Best Live Music Venue Best Radio Station Night. A theme that seems to run through all of her work, whether it be a painting or a soulful cover of an old Betty Carter song, is one of catharsis and healing. Taos Mesa BrewingMothership KTAOS - FM 101.9 Big Swing Theory 9 STATE ROAD 150, EL PRADO • (575) 758-5826 • KTAO.COM The voice and music of Taos gets its energy and staying power from the popular DJs, national and local news, a diverse music mix and, of course, solar power. This Taos broadcast institution follows an “adult alternative format,” that includes everything from honky-tonk to the Foo Fighters. Music programming is flexible at KTAOS and they diligently listen to the pulse of the listener. 123 ABC MESA ROAD, EL PRADO • (575) 758-1900 • TAOSMESABREWING.COM BIGSWINGTHEORY@GMAIL.COM • THEBIGSWINGTHEORY.COM We love live music and interactive events in Taos. On the way to the Gorge Bridge, out in mesa land, is our favorite place to see local and national performers who grace the indoor and two outdoor stages — including an amphitheater — with plenty of room to shake, rattle and roll most nights of the week. A converted airplane hangar houses the indoor stage fitted with “acoustic purity.” Add to the experience great food and excellent handcrafted, in-house brewed beers — cheers to a fun night out. Best Spanish Language Band or Performer El Grupo Mezcal KNCE - FM 93.5 ABC MESA ROAD (LOCATED BESIDE TAOS MESA BREWING) (575) 737-8326 • FINDONFACEBOOK TRUETAOSRADIO.COM KTAOS Solar Center Once again, El Grupo Mezcal has been named the Best Spanish Language Band or Performer in readers’ choice poll. The group has stood at the top in this poll for 20 of the past 21 years. Mezcal formed in the late 1980s and solidified as a band with brothers Ernesto (Ernie), Antonio (Archie) and Adonais (Níte) Marquez and Rex Martinez in the mid-1990s. They are known for their original Spanish songs written by the Marquez brothers and inspired by life aquí en Taos. TheTaosNews’BestofTaos 9 STATE ROAD 150, EL PRADO • (575) 758-5826 • KTAO.COM/SOLARCENTER Best Radio Personality Paddy Mac Best Place to Dance KTAOS - FM 101.9 Taos Mesa Brewing - Mothership 9 STATE ROAD 150, EL PRADO • (575) 758-5826 • KTAO.COM Morning drive host Patrick McCarty, better known around these parts as “Paddy Mac,” has regularly won this category since he came to Taos years ago. In a past issue, Mac described his DJ style and mission: “The individualism of radio stations is pretty rare these days. I took a [cross-country drive] a few years ago. I was like, ‘This station sounds just like that station.’ ... When I’m driving, I seek out these tiny individual stations, and I want to hear the voice of that town. ... I’m going to be as local and personal and as informational in this town as I can be.” 123 ABC MESA ROAD • (575) 758-1900 • TAOSMESABREWING.COM Andrew Gonzales BestofTaos It stands to reason that the Best Live Music Venue has the best dance space — and in this case, it’s more than one space. FINDONFACEBOOK KTAOS Solar Center Best Rock Group or Performer 9 STATE ROAD 150, EL PRADO • (575) 758-5826 • KTAO.COM/SOLARCENTER Jimmy Stadler Howie Roemer KNCE - FM 93.5 Best Local Singer-Songwriter (575) 776-8234 • JIMMYSTADLER.COM 123 ABC MESA ROAD, EL PRADO (LOCATED BESIDE TAOS MESA BREWING) (575) 737-8326 • See Best Local Singer-Songwriter entry. Jimmy Stadler TRUETAOSRADIO.COM The Damn Band (575) 776-8234 • JIMMYSTADLER.COM Best Place to Hit the Jackpot Jimmy Stadler is the man — Taos’ “musical virtuoso” ... the “human jukebox” and one of the nicest people you’ll ever meet. Entertainment writer Laura Bulkin penned for publication: “Stadler has been a consistent shining light of the Taos music scene, whether solo or with his band The Colliders, at parties, barn dances, benefits or his always-mobbed Wednesday nights at Sabroso Restaurant and Bar in Arroyo Seco.” Amen to that. His popularity has never wavered. Stadler was named Best Rock Artist in the first Best of Taos poll in 1999 and has continued to rack up entertainment honors ever since. (575) 770-9360 • FINDONFACEBOOK Taos Mountain Casino TaosNews’Tempo Best Country Band or Performer TAOS PUEBLO (THERE ARE TWO ENTRANCES — ONE IS PAST THE ALLSUP'S CONVENIENCE STORE AND GAS STATION AND THE OTHER IS OFF HAIL CREEK ROAD, BOTH OFF PASEO DEL PUEBLO NORTE. TAKE EITHER ENTRANCE AND PROCEED NORTH APPROXIMATELY 1 MILE.) • (575) 737-0777 Michael Hearne TAOSMOUNTAINCASINO.COM As the saying goes, sometimes the best things come in small packages. It may not be the largest place to play games of chance in the state and certainly has proximity on its side, but the quaint, non-smoking, Taos Mountain Casino is where blackjack players, bingo lovers and slot fans around here head to most often. The casino runs an array of promotions throughout the year, with thousands of dollars given away weekly. The Bison Rewards Card is the direct avenue to winning at Taos Mountain Casino, allowing players to accumulate points that lead to giveaways and prizes. MICHAELHEARNE.COM,BIGBARNDANCE.COM Max Gomez Those who know two-steppin’, guitar pickin’ and his distinctive voice know Michael Hearne and his band South by Southwest. Hearne is pretty much a household name not only in Taos, but just about the entire Southwest. A consistent winner of awards over the years, Hearne’s brand of “Southwestern Americana” can be heard woven through songs he’s written for the likes of Jerry Jeff Walker and others. He’s also the chief promoter of his annual, three-day Big Barn Dance Music Festival (Sept. 5-7, Kit Carson Park). This year marks the festival’s 17th season. MAXGOMEZMUSIC.COM BestofTaos Best Jazz Group or Performer Christine Autumn Buffalo Thunder Resort and Casino (575) 751-1885 • CHRISTINEAUTUMN.COM The Rifters With her soulful voice and classic song list from the 1930s through ‘50s, Autumn has been voted best jazz singer for many years in a row. Autumn can be heard every Sunday night at The Alley Cantina’s Jazz 30 BUFFALO THUNDER TRAIL, SANTA FE 877-455-7775 • RIFTERS.NET BUFFALOTHUNDERRESORT.COM TAOSNEWS.COM/BEST-OF-TAOS 25
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