GiG Performance Space

GiG Performance Space GIG PERFORMANCE SPACE provides gigs for local and national musicians. A project of the non-profit Open Arts Foundation, GiG is a dedicated music performance venue in Santa Fe.

It is a place for musicians to practice their art in a respectful, inspiring environment, a hub for the developing music community and a gathering place for music lovers of all types. GiG also produces educational events that provide interaction between world-class musicians and students of all ages. Open Arts Foundation has presented Gary Burton, Dave Holland, Michael Brecker, Kenny Werner, Dapp

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Lone Piñon
April 2nd - 22. 7:30PM
GiG - 1808 Second Street -
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Lone Piñon is a New Mexican string band, or “orquesta típica”, whose music celebrates the integrity of our region's cultural roots. With fiddles, upright bass, accordions, guitar, vihuela, and mandolin, they play a wide spectrum of the traditional music that is at home in New Mexico. Over the past eight years Lone Piñon has played extensively throughout the Southwest, recorded four studio albums, and represented New Mexico traditions at the Library of Congress in Washington DC and in festivals across the mainland US and in Hawai’i. In 2019 they received the Parsons Award from the American Folklife Center and were recognized by the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures for their work with regional traditions.

“Great energy, authenticity and devotion…”-Chris Strachwitz, founder of Arhoolie Records

“Truly exceptional… A leading ensemble committed to the preservation and elevation of the traditional musical forms of the Northern New Mexico region….an ensemble that embodies cultural integrity for the purpose of continuing treasured art forms that keep our communities thriving.” -National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures

“Lone Piñon can hold their own against any headliner, anywhere in the world. They’re simply that good, and they make the music of the border into something living, breathing and absolutely enticing.” -fROOTS Magazine, UK

“It’s a challenge not to clap, tap, or sway along with these rhythms... Listening to Lone Piñon highlights the pleasure to be derived from cross-cultural relationships.” — No Depression



Scott Cook
March 2nd at 7:30 - 22.
GiG - 1808 2nd St - Santa Fe

Alberta's Scott Cook ( has been living out of a van or a backpack for a dozen years now, touring almost incessantly across Canada, the US, Europe, Asia, Australia and elsewhere, and distilling his experiences into straight-talking, keenly observant verse. His fourth independent release, One More Time Around, was nominated for a Canadian Folk Music Award, and its opening track "Pass It Along" won the Folk and Acoustic category in the 2013 UK Songwriting Contest, with UK magazine Maverick Country naming him "one of Canada's most inspiring and imaginative storytellers". His sixth studio album Further Down the Line won him his second CFMA nomination (English Songwriter of the Year), and comes packaged in a 132-page book containing a look back, in words and pictures, on a decade of full-time travel. He's currently touring in support of his seventh collection, Tangle of Souls, which comes in a hardcover book of road stories and ruminations, both personal and political. Cook is one of the hardest-working DIY troubadours on the road today, averaging around 150 shows including a dozen festivals every year since 2007. All the hard miles notwithstanding, he still believes that songs can change your life, and your life can change the world.

"As good a modern folkie as we have these days. A voice perfect for the genre. An understanding beyond the norm." –No Depression

"He sings his heart and soul, and in doing so lets light flood into your own... Truly one of Woody Guthrie's children." –RnR Magazine


Bruce Dunlap & Brahim Fribgane
March 19th - 7:30 - 22.
GiG 1808 Second Street

Bruce Dunlap - Guitar

"A tour de force" Jazz Times
"Evocative and spellbinding." New York Times
"The grace and emotional import of fine poetry." Jazziz
"Pianistic guitar virtuosity… accomplished work by a true jazz virtuoso." Elusive Disc
"A startling display of virtuosity, technical wizardry, and clarity." Jazz Now "
"Used tonal color so vividly that the musical notes felt like wet paint."
"Acoustic jazz guitar played stunningly well... fascinating new compositions." Jim Hall

2018 Governor's Award for Excellence In The Arts

Brahim Fribgane - Dumbek and Percussion

Born and raised in Morocco, Brahim Fribgane brings to his music the rich and varied musical styles he grew up with - North African, Gnawa, Berber, Arabic and Andalusian music. Moving to New York City in his twenties, through diverse musical collaborations, he developed his unique style, a blend of childhood influences and many international traditions.

