MOMFEST

Tempo - - OONTHE SCENE - By Ariana Kramer

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

12:30 a.m.

On Satur­day, lo­cal band The Noseeums start at 11a.m. in the am­phithe­ater, fol­lowed byRyTay­lor and Friends, ShookTwins, Jack

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