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V.25 No.24 | 06/16/2016

Event Horizon

Off to the Races

Saturday, Jun 25: Grand Opening

The grand re-opening of the newest Grandstand in New Mexico.
Pixabay / Public Domain

Event Horizon

Quitar lo Bailado

Saturday, Jun 25: Festival Chispa: New Latin Music and Hispanic Culture

Celebrating the diversity of Hispano/Latino culture through music, art and the legacy of tradition.
V.25 No.25 | 6/23/2016

Sonic Reducer

Barb Wire Dolls Desperate · PYLON Pylon Live · Delphia Delphia

This week, Plant listens to Barb Wire Dolls, Pylon and Delphia.
V.25 No.24 | 06/16/2016
Pixabay, public domain

Event Horizon

Gimme Shelter

Saturday, Jun 18: World Refugee Day Celebration

Features music, dancing, art activities and free food and drinks. Special guests Sol de La Noche and Basade (Bells & Shakers African Dance Ensemble).
V.25 No.24 | 6/16/2016
Pueblo Harvest Cafe
J. Grisham

Patio and Happy Hour Guide

Oxygen-Rich Music

Live tunes out in the open

Joshua Lee’s favorite winter distraction is going out to catch live music, but during the summer, he has only one true love: the shade.
Consilience - Under Our Beds

Sonic Reducer

Victor Gould Clockwork · Consilience Under Our Beds · Free Pizza Berlin, DE

Geoffrey Plant is back with reviews of the latest from Consilience, Free Pizza and Victor Gould!
V.25 No.23 | 06/09/2016
A scene from the festival in Taos
Douglas Cohen

Music

Festival Review: Music on the Mesa

Happiness flowed at Taos event

"Raise the window down" – a comment heard from the stage, refering to the kinfolk of recording artist Robyn Ludwick, from Lake Charles, Louisiana.

It was 3 p.m. in Taos, when a thousand post-hippie people gathered for three days for the 2nd Annual Music on the Mesa Festival at Taos Mesa Brewery.

I can’t go any further without expanding on the merits of the venue. TMB produces outstanding, hand-crafted beer in both quality and variety. I was on a roll with their Equinox IPA, offered alongside a Session beer, several ales, Pale and otherwise, their own Kolsch style, Amber, Hefewizen and more. The venue also serves excellent, regionally influenced food: Smoked Mahi, Mahi fish tacos, roasted beet salad and dynamite brats and burgers.

The setting is one of the most spectacular music venues I’ve visited in 43 years of festival going. It ranks right behind Red Rocks Amphitheater and the Pagosa Springs Four Corners Festival.

We were on the West Mesa just north of Taos and minutes from the Rio Grande Gorge within the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument. The deep gorge cutting into the high desert offers breathtaking views. So it’s like placing a music festival inside a National Park. All this is also minutes from the regionally famed Taos Earthship residential communities.

We visited my old college buddy Marko and his Earthship home that morning before making our way to day three of the Fest. This Earthship is the real thing; artfully built based upon environmentally forward principles and methods. it is placed partially within the earth; utilizes solar heating, re-uses rainwater off the roof and stored in cisterns; is made with numerous upcycled materials including glass bottles, cans, tires and wood from previous eras of furniture.

The vibe at the Fest is a macro-extension of this northern New Mexico counter culture. We recognized folks from our similarly alt-America suburb of Albuquerque, Corrales, N.M., while our friends here ran into their peeps from the architectural and textile design mini-verse that identifies much of New Mexican culture.

The long white hairs and the grey hairs mix easily with the 20- and 30-somethings who diligently follow the musical genres featured here: Rockabilly and Western Swing, a little bluegrass, Singer-Songwriter, Alt-Country, Americana, and smoking Country Rock.

Steve Plyler, founder of Walking Rain Productions, hand picks each act beginning a year out with his team of insiders. The festival is faithful to previous performers who played at the inaugural event last year. The following artists were on last year as well as this year’s bill: Kelly Mickwee, Grace Askew, Band of Heathens, Far West, Sammy Brue, Robyn Ludwick,

This year we were both fortunate and blessed to have as headliners Shawn Colvin and Steve Earle for the final night. These two veterans of the road are notable for their enduring creativity and stick-with-it-ness that characterizes not only their act but their lives.

Across the concert venue were scattered vendors and sponsors. A sleek Airstream trailer featured fine wine and foretells of an Airstream and RV Motel park that will soon open across the highway from the Taos Mesa Brewery.

A fresh juice and smoothie bar, built into half a vintage car was a real thirst-quenching hotspot. And, of course, the well stocked Merch Tent beckons.

The Main Stage beneath the amphitheater is front and center, with the Patio and Indoor Stages serving shorter acts between set-ups. We heard thevenerable Ray Wylie Hubbard ("Up Against the Wall, Redneck Mother"), a Texas legend, followed by Colvin and Earle.

We sat in the high desert, 7000 feet in the atmosphere, listening to and anticipating dexterous music meant to revive, inform and inspire those who have been fortunate enough to have made it to the Mesa. Join in next year: You are Welcome, You are Invited.

V.25 No.23 | 6/9/2016

Sonic Reducer

Hooded Fang Venus on Edge · Used Cassettes Rock n Rills · Kwesi Foraes 27

Reviews of new music releases.
V.25 No.21 | 05/26/2016
Courtesy of Wyrdteenth's Facebook Event Page

Event Horizon

No Fear of a Black Planet at Wyrdteenth

Sunday, Jun 5: Wyrdteenth

Celebrate cultural aesthetics and critical dimensions of Afrofuturism with zines, poetry and performances from Ebony Isis Booth, Marya Errin Jones, Brielle Leilani, Tanesia Hale-Jones.
DuBoix

Event Horizon

Music of Friends

Sunday, Jun 5: 4th Annual New Mexico Chamber Music Festival

Talented young participants from around the world perform.
Courtesy of Cerrillosstation.com

Event Horizon

First Stop on the Turquoise Trail

Saturday, Jun 4: Cerrillos Station Open House

Family activities including a baby farm animal coral, pop up art show, food trucks, and more.
V.25 No.21 | 05/26/2016

Event Horizon

An Odd Adventure (for an Otter)

Wednesday, Jun 1: Otter's Odd Adventure

World premiere performance of a new work for narrator and orchestra by the creator of "Too Much Coffee Man Opera."

The Daily Word in Worshipping Art, Synthetic Food and Memes

The Daily Word

New Mexican't? New Mexican.

Meow Wolf is so blasé—what we need is a temple worshipping art.

Like I needed another reason to love The Weeknd.

Georgia O'Keeffe didn't just paint “flowers.”

A virtual reality film shows what it's like to be an abortion patient.

What if your food breathed and moved while you ate it? And it wasn't an animal?

What really separates Kristen Stewart and Woody Allen in Hollywood? (Hint: If you're going to read this article, it's probably because of Woody Allen)

Memelicious.

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