The Sound of Summer

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Dear Friends,

Proximity may be one reason La Fonda has supported the Santa Fe Bandstand since it started bringing music to the Plaza in 2003—right in our front yard. But it’s also because the Bandstand represents so much of what we love about the City Different. Check out the atmosphere at any show—there’s one nearly every summer night between Tuesday and Saturday—and you’ll see what I mean. Old folks, young folks, locals, visitors, dogs, picnics, and people of all ages inspired to get up and boogie, from two-step to salsa to hippie twirl. There’s an intimacy with the musicians that you just don’t find at most outdoor concerts.

            Two Steppin' at the Santa Fe Bandstand

                            Santa Fe Bandstand

Organizer Michael Dellheim says it’s because music is the great equalizer. And because it’s free and public, there aren’t the usual barriers to jumping in and having fun. In 2003 the city asked the nonprofit Outside In to help bring music downtown, using its experience providing bands for prisons, nursing homes, shelters, and other places where people lack access to the arts.

That most people don’t realize is that Bandstand is still run by just one guy—Outside In founder David Lescht originally, and his friend Michael Dellheim after David’s sudden death in 2012. The city pays only about a third of what it costs to produce the concerts; the rest comes through donations and businesses sponsoring individual concerts. This year La Fonda is a platinum sponsor of Bandstand, covering one of the bigger national acts: phenomenal blues musician Marcia Ball on Friday, August 11. We see it as a great way to sponsor the kind of world-class acts that make our city a mecca for the arts, as well as support the local musicians who play in our lounge, many of whom play Bandstand. We even send out coolers of ice water every night to keep their whistles wet!

Marcia Ball

Bandstand often gets chosen for the Santa Fe Reporter’s annual “Best of Santa Fe” reader survey, and we are thrilled to join them this year as winners for Best Lodging—a local stamp of approval that none of us take lightly. Santa Feans know their stuff!

See you at the show,

Jennifer Lea Kimball

Detours at La Fonda:  Stop By for Our August Trunk Shows

Milagros by Gracie - August 5th, 11am to 5pm

Milagros are charms commonly found in Central and South America and thought to bring protection and good luck to those who carry them. They often take the form of something related to their purpose-animals for livestock or fertility, various body parts for illness, hearts to represent love. Clare Kunkel and Caitlin Kaulas will be bringing in jewelry designed and handcrafted in Jalapa, Guatemala. Each piece features a pure silver element with the fingerprint of the artisan who made it; these fingerprint milagros represent the individuality of each life economically empowered by support. Milagros jewelry is meant to be worn in layers, stacked or singly, each handcrafted design is unique. Milagros combines uncoated, vegetable-dyed leather with semi-precious stones and pure silver (.999) to create designs that transition easily, dressed up or down, and worn day or night.

Indian Market Weekend

J. Michel Rosetta - Santo Domingo/Kewa Pueblo - August 16th - August 21st, 9am to 6pm

Native art is naturally the theme for Indian Market week (third week in August) in Detours! Long-time designer and trader J. Michael Rosetta of Santo Domingo/Kewa Pueblo will be featuring an eclectic collection of jewelry from the old Kingman Mine in Arizona featuring artist Shirley Coriz, a traditional jeweler from Santo Domingo. These are one-of-a-kind statement pieces with an Old World look from the 1960s and ’70s, including rings, bracelets, necklaces (and squash blossom necklaces), and slab earrings. Stop in to meet J. Michael and Shirley from 9am to 6pm, Wednesday, Aug. 16 through Monday, Aug. 21, to view this extraordinary collection.

Also during Indian Market, in our lower gallery, we’ll be featuring a collection of Pendleton Blankets, including new 2017 artists along with tried-and-true favorites. Each year Pendleton works with some of the finest American artists, who inspire new designs based on their own traditions and point of view. The results are woven on the mill’s Jacquard looms in Pendleton, Oregon, expanding a tradition that began with the first blankets in 1909.

Recipe For Adventure

Cucumber-Tomatillo Gazpacho Yields 1 quart or 4 servings

A cool, green zingy soup that’s perfect for tomatillo season and a hot, summer day; pack it in a thermos on ice and take it picnicking or to the lake. Green Zebra heirloom tomatoes can be used in place of the tomatillos for a less tangy flavor.


