2012 Santa Fe Reporter Arts Festival Features Music, Art and More

Editor - August 27, 2012

More than a dozen special events take place Sept. 12-23

Santa Fe’s only alternative weekly newspaper proudly presents the first-ever Santa Fe Reporter Arts Festival. From Sept. 12-23 the SFR Arts Festival encompasses 12 days of music, comedy, dance, visual arts, performing arts, parties, and a beer fest.

“This festival marks an unprecedented collaboration between music promoters including Heath Concerts, T-Cubed, Meow Wolf, and Team Everything” says Andy Dudzik, publisher of the Santa Fe Reporter.

The Santa Fe Reporter Arts Festival is the first major music festival in Santa Fe’s recent history to target a younger, culturally progressive demographic. The festival builds on the recent successes of the SXSF Transit Music Festival (which catches mid-level touring bands on their way to SXSW in Austin) and last year’s inaugural AHA Fest (which featured dozens of young, local artists and musicians in the Railyard), both of which have proved that there is a hungry and growing audience for hipper, edgier music events in Santa Fe.

The Santa Fe Reporter Arts Festival is coming out of the gate at a massive scale, filling the biggest venues in town with world-famous artists (headliners Wilco and Henry Rollins are both Grammy award winners) while still making room for up-and-coming sensations such as Passion Pit (named the #1 must- see band of 2012 by NPR) and Big Freedia (an innovator of the New Orleans bounce music scene).

The second annual AHA Fest will remain as a centerpiece, maintaining a platform for local artists and musicians within the pandemonium of the 12-day, city-wide event.

The Santa Fe Reporter Arts Festival also includes a beer festival, Art of the Brew, which will give locals a chance to sample some of the newest and most innovative beers created by New Mexico’s best local breweries.

“Meow Wolf is psyched about this opportunity to bring in such a diverse collection of artists.” says booking coordinator Vince Kadlubek.

Tickets for all events are currently on sale. For a directory of events and ticket purchasing information, please visit

Schedule of Events:

9/12  Passion Pit @ Santa Fe Convention Center

9/13  Art of The Brew - SFR Beer Fest @ The Farmers Market Pavilion

9/15  Heartless Bastards and Bob Log III @ The Railyard

9/16  AHA Fest @ The Railyard

9/18  Wilco and Jonathan Richman @ The Santa Fe Opera

9/19  Rodney Crowell @ Santa Fe Sol

9/19  Mike Birbiglia @ The Lensic

9/20  MIX @ Molly's (RE:MIKE Kickoff Party)

9/21  DiLo @ Rouge Cat

9/21 Hawk & A Hacksaw with Cloacas @ CinemaCafe

9/21  Fusion Theater presents ‘Other Desert Cities’ @ The Lensic

9/22  Henry Rollins @ Santa Fe Sol

9/22  Big Freedia @ Stats Nightclub

9/23  Nils Frahm @ O’Shaughnessy Performance Space (SFUAD)/a>

Passion Pit

Presented by Meow Wolf, T-Cubed, and The Santa Fe Reporter at The Santa Fe Convention Center Wednesday, September 12, 7 p.m. $29 Pre-Sale/$32 at the door
Kick-off Party for The Santa Fe Reporter Arts Festival

Tickets Available at The Lensic Box Office or

Coming off the phenomenal success of their debut album, Passion Pit has quickly emerged as one of the fastest rising bands in pop music. Their sophomore effort, Gossamer, has been heralded by the music community as one of the best albums of 2012, combining confessional and poetic lyrics with an eclectic, and catchy electro-infused sound. Passion Pit recently headlined Lollapalooza in Chicago, and was named the #1 Must-See Band of 2012 by NPR.

Passion Pit will be performing at The Santa Fe Convention Center on Wednesday, September 12 as the kick-off party for The Santa Fe Reporter Arts Fest. Doors will open at 7 p.m. Tickets are on sale now at or at The Lensic Box Office. $29 pre-sale/$32 at the door.

