Tacos and Tunes: Second annual Taco Libre festival to feature top-notch musical lineup

Get the lowdown on the lineup!

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Taco Libre 2017 in Montgomery - April 29

Get the lowdown on the lineup at Taco Libre MGM 2017.

It goes without saying that you do not want to miss Taco Libre, a taco-beer-music festival that started last year and immediately shot to the top of Montgomery’s “must do” list. Sponsored this year by Modelo USA, the event moves to an exciting new venue, The Yards at Western Rail, located in the heart of downtown Montgomery at 801 N. Perry Street, and promises to blow the doors off last year (which, if you were there, is hard to imagine) with more food, more craft beer from Alabama breweries and more entertainment and activities for all ages.

To me, one of the most exciting developments for Alabama’s 2nd Annual Taco, Beer and Music Festival is the music. There are three outstanding bands on the lineup, each poised to go big places. See them live and say you “knew them when.”

Colony House

Headliner Colony House is an American indie rock quartet from Franklin, Tennessee, that has been selling out shows all over the U.S. this year. They’re making a stop in Montgomery to play Taco Libre while on tour to promote their new album, Only the Lonely, out now and available on iTunes. You can get a feel for this band’s sense of fun by watching the video for their new song You & I. It starts with lead singer Caleb Chapman bragging about being the most important person in the band as “front man,” and dismissing his little brother, Will Chapman, the band’s drummer. This sets up a scenario where sibling rivalry turns into a full-out band brawl in hilarious fashion as guitarist Scott Mills and bass player Parke Cottrell are unwittingly drawn into the fight. But don’t worry, they make up in the end. Kind of. But fans say they really shine performing live, so don’t miss this show! These guys are about to be huge!

Notable Tunes:
Silhouettes – the lead single from the band’s debut album, which earned them national airplay
You Know It – rollicking rock n rolling
Waiting for My Time to Come – wistful, upbeat, hopeful, instant sing-a-long
First Album: When I Was Younger (2014)
Online: Colony House website

Elliot Root

Opening for Colony House is another Tennessee band, Elliot Root, an American alternative music group based in the heart of Nashville. “Which one’s Elliot?” Everybody! The band is made up of Scott Krueger (vocals, guitar, keyboard), Sean Truskowski (drums, vocals), Justin Smith (Bass, vocals, keyboards), Todd Bond (guitar) and Melissa Mattey (keyboard, sampling, vocals). This is another group poised for big things. They played the official SXSW Thirty Tigers Showcase in March and have topped the official “Sounds of Nashville” Spotify playlist.

Notable Tunes:
10,000 – lyrically beautiful and haunting, this is the title track for the band’s new album
Punks and Poets – top download on Nashville Spotify playlist
Online: Elliot Root website

Blue Yonder

The music lineup at Taco Libre also will feature local flavor with Montgomery-based band Blue Yonder. Made up of members Johnny Veres, Beth Hataway Veres, Joseph Johnson, Russell Thomas Bush and Andrew Mohney, the band describes its style as “music that takes roots in parlor guitar and flat picking mixed with modern progressions and haunting harmonic vocal melodies.” The band’s debut EP, “Born of the Sky” was released March 28 on all major music platforms.

Notable Tunes:
Nocturna – lead single from Born of the Sky and featured for NPR Tiny Desk Contest 2017
Online: facebook.com/blueyondermusic

Modelo USA presents Taco Libre MGM 2017 at The Yards at Western Rail on Saturday, April 29, 4-10 p.m. As the evening progresses, the music will ramp up from 8-10 p.m. There are several tiered ticketing options bundling admissions and “Pesos,” tickets used to purchase tacos, beer and other beverages and food. Additional Pesos will be available for purchase on the day of the event. Kids 10 and younger enter the festival for free. For information and to purchase tickets, visit Taco Libre tickets, information.

Stay tuned for taco intel, coming soon!

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