½ ounce jalapeno, minced

8 ounces tomatillos, diced

4 ounces cucumber, peeled, seeded and diced

4 ounces green bell pepper, seeded and diced

1 bunch green onions, thin sliced

12 ounces plain Greek yogurt

1 ounce fresh lime juice

2 ounces bread, we use old telera bread here at La Fonda

Kosher salt and white pepper to taste

Olive oil to garnish


Mix all ingredients in blender until smooth, refrigerate for at least 8 hours before eating.

Served in chilled bowls. Garnish with chopped tomatillo and diced cucumber.

Live at La Fonda

The band name Boomroots stands for the boom of hip-hop and the roots of reggae, says bandleader Mark Ortiz, and came about through the marriage of his hip-hop band and the reggae music of Albert Zalma, a.k.a. Aezrock, in 2010. “It’s a fusion of both kinds of music, and we slide in a little funk and put our own twist on it,” says Ortiz, a.k.a. Circumference 360. He says the band has been described as “Jamaican funk with New Mexican soul.”

Other band members include Mister Kali on vocals, John Simmons on bass, Rama Kim Furst on guitar, Bob Witsenhausen on drums, and DJ Sol Bentley on turntables and vocals. Ortiz plays rhythm and lead guitar, turntables, and vocals, and Zalma covers keyboard, ukulele, and vocals. Much of their music is original, though they also put their personal twist on familiar tunes. Debuting at La Fiesta Lounge last fall, the guys have attracted a diverse crowd ranging from their local fan base to visitors of all ages, many of whom get up and dance in true La Fiesta tradition.

“La Fonda is a historic part of Santa Fe,” Ortiz says, noting that his family has musical roots in Northern New Mexico. “My grandparents had a band called Los Nativos that performed at Fiestas and Spanish Market. I am honored to carry on our family tradition.”

Catch The Boomroots Collective in La Fiesta Lounge on Aug. 4 and 5, as well as on Facebook and YouTube.

It's a Good Time To...

Highlights of the 96th annual Santa Fe Indian Market (Aug. 19-20) include the Best of Show luncheon ceremony at the Convention Center (Aug. 18), and the high fashion show and Live Auction and Gala at La Fonda (Aug. 19). Down in the Railyard Art District, El Museo Cultural hosts the Objects of Art show, featuring art, furniture, books, fashion, jewelry, and textiles (Aug. 10-13), as well as the Antique American Indian Art Show (Aug. 15-18).

Indian Market Fashion Show

Antique American Indian Art Show

Complementing Indian Market are the annual Whitehawk show (Aug. 11-14) of antique and tribal art from around the world, at the Convention Center, and the Zuni Show (Aug. 19-20) at the Scottish Rite Temple. This year’s Zuni show will have an outdoor presence as well as dancers performing throughout the show.

Whitehawk Show

Zuni Show


Shops at La Fonda

In an effort to keep you updated on all the exciting events in our Shops at La Fonda, we have added this section to our newsletter featuring some of the special activities taking place in August.

  • Gaea and Mama’s Minerals: Starting in August, La Fonda’s premiere galleries for minerals, fossils, beads, and home décor will harness the metaphysical powers of stones with Gem-Infused Water! Customers will be treated to a glass of gem-infused water to support their mind, body, & spirit. The cleansing powers of these gemstones also provide softer texture and cleaner taste to the water. Feel refreshed while shopping for that unique piece to enlighten your home.

  • Photogenesis Gallery: Famed Laguna Pueblo photographer, Lee Marmon, will be in the gallery Saturday, August 19th from 12pm to 4pm. Lee is globally recognized for his prolific and distinguished black-and-white portraits of his tribal elders with one of his most notable works being, “White Man’s Moccasins” and "Eagle Dancers", which can be seen in La Fonda, next to the Terrace elevator. READ MORE

Eagle Dancers

White Man's Moccasins

  • Rocki Gorman: Indian Market brings a new collection to Rocki Gorman’s store all weekend and, to celebrate, there will be an open house Thursday, August 17th, from 5pm – 8pm with catering by La Fonda on the Plaza. Also, Lisa Rutherford, a well-known Cherokee potter, will be displaying her beautiful work on Rocki’s patio.

