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2023 Performers

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Kathy Kallick Band

Hot bluegrass and cool originals describes the groups powerful mixture of original and classic music. “A true heroine in the pantheon of female vocalists in bluegrass, Kathy Kallick's deeply soulful voice, magnificent delivery, and  compelling musical styles shows she's one of the greatest bluegrass vocalists of her generation — or any other."  David J. McCarty, Bluegrass Unlimited. Led by one of the music’s extraordinary composers and vocalists, the Kathy Kallick Band has nearly as much fun as the audience when performing, and their presentation — ranging from electrifying to humorous to bittersweet to soulful — is always inclusive and satisfying.

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Bruce Molsky

Described as an “absolute master”, Grammy nominated fiddler Bruce Molsky’s authentic and personal interpretations of music from the Southern Appalachian songbook and other musical traditions from around the globe make a concert venue feel like an intimate front porch setting. As the “Visiting Scholar in the American Roots Music Program” at Berklee College of Music, he is the go-to guy for the next generation of roots musicians

“Performing and teaching traditional music are the biggest things in my world. Being a musician informs everything I do in my life.” 

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Beausoleil avec Michael Doucet – Playing Louisiana French music that is “honest to the bone”, the renowned Cajun sextet, is a two time Grammy winning Louisiana group. Playing together since 1975, members learned from experienced Cajun musicians and while the music has changed and become more modern, the style is still very much alive.

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Lightning Boy Foundation

Native Media Network: “The hoop is symbolic of ”the never-ending circle of life.” Throughout the summer, people gather around the Santa Fe Plaza to watch in awe as members of the Lightning Boy Foundation perform the Hoop Dance, weaving stories of how all life is connected. Founded in honor of “Lightning Boy” Valentino Tzigiwhaeno Rivera, a young talented hoop dancer who died from a spinal cord and brain injury sustained in a car accident, the Hoop Dance is a healing art form and young artists tell the story with native costumes and a multitude of sacred hoops that weave life tales through the use of symbols.

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Steve Cormier

A retired history teacher, singer, songwriter, storyteller, and actor, Steve’s performances share stories of his cowboy days – a lifestyle that still captures his imagination. 

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Trio CPR

Trio CPR - short for Carlos, Phil & Ryan.  Three friends doing what they love: making music. 


Carlos Medina, is from el Coruco, NM, a suburb of the Ribera metro area, located between Pecos and Las Vegas.  Medina plays accordion and sings.


Phil Fernandez and Ryan Cordova are from Taos, NM, both sing, Fernandez plays bass and Cordova, bajo sexto.

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Lone Piñon

Lone Piñon plays music of the Rio Grande Valley from Northern Veracruz to Southern Colorado. Their repertoire spans different genres, encompassing high lonesome two-part harmonies and music played with the fire of traditional people. Band members are Jordan Wax, Tanya Nuñez, Santiago Romero, and Karina Wilson. 

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Oscar Butler

A prolific and passionate performing songwriter, Oscar’s shows are a delight. His witty life observations, clean finger-style guitar playing, and songwriting tips draw in audiences and leave them smiling – a true entertainer. 

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Higher Ground Bluegrass

Higher Ground Bluegrass – Celebrating 25 years as a bluegrass band, Higher Ground includes a combination of traditional, authentic, and progressive styles of bluegrass. They strive to create material that adds something new and dynamic to what would typically be a traditional sound – extending boundaries and making it their own unique sound!


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Wil Maring and Rob Bowlin

Wil Maring is an internationally -known singer-songwriters, guitarist, and bass player. She has performed across the world from Japan to Germany.

Robert Bowlin is a well-known Nashville session musician, guitarist and fiddler (and an accomplished violin repairman). They will do a performance set and share their skills in workshops. Among other accomplishments, he was one of Bill Monroe's Bluegrass Boys and as a guitarist a Winfield winner.


Together they perform a wide range of music including their new approaches to traditional songs. 

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High Desert Rangers

Four talented musicians – Bob Gray, mandolin; Billy Moore, banjo; Zeke Severson, bass; and David Thom, guitar – bring fun and high energy to their traditional bluegrass music performances.

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Bayou Seco

Bayou Seco's brand of Southwestern Chilegumbo–Cajun two-steps, waltzes, polkas and rancheras, chotis's, meringues and huapangos, and perhaps a broom dance - is cross-cultural and multi-lingual, transcending labels. Bayou Seco's roots are in the deep south and southwest, but their branches reach far across the world. Ken Keppeler and Jeanie McLerie, the heart of this group, have been going strong since 1980. 

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Sweet Nell Too

"Four ultra-talented guys who have penned tunes that sound as though they were written many years ago." Pete Smith, Sounds Country

Band members Tom Adler, Jim Mullany, Gary Ashkin and Rob Pine will perform tunes from their very popular record album Sweet Nell, recorded in Rio en Medio, New Mexico. They will perform other original tunes and a selection of tunes and songs in the Appalachian old time music tradition. Band members reside in Albuquerque, the East Mountain area and Santa Fe, New Mexico. They regularly perform in combinations of musician friends who share their love for Appalachian style Old Time music. 

ATC String Band

Traditional American folk music that is played by students from the Academy for Technology & Classics in Santa Fe. The group is taught and led by award-winning music teacher and musician Erik Carlson.

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