The Gregg Daigle Band CD Release with Special Guests

An Evening of Original Acoustic Music

The Performance Space

Friday, June 19, 2015

@ 7pm

Tickets $15

The Gregg Daigle Band

Justin Evan Thompson

Special opening set by

Gabrielle Louise


Appearing at The Performance Space on Friday, June 24th at 7:00 pm is Blues and Bluegrass Trio ‘The Gregg Daigle Band’.  They will be performing music from their new release “Almost Live” and, additionally, a screening of the premiere of their new video created by award nominated videographer Matti Greenman will be featured. The audience will be treated to thoughtful originals and stomping bluegrass standards. The Santa Fe Reporter says,”Daigle, his banjo and his band play inventive, melodic and catchy bluegrass, roots and Americana.”

In addition, Justin Thompson will play a full set of his original songs. With an instinctive knack for melody and prose, Justin’s compositions are as singable and energetic as they are rich in content. His songs have drawn comparisons to John Prine and Leonard Cohen.

He is supporting his soon-to-be-released CD “Hymns for a Manchild”.

The concert will feature an opening set from vocalist and songwriter Gabrielle Louise. Of her songs and performance David McGee, New York City music critic and previous editor for Rolling Stone, has said: “She executes a captivating balance of heartache and resolve.”


Different Drummers Drum Circle

Rick2008_3“Different Drummers Drum Circle” of Yarmouth, Maine has recently moved to Santa Fe. It’s founder and  host, Rick Cormier, author of the book, “Freestyle Community Drum Circles“, moved to Eldorado in  September. He quickly found a location for his drum circle in town and now has agreed to host another monthly drum circle at The Performance Space in La Tienda every 3rd Wednesday of the month at  7PM beginning February 19.

Participation is free. No experience is necessary. All skill levels are encouraged to join in. Dancers are welcome also. Loaner drums will be available. “Freestyle” means that our rhythms will be both improvised and accessible to all, as opposed to traditional or memorized.

Rick first became involved with community drum circles in Massachusetts during the 1990’s. His “Different  Drummers Drum Circle” of Yarmouth, Maine, hosted more than 2000 participants from more than 25  countries. After ten years, over 600 Mainers considered themselves members of DDDC.

Rick has helped in the start up of dozens of freestyle drum circles in the U.S. and Canada and has drawn  many thousands of people, from children under age 5 to seniors over 90, into the world of community  drumming. It is no wonder he has been called, “The Johnny Appleseed of drumming”!

Describing Rick when he ‘cuts loose’ on a handdrum, one reporter wrote, “He represents the pure joy that  music can invoke.” In Maine, he taught group drumming at a Waldorf high school, drummed in a blues band  and was the director of a popular musical ensemble that recreated the best of Different Drummers on stage.  When he’s not drumming, Rick is a licensed psychotherapist specializing in anxiety disorders and trauma.

For more information on Different Drummers Drum Circle go to http://www.differentdrummersdrumcircle.comor look for us on Facebook. To be added to Different Drummer’s email list



2 Great Events this Weekend

On Thursday, March 14, Reel New Mexico presents the newly completed documentary feature “Rooted Lands” by Renea Roberts and Nancy Dickenson. The screening starts at 7 p.m. at The Performance Space.

Moving as well as educational, and four years in the making, “Rooted Lands” celebrates with breathtaking cinematography the landscapes and cultures that are central to the identity of Northern New Mexico. At the same time, the film follows residents of Mora and San Miguel counties as they mobilize to protect their communities from potential natural gas development through the use of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. The film also spends time with residents living in the oil and gas fields of the San Juan Basin/Four Corners Area, whose lives have been altered to accommodate one of the world’s most powerful industries.

“Rooted Lands” co-producer, director and editor Renea Roberts and executive producer and co-producer Nancy Dickenson will lead a discussion immediately following the screening about the film and the issues it raises. “We hope to bring greater awareness to the issue regionally and to underscore the importance of involvement at all levels to protect our precious watersheds and unique cultures,” Renea Roberts said. More information about the film, including the trailer, is at

Reel New Mexico, now in its second year, screens 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. Directions to The Performance Space and more about Reel New Mexico are at

Then, on Sunday, join us for

Questions on the Wall

A multi-voiced poetry reading that weaves film, images and perspective featuring Catherine Ferguson, Colleen Carias, Katherine Seluja, Laurie Hilton AND guests.

At The Performance Space, Sunday March 17 at 2 pm.


Katherine Seluja speaks in the tradition of nurse poets, has received regional awards for her short stories as well as her poetry. Co-author of Braided Voices, she has been published in numerous journals.

Catherine Ferguson, Galisteo artist, short story writer,  featured poet of Malpais Review, co-author of The Sound a Raven Makes. Her poetry and images are featured in whynotapoem production films.

Colleen Carias, poet-filmmaker, her poems appear in journals in print and online. She is a co-author of Braided Voices and producer of why no a poem productions.

Laurie Hilton’s poetry appears in several journals. She is a co-author of Braided Voices, a selection in the last NMWABF.

Upcoming Author Readings

The Lamy Project 

The next next installation of the Local Author Series will be THE LAMY PROJECT performed by members of the La Tienda Creative Writing Workshop under the direction of Sharon Houck Ross.

