The Music on the Hill™ concert series begins its 11th season on June 15 and continues each Wednesday evening through July 27 from 6 to 8 p.m. Our musical lineup featuring blues, soul, folk and jazz. Our free concert series kicks off June 15th with Hillary Smith and Soul Kitchen. (Note: There is no concert on July 6.)
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.
Tracey is a sultry singer, prolific songwriter and passionate performer who, in the style of yesteryear, delivers R&B, Pop, and Jazz vocal stylings. She also did session work for various bands, most notably the Heavy Metal super-group, W.A.S.P. featuring Blackie Lawless, and performed several shows in Las Vegas with the band Side Effect (best known for their 1976 hit, “Always There”). From late 1995-2000 she lived in Japan, a highly sought-after solo performer in various nightclubs and hotels in Tokyo, Yokohama and Tokushima. During this period, she also did session work or performed in concert with Japanese superstars Sing Like Talking, Namie Amuro and Tokiko Kato.
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.
Due to the overwhelming popularity of Music on the Hill™, St. John's College encourages concertgoers to take advantage of the fast, convenient, and free shuttle that runs every 15 minutes from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. between Museum Hill and the athletic field on each Wednesday of the concert series. St. John's College thanks the Santa Fe Valet for generously providing this service. If not taking the free shuttle, concertgoers are advised to carpool whenever possible, as limited parking is available on a first come, first served basis. The following locations are available to Music on the Hill™ concertgoers: Udall and main Museum Hill lots, Santa Fe Prep main lot, I.H.M Retreat and Conference Center front lot accessed from Camino Cruz Blanca, Rio Grande School, and NEW this year, Atalaya Elementary School. There is no parking at the Carmelite Monastery. A drop-off-only location near the entrance to St. John's College on Camino Cruz Blanca has been designated.
There is NO parking on Camino Cruz Blanca, Camino San Acacio, Calle Rumolo, Camino Cabra, or Camino Picacho. All vehicles will be towed by the City of Santa Fe Police.
Concert goers 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.