Dog Days With Jack Mack At The Mothership

It’s August.

The Dog Days of Summer are here, and in Taos that means music is in the air!

This Saturday, August 10th, Mattress Mary & Friends Present: The 10th Annual Concert Bash to Benefit STRAY HEARTS ANIMAL SHELTER At TAOS MESA BREWING  from 5-10pm!

The 10th annual  Dog Days of Summer Concert will feature Jack Mack And The Heart Attack, and will benefit Stray Hearts Animal Shelter in Taos – an organization dedicated to “ensuring a life free of suffering and pain for animals through education, spaying and neutering, and sheltering animals needing a home.”

The event has become a virtual institution and a favorite of locals and visitors alike. In its first year, the Dog Days concert raised $4,400.  To date, Dog Days has raised over $140,000 for Stray Hearts.

I visited Mary Domito at Taos Lifestyle (her flagship store), one afternoon last week. She was still riding on the high of her recent trip (with her two sisters), to London, Scotland and the Shetland Islands. An unforgettable journey that inspired them all. 

One of Taos most remarkable women, Mary Domito moved here from the Bay Area two decades ago and has transformed her own (and our lives), with her great stores and fabulous energy. Music has always been a huge part of her life, and once she moved to Taos, it began to play an even bigger role, especially in the context of the Dog Days event she founded and promotes annually.

“From the very start, the annual Dog Days concert has brought together the people of Taos with a shared love of music and animals,” said Mary. “And we’re so grateful for the continued support from all of our friends and partners here in Taos.”

Mary’s love of music reveals itself in the artists she books for these events, and this year promises to have everyone on their feet dancing. A perfect antidote to the times we find ourselves in!

Jack Mack and the Heart Attack Horns has been one of  Los Angeles’ fave “Rock’n’Soul” bands for over 3 decades.”

Their funky soul music – the band combines  American Soul roots with classic Blues – has a long, hard-earned and critically acclaimed, legacy of success in the music industry,  including: seven records, blockbuster movie soundtracks, along with hundreds of global television and stage performances.

The players include Jack Mack’s World Class horn section, “The Heart Attack Horns” plus one of New Orleans’ favorite sons, Mark Campbell, on lead vocals. 

The band members – all accomplished session musicians –  have performed, recorded or written for: Rod Stewart, Greg Allman, No Doubt, Stevie Wonder, The Eagles, Elvis Costello, Robert Cray, Keb Mo, Natalie Cole, Bobby Womak, James Brown and hundreds more. 

Their distinctive style of R&B /Soul music, is inspired by the artists that made up the sounds of Memphis Stax Volt, Muscle Shoals, Motown, Philly and James Brown. You have no doubt  heard their legendary horn section, “The Heart Attack Horns” on countless award-winning recordings by world-renowned artists, but what the band is most known for are their solid, energetic and stellar live performances.

Jack Mack has been described as “the real deal, authentic, extraordinary musicians and dynamic performers.” 

In addition to the great music, the event will also feature food, beer and wine as well as the famous Dog Days RAFFLE & SILENT AUCTION to win a $2,500 LUXURY MATTRESS!

A  lucky someone will be sleeping very well this Fall and Winter!

All proceeds will benefit Stray Hearts Animal Shelter. 

As always this is, as Mary reminded me, “very much a community event, with so many helping hands.” One pair of those helping hands belong to Lisa Gordon at Copy Queen, who helped with free copies of promo material.

Tickets are $25.00 door- For advance tix and more info, call Stray Hearts at 575 758-2981 or visit their site below.


For info on Jack Mack and to purchase tix online, see their site also.


Mattress Mary’s flagship store, Taos Lifestyle is also linked here.


For more on the Taos Mesa Brewing Mothership, I’ve linked to their site too.




Photo of Jack Mack thanks to the band, photo of Mary Domito lifted from her Facebook page, and photo of the Mothership c/o the Mothership.