Come join us for stories set in the old train depot and the Pink Garter Saloon featuring Billy the Kid and Archbishop Lamy, a child ghost, a runaway bride, a restless Harvey girl who rides the rails searching for adventure — and more. Writers reading original short stories will be Sheila Ortega, Maureen O’Brien, Anna Philpot, and Tracey Mitchell. Thursday, September 20 at 6:30 PM in the Performance Space. Open to the public with a suggested donation of $2.00

The Chimpanzee Chronicles

CHIMPANZEES: spellbinding stories from behind the bars … An Afternoon of Unexpected Biography, Biology and Benevolence

A Sunday afternoon reading and talk about the lives of captive chimpanzees in New Mexico and around the globe Debra Rosenman, author of the forthcoming book The Chimpanzee Chronicles: stories revealing the heartache, grace, and truth about captive chimpanzees presents a preview of her book, along with special guest Laura Bonar, program director of Animal Protection of New Mexico’s Chimps-to-Sanctuary campaign, who will talk about the New Mexico chimpanzees in Alamogordo and how New Mexico’s grassroots efforts to help them has brought the United States closer to ending the use of chimpanzees in research.

Sunday Afternoon, September 23

Sweet and Savory Treats

2 PM at the Performance Space at La Tienda in Eldorado

Early September Fun

September 7th Kickoff concert

Hey Everybody, who doesn’t love a good concert? The Young Arts Project at La Tienda will be putting on a concert full of young talent. Most of the performers will be up and coming, young bands, around college-age. So, come and enjoy the great atmosphere accompanied by family friendly music. This event has been created to help and support these talented, local, young bands. 

When: The Concert is scheduled to start at 7pm, Friday, Sept. 7th. Just after the Eldorado Farmer’s Market closes up. 

Where:  The Performance Space

Who: There will be five bands playing and several solo musicians. 

Music: There will be a variety of folk, international music, and American groove. 

Along with the music, during the waits, there will be a Young Photographers Gallery Slideshow

This is a family-friendly show and venue.

Tickets will be $10 at the door and $5 for students. 

Upcoming Events May 16th-20th

May 16th – Local Author Series (Humor)

Join us at the Performance Space for this installment of the Local Author Series. The event will be at 6:30pm. The Performance Space is proud to welcome three absolutely funny authors:

Bill osher

Wayne Lee

Doug Stewart

There is a suggested entry fee of $2, however if you can’t afford this, don’t worry about it!

May 18th – Donna Every Staff Party!!!!

The staff party will be taking place at The Performance Space! This event is from 4pm – 9pm.  This is the ELDORADO COMMUNITY SCHOOL STAFF PARTY!!!

May 19th – Word Harvest Writing Workshop

Come to the Performance Space for a writing workshop!!! Travel writer and blogger, Lesley King will be leading the workshop. She will be sharing her expertise on how to have fun with writing/words and making money doing it. This is another installment of the ongoing writing workshop series provided at The Performance Space.

Workshop fee is $150 with a discount for taking multiple workshops and a $20 discount for Eldorado area residents.  

WORDHARVEST, founded in Santa Fe in 2001 by Anne Hillerman and Jean Schaumberg, offers one-day writers workshops and the Tony Hillerman Writers Conference. Visit for additional information on these, and writing contests for mystery short stories and novels.


Upcoming Events May 7th – 14th

May 10th – Reel New Mexico Event

This is the third installment of the Reel New Mexico Series. As per usual, this event is from 7pm-9pm. Reel New Mexico will be showing the gritty and lyrical documentary feature “Mercurial Son”, a portrait of Chicago blues guitarist Lurrie Bell. Along with this amazing documentary, an award winning animated short, “The astronomer’s Sun” will be showing as well. The filmmakers of both pieces will be present to discuss their films and answer questions!!

For More Information, visit the Reel New Mexico series page by navigating this site or

click here–>  Reel New Mexico

May 11th – German Movie Night

You read that right! The Performance Space will be showing an absolutely German film, 7pm-8:30pm. This is COMPLETELY FREE. The movie is the romantic story of the German Top Model, Sylvie Winter. She falls in love with taxi driver, Paul Lyss, who happens to also be a sailor on leave. Dreamy? Paul is visiting his aging mother in Munich on his off time. Sylvie goes out of her way to hire Paul as her personal driver, to drive her to her job, simply to get time with him. Inevitably the two fall in love. This is a truly iconic film, sometimes still airing in Germany on special occasions.

May 12th – The Best Live Comedy Tour

The Best Live Comedy returns to the Performance Space! This time starring Mike Boyle and Stephen “Ha Ha” Hunt. Doors open at 6:30 and the event is from 7pm-8:30pm. Mike Boyle has been around and in the comedy scene since 1993, quickly becoming a favorite in the Albuquerque area! Mike has been a crowd favorite across the nation, with an astonishing 250 Comedy shows since 1995. He appeared on NBC’s Last Comic Standing, The After After Party with Steven Michael Quesada, and was a favorite on MY50TV’s The Duke City Comedy League. Mike has a unique style that you’ll be sure to love!!

Stephen “Ha Ha” Hunt will also be at the show! He has essentially been a comedian at heart since birth. With a solid acting background through drama and speech activities in high school and college, he will be able to please the crowd. He worked at the Laff’s Comedy Club, starting in 2007, and now he enjoys performing live at bars, restaurants, casinos, you name it. He’s appeared on television and in a few films as well!

Along with these great comedians, Roger Blair will be at the show as well! He opened for Joan Rivers in Las Vegas June of 2010. He has played all the big clubs across America and even served as a comedian on Disney’s Cruise Ships. He was a regular on MY 50TV’s Duke City Comedy League and was honored with a comedy roast this past year. He won the prestigious New Mexico Hispano Entertainers People’s Choice Comedian of The Year Award.Tickets are $15 dollars in advance, and $20 at the door!

Discount tickets are available now at or by calling 505-340-4654.