Jono Manson is a prolific singer/songwriter and veteran performer, with a long track record that includes major-label releases as both recording artist and producer. During a career spanning four decades he has performed everywhere from local dives to Madison Square Garden. His songs have been recorded by Grammy Award – winning artists and have been featured in major motion pictures, on network television and in national advertising campaigns. Jono also co-owns and operates The Kitchen Sink recording studio.
Jono received the Norman Petty Producer Award from the New Mexico Music Awards in 2017. This year, he was nominated for seven New Mexico Music Awards.
Matthew Andrae has earned his place among Santa Fe’s most respected and beloved musicians. His music is featured in movies, television shows, blogs, and events such as the Winter Olympic Games, the World Expo, and Imogen Heap’s international tour. His music combines the groove of Stevie Wonder with the emotional charge of a Tracy Chapman. Completely unique – completely beautiful. More info >>
“He’s one of those rare people who can combine instrumental talent, instrumental innovation, and vocal talent with great songwriting, both musically and lyrically… And he can fuse them all together in a single powerful message…one that is aware of our times and of its social issues.”Steve Rodby- Bass, The Pat Metheny Group – Trend Magazine
“My favorite was Matthew Andrae, in Dallas. He did an amazing set—mostly a cappella, with some guitar on one song—and got a standing ovation from the crowd. Quite a character.”Imogen Heap – Acapella Magazine
“Andrae reaches for the ineffable bittersweet cornucopia of experience that life presents.” Stephen Powell – Santa Fe New Mexican
Two-time Grammy award-winning Taos Pueblo musician Robert Mirabal returns to the Bandstand stage for his seventh appearance. Robert has been one of the leaders of the Native Flute renaissance. His style is more “traditional” and less commercial than many of his contemporaries, building his melodies on the rituals that have surrounded him all of his life at Taos Pueblo, where he was born and still resides. Always a Bandstand season highlight! More Info >>
Often referred to the heartbeat of Mother Earth, the drum is a powerful instrument. It is used in many spiritual and sacred ceremonial practices. Some say the beat of the drum has the power to change natural elements, including the weather. It is believed to have the power to heal sickness, and some believe it has the power to send messages both to the animal world and to the spirit world.
Don’t miss this chance to experience authentic Native American drumming circles up close on the Plaza. More Info >>
Since exploding onto the scene in 2005, Davina and the Vagabonds have grown from a down-and-dirty blues band into one of the most exciting acoustic ensembles on the international stage. In recent years they have performed in 45 states, 2 Canadian provinces and 12 European countries.
With influences ranging from Fats Domino and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band to Aretha Franklin and Tom Waits, the band draws from the last 100 years of American music. Their shows are filled with New Orleans charm, Memphis soul swagger, dark theatrical moments that evoke Kurt Weill, and tender gospel passages.
Singer/pianist Davina Lozier’s presence is indelible, while her voice defies simple categorization. Evoking comparisons as diverse as Etta James, Amy Winehouse, Billie Holiday and Betty Boop, she is simply a true original, presenting a personal vision that celebrates a century of American music.
Lipbone has taken his singular vocal instrumental style to a new level by playing guitar and producing all of the instrument sounds while simultaneously singing and storytelling without the use of electronic effects nor a loop pedal. He has shared the stage with many great artists including Marcia Ball, John Mayall, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Tab Benoit, Cyril Neville, Jimmy Hall, Jonathan Edwards, Rita Wilson, Shemekia Copeland, Tommy Castro and others. More Info >>
“From New York’s subway to stages around the world, Lipbone Redding’s music stretches like a string that’s never-ending. With eight albums of tunes and a lifetime of inspiration from which to draw, the well-traveled musician features a sound that far exceeds the boundaries of Americana. Despite the lack of a band, his approach dips into jazz and blues with a New Orleans touch. Swaths of Latin America tango with occasional dollops of Asian flair and American funk. Like an international rainbow, Redding’s style reaches out to touch many a someone.” – Tom Netherland, Herald Courier
Eliza Gilkyson is a twice Grammy-nominated (2006/2015) singer songwriter and activist who is one of the most respected musicians in Folk, Roots and Americana circles. Her songs have been covered by Joan Baez, Bob Geldof, Tom Rush and Rosanne Cash and have appeared in films, PBS specials and on prime-time TV. A member of the Austin Music Hall of Fame, and a recent inductee into the Austin Songwriter Hall of Fame, she has won countless Folk Alliance and Austin Music awards, including 2014’s Songwriter of the Year.Eliza’s music has always offered a vivid reflection of the times we live in, full of joys and sorrows, each song a window into a life of struggle and triumph in a world she feels is “poised on the edge of moral, economic and environmental bankruptcy.”
