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Taos Mesa Brewing features 12 distinct house beers on draught at all times. On any given day, you will be able to enjoy light, thirst quenching beers like our Kolsch .45 and Sabor del Sol Pilsner, as well as full bodied, hearty dark beers like our Black Widow Porter or Great Scot! Scottish, or a bright and hoppy IPA. Our 10 barrel all grain infusion mash brewhouse is working overtime to fill our fermenters and cold storage vessels with high quality beer. Top quality, consistent, and highly quaffable beers are the TMB signature.



On Tap at The Mothership
On Tap at the Taos Tap Room
Jan 17th 2020 8:00pm
Dust City Opera
Jan 18th 2020 7:00pm
Are You Happy? With DJs Miles Bonny and Stevie Digital
Jan 19th 2020 7:00pm
Ry Taylor and the Sidetrips
Jan 23rd 2020 7:00pm
Joshua Bain with Ry Warner
Jan 25th 2020 7:00pm
Second Wind Endeavor & Desert Prose
Jan 26th 2020 7:00pm
Lisa Joyce & the Clementines
Jan 29th 2020 7:00pm
Susan Gibson
Jan 30th 2020 8:00pm
Grant Farm
Jan 31st 2020 8:00pm
Landon Wordwell & Roar X. Arithmetic TOUR LIVE IN TAOS!
Feb 1st 2020 7:00pm
The Rifters
Feb 8th 2020 8:00pm
The Lil Smokies
Feb 14th 2020 8:00pm
TNERTLE w/ Telemetry
Feb 16th 2020 7:00pm
That 1 Guy
Feb 21st 2020 8:00pm
Magic Beans
Mar 7th 2020 7:30pm
Tootie Heath's Whole Drum Truth
Mar 8th 2020 7:00pm
Toubab Krewe
Mar 22nd 2020 7:00pm
Wovenhand
May 28th 2020 6:00pm
Monolith on The Mesa

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Dust City Opera

Taos Mesa Brewing

1/17/2020 8:00pm

$7 ADV/ $10 DOS · 7:00pm · All Ages / Bar with ID
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American folk-rock group, Dust City Opera, will be returning to Taos Mesa Brewing Mothership. The band received an enthusiastic crowd at their first Taos show in November and will be returning with brand new music!


Dust City Opera drew international attention with their 2019 debut album, "Heaven" and have announced another album currently in the works.

The Weekly Alibi described Dust City Opera’s style as, “outrageously interesting” and Albuquerque the Magazine noted, “the band’s arresting debut album [has] an unusual and distinctive range of textures.”

Heaven is available on all major streaming platforms. Listen on Spotify now: https://open.spotify.com/artist/3EyM5DX0Qhb8noV3cioUpd

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Dust City Opera is the American Southwest’s fastest-rising indie folk-rock band led by singer/songwriter Paul Hunton. They’re known for their unique instrumentation and crafty songwriting, juxtaposing dark, bold subject matter over whimsical, light-hearted melodies. Hunton’s songwriting is strikingly visual and spans the spectrum from playful to apocalyptic, balancing his powerful voice over exceptional arrangements of dreamy guitar licks and intensely rich horns.

They have been compared to the likeness of Tom Waits, Modest Mouse, and Cake with an acoustic, folksy richness that is paired with a unique instrumentation of clarinets, trombone, accordion, the occasional vibraslap, (and YELLING!).

Please get in touch with Sydney Counce at sydney@dustcityopera.com for guest list, interviews, or promo copies of Heaven.

WEBSITE: http://dustcityopera.com
FACEBOOK: http://facebook.com/dustcityopera

Are You Happy? With DJs Miles Bonny and Stevie Digital

1/18/2020 7:00pm

FREE · 6:00pm · All Ages / Bar with ID
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Are You Happy? with DJs Miles Bonny & Stevie Digital! Come out to the Mothership and enjoy a fun dance party break from reality!!

Ry Taylor and the Sidetrips

1/19/2020 7:00pm

$5 · 6:00pm · All Ages / Bar with ID
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Singer, songer writer Ry Taylor was born and raised on Philmont boyscout ranch in Cimarron, NM.  He attended South Plains College in Levelland, TX and received certificates in commercial music, live sound, and studio technician.  He has been playing music professionally since he was 15, in the enchanted circle as well as neighboring states such as Colorado, Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, and Arkansas 

Ry's genre has been best described as Acoustic Groove, Americana, Latin Jazz, Alternative Rock, and then some...

Joshua Bain with Ry Warner

1/23/2020 7:00pm

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Joshua Bain Hailing from the flatlands of West Texas and now Taos, NM, Joshua Bain is a singer and songwriter of Americana and Rock & Roll music. Former frontman of the short-lived rock and roll outfit, The Dirtlegs, Bain is a singer of serenades and has been known for stomping holes in the stage.

