For a small town, Taos certainly has an impressive, vibrant music scene. Lucinda Williams, Los Lobos, Los Lonely Boys, Michael Franti and Spearhead, Alabama Shakes and Collective Soul have performed here. But the lesser-known local musicians are just as noteworthy and play to enthusiastic crowds. Some of our local notables are Grammy-winner Robert Mirabal from Taos Pueblo, Jimmy Stadler, Michael Hearne, Michael Martin Murphey and singer-songwriter Max Gomez.
For updated show information and current entertainment offerings, check out Tempo magazine inside The Taos News, published weekly.
TAOS PLAZA LIVE Thursdays, May 31 to Aug. 23 (except during Fiestas de Taos), 6–8 p.m. Local and regional bands of all genres. Free. taos.org/visit/taos-plaza-live
FIESTAS DE TAOS July 22–24, on Taos Plaza. Friday, noon–10 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.–midnight; Sunday, 9:30 a.m.–7:30 p.m. Traditional New Mexican dance bands, food and drink. Free. fiestasdetaos.com
ADOBE BAR AT THE HISTORIC TAOS INN Live music nightly, 7–10 p.m. 125 Paseo del Pueblo Norte; (575) 758-2233; taosinn.com
THE ALLEY CANTINA Live music nightly, times vary. 121 Teresina Lane; (575) 758-2121; alleycantina.com
CHILI LINE DEPOT Every Saturday from 5-8 p.m. is Music Night at the Chili Line Depot featuring local and area musicians. 38429 U.S. Highway 285, Tres Piedras. (575) 758-1701; chililinedepot.com
ESKE’S BREW PUB Bluegrass/old-time string jam every Wednesday, 6:30-9:30 p.m.; Irish Tune Session every other Tuesday, 7 p.m.; 106 Des Georges Lane; (575) 758-1517; eskesbrewpub.com
KTAOS SOLAR CENTER Live music various nights every week, times vary. See its website updates and details. Located at 9 State Road 150 (the road to Taos Ski Valley); (575) 758-5826; ktao.com
OLD MARTINA’S HALL Live music on Friday and Saturday nights. 4140 State Road 68 (across from San Fransisco de Asís Church); (575) 758-3003; oldmartinashall.com
SABROSO RESTAURANT & BAR Live music Wednesday (Jimmy Stadler), Friday (Laura Bulkin), Saturday (Bob Andrews) and Sunday (Charley Bensusen), 6:30–9 p.m. 470 State Road 150 (Arroyo Seco on the road to Taos Ski Valley); (575) 776-3333; sabrosotaos.com
SAGEBRUSH INN Live music Tuesday, Friday and Saturday nights, 8:30–11:30 p.m. 1504 Paseo del Pueblo Sur; (575) 758-2254; sagebrushinn.com
TAOS MESA BREWING MOTHERSHIP Live music nightly, times vary. 20 ABC Mesa Road (off U.S. Highway 64 west); (575) 758-1900; taosmesabrewing.comTAOS MESA BREWING TAOS TAP ROOM Live music on Wednesdays, Fridays and some Thursdays. 201 Paseo del Pueblo Sur; (575) 758-1900; taosmesabrewing.com
—Compiled by Scott Gerdes