Rolling Stone Review

Pitchfork Review

Art of The Brew 2012

Pesented by The Santa Fe Reporter Thursday, September 13 at The Farmers Market Pavillion 5-9 p.m.

$15 presale/$20 at the door

Tickets Available at

Come sample an assortment of new and exciting beers from your favorite local breweries, with free tastings, locally made snacks, music, fun and friends at Art of The Brew 2012,The Santa Fe Reporter’s first annual beer festival! With participating restaurants Cowgirl BBQ and Junction Restaurant!

Art of The Brew 2012 will be held at The Farmers Market Pavillion on Thursday, September 13 from 5-9p.m. Tickets for this event are available at the earlybird rate of $15 at

Participating Breweries:

Santa Fe Brewing Co., Second Street Brewery, Marble Brewery, Blue Corn Café and Brewery Rio Grande Brewing Co., Sierra Blanca Brewing Co., Monks' Ale

Participating Restaurants: Cowgirl BBQ and Junction

Heartless Bastards and special guest Bob Log III

Presented by Heath Concerts Saturday, Sept. 15 at The Railyard Plaza 6 p.m.

Free Admission!

Heath Concerts and T-Cubed Productions are proud to bring another free concert to Santa Fe’s Railyard Plaza, featuring two headlining acts - Heartless Bastards and Bob Log III. The show will be held at the water tower next to Second Street Brewery on Saturday, September 15 from 6- 10 p.m.

Heartless Bastards

Anchored by the powerful vocals and incisive songwriting of Erika Wennerstrom, the Heartless Bastards are a roots rock band whose tough, emotionally resonant music incorporates elements of blues, hard rock, garage punk and country as filtered through tales of a hardscrabble life lived in the American Midwest.

The Heartless Bastards Official Website

Bob Log III

Tucson, AZ-based blues-punk primitive Bob Log III first surfaced a member of the art-noise group Mondo Guano, later serving as one half of the duo Doo Rag. While appearing in support of Ween, Doo Rag percussionist Thermos Malling abruptly quit the tour, leaving Log to finish out the remaining dates as a solo act; wearing his now-trademark motorcycle helmet onstage for protection from crowds, he proceeded to hone a cacophonous, Delta blues-inspired noise distinguished by Latin-styled drum machine beats and vocals processed through telephone microphones.

presented by The After Hours Alliance

Sunday, September 16 11a.m.-9.p.m.
At The Railyard Plaza and Park Free Admission!!

The second annual AHA Fest will take place in the Railyard on Sunday, September 16, 2012. Last year's event drew over 2000 people to The Railyard, and AHA is working to make this one-day celebration of local, progressive artists and musicians even bigger.

The festival is free to the public and will run from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., with five stages of music including stages curated by Team Everything, High Mayhem, and Warehouse 21. Additional participants will include Meow Wolf, Squirrel Mart, Axle Contemporary, and Meow Wolf Publishing as well as over 50 artists and musicians.

Artists and performers were selected through an application process that took place in early July. "We were really excited because this year we got a huge increase in applications over last year," says Shannon Murphy, festival organizer. "It's clear that we'll need to be prepared to expand the festival every year in order to accommodate all of the talented people that want to participate."

Check on Wednesday, August 22 for a current list of participating artists.

Wilco w/ special guest Jonathan Richman

presented by

Heath Concerts Tuesday, September 18 at The Santa Fe Opera Doors at 7 p.m.

For Tickets Call The Opera Box Office at 505-986-5900

(Santa Fe, NM) Heath Concerts is proud to bring Wilco and special guest Jonathan Richman to the legendary Santa Fe Opera on Tuesday, September 18th as part of The Santa Fe Reporter Arts Festival! Doors will open at 7:00pm, and tickets are available through The Santa Fe Opera box office, 505-986- 5900.


