Best Place to Hit the Jackpot Best Place to Dance Best Jazz Group or Performer Taos Mountain Casino Taos Mesa Brewing Mothership Taos Pueblo. Two entrances — 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 Christine Autumn 20 ABC Mesa Road; (575) 758-1900 (575) 751-1885 taosmesabrewing.com christineautumn.com taosmountaincasino.com It stands to reason that the Best Live Music Venue (see the Mothership above) has the best dance space — and in this case, it’s more than one space. 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. She can be heard every Sunday night at The Alley Cantina’s Jazz Night. Catharsis and healing themes run through all her artwork, whether it be a painting, pottery, fiber or soul-filled music covers. After surviving a tragic car accident in ’96 that left her with broken legs and crushed knees, she started taking her life in new directions. 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, nonsmoking, 21+ Taos Mountain Casino is where 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. Old Martina’s Hall 4140 State Road 68, Ranchos de Taos (575) 758-3003 Buffalo Thunder Resort and Casino oldmartinashall.com 30 Buffalo Thunder Trail, Santa Fe; (877) 455-7775 buffalothunderresort.com Big Swing Theory BigSwingTheory@gmail.com Best Local Singer/ Songwriter thebigswingtheory.com Best Spanish Language Band or Performer Jimmy Stadler (575) 776-8234 jimmystadler.com Jimmy Stadler is the man – Taos’ “musical virtuoso … human jukebox” and one of the nicest people you’ll ever meet, said entertainment writer Laura Bulkin for Tempo: “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.” 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. El Grupo Mezcal Find on Facebook Once again, El Grupo Mezcal has been named the Best Spanish Language Band or Performer by Best of Taos 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. Max Gomez Darren Córdova maxgomezmusic.com Find on Facebook Jimmy Stadler 20 BEST OF TAOS 2020 TAOSNEWS.COM/BEST-OF-TAOS
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