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sunny war


Friday / time tbc / August 30
Venue tbc / Taos

Saturday / time tbc / September 1
Taos Mesa Brewing Mothership / Taos


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It’s no secret that great art comes from the margins. From those who are either pushed to create from inner forces, or who create to show they deserve to be recognized. Los Angeles based street singer, guitarist, and roots music revolutionary Sunny War has always been an outsider, always felt the drive to define her place in the world through music and songwriting.

As a young black girl growing up in Nashville, she searched for her own roots, looking first to the blues she heard from her mother’s boyfriend, and learning from a local guitarist. Moving to Los Angeles in her teens, she searched for herself in the LA punk scene, playing house shows with FIDLAR, and shoplifting DVDs from big box stores to trade at Amoeba Records for 80s punk albums. But here too she found herself on the outside, working to bridge her foundation in country blues and American roots guitar traditions with the punk scene she called home. She first made her name with this work, bringing a wickedly virtuosic touch on the fingerstyle guitar that sprang from her own self-discoveries on the instrument. But her restless spirit, a byproduct of growing up semi-nomadic with a single mother, led her to Venice Beach, California, where she’s been grinding the pavement for some years now, making a name for her prodigious guitar work and incisive songwriting, which touches on everything from police violence to alcoholism to love found and lost.

Her new album, With The Sun, out February 2, 2018 on Hen House Studios, is the culmination of years of burning curiosity as an artist, the result of many wandered paths to find some new way to speak her heart. For the first time, she’s writing songs first and crafting the guitar work second, focusing on her own poetry and trying to tell her own story. She’s an outsider artist in the truest sense, living on the margins of the establishment and fueled only by her own creative genius.

To help achieve With the Sun’s larger vision, Sunny War turned to the ragtag group of Venice Beach musicians she’s fallen in with, mainly members of psych folk band Insects vs Robot, including multi-instrumentalist Micah Nelson, fiddler Nikita Sorokin, and guitarist Milo Gonzalez. Produced by Harlan Steinberger at Hen House Studios in Venice Beach, which also doubled as the record label, the new album pushes and pulls between cleverly arranged orchestration and the DIY aesthetic that remains as Sunny’s throwback to her punk roots. For an artist with so many different influences, the album is remarkably cohesive, choosing to focus on Sunny’s songwriting and intricate guitar work. As an artist, Sunny borrows ideas and patterns at will from across the canon of American music. Her influences range from Elliott Smith, Black Flag, Joan Armatrading, and Tracy Chapman, to Robert Johnson (“To Love You” is her homage to Johnson’s “They’re Red Hot”), Elmore James, and Bessie Smith. “I feel like I am a blues guitarist, but I don’t think I’m a blues artist,” Sunny explains. “I only use the scales and techniques that I know and the only time I was trained in music was on blues guitar. I really love Elizabeth Cotton and Mississippi John Hurt. I still like to listen to them to feel that there’s nothing wrong with me playing the way I play.”

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michael jost


Saturday / time tbc / August 11
Bürgerhaus / Niederdorfelden


Friday / time tbc / August 30
Venue tbc / Taos

Saturday / time tbc / September 1
Taos Mesa Brewing Mothership / Taos


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Born in Dreieich, just outside of Frankfurt Germany, guitarist Michael Jost (pronounced ‘yoast’), found his way to the bohemian Venice Beach boardwalk, in Los Angeles California, where he now lives and makes music.

Owing to Michael’s unique European heritage, his rigorous classical training, and his 21st Century American experience, you can hear something very different in his passionate, Spanish-style guitar. Michael’s travel companion is Miss Lucy, a Flamenca guitar built by Tomas Delgado of Candelas Guitars. She has a strong character, with a warm and beautiful sound.

Michael has a unique sound. His music is a journey in time and space fueled by his passion for music and his instrument. His influences are very multicoloured and involve different styles, continents and time periods from Paco De Lucia and Stravinsky to Jimi Hendrix and Pink Floyd.

No two of Michael’s live performances are ever the same, drawing from his recent albums, Zeitlos and California Burning, as well as unreleased songs from his upcoming album, Concierto.

Zeitlos is a timeless and unique blend of acoustic, classical and flamenco styles, entwined with the sounds and soul of Venice, California. His earlier album, California Burning, is a psychedelic fusion of electric and acoustic guitar.

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golden buddha


Saturday / time tbc / September 1
Taos Mesa Brewing Mothership / Taos


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It’s a long story …

They are the originators of the Mantra-Rock sound of the 90’s which has now infused itself into the consciousness of the new millennia.

