With the weather gradually warming, the anticipation is growing for all sorts of music and entertainment possibilities in Taos ...
With the weather gradually warming, the anticipation is growing for all sorts of music and entertainment possibilities in Taos. What follows is a selection of events to check out this week. Of course this only scratches the surface. There's a lot more to be seen in this week's print edition of Tempo magazine inside your weekly edition of The Taos News on newsstands now.
Music and more at The Mothership
First, it's the family-friendly and inspiring music of Trout Fishing in America, then it's the rousing, extremely danceable Lat'in Go Party with Baracutanga. It's all happening at the Taos Mesa Brewing Mothership this weekend.
Trout Fishing in America — Keith Grimwood and Ezra Idlet — is an eclectic folk/rock band perhaps best known for family-children's music. Watch for them Friday (March 8) at 8 p.m. Songs like “My Hair Had a Party Last Night,” “18 Wheels on a Big Rig,” and “When I Was a Dinosaur” have earned them a place in the hearts of kids and parents everywhere. Besides their quirky and memorable kids performances, Trout has electrified festivals and performing arts centers across North America with their deep catalogue of "adult" songs.
Baracutanga, performing Saturday (March 9) at 8 p.m., is a seven-piece band representing four different countries (Bolivia, Ecuador, Peru, USA) that prides itself on arranging traditional South American rhythms in new and interesting ways, such as huayño and cumbia with Middle-Eastern darbuka or mixing Afro-Cuban bata and Afro-Peruvian festejo with Andean zampoñas, among several other rhythmic combinations. This kind of experimentation, coupled with blending ancestral traditions with a modern sensibility, has resulted in an exciting and distinct Latin flavor all its own that leaves dancing crowds always wanting more. Local band Sol Connection opens.
Cover for each show is $10. The Mothership is located at 20 ABC Mesa Road, off U.S. 64 west out by the Taos Municipal Airport. For more, call (575) 758-1900 or visit taosmesabrewing.com.
Nell Shaw Cohen to speak on 'Inspired by Place'
A talk by Brooklyn-based composer Nell Shaw Cohen, three-time recipient of the artist residency grant from the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation, is planned Friday (March 8), 5:30 p.m., in the Arthur Bell Auditorium at the Harwood Museum, 238 Ledoux Street. Cohen evokes landscapes, visual art and the lives of mavericks in lyrical works for the stage, concert hall and digital media. Cohen will discuss her creative process through projects developed at the Wurlitzer Foundation--including her chamber opera about Mabel Dodge Luhan's life in Taos, as well as her upcoming opera about women in rodeo commissioned by Houston Grand Opera. She will also screen multimedia video work inspired by places in nature. Audience Q&A to follow. Admission is $10 or free to Harwood Museum members and Wurlitzer residents. Call (575) 758-9826.
The Rifters live at KTAOS
Don Richmond, Rod Taylor, and Jim Bradley make up this country trio with beautiful three part harmonies and music ranging from driving bluegrass to ethereal desert beauty. Bring your dancing shoes to The Rifters' Friday (March 8) show starting at 8 p.m. in the Pavilion at the KTAOS Solar Center, 9 State Road 150, north of El Prado. Cover is $10. All ages welcome with parent or guardian supervision. For more, call (575) 758-5826 or visit ktao.com.
Angel Fire CountryFest rolls out for spring break
Enjoy Spring Break at Angel Fire Resort with live music, food, games, and more! Celebrating all things country, guests can enjoy five days of music and entertainment from the beautiful summit to the rip roaring Village Haus Bar. “Wednesday we will highlight the best of the best with an outdoor concert on the Snow Stage beginning at 3 p.m. with a beer garden and coke fun zone on the deck. Bring your cowboy hats, and boots to get you into the dancing mood,” an announcement reads.
The schedule for Sunday (March 10) includes Melissa Brooks from 1-3 p.m. at the Summit, and Austin Layne from 4-8 p.m. at the Village Haus. Then, on Monday (March 11) watch for David Grace from 1-3 at Summit, and Melissa Brooke from 4-8 p.m. at the Village Haus. On Tuesday (March 12), check out Austin Layne from 1-3 p.m. at Summit, and David Grace from 4-8 p.m. at the Village Haus.
On Wednesday (March 13) it’s Austin Layne from 1-3 p.m. at Summit; Melissa Brooke and David Grace from 3-5 p.m. on the Snow Stage; and then The Philip Griffin Band from 5-7 p.m. on the Snow Stage. The festival rounds out Thursday (March 14) with The Philip Griffin Band from 1-3 p.m. at Summit; and then Melissa Brooke and Austin Layne from 4-8 p.m. at the Village Haus.
For more information, contact the resort at (800) 633-7463.
Teen performance at Peñasco Theatre
A performance by talented teens to benefit the Peñasco Theatre After School and Summer Programs is planned Saturday (March 9), 7 p.m., and Sunday (March 10) at 2 p.m. “Some of these performers have studied with us from a very young age and now are instructors themselves, assisting with the younger classes. If you haven't experienced the magic of the Peñasco Theatre, now is your chance. And if you have, you'll not want to miss this show,” a press release states. Tickets are $20, $5 children under 12. Cash or check at the door or purchase through Brown Paper Tickets using credit card. “We appreciate any support — no one will be turned away,” the release states.
Biscello to launch new book
Local author, poet and playwright, John Biscello, will read from his debut poetry collection, “Arclight” on Tuesday (March 12), 7 p.m., at Studio 107-B on the northside of Taos Plaza. Copies of the book will be available for purchase. The evening will also include special musical guests, Ben Wright and David Costanza. Admission is free and the public is invited. For more, call (575) 779-7832.
Three poets to read at SOMOS
Three poets, Rebecca Aronson, Charlie Bondhus and Juan Morales, are planning a powerhouse reading Sunday (March 10), from 3-4:30 p.m., at SOMOS, 108 Civic Plaza Drive. Aronson is the author of "Ghost Child of the Atalanta Bloom," winner of the 2016 Orison Books poetry prize and finalist for the 2017 Arizona/New Mexico book awards, and "Creature, Creature," winner of the Main-Traveled Roads Poetry Prize. She is co-founder and co-host of "Bad Mouth," a series of words and music in Albuquerque, where she also teaches writing. Bondhus is the author of "Divining Bones" (Sundress, 2018) and "All the Heat We Could Carry" (Main Street Rag, 2013), winner of the Thom Gunn Award for Gay Poetry. And Morales is the author of three poetry collections: "Friday and the Year That Followed," "The Siren World," and "The Handyman's Guide to End Times" (UNM Press). The event is free and open to all. Call (575) 758-1181 for more information.
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