Night Wave Festival to Wash Over Downtown Santa Fe | - July 10, 2014

A weekend of late night shows and dance parties will reveal the demand for night time entertainment in downtown Santa Fe

It's common knowledge that downtown Santa Fe goes to sleep much earlier than most Santa Feans and visitors would prefer. There is a scarcity of late-night concerts, DJ sets and dance parties in the City Different, leaving night owls to mill around on the Plaza or simply head home, often earlier than anyone really wants to.

This is the argument being made by Meow Wolf's Vince Kadlubek and other organizers of Night Wave, a new three-night arts and entertainment festival that aims to demonstrate "a healthier and more vibrant night time economy in Santa Fe,” according to a Thursday press release.

Night Wave takes place the nights of July 31, August 1, and August 2 and has been proposed to be held at venues throughout San Francisco and Galisteo streets, according to the press release. The event will offer more than 16 different live shows and dance parties at various bars and venues, including local favorites like The Underground, Burro Alley Lounge, Evangelo’s, The Matador and The Palace. Skylight, the newest venue on the block, will also be hosting events in the space formerly occupied by Milagro 139, on 139 San Francisco Street.

Thursday, July 31 events include performances by local favorites P.F.F.P., Chango, Todd and the Fox and Hot Honey, as well as a heavy metal bill at the Underground, and karaoke at The Palace. Friday, August 1 is highlighted by performances at Skylight from Denver's Pictureplane, performance artist Mykki Blanco and Santa Fe's own DJ Dirt Girl. Saturday performances include a Mesa Recordings showcase, DJ Dynamite Sol and a Latin dance party with with DJ P.A. Trix. There are many other great performers slated to perform.

In 2013, a resolution was introduced that directed the city to explore the needs of Santa Fe’s night time economy. As part of that resolution, a $4,000 economic development grant was awarded to Night Wave to showcase what an improved night time economy could look like.