In focus: Entertainment in brief

Here's a sampling of some events happening this week in the Taos area


Looking for something to do this weekend in the Taos area? Here's a brief sample of things to see and do in an around town.

Wailing Souls at KTAOS

Wailing Souls, a three-time Grammy-nominated reggae act, will be in the house to help ring in the summer with some legendary tunes. Founding members Lloyd “Bread” McDonald and Winston “Pipe” Matthews will take the stage Friday (June 16) at the KTAOS Solar Center Pavilion, 9 State Road 150, north of El Prado. Doors open at 7 p.m., with music starting at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance and $20 at the door. 

Fusing the harmonies of Motown with the roots and dancehall sounds of reggae, The Wailing Souls have ridden the crest of Jamaica’s music for more than four decades. The Wailing Souls consistently push the musical limits of the reggae genre, blending sounds of funk, R&B and country into their roots tradition, securing their reputations as pioneers in the genre.

The Wailing Souls attracted global attention when their music was featured in “Cool Runnings,” the 1993 Disney film. The soundtrack album was an international hit, selling nearly half a million copies worldwide. The Wailing Souls had three songs on this soundtrack, including “Picky Picky Head.”

Formed in Trenchtown, Kingston, Jamaica, in the late 1960s, The Wailing Souls have experienced numerous transformations. Their discography (more than 26 albums to date) includes singles recorded as The Renegades, Pipe & the Pipers and Atarra. Sly & Robbie and the Roots Radics are only some of the musicians who have worked with The Wailing Souls. Still one of the most powerful forces in reggae, The Wailing Souls continue to tour globally and record new songs with the vigor that they had singing in Kingston’s Trenchtown decades ago.

For more information, call the venue at (575) 758-5826 or visit ktao.com.

Music, art and fresh produce in Angel Fire

Angel Fire Resort (angelfireresort.com) is gearing up for the busy summer season by announcing dates on two popular events. The Friday evening “Cool Summer Nights” concert series and Sunday morning Art and Farmers Market in Angel Fire aim to bring area residents together for music, art, local food and community.

Starting Friday (June 16) and continuing through Sept. 1, the “Cool Summer Nights” concert series in Frontier Park will offer live music from regional acts, including “one of the best party bands from New Mexico,” Felix y los Gatos. Jimmy Stadler Band will perform Southwest rock and country to kick off the summer concert series. There is no cover fee for the concerts. The events will also include a zone for kids with giant Jenga, face painting and games. Beer from Enchanted Circle Brewing Company and food will be available for purchase.

Artist schedule includes:

June 16 – Jimmy Stadler Band, Ry Taylor (opener)

June 23 – Donohoe and Grimes

June 30 – Gleewood (5 p.m.), Billy Dawson & Lainey Edwards (6:30 p.m.)

July 7 – Felix y Gatos

July 14 – Alchemie Labs

July 21 – Awna Teixeira

July 28 – Sunny & The Whiskey Machine

Aug. 4 – Phillip Griffin

Aug. 11 – Kyle Martin

Aug. 18 – Dana Cooper

Aug. 25 – Bill Palmer’s TV Killers

Sept. 1 – Merican Slang

Also, Sundays, from June 18 through Sept. 3, the Angel Fire Art and Farmers Market will showcase a diverse selection of local and regional artists, live music, food, fresh produce from growers and nonprofits from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Frontier Park. “Our Art and [Farmers] Market was so well received last summer we’re beginning them earlier this season,“ explained Jennifer Helsel, marketing specialist for Angel Fire Resort, in a statement. “We’re expecting vendors with fresh produce and eggs, local meats and dairy products, fresh roasted-on-site Hatch Green Chile and artisanal breads, baked goods and raw honey.”

Sponsors of the “Cool Summer Nights” series include Angel Fire Resort, Enchanted Circle Brewing, ReMax Mountain Realty, Coldwell Banker, Lindsay Custom Builders, Lowe’s Market, Resort Properties of Angel Fire and Alpine Lumber. Angel Fire has thousands of year-round residents, short-term and long-term summer tourists, part-time residents and regional guests from Taos and the Enchanted Circle. These popular community events fill the need for many who are hungry for local art and food, according to Mike Hess, chief marketing officer of Angel Fire Resort. “We already have so much to offer as far as outdoor activities and beautiful accommodations. Now adding fresh ideas like the Art and Farmers Market and the ‘Cool Summer Nights’ concerts will give residents and visitors more entertainment this summer.”

For more information about the “Cool Summer Nights” music series and Angel Fire Art and Farmers Market, visit angelfirecoolsummer.com. For information on summer activities, call (800) 633-7463 or visit angelfireresort.com.

Benefit for vets and bikes

Rockabilly punk band Hard Fall Hearts will headline a benefit concert for the Not Forgotten Outreach poker run Saturday (June 17), 7:15 p.m., at Taos Mesa Brewing, 20 ABC Mesa Road, off U.S. 64 west. Cover is $10, age 18 and older admitted due to adult content. The San Diego rockers will be joined onstage by acts including Chicken Sedan, Kerry Pastine and Crime Scene and Coco’s Hen House of Burlesque.

Not Forgotten Outreach, Inc. is dedicated to motivating military, veterans and their families and Gold Star families of fallen heroes to participate in recreational and/or therapeutic activities in order to facilitate the healing process and reintegration challenges. It provides opportunities to improve relationships, build camaraderie with other military families and civilians while at the same time enhancing “mindfulness” personal well-being. This is done through farming, therapy animals, yoga, skiing and snowboarding, creative arts and retreats at the Taos Military Family Respite Center.

The show is a presentation of Monotone Productions and Taos Mesa Brewing.

Monotone Productions is also putting on two nights of hardcore metal at the brewery. Tonight (June 15), Communion, Jaggedmouth, Black Maria and Snot Goblin take the stage at 7 p.m. Cover is $7. Then, Friday night (June 16), it’s Disasterman, Colossal Swan Dive, Desmadre, Marsopious and Cripple kickin’ it at 8 p.m. Tickets to that show are $5. Both shows are all ages.

For more information, call (575) 758-1900 or visit taosmesabrewing.com.