16TH ANNUAL MICHAEL HEARNE'S BIG BARN DANCE: SEPT. 6-8
The Big Barn Dance started out as informal Saturday night neighborhood two-steppin’ parties on the outskirts of Taos. Folks just kept comin’, and the summer barn dances became a beloved tradition that music lovers and two-steppers look forward to year after year. Entering its 16th year, Michael Hearne’s Big Barn Dance Music Festival has transcended to being a premier musical event of the Southwest. This three-day Americana music festival plays out under the sun and stars in Kit Carson Park in the heart of Taos. More than 30 performers will grace the stage this year including Eliza Gilkyson & Mary Gauthier, Michael Martin Murphey, Shake Russell, Mike and the Moonpies, Tish Hinojosa, Bill Hearne Trio, Jimmy Stadler and, of course, Michael Hearne & South by Southwest.
Michael Hearne’s friendship with some of the most notable songwriters and bands in the world provides a showcase for musical excellence, allowing audiences an up-close and personal experience with songwriters as they spin tales revealing the creative process and the stories behind the songs. A rain or shine event. For more information, go online to bigbarndance.com.
BIG BARN DANCE PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE: THURSDAY, SEPT. 6
Doors open at noon
South by Southwest with Jimmy Stadler
Eliza Gilkyson & Mary Gauthier
Jason Eady & Courtney Patton
FRIDAY, SEPT. 7
Doors open at noon
Albert & Gage
Terri Hendrix & Lloyd Maines
Shake Russell & Michael Hearne
Michael Martin Murphey
Walt Wilkins and The Mystiquero
SATURDAY, SEPT. 8
Doors open at 11a.m.
Songwriting Workshop with Terri Hendrix & Lloyd Maines (10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Taos Community Auditorium, $35 for Big Barn Dance ticket holders)
Dance Lesson (10-11:30 a.m. at the Dance Tent)
Beat Root Revival
Bill Hearne Trio
Chris Hillman & Herb Pederson
Mike and the Moonpies
Gary P. Nunn
South by Southwest and special guests
44TH ANNUAL BLUEGRASS AND TRADITIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL: SEPT. 13-16
Head to Red River for this annual event featuring bluegrass and Americana musicians from all over the region who proudly swim in the deep currents of classic bluegrass, tried-and-true honky tonk, country swing and skillfully spun folk tales. "Bluegrass music and festivals are a worldwide fact of life and the number of such gatherings is growing every year. With roots in the traditional music of England, Scotland and Ireland, other influences can be found in this popular form of Americana," as stated by the organizers, Southwest Traditional and Bluegrass Music Association (better known as The Southwest Pickers). Among the featured acts scheduled to appear are Shawn Lane & Family, Nu-Blu, Blue Canyon Boys, The Family Sowell, Higher Ground Bluegrass, Hard Road Trio, The Merlettes (playing at the Saturday night Barn Dance at Red River Community House), Kitty Jo Creek, Salt & Pepper Shakers and more local and regional bands.
Saturday will feature contests for fiddle, banjo, guitar and songwriting at the Community House. Saturday will also feature workshops and jams. New this year is Gospel Sunday. Other events are the Band Scramble and impromptu Jams, which spontaneously form around the site in the barns, buildings and even the parking lot. Carry your instrument along when you’re in the mood to pick; you never know when a jam will break out.
The primary concert is held at Brandenburg Park. You are encouraged to bring your own lawn chairs, umbrellas, etc. All events are festival seating. Passes: all events $55; Friday only $25; Saturday only $35; Saturday 5 p.m.-close only $20; Gospel Sunday only $20; student age 13-22 all events $30; student day pass $10; and student Gospel Sunday $10. For more information and an updated lineup, go online to southwestpickers-festival.org.
SHORTGRASS MUSIC FESTIVAL: SEPT. 21, 7 P.M.
The Shortgrass Festival is a celebration of the open range and limitless sky comprising the grasslands of northeast New Mexico, and invites music lovers to enjoy the immense natural beauty of the area along with a feast of live music from some of the very best concert artists in the world. The last of the three-season concert series features Colorado band FY5, playing “new American roots” music at the Cimarrón Mercantile in Cimarrón, New Mexico. FY5 swims in the deep currents of American music, playing new songs, well-informed with countryand bluegrass traditions but not bound to them. Featuring thoughtful arrangements, strong vocals and musicianship, the band strives to connect to listeners with stories of common struggles and big ideas. While its sound evokes timelessness, it is decidedly contemporary, well-traveled 21st century sensibility that informs the band’s songwriting. For more information, visit shortgrassfestival.com.