Ry Warner is a country and folk musician based out of Tucson and Madrid who tours internationally.

Eugene / August James & the Lovesick Symphony

Taos Mesa Brewing

1/24/2020 8:00pm

$5 · 7:00pm · All Ages / Bar with ID
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August James and the Lovesick Symphony are a Country+ band from Albuquerque, NM. August has been writing and performing his own music since 2014. With the 2019 addition of the “Lovesick Symphony”, the performance has gone from a solo acoustic performance to a full modern ensemble. 

 

Second Wind Endeavor & Desert Prose

Taos Mesa Brewing

1/25/2020 7:00pm

$7 · 6:00pm · All Ages / Bar with ID
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Second Wind Endeavor-

Based in Taos, New Mexico, The Second Wind Endeavor (TSWE) is a musical project powered by brains and hearts and bodies. Comprised of five friends passionate about music-making and performing, TSWE seeks to incorporate diverse musical influences and styles into its music, including rock & roll, old-time, soul, folk, funk, classical, and rhythm & blues. Featuring Michael Virga on guitar and lead vocals, Evan Sanchez on drums and cajon, Rose Dragoo on viola and vocals, Jesse Reist on cello and banjo, and Tristan Craig on bass, the band draws together a wide variety of musical backgrounds to create a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts.

 

Taking notes on everyone from Chuck Berry to Alabama Shakes, Ray Charles to Norah Jones, Robert Johnson to Derek Trucks, Pete Seeger to Ani Difranco, Bill Monroe to Chris Thile, and James Brown to Snarky Puppy, TSWE holds ambitions to make its own mark, however lengthy or brief, on the larger musical landscape. We are endeavoring to make something new using old ingredients, and we call it Folkestra Soulfunk.

During the summer of 2018, The Second Wind Endeavor released their debut recording, The Casita Sessions, which begins to explore those ambitions on a four-song EP that's sure to tickle your sonic tastebuds. Listen to The Casita Sessions here on the TSWE website or on SoundCloud. 

 

DESERT PROSE- 

 

Based out of Taos, New Mexico, Desert Prose consists of Marisa Ireland and Tom Pryor. Perfecting their unique sound for several years, Tom and Marisa are an indie/folk duo drenched in harmony and the dreamy sounds of pedal steel.

Lisa Joyce & the Clementines

1/26/2020 7:00pm

$5 · 6:00pm · All Ages / Bar with ID
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"Lisa  is one of New Mexico's most soulful singer songwriters. Her voice is rich and expressive ...Lisa brings a unique and authentic perspective to the music"- Vivian Nesbitt, Art of the Song.
Taos, New Mexico-based Lisa Joyce's clear-as-a-bell singing and poetic, sometimes wry lyrics, flecked with bits of groove, blues, and country soul, have an entrancing effect on listeners and fellow songwriters alike. With deep roots in the Southwest's folk and Americana music scene, as well studying and working with musical artists from Austin to Nashville, Lisa writes and performs, as Townes Van Zandt said, 'for the sake of the song".
 

 

Susan Gibson

Taos Mesa Brewing

1/29/2020 7:00pm

$10 ADV / $15 DO · 6:00pm · All Ages / Bar with ID
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One of the reasons Susan Gibson always keeps a banjo close at hand, be it in the studio or at every show she plays, is because she likes the "lift" it brings to counterbalance a particularly heavy lyric: "Almost like it's got a smile attached to it," she says. But as much as she loves the instrument, the fact is, she really doesn't have to reach for it that often. Not because she shies away from such material, but because her naturally buoyant melodies and warmly reassuring, conversational singing and writing voice more often than not provide all the lift she needs to light up any song, room, or mood. For proof, just listen to The Hard Stuff — the award-winning Texas songwriter's seventh release as a solo artist and her first full-length album since 2011's Tight Rope. Much like the EP that preceded it, 2016's Remember Who You Are, the aptly-titled The Hard Stuff is rooted in grief; Gibson wrote the album in the midst of coming to terms with the death of first one parent and then the other in the span of four years, a time during which she says her career became far less of a priority to her than her family. But it was that very period of slowing down for emotional recalibration that ultimately pulled her out of the dark and back into the light. As she sings on The Hard Stuff's disarmingly playful title track, "Nothing lifts a heavy heart like some elbow grease and a funny bone" — and even when Gibson's not laughing at herself, her refreshingly clear-eyed perspectives on matters of life, love, work, and loss (sometimes all within the same song, as in the invigorating opener "Imaginary Lines" and the deeply moving "Wildflowers in the Weeds") illuminate the whole album with a spirit-charging current of resiliency. Of course, anyone familiar with Gibson's music knows that she's had that in her all along, from her salad days in the beloved Amarillo, Texas-based Amerciana band the Groobees back in the ’90s and from the get-go of her solo career with 2003's Chin Up. It was even all there at the very beginning, when she wrote a little song in college called "Wide Open Spaces" that grew up to become (with a little help from the Dixie Chicks) one of the biggest country songs of all time. Turns out all she had to do to rediscover it and get herself back on the road to embracing both life and art was to heed the best advice her father ever gave her, three little words that millions of Dixie Chicks fans (and a whole lotta Susan Gibson fans over the years, too) sing along to at every show: "Check the oil!

