Folks who attended the AFS meeting in Albuquerque several years ago fondly remember that New Mexicans know how to put on one heck of a dance party. We’re doing it again in Santa Fe this year. New Mexico music, like the theme of this year’s conference, is music at the crossroads. Rooted in tradition and heavily spiced with hot chile, it borrows and incorporates styles and motifs of the surrounding region, and blends it all into something that is totally unique and uniquely New Mexican.
The band we’ve hired for the AFS Conference Saturday Night Dance this year, Felix y Los Gatos, personifies that sound. Based out of Albuquerque’s largely Hispanic South Valley, a semi-urbanized, agrarian barrio, where rancheros and cumbias are often interspersed with reggae, zydeco, and rock-and-roll, (and where coincidentally I live), Felix and the band have carved out a niche that incorporates it all while still maintaining fidelity to la musica de los viejitos. You can check out their sound here: http://www.road-dawg.com/felix-y-los-gatos
To spice things up even more, we’ve hired Santa Fe’s renowned Cowgirl Hall of Fame to provide a spread of New Mexican appetizers for you all to nosh on while dancing the night away. Knowing the Cowgirl, it'll be enough food for dinner for many of us.
Time is rapidly running out if you want to get your tickets and I don’t want any of you attendees to miss out on this opportunity so, vamos a bailar!