SANTA FE, N.M. — We’re kind of blown away by the cool mix of music on tap in Santa Fe this weekend and on.
Start out with singer-songwriter Greg Brown, who paints vivid images with simple words in a range of genres. He’ll be doing it 7:30 tonight at the St. Francis Auditorium at the New Mexico Museum of Art, 107 W. Palace Ave. ($29-$59, 800-838-3006, brownpapertickets.com).
Or you can head over to GiG Performance Space, 1808 Second St., at the same time and hear from AZA, a group that brings music from the High Atlas mountain region of Morocco, involving intricate string melodies, infectious rhythms and soaring vocals ($20 at the door).
The next night, GiG hosts Max Hatt and Edda Glass at 7:30 p.m. celebrating the release of their new album, “Ocean of Birds.” Their sound brings in an ethereal mix of jazz, Americana and a bit of bossa nova ($20 at the door).
And for a more muscular beat, check out TAO: Seventeen Samurai as costumes and choreography come together over taiko drumming. These musician-athletes are coming to the Lensic, 211 W. San Francisco St., at 7 p.m. Wednesday ($20-$55, 988-1234, ticketssantafe.org).
THE FOOL: Speaking of the Lensic, head over there at 7 p.m. Saturday and hear the story of King Lear as told through the point of view of the Fool. That’s the character who hangs out at Lear’s side and basically tells him how he’s messing up, but still isn’t able to derail the accelerating tragedy. He ends up unemployed, too.
Geoff Hoyle is presenting the one-man play, “Lear’s Shadow,” which he also wrote in collaboration with director David Ford ($15-$35, 988-1234, ticketssantafe.org).
THEATRICAL SNAPSHOTS: The Santa Fe University of Art and Design’s theater students launch their latest production this weekend, continuing into March 4-6, at the Greer Garson Theater with “Polaroid Stories.” This play by Naomi Iizuka has homeless youths telling their stories somewhat on the framework of Ovid’s “Metamorphoses.”
But don’t worry; you don’t have to know Greek myths to appreciate these tales, which Washington, D.C., theater critic Jon Boughtin wrote deliver “a gut-punch of love lost, violence, homelessness and addiction.”
Performances will be 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. on Sundays. Tickets are $15, $5 students and seniors, at the door or from ticketssantafe.org.