Sidecar Tommy Cappel plays drums and keys for the innovative group, Beats Antique. "I have only been to Taos to play music. I'm brought to Taos to entertain people, and every time …
Sidecar Tommy Cappel plays drums and keys for the innovative group, Beats Antique. "I have only been to Taos to play music. I'm brought to Taos to entertain people, and every time it's been awesome," he said by phone.
Beats Antique returns to play Taos Mesa Brewing (20 ABC Mesa Road, out by the airport) Saturday (Sept. 15). Doors open at 8 p.m. and tickets, ranging from $10-$28, can be purchased at holdmyticket.com/event/316623-beats-antique-govinda-and-many-more. The event is all ages.
"The coolest thing about that venue is just how beautiful it is," Cappel said about Taos Mesa Brewing and its surrounding views. "The audience gets to see what's behind you."
The eclectic, highly experimental band appears along with Govinda and other acts as the Official PASEO After-party. See Page 20 for more details on the The PASEO.
Dan Irion is the managing partner and events booking manager at Taos Mesa Brewing. Referring to another large art/music show that recently played in Kit Carson Park this summer but was produced by Santa Fe entities, he said, "This show is 100 percent being produced by Taoseños."
Based in Oakland, Sidecar Tommy, David Satori, and Zoe Jakes form the trio of the 12-year-old Beats Antique. Their vision is far-reaching and, judging by the wildly popular U.S. tour they are on, heartfelt. Audiences respond to their barrier-breaking approach to music (follow them at instagram.com/beatsantique).
"Zoe is the front woman, the dancer. I know it's weird to say the dancer is the heart and soul of a musical act. But that's who people are coming for; she is the draw," Irion said.
Beats Antique has played Taos Mesa Brewing twice before. "One of those shows was our single biggest show in terms of ticket sales," Irion said. As of press time, ticket sales were brisk and on track to possibly break the previous record.
The band's official press biography captures their uniqueness with the first sentence: "It's impossible to describe Beats Antique using just a single genre."
In conversation, Cappel described Beats Antique as pouring a ton of performance elements into each and every show. Check out their Red Rocks Amphitheatre video to get an idea of how this band blows the minds of concertgoers: beatsantique.com/home.
Each show is different, but one can generally expect a live show of percussion, guitar, keys, lights, shadows, balls, hoops, acrobatics, lanterns, undulating dancers, costumes, storytelling, crowd participation, and oh, you know, puppetry.
Cappel is also a songwriter and producer for the band. Their latest CD, "Shadowbox," has impressive tracks such as "Burn Dub" and "Killer Bee." The latter song features Lafa Taylor. In a statement the band explained: "The track is about standing up to prejudices. Just because someone calls you a killer bee, doesn't mean you need to kill."
Now in its fourth year, the combination of the PASEO and the Official PASEO After-party is proving to be a powerful weekend draw. Hotel Luna Mystica is located next door to Taos Mesa Brewing. Dubbed as a "vintage trailer hotel and starlight campground," some campsites are still available. Learn more at hotellunamystica.com.
On a personal note, Cappel is super psyched about this trip to Taos. On other gigs, all of his visits were mostly in and out, though he would make an effort to eat somewhere locally and get a sense of the place. "This time, my girlfriend and I are spending three extra nights. It's her birthday, so we're going to hang out and check out Taos."