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Come with Kongos for free concert at Taos Plaza

SANTA FE, N.M. — It’s not often you hear a song on the radio with an accordion.

Yet rock band Kongos has accomplished the feat with its platinum-selling single “Come with Me Now.”

“We knew it was different and was going to be huge,” said Daniel Kongos during a recent phone interview. “We wrote it two years ago and waited. Then the song blew up and it’s everywhere now.”

The band of brothers – literally – is on tour with Kings of Leon.

But the foursome has a show on the Taos Plaza at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 25 – and it’s free.

The event will kick off the Taos Fall Arts Festival, and is in conjunction with the Taos Solar Music Festival and the town of Taos.

The brothers were born and raised in South Africa, but now reside in Phoenix. The band’s single has reached No. 1 on the rock charts, and been used in numerous TV and film promotions.

“We didn’t expect it to get as big as it did,” Kongos said. “We’re striking while the iron is hot and hitting as many places as we can. The Taos show is going to be amazing because we’re headlining it and giving our fans a chance to see a longer set of music. It’s our first time there and we’re looking forward to having some fun on stage.”

Dawn Richardson, founder and producer of the Taos Solar Music Festival, said it’s exciting to bring in such a young and popular band to the area.

“Kongos brings that kind of excitement factor that SolarFest has come to be known for,” Richardson said. “We really want to associate Taos with cutting-edge music, and the combination of this upbeat urban rock sound with the intimate setting of the historic Taos Plaza gives us a wonderful canvas for an artistic endeavor, which will be a fun kickoff for the legendary Taos Fall Arts Festival.”