Mothership hooks Leftover Salmon

Río Grande Watershed to benefit from 2-day Fish Out of Water Fest

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The Taos Mesa Brewing Mothership is gearing up for yet another sizzling summer music event.

It's called the Fish Out of Water Festival, and it takes place Friday and Saturday (Aug. 10-11) at the Taos Mesa Brewing Mothership, 20 ABC Mesa Road, off U.S. 64 west. All proceeds from the show benefit the Río Grande Watershed.

Colorado's Leftover Salmon returns to headline the event for two nights along with Dumpstaphunk, David Lowery and Johnny Hickman of Cracker, Trout Steak Revival, Poor Man's Whiskey performing "Dark Side of the Moonshine," Gasoline Lollipops, Last To Know, Liver Down The River, Sweet Lillies, The Moves Collective, Ry Taylor & Friends, and The Noseeums. More artists are signing up for the event, according to the Motherhip's Dan Irion.

Irion, one of four founding partners at Taos Mesa Brewing, said what makes this festival unique is the entertainment. "The lineup features bands that are renown for their unique live performances," he said. "There is on-site camping and the Bedouin Space Lounge will feature an all-night picking circle that encourages festivalgoers to bring an instrument and take part in the music creation. Last year Vince Herman of Leftover Salmon held court all night long at the circle and afforded fans an opportunity to jam with him."

Plus, he said, "There will be vendors on-site including Rolling Still Distillery in the Bedouin Space Lounge (locally handcrafted spirits)." The intimate setting assures a fan-centric experience for the expected 2,500 festival attendees.

Promoters said the Mothership and surrounding areas promise a bohemian atmosphere "by offering starlight camping and vintage trailer lodging within the festival grounds at Hotel Luna Mystica." In addition, the festival promises a back-to-nature escape for summer music lovers looking for an "unparalleled lineup of music and the magical experience found in Taos, New Mexico."

Festivalgoers find can find outdoor daytime adventures, such as whitewater rafting, hiking, mountain biking and hot springs."

Over 25-plus years, Leftover Salmon has proved itself as "one of the great purveyors of Americana music, digging deep into the well that supplies its influences: rock 'n' roll, folk, bluegrass, Cajun, soul, zydeco, jazz and blues," press materials from the band's website (leftoversalmon.com) states. "They are firmly settled in the long lineage of bands that defy simple categorization, instead setting their own musical agenda. They are the direct descendants of bands like Little Feat, New Grass Revival, Grateful Dead and The Band, born of the heart and soul of America itself, playing music that reflects the sounds emanating from the Appalachian hills, the streets of New Orleans, the clubs of Chicago, the plains of Texas and the mountains of Colorado."

And, of course, Leftover Salmon is considered the inventor of what has become recognized as "jamgrass": "where bands schooled in the traditional rules of bluegrass break free of those rules through nontraditional instrumentation and an instinctive ability to push songs in new psychedelic directions live," the press materials state.

New Orleans band Dumpstaphunk stands out as one of the funkiest bands to hail from The Big Easy, according to promotional materials (dumpstaphunk.com). "Born on the Jazz and Heritage Festival stage, and descended from Neville family bloodlines, these soldiers of funk ignite a deep, gritty groove that dares listeners not to move. Their performances combine ingenious musicianship and complex funk and jazz arrangements with soulful melodies that are simple enough for anyone to enjoy."

The band Cracker, featuring David Lowery and Johnny Hickman, is probably best-known for its gold-selling 1993 album, "Kerosene Hat," which includes the hit songs "Low" and "Euro-Trash Girl." Singer Lowery and guitarist Hickman formed the band in 1991, releasing the album "Cracker" the following year, which included singles "Happy Birthday to Me" and "Teen Angst," on Virgin Records. The band, which plays a mix of rock, punk, grunge, psychedelia, country, blues and folk, has been touring ever since, releasing 10 studio albums and several compilations, collaborations, solo projects and live albums, online materials state.

For more on additional acts, see the rundown at holdmyticket.com/event/318516.

Doors open at 4 p.m. on Friday. Music hits the indoor and outdoor stages from 6-11 p.m. On Saturday, doors open at 6 p.m. and music is scheduled to play until 12:30 a.m. An ID is required at the bar for adult beverages. Ticket prices range from $35 to $99. To purchase, visit taosmesabrewing.com.

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