Music to Your Ears
Best of the Week—Besides the fine events featured in this week's music section, we'd be remiss if we didn't point you in the direction of these weekend wunderkinds. Good luck choosing between them!
Friday, May 18, 7 p.m.
Cost: $10 at Charley's Records (Menual and Pennsylvania) or at the door.
Two ska-filled stages make this the alternateen social event of the year—right down to the Ska Prom King and Queen contest. Expect irreverent fun for all from Half Stache, Danny Winn and the Earthlings, Captain Squeegee and the Soap Suds (Mesa, Ariz.), Made in Bangladesh, The Tijuanabees, The Jugger Nuts (Alamogordo), The Dissident Faction (ex-Travisty and the Screwups), and The Casual Fridays (Las Cruces). Formal attire is a must.
Road To Rich's 14th Annual Tie-Dye Party and Birthday
Friday, May 18, through Saturday, May 19
Directions at www.handsomefamily.com.
Cost: $20 at the gate (opens May 18 at 5 p.m.). Kids are free!
Look past the stupid name and you'll find New Mexico's finest alt.country and bluegrass acts on the outskirts of Ramah, N.M. Performers include The Handsome Family, Sharon Gilchrist and Friends, The Goatheads, Fast Heart Mart, Raising Caine, The Rivet Gang, Squash Blossom Boys, Stuart Byous and The Saltine Ramblers. Bring your camping gear, food, water and instruments for the Friday night pickin' party. Leave your pets and fire-starting devices at home.
Creative Soundscape Festival
Friday, May 18, through Sunday, May 20
Outpost Performance Space
Full lineup at www.outpostspace.org.
Cost: Festival pass is $50 general, $35 for Outpost members. Individual concerts are $20 general, $15 members.
This three-day event has roots in a 2003 improvisational music festival, which explains the event's focus on adventurous and often unpredictable music forms. Fans of progressive jazz and experimental sounds will be treated to national and local innovators like Roscoe Mitchell, Myra Melford and J. A. Deane.
Santa Fe Women's Celebration
Saturday, May 19, 3-10 p.m.
Cost: $35 advance, $39 at the door. Free for kids 6 and under and SW Roots Music Members (call 473-5723 to reserve). Advance tickets at (505) 988-1234 and thirstyearfestival.com.