View From the Plaza

Romantic Rockin’ Robert Cray

Nothing accompanies the bright, New Mexican stars and a cool evening breeze better than the original music of bluesman, Robert Cray.  Last night, I enjoyed the five-time Grammy Award winner’s unique rhythms and distinctive voice at the Santa Fe Brewing Company – a new venue for me – and was not disappointed.

The casual outdoor stage, reminiscent of a Caribbean beach shack adorned with rainbow lights, is a refreshingly different display than one typically encounters in the city, Santa Fe.   Upon arrival, we joined the mellow crowd and situated ourselves on the comfortable, padded chairs provided by the brewery.  Cocktail servers maintained a constant flow of great beer and food throughout the evening; combined with Cray’s fluid guitar and crowd pleasing songs such as, Smoking Gun, the night was a hit.  Though Cray never played my personal favorite, Don’t be Afraid of the Dark, I left the Santa Fe Brewing Company thankful for the opportunity to experience his music in the open-air.  It is fabulous, with the Paolo Soleri still closed, new music venues are popping up to keep Santa Feans plugged into talented live music acts.

Photo from performance at Lucca Summer Festival, Lucca, Italy


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