Tuesday, August 3, 2010
As if seeing Over the Rhine in Albuquerque last Saturday wasn't enough musical bliss for one week, tonight we were thrilled to see Po' Girl perform a free outdoor concert at the Santa Fe Plaza as part of the series of summer concerts on the Plaza that offers 79 free performances over two months.
Po Girl is a Canadian band that plays "urban roots music" like no other, and their spirited show was just fantastic. They obviously love the Southwest are frequently stop in Santa Fe and Albuquerque when they tour. The members of the band are talented multi-instrumentalists, switching between banjo, bass, slide guitar, accordion and clarinet with apparent ease, with inflections of Louisiana, Quebec and the American West. The bass and accordion player of Po' Girl is also a member of The Be Good Tanyas, another roots band whom we adore.
Hundreds of audience members reveled in the music, transforming the Plaza into a happy summer evening party uniting Latinos, Anglos, tourists, locals, and children who danced uninhibitedly onstage alongside the performers.
Some neighbors from The Commons joined us at the event, and other friends also showed up, introducing us to even more people with whom we will most likely continue to cross paths as we weave our way into different Santa Fean social circles.
It was a magical night on the Plaza, and Po Girl was the musical catalyst for dancing, tired feet, and smiles all around.