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Taos, New Mexico

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
Feb 20th 2020 7:30pm
GRAL Brothers with Wonderboy
Feb 21st 2020 8:00pm
Magic Beans
Feb 23rd 2020 7:00pm
Let it Grow & David Gans
Feb 29th 2020 7:30pm
Latin Go Party
Mar 5th 2020 9:00pm
Slap Frost Revue
Mar 7th 2020 7:30pm
Tootie Heath's Whole Drum Truth
Mar 8th 2020 7:00pm
Toubab Krewe
Mar 13th 2020 6:30pm
That Damn Sasquatch
Mar 22nd 2020 7:00pm
Wovenhand
Mar 27th 2020 8:00pm
Roosevelt Collier--Steel Guitar Master
Apr 10th 2020 8:00pm
Koodookoo & Pherkad
Apr 28th 2020 8:00pm
Rising Appalachia
May 28th 2020 6:00pm
Monolith on The Mesa

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GRAL Brothers with Wonderboy

2/20/2020 7:30pm

$5.00 · 7:00pm · All Ages / Bar with ID
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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...

Wonderboy alone with a guitar and his old drum machine, delivering slow punk music inspired by Young Marble Giants and Modern Lovers will also sing some songs from his band Tally Ho! Based in Rennes France. 

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.

Let it Grow & David Gans

2/23/2020 7:00pm

$7 ADV/ $10 DOS · 6:00pm · All Ages / Bar with ID
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A David Gans "solo electric" performance is likely to consist of several elements: country-blues-style fingerpicking; loop-based improvisations created live in the moment; sweetly-sung ballads, original or borrowed; Grateful Dead songs reinterpreted to suit his voice and guitar; wry observations of the music-festival subculture and the larger world; soulful and passionate political commentary; favorites from the folk-rock canon of the last 50 years. Mix and match - it's never the same show twice, but it's always worth a listen.
www.dgans.com

 
Let It Grow is a Grateful Dead tribute act from Albuquerque, NM. Known for
their exciting original improvisation, the full 6 piece band delivers heart felt renditions of classic songs, while
emulating the set lists of historic performances. Let It Grow provides a robust, visceral concert experience that
continues to excite Dead fans old and new.

Latin Go Party

w/ Concepto Tambor & Sol De La Noche

2/29/2020 7:30pm

$10 · 6:30pm · All Ages / Bar with ID
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CONCEPTO TAMBOR blends Afrolatin /Brazilian grooves, hip-hop, a call and response style of singing / ­chanting with a rock-n-roll attitude and energetic performance. The band has shared the stage with internationally known artists as Lila Downs, Los Mocosos, Buju Banton, Quetzal, John Trudell, War, B Side Players. After becoming one of Albuquerque’s most popular acts, the band relocated from New Mexico to Long Beach, California in early 2009, and now returning back home to Albuquerque in 2016 with a new worldly flavor.

Sol de la Noche consists of percussionist Oscar Gamboa, bassist Diego Flores, guitarist and vocalist Diego Manrique, and trumpet player Jose Chicas, all of whom are music majors at UNM.

Slap Frost Revue

3/5/2020 9:00pm

$15 · 8:30pm · All Ages / Bar with ID
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SLAP FROST REVUE
DJ True Justice
Equipto
Michael Marshall
Z-Man
Vocab Slick

Local Support
Neight Larcen
Outstanding Citizens Collective
B3AR

Slap Frost Revue /re'vyoo noun

A type of multi-act popular theatrical entertainment that combines music, dance, and sketches. The Slap Frost Tour has become a highly anticipated, annual event in just six short years. The combination of a battle tested, veteran DJ, a people's poet, a legendary singer, a reformed wordsmith and an unpredictable entertainer will result in 2020's Slap Frost Revue.

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

with Ya Tu Sabe

3/8/2020 7:00pm

$15 ADV/ $18 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

That Damn Sasquatch

Taos Ski Patrol

33rd Taos Ski Patrol High Hazard Hoedown

3/13/2020 6:30pm

$20 · 5:30pm · All Ages / Bar with ID
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That Damn Sasquatch

That Damn Sasquatch is a Denver based band with multi musical interests and instrumentation. While blending the genres of Bluegrass, Country, Blues, Zydeco, and Rock, the band's mixture of versatile originals and eclectic covers ensure every show is an amazing and unique performance.

