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Bringing it home: Taos native Max Gomez putting his annual holiday concert online

Taos native Max Gomez will perform a holiday concert online on Saturday, Dec. 26. (Courtesy of Blue Gabor)

As 2020 has gone by, Max Gomez has only gotten busier.

Like many other musicians, the singer-songwriter had to pivot when live shows shut down in March.

The Taos native decided to immerse himself in his music more.

As December began to get closer, Gomez decided to keep his tradition of a holiday show intact.

“I’ve been putting on a show in Taos and Santa Fe around Christmas and New Year’s Day,” he says. “The holiday concert has been a tradition for as long as I can remember. It’s been at least 10 or more years.”

Over the past few years, Gomez says, the holiday show has evolved into a big event.

“I didn’t want that to change because of the pandemic,” he says. “I’ve been hosting and performing online shows since the pandemic stalled all the live concerts. I have the ability to have a livestream concert, so I figured that I wanted to do this.”

Gomez will present the holiday concert on his Facebook and YouTube pages at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 26. There is a $25 suggested donation through Venmo or PayPal.

The singer-songwriter is bringing a few of his friends in for the show. He will be accompanied by Jedd Zimmerman, Leslie Stevens, Michael Hearne, Shawn Mullins, Michael Martin Murphey and more.

“When you’re asking your famous friends for a favor, it’s always difficult,” Gomez says. “This year, more than ever, everybody wants to help everyone out. I feel fortunate to have these friends. I feel really lucky they are able to lend a hand and jump on stage – virtually.”

Gomez has also kept up on his writing during the pandemic.

He will debut some new songs that were written in the past couple months.

“I generally go into my imagination when I’m writing,” he says. “If I’m not writing a love song and it’s not a true story about myself, then I tend to write from a childlike wonder. It varies for me.”

Gomez is looking forward to a duet with Stevens during the show.

He’s also put together a band for the show, and each member has an impressive résumé.

“I’m super-lucky to have a band like this,” he says. “They are all really accomplished and played on hit records. I’m excited about having the camaraderie with them and putting together a big show.”

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