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Local singer-songwriter Ry Taylor grew up on the Philmont Scout Ranch in Northern New Mexico. The ranch, covering 137,000 acres, is the Boy Scouts of America’s largest national high adventure base. Today, it operates 34 staffed camps and 55 trail camps, so it’s easy to understand that when T…

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When the temperature starts rising and the flowers begin to bloom, Taos Plaza Live is never far behind. And right on schedule, the free summer concert series — now in its 16th year — kicks off with local country band Lonesome Town and Brent Berry and The Dirty Power, a roots reggae band.

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The Taos Chamber Music Group (TCMG) presents two final concerts to finish off its 23rd season at the Harwood Museum of Art with a program called “In a Dream.” The concerts run in tandem with the opening of the museum’s exhibition on “Mabel Dodge Luhan & Company: American Moderns and the West.”

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Two sisters, Chloe and Leah Smith, form the core of Rising Appalachia backed by bandmates percussionist Biko Casini and bassist/guitarist David Brown. Their music reflects the places they have lived as well as an expansive sense of experimentation.

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It may not measure on the Richter Scale, but positive vibrations are coming our way. Pato Banton, the longtime purveyor of positive reggae will be performing with his band at Taos Mesa Brewing on Tuesday (May 17) at 7 p.m.

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At 29-years-old, twin brothers Peter and Will Anderson, along with guitarist Adam Moezinia, are considered by some to be one of the most entertaining jazz trios on tour right now.

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Singer-songwriter De’Anza Paredes, who uses her first name as her stage name, is coming home to sing. Originally from Santa Fe, De’Anza moved to Los Angeles in 2004 to pursue her interest in music, and has remained there ever since.

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Newcomers and visitors to Taos are often surprised at the wealth of classical music that abounds in our small town. Each summer, Taos and the surrounding areas become a haven for world-class chamber and opera music. In Taos, the summer begins with the closing of the Taos Soundscapes and Taos…

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Even if you’ve never seen the full length of the 1969 film “Easy Rider” or know nothing of its plot, you still likely know its imagery — and as Taoseños begin to polish their motorcycles and hit the streets this spring, many people will no doubt be reminded of Dennis Hopper and Peter Fonda r…

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The warmth of summer is coming, and so is Taos Plaza Live, bringing its enthusiastic crowds to hear some of Taos’ favorite musicians. The family-friendly evening performances are produced by the Taos County Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by local businesses. Taos Plaza Live concerts are f…

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LMNOC Broadcasting Inc. will host the 15th annual Mother’s Day celebration Friday through Sunday (May 6-8) at Kit Carson Park. The event, formerly hosted by DMC Broadcasting, is a free three-day, family-oriented celebration that brings together families, friends and neighbors to honor mother…

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The Music on the Mesa Launch Party on Wednesday and Thursday (May 4-5) offers an opportunity for local music fans to pick up their three-day MOM Festival tickets at a discounted rate. And in the spirit of bringing great live music to Taos, three promoters are teaming up to make the celebrati…

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Some moonlit night on the bridge in the middle of Taos Pueblo men bring out a drum and begin singing a round dance song. In a cornfield near the buffalo pasture, some brilliant morning may find a man guiding a horse-drawn plow while whistling a song as he works.

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This week’s “Tonal Ranger” reviews two albums from artists who have had completely different trajectories in the music industry – and in life. Charles Bradley is 25 years Andrew Bird’s senior, yet he wasn’t discovered until he was age 62. He ran away from home when he was 14, living on the s…

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Gary Farmer and The Troublemakers is a band that has been shaking things up with their rockin’ blues sound since 2005. Farmer, who is from the Cayuga Nation and Wolf Clan of the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois Confederacy), has made his living as an actor in theater, film and television, appearing i…

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Mariachi music goes back hundreds of years. In Mexico, it’s a big part of family celebrations, from birthdays (“Las Mañanitas”) to quinceañeras and weddings (“Cielito Lindo,” “Amor Eterno”).

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LMNOC Broadcasting Inc. will host the 15th annual Mother’s Day Celebration May 6-8 at the Kit Carson Park. The event is a three day family oriented event which unites families, friends, and neighbors in honor of our Mothers while preserving our traditions, heritage and culture, a press relea…

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The first Earth Day was celebrated 46 years ago on April 22, 1970. This holiday was created by U.S. Sen. Gaylord Nelson to mark the importance of keeping our planet healthy and clean and for people to renew their commitment to make positive changes in their community. Since that first Earth …

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Music from Angel Fire’s history of commissioning new works was recently honored by the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center (CMSLC) in a concert performed by the OPUS ONE Piano Quartet on Feb. 11 in New York City. The performance was one of only four concerts during this season’s New Musi…

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When Taos Pride festivities take place Aug. 18-20, it will mark the sixth year of the organization’s celebration of diversity and awareness.

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Seeing as how April is National Poetry Month and Jazz Appreciation Month, there will be countless celebrations of poetry and jazz all across the country. But how many times will one event honor the confluence of both art forms?

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The Golden State is well represented in this edition of “The Tonal Ranger,” with two artists who buck the musical stereotypes and traditions of their respective cities. Hip-hop rapper Open Mike Eagle’s new collaboration with British producer Paul White is an album that coyly operates in the …

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For Jeffery Broussard, playing music is about much more than just having fun and earning a paycheck. It’s about preserving a culture and a way of life.

