Oct. 21, 2016

Best Alternative Music Venue

(As In, Not a Bar)  

July 22, 2009, 12:00 am

1 Lensic Performing Arts Center
211 W. San Francisco St.

The Lensic Performing Arts Center is actually a Santa Fe premier balancing act, though not in the traditional high-wire, death-defying stunt way.

“We have the most eclectic venue in town,” Executive Director Robert Martin says. The best way to maintain that position is balance: If a bluegrass band has just been through, that probably means it’s time for an African a cappella group. This eclecticism keeps a variety of people coming through the doors, but the size of the Lensic keeps the experience from being overwhelming--in fact, it’s the opposite.

“You feel like you’re connected here,” and people keep coming back “to be entertained and to be with other people,” Emily Crawford, public relations manager, says. It’s a special mix, just right for Santa Fe taste buds. (Caroline K Gorman)

2 Paolo Soleri Amphitheater, 1501 Cerrillos Road, 505-989-6320

3 Santa Fe Opera, 17053 Hwy. 84/285, 505-986-5900



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