Wilco finally returns to Santa Fe in a HUGE way at the stunningly beautiful world renowned Santa Fe Opera in support of their Grammy nominated release The Whole Love. The band’s reputation as a
live powerhouse continues to grow: “Wilco’s new millennial emergence as an avant-garde Americana juggernaut now grooves a newfound equilibrium. Never has this band been so comfortable and confident live.... These boys, often in a three-guitar front line (hello Skynyrd), live to make noise...” – Austin Chronicle

Singer, songwriter and guitarist Jeff Tweedy formed Wilco in the mid-1990’s. The Whole Love is the third album by the band’s current lineup, which solidified in 2004 when guitarist Nels Cline and guitarist/ keyboardist Patrick Sansone joined Tweedy, founding bassist John Stirratt, drummer Glenn Kotche and keyboardist Mikael Jorgensen. Together, they released Sky Blue Sky in 2007 and the Grammy- nominatedWilco (The Album) in 2009. Wilco has won Grammy Awards for its 2004 release A Ghost is Born in the Best Alternative Album and Best Recording Package categories.

Wilco's Official Site

Jonathan Richman

In 1970, Jonathan Richman founded The Modern Lovers, an influential proto-punk band. Since the mid- 1970s, Richman has worked either solo or with low-key, generally acoustic backing. He is known for his wide-eyed, unaffected and child-like outlook, and music that, while rooted in rock and roll, often draws on influences from around the world.

Rodney Crowell & His Band

Presented by Southwest Roots Music Wednesday, Sept. 19 at Santa Fe Sol Doors at 7:30 p.m.
$29 Admission

Tickets Available at Lensic Box Office, or online at

Southwest Roots Music is excited bring Rodney Crowell & His Band to Santa Fe Sol on Wednesday, September 19 as part of The Santa Fe Reporter Arts Festival! Doors open at 7:30 p.m., tickets are on sale now through

Rodney Crowell

Rodney Crowell, a Grammy-winning songwriter, producer, and artist, brings poetry and earthy tautness to the soundtrack of people in the cracks. Born in Houston, his songwriting led him to Nashville, where Emmylou Harris heard the young writer's songs. Crowell soon became a potent alchemic property in the sound the queen of hippie country was conjuring. It was only a matter of time until Crowell struck out on his own, producing Rosanne Cash's seminal Seven Year Ache, which marked a new wave in country, and providing hits for Bob Seger, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, and Waylon Jennings, among others.

Crowell's own albums established a benchmark of what was possible in the ground between Ray Price, Hank Williams and the Rolling Stones — Johnny Cash and Elvis. Diamonds & Dirt, considered the definitive album of the new traditionalist movement, was country's first album to yield five #1 hits. His acclaimed autobiographical album, The Houston Kid, marked a landmark for Crowell as he broke free from the constraints of writing songs for commercial radio, shifting his focus instead to crafting and recording music that reflected a new chapter in his life and career. Crowell’s memoir, Chinaberry Sidewalks, was published by Knopf in 2011.

Mike Birbiglia’s My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend Directed by Seth Barrish and presented by Jade Presents

Wednesday, Sept. 19 at The Lensic
Doors at 8 p.m.
$35 Admission

(Santa Fe,NM) Jade Presents... welcomes comedian and performer Mike Birbiglia to Santa Fe on Wednesday, Sept.19th at The Lensic Performance Space as part of The Santa Fe Reporter Arts Festival! Tickets are $35and available through The Lensic box office or online at

Mike Birbiglia

Mike Birbiglia is a comedian, writer and actor best known for his award-winning off-Broadway hits Sleepwalk with Me and My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend. Mike has starred in three Comedy Central Specials, released three hit CDs for Comedy Central Records,Two Drink Mike, Sleepwalk With Me Live, and My Secret Public Journal Live, which was named one of the “Best Comedy Albums of the Decade” by The Onion AV Club. Birbiglia also makes regular appearances on The Bob & Tom Show and on Public Radio International’s This American Life.

