The Taos Roundup happened by happy accident — maybe. Kristeena Smith simply wanted to hear some live music and celebrate the one year anniversary of the Hitching Post Barber Shop. The grand opening the year before (2020) — which was meant to be a swirl of ribbon cutting and 200 tacos and fun — was cancelled two hours before the shindig due to a new COVID order stating no more than five people could gather together. Whomp.
So, last year, Smith approached her friend who owned the now-closed Salto about having shows in each of their spaces. Once Revolt Gallery owner, Steve McFarland, got involved, the two locations quickly evolved into eight and a whole day-long hop spot to spot on the Fourth of July.