Our picks for the week

James McMurtry. (Courtesy of Heath Concerts)

James McMurtry. (Courtesy of Heath Concerts)

SANTA FE, N.M. — This may be the music week to beat all in Santa Fe – and that’s not even counting the usual ongoing festivals of choral, chamber and opera music, and the ongoing offerings at the Santa Fe Bandstand.

Night Wave is hoping people will turn out to surf the sea of live music and comedy scheduled at downtown venues today and tomorrow, including on outdoor stages, lasting through 2 a.m. Food trucks also will be parked in the area to help fuel partiers. Just an attempt to prove that, when it comes to night life, if you offer it, they will come.

A little theatrical touch is slated, too, with ForGiving Productions doing a staged reading of “Hearts West: The Story of Mail Order Brides” at 7 p.m. both days at the new Skylight, 139 W. San Francisco St.

For a full schedule, go to nightwavesf.com.

The Blues Brothers.

The Blues Brothers.

RAILYARD: James McMurtry was the biggest draw at last year’s free Railyard concerts and his powerful storytelling is bound to draw a host of fans again when he performs there 7-9:30 p.m. Saturday, with warm-up guest Johnny Burke.

Son of author Larry McMurtry, James, whose music generally falls in the Americana category, has been hailed as one of the best song-writers of our time.

You also can get in on some film-based music in the Railyard with a free screening of “The Blues Brothers” at 8 p.m. today. Bring along a fedora and sunglasses.

Ray LaMontagne. (Courtesy of Barry Brecheisen/Invision/AP)

Ray LaMontagne. (Courtesy of Barry Brecheisen/Invision/AP)

THE DOWNS: The grassy lawn – can anyone resist wiggling their bare toes in this rare greenery? – at the Downs will be the place to put down a chair or a blanket on Tuesday to hear Ray LaMontagne bringing songs from his fifth and latest album, “Supernova.”

His official website says that compilation “bursts with a spirited bonhomme and a rocking, technicolor-tinged energy.”

The show starts at 6:30 p.m. with The Belle Brigade and tickets, available from ticketssantafe.org (988-1234), are $62 for the front lawn and $40 for the back.

SANTA FE SOL: And The Hold Steady, a band from Brooklyn, brings its rock to Santa Fe Sol Stage and Grill at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.

The music website mxdwn.com said the group ” blew the crowd away the moment they stepped on the stage” at the recent XPoNential Festival in Philadelphia.

They’ll be bringing selections from their latest album, “Teeth Dreams.” A couple of years ago, they even performed a song with lyrics by local hero George R.R. Martin: “The Bear and the Maiden Fair.”

Gotta love the internal rhyme.

(AP Photo/LM Otero)

(AP Photo/LM Otero)

Tickets are $25 from ticketssantafe.org, 988-1234.

MOO, OINK: You can enjoy a little barnyard music this coming week with the Santa Fe County Fair.

The horse show will be Sunday, beginning at 8 a.m.

Check-in of exhibits starts on Monday and judging commences on Tuesday, with events running through the following Saturday.

There’s even a dance on Friday and Saturday nights, so head on down to the fairgrounds for some wholesome fun.


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