 

 

 

Grant Farm

Taos Mesa Brewing

1/30/2020 8:00pm

$7 ADV/ $10 DOS · 7:00pm · All Ages / Bar with ID
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 "Grant Farm delivers an instant American classic with Broke In Two. Superb songwriting, fresh ensemble playing, and first-rate singing make this an early contender for best record of 2019." - Neal Casal (Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Ryan Adams and the Cardinals)

            "We Are One, Broke In Two, Out In This Strange Place, Who Are You?" The opening lines of the title track raise this question. So who is Grant Farm, and what are they trying to tell us?

            Grant Farm is a brotherhood with a song to sing and a story to tell. The double-vinyl release, Broke In Two (June 14, 2019), delves deep into the human relationship with the mystic, furthering the storylines and characters introduced on Kiss The Ground (2016). A testament of empathy for the working people in this demanding modern world, Kiss The Ground was "an appropriate soundtrack to an era that bred Bernie Sanders and widespread societal discontent." - Kiran Herbert (Relix Magazine). Broke In Two is an evolution of this concept, developing Archetypal characters such as The Innocent One and The Wanderer in the song "Arjuna The Believer", Nester the Condemned and The Monarch King in "Nester", and introducing The Rebel in "Life Of Riley" and the Caregiver in "Tumbleweed". Real life experiences interplay with these characters, especially in "River Styx" and "The Salmon Song", both of which reflect true experiences of loss and lessons passed on to the bereaved. The depth and breadth of the songs and stories on Broke In Two are punctuated by the band's virtuosic musicianship, clever arrangements, and top-notch group vocals.

            Grant Farm was established in 2010 by guitarist/vocalist Tyler "The Champ" Grant, a National Flatpicking Champion and former member of the Emmitt/Nershi Band, Adrienne Young and Little Sadie, and Abigail Washburn. The original lineup featured Andy Thorn (Leftover Salmon) and Keith Moseley (String Cheese Incident). Bassist/vocalist Adrian "ACE" Engfer, a veteran of West-Coast touring groups Hot Soup and Dukes of Ted, joined in 2011, just in time for the band's eponymous debut album, released in 2012 on Grant Central Records. Drummer Sean "Magic" Macaulay signed on in 2013 after touring the world with Donovan Frankenreiter, bringing a new energy and refined sound, as heard on the sophomore release Plowin' Time (2014). The final piece of the cohesive Grant Farm unit of today was the addition of keyboardist/vocalist Kevin "Money" McHugh, a popular dueling piano entertainer and session musician. Kevin's pitch-perfect singing solidified the vocal trio with Tyler and Adrian, and the meteoric evolution of Sean's songwriting, along with the other three established composers, were the elements that crystallized into a true collective where the whole exceeds the sum of the parts.

            Hard work and ambition are key elements of the Grant Farm ethos, as are love, community, and connection, which the band describes as "Farmily". A landmark collaboration with the band Fruition spawned the Meeting On the Mountain EP (2014), which included the campfire classic "Meet Me On The Mountain", a co-write between Fruition's Jay Cobb Anderson and Tyler Grant. This theme was so intriguing that the band created their own video broadcast series, The Meeting on the Mountain LIVE Broadcast, which aired eleven episodes between 2015 and 2018, and resulted in Grant Farm's stellar 2018 album Meeting On The Mountain LIVE, Vol.1, a collection of the finest performances from the broadcast series, featuring musical guests such as Todd Sheaffer (Railroad Earth), Andy Hall (Infamous Stringdusters), Megan Burtt, Reed Foehl, and John Magnie (Subdudes).

            So that's who Grant Farm is, but what do they sound like? You'll have to listen to find out, but the genre bending outfit has developed the tag "Cosmic Americana" to appease curious definers. With firm grounding in American Roots Music (especially Rock and Roll), a skilled and seasoned air of professionality, a bent ear to the spirit of the fresh and new and a keen interest in the divine, Grant Farm has created their own unique sound which has helped them build a strong following of Farmily across the country. Years of touring the Festival and Club circuit, along with real life joy, hardship, and tragedy, has brought this band of brothers as close as kin. Togetherness brings greatness, as is built into the band name - a light-hearted spin on the industrious "Ant Farm".

