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Santa Fe's vibrant and eclectic music scene is as diverse as the city's rich cultural heritage. On any given night, you can shimmy to the blues, two-step to country, salsa to Latin American music, or boogie down to bluegrass. Santa Fe's fine tapestry of musical genres also includes Americana, rock, jazz, classical, flamenco, reggae, electronica, avant-garde, Native American, African, and others.

Santa Fe is also home to several top-notch recording studios and independent record labels. Jono Manson's Kitchen Sink and John Treadwell's Frogville Records studio, in particular, are well-known in New Mexico and beyond, drawing both local and out-of-town musicians, including John Popper of Blues Traveler and American Idol star Crystal Bowersox.

Together, Santa Fe's musicians, promoters, record labels and studios work together to create a singular Santa Fe sound, reflective of the City Different's natural and cultural landscape: Raw, edgy, original music with rhythms that move the body and soul like a New Mexico rainstorm.

You can hear the magic of the Santa Fe sound in the city's bars, clubs, and restaurants, ranging from the historic El Farol on Canyon Road to Second Street Brewery, a local favorite, to the more upscale Vanessie. Most of the venues are small, allowing for an intimate live music experience. On a grander scale, Santa Fe is also home to several major venues, including the Santa Fe Opera -- one of the most beautiful and acoustically rich outdoor settings in the world -- Sol Santa Fe, and the historic Lensic Performing Arts Center. Each is a frequent stop for national and international touring acts, including Wilco, Bonnie Raitt, Lyle Lovett, Jimmy Cliff and Public Enemy. During the summer months, the Santa Fe Bandstand Series turns the city's historic plaza into a giant dance floor, drawing locals and tourists alike.

Music is as integral a part of Santa Fe art and culture as our famous galleries and restaurants. Find out for yourself -- check out one of the many fun live performances going on tonight in Santa Fe.

Bar Alto

Bar Alto

228 East Palace Ave
Located on the 5th Floor inside the Drury Plaza Hotel. Bar Alto is the ideal place to enjoy breathtaking Santa Fe views and sunsets along with our signature Southwest craft cocktails! Free Live Entertainment on Thursday starting @ 6 pm !! HOURS : Friday - Saturday 4 pm to 10 pm Sunday- Thursday 4 pm to 9 pm Amenities: Cocktail Lounge, Fireplaces, Live Music, Outdoor Dining, Pool, WiFi.
CAVA Santa Fe Lounge

CAVA Santa Fe Lounge

309 W. San Francisco Street Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501
Designed as the center focal point of the hotel, CAVA Santa Fe features a myriad of entertainment options and serves as Santa Fe’s community living room and meeting space. The lounge features regularly scheduled and special guest entertainment highlighting world-class musicians and performers. Amenities: Cocktail Lounge, Entertainment.
Dragon Room Bar

Dragon Room Bar

406 Old Santa Fe Trail, Santa Fe, NM 87501
This watering hole has been a local favorite for generations. The kiva fireplace in the corner is the perfect place to warm up on a snowy evening with a bowl of the best green chile stew in Santa Fe. The Dragon Room boasts the best patio in the warmer months as well.
Duel Brewing

Duel Brewing

1228 Parkway Drive #D Santa Fe, NM 87507
Duel Brewing, the newest brewery in Santa Fe, specializes in fine “Belgian Style” beers. We use traditional recipes and high-quality ingredients to make the best possible beers. We have great food! Our Ruben may very well become legendary. We have live local music (sometimes not so local).
El Farol

El Farol

808 Canyon Road, Santa Fe, NM 87501
The oldest bar and restaurant in Santa Fe, El Farol is famous for its food and its live music nightly. Enjoy flamenco music and dancers as well as rhythm and blues, folk, Latin jam and more. Order tapas, sip a margarita and enjoy the entertainment in the cantina, or sit on the front porch and enjoy the street scene.

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