SANTA FE, N.M. — Santa Fe Music Week, a collection of free and ticketed performances around town, returns starting Friday. The “week,” like last year’s inaugural event, is actually 11 days and features musical events, from Santa Fe Opera performances to big-name headliners like Ringo Starr to everyday live gigs at venues like Cowgirl and Meow Wolf. Every night, there will be a free musical act on Santa Fe Plaza or at the Railyard, among them Russian-American rock group Igor and the Red Elvises on the Santa Fe Bandstand Aug. 24 and Grammy-nominated blues artist Fantastic Negrito at the Railyard Plaza on Aug. 31. Mariachis will offer free performances downtown every afternoon. Annual events like the Platinum Music Awards, the Santa Fe Soul Festival and the Santa Fe Traditional Music Festival also fall during Music Week.
Starr and Grammy-winning country star Kacey Musgraves will perform at the Santa Fe Opera, but the shows are sold out. For a full list of dates and times, including daily concerts at participating establishments like La Fonda, Boxcar, Tumbleroot and other hot spots, as well as tickets, go to the Santa Fe Music Week page at santafe.org.
POET LAUREATE IN SF: Joy Harjo, an occasional New Mexico resident and now the nation’s first Native American poet laureate, will be in Santa Fe today for a reading from her latest book. The event, hosted by Collected Works Bookstore and the Institute of American Indian Arts’ Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, will be held at MoCNA, 108 Cathedral Place, from 1-3 p.m.
Harjo, who has won numerous national awards previously, was named poet laureate in June, is a graduate of IAIA and the University of New Mexico, and has been a professor at UNM. She currently lives in Tulsa.