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2012 Taos Solar Music Fest June 30 & July 1

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2012 Taos Solar Music Fest June 30 & July 1Get ready. It's almost time for one of the best little music festivals in the Southwest. Yes, the Taos Solar Music Fest is back in a big way. Two great days and nights of fun on June 30 & July, 2012 in Kit Carson Park in beautiful Taos, New Mexico.

The Taos Solar Music Fest festival dates back many years and it has grown into something very special for those that appreciate really good music and a totally fun time.

For 2012, the headliners are Lyle Lovett, Los Lobos, Michael Franti and Spearhead, the Del McCoury Band, Sonny Landrith, and Mat Tierney. Plus, more acts will be announced.

This year something new has been announced: the 1st annual solar music festival band competition.

For any and all of you aspiring musicians, here is your chance to be seen and heard by hundreds of people at the Annual Taos Solar Music Festival.

The first place winner will receive 45 minutes of main stage time on either Saturday June 30th or Sunday July 1st.

Michael Franti and SpearheadMichael Franti and Spearhead

The Sound Of Sunshine – the inspired and inspiring new album by Michael Franti & Spearhead " is a kind of musical sun shower, a bright, beautiful and often buoyant song cycle created to bring all kinds of listeners a sense of hope during rough and rainy times for so many in our world.

"Music is sunshine," says Michael Franti, one of the most positive and conscious artists in music today. "Like sunshine, music is a powerful force that can instantly and almost chemically change your entire mood. Music gives us new energy and a stronger sense of purpose."

"Music is something you can't hold in your hands, smell it, taste it or even see it, yet somehow just coming together and feeling these little vibrations that tickle our eardrums can somehow lift us all up out of our most difficult moments in life to unimaginable heights."

Lyle LovettLyle Lovett

Lyle Lovett released his self–titled debut album in 1986 to excellent reviews. Five singles from that album made it onto the country charts, but Lovett wasn't satisfied within the traditional confines of country music. He continued to experiment in jazz, folk and pop within the country framework and he has won several Grammy Awards since his first in 1989 for Lyle Lovett and His Large Band.
In 1979, he left Texas to study abroad in Rothenburg, Germany. There, he met a local country musician called Buffalo Wayne, who included Lovett in a country–western themed event in Luxemburg in 1983.

Lovett signed with the label in 1986 and released his self–titled debut album later that year, to excellent reviews. Five singles from that album made it onto the country charts. But Lovett wasn't satisfied within the traditional confines of country music. He continued to experiment in jazz, folk and pop within the country framework. Pontiac, Lyle Lovett's second album, showcased this sound and eventually went gold.

Though mainstream recognition has eluded him, Lovett has earned a cult following around the world with a modern, eccentric sound coupled with literate, witty lyrics. In 1989, he won a Grammy for Best Male Vocalist for the album Lyle Lovett and His Large Band. The Large Band referred to a horn section and several backup singers, including Francine Reed, without whom some fans feel a Lyle Lovett concert is incomplete.

Los LobosLos Lobos

At this stage in their illustrious career, a new album by the East Los Angeles rock band Los Lobos is a highly anticipated event. Since they began as Los Lobos Del Este Los Angeles in 1973, they have evolved into a respected artistic entity searching for themes and topics that are an interpretive pulse of our times. Using musical molds built on the blues, rockabilly, jazz, Latin and their own Mexican-American heritage, Los Lobos have never beat their fans over the head with politics or agendas. Instead, they subtly challenge them with conscienceraising songs and thought-provoking lyrics. Their latest Hollywood Records release – "The Town and The City" – certainly does that.

"As artists, we take our experience and put it into painting, stories or songs," says Louie Perez, a multi–instrumentalist with Los Lobos and the principal lyricist for this 2006 album. "Right now, when the world is in this incredible state of flux, it's impossible for this experience not to affect your work."

"Somewhere halfway through the making of this record I found this linear sort of plot, a story of struggle" explains Perez, "So I thought, I'm not going to resist and followed my intuition. It was like a flashlight waving at the end of a tunnel that I had to go after."

Discover More and Get Your Tickets at: Taos Solar Music Fest Web Site

Taos Plaza Live! Kicks Off Summer Music Series

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Taos All-Stars, Taos Plaza Live 2011Taos Plaza Live! is an free annual music event that takes place every Thursday evening 6-8pm during the summer, on Taos Plaza.

This year's the event runs between May 26, 2011 to September 8, 2011. Come join on Historic Taos Plaza!

Taos Plaza Live! has a great lineup of free entertainment.

It features local musicians and encompasses many genres of music.

If you like Jazz, Country & Western, Rock, Traditional New Mexican Music, Native American Music, or anything else, then there is an evening to suit you!