Lisa Rutherford

o Stop in to see the classic silversmith work of Randall Moore at his trunk show, Saturday, August 12th, Noon to 6:00 PM.   

o To kick off Indian Market, the shop will host an Artist Reception for Chris Pruitt and Pat Pruitt on Thursday, August 17th from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM. Pat’s work can also be seen in La Fonda, as he designed the gate at the entrance to La Fiesta, directly across from Tom Taylor.

Chris Pruitt

Pat Pruitt 


On Friday August 18th from 1:00 PM to 5 PM, The shop will be hosting an Artist Meet and Greet. Stop by and meet some of the many artists that craft one-of-a kind leather goods, belt buckles and stunning jewelry.

Out & About

El Rancho de las Golondrinas living history museum hosts back-to-back festivals in summer, from the New Mexico Food Fest (Aug. 5-6) to a nostalgic chuckwagon dinner at the ranch on Aug. 18, before the Adventures in Territorial New Mexico fest (Aug. 19-20). The Fiesta de los Niños (Sept. 2-3) is followed by the 10th annual Santa Fe Renaissance Fair (Sept. 16-17) and Harvest Festival (Sept. 30-Oct. 1). The ranch south of town is also the site for UnifyFest (Sept. 1-3), a New Age gathering over Labor Day weekend.

Fiesta de los Niños

Santa Fe Renaissance Fair

Harvest Festival

The New Mexico Gay Rodeo comes to the rodeo grounds Aug. 11-14. And the City Different really is, since it holds its pride parade in the fall (Sept. 15-17). A Santa Fe tradition, the Buckaroo Ball celebrates 23 years of cowboy-style entertainment to benefit at-risk children, with catered Western BBQ and country/western dancing at La Mesita Ranch in Pojoaque (Aug. 5). La Fonda is hosting a fundraising gala for The Girls Inc., an evening of food and silent auction (Sept. 14).

New Mexico Gay Rodeo

Buckaroo Ball

Girl's Inc

Are you crazy-fit? Experience world-class ultra trail running in the Santa Fe National Forest at the 50-mile Ultra Santa Fe relay (Sept. 2)—or opt for 50K, 13 miles, or a fast uphill mile, all on single track. Or just do a plain old marathon, half, 5K or walk at Santa Fe Thunder (Sept. 17).

Ultra Santa Fe

If your preferred marathon takes place sitting down, the annual Green Chile Cheeseburger Smackdown at the Santa Fe Railyard will see chefs battle it out over New Mexico’s most famous dish (Sept. 8). That should get you warmed up for the endurance course—the 27th annual Santa Fe Wine & Chile Fiesta (Sept. 27-Oct. 1). La Fonda will be partnering with Cakebread Cellars this year for a fabulous Wine Maker’s dinner in La Terraza (Sept. 28). Meanwhile, take a mellow tour of mindfulness, making, and farm-to-table culture on a Farm to Canvas tour of art galleries, farmer’s market, and hands-on printmaking (Aug. 12, 19, 26, Sept. 2, 9, 23).

As summer wanes, take a drive north and visit the artists on the Pecos Studio Tour (Sept. 16-17) or the Pojoaque River Art Tour (Sept. 16-17), a new addition to the art calendar. Don’t forget to send your cares up in smoke at the annual burning of Zozobra (Sept. 1), the opening event of the Santa Fe Fiestas (Sept. 1-10), when Hispanic heritage takes over the Plaza with mariachi performances, parades solemn and serious (including the Pet Parade downtown Sept. 9), and the Gran Baile at the Convention Center (Sept. 9).

