If this was supposed to be the year live music returned after going underground due to the pandemic, then so far 2021 is not looking that great either.
With COVID-19 vaccinations slowly but surely rolling out, it's projected most Americans will not be able to get immunized until at least the summer, which means large gatherings will continue to be discouraged.
Concerts and festivals, which traditionally gear up in the spring and run through the fall, are already making adjustments. The annual South by Southwest music, film and tech conference is going virtual this year after being completely canceled in 2020. Coachella and Stagecoach, two massive festivals in California, have been canceled for the second year in a row. Summerfest in Wisconsin and Bonnaroo in Tennessee, two of the largest summer music festivals, have both been postponed until September.
Here in Taos, we are just as eager to see live music return to our many local stages, and in this issue, Tempo talks to local promoters and musicians to get a feel for the current temperature in our neck of the woods. We wax nostalgic, with Morgan Timms' photographs capturing the glory days of what once was, and hopefully will be again. And on our cover, a shot of a July 4th event in Kit Carson Park taken by Heather Lynn Sparrow, says it all.
We know Taos is hot and has become a fave destination spot for hipsters from far-flung places - just last week Georgia Jagger (daughter of Mick Jagger and Jerry Hall), was sighted at the Cellar with a Taos-based artist pal.
Where Stones roll, live music will gradually return.
This year's Gallery Guide (edited by yours truly), out today, celebrates the ongoing reconstruction of the former Mission Gallery into the Lunder Research Center, an adjunct to the Couse-Sharp site -- a world-class repository of tricultural archives. We go behind the scenes with three Taos artists and learn how they balance creativity with the business of art. Inside you'll discover 70 unique galleries, maps, an artist index and more!
We also meet Moriah Stanton, owner of MoMo gallery of Taos, and learn her vision featuring Taos artists' works and sustainable clothing lines from around the globe. Unfortunately on the way from editorial to production, Arielle Christian's byline got lost, and the MoMo story wound up being attributed to me. Wrong!
And we plan to right it, by running Christian's complete story, uncut, in next week's issue.
As the weather warms up and Taoseños head outdoors, don't forget to support our vibrant art scene, which has not only survived, but thrived during the pandemic. Just ask J. Matt Thomas who is back with his monthly missive, Out of the studio.