Well, fall show season is getting ready to gear up...the season of "Er" is almost upon us; you know, SeptembEr, OctobEr, etc. I love this fall/early winter season for a variety of reasons. The cooling tempuratures & drying out of things, coming out of period of time when day to day existence is spent feeling like a bag of wet laundry. But I also get excited about the upcoming event season...some very good music fests & wine festivals, yippee!
The first of the season, two weeks from now, is Silver City, NM's "Pickamania" music festival, a fantastic assortment of music, mostly in the "americana" genre, but not limited to straight bluegrass. I've discovered some awesome groups over the years of participating in this event, as an artisan/vendor. One of my most favoritest is Birds of Chicago ....I adore them, I'm in love with their vibe, their voices, their duets. Sometimes, Allison Russell's voice makes me tear up....there, I said it.
Judge for yourself....
Come on up to Silver City, if you can, & see this band live. Plus all the others in the great lineup.....and come say 'hey' to me! :)
Cloudcroft, NM....soggy & cold. This was the 3rd summer I've tried a show there, I'm thinking that considering all costs involved, it's simply not worth it. It's too bad, I'd love to have a "mountain show" to do in the summer that was profitable AND got me out of the desert heat for a few days!
Many years in the past, we did shows up in middle Arizona...White Mountains, Prescott, Pinetop/Show Low area. Maybe next year, I'll try something in that area again.....or just hibernate the summer away with cold beer & the dunk tank! :)
Heading north out of Las Cruces to Alamagordo, then Cloudcroft on Friday to set up....not lookin' good!
Ahh, the "event" Sunday afternoon....downpour, thunder, lightening...hail, even!
Well, at least the plants are happy.... :)
Yes, it's the end of April...it's been an absolutely pastoral spring, resplendent with desert wildflowers & lush, green mesquite trees laden with blossoms and quite the frenetic bird community!
Every time I walk outside, I wander...I linger...and the voice in my brain that reminds me I have studio work to do has risen to a strident shriek because....IT'S ALMOST MAY!! The busiest, most crazed month of my year, with two of my biggest shows sandwiched around a delightful local wine festival. You can check out links to the events on my "Show Schedule" page...come see me, if you're in the neighborhood! ;)
The annual Tucson, AZ Folk Festival is in it's 30th year and is always a fantastic weekend event! It's a free event, no paid gate, a solid 2 days of music & entertainment, food, arts/crafts and raffles in downtown Tucson. The venue is Presidio Park, in the shadow of the gorgeous old Pima County courthouse, a work of art in itself!
The headliners this year seem to be "family-oriented"...there's Ronstadt Generations, as in Linda Ronstadt...Tom Chapin, as in Harry Chapin. I'm looking forward to Ray Wylie Hubbard, Saturday night's headliner, I think he'll be great fun! This just names a few, there are many performers on 4 different stages, all weekend!
Come on downtown the weekend of May 2 & 3, you'll have a great time!