"This Quartet has found its own sound in the seams between Country, Bluegrass and Rock and Roll" - Jim Lauderdale

"They had three guys who sang impressive lead vocals. The songs were really good. Grant Farm headlining Red Rocks on a mountain summer night? It ought to happen and I’d buy a ticket." - Craig Havighurst (Review of Music City Roots Performance November 2016)Review of Music City Roots Performance November 2016)"This Quartet has found its own sound in the seams between Country, Bluegrass and Rock and Roll" - Jim Lauderdale

"They had three guys who sang impressive lead vocals. The songs were really good. Grant Farm headlining Red Rocks on a mountain summer night? It ought to happen and I’d buy a ticket." - Craig Havighurst (Review of Music City Roots Performance November 2016)

Landon Wordwell & Roar X. Arithmetic TOUR LIVE IN TAOS!

1/31/2020 8:00pm

$10 · 7:00pm · All Ages / Bar with ID
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Hip Hop showcase with performances by:
LANDON WORDSWELL
ROAR X
IZZY STRANGE
HARVEY LISTEN
IMPRESS
NEIGHT LARCEN

Landon Worswell

Landon Wordswell is a 27 year old San Francisco, CA & Eugene, OR resident. These two cities combined have influenced the emcee's tenacity, perspective, and insight. Landon's stage performance & delivery have been praised on tours both nationally & internationally for it's captivating crowd appeal & intricate rhyme schemes.

Izzy Strange

Stephen Hernley aka Izzy Strange is an American rapper and songwriter. He was raised in the rural area of Scottdale, Pennsylvania. The producer/emcee has opened up for the likes of Corey Gunz, K Camp, Chris Webby, Hi-Rez, Milo, Blu & Exile, Kat Dahlia, RITTZ, Illogic, Soul Kahn, Real Deal, Louis Logic, Ceschi Ramos and more.

Neight Larcen

With soulful melodies, Boom Bap rhythms and vocal conviction Neight Larcen continues to raise the bar in Hip Hop production, lyricism and originality. Larcen was the former vocalist/front man for the Rock Hip Hop ‘n Funk sextet “Quixotic” for over a decade. Since then has been Traveling the world sharing his music with people of all demographics.

The Rifters

2/1/2020 7:00pm

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The Rifters formed in 2002 in the fertile and creative music scene of Taos, New Mexico from members of two popular bands already active in the area. Jim Bradley and Don Richmond of Hired Hands, and Rod Taylor of the Rounders, who had all known one another for years playing in the acoustic dance-oriented Americana music scene of northern New Mexico, decided to join forces to form The Rifters. Putting out more music than it seems should be right for three guys on stage, the Rifters employ a wide range of acoustic and electric instruments, combined with soaring three-part harmonies, to provide a mesmerizing variety of music from driving blue-grama-grass to ethereal desert beauty. The years of playing to the dance crowds in their northern New Mexico homeland has given their music a toe-tapping rhythm that is engaging and undeniable. With a pedigree of bands like Hired Hands, the Rounders, and South by Southwest among them, the Rifters are truly a musical voice of their region of high desert vistas and mountain majesty.

And just what sort of music do The Rifters play? From the liner notes to their self-titled first CD, released in July of 2004 on Howlin’ Dog Records: 

“It’s music that comes from where we come from – both from the high desert and mountain landscape of our home and from the background and experiences of our lives – sort of a laid-back high-energy gentle giant old blue-buffalo-grama-grassy, cowboy, folky, shake-a-leg with a smile sort of thing. A rift is a split or a gap, sort of the like the Rio Grande Rift that we all live on or around. But this music is more about bridging gaps. For us the music is what ties all the different times and places together. We hope you enjoy it.”

The Rifters released their second CD The Great River in 2011 which has been enthusiastically received by fans, friends, and critics alike. It's a collection of both original tunes and songs by other writers that the Rifters have put their own stamp on and made their own.

In May of 2013 the band released a live CD, titled Live at the Sagebrush, featuring songs recorded over a period of a year at one of their favorite haunts, the Sagebrush Inn in Taos, New Mexico. From the liner notes of the CD - “Three voices and three sets of hands playing various combinations of instruments form the sound of the Rifters, captured here just as it comes off the stages of the “clubs along the Sangre de Cristo” to quote an Eliza Gilkyson song. And for decades, the Sagebrush Inn in Taos, New Mexico has been a place where you could hear the southwestern folk-Americana music of northern New Mexico, and also a place where you could see the dancers that form such a part of the ecology of the vibrant area music scene. The Rifters have played there regularly since their formation in 2002 and for many years before in their former bands The Rounders and Hired Hands. We decided to record our shows at the Sagebrush through 2012 and early 2013 with the idea of releasing a live album that carries a hint of the energy that happens there.”

