SANTA FE, N.M. — Jamie Lenfestey, who has served as executive director of Heath Concerts for the past four years, has announced that he is leaving Heath to join Albuquerque’s AMP Concerts, a nonprofit presenter of world, eclectic and other kinds music events.
As of today, Lenfestey is director of AMP Santa Fe where he will continue to book and produce concerts and events in Santa Fe but now under the auspices of AMP Concerts. It’s the first time one music promotion entity will have offices in both cities.
A news release says that with Lenfestey working with AMP executive director Neal Copperman in Albuquerque, “AMP looks to better serve New Mexico music fans and grow the concert scene of both communities as we look at opportunities in both Santa Fe and Albuquerque as a unified whole. The Heath Foundation will retain Heath Concerts but their focus has turned to their efforts with the exciting Heath Sun project, seeking to Solarize Santa Fe by 2025.”
At AMP, Lenfestey and Cooperman will continue Santa Fe’s free Railyard Concert and movie series this summer. Their upcoming shows include Parker Millsap at Skylight April 28 and Counting Crows and Citizen Cope at the Downs of Santa Fe Sept. 17.
Lenfestey, who formerly produced major music events in Santa Fe for 20 years with his own Fan Man Productions, said in the news release:
“Thanks to all of you for all your support over the years! My personal thanks to the Heath Foundation for the opportunities it afforded me to serve Santa Fe and it’s continued support. My best wishes for their continued success with their future endeavors, particularly Heath Sun! I look forward to future collaborations as I embrace the opportunity to work with Neal to make even more music happen in the city I love!”
Copperman said, “This is an exciting opportunity for us. Jamie has been a role model, mentor and collaborator for years. We’ve worked together for a long time and officially teaming up seemed like the logical next step. It turns us from slightly competitive allies into a coherent team that can focus on making a unified difference in New Mexico. We already each work very hard in our own communities. This will be a chance for us to share our strengths between both cities and hopefully provide more exciting opportunities for both of our communities.”
The release said AMP “will be rolling out an exciting mix of new shows at beloved Santa Fe venues The Lensic, Santa Fe Opera, Skylight, Sol Santa Fe and The Downs of Santa Fe, and AMP will continue to present regular programs in Albuquerque too. We anticipate more bands performing in both cities as well as shows alternating between cities over the years.”