"Sing My Song" is the newest full length studio album by Colorado based band That Damn Sasquatch. This release marks the first time in seven years that the group has entered the studio to record collectively, and the all-original tracks are sure to please the ears of both the Sasquatch faithful and new listeners alike.

The album samples multiple genres of music including bluegrass and zydeco, as well as infusing the energy of electric slide guitar and the chilling cries of the lonesome pedal steel.

This new record is comprised of ten songs, all written and composed by the four main members of That Damn Sasquatch: Spencer Crawford, Jim Fischer, Derek Bridges, and Mike Hall. Other local Colorado musicians featured on the album include Jay Genender, Jay Timp, Zach West, Jeff Rady, and John Simpkins. All of these musicians combined bring forth a huge variety of instrumentation and a truly unique sound of their own.

"Sing My Song" was recorded at Sawtelle Studio (Swallow Hill Music Academy) in Denver, CO and engineered by Brian Hunter. The band is very excited to have new music for their fans and they hope you enjoy listening to it as much as they did creating it! www.damnsasquatch.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

Spring Hours

CLOSED Monday - Wednesday

OPEN Thursday - Sunday Happy Hour 3-6pm

3/23/2020 12:00pm

FREE · 11:00am · All Ages / Bar with ID
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Taos Mesa Brewing Mothership will be moving to Winter hours effective January 13th, 2020- Closed Monday-Wednesday and Open Thursday through Sunday @12pm. Happy Hour 3-6pm will be extended through Saturday and Sunday. We will resume our regular hours May 14th, 2020. We appreciate your continued support during this slower time of year! Please visit our website to learn more about upcoming shows and events. Cheers!

Spring Hours

CLOSED Monday - Wednesday

OPEN Thursday - Sunday Happy Hour 3-6pm

3/24/2020 7:00pm

FREE · 6:00pm · All Ages / Bar with ID
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Taos Mesa Brewing Mothership will be moving to Winter hours effective January 13th, 2020- Closed Monday-Wednesday and Open Thursday through Sunday @12pm. Happy Hour 3-6pm will be extended through Saturday and Sunday. We will resume our regular hours May 14th, 2020. We appreciate your continued support during this slower time of year! Please visit our website to learn more about upcoming shows and events. Cheers!

Spring Hours

CLOSED Monday - Wednesday

OPEN Thursday - Sunday Happy Hour 3-6pm

3/25/2020 7:00pm

FREE · 6:00pm · All Ages / Bar with ID
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Taos Mesa Brewing Mothership will be moving to Winter hours effective January 13th, 2020- Closed Monday-Wednesday and Open Thursday through Sunday @12pm. Happy Hour 3-6pm will be extended through Saturday and Sunday. We will resume our regular hours May 14th, 2020. We appreciate your continued support during this slower time of year! Please visit our website to learn more about upcoming shows and events. Cheers!

Roosevelt Collier--Steel Guitar Master

Roots and Wires

With/ Vince Herman (Leftover Salmon), Joey Porter (The Motet), Jeff Franca (Thievery Corporation)

3/27/2020 8:00pm

$20 ADV · 7:00pm · All Ages / Bar with ID
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Soft-spoken by nature, south Florida-bred Roosevelt Collier does his hollering on the sacred steel guitar. Brought up in the tradition of the House of God Church, Roosevelt built his reputation alongside his uncles and cousins in The Lee Boys, known for their spirited, soul-shaking live performances. Seated front and center, "The Dr." leaves an indelible mark on listeners, flooring audiences with his lightning-fast slide work on the pedal steel. At festivals, he is a regular "Artist at Large," performing alongside many of music's most prestigious acts, from the Allman Brothers, to the Funky Meters, to Los Lobos to the Del McCoury Band. Whether on tour with the Lee Boys, bouncing from stage to stage at festivals, or hosting an allstar get down in Miami, when Roosevelt takes the stage, the ear-to-ear grins can’t help but be contagious. 