Santa Fe Fiesta

Pet Parade


Besides the Santa Fe Bandstand concerts on the Plaza through Aug. 25, there are free concerts also at Railyard Park: The Iguanas (Aug. 5) and a local-band tribute to David Bowie (Aug. 12). The Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival continues through Aug. 21, with concerts taking place most nights of the week at the St. Francis Auditorium and Lensic. Santa Fe Desert Chorale continues its 35th Summer Festival through Aug.13, in four distinct programs across five venues in Santa Fe and Albuquerque. And of course there are the five operas in rotation at the Santa Fe Opera through Aug. 26.


David Bowie

More vocal music can be found at Performance Santa Fe’s Festival of Song concerts: soprano Anna Christy (Aug. 4) and mezzo-soprano Paula Murrihy (Aug. 20) at the United Church of Santa Fe. Then catch the Dover Quartet at the Lensic with bassist Edgar Meyer (Sept. 28). Performance Santa Fe is also bringing virtuoso cellist Matt Haimovitz for two shows, “Bach & Brews” at Santa Fe Sol (Sept. 15) and a more traditional concert Sept. 16 at the Scottish Rite Center.

Anna Christy

Paula Murrihy

The 12th Annual New Mexico Jazz Festival finishes up on Aug. 5, but don’t despair—the Lensic is bringing Grammy-winning trumpeter, composer, and bandleader Chris Botti (Aug. 5), roots music legend Ricky Skaggs (Aug. 26), and the Pete Escovedo Orchestra with Sheila E (Sept. 29).


Pete Escovedo & Sheila E

In contemporary music, Foxygen plays the Bridge at Santa Fe Brewing (Aug. 9), followed by Maceo Parker (Aug. 20), The Fixx (Aug. 25), and Joe Purdy (Sept. 24). At Meow Wolf, it’s Waxahatchee (Aug. 2), Priests (Aug. 11), an evening of LA Beat Scene Artists joining Daedelus (Aug. 12), Nicola Cruz (Aug. 17), Dylan Montayne (Aug. 19), Dance Monster Mark Farina (Aug. 25), and The Frights (Aug. 29), Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas (Sept. 7), Jay Som (Sept. 9), Future Islands (Sept. 15), Cigarettes After Sex (Sept. 17), Kevin Morby (Sept. 18), Zola Jesus (Sept. 23), Electric Guest (Sept. 26) and !!! (Sept. 28).


Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas

Here’s a real treat for non-opera fans. The inspired Opera setting will be the stage for contemporary concerts for charitable causes, starting with Pink Martini and the Santa Fe Symphony Strings (Aug. 30), Mariachi Extravaganza (Sept. 2), and Noise for NOW (Sept. 9) featuring Bon Iver, TV on the Radio, Tune-Yards, Lower Dens and Heather Trost (Sept. 9). Bonnie Raitt makes a tour appearance Sept. 16, followed by Taj Mahal & Keb’ Mo’ (Sept. 17), Fleet Foxes (Sept. 25) and Wilco (Sept. 26). And you can catch a final summer concert at the Santa Fe Botanical Garden at sunset with Half-Broke Horses (Sept. 7).

Pink Martini

Taj Majal & Keb Mo

Half-Broke Horses

Film & Performance

Shakespeare in the Garden at the Santa Fe Botanical Garden performs The Tempest (Aug. 24-27, 29-31), opening with a reception with the director Aug. 23. The Santa Fe Playhouse continues Cabaret through Aug. 7, and The Fiesta Melodrama, an annual lampooning of local events and culture, Aug. 24-Sept. 10. Broadcasting from London to the Lensic, National Theatre Live in HD presents Salome (Aug. 3) and Yerma (Aug. 31).

Fiesta Melodrama


Indian Market films from Red Nation Film Festival will show Aug. 16-19 at Violet Crown Cinemas and other venues, including a free showing of Moana at Railyard Park (Aug. 19). Other free daytime family films at Violet Crown Cinemas include Matilda (Aug. 2), Shrek (Aug. 9). The multiplex is hosting a month long film series celebrating French cinema, Summer in Paris, including Le Samourai & Classe Tous Risque (Aug. 1, 3 ), Diva & Panique (Aug. 10), Blow-up (Aug. 9), Alphaville& Les Yeux Sans Visage (Aug. 15, 17), Delicatessen& Cet Obscur Objet du Desir (Aug. 22, 24). Free evening films for the family continue at Railyard Park: La La Land (Aug. 11), and Finding Dory (Aug. 25). New Mexico PBS presents a free preview of The Vietnam War, a film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, an epic tale as told by nearly 100 witnesses, followed by discussion with editor Paul Barnes (Aug. 30). And the Center for Contemporary Arts is showing When I Rise, about black opera singer Barbara Smith Conrad (Aug. 7), as part of the Santa Fe Desert Chorale’s summer festival.


