Santa Fe and The Fat City Horns, and their extended tribe.
We lived in Las Vegas from 1992 through 2013. Loved it there.
Moved there from Knoxville TN when Cheryl was promoted and transferred to take up the post of QA Manager for the DOE contractor Nevada Test Site nuclear waste cleanup program. I was long out of music. But, in the fall of 2005 I was exhorted by a local bass player I'd met to "go check out Santa Fe, man. Every cat in town would kill to be in that band."
The night I first saw them at their Monday night late lounge gig at Palace Station, I was thunderstruck in the first 10 seconds. 15 top tier Vegas show musicians who did this over-the-top off-night gig for fun. Tasered.
Speechless. I could not sleep that night after what I'd just experienced. Floated into my health care analyst day gig bleary-eyed Tuesday morning—as late as I could finesse it.
I became a rabid regular. We soon became friends. Baddest cats in town, but not an once of ego within a hundred miles of them. Friendliest, nicest people I ever met. They're still going strong, better than ever.
I became their photographer, blogger, and podcaster. Eventually, I became the goto "20-feet-from-stardom" freelance photojournalist in Vegas. My stash of live performance shots is somewhere around 40,000. I never charged anyone a dime. Having been a hardscrabble road musician, and now a comfortable white collar tech guy, I just felt the need to help others promote their art. Vegas is about a dozen performers deep on every instrument and vocal type at the top, people who can just walk in and read the charts cold, but their struggles to survive is something I knew all too well, and felt compelled to support.
How blessed have I been?
These podcasts have been offline for a number of years now (expired hosting URL). But I'm putting them back up. They need to be back up.
My Santa Fe and Friends podcast series. Turn it way up and enjoy.
Santa Fe Podcast #1, Rochon Westmoreland on bass
Santa Fe Podcast #2, bandleader Jerry Lopez on guitar
Santa Fe Podcast #3, Here come the Fat City Horns
Santa Fe Podcast #4, Friends of Santa Fe, Volume 1
Santa Fe Podcast #5, Santa Fe band members solo projects
Santa Fe Podcast #6, Friends of Santa Fe, Volume 2
Santa Fe Podcast #7, Friends of Santa Fe, Volume 3
Santa Fe Podcast #8, Friends of Santa Fe, Volume 4
Santa Fe Podcast #9, Friends of Santa Fe, Volume 5
Santa Fe Podcast #10, Jerry's pal Jay Graydon, “Scene 29” licks
Santa Fe Podcast #11, Friends of Santa Fe, “The Edge Effect”
PODCAST CENTRAL IN VEGAS
Still miss that pad.