It’s time for another exciting season of Santa Fe Bandstand, an annual summer-long music festival that’s produced by the non-profit organization Outside In Productions.
Beginning on June 21 and running through August 10, Santa Fe Bandstand presents solo, regional and national solo acts and bands playing everything from Latin, salsa, country and bluegrass sounds to blues, funk, rock and jazz tunes.
While most of the performances take place on the Santa Fe Plaza, four evenings of music are presented at Swan Park in the southside of town.
One of June’s special musical artists is Delphia, a singer/songwriter who started her career as a country/folk/rock musician touring throughout the New York/Philadelphia metropolitan area and playing with musicians including Leon Russel, Wishbone Ash and Melody Gardot.
Her music was heard on daytime television and in national advertising campaigns.
Delphia’s prolific voice shut down for a decade after a traumatic sexual assault by a fan-stalker. Now a resident of Albuquerque who is healing through music, Delphia is writing new tunes and lighting up stages up and down the Rio Grande Valley.
Santa Fe Bandstand presents Delphia and her band the Deltones at 6 p.m. on June 29 at the Santa Fe Plaza.
“I’m excited about introducing the Santa Fe audience to our music,” says Delphia. “We’ll play some original tunes, with a few as new as one-month old, but also some cover songs by artists including Carole King, Aretha Franklin and Stevie Wonder. I’ve often been compared to Adele meets Aretha Franklin.”
Delphia sees herself as a storyteller and describes her original tunes as music with feeling and a message. She’s in the process of working on a new album titled “Moonlight,” which will be recorded with four-time Grammy Award-winning jazz producer Larry Klein.
“I write songs because I want to work something out,” she adds. “It’s been so validating for me to get so much support for my music. It’s humbling to think it could be healing other people, not just myself.”
Playing during the first (July 7) of four shows at Santa Fe Bandstand’s Southside location is Nosotros, one of the Southwest’s hottest Latin bands that combines Latin rhythms with elements of rock, salsa, jazz and cumbia.
Nosotros has been featured on NPR’s program Alt Latino, named winners in the prestigious John Lennon Songwriting Competition and awarded 11 New Mexico Music Awards.
“Nosotros closed the inaugural Swan Park season last year,” explains Michael Dellheim, the executive director of Outside In. “The show was so well received, we thought we’d begin this year exactly where we left off. If you couldn’t make it to last year’s party, come see what you missed.”