What a glorious summer it is, with its hot days and soothing rains. And, what better way to enjoy the abundance of the season than to go for a lazy summer drive, windows down, music up. While you're …
What a glorious summer it is, with its hot days and soothing rains. And, what better way to enjoy the abundance of the season than to go for a lazy summer drive, windows down, music up. While you're at it, why not take a drive to Ojo Caliente for dinner under the stars and a night of jazz.
Every Friday and Saturday night from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., the Taos Trail Inn Brewery and Steak House entertains its guests with some of the best jazz around. This Friday (Aug. 30), the Taos Trail Inn will feature music by John Rangel, with David and Pamela Post and Michael Glynn. On Saturday (Aug. 31), David Geist and Pamela Post will perform.
David and Pamela Post moved to Ojo Caliente and opened the inn in 2012, after renovating the old KOA campground into a lodge, restaurant and brewery. Prior to moving to Ojo, Pamela and David both had careers as professional musicians.
"My husband was a musician for 35 years. I was a musical theater performer," Pamela said.
David Post was a touring musician and played shows and lived in Las Vegas, Nevada, for about 15 years. "He's a primo drummer. I mean really, really good," Pamela said. "He has finesse and power and he knows how to play everything."
Pamela grew up in Apple Valley in Southern California, the same town where classic TV and movie cowboy stars Dale Evans and Roy Rogers lived. In fact, they were friends. Pamela told me when she was a girl she would feed sugar cubes to Trigger, Roy Rogers' famous horse.
David and Pamela met on the Mississippi Queen, the famous river steamboat driven by paddle wheel along the Mississippi River. According to Steamboats.com, the Mississippi Queen was built in the 1970s and began taking passengers in July 1976. The steamboat could hold a total of 422 passengers. Many staff were required to run its operations. David and Pamela Post were both part of the entertainment staff of the Mississippi Queen for more than a decade. David was a bandleader and Pamela was a music performer - she created her own cabaret show in which she performed everything from Broadway to jazz to classical songs.
It goes without saying, but I'll say it anyway: Any longtime performers for one of America's premier river cruise ships are guaranteed to be good entertainment -- well worth a drive up the road.
The Posts have partnered with some of the best musicians around these parts to create one-of-a-kind performance experiences. Rangel is known as a sensitive and dynamic jazz pianist, and Geist has played in and conducted orchestras on and off-Broadway.
"I enjoy making people comfortable and happy," Pamela said. "That's truly my heart."
The Taos Trail Inn is located at 35309 U.S. 285 in Ojo Caliente. The restaurant opens its doors at 5 p.m. and reservations can be made by calling (505) 583-9215. Summer concerts are given on the patio -- among the flowers and underneath the stars. Dinner options include steak, seafood and vegetarian dishes. For a complete list of menu items and more information, visit taostrailinn.com.
Head out early for a soak at Ojo's hot springs or a hike through the area's beautiful desert country. The drive there is peaceful and expansive, on ribboned roads with exhilarating views. While you're in the zone, stay alert for snakes, rabbits, elk and other animals crossing the highway.
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