The Music on the Hill™ free concert series begins its 11th season on June 15 and continues each Wednesday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. through July 27. (Note there will not be a concert on July 6.) Our musical lineup features blues, soul, folk, and jazz.
For the July concerts: There will be shuttle service available from Museum Hill to St. John’s College Music on the Hill. See the Parking section below for more information.
The group features powerhouse blues vocalist Hillary Smith, multiple year winner of Albuquerque the Magazine's "Best Vocalist" honor. Her last two recording projects won numerous New Mexico Music Awards, including Album of the Year 2009 & 2012. Guitarist Chris Dracup is the driving force behind the band and was also named "Best Musician" by Albuquerque the Magazine and voted Local IQ's "Best Solo Act" and "Best Blues Artist". He was also a featured performer at last year's Telluride Blues and Brews festival. Rounding out Soul Kitchen is saxophone giant Glenn Kostur and the rock solid rhythm section of bassist Marcus Casman and drummer Mo Roberts - all accomplished musicians and recording artists.
This eclectic singer hails from a Kentucky hillbilly heritage with a rich poetic history. Her music embodies the emotional release of having your heart ripped apart and lovingly put back together again. Although classically and operatically trained, she easily navigates genres as diverse as Americana, jazz, country, and rock. This varied musical background can be clearly heard in her latest endeavors.
Jenny Bird has been called "the most passionate performer in the new folk genre." She has won the 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2003 People's Choice Award for Best Folk Music. Jenny has provided production assistance and vocals on dozens of recordings including Warner Brothers demos as well as writing for film and TV sound tracks. Her music leaves the audiences touched, transformed, inspired and singing all the way home.
A former “Raelette” with the legendary Ray Charles, Tracey Whitney began performing with “The Whitney Family” at age 11. Following her 1991 tour with Charles, she spent 5 years singing solo in Japan, and released two independent albums on her Babydoll Entertainment label. The L.A. native relocated to Albuquerque in 2012, thrilling audiences throughout the city with her brand of classic jazz & sophisticated soul. Whitney has opened concerts for contemporary jazz stars Marc Antoine, Euge Groove, Will Donato, Darren Rahn and more.
Co-presented with St. John’s College and the New Mexico Jazz Music Festival
Pedrito, a consummate master of Afro-Cuban folkloric music, he doesn't just play the obligatory handful of standard batá rhythms – he plays the monumentally complex Oru seco exquisitely on each drum, or on all three at once. He's also the world's first-call rumbero – playing, singing and dancing with dozens of groups and on over 100 recordings and contributing to or appearing ing in several important films, including Calle 54 (2000) and Chico and Rita (2010). The Pedrito Martinez Group [PMG] came together in 2005 at a Cuban restaurant in Manhattan's Hell's Kitchen, called Guantanamera. Regular visitors to their gigs have included Roger Waters, Eric Clapton, Derek Trucks, John Scofield, Steve Gadd, Steve Winwood and Taj Mahal, to name a few.
The Brazil Project consists of Bert Dalton on piano, Rob "Milo" Jaramillo on bass, vocalist Patty Stephens, John Bartlit on drums, and Frank Leto on percussion. Their premier self-titled recording won the World Music category in the New Mexico Music Awards. Bert has performed with Herbie Mann, Regina Carter, Bud Shank and Anita O'Day and has recorded with John Clayton and Jeff Hamilton.
Please note that for our July concerts, Park & Ride service is available from Museum Hills Main, Overflow and Udall lots.
A drop-off site is located at the entrance to campus on Camino Cruz Blanca for those unable to walk from the designated parking areas:
• Santa Fe Prep main lot
• I.H.M Retreat and Conference Center front lot accessed from Camino Cruz Blanca
• Rio Grande School, and
• Atalaya Elementary School.
Concertgoers are advised to use the designated parking lots and heed all no parking signs on local area streets. (View map of designated parking areas.) There is no parking on Camino Cruz Blanca, Camino San Acacio, Calle Rumolo, Camino Cabra, or Camino Picacho. The areas will be monitored by the City of Santa Fe Police and will be subject to parking violations.
Concertgoers may bring their own picnic, but please no tables. Food, water and sodas may also be purchased. No reserved seating is available. For safety reasons, only service dogs are allowed on the field. Large umbrellas and tents are prohibited. Bicycles must be parked along the tennis court fence and children need to be monitored by their parents.
In case of inclement weather requiring cancellation of a concert, updated information can be found on the Music on the Hill™ website.
For inquiries about sponsorship opportunities or about the concert series, please call 505-984-6199.