Eliza’s 2018 release is SECULARIA, a collection of spiritually charged songs that do not fit within the parameters of traditional religious beliefs but challenge us to respect all life and be accountable for our actions in such perilous times. The new collection features a stunning performance with the acclaimed Tosca String Quartet, cameos with Shawn Colvin, gospel singer Sam Butler, and a duet with her friend the late Jimmy LaFave, as well as several songs adapted from poetry by her grandmother Phoebe Hunter Gilkyson, who co-wrote with Eliza’s father, folksinger Terry Gilkyson. More Info >>
PRAISE FOR SECULARIA:
Even her darkest moments are warmed by a genuine compassion for the lost souls who sometimes populate her stories, and a very real concern for the world we all live in is woven through every tune… Whether she looks into darkness or light, Eliza Gilkyson’s vision is impressive. ~ All Music Guide
Notching Eliza Gilkyson’s 20th album, Secularia offers the steadfast patience that permeates the veteran folk artist’s tunes like a lighthouse to stormy seas. The singer exudes a poetic wisdom few songwriters achieve, and a timeless quality to the album’s secular hymns hearkens Leonard Cohen. ~ Austin Chronicle
Now nearly a dozen records into a fruitful tenure with renowned folk label Red House, Gilkyson is producing the best music of her career. As the title hints, spirituality is a central theme here, but it’s a relationship that transcends the bounds of organized religion….grounded in folk music but embroidered with rich atmospheric accents. ~ Austin American Statesman
Eliza Gilkyson, twenty albums in, seems to be marshaling all her inner emotions, her feminist and political activism, as she challenges conventional religious beliefs while beseeching us to be more accountable in these divisive times. ~ Glide Magazine
Secularia is a series of poems and hymns, deeply spiritual songs that praise the wonder and beauty of the world, that lament its destruction, and that celebrate the joy of the mystery that lies behind its wild wonder. ~ No Depression
They say the third time is a charm, but if Eliza Gilkyson’s new release Secularia (Red House Records) is any indication, the twentieth time is spellbinding. ~ Americana Highways
The Rifters formed in 2002 in the fertile and creative music scene of Taos, New Mexico. Jim Bradley and Don Richmond of Hired Hands, and Rod Taylor of the Rounders, who had all known one another for years playing in the acoustic dance-oriented Americana music scene of northern New Mexico, decided to join forces to form The Rifters. Putting out more music than it seems should be right for three guys on stage, the Rifters employ a wide range of acoustic and electric instruments, combined with soaring three-part harmonies, to provide a mesmerizing variety of music from driving blue-grama-grass to ethereal desert beauty. More Info >>
Hailing from Raton, New Mexico in the late 50’s, the Fireballs were New Mexico’s first Rock & Roll recording band to become internationally known.
The group was christened the FIREBALLS after their standing ovation performance of “Great Balls of Fire” at the Raton High School PTA talent contest in New Mexico, USA…January 1958. By the year’s end they had auditioned for the late Norman Petty at his already internationally famous recording studio at 1313 W. 7th Street, Clovis, New Mexico, where it stands today – a monumental contribution to the birth of early Southwest style Rock & Roll.
Arriving on a Sunday afternoon for their audition, Petty acknowledged his interest in their basic style, simplicity, and feel in which the group performed their original guitar instrumentals and vocals penned by members George Tomsco and Chuck Tharp.
Buddy Holly and the Crickets were scheduled for nightime recording sessions Monday and Tuesday, so Petty logged the first Fireballs session for Wednesday night. January 1959 found their first record released on KAPP records. “Fireball”, a guitar instrumental; and “I Don’t Know”, a vocal by Chuck Tharp. “Fireball” was the Billboard ‘pick’ which resulted in the first airplay and sales.
