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  • New clubs, summer party weekend aim to recharge city’s fading nightlife

    Jon Nemitz of Rowe, with Frontier Zero Scapes, repots plants Tuesday for Skylight, a new nightclub in downtown Santa Fe. Longtime local promoter Joe Ray Sandoval is preparing to open the venue in the West San Francisco Street space, formerly occupied by Milagro, on July 18. Luis Sánchez Saturno/The New Mexican

Posted: Thursday, July 10, 2014 11:00 pm | Updated: 11:44 am, Fri Jul 11, 2014.

Santa Fe’s nightlife has been much maligned in recent years. But it will get an injection of new energy this summer with the opening of two new downtown entertainment venues and a party weekend partially funded with public money. The charge to revitalize the city’s after-dark economy is being led by a group of locals.

Joe Ray Sandoval, 45, who has spent his life performing and promoting music and poetry in the city, and “DJ Dynamite” Sol Bentley, 34, whose loyal dance music fans have followed him around town for years, are collaborating to create a place they hope will recharge Santa Fe’s downtown scene.

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6 comments:

  • Lyle Jackson posted at 5:52 am on Tue, Jul 15, 2014.

    LyleJackson Posts: 11

    This is why we can't have nice things....

     
  • John Edwards posted at 6:04 pm on Sat, Jul 12, 2014.

    Dj JohnEdwards Posts: 15

    These new venues are a welcome addition to the plaza. Having early entertainment caters to those who can't always do the late night partying. Privatized shuttles at peak times on major thoroughfares and mall parking lots can alleviate drinking and driving.

     
  • Leslie Knowlton posted at 12:46 pm on Fri, Jul 11, 2014.

    lesliekn Posts: 2

    Good news. Had to move 3 times the other night. Just wanted to catch up with my son downtown and 3 restaurants were closing up all around us by 9:30 pm. Still early and no place to talk, eat and drink. Or, what about dance and live music? The community has to support it to make it worth their investment. Are you in?

     
  • Rick Dumiak posted at 6:38 am on Fri, Jul 11, 2014.

    CaptRick Posts: 35

    Good news! This may actually help the negative reputation that Santa Fe has with tourists regarding any night life. The reputation everywhere else in the country is that Santa Fe rolls up its sidewalks after 9 PM. I wish both venues good luck and hope they both can survive and prosper.

     
  • Alfred Padilla posted at 6:27 am on Fri, Jul 11, 2014.

    Xenoace32 Posts: 341

    And people bellyache about the alcohol problem this city has. Ya sure open up more places to drink so more drunks can be out on the road. [thumbdown]

     
  • Staci Benni posted at 6:22 am on Fri, Jul 11, 2014.

    Sta Benni Posts: 172

    I hope when the special event at Galiseo and W. San Francisco is over that the promoters will clean up all the cigarette butts that are left in the intersection. It is the most disgusting intersection in town...

     

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