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Cac­tus Trac­tor; Sa­cred Mu­sic, Sa­cred Dance: The Mys­ti­cal Arts of Ti­bet; Baile Es­pañol; Guys Gong Wild; Ziggy Mar­ley; and the New Mex­ico Con­tem­po­rary En­sem­ble

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Merry band: Cac­tus Trac­tor

The Al­bu­querque band Cac­tus Trac­tor likes to play chaotic live venues like farm­ers mar­kets and street fairs, as well as house shows, beer gar­dens, and nurs­ing homes. The self-de­scribed “bohemian pop folk disco” band — which in prac­tice sounds more like a blue­grass and coun­try swing band — formed in 2012 to per­form a con­cert of songs writ­ten by adults with de­vel­op­men­tal dis­abil­i­ties. Now Cac­tus Trac­tor has taken on a life of its own, swelling to seven mem­bers play­ing 14 in­stru­ments, many of which they in­vented them­selves, in­clud­ing one called the hula horn. They are cur­rently pro­mot­ing their sec­ond al­bum, Ly­dian Wa­ter Songs, and play the Band­stand on the Plaza at 7:15 p.m. on Wed­nes­day, Aug. 17. Band­stand con­certs are free. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.santafeband­stand.org. — Jennifer Levin

Moved by the spirit: The Mys­ti­cal Arts of Ti­bet

In 1959, af­ter the Chi­nese Com­mu­nist in­va­sion of Ti­bet re­sulted in the clo­sure and de­struc­tion of 6,500 monas­ter­ies, ap­prox­i­mately 250 Bud­dhist monks from the Dre­pung Losel­ing monastery, which formed near Lhasa in 1416, es­caped and re-es­tab­lished their in­sti­tu­tion in In­dia, thereby pre­serv­ing their tra­di­tional cul­ture. Now Dre­pung Losel­ing has a cen­ter in At­lanta, Ge­or­gia, and the monks from there show­case their tra­di­tions around the United States in a per­for­mance called Sa­cred Mu­sic, Sa­cred Dance: The Mys­ti­cal Arts of Ti­bet. The all-ages pro­gram, at the James A. Lit­tle Theater at the New Mex­ico School for the Deaf (1060 Cer­ril­los Road, 505-476-6300), in­cludes chant­ing, dances, songs, and a di­alec­ti­cal ses­sion. The Santa Fe pro­duc­tion, on Saturday, Aug. 13, at 7:30 p.m., is pre­sented in con­junc­tion with the ex­hibit Sa­cred Realm: Bless­ings and Good For­tune Across Asia at the Mu­seum of In­ter­na­tional Folk Art. Tick­ets to Sa­cred Mu­sic, Sa­cred Dance are $35, avail­able at www.hold­myt­icket.com. — J.L.

Nues­tra tradi­ción: Baile Es­pañol

For 35 years, Baile Es­pañol has been per­form­ing tra­di­tional Span­ish and folk­lórico dance all around North­ern New Mex­ico, in­clud­ing in Los Alamos dur­ing a visit by Pres­i­dent Bill Clin­ton, as well as in Texas and Colorado. Angie Miller, the leader of Baile Es­pañol, was trained by the late Lily Baca. She told Pasatiempo that the girls in her group now are her roses, and she named four women who have danced with her since they were tod­dlers and con­tinue to par­tic­i­pate as adults: Carolyn Salazar, a pub­lic school ad­min­is­tra­tor; Hope Quin­tana, an en­gi­neer; Kris­tine Bri­ceno, a lo­cal busi­ness­woman; and De­nay Griego, a col­lege stu­dent. “Our main goal is to keep our her­itage alive,” Miller said. Cur­rently, dancers range in age from two to thirty-two years old. Baile Es­pañol per­forms on the Santa Fe Plaza band­stand at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 13. Band­stand events are free. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.santafeband­stand.org. — J.L.

Sonic boons: Guys Gong Wild

The fab­u­lous ring­ings of gongs, from 8 inches in di­am­e­ter up to 38 inches, are fea­tured in Gong Tsunami at Dragon Ris­ing Yoga Stu­dio (1512 Pacheco St., #C101), on Saturday, Aug. 13. Pre­sented by The Drum is the Voice of the Trees, the con­cert ex­plores the sonic world of gongs from China, Thailand, Viet­nam, Korea, In­done­sia, and Switzer­land. “Some of them are pitched, and some are more amor­phous, more like thun­der, so there will be a wide range of tim­bres and tones,” said Jeff Suss­mann, half of the Guys Gong Wild per­for­mance duo with Al Faaet. “Some of what hap­pens will be peace­ful and med­i­ta­tive, some will be more melodic, and some is more jar­ring and dis­so­nant, so it will be a wide range of mu­si­cal ex­pe­ri­ence.” Ad­mis­sion is $20. The mu­sic be­gins at 8 p.m. There is lim­ited seat­ing; the pre­sen­ters ad­vise bring­ing a mat for floor seat­ing. Call 505-984-1799 or 505-570-0854 for more in­for­ma­tion. — Paul Wei­de­man

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