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3 highlights from the upcoming Santa Fe Bandstand season

30 May 2013 12:20 PM
3 highlights from the upcoming Santa Fe Bandstand season

With its great weather and rich culture, Santa Fe has become famous for being one of the country's best places to enjoy live entertainment. One of the hallmarks of the city's cultural excellence is the Santa Fe Bandstand, which is about to open its 2013 summer season. 

Owners of Santa Fe real estate and visitors to the city have enjoyed the shows sponsored by the Bandstand for more than a decade. Over that time, the venue has hosted internationally renowned musicians from a wide variety of genres and styles. The upcoming season may be the best yet, as it features some of the best artists in everything from country to zydeco. The new season runs from June 21 to August 23. 

Here are three performances that you won't want to miss.

The Dunwells
?This British folk band has been gaining acclaim since it formed in 2009. Based around the brothers Joseph and David Dunwell, the group follows in the footsteps of fellow British folkies like Mumford & Sons with its emphasis on Americana-inspired, harmonically rich songs. This has helped the group become critical darlings both in their home country and overseas.

In his review for the Austin Chronicle, critic Doug Freeman characterized a recent performance as an "uplifting swell in attitude and arrangements."

Already gaining a sizable stateside following, the Dunwells performance at the Santa Fe Bandstand, which will be on June 24, is likely to be one of the most popular of the season.

James "Slim" Hand
A purveyor of straight-ahead, no-frills country music, James "Slim" Hand is another performer not to be missed during the season. His performance on July 8 will likely be filled with a high number of devoted fans, as Hand has become one of the most respected active country musicians in America. 

Hot off the success of his popular 2012 album, "Mighty Lonesome Man" - which critic Steve Terell called the "best country album of the year" - Hand is likely to be in fine form for his performance, and country fans won't want to miss the show.

Robert Mirabal
?Last year, Robert Mirabal, a Native American flute player and maker, gave a performance at the festival that left audience members slack-jawed and enraptured. Unsurprisingly, Mirabal was invited back and will bring his collection of flutes and inventive style to the stage on August 14.