- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 25, 2014

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - A new summer stage with a roof is being erected at The Downs at Santa Fe in hopes of attracting musical groups to the city.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports (https://bit.ly/1iCWDLK ) that QuickBeam Systems Inc., an event-production firm in Albuquerque, is working with Santa Fe’s Heath Concerts to erect the 35-foot-high roof in anticipation of the first summer event at the site: Michael Franti and Spearhead’s Soulshine Festival on July 5.

The concert stage is located on the infield of The Downs racetrack, to the east of the grandstand and clubhouse. Concertgoers will sit on the grassy infield.

The Downs opened in the early 1970s as a racetrack. Pojoaque Pueblo purchased the property in the mid-1990s but closed it after a few years, citing millions in losses.

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