There are lawn chairs strewn across a sandy field, the sunset in front of you, Sandia Mountains behind you, people with picnic baskets, gourmet takeout, wine bottles and blankets. A singer stands on a trailer-turned-stage that’s painted to look like the New Mexican desert, complete with cacti and mountains against a blue sky. This is the Placitas Campfire Series.
Roller says one of the goals of this series is to dissolve the boundaries between artist and audience. Listeners requested songs during Hinojosa's performance, and she obliged with no hesitation. She spoke to the crowd like they were friends. Michael Hearne, who is scheduled to play the next installment of the series on Friday, was in attendance as well. Hinojosa invited him to come up on stage when she spotted him. Hinojosa and Hearne, along with Roller, played together for most of the night. It was like sitting at a friend's house, just listening to them jam on their guitars.
About an hour in, it started pouring rain. Instead of shutting down the concert, everyone worked together to find an alternative location. The owners of Blades’ Bistro, a restaurant located in the same shopping center, allowed everyone to migrate under their patio. People set down their lawn chairs and ordered food. Some concertgoers even helped move the stage equipment. There was little separation between them and the musicians. After the show, Frouge described this atmosphere as having a punk aesthetic. "It's DIY, you know, do it yourself—we're standing up here, but we're no different from you."