“Happy problems” is how Joe Ray Sandoval characterizes the main challenges he and his team have faced since opening Skylight, the new restaurant and live-music venue in downtown Santa Fe. The owner and general manager told Pasatiempo that they include things like discovering on any given night that “we don’t have enough bartenders — the kind of problems we want to have.”

The group continues generating media interest from sources as disparate as Rolling Stone and JazzTimes, largely because of its nontraditional approach to covers and its heavy-hitting, complex originals. 

A legend about Oscar Peterson has it that a skeptical jazz critic went to one of the pianist’s later concerts to verify the common adage that Peterson played like four pianists at once. When asked whether Peterson still lived up to his reputation, the peevish critic said, “Nah, he doesn’t sound like four pianists. Only two.”

This two-part article began last week with the observation that most discussions about city-financed arts funding rely on words like should and must. Now it’s time for a few shoulds. First, the categories should be restructured to provide more support for smaller or fledgling organizations who are not firmly established tourist draws. 

According to those frustrated with the city’s current actions and inaction, Santa Fe should give more money to developing arts organizations, must actively foster nightlife to appeal to and maintain a young demographic, and ought to focus more resources on easing the financial burdens of struggling artists. 

It would be an oversimplification to call Joshua Roman a leading young classical cellist — because of the word classical. Just a year after receiving his master’s degree in performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music, Roman landed a professional symphony chair that many serious young cellists would consider the apogee of a career: principal cellist for the Seattle Symphony.

On the first Monday evening of 2014, James T. Baker was crooning a bluesy original about whiskey, wine, and women at Duel Brewing. The capacity audience did not seem to mind that beer was not on Baker’s lyrical list — there was plenty of that arrayed on the tables and bar in the taproom, which opened last summer.

Art Sheinberg believes Renaissance music is undergoing a second renaissance. The oversold house at Christ Lutheran Church for Música Antigua de Albuquerque’s performance in Santa Fe on Sunday, Dec. 15, was a testament to his assertion; but though the music was masterfully brought to life, this reviewer must confess to feeling stuck in the dark ages.

According to musician, dancer, and Odd Fellow Will McDonald, “There’s a public-service aspect to providing people with a place to dance. It fits with the general theme of public service as part of the mission of a fraternal organization.” It also fits in with the origins of both the Odd Fellows organization and its odd name.

Sometimes people don’t want to leave their houses to hear live music. They’d rather sit on the couch in their pajamas, scratch their hairy bellies, and eat ice cream. Carlos Santistevan (who described the scene to Pasatiempo) understands and accepts this as a reality.

“We’ve been coming down here four decades now. Same three guys, right here. Same three chords, right here,” Billy Gibbons said during ZZ Top’s Oct. 12 set at Buffalo Thunder Resort & Casino. This wasn’t your standard massive stadium or amphitheater casino show...

A conversation with Dwight Loop will probably include references to the new Prophet 12 polyphonic synthesizer, MIDI triggers, contact mics, and the ARP 2600 modular analog synthesizer (which helped give voice to R2-D2 in Star Wars). He might also mention “The Beam,” an instrument custom-made by his friend, composer Michael Stearns.

The Los Alamos Teen Center is not your average teen center. Along with the usual staples, like computer workstations, a pool table, and art classes, it has a program that lets participants rap about what they’re really feeling, even when the result might be labeled NC-17.

Will Risbourg moved from Santa Fe to Hollywood to attend Musicians Institute, a contemporary-music college, after graduating from Desert Academy in 2010. Now, with a full-length album of original roots rock under his belt and a steady backing band composed of three other former Musicians Institute students, he has his eyes on Nashville.

Now in its third year, the AHA Festival takes place at the Railyard Park on Sunday, Sept. 15. Exemplifying the type of music AHA wants to showcase is Luke Carr’s Storming the Beaches With Logos in Hand, a large-scale percussive opus.

Just as there’s no “I” in team, there’s no Jacob Fred in the Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey. The avant-garde jazz group has gone through different personnel iterations during its nearly 20 years of existence, but Jacob Fred has never been a member. In fact, he does not exist.