In the spring of 2016 the band released their first all-original CD, Architecture of a Fire, with songs by all three band members, as well as a handful of co-writes with others, including Chuck Pyle on the title track. It also includes the full studio version of the popular song A Hundred Miles, which was also included on the live CD. One of the songs on Architecture, I Got News for You (written by the band with lyrics by Don’s wife Teri McCartney), was also covered by Michael Hearne and Shake Russell on their Only as Strong as Your Dreams 2016 Howlin’ Dog Records release.

The Rifters are:

Rod Taylor on guitar, mandolin, and vocals. Rod lives in Cimarron, New Mexico and is recently retired from being head of cattle operations at Philmont Ranch. In other words, he doesn’t just look like a cowboy. Although Rod is well known for playing traditional western music at cowboy poetry gatherings, his musical influences run from The Beatles to The Allman Brothers to old blues to Willis Alan Ramsey and back again. Rod’s rich lead vocals provide one of the most immediately recognizable elements of The Rifters’ distinctive sound.

Jim Bradley on bass and vocals. Jim is a long-time Taos resident and is a native New Mexican, born in Las Cruces. Jim’s powerful rhythmic and percussive playing provide the pulse for The Rifters’ energetic acoustic rhythms. He has played his Fender bass from Alaska to Manhattan and many places in between, from the mountain bars to the big festival stages with touring national acts. Jim holds down many of the high harmony vocals in the Rifters’ rich vocal arrangements, and with the release of “The Great River” has begun to stretch out into some lead vocals.

Don Richmond on guitar, mandolin, fiddle, banjo, pedal steel guitar, harmonica, accordion, trumpet and vocals. Don was a founding member of the near-legendary Colorado band Tumbleweed (1973 – 1990) and the Colorado-New Mexico band Hired Hands (1992). Don lives in Alamosa, Colorado and also owns and operates Howlin’ Dog Recording, one of the most respected acoustic-oriented recording studios in the region, and has appeared on dozens of recordings by many of the region’s top artists, as well as numerous projects under his own name and with his former bands. Don’s multi-instrumental skills help provide the variety and excitement audiences enjoy in a Rifters’ performance. He also covers lead and harmony vocals.

The Rifters are at home at a barn dance with the hay and the horses, in a mountain town bar or honky-tonk, or on a festival or concert stage. Their choice of moving and powerful material, both original and by others, their impeccable musicianship, and their strong three and four part vocal arrangements combine to make The Rifters a crowd-pleasing musical experience.

The Lil Smokies

Taos Mesa Brewing

2/8/2020 8:00pm

$15 ADV/ $18 DOS · 7:00pm · All Ages / Bar with ID
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The Lil Smokies

Drawing on the energy of a rock band and the Laurel Canyon songwriting of the ‘70s, The Lil Smokies are reimagining their approach to roots music on Tornillo, named for the remote Texas town where the album was recorded. Produced by Bill Reynolds (The Avett Brothers, Band of Horses), Tornillo is the band’s third studio album. Formed in Missoula, Montana, The Lil Smokies have built a national following through constant touring, they have performed at Red Rocks, LOCKN’, High Sierra, Telluride, Bourbon & Beyond and more.

TNERTLE w/ Telemetry

2/14/2020 8:00pm

$10 ADV/ $15 DOS · 7:00pm · All Ages / Bar with ID
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TNERTLE is a Denver-based electro/funk/hiphop group. In 1999, Trent and Kyle met in their 7th grade jazz band. Playing together in rock bands all the way to their senior year of high school, Trent and Kyle decided to head to Boston to study at Berklee College of Music. In 2012, Trent and Kyle formed TNERTLE out of the inspiration to create original music and have fun. Most recently, the duo have added a horn section, guitars and frequent appearances by guest vocalists and instrumentalists. You will hear everything from Electro, Hip-hop, Reggae, Funk and lots of in betweens.

 

Telemetry 

"Let Telemetry take you on a journey through space-inspired jams during your next party for an unforgettable night... Their sound has just the right mix of danceable beats and psychedelic explorations - a paradisiac cocktail of sound sure to send you to outer space." 
(303 Magazine, Ellie Herring)

Telemetry has shared the stage with national and international artists like; Griz, ExMag, Perpetual Groove, The Werks, An-ten-nae, Casual Commander (of Sunsquabi), Supervision, Octave Cat (members of Lotus & Dopapod), Blockhead, Homemade Spaceship and many more. Telemetry is a live electronic band based in Denver, Co. The trio mixes house, breakbeat, DnB, mid-tempo, jazz and Jam to create an epic wall of sound and dance party. They were just announced on the massive Phase 1 line up of Sonic Bloom 2019, with many more big announcements to follow for 2019. Telemetry has played some of Colorado’s most reputable venues and festivals such as; The Bluebird, Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom, Hodi’s Hideout, Globe Hall, Arise Music Festival, Larimer Lounge, Winter Werkout Festival and multiple mountain towns. The group has released two albums in the last 3 years on multiple platforms including; iTunes, Spotify, Soundcloud, BandCamp and more, with great online feedback/presence.

