July 22--A producer has released additional details about a city-subsidized three-night festival intended to highlight the potential for enhanced nightlife in downtown Santa Fe.
Vince Kadlubek, who is organizing and promoting Night Wave with the help of a $4,000 grant from the city, said the event from July 29 to Aug. 2 will feature musical performances, stand-up comedy and late-night food options.
The project also will include free public transit in the form of shuttle buses. The county does offer reduced cab rates on Friday and Saturday nights, but the wait times can vary greatly, Kadlubek said. The shuttles offer consistency.
"I can know I am getting picked up at 2 a.m.," he said.
Most city buses stop running at 9 or 10 p.m. depending on the day and route. But buses will run until 2:30 a.m. during Night Wave and cost nothing to ride. Two routes will converge at the Santa Fe University of Art and Design -- one traveling along Agua FrÍa Road and Osage Avenue, and the other along Cerrillos Road, Second Street and St. Michael's Drive. Another route will ferry riders between the Santa Fe Place mall and downtown. Kadlubek said the buses will make regular stops along the way.
Night Wave also corresponds with the opening of a new downtown bar and music venue, Skylight, 139 W. San Francisco St. The venue replaces Milagro, which was shuttered in 2013. In addition to Skylight, Night Wave will prominently promote five downtown bars. Most of the venues -- Skylight, Evangelos Cocktail Lounge, Burro Alley and the Matador -- are within a stone's throw of the intersection at West San Francisco Street and Don Gaspar Avenue. The other bar, The Palace, is a block away on Palace Avenue.
The three-day event also will feature staged readings, plays, stand-up comedians, DJs and live music ranging from death metal to salsa. On Thursday night, admission to the venues will be free; on Friday and Saturday night, cover charges will vary based on the venue.
Kadlubek said food trucks from Realburger, Dr. Field Goods and the Street Food Institute will park downtown at Galisteo Street and West San Francisco Street on Thursday and Friday. On Saturday, they'll move to the city's Water Street parking lot.
For more information about the event, visit nightwavesf.com.
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