Mike’s literary debut, Sleepwalk With Me and Other Painfully True Stories, was a New York Times bestseller and a finalist for the Thurber Prize for American Humor.

My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend

In Mike Birbiglia’s My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend, Mike shares a lifetime of romantic blunders and miscues that most adults would spend a lifetime trying to forget. On this painfully honest and hysterical journey, Birbiglia struggles to find reason in an area where it may be impossible to find — love.

Winner of the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Solo Show, “My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend” was nominated for both the Drama Desk and the Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Solo Performance. Time Out New York gave the show 4 stars, calling Mike a “seasoned pro” who “balances punch lines and pathos.” The New York Times called the show “ridiculously enjoyable” and it was selected as a Critic’s Pick by The New York Times, Time Out New York, and New York Magazine.

Now, after receiving critical acclaim in Australia, Canada and London, and completing a successful 15- week run in New York City, Mike Birbiglia performs his hit show at world-class performing arts centers across America.

Mix at Molly’s: RE:MIKE Kickoff Party

Presented by Mix Santa Fe Thursday, Sept. 20 at Molly’s Kitchen and Lounge, 1611 Calle Lorca  6- 8 p.m.
Free Admission!!

Mix Santa Fe is excited to kickoff the RE:MIKE Weekend with Mix at Molly’s on Thursday, Sept. 20 at Molly’s Kitchen and Lounge! The young-professionals networking party will begin at 6pm and kickoff a re:envisioning of the St. Michaels corridor that will continue through the weekend.


RE:MIKE is a celebration of the past, present and future of Santa Fe’s St. Michael’s Drive, its extended corridor and the surrounding neighborhoods.

It’s a partnership led by The City of Santa Fe, MIX Santa Fe, The Chamber of Commerce, The Santa Fe Art Institute, The Story of Place Institute, Creative Santa Feand a host of public and private collaborators whose stories and involvement will be unveiled here over the coming months.

The process is to recognize the history of the area, identify its assets, determine what’s missing and reveal the potential. All of these aspects and ideas will be represented in a participatory festival-style public event on September 21, 22 & 23: A pop-up previtalization of Central Santa Fe.

The process will lead to short-, mid- and long-term outcome projects. These outcome projects will be identified by community buy-in, attainability, responsible financing and phasing, return-on-investment potential and impact on quality of life. 

Additional outcomes will include form-based code recommendations for the implementation of a zoning overlay, input into best practices for legal guidelines around temporary and pop-up projects and establishments and a full report on the process, engagement levels and data collected.

A final outcome should be a recognizable sense of identity for this important area of central Santa Fe. This identity will congeal from key historic factors and characteristics that correspond to core residential and business values along with creative, entrepreneurial and innovative potential.

Of great importance is that outcome projects and identity be structured so as to balance new vitality and economic opportunity with sense of place and people that ensures new development and inevitable future transitions not lead to displacement of established residents and businesses and that the negative effects of gentrification be mitigated.

Website and More Info


presented by Team Everything Friday, Sept. 21st at The Rouge Cat

Doors at 9cp.m. $10 Admission

Team Everything is excited to bring Dilo to The Rouge Cat on Friday,September 21 as part of The Santa Fe Reporter Arts Fesival. Hailing from Buenos Aires, and currently rooted in his temporary home of choice, Berlin, two of the craziest and most vibrant music cities, Dilo is known for his eclectic and exquisite taste in audio. His productions that sound like crystalline experimental techno & house are, quite simply put, some of the most marvelous releases around, and as part of the smooth sounding ice cream pop band Monotax he's done an incredible job to get electronic music lovers into live band formats again.