That 1 Guy

Taos Mesa Brewing

2/16/2020 7:00pm

$8 ADV/ $10 DOS · 6:00pm · All Ages / Bar with ID
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That1Guy

With an extensive and amazing track record of unique and imaginative performances featuring his curious instrument and copious amounts of originality, Mike Silverman, a/k/a That1Guy, has set himself apart as a true one-of-a-kind talent that rivals any other artist currently in the entertainment industry. Averaging 150-200 shows a year all over North​ America and Canada, he has been a consistent favorite at such festivals as: Wakarusa,​ Electric Forest, Big Day out, All Good Music Festival, Bella, High Sierra Music Festival, Summer Meltdown, Montreal​ Jazz Festival, and many more. He was also the ʻTap Water Award’ winner at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival for best musical act. His legendary collaboration and multiple tours with Buckethead performing as The Frankenstein Brothers has further cemented his virtuoso story as a creative visionary.

His innovation continues to soar with his latest tour, That1Guy & The Magic Pipe Present: An Evening of Musical Magical Wonder... The Likes of Which Ye Haven't Yet Seen, which kicked off in 2014. Along with his pioneering​ ​main instrument, The Magic Pipea monstrosity of metal, strings, and electronics,​ he facilitates the dynamic live creation of music and magic in ways only That1Guy can conjure. You can also expect to see magic seamlessly integrated into the already clever performance.​ ​With the addition of magic in his live shows, he has​ ​legitimately achieved an all-inclusive audio/visual performance unlike anything​ ​experienced before. “So much of my music has miraculous qualities to it because it’s​ ​hard to tell what’s going on. There are lots of slights of hand and sonic misdirection. It​ ​feels like I was meant to do magic”.

Silverman’s back-story is similar to many musicians that have come before him. He grew up a self-proclaimed music geek, soaked in the influence of his jazz musician father, and enrolled in San Francisco Conservatory of Music before joining the local jazz scene himself as a sought-after percussive bassist. This is where the similarities end though and where That1Guy truly began. “In my case, being a bass player, I just felt very restricted by the instrument itself,” he says. “I’ve always wanted to sound different and have my own sound. I was headed that way on the bass, but for me to fully realize what I was hearing in my head sonically I was going to have to do it my way”. His​ influential and innovative double bass style eventually evolved into what we see today as​ That1Guy and The Magic Pipe.

As his story continues to develop, Billboard has famously noted, “In the case of Mike Silverman’s slamming, futuristic funk act... the normal rules of biology just don’t apply.” In addition, Silverman also has new music and videos in the works for 2015 that will further validate his status as an industry trailblazer. “I like being my own person”, he says. “I didn’t set out to be a weirdo, but I’m starting to embrace it”. Ultimately, his motivation can be encapsulated as this: “Human beings do our best work when we’re challenged and pushed up against the wall”. That1Guy​ goes on to further explain, “By nature, we’re hunters and gatherers, spending each day looking for their next meal. It’s easy to be lazy when you don’t have to come up with something creative right away.”

Magic Beans

Taos Mesa Brewing

2/21/2020 8:00pm

$10 ADV / $12 DO · 7:00pm · All Ages / Bar with ID
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Magic Beans​ (Scott Hachey, Casey Russell, Chris Duffy and Cody Wales) have steadily built upon their national notoriety in a very short period of time with a passion for music that is as infectious as their songs. Hailing from Denver, their development has been aided by the warm hearth of the Colorado music scene, and quickly setting themselves apart from the pack as one of the state’s premier acts. Their new album, “Casino Cabaret”,​ is titled in homage to the vintage sign that hangs above Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom located in the Five Points area of Denver. The venue has served as the heart beat of the Denver music scene for decades under different monikers. Its a place where the legends of jazz, soul, and funk found a common stage, and inspired the Magic Beans to craft an album capturing the different styles and genres that can be heard any given night down in Five Points. With “Casino Cabaret”, the band looks to bring the heart, the vibes, and the feelings of those Denver nights coast to coast.

