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Songwriters Festival Returns

Songwriters Festival Returns

  The 7th Red River Songwriters Festival is set for January 25-27, 2018, and tickets will be extremely limited but the annual winter icebreaker is well worth the trip, especially if you are a writer always looking to learn. Organized by songwriter/singer Drew Kennedy, writers include Susan Gibson, Kelley Mickwee, Brandy Zdan, Walt Wilkins, Josh Grider, and Mike Addington. Special guest writers this year include Darrell Scott (below), Brennen Leigh, Noel McKay, and Ben Danaher. Scott, who makes his first appearance with the RRSF, has lived in Nashville TN for the last 23 years. He began writing songs at the age of twelve. As you can see by the white beard in the photo, he’s a bit older now and still writing great songs like “You’ll Never Leave Harlan Alive” which was recorded by Brad Paisley for the TV drama Justified. Need to know more? Email info@drewkennedymusic.com or call...

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It’s Live Music At Its Finest!

It’s Live Music At Its Finest!

  When Forest Huval – pronounced Who Val – first came to Red River in 2012 as part of Al Berard’s Cajun band, the accordion player extraordinaire was 17 years old and had never skied in his life. The drummer with the band offered to teach him everything he needed to know and told him “I got this.” The duo rode the chairlift to the top. Taking a deep breath they headed downhill when Forest realized his “friend” hadn’t showed him how to stop. Gaining speed down The Face, the Lift House loomed ahead, getting rapidly closer. Eyes wide open, Forest managed to avoid the skiers in front of him before crashing through the orange safety fence and making contact with the Lift House wall. Despite that experience, Forest looks forward to heading for New Mexico to play for Mardi Gras in the Mountains and especially looks forward to skiing Red River. “Man, I love it up there,” he said in a phone interview from his home in Cecilia...

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Mardi Gras – February 8-13

Mardi Gras – February 8-13

  What do you call six days filled with fun, food and frivolity in the middle of a snowy winter in Red River, New Mexico? Mardi Gras in the Mountains! It is sponsored and produced by the Red River Chamber of Commerce and is in its 27th year. The observance of Fat Tuesday, which precedes the beginning of the Lenten season, has become a joyful part of the high country calendar and has developed into a Grand Tradition in the Red River style of celebrating life. FYI: The Red River style of celebration of Mardi Gras includes an element of chasing the spectre of cabin fever from the door during a chilled and snow-covered winter.        In the early days of Red River City – 1895 to 1905 – when the miners searched the mountain streams and the river for any signs of color in the form of gold and silver, cabin fever was a real and life-altering part of the rainbow chaser’s life. Most people left the valley...

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Spring Break Beach Weeks

Spring Break Beach Weeks

Red River Ski Area goes tropical with Beach Weeks, its annual Spring Break celebration. Tank tops, Hawaiian shirts, hula skirts and even the occasional bikini can be seen flying down the slopes. Lots of fun with ski races, rail jams, torchlight parades and fireworks, live music, winter tubing, beach parties, and Kids’ Glow Stick Parade. Comedy Club Round 2 will take place on March 16-17 with comedians competing for laughs and glory. Spring Break and the season go out with a splash at the entertaining Pond Skim contest on March 25 where participants ski or ride down The Face and attempt to skim a pond at the base of the mountain. It’s open to all, but if you’d rather watch, join the crowd of spectators on the Lift House...

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Warm & Fuzzy New Event

Warm & Fuzzy New Event

  Calling all dog and wine lovers… Have we got a fun time planned for you!  A first-ever river city happening, “Red River Wags & Wine” is slated for July 29 in Brandenburg Park.  The inaugural event is a fundraiser for the “Mountain Bark Park,” a fenced-in park where locals and guests can bring their dogs to exercise and play safely, leash free.  With over a dozen pet friendly lodges to accommodate them, many of our visitors are coming to town with their beloved pets. The new addition is expected to be located at the east end of town adjacent to the Library. Brandenburg Park’s gates open at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 29, and close at 5 p.m. Admission is free (donations welcome) and a ton of activities are planned. There will be training and handling demos, an agility course, groomers, and a K-9 Demo.  Furry friends’ contests include the “Fur Ball” for best costume, a pet fashion show, a dog/owner look-alike competition and a  People’s Choice award up...

