This week’s Taos Plaza Live show features Liz Painter & The Gallery and Bones of Romeo Thursday (June 15). The free show is part of a summerlong Thursday evening performance series featuring the best of Taos’ bands.
Liz Painter & The Gallery will start out the evening at 6 p.m. with an hourlong set. The band consists of Painter (vocals, acoustic guitar and synthesizer), Chris Burton (electric guitar and harmony vocals), Louie Rivali (bass) and Mike Caron (drums). The band formed in 2013, but was only recently named “The Gallery.”
Besides being a spinoff of her surname, Painter said that the band’s new name relates to its music, noting that “each song is like a piece of artwork.”
Last October, Liz Painter & The Gallery ran a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for an album called “Perfect Girl.” The tracks are mastered, the cover art finished and the CD is due out this summer. Preorders of “Perfect Girl” can be made by going to lizpainter.com.
“The album spans rock, pop and country,” Painter said.
The title track of the album was inspired by a woman Painter knew who was socially fearful. “The song attempts to point out that our vulnerability is what makes us available for intimacy – and perfect for love.”
Painter plans to play several of the rock songs from the new album at her Taos Plaza Live show, in addition to a number of high-energy covers. “I’ve been really inspired to belt it out more by the youth I’ve been working with,” Painter said. She is looking forward to doing just that at tonight’s Taos Plaza Live show.
This will be the first Taos Plaza Live show for Liz Painter & The Gallery. It will also be a debut appearance for the band’s new bass player, Louie Rivali.
Want more? Catch Liz Painter & The Gallery at the Taos Inn on June 29.
Bones of Romeo has been together for four years now. The band’s members are David Garver (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Marcus Hall (lead guitar), Sam Lucero (bass, vocals) and Dave Koziol (drums).
Garver said the band is looking to make a record of original songs in the near future.
“Our original songs are big,” Garver said. “They’re definitely rock songs. They’re inspired and created out of more of a folk feel, but when we give them to the band, they become really big rock numbers.”
Bones of Romeo’s live shows are also big. Their rehearsals emphasize a seamless performance.
“We want to be really tight and entertaining and very energetic. We want to put on a show. We pride ourselves on that,” Garver said.
Bones of Romeo helped organize and stage a benefit for the Standing Rock demonstration against the Dakota Access Pipeline, which took place last December at the KTAOS Solar Center. The show also featured musicians Robert Mirabal, Jimmy Stadler and Mina Tank.
“We raised over $10,000, which was spent on supplies for Chris Lujan to build a yurt up at Standing Rock. We also collected winter supplies, which I drove up,” Garver said. “That was a really special night at KTAOS. We felt the power of live music [at the Standing Rock benefit] and that it’s important right now to be playing live and to give people that live experience with everything that’s going on. Every time we play live – for us, it feels like more of a spiritual celebratory thing, more than just doing a gig. Having that live engagement with the audience is really special.”
Garver, who has a background in theater, said he was just cast in “Graves,” a television series starring Nick Nolte that’s now shooting in the Albuquerque area. He also plans to perform a tribute concert to The Doors with Taos musicians Jimmy Stadler and Christof Brownell June 26 at KTAOS Solar Center.
Visit Bones of Romeo online at facebook.com/bonesofromeo.
Next week’s Taos Plaza Live show Thursday (June 22) will feature The Dwayne Ortega Band. Taos Plaza Live is produced by the Taos County Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by local businesses. For a complete schedule of Taos Plaza Live shows, visit taoschamber.com or call (575) 751-8800.