TAOS ― More than 30 country, folk, Americana and bluegrass artists are set to perform at Michael Hearne’s 16th Annual Big Barn Dance Music Festival this year, Sept. 6–8 at Kit Carson Park.
Doors open at noon Thursday and Friday, Sept. 6-7, and at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 8. Ticket options for this event include individual day passes for $49.30, a three-day pass for $117.50 or a Barn Dance Only pass for $19.82.
This year’s festival will commence with the Taos Art Gallery Stroll with Michael Hearne and Friends Wednesday, Sept. 5. Beginning at 4 p.m., at David Anthony Fine Art on Kit Carson Road, music and art aficionados can join Michael and friends for an early evening of fine art and music. The gallery stroll is free and open to the public.
Michael Hearne is a country, folk and Americana singer-songwriter who has made a great impression on the southwest with his unique sound, vast fan base and evocative songwriting. Hearne along with his band, South by Southwest, and Jimmy Stadler, will kick off the festival with the first performance on Thursday and will be followed by a range of artists including Jed Zimmerman, Chuck Cannon, Hayes Carll and Bill Kirchen. Day two will feature performances by Bob Livingston, John Fullbright, Walt Wilkins and The Mystiquero, and more.
Saturday, September 8 will feature a free dance lesson at the Big Barn Dance tent from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., as well as a songwriting workshop with Terri Hendrix and Lloyd Maines from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Taos Center for the Arts. Festival ticket holders will be charged $35 per person for the workshop and all others $50 per person. Following the morning’s event will be performances by Beat Root Revival, Warren Hood, hONEy house, and more, with South by Southwest and special guests closing the weekend. Saturday will also feature the Barn Dance, where all chairs are removed from the listening tents to create a dancing area at 7:30 p.m.
There will be multiple food vendors and a full bar present during the weekend. However, visitors should keep in mind that the bar is cash-only and there will be no on-site ATM.