Petty soon negotiated a contract for the group with a new aggressive British based label in the US, TOP RANK records. As a result more chart instrumental singles and albums followed: “Torquay”, “Bulldog”, and “Vaquero” which led to two appearances on Dick Clark’s American Bandstand shows. January 4, 1960 featured them performing “Bulldog”, and on June 23, 1961 they performed “Quite A Party”. They later appeared on Clark’s Saturday Night show, as well as various other national and regional shows. WARWICK records released additional singles which included “Quite A Party”, and an album.
Little did the Fireballs know by now that their guitar instrumental music was one of the foundational influences of the Surf music culture that was starting to make big waves.
Coupled with a new vocalist, Jimmy Gilmer, the Fireballs savored success in a new dimension. “Sugar Shack” on DOT records was a #1 hit and the largest selling single of the year. More vocal singles and albums followed. It was a very unique transition in the music business for an ‘instrumental guitar band’ to become ‘vocal’ and retain prestige in both fields.
Besides their own recordings, Petty recruited the Fireballs as studio musicians for other recording artist projects. Among many, folk singer Carolyn Hester and Arthur Alexander. It was during this time that Petty orchestrated the group through the task of musically enhancing the Buddy Holly ‘apartment tapes’ which surfaced after Holly’s death.
The late 60’s found the Fireballs on ATCO records with more chart singles and albums. Gilmer’s gutsy lead vocal along with the backup vocals from the Fireballs sang their way to another top 10 tune with “Bottle Of Wine” followed closely by “Come On React”, of which albums were released under each of the titles.
Their current recordings of traditional 50’s/60’s style guitar instrumentals, vocals, and their own brand of country-rock music reflect trace influences of Mexican and ‘western’ music dominant in the Southwest prior to the start of their recording career.
Fireballs recordings and songs are heard in the soundtracks of the following films: Forrest Gump, Mermaids, Congo, Dogfight, From Dusk Till Dawn, Box Of Moonlight, The Real Blonde, with others being negotiated for upcoming films.
July 28, 1989 the Fireballs were inducted into the Norman Petty Studio Walk Of Fame by Vi Petty, and headlined the show that evening at the Petty’s Main Street Theatre in Clovis, New Mexico. Three original members performed : Chuck Tharp- vocal & guitar , Eric Budd – drums and George Tomsco – lead guitar . Standing in for original bass player (Stan Lark) was Fireball’s historian Jerry MacNeish on bass.
The Fireballs performed at the Nebraska Music Hall Of Fame induction ceremonies in Lincoln, Nebraska in 2000.
On August 29, 2001, The Fireballs were inducted into the West Texas Rock & Roll Walk Of Fame in Lubbock, TX. Members present were George Tomsco, Stan Lark, Eric Budd, Chuck Tharp & Jimmy Gilmer – all performed together at the Texas Tech Stadium that evening.
In recognition of their appearance on American Bandstand performance 45 years previous, The State Of New Mexico declared January 20, 2005 “The Fireballs Day”. With their well established track record, the Fireballs are a class act of the 50’s/60’s music era into the year 2018 and beyond of entertainment.
The FIREBALLS of Raton, were the 1st rock & roll recording band from New Mexico :
(a) To become internationally known for their instrumental recordings of “Fireball” “Torquay” “Bulldog” “Vaquero” “Gunshot” “Quite A Party”…
(b) To have a #1 vocal song “Sugar Shack” in Billboard Magazine…
(c) To retain the #1 position for 5 weeks in a row…
(d) To have the largest selling single recording of all recordings released in the USA for a one year period, 1963, certified by RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America)…
None of the above have been surpassed by any other rock & roll recording band from New Mexico to date. More Info >>
Playing their red-hot blend of rockabilly, blues and classic rock, Judge Bob and the Hung Jury is rapidly acquiring a large, rabidly enthusiastic fan base throughout the Southwest. Led by singer/guitarist Bob Parker, and driven by longtime Santa Fe musicians James Wheeler (bass) and Geraldo Rodriquez (drums), Judge Bob and the Hung Jury turns every show into an event, with originals songs and rocking covers of popular tunes. More Info >>