15th Annual Taos Solar Music Fest June 27-28

TSMF News:
 
TAOS — For the 15th year, Taos Solar Music Festival (“festival”) is once again bringing the hottest international bands to Taos.
 
The festival is June 27-28 and includes headliners KONGOS, John Butler Trio, The Wallflowers, Rixton, Rodrigo y Gabriela and more along with the winner of the “Fan of the Band” contest who will open the June 27 show.
 
Tickets for the festival are on sale now and can be purchased online and at the box office the day of the show.
“Taos Solar Music Festival has grown by leaps and bounds from when we first began 15 years ago and our lineup continues to get better each year, with many shows selling out early,” said festival organizer, Dawn Richardson. “This energetic festival is fueled by the hottest music, and the brightest minds when it comes to sustainability and renewable ways to protect our beautiful landscape.”
The festival grounds open 11 a.m., both Saturday, June 27 and Sunday, June 28, at Kit Carson Park.
 
On June 27, the winner of the “Fan of the Band” contest will open the show at noon. In May, festival organizers accepted entries from New Mexico based bands as part of their “Fan of the Band” contest, finally narrowing down the 34 entries to five. Fans will choose the winner by voting on the Taos Solar Music Festival “Fans of the Band” Facebook page at facebook.com/events/ from June 3–June 18.
 
Also on June 27, internationally acclaimed Mexican acoustic rock guitar duo Rodrigo y Gabriela will bring their unique, fast-fingered instrumental blend of metal, jazz and world music to the stage. Grammy award winning American rock band, The Wallflowers, featuring singer-songwriter Jakob Dylan will perform along with other artists until 10:30 p.m.

On Sunday, June 28 the English four-member boy band, Rixton – selected as MTV’s 2014 “Artist to Watch” – will bring their pop rhythms to the stage after noon. No stranger to Taos, alternative South African band, KONGOS, performed a free concert at Taos Plaza in September 2014 and will surely energize the crowd with their songs such as platinum selling song, “Come with Me Now” along with “I Want to Know.” Following KONGOS will be the APRA and ARIA-award winning Australian roots and jam band, John Butler Trio, along with other acts until 10 p.m.

Food truck vendors including the debut of Taos Sizzle, created by Jamie Schulze of Taos Ski Valley’s Bavarian Restaurant, will be available throughout the event.

A pre-festival Sustainable Building Conference from 9 a.m.– 4:30 p.m., Friday, June 26 will be held in conjunction with the festival. The conference, hosted by UNM-Taos Construction Technology Department’s Chairman, Mark Goldman, will highlight local and regional projects and programs that embody the best of both traditional and forward-thinking solutions for reducing our footprint on earth.

With morning lectures and afternoon workshops, participants will learn more about solar power, adobe structures used throughout Taos’ 1,000 year history, innovative and affordable housing solutions such as Earthships, and more. Participants will be able to make traditional sun dried adobe blocks, see recycled art, and see local artists sculpting with renewable materials.

The Sustainable Building Conference will be held at the Town of Taos Council Chambers, located on Civic Plaza Drive.

For the first time ever, festival goers are being allowed to camp behind Kit Carson Park overnight. There will be a designated area for a limited number of four-person tents only for those with two-day tickets.

 
An additional camping fee is $60 per tent, and is good from 5 p.m. on Friday through 9 a.m. on Monday. Campfires, dogs, fireworks, firearms, alcohol and drugs are prohibited in this area.
Tickets for the festival are available online only. Tickets are available for both days at $110, or either day for $60 each.
 
Solarfest camping is an additional $60. Tickets can either be printed at home or via “will call” at the show for a $3 charge. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit solarmusicfest.com or call 303.564.1399 or tickets(at)solarmusicfest(dot)com.
 
The Taos Solar Music Festival was responsible for one of the largest sell-out shows ever in Taos, with the Mumford and Sons concert in 2013.

For information and schedule, visit facebook.com/ or solarmusicfest.com.

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