The Second Annual Music on the Mesa Festival epitomized Taos’ music scene. Bands and people flocked to Taos from around the country and Taos Mesa Brewing came alive for three days. It was full of music and sunshine with beautiful views of the mountains.
Music on the Mesa at Taos Mesa Brewing, photo by Beth Dobos
Starting the evening of Friday, June 10, bands played continuously for three days – 24 bands total. Taos Mesa Brewing scheduled bands to appear on the Main Stage, the Patio and on the stage inside. While one band would perform on one stage, another band would be setting up on another stage. Then, as soon as the performing band would finish, the next band would start. It was the longest live performance I have ever experienced.
Samantha Crain, photo by Beth Dobos
I went on Saturday, June 11, and on Sunday, June 12. I enjoyed the music of solo artist Samantha Crain, who continued to entertain the audience between songs with her wit about break-ups and the television show, Mad Men. She played her guitar on the patio stage while singing about relationship relationship woes. The Honeycutters, who hail from Asheville, North Carolina, were also a pleasant surprise. Their original country roots sound had a calmness and brought a folksy Appalachian vibe to the festival.
The Honeycutters, photo by Beth Dobos
Sunday brought bands with a different sound. Decker, which came to Taos from Sedona, Arizona, had a sound that has been described as “raw” and “soulful.” I met two of the members of the band just prior to their performance and they were very nice.
Decker, photo by Beth Dobos
Strangers shared picnic tables and fast friends were made while others danced wherever they wanted. Children played bean bag toss. People of all ages looked like they were having a good time. I met people from Texas and Albuquerque. There was a wine bar inside of an Airstream trailer that was parked on the property, a coffee cart and a juice cart.
A portable wine bar at Music on the Mesa, photo by Beth Dobos
Based on the comments of people around me, it seemed the most highly anticipated performance of the day was that of Shawn Colvin & Steve Earle. Brief afternoon rain showers did not even turn people away. Though the sun had set and the temperature had dropped, people packed in front of the Main Stage to watch the performance.
Music on the Mesa was expertly organized while being a very laid back event that created a convivial atmosphere. I I am glad I had the chance to experience it.
Photos and Blogpost by Beth Dobos