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Musical simplicity: Find it with Bob Schneider and J. Holiday; or check out Judy Collins in Santa Fe

Bob Schneider will unveil songs from his album “King Kong” at his show in Santa Fe.

Bob Schneider will unveil songs from his album “King Kong” at his show in Santa Fe.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Bob Schneider never wanted to go mainstream. Because of that, he feels like his music is really special.

“It’s like I belong to my fans,” he says during a recent phone interview from Austin. “They’ve discovered me on their own and it just adds another dynamic to the music. It’s a special relationship.”

Though Schneider never crossed over to mainstream, that doesn’t mean that he hasn’t found success.

Both as part of a band and now as a solo artist, Schneider says he likes to keep it all simple. This is the direction he’s going on with his new album, “King Kong.”

“I’m going back to my roots and crossing genres with the music,” he says. “I’m proud of this album and can’t wait for it to be out.”

Schneider is performing at Skylight Santa Fe on Nov. 21 and the Austin-based singer will unveil some of his new music. Read more on his new project.

J. Holiday is simple with his music. The R&B singer burst onto the music scene in 2007 and hasn’t looked back since. He’s currently touring in support of his album “Guilty Conscience,” which is his return to music after a five-year hiatus. He performs at The Stage at Santa Ana Star tonight.

Santa Fe is going to have a legend perform at the Lensic on Sunday, Nov. 16, when Judy Collins takes the stage. Collins made her debut in 1961 and has released more than 20 albums in her career. She’s a songwriter, performer and author. Read more about her projects.

As always, there are dining and movie reviews inside this edition of Venue, as well as more music and arts across the city.