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Sam BushThe 11th annual THIRSTY EAR FESTIVAL! New Mexico's premier roots music festival features dozens of blues, folk, bluegrass, alt-country, roots rock & world music artists on 4 stages all weekend long. Plus camping, kids' activities, zydeco dance lessons, small-batch NM microbrews & wine, healthy local food, arts & crafts, educational demonstrations, sustainable energy exhibits & more. All of the information you need (tickets, schedule, camping & hotel info, etc.) is, or will soon be, available.

NEW THIS YEAR: For the 10th anniversary, longtime festival-goers will see some changes. The biggest, of course, is that it's moved to June and Thirsty Ear is now the first major NM festival of the summer season, rather than the last. You'll also see more ticketing options, including a stagefront seated section. Starting off with a bang this year, Friday evening festivities kick off at 5:00 and feature 6 bands, including reggae greats STEEL PULSE, Woodstock Nation icon RICHIE HAVENS, Native blues band INDIGENOUS, the great Mississippi Hill Country guitarist KENNY BROWN (of RL Burnside & Junior Kimbrough fame), and more. Saturday's performances include banjo virtuoso BELA FLECK teaming with TOUMANI DIABATE, the great kora player from Mali. KEB' MO' is making his first Thirsty Ear stop. Also making an appearance: singer-songwriter MARY GAUTHIER, the gorgeous, sometime eerie folk melodies of SAMANTHA CRAIN, zydeco by Louisiana's reigning outfit NATHAN & THE ZYDECO CHA CHAS, and more. Also deferring to all those people who have hollered to reinstate our late-night jams, sessions are planned for Saturday night for those who like to stay up late.

New at the fest this year: GREEN VILLAGE, featuring a mix of green and sustainable businesses and non-profit organizations. Green Village is free to the public and will be placed for maximum visibility just outside the festival entrance. If you are a green organization and would like to participate, please contact Deena Klein, 505-319-1131.

WHAT TO EXPECT & WHAT TO BRING: The festival takes place at an Old West movie ranch where more than 100 westerns have been filmed—an entirely unique setting. There's plenty of opportunity for a cool drink in the saloon and to get out of the sun, but the main stage is outdoors. So remember to bring lawn chairs (full size is fine), sunscreen, blankets, umbrellas, warm clothes for the evening, and anything else you might need for an outdoor event. No tents or anything that might obstruct the view, coolers, alcohol, glass, flash cameras or pets are allowed. You can bring in food, but must leave coolers in your car (you will have open access to your car in the adjoining lot). The festival is a non-smoking event. Like any festival, our lineup is subject to change.

BRING THE KIDS: Kids under 12 get in free. So bring the young ones for two days of programming in the Kids' Corral, featuring arts & crafts 2:00 to 8:00 both days. This year's corral features arts & crafts, hula-hoop making, storytelling, hands-on African drumming workshops with AKEEM AYANNIYI, and more.

 

Event Information

June 12 & 13, 2010; Eaves Movie Ranch, Santa Fe, New Mexico