Holing up in the foothills of Colorado at Scanhope Sound studios, the band looked to build upon their past studio experiences and hone in on the new sound they’ve been building since their last release. Taking the time to make these songs come to life, adding some brass to their already full sound, and dialing in the tones on analog equipment they found ways to add layers to the songs in a way not possible to achieve live. From the album opener “Here On Out” -

  

featuring the saxophone of Clark Smith (Dynohunter), trumpet of Matt Wilkolak (Michal Menert & Big Gigantic), and rounded out by percussion from frequent collaborator, Will Trask, the band puts forward a full and accessible sound. True to form, the Beans even included some studio interludes taken from recording jam sessions to help tease those moments on the road where the band will lift off and take the songs for a ride.

With appearances in 2018 at some of the scenes marquee festivals, a stacked touring schedule and hosting their own Beanstalk Music Festival every June in Colorado, Magic Beans are poised to bust out across the scene and make waves for many years to come.

Tootie Heath's Whole Drum Truth

Taos Jazz Bebop

With Special Guests

3/7/2020 7:30pm

$15 ADV/ $20 DOS · 6:30pm · All Ages / Bar with ID
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Tootie Heath, John Trentacosta, Loren Bienvenu– drums

Bert Dalton, piano

Special Guests to be announced

Youngest of the three musical Heath brothers, Albert “Tootie” Heath’s first recording was with John Coltrane’s first as a leade. Tootie was also the last drummer for the Modern Jazz Quartet. From the 1950s on, he performed regularly with Don Cherry, Harry “Sweets” Edison, Art Farmer / Benny Golson, Friedrich Gulda, Tommy Flanagan, Dexter Gordon, Herbie Hancock, Freddie Hubbard, J.J. Johnson, Yusef Lateef, Sonny Rollins, Bobby Timmons, Lester Young, Cedar Walton and Ben Webster. The “Whole Drum Truth” concept, which originated from Tootie, was to pay homage to many of the great drummers who contributed to history of jazz. According to John Trentacosta, “the current version of it has the advantage of many rehearsal hours. We actually have a program of many pieces we worked out together that are signature pieces by– Art Blakey, Ed Blackwell, Vernel Fournier, Max Roach and many others. We have build compositions around their stylistic contributions. Within a very structured format, we all have a chance to solo as we trade back and forth among one another. We play the rhythmic structure, minus the melody, of tunes written by some of the great jazz composers such as Thelonious Monk, and John Coltrane. A real jazz aficionado can often recognize the tunes from the rhythmic structure alone.”

The Whole Drum Truth set will be followed by the Tootie Heath Trio with Bert Dalton,

and Special Guests, to be announced.

Toubab Krewe

Taos Mesa Brewing

3/8/2020 7:00pm

$17 ADV/ $20 DOS · 6:00pm · All Ages / Bar with ID
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"a futuristic, psychedelic, neo-griot frenzy."
- Village Voice

"a new standard for fusions of rock n' roll and West African music."
Afropop Worldwide

"Their music avoids cliché with authentic extrapolations of traditional Manding beats, percussion, and jam-band flare."   
The New Yorker

 "...expertly meshed surf guitar with Malian rhythmic patterns, a Dick Dale moves-to-Timbuktu experiment in Afro-California fusion." 
Boston Herald

"Toubab Krewe has such a visceral, ear-yanking quality that in the band's capable hands you just might find your definitions of what is/is not rock n' roll and worldbeat being completely rewritten. This is the sound of liberation."
- Blurt

"one of the most innovative voices in music today."  
Honest Tune

 

Some music cannot be found on a map or within iTunes categories. Some music is so original it seems snatched from the great, invisible substrata that runs below all human activity, a sound aching to be born without a flag or fixed allegiance – free, questing, overflowing with immediate, tangible life. This is the music of Toubab Krewe, the vibrant Asheville, NC-based instrumental powerhouse that creates a sonic Pangaea that lustily swirls together rock, African traditions, jam sensibilities, international folk strains and more. While nearly impossible to put into any box, it takes only a few moments to realize in a very palpable way that one is face-to-face with a true original who recognizes no borders in a march towards a muscular, original, globally switched-on sound.

 
Formed in 2005, Toubab Krewe has tenaciously honed their craft through relentless touring and a fierce dedication to carving out something they can truly call their own. The fruits of this hard work can be heard on their latest release, STYLO, (March 2nd, 2018). What Justin Perkins (kora, kamelngoni, guitar, percussion), Terrence Houston (drumset), Drew Heller (guitar, organ), Justin Kimmel (bass, keys), and Luke Quaranta (djembe, dunun, sangban, kenkeni, kryn, karenye) have wrought on STYLO reflects the many miles and musical journeys that have transpired since their last studio album, TK2.
 
