Popular Santa Fe Restaurant Zia Diner Brings Gypsy Jazz, Indie Folk Music, and Blue Grass Entertainers To The Stage Sept. Through December 2012

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Landmark dining establishment, Zia Diner, has stepped up its marketing game by bringing in music entertainers several nights a month from September through December. Beginning Sept. 26, indie folk music singer/song writer Eryn Bent, will play every other Wednesday, every Tuesday a local group of musicians play in the ‘Zia Diner Bluegrass Jam’ and from early November to the end of December gypsy jazz band, Swing Soleil, will perform every other Thursday starting Nov. 1st.

Popular Santa Fe Restaurant Zia Diner Brings Gypsy Jazz, Indie Folk Music, and Blue Grass Entertainers To The Stage Sept. Through December 2012

Zia Diner, a Santa Fe restaurant that’s been open since 1986, has been expanding the entertainment and food specials it offers to patrons since the beginning of 2012. It currently offers two ‘Zia Diner Happy Hours’ a day, one from 3 to 6 p.m., and one from 8:30 to 10 p.m.. Starting back in June the company brought Gypsy Jazz band Swing Soleil in to play every other Thursday and in same month they brought in a group of local musicians for the Zia Diner Bluegrass Jam each Tuesday. Singer/songwriter Eryn Bent is a new addition to the restaurants monthly music line-up.

Singer/Songwriter Eryn Bent – Ms. Bent, an up and coming showcase artist and acoustic guitar-playing talent, has been playing and singing since a very young age. Lisa Carman, a Santa Fe, New Mexico singer, songwriter, producer and teacher, began teaching voice to Eryn at age 13, which really was the turning point when her talent, both nurtured and natural, began to shine through. Soon after her lessons started, Eryn was given a guitar and she found her love for songwriting. Since that early time in her music career, Eryn has produced two independent original albums including the 10-track album “Bare” and the 11-track album “And Then Some,” with two more albums in the works. Eryn, based out of Santa Fe, New Mexico, currently writes and performs music as a solo act at venues in and around Santa Fe and plays with a handful of local bands.

Zia Diner Bluegrass Jam - For some folks Bluegrass music just by definition might seem a bit too “country-fied’, but really the music, it must be said, has jazz roots as well, making the music a lot less back woods than most people know about. The Zia Diner encourages people looking for something to do on Tuesday nights in Santa Fe to come on down to the restaurant and see for themselves how fun Bluegrass music can be to listen to and enjoy.

The stylistic genre of bluegrass music comes from the folk music of English, Scottish and Irish. It’s been around the United States since the 1880′s. It features instruments like the fiddle, banjo, acoustic guitar, mandolin, Dobro and the upright bass. Bluegrass music is very popular in east, mid-west and the southeast part of the United States, but can really be heard just about anywhere in the United States. Bluegrass music, like lots of different types of jazz, involves several instruments taking turns jamming out the melody and then working around it all the while the others involve play accompaniment. This music style is different than music from the old days where every instrument in groups playing music played the melody all together.

Gypsy jazz band Swing Soleil - Unlike most any other type of music these musicians are playing amazing music from a bygone era that appears to making strides in the ‘its becoming popular again’ category. Gypsy jazz bands are often seen with two acoustic guitars, one fiddle and an upright bass being played. The music of Swing Soleil is like no other around due to its melodic fun, upbeat and happy feel. Locals and visitors alike are encouraged to come down and enjoy this unusual music at the Zia Diner.

One of the primary aspects to the gypsy jazz of Swing Soleil, is that it’s really just plain listening fun and it puts listeners in a good mood. It has been stated many times over the years that guitarist Jean “Django” Reinhardt started this genre of music in the 1930′s in France. From the 1930′s to the 1950′s Gypsy Jazz, also known as “manouche jazz” was very popular and was easy to find throughout France and also from time to time in the United States.

About Zia Diner:
The Zia Diner is a true Santa Fe icon, now celebrating 25 years as a part of this community.
Serving upscale, down home comfort food, the Zia Diner serves updated renditions of diner classics – think Green Chile-Pinon Meatloaf – along with an eclectic menu of southwestern and international comfort food. This high-energy restaurant and bar prides itself on its professional and friendly service and exceptional food.
The Zia uses grass-fed, additive-free beef, free-range and additive-free chicken and eggs, and local, organic, fair-trade Agapao Coffee. Their bread the company serves is delivered daily from Fano Bakery in Albuquerque. All desserts including pies, cakes, cookies and pastries are baked from scratch in the Zia Diner kitchen.

Beth Koch
(505) 988-7008
326 S. Guadalupe St
Santa Fe, NM 87501

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