In Taos, when you hear the band is Katy P and The Business, you know there's a lot of fun to be had. So much fun, the folks who put together the lineup for tonight's (Aug. 1) Taos Plaza …
In Taos, when you hear the band is Katy P and The Business, you know there's a lot of fun to be had. So much fun, the folks who put together the lineup for Thursday night's (Aug. 1) Taos Plaza Live show decided to give them the full two hours onstage starting at 6 p.m.
Taos Plaza Live is a free community concert each Thursday from 6-8 p.m. in the heart of the downtown historic district. It is produced by the Taos County Chamber of Commerce, thanks to the support of local businesses and organizations.
The show is being designated Back-to-School Night, which means the chamber will be featuring a special emphasis on easing kids back into the school year. But, when it comes to the music, the band's lead vocalist Katy Palmier says, "We're just basically going to do all of our fun songs in the set."
Palmier has a reputation for belting out a highly danceable mix of soul, rock 'n' roll and pop covers that are both infectious and gyration-inducing. Palmier is a professional singer and studio artist, actress and dancer. A few years ago, she was named Best Female Artist at the Southwest Independent Music Awards.
Singing everything from Portuguese Carnival to jazz, blues, gospel, funk, soul and rock, Palmier has been in a wide variety of bands in Taos, according to a 2016 story by Tempo's "The Hum" columnist Ariana Kramer. In addition, she has appeared in musical theater productions and plays. When not engaged in music, Palmier loves to practice piano, yoga, take dance classes, hang out with friends (including her dogs) and rock climb.
As for her bandmates, Norm Cutliff III plays drums and Ryan Beckwith rocks on lead guitar.
Cutliff has been a professional studio and touring drummer for the past 18 years, Kramer writes. He can easily dip into a repertoire that includes hip-hop, funk and electronica. Cutliff says his biggest musical influences are "people that dance." Beckwith graduated from Berklee School of Music in 2009. Rumor has it he is "70 percent water and 30 percent rock 'n' roll."
"We've got the whole night so we've got all kinds of time to do all of our fun dance smashes and all that stuff," Palmier said.
The band used to be a quartet but now it's a trio, so it takes a little work to "dial-in the songs" for a set, but they've been together long enough that rehearsal is usually quick and down to business, so to speak. "Our rehearsals usually last about three to four hours. So, two or three rehearsals - that's good time."
Picking the songs is a collaboration, she said. "Sometimes they work out, sometimes they don't." But, if you've heard them play, the tunes that get people up and dancing can range from Prince, Chaka Khan, Fleetwood Mac, Daft Punk, Tool and Led Zeppelin to Adele, Katy Perry and Taylor Swift. But, don't expect them to sound just like the record. Katy P and The Business have their own style and put a definite Taos twist to the music.
So, put your dancin' shoes on and get ready for a fun time.
For more information, call the Taos Chamber of Commerce at (575) 751-8800.
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