Music on the Rocks, Sponsored by Santa Fe Brewing, is our annual weekend-long music festival Friday through Sunday, September 19-21. This event blends outstanding music by local and regional musicians, fantastic food and beverages, art in the meadow and an outdoor, alpine venue at the foot of our mountain.
Music on the Rocks, Sponsored by Santa Fe Brewing, takes place at Sipapu Ski and Summer Resort, located at 5224 Highway 518, just 20 miles southeast of Taos and two hours north of Albuquerque. For directions, please click here.
We suggest you bring along chairs, blankets, umbrellas (shows happen rain or shine) and a warm layer (mountain temperatures are expected to be in the mid-70's).
A limited amount of tickets for the Santa Fe Brewing VIP Tent will be available at the door on September 20. VIP tickets cost $10 each are available on a first-come, first-serve basis only. VIP ticketholders get access to a private acoustic concert Saturday night in the Santa Fe Brewing VIP Tent. Please contact Deborah Lake [email protected] to purchase your VIP tickets and for more information.
Music on the Rocks is a fantastic family event, chock full of fun. This year's festival features a designated area just for kids, where they can enjoy FREE face painting, art projects and disc golf.
Pets are family, too. If you travel with your pet, you won't want to miss our Pet Parade at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 20. Your $10 entry fee benefits Stray Hearts of Taos. Pet/Owner costumes are encouraged, and 1st and 2nd Place prizes will be awarded.
Finally, don't miss our enter-to-win raffle. Each raffle ticket is just $5, and all proceeds will be given to a designated Music on the Rocks nonprofit beneficiary (TBD). You could win:
6:00 p.m. Jam Session
12:00 p.m. Bittersweet Highway
1:00 p.m. Boulevard Lane
3:00 p.m. Jenne McIntosh
4:00 p.m. John Kurzweg
5:00 p.m. Sean Healen
6:30 p.m. Eric Karlstrom (VIP ticketholders only)
12:00 p.m. Steady Rollers
1:00 p.m. Kitty Jo Creek Band
2:00 p.m. Descarga de Taos
3:00 p.m. Boris and the Salt Licks
This southwest singer/songwriter duo boasts a fresh, distinct style that crosses the boudaries of musical genres, including Folk, Indie, Jazz and Blues. Smooth, resonant volcals intertwine with surprising phrasing, and poetic guitar work is supported by soft-droning bass, high-strung and resonator guitars. 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--both the bitter and the sweet. Visit Bittersweet Highway's website.
Boulevard Lane brings their acoustic/electric/eclectic sound to our stage with original music as well as their interpretations of classic tunes. Their focus is great songs, tight harmonies and connecting with the audience. Albuquerque native, singer/songwriter Angela Andaloza brings decades of live and studio vocal success to the band, having performed and recorded her original music throughout Southern California. Bandmate and collaborator Bill Royal brings national voice-over, songwriting and broadcast production acclaim to the team. Visit Boulevard Lane's website.
Local singer/songwriter Jenne McIntosh brings her distinctive lyrical blues sound to our festival. Jenne McIntosh has performed opened on side stages for Yanni, Travis Tritt and Olivia Newton John. "Variety is the spice of life, and there's no reason to pigeonhole one's self into a single genre," says McIntosh. "I love to experiment with music." Visit Jenne McIntosh's website.
Pehaps best known for his production work for multi-platinum acts including Creed, Jewell, Puddle of Mudd and Eagle Eye Cherry, John Kurzweg returns to his first love for the festival: original instrumentation. Fluent in a range of instruments, Kurzweg maintains a recording studio in Santa Fe, NM complete with a live drum room and including a 1979 Gretch maple kit. Find John Kurzweg on Facebook.
Award-winning singer/songwriter Sean Healen is known for being a rock, folk and blues virtuoso. With music and lyrics reminiscent of Leonard Cohen and Steve Earle, and a style at once intricate and eloquent, Sean is rapidly achieving the national stage. A long time resident of New Mexico, his album, "Foodplain", was named Best Rock CD of 2009 at the New Mexico Music Awards. Visit Sean Healen's website.
Festival guests who purchase VIP tickets get access to the Santa Fe Brewing VIP Tent, and this private acoustic concert. Songwriter Eric Karlstrom's three passions--music, mountains, and the life of the mind--are evident in his over fifteen albums. Eric Karlstrom is prolific in acoustic banjo and guitar, as well as piano and vocals. Although he wrote his first folk song at just 14, Karlstrom is still trying to become "the banjo player of his dreams." Visit Eric Karlstrom's web site.
Songwriter Allen Lyttle and Steady Rollers return to our stage for their third festival appearance. Named after a song by bluesman Robert Johnson, the band plays a mix of original and cover songs straddling musical genres, with an emphasis on roots music, strong thythms, lively dance tunes and songs that tell a good story. Visit Allen Lytle's web site.
Kitty Jo Creek Band is a melodious group of bluegrass musicians from the Santa Fe area. Playing fresh renditions of traditional and original compositions with a cowboy jazz flavor, Kitty Jo Creek prides itself on adventurous musicianship. Find Kitty Jo Creek Band on Facebook.
Latin jazz trio Descarga de Taos incorporates traditional Afro-Cuban rhythms with the improvizational aspects of jazz. Sax and guitar afficionado Gary Yamane brings decades of live jazz performance experience to the trio. Puerto Rican native Aida de Arteaga received a National Endowment of the Arts grant to study with jazz bassist legend Rufus Reed. And longtime Taos resident George Chacon brings masterful conga rhythm on "las tumbadors de Cuba" to the trio.
Boris McCutcheon is a singer/songwriter of truy unique and engaging Americana songs. Backed by the Salt Licks, the group attained #1 Euro-Americana chart success with their most recent CD project entitled, "Might Crash". McCutcheon's writing and music are reflections of the characters he has encountered and the landscapes he has surrounded himself with. His material is raw and guided by a deep connection to the natural world--with a sense of humor always mixed in. Visit Boris McCutcheon's website.