Electronic and hip-hop artists from around the Southwest are bringing their underground vibes to Taos Mesa Brewing Mothership Friday night (Dec. 22). The venue will be transformed into a full-on art installation for “Welcome to Winter Solstice,” an evening concert and multimedia show. Concert producers Galaxy Vibes, aka Jeremy Jasper and Adreanna Nunez, aim to create an experience to remember.
The “Welcome to Winter Solstice” all-ages show starts at 7 p.m. with doors opening at 6 p.m.
While the evening unfolds with music, dance and other creativity, tattoo and visual artist Shane Acuff will be painting 10 4-foot-by-8-foot panels. Staging artist ETHNOGRAPH is providing lighting design and “projection mapping.” Aesthesis is taking care of the sound. Live dancers and fire spinners will also be there to add to the creative atmosphere.
“Our vision is just to transform the brewery as a whole, to do something that hasn’t been done before. We just want to create an experience,” Nunez said.
“The winter solstice is a very spiritual time of the year and we want to bring people of all different cultures and backgrounds together for this very powerful time of the year,” Jasper added.
Jasper, who is originally from Chicago, Illinois, said he has noticed since moving to New Mexico a couple of years ago that in his new home state, there is a separation of cultures and communities. He wants to use “Welcome to Winter Solstice” and other music shows as a tool for changing that.
“I met a lot of kids that live in Albuquerque who’ve never been past Santa Fe and vice versa – people who live in Northern New Mexico who don’t really venture south. People who go to hip-hop shows don’t go to electronic shows. People who go to country shows don’t go to hip-hop shows. We want to bring this community together because music is the universal language. We want to be able to bring all people together through art, through dance, through community under one roof and truly have a good time,” said Jasper.
He added that he knows many people from Albuquerque who have never been to Taos and are planning to come to the winter solstice show. “It’s going to be a brand-new experience for them.”
Two of Shane Acuff’s art panels will be auctioned off the night of the show. One panel will be raffled off to a lucky employee of Taos Ski Valley. The other is available to the highest bidder at the show, without restrictions.
“‘Winter Solstice’ will be bringing out some of the Southwest’s most talented underground electronic and hip-hop artists,” Jasper said. “The underground scene has grown over the last few years, thanks to platforms like SoundCloud and Spotify, which allow independent [artists] an outlet to release music.”
Guild is a 10-member group based out of Phoenix, Arizona. Guild has created its own music, style and clothing line. The group’s live performances have been gathering attention. Spazticakes (I-Cite and Tasstik) hail from Durango, Colorado.
Albuquerque’s underground hip-hop scene will be well-represented by Galaxy, Khali Sol, Reighnbeau and Mandel Bot.
Khali Sol is considered a leader of the Southwest’s hip-hop scene. The freestyle artist strings his words together with unique craft. At 22 years old, the Albuquerque native is making waves. Khali Sol released his first EP, titled “White Room,” in March 2017. “All the artists are different and unique,” Jasper said. “Every artist is going to have a different vibe and energy.”
Nunez, a DJ, will be onstage as Galaxy playing from a new album she and Jasper worked on for about a year. They started the project in Albuquerque and finished it in Bali. The album includes work from musicians from around the world.
Called “Zero,” the album title is based on the concept of absolute zero. Nunez explained, “Scientifically, the place where time travel could physically happen is absolute zero. … What happens whenever you listen to music is almost a form of time travel. Being able to listen to something can take you to the past or the future.”
“Welcome to Winter Solstice” is the first Taos show that Nunez and Jasper have produced. They have organized a number of independent shows in Albuquerque, as well as some events at Meow Wolf in Santa Fe. For the last year and a half, Nunez and Jasper have been traveling the world, visiting Korea, Bali and Europe.
“We are well-versed as far as traveling and connecting with people,” Jasper said. “But this is one of our first full-on events that we’ve thrown in New Mexico.”
“It will be almost like stepping into another world,” Nunez added. “As soon as people step into the brewery, we want them to feel like they’re on some other planet and experience something they haven’t ever experienced before — the Galaxy Vibes.”
“We’re super excited to be up in Taos,” Nunez said.
Jasper agreed. “It’s been a very powerful place. We’ve literally come back at least twice a month since we first came. We’re excited to now be able to throw our first event here and showcase our art.”
Tickets are $10. Taos Mesa Brewing Mothership is located at 20 ABC Mesa Road, off U.S. 64 west. For more information, call (575) 758-1900. For more on the show, visit The Galaxy Vibes at thegalaxyvibes.com.