With Teo Castro on Guitar and Vocals, Billy Stobo on Drums, and Jeffrey Dimmick on Bass, Golden Buddha becomes a mixture of ancient tones and modern sounds, interwoven with funky tribal rhythms and a hard biting edge.

  • The pulsating grooves of the bass are sensual and erotic.
  • The unrelenting drums are thunderous and melodic.
  • The soaring guitars and mystic vocals are penetrating and chaotic.

Years of playing clubs and festivals throughout Europe (Montreux Jazz, Burg Hersberg, Paleo, etc.) with psychedelic icons such as Damo Suzuki from “Can”, Hawkwind, Gong, Guru Guru, Mann, Faust, and Birth Control, as well as touring The States with bands like Jane’s Addiction , Queens of the Stone Age, Perfect Circle, Audioslave, Incubus, Kings of Leon and more has galvanized these three men into one simple and powerful musical force. And, it has given them the great opportunity to share their music with thousands of thankful people …

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the blood moon howlers


Friday / time tbc / August 30
Venue tbc / Taos Plaza

Saturday / time tbc / September 1
Taos Mesa Brewing Mothership


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The Blood Moon Howlers are an American three-piece rock band formed in Los Angeles. Core members include guitarist/vocalist Matt Wayne, bassist/vocalist/keyboardist JuJu and drummer/percussionist Brandon Cooke. Featuring dual male and female lead vocals with whiskey drenched heavy swampy blues rock, flecks of smokey burlesque and psychedelic tendencies. The band formed in January of 2017 and since then has released 2 EPs and played venues all over Southern California.

They are currently recording their first full-length album set to be released in the Fall of 2018 featuring an original song featured on the film Sugar Babe.They will be touring the western region of the United States in support of their new album playing Field Trippin' Fest (Taos, New Mexico) as one of their destinations.

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Billy STobo


Friday / time tbc / August 30
Venue tbc / Taos Plaza

Saturday / time tbc / September 1
Taos Mesa Brewing Mothership


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Born from the tradition of bringing good stories to music, Brother Billy’s first release “Don’t Fall Asleep on the Tracks” has conjured up spirits of the past with tales of jilted love, pointed historical commentary, and folks having raucous good time.

With the evocative puberty anthem “Red Ribbon” to the cynical retort of “Your Grand Design” he gets right to the sweet, the sad, and the naughty.

His Hopeless Choir is a revolving door of many talented musicians that give a little to help a lot in lifting up the spirit of his oh-so-spirited music.

From the snow-capped mountains of Oklahoma to the pale-painted deserts of Louisiana – from the coal-firing cost of California to the sweeping serenity of New York City – everyone could use the kind of smile that comes from spending a little time with Brother Billy.

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Cristina Vane


Friday / time tbc / August 30
Venue tbc / Taos Plaza

Saturday / time tbc / September 1
Taos Mesa Brewing Mothership


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CRISTINA VANE is taking the town by storm with her unique blend of blues and folk. Originally from Europe, she draws from a great host of influences; country blues, delta blues, and folk, creating her own flavor of the blues.  Whether on the Venice boardwalk busking by the beach or on a stage on the Sunset Strip, her signature silver resonator, slide guitar playing, and powerful vocals are unmistakable and unforgettable.  

Before falling in love with the blues, Cristina spent her youth studying classical voice, music theory, piano and flute, ever consumed by music. This theme continues.  While she predominantly plays slide guitar, she employs fingerpicking, acoustic, electric guitar techniques, as well as clawhammer banjo playing. 

Cristina performs in Southern California having spent summers gigging in both New York and London prior to her move to Venice. Currently touring the USA with her "Show Me Your Hometown" tour, FIELD TRIPPIN' will be one of her destinations.  It is safe to say Cristina lives through music, it saturates her life and is, for her, a necessary vehicle for expression. 

... and more to be announced!

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Paracosmic


Friday / time tbc / August 30
Venue tbc / Taos Plaza

Saturday / time tbc / September 1
Taos Mesa Brewing Mothership


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Paracosmic is a collaborative project of musicians from various parts of California and the United States. The band’s sound can be described as a funk-based improv flow, incorporating rock and blues with a keen taste for the psychedelic soundscape.

Forming through the deep seeded dreams of 4 individuals, Paracosmic began in 2015 in Los Angeles through mutual friends in the southern California music scene and festival circuits. Since then, the band has grown to a 6 piece and along with playing several staple venues in Los Angeles, are making their way onto Festival line-ups with their favorite artists.

