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After a year of silence due to the pandemic, the summer musical series in the Plaza will be back in 2021.
At the helm, AMP Concerts.
The Albuquerque / Santa Fe association will carry the torch for free outdoor concerts until 2024. It succeeds Outside In Productions, which has made it a successful series.
AMP Concerts is the brains behind the Railyard Concert Series – which also takes place during the summer – as well as concerts in Albuquerque and Santa Fe.
“The honest truth is, we never had any interest in doing these series,” said Jamie Lenfestey, AMP’s Santa Fe director of operations. “These were started by Outside In and it was always their baby to run with. They did a great job with both. When (the executive director of Outside In) Michael Dellheim told me over and over that ‘he thought his contract was over in 2019, we started talking about his takeover.
Lenfestey says the city of Santa Fe has started talking to AMP to help bring music back to the Plaza in 2021.
“Given the chaos in the music world, we are in a good position to undertake the project and develop the bandstand,” he says. “We’ll also be working with Music on the Hill to create a non-competitive concert series that works together.”
Before the pandemic, the bandstand series hosted nearly 80 events over the summer.
This summer, the number will be significantly lower due to the state’s public health order.
“We’re keeping an eye out for changes and that will help us plan for the summer series,” said Lenfestey.
AMP is known to bring all types of musicians on tour, but the Plaza series will focus on local musicians. The association will also have to raise funds privately for the series. He also receives money from the city’s tourist tax.
“Normally the plaza music series would start in July and we don’t bring in groups that create such high demand,” he says. “We could try something in June to get a feel for how we’re going to run an event safely. This is difficult because these are free shows and it will take some sort of ticket to create room for a crowd with enough spacing. We are working on ways to make it completely safe for everyone. “
As the City of Santa Fe selected a new supplier to produce the shows, Dellheim said Outside In Productions would step down to make room for the next iteration of live music from the heart of Santa Fe.
“We wish the new growers every success in their new business,” says Dellheim. “Above all, we wanted to say THANK YOU to all the musicians, dancers, sponsors and fans of Kiosk for your constant and passionate support over the past 18 years. You have given meaning to our work and we will be eternally grateful to you.