Born of the arid desert lands of New Mexico, the electronic music showcased by Mesa Recordings is more likely to play on radio stations in Berlin, London, and Sydney t…

Anyone who thinks Kid Rock’s star faded after his 1998 breakout album, Devil Without a Cause, should be made aware that he was one of the best-selling solo recording artists of the following decade.

Fans of Tex-Mex conjunto legend Max Baca might be disappointed to learn that he will not be joined by Los Texmaniacs, his Grammy-winning band, for his Monday, July 22, appearance at the Santa Fe Bandstand. But the show promises to be special nonetheless because it marks the first time in more than two decades that Baca plays with his brother, Jimmy Baca.

In his seventh album, Bright Sunny South, Sam Amidon continues digging deeper into the ground of traditional music, rather than just sifting through the topsoil. Instead of tackling standards by the likes of Leadbelly, Dylan, or either of the Guthries, he focuses on much more antiquated material, which he reworks in surprising ways.

With more and more local bars stumbling in recent months — Stats, The Underground at Evangelo’s, Legal Tender, and Ore House at Milagro have all either closed or 
are reorganizing — coffee shops are increasingly filling the void left by these more 
traditional music venues.

Blending elements of Eastern European, French Gypsy, African, Turkish, Appalachian, and Celtic music, Round Mountain rides the fence between contemporary Americana and international folk.

If you’re a fan of metal, be at Warehouse 21 (1614 Paseo de Peralta, www.warehouse21.org) on Friday, May 10, at 6 p.m. for an all-ages showcase. Headliner Anomaly, which has a few New Mexico connections, hails from Phoenix and carries a huge torch for both prog metal and mathcore.

On April 30, Prince Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands ascended to the king’s throne, and a song was commissioned by special committee for his coronation. The song was unveiled in April and was also worked into a cringe-worthy 
music video on YouTube. The backlash was immediate.

I once described the loud and lovely punk outfit Low on High as “the musical equivalent of a hyperactive child born to postmodernist author Kathy Acker … but raised in…

    Phonophiles, take heed, for Record Store Day is soon upon us. On Saturday, April 20, record stores across the globe will participate in the annual event, which began i…

    I called the Emerald City home in 1988.It was a swirling vortex in musical time soon to see a glut of superb rock bands swallowed whole by an unstoppable corporate-grunge epidemic.

    This year we had no SxSF Transit Music Festival, an annual showcase founded in 2010 by local musician, music educator extraordinaire, and former nightclub owner Mikey …

    The Grammy-winning Latin-fusion juggernaut — and a favorite among Santa Fe audiences — Ozomatli performs at the Santa Fe University of Art & Design’s bandstand on the quad (1600 St. Michael’s Drive) at 9 p.m. Saturday, April 27, in conjunction with the university’s Artists for Positive Social Change program.

    If you’re roaming the streets of Santa Fe searching for live music this weekend, you’re bound to come into direct contact with at least one rendition of “When Irish Ey…

    Given our ineffective and over-compensated Congress, a spate of seemingly indiscriminate drone strikes overseas, and a global scandal surrounding a retired, tweeting pontiff — who among you longs for a good laugh with a heaping side of punk-rock ethos as a temporary distraction?

    It was the summer of ’88 when, after barely squeaking through my freshman year of college, I hopped in my dorm- mate’s Alfa Romeo Series 3 Spider and zipped from Color…

    At 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, High Mayhem Emerging Arts (2811 Siler Lane, www.highmayhem.org) doubles down on local postpunk with two entities that celebrate album rele…

    On Wednesday, Feb. 13, the Library of Congress rolled out its 32-point plan to preserve America’s audio history, a mission 13 years in the making.

    Right now, as community members across the U.S. watch their state representatives continue to wrangle with the issue of marriage equality, many of those opposed to it still insist on focusing on the morality of “the act” ... as if the concept of love, or the longing for it, was lost on an entire segment of the population.