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Turning Red River Blue

Turning Red River Blue

  The Southwest Traditional and Bluegrass Music Association (better known as The Southwest Pickers) will be in the Red River spotlight as they bring their 43rd Southwest Pickers and Old Time Music Festival to town September 14-17, 2017. Stage shows are set for the Red River Ski & Summer Area and the Red River Community House. Among the featured acts scheduled to appear are Blue Highway – nominated for a 2017 GRAMMY Award for Best Bluegrass Album, the Soda Rock Ramblers, FY5, East Mountain Serenaders, the Badly Bent, Audrey Davis & John Archuleta and the Cody Sisters. Saturday will feature contests for fiddle, banjo, guitar and songwriting at the Community House. Saturday will feature workshops and jams. The Southwest Pickers involvement is the result of the growth of the Red River Bluegrass Festival, which began in 2013, and also the need for the Pickers to relocate their festival, which has been held in Santa Fe for 30 years. The Southwest Traditional and Bluegrass Music Association group, originally known as...

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Dulcimer Festival

Dulcimer Festival

  Come August 4-5, Red River will be swarming with dulcimer players coming to learn, listen, and have a good time playing music at the Red River Community House. Be prepared to see and hear the beauty of the sounds of the hammered and mountain dulcimers, as well as the dulcet tones of other acoustic instruments such as the autoharp, guitar, mandolin, banjo, and harp. While the hammered dulcimer is the forerunner of the piano and dates back to early Biblical times, the mountain dulcimer can be considered a traditional American instrument.  It was developed in the Appalachian Mountains, probably from the zither family. Performing and teaching will be David and Annette Lindsey, owners of David’s Dulcimers. David began making and playing the hammered dulcimer in 1978 along with Dana Hamilton, who will also be at the festival with his wife Judy.  Together these four formed the Sweet Song String Band and started the Lone Star State Dulcimer Festival in Glen Rose, TX in 1982.  Also performing and teaching...

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Just Get Lost in the Music

Just Get Lost in the Music

  You need to be in town August 16-19.  Larry Joe Taylor celebrates his 21st year of hosting LJT’s Hot Chili Days, Cool Mountain Nights and Cook-offs which this year include the CASI “Red River Red” cook-off, the New Mexico State Green Chile Championship, and the Lone Star BBQ Society cook-off. Past music headliners have included Guy Clark, Joe Ely, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Richard Leigh, Susan Gibson and the late Chuck Pyle, to name only a few!  With a slate of world-class songwriter/performers on the 2017 schedule, this celebration of cool mountain air and red hot music has grown to be the most anticipated event of summer! Since the mid-1970s, America’s best selling cowboy recording star has had a “thing” about performing in Red River.  Michael Martin Murphey will be in town for 16 shows at his Rocking 3M Amphitheater located by the lake at the former Bitter Creek Guest Ranch. In addition to performing the songs that have made him a top entertainer, he’s bringing his latest music...

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On the Red River Highway

On the Red River Highway

  The 22nd Red River Classic Car Show is set for June 2-3, in downtown Brandenburg Park. The weekend includes live music with Kerry Pastine & the Crime Scene, hula hoop contests, bubble gum-blowing contests, a Glow Ride Showcase around the park and the centerpiece of the event, the all-day Show & Shine on Saturday! The first Red River Car show was on Father’s Day in early June of 1996, just a few weeks after the Hondo Fire that saw the town evacuated on Cinco de Mayo, May 5. In addition to being a great idea, the show helped return the unsettled townfolk to normal. Organizers of that first Red River Chamber of Commerce event were Gene and Christy Hunt, Ron and Paula Compton, and Keith and LaNell Hall. Expecting 30 cars, the event drew 60 vehicles and was a rousing success. It was Hunt, a former California policeman who asked Hall and Compton why there was no car show in a town where the automobile played such a...

