Music - Entertainment - Events - Happenings
Sacred Grounds is committed to bring the finest entertainment to Ruidoso, New Mexico. Remember, if our parking lot is full, there are plenty of parking places nearby, across Sudderth in the Village’s new parking lot.
Message from Will,
This "season" from June through October, we'll have regular, no cover charge events with some dates filled in now and some dates will be filled in closer to the actual dates. Here are our recurring events. Sometimes, these events may get preempted by a special event.
Sunday: Most Sundays, Noon to 2:00 or 2:30 PM - Music in the dining room.
Tuesday and Wednesday: 6:30 PM - Movies (Starts Tue, June 5 with a very special movie - Loving. Check our Facebook page for future movie schedules, special movie night menus, and movie night drink specials.
Friday: 4;00 - 6:00 Happy Hour Music Event. Open Mic from 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM in front room. Music gig in Dining/music room from 8:00 - 10:00 PM.
Saturday: Music gig in Dining/music room from 7:00 - 9:00 PM
Steve Smith, Anne Luna and Chris Sanders are The Hard Road Trio, original southwestern acoustic music at the crossroads of Roots and Bluegrass. Where The Trio sound is even greater than the sum of these parts: perfect harmonies, stunning mandolin playing and award winning song writing.
The Hard Road Trio - Live Music
The Painted Veil - Edward Norton and Naomi Watts star in W. Somerset Maugham's exotic and tragic love story set in 1920s Shanghai. Newlywed English couple Walter and Kitty Fane—Norton and Watts—have traveled to China to find purpose in their lives. Instead, they discover betrayal and estrangement. Given a chance at redemption, the couple embark on a perilous journey of self-discovery, deep into the heart of the Middle Kingdom.
Boys Don’t Cry - Based on actual events. Brandon Teena is the popular new guy in a tiny Nebraska town. He hangs out with the guys, drinking, cussing, and bumper surfing, and he charms the young women, who've never met a more sensitive and considerate young man. Life is good for Brandon, now that he's one of the guys and dating hometown beauty Lana; however, he's forgotten to mention one important detail. It's not that he's wanted in another town for assorted crimes, but that Brandon Teena was actually born a girl named Teena Brandon.
Glencoe Distillery Grand Opening is a very special private Outdoor Concert Featuring Ray Benson and his entire band, Asleep at the Wheel. Only 350 tickets will be sold ($125.00. It’s also a fundraiser for the Lincoln County Mountain Entertainment Group for the Arts, a 501(c)(3) Charitable organization. All ticket proceeds go to this charitable organization.
It’s the Grand Opening of Central New Mexico’s first Distillery – Glencoe Distillery. Special drinks made with Glencoe Distillery’s spirits will be for sale as well as spirits by the bottle.
Come and enjoy a delicious outdoor barbeque dinner served up by Ruidoso’s Can’t Stop Smoking mobile restaurant.
It’s a celebration of local music with several bands and individuals performing prior to Asleep at the Wheel’s featured performance.
You will have the chance to take a self-guided educational distillery tour and spirit tasting.
It will be a great time with incredible drinks, toe-tappin’ entertainment, benefitting a worthy cause.
2:00 pm- The outdoor concert will begin
2:00 pm, 3:00 pm and 4:00 pm- Three other bands will play on the outdoor stage, each for about 45 minutes
5:00-6:00 pm- A sit-down barbeque dinner will begin.
Several other musicians will perform inside the distillery during this time.
6:00 pm- Asleep at the Wheel will take the stage.
A unique opportunity to enjoy a private dinner, concert, and conversations with the great western swing musician, Ray Benson. This dinner concert show is, like the concert with Ray's full band on July 29, a fund raising benefit effort for Mountain Entertainment for the Arts, a 501 (c)(3) charitable organization. It will feature Ray and a couple of the band members to accompany him on stage. All ages are admitted to this concert but seating is very limited. All 80 reserved seats are $125.00.
Meet and greet Ray with cocktails and seating at 5:00 PM. Prime Rib and lobster tail dinner served at 6:30 PM. Cocktails, beer and wine are extra. Concert starts around 7:30 PM with conversation time after concert. Don't miss this opportunity to honor a national treasure and a Texas music legend.