Taos Plaza Live! 2011 Schedule:

May 26 - Taos All-Stars
June 2 - 6:00 RitmoSoul   7:00 Monkey Feeders
June 9 - 6:00 Billy & John Archuleta   7:00 Dwayne Ortega & The Young Guns
June 16 - 6:00 Jazz Explosion   7:00 Big Swing Theory
June 23 - 6:00 Jennifer Peterson   7:00 The Damn Band
June 30 - 6:00 In the End
July 7 - 6:00 Lonesome Town   7:00 Kim & The Caballeros
July 14 - Pre-show Mr Felipe (Children's/Latin) 6:00 Sarah Peacock   7:00
July 21 - No Taos Plaza Live due to Taos Fiestas - Que Vivan Las Fiestas!
July 28 - Pre-Show Fashion Show   6:00 Max Gomez   7:00 Michael Hearne and South by Southwest
August 4 - 6:00 TBA   7:00 Last to Know
August 11 - 6:00 Rick Aragon   7:00 Nosotros
August 18 - 6:00 Heather Antonissen  7:00 Jimmy Stadler
August 25 - 6:00- 8:00 Hillary Smith
September 1 - 6:00 Go Town   7:00 Kathy & the Cruisers
September 8 - 6:00-8:00 Darren Cordova y Calor

Video by Melody Romancito

Taos Gospel Diva Katy Palmier Sings "Didn't It Rain"

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Katy Palmier with Taos Gospel ChoirVideo 2min 14sec. Taos Gospel Diva Katy Palmier Sings "Didn't It Rain" with Taos Gospel Choir at the Taos Inn - 5/9/10.

Katy Palmier is a singer songwriter combining rock & roll, soul and a lot of heart. Katy has been compared to Edie Brickell meets Aretha Franklin.

Taos Gospel Choir is under the direction of Mary Bruschini.

Katy Palmier is the also lead singer for Omar Rane's fabulous group, The Monkey Feeders, featuring an allstar lineup of New Mexican musicians!

With the Monkey Feeders, Katy Palmier seems to many people to turn into an incarnation of Janice Joplin, one of the greatest of all time.

The Taos Inn features a lot of musical entertainment, all year round, to the delight of locals and visitor's alike. It's a very real music scene going on at The Taos Inn, with a wide variety of great acts appearing most nights of the week.

The Taos Inn is know as "the living room of Taos", and for good reason.

 

Tish Hinojosa "By The Rio Grande"

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Tish Hinojosa Music Video 4min 20sec. Tish Hinojosa sings "By The Rio Grande"

Every river searches for the sea
Every life runs it's own destiny
Canyons white and wild stretches calm and mild
Cutting through the stones of history

Rio Grande runs south to Mexico
From the highway I have touched its shores
Reynosa to Sante Fe and back the other way
I've had my life planned by the Rio Grande



An unbroken chain snow and tears and rain
Cutting through my soul and to my veins
Then the waters rise paint the Rocky Mountain skies
One more circle around the world again

One more year rolls down the Rio Grande
Our forefathers crossed the muddy line
Pilgrims passing leaving tracks in time
One more takes a stand by the water by the land

Shifting like the sand by the Rio Grande
An unbroken chain snow and tears and rain
Cutting through my soul and to my veins
Then the waters rise paint the Rocky Mountain skies

One more circle around the world again
One more year rolls down the Rio Grande
One more circle around the world again
One more year rolls down the Rio Grande

I Will Not Be Sad In This World

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I Will Not Be Sad In This World - Eve Beglarian and Taos Chamber Music GroupMusic Video - 6min 27sec. Taos Chamber Music Group. Eve Beglarian has been called “a humane, idealistic rebel and a musical sensualist,” “One of new music’s truly free spirits,” and a “remarkable experimentalist.” She is a composer, performer, and audio producer whose music has been described as “an eclectic and wide-open series of enticements.”

Eve Beglarian is a contemporary American composer, performer and audio producer of Armenian descent.[1] Her music is often characterized as postminimalist. Her chamber, choral, and orchestral music has been commissioned and widely performed by The Los Angeles Master Chorale, the Bang on a Can All-Stars, The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, The California EAR Unit, The Orchestra of St. Luke's, Relâche, The Paul Dresher Ensemble, Sequitur, and The American Composers Orchestra, among many others.

Inspired by the creative vibrancy and luminous landscape of Taos, the Taos Chamber Music Group continues to present the innovative programs for which it has become known. Join some of New Mexico’s finest artists as well as guest performers from around the world for familiar masterpieces
by Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms and Schubert as well as captivating contemporary compositions.

Music composition and vocals: Eve Beglarian
Photos: Geraint Smith (Taos, New Mexico)
Alto flute: Nancy Laupheimer, Director of Taos Chamber Music Group
Production of Taos Chamber Music Group in concerts, Feb 19 & 20, 2011.

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