Hear that sound off in the distance? No, it’s not paranormal phenomena sometimes experienced by Northern New Mexicans who attended too many loud acid rock concerts back in the summer of love. It’s the second annual Taos Mountain Music Festival. On Sunday, Sept. 5, the Taos Ski Valley will host performances by Gov’t Mule, Yonder Mountain String Band, Shemekia Copeland, Radio La Chusma, Mia Borders and Mariachi Calor. In addition to live music, there’s a “Strawberry Fair” where food, drink, arts and crafts will be available for purchase, as well as a puppet-filled, bouncy castle-furnished, activity-laden “Kidzone” for little ones unimpressed by guitar solos. Tickets to the all-day fest are $42 in advance, $48 at the door—children under 10 get in for free. To purchase tickets, call (505) 886-1251 or go to taosmountainmusicfestival.com.
!!! (Chk Chk Chk)
In a somewhat surprising turn of events, it seems that candy-colored electro pop band !!! (pronounced Chk Chk Chk) is bringing a sweet dance party to New Mexico on Tuesday, Sept. 7. The noted American act, on tour in support of its Berlin-recorded album Strange Weather, Isn’t It?, plays at cozy little Corazón (401 S. Guadalupe, Santa Fe) at 9 p.m. Admission to the 21-and-over show is $15—for tickets call (505) 983-4559 or visit ticketssantafe.org.
A few weeks ago I put out a call for images of music-based body art. I plan to use these images for an article profiling tattoos and the people to which they are attached. Enthusiastic entries have rolled in—please keep them coming. Send all images to firstname.lastname@example.org, with “music tattoos” in the subject line. I look forward to seeing what bands you’ve committed yourself to permanently.