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Big Barn Dance Music Festival comes to Taos

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Taos

Sept. 6 to 8

Big Barn Dance Music Festival

Michael Hearne’s 16th annual Big Barn Dance Music Festival takes place at the Kit Carson Park, starting each day at noon. There will be world-class music during the outdoor festival which concludes with the big barn dance on Saturday night. Twenty-eight music acts in three days, including Tom Faulkner, Zac Wilkerson, Michael Herne with South by Southwest and Michael Martin Murphey — the singing steward of the American West and the cowboy way of life — to name a few. For more information and a complete line-up, visit bigbarndance.com.

Albuquerque

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Sept. 6 to 16

New Mexico State Fair

The 80th annual New Mexico State Fair takes place. This year’s New Mexico State Fair lineup is the most diverse featured in recent years and includes some of music’s top names in pop, country, reggae, classic rock. Music headliners are Rebelution, DNCE, Dustin Lynch, Dan + Shay, Hotel California, Maddie & Tae with High Valley and Collective Soul with special guest Cordova. Roswell’s own, Nova Rush, is to perform as well. Special entertainment this year are provided with the Wild West Gun Fighter Show, a traditional West Coast lumberjack show, Lumber Jacks and Jills with three shows daily, Sea Lion Splash, the only traveling, self-contained sea lion show, as well as the new “New Mexico State Fair Sensory Station.” Magician Sheldon Casavant will thrill the crowds and culinary artist chef Ray L. Duey shows his food sculpting art in a show at the Manuel Lujan Jr. Exhibit Complex. There will be Native American dancers, artists and craftsmen showing off their skills, rodeos and on the first Saturday New Mexico biggest and best annual parade marches down Central Avenue into Nob Hill starting at 10 a.m. Main Street will host some of the best automobiles from the 1960s and 1970s as well as vintage VW Bugs and Busses. On Tuesday, 9/11, is Military & Veterans Appreciation Day. All military and veterans get in for free with valid ID or uniform. For more information, visit statefair.exponm.com.

Lovington

Sept. 8

Brew Fiesta

The second annual Brew Fiesta takes place downtown Lovington. There will be a pozole and a tamale cook-off, pumpkin painting, a cornhole tournament, breweries and live music. For more information, visit lovingtonmainstreet.org or call 575-396-1418.

Carlsbad

Sept. 9

ECSP Western Week flag rider tryouts

The Eddy County Sheriff’s Posse is looking for flag riders to carry sponsor flags during its Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association events on Sept 14 to 16. There will not be a routine or performance required or additional practices. For tryouts, the rider must exhibit that he or she can control their horse while carrying a flag, at a run, around the arena as well as during the grand entry. The rider must ride the same horse he or she did the tryout on. For more information, visit its Facebook page or call 325-668-0163.

Carlsbad

Sept. 11 to 16

Eddy County Sheriff’s Posse Western Week

The Eddy County Sheriff’s Posse Western Week attracts events for the entire family. Individual events will be listed and updated on the respective Facebook event page and on the Eddy County Sheriff’s Posse Facebook page. The week includes the parade on Sept. 12, barbecue, queen contest, rodeos, barrel racing and dances. For more information, visit its Facebook event page or call 325-668-0163.

Carlsbad

Sept. 13 to 16

Red River Southwest Traditional and Bluegrass Music Festival

The 44th annual Southwest Traditional and Bluegrass Music Festival featured artists performing live are Shawn Lany and family, Nu-Blu, Blue Canyon Boys, The Family Sowell, Higher Ground Bluegrass, Hard Road Trio, The Merlettes, Kitty Jo Creek and Salt & Pepper Shakers. There will be also vendors and other entertainment. For more information, visit southwestpickers-festival.org/festival-2018 or call 877-754-1708.

Telluride, Colorado

Sept. 14 to 16

Robin Scott to compete at Telluride Blues challenge

Local Roswell musician Robin Scott was accepted to compete at the Telluride Blues Challenge. The Telluride Blues Challenge finals will be held Saturday morning, 9 a.m. to Noon, at the Telluride Elks Lodge, 472 W. Pacific Ave. The contest happens as part of Blues for Breakfast, complete with a breakfast spread and full bar including breakfast cocktails during the event. Admission to the competition is free. Breakfast and drinks available for purchase. This event is a great way to see up-and-comers in the blues genre while starting Saturday morning off before the grand tasting and music starts in the festival grounds. The challenge is an annual competition providing talented up-and-coming artists from the blues genre with an opportunity to advance their professional career and play the Telluride Blues & Brews Main Stage in front of 10,000 national and international blues fans. The event is limited to 10,000 guests. Last year Scott was runner up; this year he is going for the win. For more information, see Sunday’s Vision section in the Roswell Daily Record or visit tellurideblues.com/events.

Artesia

Sept. 15

Walk the Line: Tribute to Johnny Cash

Walk the Line: Tribute to Johnny Cash comes to the Ocotillo Performing Arts Center, 310 W. Main St., with the performance starting at 7 p.m. For more information and tickets, visit artesiaartscouncil.com or call the box office at 575-746-4212.

Carlsbad

Sept. 15

Heritagefest

This year’s Heritagefest will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Halegueno Arts Park. There will be live music and a wide variety of food from chuck wagon fair to barbecue and a pie eating contest. Kids of all ages can learn about the collective and historic heritage by churning butter, mule packing, quilting or shoeing a horse. There will be unique demonstrations highlighting underground activities in the region such as caving and mining. The entire family can participate in the Heritage Stampede — an “Amazing Race” style competition — going up against other teams searching for clues around the city. There will be prizes for the best racers. For more information, call MainStreet Carlsbad at 575-628-3768.

Artesia

Sept. 18

Free Senior Adult Cowboy Celebration

Pecos Valley Baptist Association invites all senior adults in Southeaster New Mexico to the Senior Adult Cowboy Celebration at the First Baptist Church Total Life Center, 322 W Grand Ave. — corner of Roselawn Avenue and Richardson Street — at 10 a.m. Donations to help with the cost of lunch can be made at the registration table at the day of the event. There will a musical performance by the Mountain Saddle Band from Show Low, Arizona and Don Lankford — New Mexico native and cowboy poet — will be the guest speaker. The Mountain Saddle Band has appeared in concerts and western festivals for more than 15 years from Canada to Louisiana and everywhere in between. Their sound recalls the days of the old West because of its unique blend of mostly old, some new, cowboy music, gospel music and cowboy poetry. The Mountain Saddle Band is a member of the Western Music Association, the Academy of Western Artists and is committed to preserving and promoting the heritage and culture of the American cowboy. For more information visit pecosvalleybaptist.com or call 887-879-2729.