Trash Disco is Back


We won’t make you wear costumes this month, but definitely bring your dancing shoes. DJ Oona returns on Friday, September 19 to spin all your favorite disco hits.

Get down, get dirty, and get home early!

Doors open at 6. Dance is from 6:30 – 8:30

$10 cover (or what you can afford). The cover pays the DJ and we want to pay her fairly, but we also want this to be affordable to everyone who loves to dance.


Dance Party!

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Motown, R&B, Classic Rock Dance Party with Caitlin Alexander and The Major Dudes!

Caitlin’s back with her fab band and we’re psyched to hear her let it rip again. If you missed her last time, don’t miss her this Friday. She’s amazing. Get your groove on, get down and dirty, and get home early.

Friday, August 15 from 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Doors open at 6 pm. $10 Cover

Upcoming Music and Dancing

We are so excited to begin our Friday night dance parties. We’ve got a great line up of music and all performances will be early evening. Enjoy a meal or a glass of beer or wine from La Plancha, listen, DANCE, and enjoy.

Friday, August 1 at 6:30 pm:

Caitlin Alexander with Little Leroy and His Pack of Lies 

Dance Party!

Classic Rock Cover Band. Doors open at 6 pm PM. $10 at the door.

Having grown up around musicians and actors, Caitlin has a natural connection to music and the stage.  She is an Iowa native who has recently transplanted to Santa Fe in pursuit of a Masters degree in Art Therapy.  After taking a leave of absence, she has been reintroduced to her love of music and acting.  Gaining inspiration from strong female vocalists such as Etta James, Nina Simone, Mavis Staples and Linda Ronstadt, her voice is lyrical and demanding, powerful and languid.  She desires to connect with the audience on a sensual level, encouraging people to feel the music.
Little Leroy is a singer/songwriter guitarist born in Chicago. He grew up listening to WLS, WVON and WBAI, the Pop, Black and Alternative stations.  Leroy made his first professional recording in 1967 and continued composing, recording and playing, meeting the Jefferson Airplane, Frank Zappa, Jeff Beck and Randy California when they passed through Chicago and taking inspiration from these and other great players.  He relocated to NYC in ’77 and was immediately signed to John Cale’s (of the Velvet Underground) nascent label.   After a long and circuitous route Leroy arrived in Santa Fe.  His solo album, “Enjoying A Life” took  Best Pop CD honors at the 2011 New Mexico Music Awards.
Paul E, a singer/songwriter and guitarist, hails from the Deep South and still misses those conch fritters and grits.  After cutting his teeth on slide guitar and vocals with the locals, he recorded 2 albums of original rock material on RCA records with his buddies in the Max Demian band.  He relocated to NYC and recorded a solo album, then moved to LA, doing session work and playing the clubs there.  He toured with various groups in the US and Europe, playing rock, blues and country.  Finally, lured by its beauty and charm, Paul E planted roots in Santa Fe.  Among other musical endeavors in town, he recently joined the Canyon Road Blues Jam band. LittleLeroy&HisPackOfLiesGroup1a2_SmallWebMA29560145-0001Tone is a professional actor and veteran of stage and screen, but playing the bass is his thing.  Born and raised in New York City, he learned to play folk guitar in high school in the 60s but decided that 4 strings had to be easier than 6.  His first bass was a homemade washtub and broom-handle bass he played with a folk band in the cafeteria at Queens College.  He made his professional debut on electric bass playing bubble-gum and top 40 hits with the Ohio Express in the 70s.  In Santa Fe, although still active in theatre and film, he’s best known as a bassist, emcee of the Canyon Road Blues Jam at El Farol and leader of his own jam band, Tone and Company. Jamie Russell was born in Brighton, England. He began to play drums at 10, on a set that had belonged to Keith Moon. He grew up in the diverse music scene in London in the ‘70s and ‘80s, surrounded by musicians from avant-garde jazz and prog-rock, to rock’n’roll — from his step-father Gary Windo, to Robert Fripp, Nick Mason, and Robert Wyatt. At the age of 12, his family of musicians moved to Woodstock, NY, where he got lessons from drummers Prairie Prince and Jack DeJohnette.  By 1986, Jamie had taken up guitar, and as well as drumming, was writing songs. He lived on New York’s lower East Side and performed acoustically at Diana’s, Sidewalk Café, and Sin-e, alongside musicians such as Jeff Buckley and Latch’s Anti-folk Scene. In 2012, in London, Jamie recorded his first solo album, Fragility. He now lives in Santa Fe and has just released a new album, Santa Fe Sessions.