In 2009 releases his debut album "Waheira" (on his own label Igloo-Rec), including the beatport top 10 song "Waheira" and hitting the De-Bug Magazine chart at number 2. At the end of 2010 is out a massive double release with remixes of his album featuring Mark Henning, Agaric, Kate Simko, Someone Else, From Karaoke To Stardom, Elon and many more.

Dilo is currently finishing his new album "Ethereal.

Fusion Theater’s Other Desert Cities

resented by The Lensic Friday, Sept. 21 at The Lensic
8 p.m.
$20-$40 Admission (Students $10)

The Lensic brings exciting, new theater to Santa Fe for the Santa Fe Reporter Arts Festival! Friday, September 21 at The Lensic! tickets range from $20 to $40, with special $10 tickets for students. Performance begins at 8 p.m.

Straight from its highly successful run at Lincoln Center, Other Desert Cities won the Drama League Award for Distinguished Play, was named Outstanding New Off-Broadway Play by the Outer Critics Circle, and was a 2012 Pulitzer Prize finalist. Baitz (“The Substance of Fire,” “A Fair Country”) presents a finely crafted drama focusing on a young novelist returning to her Palm Springs family home as she announces a completed memoir and her desire to unlock the lives they once had. As in all desert lands, mirage can transfix and trick the inhabitants and as the heat gives way, reality comes into sharp and unrelenting focus. The inaugural production of the 2012-13 season is directed by Gil Lazier (FUSION’s God of Carnage, August: Osage County, How the Other Half Loves and Parlour Song).

A Hawk and A Hacksaw’s ‘Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors’

Presented by Meow Wolf and MIX’s RE:MIKE Project Friday, Sept. 21 at CinemaCafe, 1616 St.Michaels Drive Doors at 7 p.m.

Free Admission!

Meow Wolf is proud to present a rare and unique performance by one of Santa Fe’s favorite bands, A Hawk and A Hacksaw!

In partnership with QU Junktions and The Russian film council, A Hawk and A Hacksaw will be performing a live music score to Sergei Paradjanov's classic 1964 film "Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors." on Friday, September 21 at CinemaCafe! Admission is FREE as part of Mix Santa Fe’s RE:MIKE festivities. RE:MIKE is a weekend envisioning of what St.Michaels Drive might feel like if treated as an arts & culture district.

Screencap from film:

More on A Hawk and A Hacksaw’s special performance:

The idea is not to accompany a silent film but to work with the existing dialogue and score to create a new blend of live music and prerecorded sound that accompanies, comments on, and sometimes overtakes the original soundtrack and dialogue. The border between live instrumentation and film score becomes blurred, just as Paradjanov's film masks the boundaries between realism and magic.

"The whole audience was enraptured and you were only reminded that the marching drums or whirligig accordion was being played live by the modest movements at the periphery of the stage, a perfect marriage that floated and raged like Marichka’s body in the undertow." Kollectivnye

"The sheer brilliance of the live soundtrack overruled any disturbance, and it was easy to see why HAAH were drawn to such a diverse project; not only is their style near-matchless, but it seems a fine match only for a film so deeply rooted in archaic folklore and the passionately dark human spirit." -The Flaneur

Henry Rollins: Capitalism

Presented by Santa Fe Sol

Saturday, Sept. 22 at Santa Fe Sol
$20 Admission

Tickets available at

Santa Fe Sol is excited to announce that Henry Rollins Capitalism tour will be coming to Santa Fe Sol on September 22 as part of The Santa Fe Reporter’s Art Festival! Tickets are $20, on sale now through

For better than a quarter century, Rollins has toured the world as a spoken word artist, as frontman for both Rollins Band and Black Flag and – without a microphone – as a solitary traveler with insatiable curiosity bypassing the resorts in favor of places like Siberia and Senegal, or Burma and Bangladesh. When he’s not living out of a backpack, Rollins is constantly at work as an actor, radio DJ, author of more than 20 books, and running his publishing company and record label 2.13.61. Henry currently hosts a weekly radio show on L.A.’s renowned NPR affiliate KCRW, is a regular columnist for LA Weekly, and is hosting National Geographic’s new three-part series Animal Underworld With Henry Rollins, following of a pair of Nat Geo television specials in late 2010 and early 2011.

