What's happening in Taos?

Here's a brief rundown on a few arts and entertainment events this week

By Tempo staff
Posted 6/5/19

There's a lot of things happening this week in the Taos area. What follows are a few brief items to kind of whet your appetite ...

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What's happening in Taos?

Here's a brief rundown on a few arts and entertainment events this week


There's a lot of things happening this week in the Taos area. What follows are a few brief items to kind of whet your appetite. For even more, pick up a copy of Tempo magazine inside The Taos News on sale bright and early Thursday morning.

Second annual Ash Fest set to rock The Mothership

“Every day, 42 children are diagnosed with cancer. Each year approximately 15,500 parents will hear the words ‘Your child has cancer.’ The average cost in a hospital for a child with cancer is $40,000 per stay. We want to help! On Saturday (June 8) help us support Ashley Quintanilla and her battle with cancer. In loving memory of her father and mother who passed away in 2018,” an announcement reads. The event that organizers are putting together for the second year is called Ash Fest and it’s happening from 7-11 p.m. at the Taos Mesa Brewing Mothership, 20 ABC Mesa Road, off U.S. 64 west.

This is no ordinary cancer benefit. The live bands include local faves Bones of Romeo; Third Degree, an AC/DC tribute band; Hartless, playing some of rock’s greatest hits; and Prince of Darkness, an Ozzy Osbourne tribute band. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 day of show. They are available at the venue or at taosmesabrewing.com.

Bones of Romeo is a high-energy rock ‘n’ roll band based out of Taos. The band covers rock hits from the classic rock era to the present. The band also writes original tunes which they include in their sets.

Third Degree is New Mexico’s premier tribute to AC/DC. From the early days to the present, Third Degree, led by Miles Fisher (vocals, guitars), nails the voice of AC/DC to a T. From “TNT” to “Back in Black,” the band covers four decades of the band. Backed by Scott Gifford, lead guitar, Ken Kashuba, bass, and Mike Mistretta, drums, Third Degree will take you on a dynamic journey covering the hits from the early Bon Scott days to the present fronted by Brian Johnson.

The band Hartless is an “in-your-face” variety rock band that was conceived after a Super Bowl event at Buffalo Thunder Resort and Casino. They perform the greatest rock classics of all time.

Last but not least, Prince of Darkness is a world-class tribute to Osbourne during the Randy Rhoads era. The band formed in 2014 out of Albuquerque from previous tributes to Ozzy and Black Sabbath; Suicide Solution and Bloody Sabbath. Influences include The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Dio, Iron Maiden, Deep Purple and King Diamond.

For more, call the venue at (575) 758-1900.

Music and fun at KTAOS

The Rifters will perform some legendary Taos country music Friday (June 7), 8 p.m., at the KTAOS Solar Center, 9 State Road 150, north of El Prado. Tickets are $10. This is an all-ages show with parent or guardian supervision.

“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,” a press release states. “The Rifters are well known for keeping the crowd moving so when you come out this Friday night, be sure to bring you dancing shoes.”

Then, a favorite of the Taos entertainment scene starts up once again. We’re talking about “Off the Cuff Live,” a Monday night music series featuring local musicians covering the work of selected chart-topping artists. The first show of the season on Monday (June 10) will feature a “Bee Gees Tribute” by Jimmy Stadler, Bob Andrews and Brent Berry. Music begins at 7 p.m. sharp. Get there early as this is a live recording. Doors will close at 7 p.m. Cover is $5.

The show is recorded live and then broadcast on KTAO-FM 101.9 the following Sunday at 6 p.m.

Also, make note of nonmusic events at the Solar Center such as the KTAOS Solar Volleyball League that gets together every Tuesday and Friday at 5 p.m. Participation is free, no teams necessary. And, on Wednesdays at 6 p.m., it’s Art ‘n a Glass. This is a special evening of painting in a social setting. A special guest artist is available and no experience is necessary. In fact, all materials are included. Tickets are $20 each per session which includes extended Happy Hour pricing and selected wines each week.

Then, mark your calendars for Thursday (June 13). That’s when Bob Livingston will perform live at the Solar Center with Don Richmond, one of the founding members of The Lost Gonzo Band. Richmond, as mentioned, above, is a well-known regional musician whose work with The Rifters and his Howling Dog Studios in Alamosa, Colorado, is legendary. Tickets are $15, all ages welcome with parent or guardian supervision.

For more information on these and other events at KTAOS, call (575) 758-5826 or visit ktao.com.

Campfire history series launches at Wild Rivers

The Second Saturday Campfire Lecture Series kicks off Saturday (June 8), 7 p.m., at the Wild Rivers Amphitheater in Cerro, north of Questa. Titled “Cuentos y Historias de Questa, A Glimpse Into the Past,” the first in this Campfire Talk series will feature guest speaker, Flavio Cisneros.

Cisneros went from being raised in San Antonio del Río Colorado (the original name of Questa) to military service in Germany, back to Questa as a teacher, then he retired and now volunteers restoring and maintaining Questa’s historic St. Anthony Catholic Church. “It is amazing how many people, young and old, know so little about the history of our surroundings,” Cisneros said in a statement.

As a founding member of the Questa History Trail, Cisneros will be talking about some of the legends, stories and historic areas in and around the Questa area during then Wild Rivers talk.

Every second Saturday from June until August, the Río Grande del Notre National Monument at Wild Rivers is hosting a Campfire Talk. All events will take place the Visitor Center Amphitheater.

For more information, call Bureau of Land Management Wild Rivers Park Ranger Tim Long at (575) 586-1150.

Brusselback to read at SOMOS

A book signing, slide show and poetry reading to celebrate the release of Hank Brusselback’s 12th artist book, “Clowns Dancing on a Tank,” Sunday (June 9), 4-6 p.m., at SOMOS, 108 Civic Plaza Drive in Taos. It is described as “a memoir of an artist dealing with the challenges of the political maelstrom that has engulfed us in the last couple years.” Each poet will tackle the subject in his or her fashion. The poets are Gaia Mika, Judy Buffaloe, Linda Fair and Judith Thompson. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call (575) 758-0081 or visit somostaos.org.

Artist David Vedoe shows at Farmhouse Café

A selection of summery and fun, colorful acrylic and mixed-media paintings by David Vedoe will be on display at the Farmhouse Café, at the Overland Sheepskin compound, 1045 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, El Prado, three miles North of Taos Plaza. Check out his wild flowers, adobe buildings and various things in small and miniature sizes. Daily 8 a.m.-4 p.m. For more information, call (575) 758-5683.

Taos artist Glory Ann Penington shows in Kansas

“Through My Eyes: Photography of the Southwest – and Beyond” will be showing at the Lumberyard Arts Center in Baldwin City, Kansas, from June 1-28. The solo show features landscapes and architecture from Glory Ann Penington’s “beloved” Southwest and Taos, where she lives, plus images from Maine to her Kansas City birthplace to California. Her photos are also included in a recently released book of poems by Gary McLaughlin, “Markings,” on sale during the show (and she will be happy to read a poem to you). The artist’s reception is Friday, June 21 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Lumberyard Arts Center, 718 High Street, Baldwin City, Kansas (only 45 minutes west of Kansas City). Visit LumberyardArtsCenter.org, email info@lumberyardartscenter.org or call (785) 594-3196.


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