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Fall color: Folk trio Joseph, arts festival coming as Balloon Fiesta starts

The musical journey for Natalie Closner has been slow and steady – and it suits her just fine.

She is now on tour with the folk trio Joseph, which includes her sisters, Allison and Meegan.

The group is on the road in support of its recent EP, “Stay Awake.”

And Closner says a lot has happened in four years.

“I had been touring performing at coffee shops and house concerts,” she recalls. “Then a friend told me to write my own material. I had the idea of inviting my sisters into the group. We didn’t know what that meant. Over time, our purpose has gotten revealed to us.”

Closner says opportunities began to pop up, and the sisters decided to quit their jobs and become full-time musicians.

“Our parents told us to hit the road and gave us the support,” she says. “We haven’t looked back since. Being on the road and working together is incredible.”

Joseph will make a stop at the South Broadway Cultural Center on Tuesday, Oct. 10.

The colors are changing quickly, which means the start of the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. For the past 29 years, the Rio Grande Arts & Crafts Festival has showcased some of the brightest artists in the country. The festival begins today and runs all weekend. Then it runs again the next weekend.

Attention, book readers. New Mexico native Kyle T. Cowan will be reading from his book “Sunshine is Forever” on Saturday, Oct. 7. His book is getting comparisons to the popular title, “13 Reasons Why.”

I had the opportunity to catch up with Nasario García and he spoke about the broadcast of the film, “Nasario Remembers the Río Puerco.” It will air on New Mexico PBS on Thursday, Oct. 12.