We are thrilled to present a second year of Taos Vortex, an immersive three-day event of live music, DJs, installation art, and performances. The event will be held Friday August 16 through Sunday August 18 in Taos, New Mexico.
Meow Wolf Taos Vortex promises to go beyond last year’s experience. In 2018, Taos Vortex-goers saw a roaming 20-foot gorilla and peacock navigating Kit Carson Park, a seven-eyed jaguar, a laser harp hut, and a gummy bear pyramid. Late night entertainment came from group Pussy Power House, who enthralled guests with an herbal bar and “pleasure stacking” station, and are now returning for year two.
Taos Vortex’s immersive environment centers around the diverse neighborhoods and creatures that inhabit them. Huts and homes installed around the park invite everyone to step inside, find the neighborhood that suits them, and celebrate the multidimensional weekend experience of the summer.
The musical focal points will happen on two stages, The Spire and The Glade. The Spire stage is a citadel to inspire awe and wonder, a stage created for performers to play for their fans. The Glade is a meadow for people to hang out in and be a part of the show, offering a casual and intimate habitat.
Amid The Spire and The Glade, neighborhoods, performers, weekend-goers are encouraged to lose themselves in play. Meow Wolf invites Vortex inhabitants to live in the space and create their own art and experiences through interaction with a multitude of creative elements, prompts, and scenery.
Offsite, Meow Wolf encourages participants to explore the beauty of Taos by floating down the Rio Grande to the hand-sculpted Ra Paulette Cave, hot air ballooning above the Taos Gorge, and learning about the medicinal use of sage on the Taos Pueblo.
Max B.K, Events Director for Meow Wolf, said, “We look forward to returning to Taos in support of their local economy and have a weekend lineup of musical artists that share in the sense of adventure. These are artists who are unafraid to push the envelope and experiment. We are delighted to be hosting the groundbreaking Flying Lotus 3D show, the iconic P-funk ringleader George Clinton, the fierce talent of Empress Of, and sibling freak folk from CocoRosie. We’ll also have performances from our favorite electronic stars, including the incredible Reggie Watts/John Tejada live project, Wajatta, electronic mysticism from Zhu, takeovers from the Desert Hearts and Soulection crews, booty-shakin’ house from DIRTYBIRD ring leader Claude VonStroke, and the genre-destroying Mija.”
Located in historic Kit Carson Park, Taos Vortex is just steps away from the Taos Plaza and Historic District and all of its dining and accommodation amenities. On-site camping is on grassy and flat baseball fields beneath trees planted by the entrepreneur and swindler, Arthur Manby, whose headless body is buried in the park’s cemetery. Each campsite has a communal tent for late-night discussions, along with a camp brunch to recount the evening’s fun over burritos.
Meow Wolf is grateful for its partnership with the Town of Taos to produce the event and all of the denizens of Taos who are gracious enough to turn their park into the only music and art weekend event in New Mexico.