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Members of Le Chat Lunatique — from left, Muni Kulasinghe on violin, Fernando Garavito on drums, John Sandlin on guitar, and Jared Putnam on bass — play at the Second Street Brewery (original location) on a Friday night. The group is from Albuquerque and describes its sound as “filthy, mangy jazz.”

Love the nightlife?

If you know where to look, you can find live music in Santa Fe all year round STORY BY GABE GOMEZ PHOTOS BY KERRY SHERCK

Santa Fe is a daytime city. Let’s face it; we are not well known for our nightlife. Even the Santa Fe Opera, which for years began its performances at 9 p.m., has shifted to earlier curtain times this season in response to patron requests. But to be fair, there are many options for those who prefer the after-dinner evening out. Indeed, our spectacular sunsets don’t necessarily herald the conclusion to our day but, rather, the beginning of another part of Santa Fe life that you won’t necessarily find in a guidebook — such as a substantial music scene.

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It’s probably downright inevitable that the emotional undercurrent of Santa Fe’s allure includes an appropriate soundtrack provided by a local musician. Predictably, the time between Memorial Day and Labor Day is a busy time for many local musicians. Live music pops up in unexpected places, and the mainstays in the local nightlife provide a wider variety of acts. Vanessie Santa Fe, for example, has recently succeeded in reinventing itself and revitalizing the live music scene with its ambitious new music calendar. Santa Fe institution Evangelo’s Cocktail Lounge offers two stages. The upstairs stage boasts one of the city’s most sophisticated sound systems, where you’ll hear a variety of musical acts, while The Underground at Evangelo’s hosts some of the best local DJs and live music of all stripes. The Rouge Cat nightclub offers all kinds of late-night revelry most nights of the week, and one would be remiss not to mention El Farol Restaurant and Cantina and the

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Bienvenidos 2012 Summer Guide to Santa Fe and Northern New Mexico  

Bienvenidos 2012 Summer Guide to Santa Fe and Northern New Mexico

Bienvenidos 2012 Summer Guide to Santa Fe and Northern New Mexico  

Bienvenidos 2012 Summer Guide to Santa Fe and Northern New Mexico