Join St. John’s College 6-8 p.m., Wednesday nights in June and July for a diverse lineup of family-friendly, upbeat musical acts under summer skies—all free of charge.
Sponsorships and individual donations for Music on the Hill benefit Southwest Scholars, which provides tuition support for students, making St. John’s celebrated great books education even more widely available in New Mexico and beyond.
Wednesday, June 12
Downbeat Magazine has called trumpeter and vocalist Christine Fawson “a distinctive performer with compelling dynamism.” A third place winner in the 2017 International Sarah Vaughan Jazz Vocal Competition, she entrances audiences worldwide with her technical prowess and emotional resonance. For more information, visit www.christinefawson.com.
Wednesday, June 19
A fixture of Santa Fe’s roots rock scene for more than two decades, Jono Manson has performed everywhere from Max’s Kansas City to Madison Square Garden in his native New York City. His songs have been recorded by Grammy winners and featured in movies, TV, and in national ad campaigns. For more information, visit www.jonomanson.com.
Wednesday, June 26
Flutist Magela Herrera is a leading light of Havana’s jazz and popular music community. With influences that span Europe, West Africa, and her home country of Cuba, Magela has grown her musical skill set to include piano, vocals, and composing/arranging. In 2010, Jazz Corner magazine nominated her improvisation on Mezcla’s CD “I’ll See You in Cuba” for best flute solo in Latin jazz. For more information, visit www.magelaherrera.com.
Wednesday, July 10
Ron Crowder Band
Albuquerque-based award-winning singer-songwriter, producer, and recording engineer Ron Crowder’s most recent album, Liberty, Liberty, features some of New Mexico’s finest musicians; its title track won him (and co-writers, Jim Casey and Danny Casey) Best Song at the 2018 New Mexico Music Awards. For more information, visit www.roncrowder.bandcamp.com.
Wednesday, July 17
Each summer Music on the Hill offers one national act through its partnership with the New Mexico Jazz Festival, and for 2019 that act is Cha Wa, a crowd-pleasing ensemble that melds funky beats with the brass band and Mardi Gras Indian traditions of New Orleans’ rich musical heritage. For more information, visit www.chawaband.com.
Wednesday, July 24
Known across the Southwest for combining Latin rhythms with elements of rock, salsa, jazz, and cumbia, the nine-piece Nosotros has been featured on NPR’s Alt Latino, is a two-time winner of the John Lennon Songwriting Competition, and has taken home a dozen New Mexico Music awards. For more information, visit www.nosotrosmusic.com.
A NOTE ABOUT PARKING
Thanks to an ongoing partnership with the City of Santa Fe, MOTH attendees can take a shuttle from the PERA Building parking lot to the field. Service is offered by the Santa Fe Pick-Up (https://www.santafenm.gov/santa_fe_pickup_shuttle), which is extending its hours until 8:30 p.m. on all six concert nights. Parking will also be available at the college’s neighborhood partners: Rio Grande School, Atalaya Elementary School, Immaculate Heart of Mary Retreat and Conference Center, and Santa Fe Prep. See www.sjc.edu/moth for maps and shuttle schedules.