This is a band that actively draws inspiration from whatever source floats into their purview, something they've exhibited in their decade and a half of heavy gigging, including regular appearances at major U.S. festivals like Bonnaroo, High Sierra, Electric Forest, Wakarusa, Hulaween, and abroad at such legendary gatherings as the Festival In The Desert in Essakane, Mali, Shanghai World Music Festival, and Jam Cruise. Whether on their own or collaborating with luminaries like the Last Poets' Umar Bin Hassan, Uncle Earl's Rayna Gellert, or Weedie Braimah, Toubab Krewe has already earned the attention and respect of a broad musical community.
 
Toubab carries echoes of African greats like Ali Farka Toure, Orchestra Baobab and Salif Keita, no doubt picked up during the group's travels to study and live in Guinea, Ivory Coast and Mali.  But what truly differentiates Toubab Krewe from other Statesiders inspired by African music is how they innovate on what they've learned instead of simply recreating tradition. Toubab Krewe carves out a new trail honoring the African originators they admire by making something alive and contemporary.

www.toubabkrewe.com

Wovenhand

Monolith on the Mesa

With Special Guests The Gral Brothers

3/22/2020 7:00pm

$12 · 6:00pm · All Ages / Bar with ID
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Join Us On Sunday March 22nd 2020 As Monolith on the Mesa & Taos Mesa Brewing Mothership WELCOME BACK Wovenhand To Taos With Special Guest The Gral Brothers. Wovenhand Left Us Wanting More After Their Epic 45 Minute Set At Monolith On The Mesa 2019. This Is A Must See Set! 7:00pm Doors * ALL AGES * Get Your Presale Tickets At https://tickets.holdmyticket.com/tickets/353318

Wovenhand- The music of Wovenhand and songwriter/multi-instrumentalist David Eugene Edwards has always had an unparalleled intensity. Edwards’ rich, billowing and emotive voice is always the driving force of his music, but it’s catapulted by his spellbinding ability to transform instruments that many people might consider mundane relics — be it banjo, accordion, lesser-known folk instruments from around the world, or even an electric guitar — into devices of dark fury and poignant beauty. 

From the apocalyptic revivification of antique Americana of Sixteen Horsepower in the 90s to the threadbare balladry of Wovenhand’s early releases, Edwards’ music has maintained its celestial heaviness as it evolved. But now in its current incarnation, Wovenhand is a band that fully expands that power with exacting and inventive skill. It’s a sound so distinctive and compellingly crushing that even the heaviest of metal bands can’t match. 

Wovenhand’s current lineup includes guitarist Chuck French, bassist Neil Keener (both of Planes Mistaken For Stars) and drummer Ordy Garrison, now joined by piano/synth player Matthew Smith (Crime & The City Solution). Star Treatment was recorded at Steve Albini’s legendary Electrical Audio in Chicago with engineer Sanford Parker, who also helmed Wovenhand’s 2014 album Refractory Obdurate. 

While Wovenhand ought to be a familiar name to anyone interested in forward-thinking music, the album title Star Treatment isn’t a reference to our celebrity culture obsession. Rather, it’s a clever reference to concepts of astrolatry, or humanity’s enduring interest in the stars of the night sky.

“It’s ethereal in its concept,” Edwards explains. “There are many layers, as always. I’ve been paying attention to the stars in the sky and in literature, and it’s a theme throughout the album.” 

Star Treatment kicks off full tilt with the anthemic charge of “Come Brave” — the song’s galloping four-on-the-floor drums driving churning swells of droning, chiming guitars and organ as Edwards’ soaring voice compels us to rise and join the fray. “The Hired Hand” takes a more Western bent with swaggering guitars awash in reverb and a throbbing bass line before the chorus erupts with massive open guitar chords as Edwards howls, “give up your dead.” Further, “Crystal Palace” sounds like Eastern European folk driven through a massive wall of amplifiers while a full gospel choir sings just beneath the gurgling surface of guitars. “Crook and Flail” sounds exotic in its twanging acoustic instruments and tabla/dumbec drum pattern. Elsewhere, “Golden Blossom” is a lush and beautifully unabashed love song, strummed out in a simple, catchy melody that builds to crescendo with the chorus refrain, “only you, my love and your light.” Throughout, Wovenhand deftly merge the outer reaches of rock and world folk sounds with increasing urgency and force.

 

The Gral Brothers -

GRAL BROTHERS is a musical duo between Greg Williams and Alex McMahon. The sound varies from sci-fi radio nightmares to lucid high-desert soundscapes

Monolith on The Mesa

Monolith Presents

High Desert Experience

5/28/2020 6:00pm

FREE · 5:00pm · All Ages / Bar with ID
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Taos Mesa Brewing is stoked to welcome back Monolith on the Mesa. If you missed this “High Desert Experience” last year, do yourself and your senses a favor and get your tickets now.  This independent three day festival will offer the best in heavy rock, including psych, stoner, retro, sludge, space, doom, and drone, as well as installation art along with visuals projected around the compound.  

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