On Mother’s Day, Kit Car­son Park is the place to be

Tempo - - CONTENTS - By Dena Miller

What will the Mother’s Day card you choose have to say?

“A mother’s hap­pi­ness is like a bea­con, light­ing up the fu­ture but re­flected also on the past in the guise of fond mem­o­ries,” waxed Honore de Balzac, the 19th-cen­tury French writer.

Maybe, “If at first you don’t suc­ceed, try do­ing it the way mom told you in the be­gin­ning.” (Un­known).

How­ever you cel­e­brate the moth­ers in your life, and whether your voice is sen­ti­men­tal or sassy, one sure­fire way to make their week­end the best of the year is to go to the 17th an­nual Lowe’s/Su­per Save/Food King Mother’s Day Mu­sic Fes­ti­val, pre­sented by LMNOC Broad­cast­ing and the town of Taos.

Since 2000, the fes­ti­val has grown into a mul­ti­day event that at­tracts the best re­gional bands and an at­ten­dance that can approach 10,000 vis­i­tors from across theWest. But one thing hasn’t changed: the small-town, fam­i­lyfriendly at­mo­sphere that en­cour­ages grand­par­ents, par­ents and chil­dren to come out and en­joy the mu­sic and the fun.

Some take in the whole smor­gas­bord; oth­ers pick and choose to see the return of their fa­vorite bands. Yet how­ever one ap­proaches the wealth of mu­si­cal of­fer­ings, a great time is en­sured.

Zeke and Mary Tapia, of Zeke’s Auto Sup­ply, said, “The Mother’s Day con­certs have al­ways been a big hit with our fam­ily and friends. We have rel­a­tives that come from as far as Pue­blo, Colorado, to en­joy the week­end.”

Their daugh­ter, San­dra Tapia, con­curred. “We’ve been go­ing since it started and, yes, it’s a big hit. We get to hang out with our fam­ily, and I get to see old friends while lis­ten­ing to Mez­cal and all the other great bands,” not­ing that visit­ing rel­a­tives plan months in ad­vance to se­cure their ho­tel rooms.

This year’s fes­ti­val kicks off on Fri­day evening (May 11) with a lineup cel­e­brat­ing the best of clas­si­cal and con­tem­po­rary rock. Be­gin­ning at 5 p.m., NewMex­i­can bands Hart­less, Trav­eler in Pain, Rev­o­lu­tion Ra­dio, the Ju­lian Lucero Band and Bone Mama will take the stage.

At noon Satur­day (May 12), the stage again comes alive with Los Blue Ven­tures, El Grupo Mez­cal, Smooth, Vero y Su Dulzura, La Gente, Sim­patico, Ernes­tine Romero and a solo per­for­mance by Ju­lian Lucero.

El Grupo Mez­cal y Los Blue Ven­tures are the fea­tured per­form­ers at the Satur­day night af­ter-party to be held at the Sage­brush Inn and Suites. Doors for the over-21, 8 p.m. show, will open at 7 p.m. Tick­ets are $25 and are avail­able at the door, at hold­myt­icket.

com, or at the LMNOC sta­tions, lo­cated at 827 Paseo del Pue­blo Norte.

These two pop­u­lar bands prom­ise an evening of first-rate mu­sic and danc­ing. Mez­cal is clearly a Taos fa­vorite whose mu­sic re­ver­ber­ates with any­one who con­nects with true New Mex­i­can soul.

And, the renowned band, Los Blue Ven­tures, has been hon­ored over the last decade with nu­mer­ous “best of ” awards from the NewMex­ico His­pano Mu­sic As­so­ci­a­tion.

The fi­nale on Sun­day (May 13) also be­gins at noon and fea­tures a rous­ing show­case, in­clud­ing Can­dace Var­gas and North­ern 505, Severo y Grupo Fuego, Jerome Grant, Gon­zalo, Dwayne Ortega, the Dave Maes­tas Band and Marissa San­doval.

Gates for all Kit Car­son shows open one hour be­fore per­for­mance times.

The week­end­long event at the park is free; how­ever, wrist­bands are re­quired for en­trance on all three days. They are read­ily avail­able at the 30 com­bined lo­ca­tions of Lowe’s Mar­ket, Su­per Save, Food King and Questa’s Stop and Go.

Chris Muñoz, owner of LMNOC, said, “We’ve got food ven­dors com­ing from across NewMex­ico and Colorado— too many to name— and we’ve got our long-stand­ing spon­sor, Bud­weiser, be­ing joined by En­chanted Cir­cle Brew­ing, along with a va­ri­ety of soft drink ven­dors. There will be plenty to eat and drink all week­end.”

Not­ing the in­tri­ca­cies of stag­ing a ma­jor live event such as this, Muñoz gave a shout to his ded­i­cated staff and oth­ers who make the fes­ti­val a suc­cess af­ter months of plan­ning.

“The staff of LMNOC is happy to con­tinue this Taos tra­di­tion, which re­mains a free event thanks to the town (of Taos), our many spon­sors, and the gen­eros­ity of the bands who

per­form. Their fan base also should be rec­og­nized for keep­ing the Mother’s Day fes­ti­val such an enor­mous suc­cess,” Muñoz said.

“This has be­come the Taos way to cel­e­brate moth­ers here and to also rec­og­nize the cultural back­bone of this com­mu­nity,” he con­tin­ued.

More in­for­ma­tion and up­dates on the fes­ti­val are avail­able on the free LMNOC app, said Muñoz, not­ing the app also livestreams Thun­der, MIX 106.5, Ra­dio Ex­i­tos 99.1, True Coun­try KKTC-FM, The Moun­tain 95.9 and Voice of Truth AM 1340.

Our moth­ers are the link be­tween our present and our past and also the voice of “I told you so.” We love them and look for­ward to cel­e­brat­ing their place in our lives dur­ing this epic week­end.

Kit Car­son Park is lo­cated at 211 Paseo del Pue­blo Norte, at the Civic Plaza Drive in­ter­sec­tion. The Sage­brush Inn and Suites is lo­cated at 1508 Paseo del Pue­blo Sur. For more in­for­ma­tion, go to

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FAM­ILY FUN at the an­nual LMNOC Mother’s Day Mu­sic Fes­ti­val in Kit Car­son Park.



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