Best Live Music Venue Best Local Rock Group or Performer Best Local Radio Station Taos Mesa Brewing Mothership KTAOS- FM 101.9 9 State Road 150, El Prado (575) 758-5826 20 ABC Mesa Road; (575) 758-1900 Jimmy Stadler taosmesabrewing.com (575) 776-8234 ktao.com On the way to the Gorge Bridge, in mesa land, is the local fave for local and national performers on one indoor and two outdoor stages 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. jimmystadler.com The voice and music of Taos gets their 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 honkytonk to the Foo Fighters. Music programming is flexible at KTAOS and they diligently listen to the pulse of the listener. See Best Local Singer-Songwriter entry. Katy P and The Business Find on Facebook Best Local Country Band or Performer KNCE- FM 93.5 Adobe Bar at the Historic Taos Inn 20 ABC Mesa Road (silver trailer near Taos Mesa Brewing); (575) 737-8326 125 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, Taos (575) 758-2233 truetaosradio.com taosinn.com Michael Hearne michaelhearne.com | bigbarndance.com 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 Best of Taos 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. Best Local Radio Personality Best LGBTQ-Friendly Hangout Paddy Mac KTAOS- FM 101.9 9 State Road 150, El Prado (575) 758-5826 The Alley Cantina 121 Teresina Lane, Taos (575) 758-2121 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 19 years ago. In a past Best of Taos 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.” alleycatina.com If you’re looking for a fun night where the locals are more into music, craft cocktails and dancing than passing judgments, then head to The Alley, voted the most LGBTQ-friendly atmosphere going. Long a haven for artists and free spirits, Taos is typically known for its cultural and gender diversity, and The Alley is the gay-friendly fave place in 2020. The Rifters rifters.net Gutters 520 Plaza Cañon Dr, Taos (575) 758-2695 Howie Roemer KNCE- FM 93.5 taosbowling.com 20 ABC Mesa Road, El Prado (575) 737-8326 truetaosradio.com 21 BEST OF TAOS 2020 TAOSNEWS.COM/BEST-OF-TAOS
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