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Winter Carnival

Winter Carnival

  At full gallop, a determined rider and horse thunder down the Skijoring course, towing a daring skier over obstacles and jumping ramps, creating a heart-stopping spectacle not soon forgotten by the cheering crowds held spellbound by the sight and sound of a genuine sport of the modern American West! Like a phoenix rising from a pile of fresh powder, the Red River Winter Carnival is set for January 13-15 and a ton of fun and excitement for all ages is guaranteed! P.S. Bring warm gloves and a jacket, and be ready to be astounded! Events include the return of Skijoring (the hit of last winter’s special events), Snowmobile Hill Climb races, snowman building, kid-friendly games and events at the Red River Ski & Summer Area. Live music at Lost Love Saloon, Bull O’ The Woods Saloon and at other venues around town will be part of the listening and dancing fun. There will also be a festive air with shopping strolls, torchlight parades at RRSA, fireworks, and more!...

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Songwriters’ Festival 2017

Songwriters’ Festival 2017

  The 6th Red River Songwriters’ Festival, set for January 26-28, is a great way to chase the cabin fever from the front door, or the back door, whichever you prefer. Held at The Lost Love Saloon, located in Texas Reds Restaurant, and the legendary Motherlode located next door on East Main Street, the 2017 bill includes Drew Kennedy, Susan Gibson, Kelley Mickwee, Brandy Zdan, Walt Wilkins, Josh Grider, Mike Addington, as well as special guests Slaid Cleaves, John Fullbright, Jamie Lin Wilson, and Michael Hearne. There will be informal jams, singles, duos and band shows – music will resound for the weekend. Tickets sales will be limited with an eye to keeping the show up close and personal, so get them soon while they last. They are on sale now online or you can call 1-800-91-LODGE. There are several pricing options: Tickets start at $40 for Thursday, $40 for Friday, $40 for Saturday, and $100 for a three-day pass which grants you entrance to all ticketed...

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Colin Brooks – Guitar Man

Colin Brooks – Guitar Man

  Red River’s connection to Texas music, Dallas and Austin in particular, has been well documented over the years. Ray Wylie Hubbard, Michael Martin Murphey, Steve Fromholz, Rusty Wier and the Original Cosmic Cowboy Bob Livingston paid dues in the mountains before becoming Lone Star music icons. That connection is still alive and well today. Colin Brooks heard about Red River from an Austin friend, Kelley Mickwee, and thought it sounded like his kind of place. He spent the summer of 2016 in Red River, working as a do-it-all kinda guy for Steve Heglund at Texas Reds and the Motherlode. He’s good with his hands and once built a house for himself. He also could be found many nights performing with Mike Addington in TRs Lost Love Saloon. It was music that brought him to Red River. He is well regarded as a singer/songwriter and blues-rock guitarist and dobro player. He enjoys Red River and will be the guy playing slide guitar at the Lost Love this winter. He...

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Mardi Gras in the Mountains

Mardi Gras in the Mountains

  It’s on the schedule of special events for February 23-28, and it’s the grandest and most colorful of all winter celebrations. The 26th edition of Mardi Gras in the  Mountains theme, “Nightmare On Main Street,” will continue the tradition of packing a winter’s worth of fun, food and frivolity into six days of party, party, and more party, Red River style! It all begins on Thursday evening with the Burning of the Loup-garou (photo above) – the legendary Wolfman of the swamps – in front of The Motherlode. Revelers and masquers are encouraged to write on a slip of paper all that bad juju that has befallen them in the last year and stuff it into the loup-garou. The ensuing flames will consume the wolfman as well as all the evil burdens in their lives, all gone up in smoke! Then the celebration begins with a Cajun banquet inside the Motherlode, followed by the first Grand Ball of the Mardi Gras season! The fun continues with a ball...

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Beach Weeks & Pond Skim

Beach Weeks & Pond Skim

  Red River Ski Area goes tropical with Beach Weeks, its annual Spring Break celebration. Tank tops, Hawaiian shirts, hula skirts and even the occasional bikini can be seen flying down the slopes. There’s an abundance of activities including ski races, rail jams, torchlight parades and fireworks, live music, winter tubing, après-ski specials, beach parties, and Kids’ Glow Stick Parade. Spring Break and the season go out with a splash at the very entertaining Pond Skim contest on March 19 where participants ski or ride down The Face and attempt to skim across a temporary pond at the base of the mountain. The fun’s open to all, but if you’d rather watch, join the crowd of spectators/hecklers on the Lift House...