Brahim has had the privilege of performing with such amazing artists as Peter Gabriel, Paula Cole, Adam Rudolph, Hindi Zahra, Dr. L. Subramaniam, Hassan Hakmoun, Club d’Elf, SamiYusuf, Will Calhoun, Zakir Hussein, Giovanni Hidalgo, Hamid Drake, Selva Ganesh, Steve Gorn, Larry Coryell, Reggie Workman, Hubert Laws, Corey Segal, Adam Deitch, Pete Seeger, Peter Yarrow, Amit Chattergee, and Medeski Martin & Wood, to name a few.


Cary Morin
March 27th at 7:30 - 25.
GiG - 1808 2nd St - Santa Fe

Described as “one of the best acoustic pickers on the scene today,” Cary Morin brings together the great musical traditions of America like no other. With deft fingerstyle guitar and vocals that alternately convey melodic elation and gritty world-weariness, Morin crafts an inimitable style often characterized as roots-infused Native Americana with hints of bluegrass, folk, blues, and rock. He has performed at renowned venues across the globe, including the Kennedy Center and Lincoln Center, and is the recipient of numerous awards and accolades. David Bromberg describes him as “a unique and brilliant guitar player, songwriter and singer.” A tribute to the American South, Morin’s seventh solo release, Dockside Saints, merges Cary’s celebrated style of Native Americana with the spirit and sounds of Cajun, Creole and Zydeco music. The album was produced and engineered by multi-Grammy winner Tony Daigle at the renowned Dockside Studio





Randal Bays & Clint Dye
April 1st - 7:30 - $25
GiG - 1808 Second Street

Randal Bays is an American born, Irish style fiddler who is well known in the worldwide Irish music community for his powerful fiddling and his devotion to the tradition. Randal lives in the Pacific Northwest and has long had a special love for the music of Counties Clare and Galway, where he’s made deep musical and personal connections over the years. He’s toured and recorded with many of the great Irish musicians of the day, including Martin Hayes, James Keane and Daithi Sproule (in the band Fingal), James Kelly, Michéal O’Domhnaill, and many more. Randal has a string of acclaimed independent recordings to his credit, including his most recent release, “Up The West.” He’s also famed as a fingerstyle guitarist. He recorded two seminal albums with Co. Clare fiddler Martin Hayes in the early 90s (“Martin Hayes” and “Under the Moon”), contributed two tracks to the “Masters of the Irish Guitar” CD on Shanachie Records, and in 2012 released his first album of solo guitar work, “Oyster Light”. Randal is also a highly regarded teacher of Irish fiddling. He’s taught at most of the major Irish music events in North America and is the Artistic Director of Cascadia Irish Music Week in Washington state.

“Bays is among the best Irish style fiddlers of his generation”. – Fiddler Magazine (US)

“A commanding presence on the fiddle.” – The Irish Times

Guitarist Clint Dye is a fairly recent addition to the Seattle Irish music community. His great musicality, rhythm, and style have made him very welcome in sessions and concerts around the Northwest. Clint got his start playing traditional Irish music by accompanying step dancers and singers in the Busch Gardens show Celtic Fyre in Williamsburg, VA. During this time, he began to cut his teeth in Irish music sessions and work in small groups. He has appeared at numerous festivals and events on the east coast and since relocating to Seattle has worked with several local bands.


David Friesen / Kevin Zoernig
April 30th - 7:30 - $22 - GiG - 1808 Second Street

David Friesen and Kevin Zoernig share a passion for performing ,composing, and teaching music. Each has toured around the world and recorded or performed with numerous jazz luminaries. Friesen has recorded over 80 albums as a leader and been voted one of the 20 most influential bass players worldwide. Keyboardist Zoernig has led or recorded on dozens of albums and participated in a Grammy in 2006. Their first meeting came about in 1995: Oregon-based Friesen was a guest of the Contemporary Music Program at the College of Santa Fe, which Zoernig had founded and was directing. They recorded a duet session on the side, and the chemistry they experienced is about to resurface! A New Mexico mini- tour this spring will feature their original compositions and improvisations - live at last after 27 years!

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