Free Railyard Plaza Concerts
May 28 — Danielia Cotton, 7:30 p.m.
June 4 — Santa Fe Oasis Fest, Zion I, 6 p.m.
June 11 — Filastine, followed by a silent disco, 7:30 p.m.
June 18 — Orgone, 7:30 p.m.
June 25 — Santa Fe Salutes Prince, 7 p.m.
July 2 — Detroit Lightning, 7 p.m.
July 23 — Cash’d Out, 6 p.m.
July 29 — The Jayhawks, 5 p.m.
While locals are used to showing up to dance, groove and nosh on the fare from food trucks at the concerts, a new twist will come June 11 with the opening night of the Currents New Media Festival at the nearby El Museo Cultural.
That evening’s concert features the experimental music duo Filastine, whose works include electronic beats, acoustic strings, voices and more. They describe it as future music “where the globe has been flipped, the sonic territories remixed, and syncopated mid-eastern rhythms and Asian melodies shape a new urban sound.”
Lenfestey calls the duo “cool and interesting.”
But even more unusual is the silent disco that will follow from 10 p.m.-1 a.m. Lenfestey explained that DJs will mix music that attendees must rent headphones to hear; a $10 donation by June 6 will reserve the gear.
“The headphones will have LED lights,” Lenfestey said. “Currents will be showing video art and people will be dancing in silence.” Unless, of course, you’re wearing the headphones.
His personal highlight of the summer, the Minneapolis native said, is the appearance of “one of my favorite bands” from his hometown, The Jayhawks. The group started out alt-country, “but they’ve really gone into rock and roll with a little folk, a little bit of everything. Each new recording is a little more experimental – like Wilco, but more harmony- and vocal-based.”