RED RIVER FOLK FESTIVAL: SEPT. 21-23
From its beginning, folk music has been the voice and sound of the working class. It came from England, but its name is derived from the German volk, translated as “people.” It was a way for the illiterate to pass on stories (whether true or folklore) through song. By the 1930s, the style had changed, and of early contemporary American folk musicians, Burl Ives, The Weavers, Harry Belafonte, The Kingston Trio and Woody Guthrie are widely credited as significant contributors to the genre. “Of the folk, by the folk, for the folk” — the Red River Folk Festival returns to the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in conjunction with the Aspencade Arts & Crafts Festival. For more information, visit redriverfolk.com
TAOS CHAMBER MUSIC GROUP: SEPT. 22-23 AND NOV. 10-11
The Taos Chamber Music Group announces its 26th season of “wild and scenic” music. Seven diff erent programs will take place from September 2018 through May, 2019, each performed twice in the intimate setting of the Arthur Bell Auditorium at the Harwood Museum of Art where TCMG is the resident chamber music group. TCMG’s unique flavor is informed by its Artistic and Executive Director Nancy Laupheimer, who is known for coming up with programs that have compelling connecting threads. A typical performance balances chamber music favorites with lesser known and contemporary works, and Laupheimer’s collaborative approach keeps TCMG’s vision fresh and innovative.
Themes often connect to timely sociopolitical issues as well as to the physical beauty and cultural diversity of the Taos area. The 26th season opens with “Common Ground” on September 22 and 23, 5:30 p.m., featuring Los Angeles Philharmonic violinist Vijay Gupta (who is also a TED Senior Fellow, Kennedy Center Citizen Artist and co-founder of Street Symphony). Gupta is known for being a speaker and advocate for artistic voices in social issues. Street Symphony composer-in-residence, Reena Esmail will also be in Taos to bring attention to music as a vehicle for social justice.
“Shadow and Light,” TCMG’s program influenced by the natural world, will take place on November 10 and 11. The auditorium at the Harwood Museum of Art is located at 238 Ledoux St., Taos. For tickets and more information, visit the Taos Chamber Music Group website at taoschambermusicgroup.org
FRANK MORGAN TAOS JAZZ FESTIVAL: NOV. 14-17
Bebop is a type of jazz originating in the 1940s and characterized by complex harmony and rhythms. It is associated particularly with Charlie Parker, Thelonious Monk and Dizzy Gillespie. Another legendary bebop jazz performer was Frank Morgan, albeit he often flew under the radar.
Morgan came to Taos from Minneapolis in 2000 to play a two-night gig. He loved it here, felt like he was left alone to just be himself. He lived in Taos for five years, until illness forced him to move back to Minneapolis to spend the last two years of his life with family. While in Taos, he was a regular performer at the Taos Inn. He suffered a stroke and developed cancer, but that didn’t slow him down much; he toured Europe until the last month of his life in 2007.
In his honor and to keep his sound alive, the Taos Jazz Bebop Society presents the 4th annual Frank Morgan Taos Jazz Festival. This popular jazz event features Morgan's protégé, alto saxophonist and singer-songwriter Grace Kelly (the Grace Kelly Quartet). Also in town will be George Cables, Doug Lawrence and Pete Amahl. Cables helped defi ne modern mainstream jazz piano of the 1980s and ‘90s. Saxophonist Lawrence and drummer Amahl are two of New Mexico’s hottest, most in-demand jazzmen. For tickets and more information, go online to taosjazz.org.
FRANK MORGAN JAZZ FESTIVAL SCHEDULE: FESTIVAL KICKOFF: WED., NOV. 14
A free, no-cover event at the Historic Taos Inn with Doug Lawrence and Pete Amahl.
JAZZ FILM: THUR., NOV. 15
Showing at the Taos Community Auditorium, fi lm TBA
THE GEORGE CABLES TRIO: FRI., NOV. 16
Performing at the Harwood Museum
A GRACE KELLY QUARTET DOUBLE HEADER”: SAT., NOV. 17
Saturday 3 p.m. at the Harwood Museum, Grace Kelly’s “Jazz Tribute” to Frank Morgan Saturday 7:30 p.m. at Taos Mesa Brewing Mothership, Grace Kelly Quartet performs her most current jazz and pop compositions.
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MUSIC FROM ANGEL FIRE: AUG/ 30-SEPT. 1
Since 1984, the festival from Moreno Valley is a touring organization serving the rural Northern New Mexico Rocky Mountain communities of Angel Fire, Taos, Raton and Las Vegas. The mission of Music from Angel Fire according to its website, is to share the experience of chamber music throughout the region by presenting intimate performances and educational outreach by exceptional young artists and world-class musicians. For more information, go to musicfromangelfire.org or call (575) 377-3233.
2018 MUSIC FROM ANGEL FIRE SCHEDULE: YOUNG ARTISTS' CONCERT: AUG. 30, 10 A.M.
Enjoy a free chamber music concert given by exceptional young artists from the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia at Eagle Nest Elementary School in Eagle Nest. Program to be announced. musicfromangelfire.org
FANFARES AND THE SUBLIME VIOLA QUINTETS OF MOZART PART 3: AUG. 30, 7:30 P.M.
The third and last in a series of three special summer programs covering all six iconic viola quintets of Mozart and all open with Fanfares. At 7 p.m., the evening begins with a musical conversation with Jonathan Coopersmith. Both events are held at United Church of Angel Fire. For more information, visit musicfromangelfire.org.
ANNUAL SALON CONCERT: SEPT. 1, 2 P.M.
The 35th anniversary season concludes with "Skits, Surround Sound, World Premiere and General Shenanigans," hosted by violinist and MC Toby Appel. The program is filled with both serious works and fun skits by the MFAF Artists and Young Artists. Held at the Angel Fire Community Center. musicfromangelfire.org
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