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The Crawdaddy Blues Fest is coming to Madrid this weekend.

The Crawdaddy Blues Fest is coming to Madrid this weekend.

Party, party, party is the theme for this weekend with food, music and lowriders waiting for you both in Santa Fe and not too far away.

First, don’t forget Lowrider Day on the Plaza, when you can head downtown from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday and soak up some cherry styling on well-loved vehicles.

It’s free to look – but be wary of some very expensive revisions you might be inspired to launch on your own ride.

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If Cajun and crawfish is more to your taste, head on down to the Crawdaddy Blues Fest at the Mine Shaft Tavern in Madrid. Three stages will be throbbing with tunes from local and visiting bands from noon-7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Tickets are $15 per day or $25 for both days, available through ticketssantafe.org. See crawdaddybluesfest.com for a band line-up.

The Outside Bike & Brews Festival also will bring concerts, with Con Brio tonight and The Lonely Wild Saturday. A $25 weekend concert pass (outsidesantafe.com) gives you entry to both at a stage set up in Santa Fe’s Fort Marcy Park.

A Nicolai Fechin portrait of Mabel Dodge Luhan. (Courtesy of the Harwood Museum of Art)

A Nicolai Fechin portrait of Mabel Dodge Luhan. (Courtesy of the Harwood Museum of Art)

OPENINGS: A bunch of new museum exhibitions are opening their doors this weekend, too, led by “Mabel Dodge Luhan & Company: American Moderns and the West” debuting Sunday up at the Harwood Museum of Art in Taos.

It will focus on how the hostess with the mostest influenced the art movement both by bringing creative people together and attracting many of them to the stark landscapes of the Southwest.

Closer to home “Finding a Contemporary Voice: The Legacy of Lloyd Kiva New and IAIA” opens 5:30-7:30 p.m. today at the Museum of Art, 107 W. Palace Ave., with artworks made by faculty and alumni at the Institute of American Indian Arts. At the same time, the museum’s “Con Cariño: Artists Inspired by Lowriders” also will open.

Music giant Taj Mahal.

Music giant Taj Mahal.

MORE MUSIC … AND TAP: The Taj Mahal Trio will get down with blues and roots music – and probably more – in a benefit concert for KSFR radio 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Santa Fe Farmers Market Pavilion, 1607 Paseo de Peralta.

This 21+ show includes beer, wine and hard cider. Tickets are $38-$79 (brownpapertickets.com).

And jazz and tap dancing fill the bill 4 p.m. Sunday at the Lensic Performing Arts Center, 211 W. San Francisco St., when dancer Savion Glover teams up with the Jack DeJohnette Quartet. Tickets are $27-$100, available through ticketssantafe.org or by calling 988-1234.

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