Santa Fe and The Fat City Horns

Christopher Cross hits the stage with Santa Fe!

Santa Fe and the Fat City Horns had the honor recently  of inviting up the multi-grammy winning artist Christopher Cross to the stage on a recent Monday night performance. Christopher wowed the crowd with his legendary hits “Arthur’s Theme”, “Sailing”, “Ride Like The Wind”, as well as two newer but no less amazing songs, “Dreamers” and “Open Up My Window”.  Christopher invited up his good friend (and good friend of Santa Fe’s) Stephanie Calvert of Starship as well to sing his duet “Open Up My Window”, and help out on background vocals.

With his silky smooth vocals that are still in top notch form, as well as his superb guitar chops, Christopher brought the capacity crowd to their feet. It was a very special night. Hopefully Christopher will be back again soon. From Christopher Cross himself:

“To Jerry and the guys,
It was an honor sharing the stage with you guys.
There is nothing more rewarding for an artist than to perform your music with world class musicians, who bring their gifts, which such passion.
Since hearing the band a year ago it’s been on my bucket list, and I can’t wait to come back.
I will continue to spread the word about quite simply “The Best Band in The World”.
Love and Thanks

Christopher Cross”

Preview of “Santa Fe Live with special guest Ole Borud”

Check out this preview of Santa Fe’s first ever webcast, which will be available for viewing on 2-2-12. The performance, filmed in High-Definition, was recorded on October 3rd, 2011, and features the band along with their special guest Ole Borud.

Let The Healing Continue!!!



Still more kind words from the press – The healing is spreading!

The word continues to spread, as evidenced by this new article by Jarret Keene from the February 24th issue of Vegas Seven Magazine…

As a rock-obsessed music writer, I rarely heap praise on bands that don’t rely on distortion pedals and towering amplifiers. So the fact that I’m rapidly becoming an admirer of an entity called Santa Fe & the Fat City Horns is causing me to challenge my own decades-long taste in music. Indeed, after a well-dressed gentleman raised his arm to part a velvet curtain, I entered the cozy, candlelit Lounge at the Palms, cold beer in hand, and experienced an immersive musical dream.

Led by singer/guitarist Jerry Lopez (who earned the nickname “Santa Fe” since he was born in that capital city of New Mexico), the band is a mix of all kinds of veteran players from every conceivable genre, making the result a true musical melting pot. You can hear the diverse influences in every song these guys dish onstage, from the easy, slippery funk of “Dat Greazy Thing” to the straight-up mid-tempo pop of “Indian Summer Day.” A large, powerhouse team of musicians—five singers, a six-piece rhythm section and six horns—enhances the material with each note.

Sound like an immense group? That’s the aim. The members all have regular gigs with productions on the Strip, from The Lion King to Phantom: The Las Vegas Spectacular to Jersey Boys. But on Mondays they gather at the Palms to blow everyone else away. With a 50/50 set of startlingly good originals and familiar yet fierce covers, they do exactly that.

Incredibly, the band has existed in one incarnation or another in Las Vegas for more than 30 years. But you won’t find many clippings about Santa Fe online and in old newspapers. That’s because Santa Fe & the Fat City Horns is largely a word-of-mouth ensemble intended for people who are really into music and are looking for a band that takes the idea of a Las Vegas lounge ensemble into outlandishly muscular territory.

“We found that there’s a large demographic of people out there who are ‘unserved’ musically,” says Lopez, who moved to Las Vegas in 1975 and more recently performed as Ricky Martin’s lead guitarist on tour. “Today’s music doesn’t appeal to many of us, and a lot of us grew up in an era when bands like Chicago, Earth, Wind & Fire, Average White Band, Ohio Players, Blood, Sweat & Tears and Tower of Power were creating and recording the music that underscored our lives.”

It’s no surprise that not-so-long-ago era of great songs, sharp arrangements, killer vocals and disciplined musicianship is what Santa Fe strives to emulate, if not surpass.

Still, this isn’t a retro act taking a formulaic path or trying to be a tribute band, insists Lopez. He and the band want to make the music that makes them and the audience feel good, and to administer musical medicine to the soul.

“This is the reason we call our Monday nights ‘healing sessions,’” he adds.

Catch Santa Fe and the Fat City Horns at 10:30 Monday nights at the Lounge in the Palms, $7.00. (944-3200)

Some kinds words from the press…

Santa Fe and the Fat City Horns are featured in the February issue of Desert Companion, a great local magazine.  Here’s what Jim Gentleman had to say about what he calls “the best band in town!”.

Here’s a link to the article

It appears on page 42 in the magazine. Here’s the actual text:

“There’s no better band in Las Vegas than Santa Fe. Currently performing Mondays at the Palms as Santa Fe and the Fat City Horns, they’ve been playing Vegas for the better part of 25 years – and heck, we’re lucky to have held onto them for that long. Led by lead guitarist and vocalist Jerry Lopez, Sante Fe has probably played more Vegas casinos than any other band around, from blasts-from-the-past such as The Mint, Sands, and Desert Inn to contemporary spots such as the Palms and Caesars Palace. There’s a reason they get around: they mix in originals and popular songs from all over the musical map – pop, R&B, funk, rock & roll and jazz – and infuse them with roaring, ferocious energy while keeping them tight as a dime. Santa Fe more than earns the superlatives that fans – newly minted nightly – heap on them.”

So,  come see what all the fuss is about! Join us tonight at the Palms at 10:30 and experience the weekly healing! Hope to see you all tonight!

It’s NEVER too late!

It’s never too late to join our happy group and friends, fans, and family for our Monday night healing sessions. The musical love happens every Monday night at 10:30 in The Lounge at the Palms. Tickets are just $7.00. Tell a friend or five and come out to see us this week. It’s good for what ails ya!

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