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Her warm smile and rich voice have brightened the day for many a Taoseño. It’s now time for the Taos community to come together to support Jennifer Peterson, local musician and restaurateur.

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Collectively building on the individual résumés of the band’s respective members, The Bones of Romeo is slowly earning a reputation as one of Taos’ most-talented bands. The band will look to convince more potential fans this Saturday (April 2), 7:30 p.m., at the KTAOS Solar Center, 9 State R…

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Last August, blues guitarist Walter Trout was the headliner at the inaugural Taos Blues Festival. He must’ve had a great time, because he’ll be back on the same stage at Taos Mesa Brewing Wednesday (March 30).

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Originally from Athens, Alabama, Shannon Barksdale had been living in Taos on and off for the past two decades. She now calls the Northern New Mexico town her full-time home. In recent years, Barksdale has begun exploring a new passion. Barksdale has only performed as a singer the past two a…

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Success in the music business is often the result of a confluence of factors, a Venn diagram that includes talent, timing, social relevance and connections. In the realm of album releases, there’s the make-or-break debut, then the potential for the ill-fated sophomore slump. If an artist mak…

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Back in 2005, performing alongside groups like KRS-1, Eek a Mouse and John Browns Body (among others) and earning a slot on the Warped Tour, Taos band Tabularasa decided to call it quits. But, for one night only, Saturday (March 26), the four original members of the band will reunite for an …

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It’s not just for Jews. In fact, everyone is invited to enjoy “An Afternoon of Hebrew Song” Saturday (March 19) at the Taos Jewish Center, 1335 Gusdorf Road, Suite R. The program is set to begin at 3 p.m. and will feature singer Judah Botzer and singer-guitarist Joseph Howard. Admission is f…

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The Motet, a Colorado-based band that has been dynamically shifting ever since it started back in 1998, will bring new songs and a new lineup Saturday night (March 19) at Taos Mesa Brewing.

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Who doesn’t enjoy a good story? Tales, myths, legends and even jokes are centuries-old ways of preserving tradition and knowledge. Everybody has a grandfather, a grandmother, an aunt or an uncle who shared old tales with them. And these tales will in turn be retold and passed to new generations.

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“Into the Light” is the theme for two concerts by Taos Chamber Music Group (TCMG) planned Friday and Saturday (March 19-20) in the Arthur Bell Auditorium at the Harwood Museum of Art, 238 Ledoux Street. A collaboration with visual artist Sasha vom Dorp inspired the program’s theme, and the c…

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Everything old is new again, but not in such a direct manner. The Tonal Ranger is constantly amazed by the evolution of popular music and the way new acts borrow from the past to make something new. Sometimes the influences are obvious, but somehow manage to make the results unique. That is …

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Not even a broken-down van can stop New York City’s Karikatura from its collision course with music fans in Taos Wednesday (March 16), 8 p.m., at the KTAOS Solar Center, 9 State Road 150, north of El Prado.

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“Musical Gold” is the last concert of the season for Taos Soundscapes. The title makes reference to the old adage, “Make new friends, but keep the old; one is silver and the other gold,” and reflects the reunion of musicians who will be performing together. The concert features Jacquelyn Hel…

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Every year, the Taos Ski Patrol pools resources to bring a dynamite band to Taos to celebrate the end of the ski season. This year marks the 29th High Hazard Hoedown and the second in a row to bring Chris Dracup and his Funk of the West band from Albuquerque to Taos Mesa Brewing.

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When Buddy Bolden formed one of New Orleans’ first jazz bands at the turn of the 20th century, there was just a small crowd in Storyville that was listening. There were no recording contracts, international tours or marketing campaigns — virtually no commercial imperative and little money to…

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Taos music fans will have the rare opportunity to meet at the confluence of traditional Celtic music and Native American music tonight (March 10) at Taos Mesa Brewing, 20 ABC Mesa Road, off U.S. 64 west.

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Throughout the history of classical music, there have been women composers. Although they were known and celebrated during their lifetimes, history has all but erased their names. In doing so, their talents have become obscured and, even worse, forgotten.

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In a career that dates back more than 30 years, Reverend Horton Heat has become synonymous with rockabilly. But the band from Dallas should also be known for providing a good time.

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The marks of a great career include being able to adjust to the times while maintaining a high level of creativity and artistic value. It also includes never, ever resting on your laurels. This week, The Tonal Ranger looks at two new albums by American icons, Lucinda Williams and Mavis Stapl…

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It was big news when it was announced recently that Alabama Shakes has been booked for an Aug. 6 show outdoors at Kit Carson Park in downtown Taos. Once Stephen Plyler of Taos’ Walking Rain Productions let the cat out of the bag, regional social media lit up like the Fourth of July.

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For those who like their rock ‘n’ roll steeped in equal parts Southern blues, jazz, R&B and psychedelia, the Saturday (Feb. 27) SIMO show at the KTAOS Solar Center might be just the ticket.

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Danza Azteca de Anáhuac hosted the 23rd annual Día de Cuauhtémoc Ceremony Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016 on Taos Plaza in Taos, New Mexico USA. This year, the group attracted 90 dancers from Arizona, Colorado, Utah, Texas and New Mexico for the event.

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Danza Azteca de Anahuac hosted a day of Aztec Dance and Music in honor of 105-year-old Geronimo Lujan on Taos Plaza on Saturday (Feb. 20).

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