Rollins’ Live Performance

Described by the New York Daily News as “some of the most provocative chit-chat around,” Henry’s spoken word performances – “talking shows,” as he calls them – are a seamless (yet seemingly extemporaneous) mix of humor and outrage; pop culture, political commentary and personal anecdote; healthy skepticism and rugged optimism.

Big Freedia ‘The Queen Diva of Bounce’

Presented by Meow Wolf and T-Cubed Productions Saturday, September 22 At STATS Nightclub, 135 West Palace Ave. $15 admission

Tickets available at The Lensic Box office or

The Queen Diva of New Orleans Bounce music is bringing her a$$-shaking live show to Santa Fe as part of The Santa Fe Reporter Arts Festival! Big Freedia and her luscious back-up dancers will transform STATS Nightclub, 135 West Palace Avenue, into a booty-jigglin’ party of legendary proportion!

Big Freedia Official music Video

NYTimes Article examining Bounce

An Evening with Nils Frahm (solo pianist from Berlin, DE- New Mexico Debut)

Presented by Team Everything in conjunction with the Contemporary Music Program at SFUAD As the closing event of the Santa Fe Reporter Arts Festival Sunday, September 23 at 7p.m. @ O'Shaughnessy Performance Space in Benildus Hall on SFUAD campus $15, free for SFUAD students All Ages

Team Everything and The Contemporary Music Program at SFUAD are honored to bring you An Evening with Nils Frahm at the O'Shaughnessy Performance Space. Nils Frahm is perhaps the most dynamic solo performer alive For today. Bio and Photo links below.

Bio: Nils Frahm, born on September 20th 1982, had an early introduction to music. During his childhood he was taught to play piano by Nahum Brodski – a student of the last scholar of Tschaikowski. It was through this that Nils began to immerse himself in the styles of the classical pianists before him as well as contemporary composers.

Today Nils Frahm works as an accomplished composer and producer from his Berlin-based Durton Studio, where he has worked and collaborated with many contemporaries such as Peter Broderick, Ólafur Arnalds, Anne Müller, Deaf Center, Efterklang and Dustin O’Halloran amongst other fellow musicians. His unconventional approach to an age-old instrument, played contemplatively and intimately, has won him many fans around the world.

For a musician this early in his career, Frahm displays an incredibly developed sense of control and restraint in his work, catching the ear of many fans including Thom Yorke, who featured one of Nils’ songs in Radiohead’s HQ office chart. As the recognition continues to grow for his previous solo piano works 'Wintermusik' (2009) and ‘The Bells’ (2009), October 10th 2011 saw the release of his most acclaimed album to date: 'Felt'.

Having recorded his last album live in a large, reverberant church, Nils Frahm now invites you to put on your headphones and dive into a world of microscopic and delicate sounds – so intimate that you could be sitting beside

Recorded late at night in the reflective solitude and silence of his studio in Berlin, Frahm uncovers a new sound and source of inspiration within these peaceful moments:

'Originally I wanted to do my neighbours a favour by damping the sound of my piano. If I want to play piano during the quiet of the night, the only respectful way is by layering thick felt in front of the strings and using very gentle fingers. It was then that I discovered that my piano sounds beautiful with the damper.’

Captivated by this sonic exposition, he placed the microphones so deep inside the piano that they were almost touching the strings. This brought a host of external sounds to the recordings which most producers would try their hardest to hide:

‘I hear myself breathing and panting, the scraping sound of the piano's action and the creaking of my wooden floorboards – all equally as loud as the music. The music becomes a contingency, a chance, an accident within all this rustling. My heart opens and I wonder what exactly it is that makes me feel so happy.’