So what does the name mean? Paracosmic is the adjective of the word Paracosm, which is a detailed, imaginary world. Within that concept the 6 musicians aim to take you on a very lucid yet imaginary funk voyage through your mind and reality simultaneously for a rockin good time!

Keep your ears peeled for PARACOSMIC.

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bittersweet highway


Friday / time tbc / August 30
Venue tbc / Taos

Saturday / time tbc / September 1
Taos Mesa Brewing Mothership / Taos


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Bittersweet Highway is the singer-songwriter duo of Rene’ Janiece and Wayne McKinzie. They hail from a thriving metropolis of 13 that scratches the border of Southern Colorado and Northern New Mexico. Living and traveling along the edges of America, theirs is music that rises from the fringes, in place and in style. It crosses genres and blends the sounds that have influenced these two as individuals, combining to create something strikingly original. It is no wonder they call their particular brand of music “Borderland Americana.”  And this Borderland Americana is also artful Americana – visually evocative and carefully crafted. This is music that is thought about, and music that makes us think. More importantly, this is music that urges us to feel. Poetic lyrics. Smooth, resonant vocals. Surprising phrasing. Wanderlust and loss, longing and belonging, irony and epiphany rise and fall through imagery and sound as varied and wide as the land they call home. Melodic conversations are revealed; evoke the stories that hide in the gravel and grass of the roadside. Live, Bittersweet Highway’s relaxed and intimate rapport with each other and their audience allows for a wonderfully interactive experience that speaks to the journeys of the heart, the bitter and the sweet that are scattered along the road of life.

  • Finalists – “It All Falls Away” – Best Album at the Southwest Independent Artist Awards 2017
  • Finalists – “It All Falls Away” – Best Americana/Singer-Songwriter Song at the Southwest Independent Artist Awards 2017
  • Honorable Mention Singer/Songwriter Competition “The Woodie Guthrie Folk Festival”  2015
  • Finalist - Rene’ Janiece - Best Indie South West Female Artist/Group category at the Independent Music Awards South West 2014
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Los pochos


Saturday / time tbc / August 11
Bürgerhaus / Niederdorfelden


Friday / time tbc / August 30
Venue tbc / Taos Plaza

Saturday / time tbc / September 1
Taos Mesa Brewing Mothership


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Los Pochos is Isaac Irvin, Rick Boston and Michael Jost.

A blend of Mexi Cali Spanish guitars and vocals. A “Pocho” is the American raised children of Mexican immigrants.

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Aaron Gilmartin


Friday / time tbc / August 30
Venue tbc / Taos Plaza

Saturday / time tbc / September 1
Taos Mesa Brewing Mothership


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DC born, raised by Texans on a diet of American Song, spirituals, rhythms and poetry Aaron Gilmartin is an award-winning composer and song-writer for film, stage and people’s enjoyment. Scored Once Upon A Line, a film shortlisted for the 2017 Oscar that won the 2016 Student Academy Award and took top honors at BAFTA among others.

The songs for his first album were written on hiatus from NYC in Tucson where he worked with Calexico’s Jacob Valenzuela on trumpet and toured with Adam Levy of Norah Jones band. His songs bring the flamenco guitar together with looping and sampling of his band.

Currently playing the new batch of songs written in West Adams LA Aaron is now a full time dad while composing and touring the US.

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pris and goyo


Saturday / time tbc / September 1
Taos Mesa Brewing Mothership


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Frequencies bring us together like water trickles down from the High Mountains to the ocean. Pris and Goyo, Los Angeles natives, join together for love of music and movement towards equality, and rejoice mostly with rare not-so-often played cover songs from everyone's past. Pris is an enthusiast of various levels of music, dance and art of all mediums. With her ongoing studies for master degree in Dance Choreography she has recently discovered her own voice with guitar accompaniment from Greg "Goyo" Hernandez.

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la mimosas


Saturday / time tbc / August 11
Bürgerhaus / Niederdorfelden


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La Mimosas, the bluesy, crossover Rock’n Soul Band from Frankfurt/Germany is coming to town.

What you can expect is that they will play and perform their original songs from the (1st) previous album production „Soul on Fire“ (released in 2013) and brand new tunes from the album „Unity in Diversity“ (released August 2017).

Equipped with many years of live performing experience, entertainment and musical talent can look forward to being part of their wild, intense and emotional musical performance – and of course to listen to their „finest selection of Rock’n Soul“ Songs on your stage if it’s a festival or a music club venue.

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Wolf Schubert K.