Sunday, August 3 at 6:30 pm: Byrd and Street

Izzo_photoBYRD&STREET_jpg_for_promoOriginal Country and Western all the way from Austin, Texas. Doors open at 5:30 PM. $10 at the door.

Byrd & Street are noted for their “solid first-class songwriting” and “impeccable male/female harmony.” Four-time nominees for Texas Music Awards (2009, 2012 and 2014,) three- time Kerrville Festival New Folk finalists including 2013, their songs have been recorded by other artists, including Paul Stookey of Peter, Paul and Mary. Their CD’s have made the Folk DJ “Best of Year” Charts, Freeform American Roots Charts, Americana Charts and the Texas Roots Charts. Their newest and 4th release, “Words and Music” has spent the past 4 months on the Top Albums Folk DJ Chart.

Before Byrd & Street, Tommy Byrd played with the Geezinslaws, sang harmony on a Willie Nelson recording, was under contract with Stax Record in Memphis and won numerous songwriting awards, including the Song of Austin.  Kathy Street sang with various folk and pop groups, a sisters’ quartet and performed in musicals and cabarets. As a duo, Tommy‘s “intelligent well-executed guitar playing” and his soulful voice is a perfect and rare blend with Kathy’s sweet, ethereal harmony.

Their music has been licensed by the Austin Humane Society, Pet Connect, Austin German Shepherd Rescue, Rover to the Rescue, Heart Gallery of Central Texas, adoption agencies throughout the US, and the Redman House Foundation. Hear their music and find more about them at .

The duo will be joined by Dave Devlin on dobro, mandolin, and guitar, and Laura Leach on base. 

“This is exactly why I keep playing music on the radio for the past 24 years!  Trust me, I get a lot of music here, and this sets the standard for everyone else to shoot for.”   Norm Mast, WVPE Elkhart IN

“Love the new CD!! Your music is full of hope and optimism mixed with a little humor, just what a weary world needs! Listening to it has improved my outlook on life.” D. Mahoney Tyler TX

“I visited places in my heart that I hadn’t seen for many years; some brought tears of sadness, some brought tears of joy, but one incredible thing is it was all so welcome and well balanced. Byrd & Street are one of the best shows I have ever heard.” Alan Vajdos, Rear Window Listening Room in Ganado,TX

Friday, August 8 from 6:30 – 8:30

Trash Disco with DJ Oona





Get your retro clothes on and come out for the best Disco DJ in Santa Fe.  $10 at the door.


Saturday, August 9 at 8 pm

Vista Grande Social Club presents Live Salsa. $10 at the door.

Upcoming Events

Sunday, May 4

Please join hosts Glenn Wikle & Bernie Logue as they welcome Senator Howie Morales FOR GOVERNOR For a conversation about the future of New Mexico families Investing in real results for Education, Economy, Environment, Seniors & Working Families

“The only Democrat running for governor who was able to cut though the rhetoric 
and offer positive solutions to the mess Susana has created of our educational 
system.” – Endorsed by Senator Bill Souls 

Join Senator Howie Morales at a MEET & GREET CAMPAIGN FUNDRAISER at the La Tienda in Eldorado, New Mexico as he continues to restore New Mexican values to our state and move New Mexico Forward! La Tienda at Eldorado 7 Caliente Road Santa Fe, New Mexico 87508 
Suggested Minimum Donation $25 
Sunday, May 4, 2014 
12:00 PM to 2:00 PM For more information, please contact Julio Salazar at

Saturday, May 10

On Saturday, May 10 the Vista Grande Social Club presents Havana Son.  Salsa lesson 8-9.  Live music and dancing 9-12:30. La Tienda in Eldorado at 7 Caliente Road. $10 cover + donation. Our cover charge includes a lesson, but we do not provide a “free” lesson.

Sunday, May 11

Jazz brunch from 11 am to 1 pm with David Yard and Doug Franz. $19.95/adults $17.95/Seniors and children

American JeM in Concert

American JeM in Concert


WHO:  American JeM – An Acoustic Americana Trio

WHERE:  The Performance Space

WHEN: Saturday, March 29th, 6:00pm – 7:45pm (Limited seating available for dining during the show)
PRICE: Tickets – $10 at the door
For more information, please visit; Find us on Facebook – American JeM, OR, send an email to


Audiences fall in love over and over again with American JeM’s beautifully crafted three-part harmonies and high-energy performances.  American JeM setlists include some “old favorites” with American JeM harmonies and musical arrangements that span musical genres of Country, Folk, Bluegrass, Rock, Gospel, and Traditional tunes.  And, American JeM band members, Jay Cawley, Ellie Dendahl, and Michael Umphrey compose original toe-tapping, and heart-warming tunes of their own that keep fans cheering for more!  American JeM released its debut CD in August of 2013 and American JeM singles “La Llorona”, “Something In Your Eyes” and “O Holy Night” are available for purchase on iTunes.


