening and positivity. Catch the charismatic Banton at 9 p.m. Saturday, April 16, at Corazón. Tickets for the 21-andover show are $12 in advance at www. corazonsantafe.com, $15 at the door. Los Muñequitos de Matanzas is an Afro-Cuban drumming and rumba group that has been in existence for more than half a century. Much of its music keeps alive the West African origins of Cuban music, incorporating Yoruba rhythms from Nigeria and sacred songs from the religion of Santeria. This is a rare U.S. appearance, as many Cuban arts groups have struggled to gain visas in the post-Sept. 11 era. The performance takes place at the Lensic Performing Arts Center (211 W. San Francisco St.) at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 19. Tickets are $20 to $40 and can be purchased by calling 988-1234 or visiting www.ticketssantafe.org. When Francis Poulenc wrote his Sextet for Piano and Winds in the early 1930s, he was still kicking high in his Les six mode, steeped in Stravinsky and pungent Gauloises. Wrote one critic following its premiere, “With Poulenc, all of France comes out of the windows he opens.” The sextet joins Mozart’s Piano and Winds Quintet and pieces by Ibert and Piazzolla in this wind-centered program, Wind Tangos, part of the newly founded series at the Immaculate Heart of Mary
Retreat and Conference Center (50 Mount Carmel Road), at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 17. For tickets ($20, discounts available for students, seniors, and parents with children), call 474-4513 or visit www.ihmretreat.com. In 1981, REO Speedwagon’s ninth studio album, Hi Infidelity, spent 15 weeks at the tippy-top of the U.S. Billboard 200 chart. With a racy cover (for the time, anyway) and mega hits like “Keep On Lovin’ You” and “Take It on the Run,” the album has sold more than 10 million copies since its release. Ten more of REO Speedwagon’s 16 studio albums, which reach back to a self-titled debut in 1971, have charted in the Top 200, and the band continues to draw devoted audiences when on tour. Revisit some of classic rock’s most recognizable tunes when REO Speedwagon hits the
Tewa Ballroom at Buffalo Thunder Resort & Casino (30 Buffalo Thunder Trail, adjacent to Pojoaque Pueblo, 12 miles north of downtown Santa Fe off U.S. 84/285) at 8 p.m. Friday, April 15. Tickets, $29 to $59, are available at the resort’s box office, by calling 800-905-3315, and online at www.tickets.com.