Let the festivities commence!
Cinco de Mayo is still a week away, but there’s no rule that bans people from starting the party early. If there’s one thing the annual celebration commemorating the Mexican army’s 1862 victory over the French at the Battle of Puebla always calls for, it’s copious amounts of dancing.
This weekend Santa Fe provides plenty of opportunities to start shaking your fiesta maker, beginning with the 71st annual Baile de Cascarones (Dance of the Eggshells) at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center (201 W. Marcy St.). From 8 to 11 p.m. on Friday, April 29, enjoy live music, traditional dances, and plenty of confetti-filled, decorated eggs cracked over revelers’ heads — you ask someone to dance by cracking one over his or her head — as La Sociedad Folklorica de Santa Fe presents the popular, family-friendly event, an old New Mexico custom that the society revived in 1940. Hollowed-out decorated eggs are available for purchase at the dance, and a there is also a silent auction to benefit La Sociedad Folklorica. Tickets, $15 for couples, $10 per adult, $2 for kids, are available at the door. Call 983-7839.
At 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 30, the Amma Center of New Mexico presents Bollywood Club Invasion, a fundraiser to benefit the center’s charitable projects. Local improv-media and performance artist Agramzu and DJs Dynamite Sol, Miss Ginger, Gone Beyond, Shobanon, Mumbles, and Janapriya provide the entertainment. Finger foods, chai, bhangra drumming, Bollywood-dance classes, and a henna tattoo station are also in the mix. The alcohol-free dance takes place at Sanbusco Market Center, 500 Montezuma Ave., and tickets are $12 at the door. Call 660-0445.
At 9 p.m. Saturday, Artcatz — the folks who brought Grupo Fantasma to Santa Fe in February — presents the Micky Cruz Show featuring Grammynominated Cruz and his 13-piece ensemble at The Lodge at Santa Fe’s cabaret space (750 N. St. Francis Drive). Cruz’s infectious blend of cumbia, salsa, and reggae puts a twist on traditional Latin music, and it even has its own name: “cumbegue.” Tickets are $10 at the door; call 505-710-5829.
At 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Swing Shift, a 17-piece New Mexico ensemble, brings Big Band sound to Rockin’ Rollers Event Arena (2915 Agua Fría St.). According to the group’s musical director, Nolan Zisman, who co-founded, led, and performed in the Bay Area’s Good Time Society Band for more than 30 years, Swing Shift only performs six times per year, on average. Tickets are $10 at the door; call 466-2968.