About Ray Benson:
From the 1970s onward, few if any artists have done more to keep the sound and spirit of classic western swing alive than Ray Benson. While Ray has long been the sole constant member of AATW, he's occasionally made time in his busy schedule to cut solo albums and collaborate with like-minded friends. He was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Ray grew up with an eclectic taste in music, with a special appreciation for jazz. Benson was attending Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio when a friend and fellow student, Ed Ward, brought the band Commander Cody & His Lost Planet Airmen to campus to play a concert. Benson and his friend and fellow Antioch student Gene Dobkin were knocked out by Commander Cody's fusion of old-school country, western swing, and freak-friendly rock. As Benson was awakened to the possibilities of vintage Western sounds, he and Dobkin decided to form a band. Teaming up with Floyd Domino, Lucky Oceans, Leroy Preston, and Chris O'Connell, they formed Asleep at the Wheel, and after months of rehearsal in Paw Paw, West Virginia, they started playing out. While the group followed Commander Cody to California and landed their first record deal there after Van Morrison praised the group in Rolling Stone magazine, Asleep at the Wheel truly found their home when they were booked to play the Armadillo World Headquarters in Austin, Texas in 1973. Benson and his bandmates fell in love with the city, and a local musician named Willis Nelson suggested they should stay. With time, Asleep at the Wheel became an Austin institution and one of country's most indefatigable acts, constantly criss-crossing the country, winning several Grammy awards, and sharing stages with everyone from Bob Dylan to George Strait as Benson became their sole constant member. Over the years, more than 80 musicians made their way through the lineup. Meanwhile, Benson became a behind-the-scenes figure of note in Texas, opening a recording studio (Bismeaux Studios) and an affiliated record label, co-founding the Rhythm & Blues Foundation, sitting on the board of directors of the TV show Austin City Limits, and hosting another show, Texas Music Scene. In 2003, after releasing nearly 20 albums with Asleep at the Wheel, Benson cut his first solo effort, Beyond Time. Benson released a second solo album, A Little Piece, in 2014, and 2015 saw the publication of Comin' Right at Ya, an autobiography Benson wrote in tandem with David Menconi. In 2017, Benson teamed up with another Lone Star roots music traditionalist, Dale Watson, to release the duo album Dale &Ray.
About Mountain Entertainment for the Arts:
MOUNTAIN ENTERTAINMENT GROUP FOR THE ARTS (“MEGA”), an IRS 503(c)(3) & New Mexico Nonprofit Corporation, was organized in 2014 in Ruidoso, NM as the successor to the Ruidoso Chamber Music Festival when that group dissolved after its original leaders moved. MEGA has continued to present classical music performances, but has increased both the variety of those performances and their locations, always working to keep costs down in order to reach many more Lincoln County's residents and visitors.
To further reach out to more people, MEGA expanded the types of musical and performance arts offered to include, for example, Native American, Blues, Jazz, Rock, Bluegrass and Country Music, as well as Dance, and also works cooperatively with other music and arts groups in surrounding communities. Sponsored performances have included Sean Chen, a prize-winning pianist from the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition; the Piazzolla da Camera Trio; master classical guitarist Hector Garcia; local, regional and nationally-renowned blues, rock, and jazz groups, as well as talented local high school singer-songwriters.
In keeping with MEGA's mandate to make a large variety of excellent performances available to the largest possible audience, the price of admission has been kept low (sometimes free, with voluntary contributions accepted). As a result, MEGA nearly always subsidizes the true costs of the performances. However, with careful stewardship of its funds, only once in its four years has MEGA needed to organize a fundraising event--but now, for only the second time, that has become a necessity so its good work can continue to benefit our community.
Gleason - At the age of 34, Steve Gleason, former NFL defensive back and New Orleans hero, was diagnosed with ALS. Doctors gave him two to five years to live. So that is what Steve chose to do: live. This film incorporates personal video journals from Gleason for his then-unborn son to footage of his adventures undertaken as part of his mission to live his life to the fullest.
Comprised of multi-instrumentalist Frank Meyer and vocalist Elena Antinelli, Paper Moon Shiners create that very sound. The Austin, TX band write and perform well-crafted roots, ragtime, early jazz, blues and folk music that is a clear balance of wit, depth and spirit.
From Austin, Paper Moonshiners - $10.00 Cover
The Kids Are All Right - Two children conceived by artificial insemination bring their biological father into their non-traditional family life. Annette Bening and Julianne Moore star in this funny, smart and heart-warming comedy that critics are calling "a nearly note-perfect portrait of a modern family."
Dave Millsap plays Happy Hour at 4:00 PM in the bar followed by Open Mic and then Sam Ponder and the Sacred Grounds House Band performs. (No Cover Charge)
Free Movie: The Secret in Their Eyes, psychological thriller film written and directed by Billy Rayand a remake of the 2009 Argentine film of the same name, both based on the novel La pregunta de sus ojosby author Eduardo Sacheri. The film stars Chiwetel Ejiofor, Nicole Kidman, Julia Roberts, Dean Norris, and Michael Kelly.
2018 BLUES MUSIC AWARD NOMINEE ANNIKA CHAMBERS~~~The dynamic monster vocalist from Houston Texas along with a host of talented musicians continue to shock and amaze many blues lovers who have the opportunity to hear their music. With a variety of soulful, heartwarming and ground stomping tunes, Miss Chambers is sure to rise above and beyond your expectations. Reserve tickets available at (LINK TO:) Eventbrite, $15. If spaces are available; tickets at the door $15
Delaney Davis brings J-Calvin's band to Sacred Grounds. Delaney says: " J-Calvin's Funk Express, is a varying collective of some of the Southwest's finest players. The band brings high energy soul abducting funked jazz to the bandstand, playing original music, tributes to the jazz legends and fresh arrangements of pop hits." Hey, I'll be there. $10.00 Cover at the door.