Things are just more fun when Vince Herman is around, and since helping co-found Leftover Salmon over a quarter century ago, Leftover Salmon shows have always been the most fun. Herman moved to Boulder, CO from Morgantown, West Virginia, where he was attending West Virginia University, in 1985. On his first night in town, he met his future bandmate Drew Emmitt at a show for Emmitt’s group at the time, the Left Hand String Band. Herman formed the Salmon Heads, a Cajun-jug band that tried to wrangle all of Herman’s disparate musical influences, Cajun, Calypso, Ska, and bluegrass into a coherent musical statement. His vision was fully realized on New Year’s Eve 1989 when the Salmon Heads and The Left Hand String Band united forces for a show.

Joey Porter is one of the funkiest, dirtiest, nastiest keyboard players on the scene today. Holding it down for both the Motet and Juno What?! 

 

Jeff Franca’s (aka Congo Sangez) time as the drummer for Thievery Corporation has clearly had an affect on his ears as he continues to explore the downtempo, reggae mezcla, with an obvious hip-hop overtone to the over all musical composition. You will be taken through an array of sounds and rhythms, paying homage to the roots of music with thick layers of percussion, signature to the Congo Sanchez sound. Most importantly the band puts out a conscious message which is typically non existent in most of the music we hear these days.

 

 

 

Koodookoo & Pherkad

4/10/2020 8:00pm

$8 ADV/ $10 DOS · 7:00pm · All Ages / Bar with ID
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"Koodookoo invites you to travel the furthest reaches of the multiverse and dive into the deepest parts of your heart and mind on a consciousness-expanding journey. Formed in 2017, from the live music capital of the world, Koodookoo has developed a tidal wave of sonic abilities that bend reality, push boundaries, and transform all preconceived notions of where music can go.
Since busting out in the Austin jam scene in early 2018, Koodookoo has wiggled its way into the ears and hearts of an ever growing family they have dubbed the Koodookrew. Koodookoo has supported major acts such as Chali 2na of Jurassic 5, The Werks, and Bumpin Uglies; and has headlined shows to an always enthusiastic crowd. By turning heads all around the region in 2019, Koodookoo has shown their clever songwriting and mind bending improvisation is ready to go the distance. Look out in 2020, the krew is moving fast!"
 
 
Pherkad is a genre bending, experimental four-piece jamband. These melodic grooves will have your feet forging a path into the unknown. Originally the brainchild of guitarist Jason Bowers and drumming lead-vocalist “Cheese”, Pherkad has grown from a duo into a four-piece jam band paving a path through the comfortable and familiar and well beyond into the sonic unknown. Talented keyboardist Zac Ramsey gets ultra-funky ticklin' the ivories every night and holding down the low end is bassist Chris “Chrispy” Patchett who also showcases his songwriting and takes lead vocals occasionally. Get ready to blast off, because Pherkad is going to take you on a jamtastic voyage with their well composed, tasteful and downright funky blend of music.
"It's like fractals for the soul". The future is bright, better bring your sunglasses.

Rising Appalachia

4/28/2020 8:00pm

$24 adv/ $29 dos · 7:00pm · All Ages / Bar with ID
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Rising Appalachia

As world travelers for nearly two decades, Rising Appalachia have merged multiple global music influences with their own southern roots to create the inviting new folk album, Leylines. Remarkably the band has built its legion of listeners independently -- a self-made success story that has led to major festival appearances and sold-out shows at venues across the country.

Founded by sisters Leah and Chloe Smith, the band established an international fan base due to relentless touring, tireless activism, and no small degree of stubborn independence. However, for the first time, they opted to bring in a producer for the new album, teaming up with the legendary Joe Henry on the sessions. These were also their first recording sessions outside of the South. For 10 days, all six band members lived and recorded in a castle-like studio in Marin County, California, overlooking the Pacific Ocean. As a result, a sense of unity and immediacy can be heard throughout their seventh album, Leylines.

