This image was captured on New Year's Eve 2007/08 in the lobby of the Plaza Hotel in Las Vegas, New Mexico. At the piano is Jean-Pierre, a native of New Orleans displaced by Hurricane Katrina. An hour later and this place was wild. We thank the Plaza Hotel for one of the finest and most memorable New Years ever!
Those who have enjoyed the Coen Brother's movie "No Country For Old Men" will recognise the interior - the staircase in particular is a very distinctive feature. If you haven't seen it, you've missed out.
New Mexico is a state located in the southwestern region of the United States. Inhabited by Native American populations for many centuries, it has also been part of the Imperial Spanish viceroyalty of New Spain, part of Mexico, and a U.S. territory. Among U.S. states, New Mexico has the highest percentage of Hispanics at 45% (2008 estimate), being descendants of Spanish colonists and recent immigrants from Latin America. It also has the third-highest percentage of Native Americans after Alaska and Oklahoma, and the fifth-highest total number of Native Americans after California, Oklahoma, Arizona, and Texas. The tribes represented in the state consist of mostly Navajo and Pueblo peoples. As a result, the demographics and culture of the state are unique for their strong Spanish, Mexican, and Native American cultural influences. At a population density of 16 per square mile, New Mexico is the sixth most sparsely inhabited U.S. state.[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_mexico]