Finding Dory

The Stars of American Ballet come to the Lensic with two separate programs from elite New York City dancers (Aug. 9-10), and Aspen Santa Fe Ballet presents its summer program, including another world premiere from Brazilian choreographer Fernando Melo (Sept. 2). Juan Siddi Flamenco celebrates its tenth anniversary, introducing Arte Flamenco Society, a group of Siddi’s dedicated students, alongside acclaimed flamenco artists and newly choreographed works, followed by a Q&A with the artists in the lobby (Aug. 27).

For a rather different flavor of dance, join the Zircus Erotique Masquerade Burlesque & Variety Show, which all are encouraged to attend in mask, costume or formal attire (Aug. 12).

Aspen Santa Fe Ballet

Juan Siddi Flamenco

Even non-music fans have their night at the opera this summer as Garrison Keillor’s Prairie Home Love and Comedy Tour comes to the opera house to celebrate the storyteller’s 75th birthday (Aug. 27). You can also catch Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg appearing there with the opera’s apprentice singers in Justice at the Opera (Aug. 25).

Garrison Keillor

Justice at the Opera

At the Museums

That’s right, all five museums open their doors for one day: The Wheelwright, Indian Arts and Culture, International Folk Art, Spanish Colonial Art, and the Santa Fe Botanical Garden. The also join forces for Arts Alive, free workshops for all ages, from quilting and fabric collage (Aug. 1 & 3) to basket-making (Aug. 8 & 10).

As part of the exhibition Voices of the Counterculture in the Southwest, John Brandi talks about his long friendship with Beat-era poet Nanao Sakaki (Aug. 12); photographer David Grant Noble recounts his time serving in Vietnam (Sept. 9); and digital storytelling workshops explore how people followed the call to “turn on, tune in, and drop out” (Sept. 22). Come into the New Mexico History Museum during Indian Market and learn finger weaving (Aug. 20); for the Santa Fe Fiestas, a panel of historians will speak on early Spanish settlement (Sept. 6). The regular monthly speaker series has Dr. Richard Melzer on the Swastika in New Mexico (Aug. 2), and David Caffey on “the Santa Fe Ring” (Sept. 6).

Finger Weaving

At the New Mexico Museum of Art, local artists draw each other in the courtyard (Aug. 6) on a fun family day that includes a scavenger hunt and drawing activities for all ages. Come back to the museum for an ice cream social and receive help with sketching and drawing (Aug. 11) from local artists during a summer devoted to the Art of the Draw.

During Indian Market, you can join past and current Living Treasures of the Museum of Indian Arts & Culture for a reception on the fourth floor of the State Capitol (Aug. 17), where their work is on display. Check out the museum’s summer series of breakfast talks and tours on topics including arrowheads (Aug. 4), the market for contemporary Native Art (Aug. 11), and the minds behind the exhibit Spoken Through Clay: Native Pottery of the Southwest (Aug. 18), as well as weekly archaeology lectures. The museum is opening the exhibition Stepping Out: 10,000 Years of Walking the West with artist demos, dance performances, and refreshments (Aug. 27); sandal-wearing encouraged.


Tim Jenison believes that Vermeer’s works of art were a product of scientific innovation, an idea that has been controversial in the art history world. The Lensic will screen the documentary Tim’s Vermeer, with producer Farley Ziegler on hand (along with Jenison himself) to discuss the intersection of science and art (Aug. 1). Rick Hendricks, the New Mexico State Historian uncovers the contentious history of water rights in New Mexico from the Spanish Colonial period to the present, as part of the Santa Fe Botanical Garden 2017 Sustainability Series of talks (Aug. 15).

Tim Jenison

Rick Hendricks

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