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Bobcat Pass Cowboy Evenings

Bobcat Pass Cowboy Evenings

  Live music has been a part of the Bobcat Pass Cowboy Evening for 25 years. The summer of 2016 will find singer/songwriter Syd Masters in residence, performing traditional western music for delighted diners. Bobcat Pass wrangler and songster Michael Smith will also be entertaining beginning June 14, and running thru Labor Day weekend on most Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday...

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Rocking 3M

Rocking 3M

  Michael Martin Murphey, America’s #1 selling singer of cowboy songs returns for the 4th season to the Rocking 3M Amphitheater for a show and chuckwagon style dinner at historic Bitter Creek Ranch. Murphey has 17 concerts scheduled from July 1 through September 3. In addition to the favorites, he will be singing songs from his latest album, High...

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Music in the Mountains

Music in the Mountains

  The Red River Community House has a wide variety of music concerts scheduled for its popular Music In The Mountains series! Country, rock n’ roll, bluegrass, gospel, folk, southwestern, cowboy music and Americana – you never know what type of concert might be going on every Sunday at 7 pm and admission is always free! June 19 — Dale & Gayle June 26 — The Rifters July 3 — Higher Ground July 10 — Bettman & Halpin July 17 — Hwy 38 Houndogs July 24 — Bill Hearne Trio July 31 — Fritz Davis Band August 7 — The Lindseys & The Hamiltons August 14 — San Luis Valley Big Band The 4th Annual Dulcimer Festival set for Friday & Saturday, August 5-6, is becoming a favorite of folk enthusiasts. Join them for workshops, concerts, singing, and jamming! Don’t know what a dulcimer is? Sign up for a workshop and you’ll be playing in no time. Fun for all! Again, no admission charge to the Community House. Jammin’...

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Fall Folk Festival

Fall Folk Festival

  The annual Aspencade Arts & Crafts Festival on September 23-25 has always featured live music as a part of the harvestfest spirit. This year it will again be paired with the 2nd Annual Red River Folk Festival in Brandenburg Park. Last year’s festival included singer/songwriter James McMurtry, Max Gomez, Shannon McNally, and hONEyhoUSe, the incredible female singing group that originated in Red River. They began in the Lost Love Saloon as a unique acoustic trio combining the talents of three very diverse and seasoned artists who make the ground shake! Consisting of award-winning R&B/Gospel soulstress Hillary Smith, earthy Blues/Folk singer-songwriter Yvonne Perea, and Red River’s own sweet-voiced Mandy Buchanan, they were honored with NM Music Awards in 2012, repeated again in 2015 when they garnered two awards, including Best Song of the Year in the Americana category. The Folkfest is the idea of Steve Heglund, Motherlode Saloon owner/operator and founder of the Hot Chili Days, Cool Mountain Night festival. Steve has lived and worked in Red River for...

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Music on Hot Chili Nights

Music on Hot Chili Nights

  August 17-20 celebrates the 20th edition of  “Hot Chili Days, Cool Mountain Nights”  which will fill the town with the liveliest of music featuring Gulf Coast troubadour Larry Joe Taylor & Friends, as well as multiple cook-offs in downtown Brandenburg Park: CASI “Red River Red” cook-off, New Mexico State Green Chile Championship and the Lone Star BBQ Society cook-off. When Larry Joe Taylor first played in Red River as a way to get away from the summer heat in Texas and have a little fun in the mountains, the idea of a festival had not yet been born. A gig at the Motherlode Saloon, however, eventually turned into a songwriter workshop with such luminaries as Guy and Susan Clark and Joe Pat Hennen. The idea had come at the right time and grew into a series of songwriter showcases at various venues in town, with a day-long festival in Brandenburg Park. Since then the list of songwriter/singers reads like a “Who’s Who” of Americana music, featuring performers of...

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