One of hippest places in town for live music is out of town actually, across the road from our soon to be expanded (just a little) airport. Taos Mesa Brewing opened in the Summer of 2012 and they’ve been rockin’ the Mesa ever since.
Dan Iron, Gary Feuerman, Peter Kolshorn and Jason Wylie (the Beer Brewer) have created a brilliantly designed venue that has a capacity of about 500 inside. The outdoor stage was a collaboration between TMB and Earthship Biotecture and the area can hold up to 2,500. The vistas are incredible and place has a distinctly Taos vibe.
Check out their site linked below this post for more images and info.
TMB has a taproom at Taos Ski Valley on Thunderbird Road and they’re also featured at the Martini Tree at the St. Bernard. Their beer is exclusive at Ojo Caliente Resort and Spa They were called one of “America’s Coolest Breweries” by Travel & Leisure Magazine.
TMB have brought some very cool bands to Taos, who in turn bring out some of Taos’ more reclusive residents. The fantastic bombino had Henry Hopper out on the dance floor with his posse, including Paz Lenchantin of The Pixies.
Last Weekend, I went with Robby Romero to see John Popper, Blues Traveler’s harmonica ace. Taos packed the house. Including a very dressed down, nerd glasses and all, Julia Roberts with her husband, Danny Moder and a bunch of friends. Paparazzi were also in the house. I saw an obnoxious looking woman brazenly take aim. Robby noticed too and we just rolled our eyes. Nowhere’s safe anymore. Not even the Mesa.
Toward the end of his set with Brother’s Keeper, Popper dedicated a song to Julia. She was at the front of the stage by night’s end groovin’ to the music with everyone else.
Popper and the band were served beers by audience members all night long and at one point even asked for more. They appeared to be enjoying every variety available immensely. It was all about the band and the beer!
Meanwhile backstage, Robby Romero, John Popper and Jono Manson had a nostalgic reunion, reminiscing about the sold out H.O.R.D.E Summer Festival Tours they had been part of during the 90’s. The rank scent of patchouli and sweat remains forever imprinted in their minds, but they couldn’t quite get the years straight. On the sidelines, a young fan took selfies.
All photographs by Bill Curry
Heron crane/sculpture by Christina Sporrong