Saturday / time tbc / August 11
Bürgerhaus / Niederdorfelden


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Wolf Schubert-K. is an old hand of his genre and yet an insider tip. The singer-songwriter has always carved out his own niche in European rock and folk music.

In the 90s Wolf was on the road as a pioneer of what was then called “Alternative Country”. With the DIRTY BIRDIES, the COSMIC TWINS and the American songwriter/author Bob Lyng, he toured France, Belgium and the Netherlands.

After a ten-year-long, search-driven recovery, Wolf returned with his “Sacred Blues” album in 2009, clarified and much more thoughtful.

After a total of 4 albums, “Free Spirit”, a rough folk album with guests from the singer/songwriter scene, including his wife BINE MORGENSTERN, is out now.

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barry conley


Saturday / time tbc / August 11
Bürgerhaus / Niederdorfelden


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Barry Conley is a professional recording engineer, producer and musician. In his formative years, Barry studied electronic and experimental music composition with Earle Brown (cohort of John Cage) and Morton Subotnick.

Barry’s professional career started with an engineering position at Baby’O Recorders in Hollywood where he worked with George Harrison, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and The Red Hot Chili Peppers. Barry went on to work at Sunset Sound and Paramount Recording Studios with such artists as Miles Davis, B.B. King, Ike Turner, and The Stray Cats.

Barry Conley’s band “The Aliens That Ate Hollywood” was featured on The Desert Sessions volume 6 “Black Anvil Ego” record put out by Josh Homme (Queens of The Stone Age).

While waiting for the members of Cypress Hill to arrive at a recording session for their “Stoned Raiders” record, Barry invented and devised a portable joystick/photo optically controlled analog synthesizer/effects processor named the “OutofControl-atron”. Seven years in the making and played on many records including Black Label Society’s “Mafia”.

Barry currently plays in several combos including Liquid Owsley, Splotch, Spiel, and The Aliens. Barry has been known to do solo “abductions”, sometimes known as “sonic colonics”, with his various Buchla synthesizers and the OutofControl-atron.

Barry currently owns Outer Space, a recording studio in Venice, California where he has recently worked with Luicidal and Robert Trujillo (Metallica).

... and more to be announced!

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High Frequency Loft

 

Saturday / time tbc / September 1
Taos Mesa Brewing Mothership

 


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The High Frequency Loft is a high powered training studio and spiritual community space in Taos, New Mexico started by Alana Lee & Colton Silva. After twelve years instructing at high-end gyms in Los Angeles & San Francisco (YogaWorks, Bay Clubs, Crunch, Google, Task Rabbit, Yoga Mayu & more), and training athletes, CEOs, Princesses and celebrity clients, they chose to bring their knowledge and enthusiasm to Taos NM. Here, they have created a space for visitors to form a foundation to their physicality so they can expand their spirituality for self healing through AcroYoga (the partner practice of communication), meditation, vegan food, music, dance, fitness and so much more. 

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Christian Debus

Saturday / August 11
Bürgerhaus / Niederdorfelden


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Moderner Surrealismus

Morbide Kunst aus Frankfurt / Germany … Oder - wie man den Teufel an die Wand malt. Zeitgenössische und Moderne Kunst vom netten Künstler aus der Nachbarschaft. 

Ich male schon mein ganzes Leben lang - habe aber erst in den letzten Jahren angefangen meine Arbeiten aktiv zu veröffentlichen. Warum so viele Schädel… ? Keine Ahnung. Wahrscheinlich weil ich damit aktuell besser meine Meinung ausdrücken kann. 

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Modern Surrealism

Morbid art from Frankfurt Germany … Or - how to paint the devil on the wall. Contemporary and modern art by the nice artist from the neighborhood. 

I have been painting my whole life - but I have only started to actively publish my work in recent years. Why so many skulls...? No idea. Probably because I can currently better express my opinion. 

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eve ve - Stahlstrickerei

Saturday / August 11
Bürgerhaus / Niederdorfelden


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STAHLSTRICKEREI - FASZINATION DRAHT

Ob per Viking Knit gestrickte Ketten oder per Wire Wrapping detailreich gefertigte Anhänger - die Schmuckgestaltung mit Draht hat es mir angetan! 

Seit 2013 fertige ich Schmuckstücke aus hochwertigen Schmuckdrähten und liebevoll ausgesuchten Edelsteinen. 

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STEEL KNITTING - FASCINATION WIRE

If viking-knitted necklaces or wire-wrapped gemstone-pendants - jewellery crafting with wires is my passion! 

Crafting of jewellery pieces out of high quality wires and selected gemstones since 2013.