For the second year, Taos Vortex will bring the immersive experience in art and music to Taos. It takes place Aug. 16-18.
“It’s like a 360 degree experience,” says Max B.K., Meow Wolf events director. “We want to being people into this world to experience all it has to offer.”
Meow Wolf, the Santa Fe-based artist collective, is the mastermind behind the event.
There are plenty of surprises in store.
According to Max B.K., there will be two music stages — each will have a different feel.
The first is called The Glade which is a grassy meadow for people to hang out and be a part of the show. It’s a casual and intimate refuge.
“It will be this immersive environment for people to hang out,” he says. “It will be the more intimate area.”
The other area is called The Spire, which looks like the pyramidal structure on the top of a cathedral. It’s a citadel for the arts that inspires awe and reverence; a stage created for performers.
“The spire will be the grand stage,” he says. “We want the programming to be right for the stage at each time of day.”
This year’s event will have performances by CocoRosie, George Clinton, Iron & Wine, Flying Lotus 3D, Lykke Li, Nick Murphy FKA Chet Faker, Wajatta, Mija, Zhu, Empress Of, Desert Hearts, Wajatta, Claude VonStroke, Soulection and more.
Attendees are encouraged to head out and explore the natural beauty of Taos. There will be offering floating expeditions down the Rio Grande to the hand-sculpted RaPaulette Cave, hot-air ballooning above the Taos Gorge, and encouraging learning about the medicinal use of sage on the Taos Pueblo.
Max B.K. says planning for Taos Vortex takes anywhere from nine to 10 months and there area lot of moving parts.
“It’s a complicated project and there are a lot of stakeholders,” he says .”From the production crews and the artists and their crews. We have to integrate with the town of Taos. Across Meow Wolf, there’s the fabrication of it all. There are a lot of moving pieces that we have to make come together.”
Finding its home at Kit Carson Park makes the event better.
“I don’t have any vision to go bigger than Kit Carson Park,” he says. “It’s large enough to create different environments. But it’s also small enough to be walkable. New Mexico is diverse and Meow Wolf is diverse. We want to create an experience that is just as diverse, which is why there is something for everyone.”
Tickets are on sale at taosvortex.com
Taos Vortex 2019 Lineup :
Flying Lotus 3D
Iron & Wine
Justin Jay’s Fantastic Voyage
Nick Murphy FKA Chet Faker
Too Many Zooz