Music is the big story in Santa Fe this week, with anything from a wild drummer to a “country-steeped garage band.”
But the top local favorite to bring out norteños is happening at 7 tonight when some of the most popular practitioners of New Mexican music take the stage at the Lensic Performing Arts Center, 211 W. San Francisco St. Los Hermanos Martínez, La Familia Vigil, David F. García, Roberto Mondragón, Frank McCulloch y Sus Amigos, and the ever-popular Trio Jalapeño will treat your ears to some local culture and get the place dancing with songs that whole families grew up with.
Tickets are $10, or free for seniors, and can be bought at the Lensic box office, through ticketssantafe.org or by calling 988-1234.
A DIFFERENT DRUMMER
Japan-born percussionist Tatsuya Nakatani will bring his solo sound to High Mayhem, 2811 Siler Lane, at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday. Now living in Easton, Pa., Nakatani tours all over the world for Creative Music and New Music festivals. Also performing wind wands and hand percussion will be local percussionists Jeff Sussmann and the Al Faaet Duo.
Suggested donation is $10 at the door, but no one will be turned away from this all-ages show.
The Mavericks return on their 25th anniversary tour to the Lensic at 7:30 p.m. Monday.
Their publicity materials describe them this way: “The country-steeped garage band with a Cuban American lead singer … emerged from Miami in 1989 with their sultry debut that was equal parts innocence, intensity and vintage influences … .”
Tickets are $47 and available through the Lensic outlets already mentioned.
Awna Teixeira, known for her work with Po’ Girl, is coming with multi-instrumentalist Jay Speed to GiG Performance Space, 1808 Second St., at 7 p.m. on Saturday. Also on the double bill is Dan Bern, a songwriter based in Los Angeles who has composed songs for a number of movies, including Judd Apatow’s “Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story.”
Tickets are $25 and can be bought in advance by calling 1-800-838-3006 or by going to brownpapertickets.com.
And you can get a free, classical treat at 4 p.m. Sunday when Yu Ji on piano performs “From Bach to Li Yinghai” in the Great Hall, Peterson Student Center, at St. John’s College.
HEAD TOWARD THE LIGHT
If all this music is wearing out your ears, check out LUMA, which combines “rhythmic gymnastics, dance, magic, puppetry, physics and experimental methods” in a tapestry of color whirling and splashing across the stage.
The show, which has toured in 15 countries, is scheduled 7 p.m. Sunday, also at the Lensic, with tickets ranging from $15-$35, half price for ages 12 and younger.