Music on the Mothership, also known as the MOMFestival, is a three-daymusic festival that takes place June 1-3 at the Taos Mesa Brewing Mothership, 20 ABCMesa Road, off U.S. 64 west.
Located eight miles from Taos in a sea of sagebrush, MOM treats festivalgoers to expansive views in every direction plus national and regional acts in the Americana vein, in the broad sense of Americana. Headliners for this year’s festival include Rising Appalachia, Railroad Earth and Moe.
More thanamusic festival, MOMis an experience in community. Nextdoor camping is available at Hotel Luna Mystica, a vintage trailer hotel and campground, which offers tent, car and RV camping spots a dozen feet across the dirt road from Taos Mesa Brewing.
Clint Huling, one of this year’s festival co-directors, anticipates more than 1,000 people will use the onsite overnight facilities, creating an opportunity to hang out with old and new friends after the last band winds down at the end of the night and before the first band gets started the next day.
Last year, theMOMFestival attracted around 1,700 concertgoers, and this year an even larger crowd is expected. The majority of participants come from Colorado and NewMexico but a good number travel from California, Arizona and other states.
According to Huling, each day of the festival offers a variety of styles within the Americana genre, and the June 1-3 Taos Mesa Brewing Mothership, 20 ABC Mesa Road, off U.S. 64 west Tickets range from $75-$195
Leah and Chloe Smith are Rising Appalachia. acts build in intensity throughout the daywith earlier acts emphasizing more picking and more electrified acts appearing later in the evening. Four music stages will be scattered about the Mothership’s property. One of them is devoted to a host of local and regional acts that will offer smallerscale jam sessions.
The festival kicks off with a party from 7-10 p.m., May 31, featuring the festival’s artist-in-residence, singersongwriter and multi-instrumentalist
John Kadlecik. Known as the side guitarist to Grateful Dead members
Phil Lesh and Bob Weir in their band Further and a co-founder of the Dark
Star Orchestra, Kadlecik has toured nationally for the past two decades.
He’ll be bouncing in and out of sets throughout the weekend.
Friday’s lineup starts at 5:30 p.m. with Liver Down the River, giving plenty of time for festivalgoers to returns to Taos for the MOM Fest. arrive early and partake of all Taos has to offer. Next, Rising Appalachia plays in the outdoor amphitheater, followed by Tea Leaf Green, Antibalas, and Floodwood on various stages until
On Saturday, local band The Noseeums start at 11a.m. in the amphitheater, followed byRyTaylor and Friends, ShookTwins, Jack