Art and Cultural Goings-On in Taos and Northern New Mexico

September 6 - 8, 2018

16th Annual Michael Hearne Big Barn Dance Music Festival

Taos: Kit Carson Park, from noon each day
16th Annual Michael Hearne Big Barn Dance Music Festival

Celebrating it's 15th year, Michael Hearne's Big Barn Dance Music Festival boasts a lineup of the best artists in Americana, Folk, Bluegrass, Singer-Songwriter and everything in between. Scheduled for September 7th-9th, the festival will take place once again in the heart of Taos, New Mexico at Kit Carson Park. Known for it's intimate concert hall setting, as well as two dance floors, the Barn Dance is a beloved tradition that music lovers and two-steppers alike look forward to year after year.

Over the past 15 years, the Big Barn Dance stage has hosted both legendary songwriters and young up-and-comers. In keeping with the tradition of presenting world-class music, the 2017 lineup will feature:

Michael Hearne & South by Southwest - Dale Watson
Red River Songwriters: Walt Wilkins, Kelley Mickwee,
Susan Gibson, Brandy Zdan, Drew Kennedy & Josh Grider
John Fullbright - Chris Brashear, Peter McLaughlin & Todd Phillips
Eliza Gilkyson - Lari White - Bill Kirchen - Jimmy Stadler
Trout Fishing in America - High Plains Jamboree
Terri Hendrix & Lloyd Maines - Terry Allen - Bob Livingston
Jed Zimmerman - Rex Foster - Tommy Elskes - The Rifters
Shake Russell - The Bill Hearne Trio - Halden Wofford and the Hi Beams
Dana Louise & the Glorious Birds - hONEy hoUSe
...and more to be announced!

A listening room experience in a festival setting, this event has an atmosphere unlike any other. With a large tent and two covered dance floors, the festival is a phenomenal experience whether you’re enjoying the beautiful mountain sunshine or a refreshing New Mexico rain. Enjoy the seated listening room setting throughout the weekend. Then on Saturday evening, the chairs are cleared and the tent becomes the finest dance hall in New Mexico.

With restaurants, lodging, shops and local art galleries just a short walk away from the festival grounds, attendees not only get to experience incredible music but explore the vibrant culture unique to Taos.

Festival tickets are on sale now at Purchase three-day passes before August 1st for an early-bird discount. For details visit

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