Big Music. Small Venues. Bring the Family.
September 15, 16, 17 in downtown Cimarron, NM
All concerts open to all ages.
2017: the thirteenth season
FRIDAY, 15 SEPTEMBER, 2017 • 7pm
Cimarron Mercantile, adjacent to the St. James Hotel in the heart of Cimarron's Historic Old Town
Siblings Martha and Kilby Spencer from Whitetop Mountain, VA collaborate with North Carolina native Kelley Breiding to perform music drawn from their Appalachia mountain heritage. Combining traditional country and bluegrass songs with a healthy dose of original material, they offer a powerful combination of vocal harmonies and classic fiddle/guitar/banjo instrumentation. Kilby Spencer is an award winning fiddle player in both old-time and bluegrass styles as well as a sought after guitar player. Martha is well known for her flat foot dancing while Kelley is a recognized banjo player specializing in the Roundpeak, NC style.
Kilby Spencer has been playing old-time music for most of his life, learning from his parents, Thornton and Emily Spencer, who have been performing in the Whitetop Mountain Band for over 40 years. Kilby has also collected and digitized rare local recordings for many years and serves on the board of the Field Recorder’s Collective, whose mission is to preserve and release rare field and home recordings. Kilby also formed his own award winning band over ten years ago, The Crooked Road Ramblers, playing prestigious venues such as The National Folk Festival, The Richmond Folk Festival and Floydfest.
Martha Spencer also grew up on Whitetop Mountain immersed in the musical Spencer Family and has been playing music and dancing since a very young age. She plays guitar, banjo, fiddle, bass and mandolin, and is Martha is very active in passing on music and dance traditions to local youth as well, teaching in the Junior Appalachian Musician program in the Ashe and Alleghany Counties of NC.
A native of North Carolina, Kelley Breiding is known by many as “the girl with the big voice” having led her own traditional country band, Kelley and The Cowboys, for over 10 years now. After a childhood of singing and playing piano, Kelley became interested in traditional music of Appalachia as a teenager, particularly the guitar and claw-hammer banjo. Courtesy www.spencerbranch.com
TISH HINOJOSA • 8pm
SATURDAY, 16 SEPTEMBER, 2017
Cimarron Maverick Club Rodeo Grounds west of Hwy 64 in Cimarron, NM
Show opens at 7pm with Hwy 38 Houndogs
A talented songwriter with an understated but utterly unaffected delivery…vivid…touching…pointed… playful… engaging. A rare gift for melody that’s perfect for Hinojosa’s lovely, relaxed soprano.”
—THE WASHINGTON POST
Singer-songwriter Tish Hinojosa from Austin, Texas creates a blend of folk, country, Latino and pop with an undeniable far reaching appeal, from a White House concert at the invitation of President and Mrs. Clinton to teaming up with artists Joan Baez, Booker T. Jones, Flaco Jimenez, Pete Seeger, and Dwight Yoakam.
She has recorded as an independent artist as well as for A&M, Warner Bros, and Rounder Records and has been a featured artist on Austin City Limits, A Prairie Home Companion and other NPR programs.
With sixteen CDs to her name, Tish’s distinct sound has gained her much critical acclaim. Her latest CD After The Fair, released in 2013, was recorded in Germany and is reflective of her 9 years spent in the Beatles old stomping grounds in Hamburg. Tish has toured extensively throughout the U.S. and Europe and continues to draw a loyal and growing audience.
“If you’re from Taos, you know Hinojosa as a songbird with vocal and guitar chops, savvy song choices and dazzling originals who played during the peak of the old two-step scene at the Sagebrush Inn. For those of us veteran boot-scooters, when Tish was playing in Taos that was right about the zenith or at the heart of the scene…”
—M.Elwell Romancito, Taos News, October 2016
HWY 38 HOUNDOGS, RED RIVER, opening for Tish Hinojosa
The Hwy 38 Houndogs cross the pass from Red River, NM, with an irresistible home brew of dance music they call “southwest Americana with a green chili twist.” Formed in 2007, they are a working roadhouse band that plays all over the northern New Mexico and west Texas region. Red River’s Jeff Fagan on piano holds down lead with keyboard licks influenced by blues, jazz, rock and country. Also from Red River is Michael Smith on guitar and lead vocals, adding classic country soul to the rock feel of the band. Ry Taylor is from Cimarron, NM. His sweet vocal harmonies and solid bass playing round out the Houndog sound with a folk rock/indie flair. Their very large array of blues, country and folk makes you want to get up and dance.
15, 16, 17 September 2017
ANDREW LOVATO, BARITONE
SUNDAY, 17 SEPTEMBER, 2017 • 4pm
United Methodist Church, Cimarron, NM
MONDAY, 18 SEPTEMBER, 2017 • 9am
All Schools Concert
Historic Shuler Theater, Raton, NM
“Called a “winning baritone” by The New York Times and “sensitive and sympathetic” by Cincinnati’s City Beat, young American baritone Andrew Lovato is garnering excitement among enthusiasts of the classical and modern vocal repertoire across the nation. Mr. Lovato is the winner of the George L. Hackett Prize in the Livingston Mather Competition and first place winner in the Schubert Club competition.
Andrew Lovato has participated in young artist programs with Santa Fe Opera and Central City Opera where he performed and covered roles in Morrison's Oscar, Offenbach's La Grande Duchesse de Gerolstein, Puccini's La Bohéme, Oklahoma and Mozart's Don Giovanni. He is currently in the young artist program at the Minnesota Opera.
The Waukesha, Wisconsin native received his Bachelor of Music in Voice from Lawrence University and a Master of Music in Voice from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music where he performed roles in Stravinsky's The Rake’s Progress, Mozart's Marriage of Figaro, Britten's Peter Grimes, Robert Ward's The Crucible and Mozart's Don Giovanni.
the ShortGrass country
The grasslands of northeast New Mexico, on the eastern face of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, stretch east as far as the eye can see. Part of the largest biological community in the entire North American continent, this high altitude portion of it is composed of the short grasses —tough little plants like blue grama and buffalo grass that can withstand the perennial drought cycle of the region.
The Festival is a celebration of the open range and limitless sky, and invites music lovers to enjoy the immense natural beauty of the area along with a feast of live music from some of the very best concert artists in the world.