Our first excursion into the world of barbeque production will take place on the Fourth of July at Sacred Grounds as a very special Happy Hour For a pre-movie event from 3:00 until 6:30 PM, We'll have brisket, ribs, pulled pork, beans, coleslaw, potato salad, and dinner rolls. And, we'll finally have some GlenWillis whiskey for sale in drinks or as drinks. And what would whiskey be without Willie Nelson? Well, we won't have Willie here, singing his famous whiskey drinking standard Whiskey River but we will have a creditable rendition from our own Bo Rivers from 4:00 - 6:00
Known as the King of Tex-Mex rock and roll, Joe King Carrasco, creates a stylistic borderland of pop rock and Latin rhythms. His cross-cultural stew blends cumbias, vamp, salsa, surf, reggae, blues, and Latin-tinged polkas. It has been a long road, coming from Dumas,Texas, a dusty little west Texas town where in the 7th grade he started playing in garage bands. In his late teens, he was often lured to the beaches in Southern Mexico and was drawn to the Mexican music he was hearing around him. Back in Texas he joined up with future members of the Texas Tornados and formed a band known as Joe King Carrasco & El Molino and in 1978 released his 1st LP titled “Tex-Mex Rock & Roll”. Somehow this record made its way to England and was re-released by Big Beat Records.
7:00 PM until ? - Joe "King" Carrasco rocks The Grounds in a much anticipated return visit. $15.00 Cover
Wed: June 27 - Finding Forrester Jamal Wallace is a talented 16-year-old basketball player in New York City whose secret passion is writing. William Forrester is a reclusive Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist who never gave the world a second novel. After an accidental meeting, Forrester becomes Jamal's unlikely mentor, providing guidance to help develop the young man's exceptional skills. Soon, Forrester's harsh view of the world begins to change as both men learn lessons from each other about life - and the importance of friendship.
A Separation Nader and Simin argue about living abroad. Simin prefers to live abroad to provide better opportunities for their only daughter, Termeh. However, Nader refuses to go because he thinks he must stay in Iran and take care of his father, who suffers from Alzheimers. However, Simin is determined to get a divorce and leave the country with her daughter.
Gifted Frank Adler is a single man raising a child prodigy - his spirited young niece Mary in a coastal town in Florida. Frank's plans for a normal school life for Mary are foiled when the seven-year-old's mathematical abilities come to the attention of Frank's formidable mother Evelyn whose plans for her granddaughter threaten to separate Frank and Mary.
A Beautiful Mind From the heights of notoriety to the depths of depravity, John Forbes Nash, Jr. experienced it all. A mathematical genius, he made an astonishing discovery early in his career and stood on the brink of international acclaim. But the handsome and arrogant Nash soon found himself on a painful and harrowing journey of self-discovery. After many years of struggle, he eventually triumphed over his tragedy, and finally - late in life - received the Nobel Prize.
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid Need I say anything about this 1969 classic? Oh well: Wyoming, early 1900s. Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid are the leaders of a band of outlaws. After a train robbery goes wrong they find themselves on the run with a posse hard on their heals. Their solution - escape to Bolivia.
Night of Blues with Sam Barlow and his True Blue Band
Sam Barlow is a 24 year old virtuoso guitarist, harmonicist, and vocalist based out of West Texas. His 12 year professional career as both a frontman and session player has spanned a wide array of genres. Including but not limited to, Blues, Rock, Pop, Funk, Jazz, Soul, Tejano, Hip Hop, Country, etc. He has opened for, both as a solo act as well as with other artists, Sublime with Rome, John Anderson, Robert Earl Keen, Cory Morrow, Johnny Rawls, and many more. Sam "cut his teeth" in Austin, Texas, playing popular Blues/ Rock styles and had the opportunity to sit in amongst legends such as Jimmie Vaughan and Elvin Bishop. In 2010, Sam's electrifying performance style captured first place in the El Paso "King Of The Blues" guitar competition sponsored by Guitar Center. Sam then went on to represent El Paso in the state finals held in Houston where he finished in 2nd place. In 2013, he won the 92.3 The Fox Battle On the Border with Outlaw Country group, TrailerBand, and In 2015, Sam was a Top 4 Finalist in the 92.3 The Fox Battle On the Border with his own, Sam Barlow Band. As of 2016 he holds an Associates of Arts in Music (Jazz Guitar) at El Paso Community College. In his spare time, he is an avid blues historian, fried chicken lover, free thinker, hat guy, Star Wars memorabilia collector, and humorist.