Vista Grande Social Club

On Saturday night, January 11, the Vista Grande Social Club brings you another Saturday Night Salsa Party.  Once again, The Performance Space at La Tienda will be transformed into the hottest club in town, with Cuban-style salsa delivered by local favorites “Havana Son”. Inspired by the traditional sounds of Cuban street music, Havana Son provides a lively, danceable mix of salsa, merengue and cha cha’s.

The evening starts off with a salsa dance lesson by David Lopez of Heart and Soul Studio from 8:00 – 9:00. The basic steps are simple, and the beginner lesson is a great way to introduce new dancers to a simple step and the rhythm of salsa music.  Havana Son plays from 9:00 – 12:30 with DJ Gabe “Aztech Sol” Ortega spinning classic dance tunes during the breaks.  Beer, wine and food is served up at our own La Plancha restaurant.  There is a $10 cover and a request for an additional $2 donation for those who can afford it to help cover expenses.

January Events

Vista Grande Social Club Presents

Havana Son and DJ Aztech Sol. Saturday, January 11. Free Salsa lesson from 8-9. Live music from 9-12:30 at The Performance Space. $10 cover.



A Dark Literary Event

Join us Thursday, January 30 at 6 pm for an unnerving look at human nature. Authors Lucy Taylor, Diane Thomas, and Destiny Allison will read from their new novels, chill a January night, and enliven the hearts and minds of a riveted audience. This reading is not for the faint of heart.

Lucy Taylor is a Stoker-award winning horror and dark fantasy writer whose fiction has appeared in over a hundred anthologies. She recently relocated to Eldorado from Pismo Beach, CA. FATAL JOURNEYS is a collection of stories about travelers who venture into regions both macabre and seductive, on the earth and within the psyche. 

IN WILDERNESS author Diane Thomas has an MFA from Columbia University, studied in the Creative Writing program at Georgia State University, and worked as a newspaper reporter, theatre and film critic and magazine feature writer in Atlanta, before moving to Santa Fe in 2009. Her debut novel, THE YEAR THE MUSIC CHANGED, won a coveted starred review and a “recommended for all collections” from Library Journal and has been published in Italian and Japanese. 

Destiny Allison is the award winning author of SHAPING DESTINY. Her third book, BITTERROOT, was released in October, 2013. “Intense. so many twist and turns you really do not know who to trust,” says one review. “Fabulous story, expertly written and paced, very absorbing,” says another. 

Upcoming Events

Dancing with the Salsa Stars

On Saturday night, December 14, everyone is welcome to the first annual Vista Grande Social Club Fundraiser – “Dancing with the Salsa Stars”.  As a group of volunteers who bring you our monthly Saturday Night Salsa Parties, we invite you to join us for a salsa dance lesson and live music with Jackie Zamora and CALLE 66.

 As always, The Performance Space at La Tienda will be transformed into the hottest club in town.  This month, don your gay apparel and bring a few extra bucks to support our ongoing efforts to bring live dance music to Santa Fe.  $5 dance cards will be available to guarantee you a dance with one of our “Salsa Stars”.  All donations are gratefully accepted.
Included in the $10 cover is a salsa lesson with David Lopez from 8:00 – 9:00. Jackie Zamora and CALLE 66 starts at 9:00pm with high energy dance music.  Guest DJ PA Trix will be spinning for the breaks.  Beer, wine and food are served up at our own La Plancha restaurant.

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Saturday, December 21 from 2 – 5 pm at The Performance Space. This event is FREE.

Lisa, a Chess Novel

 “Two thumbs up. This is the most realistic chess novel ever.” Full review here.  – Chess Writer Dana Mackenzie

Watch the official trailer here:

The debut novel by chess grandmaster Jesse Kraai tells the story of a 13-year-old California girl who defies her mother and her school to study chess with Russian master Igor Ivanov. Lisa is an exploration of what it means to get an education in chess, and a meditation on what makes the game so compelling to those who play. It is a fantastic story with a cast of characters that will be familiar to anyone who’s ever set foot in a tournament hall.

Lisa is available in ebook and paperback.

For more about her story please visit:

Excerpts can be read here:

“Lisa will give non-chessplayers a glimpse into what living in this bubble is really like.”  – Grandmaster and chess writer Josh Friedel

About the author: Jesse Kraai is an American chess grandmaster with a PhD in philosophy from the University of Heidelberg.

