Concert for fur babies set Aug. 11 at KTAOS

9th Annual Dog Days of Summer Concert to benefit Stray Hearts

Hercules looks out from his cage at Stray Hearts Animal Shelter. (Photo by Katharine Egli of The Taos News)
The 9th Annual Dog Days of Summer Concert will again benefit Stray Hearts Animal Shelter in Taos — an organization dedicated to ensuring a life free of suffering and pain for animals through education, spaying and neutering, and sheltering animals needing a home.

“From its inception, the annual Dog Days concert has brought together the people of Taos with a shared love of music and animals,” said “Mattress Mary” Domito, founder of Dog Days. “This is truly a community event, and we’re grateful for the continued support from the community of Taos. It’s an honor to be planning our ninth year, and this year’s concert will once again be an amazing event with talented musicians.”

The Saturday (Aug. 11) concert will take place 5:30–10 p.m. on the KTAOS Solar Center Pavilion (rain or shine). Doors will open at 4 p.m. and the concert opens at 5:30 with Jeff Bryant, an Austin-based versatile musician who has performed as a keyboardist, pedal steel player and vocalist alongside Alpha Rev, Cory Morrow and Hudson Moore.

Headliners The Secret Sisters follow Bryant’s performance at 7:30 p.m.This Americana group has toured with Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson and Paul Simon and had their music produced by Brandi Carlile.

“We invite all to come out and enjoy a great show, especially as this will be the only New Mexico show performed by The Secret Sisters on their tour, and they will go on the next night to open for Brandi Carlile at Red Rocks,” Domito said.

In addition to great music, the event will also feature a silent auction, food and a full bar, and a raffle to win a Beautyrest Black luxury mattress or a $2,000 gift certificate to Taos Lifestyle. Tickets are $20 in advance here and $25 at the door.

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About Dog Days

Dog Days was conceived in 2009, when “Mattress Mary” Domito bought a raffle ticket in support of a creative project by Taos writer and filmmaker Allegra Huston. Domito’s winning ticket earned her a free concert by local favorites Bone Orchard. She wanted to share it, and raise some money for a great cause at the same time. Bone Orchard’s Carol Morgan-Eagle helped with organization, and the first Dog Days fundraiser brought in $4,400 for Stray Hearts. To date, the event has raised over $140,000 for Stray Hearts.

About Stray Hearts Animal Shelter

Stray Hearts’ goal is to ensure all animals a life that is free of suffering and pain by educating people on proper animal care, by speaking out against animal cruelty, and offering prevention of unwanted animals through spay/neutering. Their mission is: “It takes everyone working together to provide a safety net of care for the homeless dogs and cats in our community.”