After an incredibly successful summer season, Santa Fe Bandstand closes shop on Friday night.
Ending the eight weeks of concerts that have featured the talents of local, regional and national musicians and bands is the Meow Wolf Monster Battle Party on the Santa Fe Plaza at 6 p.m. on August 25.
Hosted by Max P.F.F.P., a.k.a. Max Beck-Keller, and DJ Snaggy, a.k.a. Emily Montoya, this free event allows community members to express their monster alter-ego.
“We like folks to playfully engage with others,” explains Beck-Keller, “and everyone is encourage to come dressed as a monster.”
This is the second year that Meow Wolf has presented a monster battle party with Santa Fe Bandstand. While community members express the monster within, from realistic to totally abstract characters, they dance to all kinds of tunes spun by the DJs.
The final 2017 Santa Fe Bandstand concert week opens on August 22 with music by lifelong New Mexico singer/songwriter Chris Dracup and his band Funk of The West, which is a six-piece dance band combining authentic American blues and funk music with African polyrhythms. Dracup opens for The Sticky, a funk collective from Santa Fe that’s led by music director Vernon T. Williams.
Wednesday night’s show begins with Future Scars, which was founded in 2015 by members of As In We and plays music emotionally rooted in the contemplative, melodic atmosphere of post-rock. Following Future Scars is Bill Palmer’s TV Killers, a rock band started by Palmer, a guitarist/vocalist who is also an award-winning record producer and engineer.
D Numbers, which combines instrumental rock and electronica, dominates the August 24 show. Founded in 2002, the group’s live performance features realtime reorganization of analog sounds from live instruments into intricate webs of loops and samples.
For more information about Santa Fe Bandstand and the last week of concerts visit santafebandstand.org.