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Three Great Events

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At The Performance Space (brunch available by La Plancha) is on Sunday, August 11, 11am-1pm

David Yard is a long-time performer and mentor of guitar. In 1984 he established a studio in Santa Fe after extensive studies of guitar and composition at Arizona State University in Tempe.  The concert events feature Yard sharing his guitar expertise with his popular Baroque Period repetoire and original compositions.

Daniel Weston is known for revealing the breadth and beauty of guitar in over 700 shows since turning professional in 1996 after earning Bachelor and Master of Music degrees. He is a direct heir by mentorship to legendary guitarist Francisco Tarrega (1852-1909), considered the founder of classical guitar method.   Weston’s specialty is the music of the Spanish Impressionists and pieces of his own composition.

Yard and Weston perform enduring solo guitar favorites.  They are the outstanding ‘2 Fabulous Guitarists’.  Each will play a forty five minute set of showpieces from 500 years of music masterpieces.

REEL New Mexico Presents

“POW WOW HIGHWAY” Tuesday, August 13, at 7 p.m. in The Performance Space. The state’s only ongoing film series dedicated to showing movies with a New Mexico connection, is excited to present “Pow Wow Highway,” winner of the 1989 Filmmakers Trophy (Dramatic Competition) at the Sundance Film Festival.
Hailed by many, on its release, as the first Native American road movie, “Pow Wow Highway” zeros in on the Northern Cheyenne tribe of Lame Deer, Montana, for whom the American Dream has taken a grim detour. A Martinez plays Buddy Red Bow, a committed activist battling a suspicious land grab. In contrast, Philbert Bono (actor Gary Farmer in a performance Roger Ebert called “one of the most wholly convincing I’ve seen”) is a serene spiritual warrior guided by sacred visions. When Buddy’s estranged sister is framed and jailed in New Mexico, the two men take off in Philbert’s ’64 Buick “war pony” on a road trip that takes some unexpected turns. Jonathan Wacks, who produced “Repo Man,” directed this acclaimed comedy/drama about Native Americans understanding their past, fighting for their future and discovering a few truths along the “Pow Wow Highway.” Reel New Mexico presents films with a New Mexico connection on the second Tuesday of the month, at 7 p.m. in The Performance Space at La Tienda Center, off Avenida Vista Grande at 285. Directions are at . A contribution of five dollars is suggested.

Wendy Waldman in Concert

Grammy award winning singer/songwriter live in concert on Wednesday, August 14. Doors open at 7 pm. Tickets $15 at the door.

Great Short Films and Saturday Night Salsa


Thursday, July 11, at 7 p.m. at La Tienda

Reel New Mexico, the state’s only ongoing film series dedicated to showing movies with a New Mexico connection, is excited to celebrate high summer with four short films, each quite different from the others. They will be screened on Thursday, July 11, starting at 7 p.m. 

“Underway,” a Western fantasy from Paul Marcus, gives us a mysterious and truly haunting woman, cast out of time and place, who must search for clues about who she is and where she is going. The short comedy “All in a Day’s Work” centers around a hapless guide who keeps trying to corral a group of dazed and enthused tourists exposed for the first time to the wonders of northern New Mexico.

Meow Wolf’s chronicle of their recent exhibit, “Construction and Destruction of ‘The Due Return,'” assumes a sailing ship from another dimension has beached on the sands of Santa Fe, submerging those curious enough to enter it in a rich history from a distant world. Dusty McGowan’s “Mickey” tells the story of a down-on-his-luck boxer who stumbles on a unique opportunity to become an unlikely hero.

The filmmakers will discuss their works after the screenings.

Reel New Mexico presents films with a New Mexico connection on the second Thursday of each month, at 7 p.m. in The Performance Space A contribution of five dollars is suggested at the door
This Saturday night, July 13, the Vista Grande Social Club invites you to another fabulous

Saturday Night Salsa Party 

The Performance Space at La Tienda in Eldorado will be transformed into the hottest club in town, with Cuban-style salsa delivered by local favorites
 “Habana Son”
Inspired by the traditional sounds of Cuban street music, Havana Son provides a lively, danceable mix of salsa, merengue and cha cha’s.
Included in the $10 cover is a salsa rueda dance lesson by Carlos Mora from Santa Rueda.
“Rueda”, meaning “wheel”, refers to a group salsa dance which is performed in a circle,
allowing dancers to change partners as the “caller” leads them through a series of moves.  The basic steps are simple,
and the beginner lesson is a great way to introduce new dancers to a basic step and the rhythm of salsa music.
Dance lesson from 8:15 – 9:00  
Havana Son starts at 9:00
 with beer, wine and food served up by La Plancha restaurant.