The Downs gets outdoor stage to host summer concerts

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  • New outdoor stage at the Downs to host summer concerts

    A new concert stage is taking shape on the infield of The Downs racetrack, to the east of the grandstand and clubhouse. Concertgoers will sit on the grassy infield and are welcome to bring their own folding chairs and blankets. Jane Phillips/The New Mexican

Posted: Monday, June 23, 2014 10:45 pm | Updated: 7:40 pm, Tue Jun 24, 2014.

Work crews at The Downs at Santa Fe will raise the roof Tuesday on a new summer stage that a local music producer hopes will attract musical groups to the city.

Quickbeam Systems Inc., an event-production firm in Albuquerque that provides staging infrastructure, is working with Santa Fe’s Heath Concerts to erect the 35-foot-high roof in anticipation of the first summer event at the site: Michael Franti and Spearhead’s Soulshine Festival on July 5.

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  • jamie posted at 3:04 pm on Wed, Jun 25, 2014.

    jamie Posts: 2

    Mr. Lenfestey has rarely verbally berated anyone, and certainly never to his recollection about their preference for Bar vs non Bar venues. The reality is that live music is most commonly played in venues where there is alcohol sold and I am happy to say there WILL be beer and wine sales at the Downs for these shows with plenty of space for people of any and all preferences to spread out and enjoy the music whether with a beer or without.

  • KeithK posted at 6:54 am on Tue, Jun 24, 2014.

    KeithK Posts: 3

    The Downs racetrack is a sorry sight and it is very unfortunate and tragic that such an icon is just sitting there. Pojoaque Pueblo is stupid!!! They bought it for.horse racing and I have been waiting and looking forward to the day that the Santa Fe Downs will be brought back to prominence. That will certainly fit Pojoaques casino profile and bring in more revenue. I absolutely hate how such a grand place is neglected and unused and reduced to a shabby unattractive flea market area. We already have enough flea markets around. Get your act together Pojoaque!!!!

  • Steve Spraitz posted at 1:17 am on Tue, Jun 24, 2014.

    tilesteve Posts: 15

    so the ' fan man ' gave in finally after us AA members who complained about his events being held at bars, brew pubs, etc had nothing to offer non alcohol drinkers. other than his personal complaints about non- drinkers..and lack of revenue / tips.
    lensic is fine, alcohol is at the side.
    Mr. Lenfesty Verbally Berated me Every Time I asked for a Better Non-Alcoholic Venue.
    we will see.


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