“As far as recording goes, we’re open creatively, but we’ve often preferred elements of live recording. I mean, we’re folk musicians at our core,” Leah explains. “The experience of playing music together in one room, looking at each other, is the bedrock of what we do and how we’ve grown up with music. I think Joe very much felt that way as well. He was very clear at the beginning that he was going to encourage us to have as many element of a live recording as possible.”

Although Leah and Chloe Smith consider their voices as their primary instrument, Leah also plays banjo and bodhran on the album, while Chloe plays guitar, fiddle, and banjo. They are joined on Leylines by longtime members David Brown (stand-up bass, baritone guitar) and Biko Casini (world percussion, n’goni), as well as two new members: West African musician Arouna Diarra (n’goni, talking drum) and Irish musician Duncan Wickel (fiddle, cello). The sonic textures of these two cultures are woven into Leylines, enhancing the stunning blend of folk, world, and urban music that has become Rising Appalachia’s calling card.

“Our songwriting ties into those traditions as well,” Chloe says. “With some of our original songs, it’s a reflection of the times. We’re folk singers and we consider this a folk album, so there’s a lot in there. There’s word of politics, of being women in the music industry, as well as a lot about our lives on the road.”

Indeed, Rising Appalachia has toured British Columbia by sailboat, traversed the U.S. and Europe by train, and engaged in immersive cultural exchange programs in Bulgaria, Ireland, Southern Italy, Central and South America – not to mention the countless miles in a van. Tour highlights include: Hardly Strictly Bluegrass in San Francisco; Music Hall Williamsburg in Brooklyn, New York; Boulder Theatre in Boulder, Colorado; and the Showbox in Seattle, Washington. The band consistently sells between 400 and 1500 tickets wherever they play, a testament to their loyal fan base.

Leah and Chloe grew up in urban Atlanta as the city’s hip hop scene began to flourish. They absorbed those rhythms through the music they heard at school, then traveled with their family to fiddle camps all across the Southeast on the weekends. The young girls weren’t all that interested in the old-time playing, but their parents were incredibly devout in their study and practice of Appalachian music.

After high school, Leah decided to postpone college and travel internationally. Feeling homesick while living in Southern Mexico, she looked for a connection to her past and taught herself how to play banjo. “I realized that I wanted something from home that I could share, something that would tell people a bit more of the story of where I came from, other than the news,” she recalls.

A few years later, when Chloe came to visit her abroad, Leah offered some clawhammer banjo lessons. They didn’t necessarily realize it at the time but a musical partnership had been established. Upon their return to the United States, they recorded an album, which they considered an art project, to sell whenever they sang at farmer’s markets. They printed 500 copies, figuring that would last them a lifetime. However, when a local college professor heard them singing at a Christmas party, he booked them as part of a Celtic holiday concert in Atlanta. After two performances, every CD had been sold.

Surprised and overwhelmed, they mulled over a career as full-time musicians, then realized that performing could be just one component of a greater overall vision – one that includes advocating for social justice, racial justice, environmental justice, and Indigenous rights.

“We’re able to filter in so many of our passions into this project,” Chloe says. “We do a lot of activism work. We do a lot of outreach. Leah is a visual artist and she can funnel her visual eye into the project. I love to write, so that comes in. There’s a big container and canvas for our life’s work here. Music is part of it, but there are a lot of other creative vehicles that are driving Rising Appalachia.”

Special guests on Leylines include folk hero Ani DiFranco, soulful songwriter Trevor Hall, and jazz trumpeter Maurice Turner. The album title alludes to the concept of invisible lines believed to stretch around the world between sacred spaces, bonded by a spiritual and magnetic presence. That deep sense of connection is key to understanding Rising Appalachia as a whole.

“Rising Appalachia has come out of this idea that we can take these traditions of southern music – that we’ve been born and raised with – and we can rise out of them, creating all these different bridges between cultures and stories to make them feel alive.” Leah says. “Our music has its foundation in heritage and tradition, but we’re creating a music that also feels reflective of the times right now. That’s always been our work.”

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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