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'Bands of Enchantment' producers announce air dates


Last updated 6/1/2021 at 3:26pm

The producers behind the “Bands of Enchantment” music television series that was shot in Tucumcari on Friday announced dates when episodes will air on New Mexico and Texas PBS stations.

Here are the stations that will air Elkhorn Entertainment’s first eight episodes:

• KENW-TV, which reaches into Tucumcari and other southeastern New Mexico cities, will air episodes at 10:30 p.m. on Mondays starting June 14 and 9:30 p.m. on Saturdays starting June 19.

• KACV-TV, which beams into the Texas and Oklahoma panhandles and eastern New Mexico, will begin airing “Bands of Enchantment” at 10:30 p.m. Mountain time on Saturdays starting July 10.

• KNME-TV, which includes the Albuquerque, Santa Fe and Las Vegas markets, will air episodes at 4:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. on Saturdays starting Aug. 14.

• KRWG-TV, which includes much of southern New Mexico, will air episodes at 10 p.m. on Saturdays starting July 10.

Elkhorn Entertainment, which has offices in Los Angeles, Chicago and Detroit, also wants to air those episodes on RFD-TV’s Cowboy Channel and Amazon Prime streaming.

“Bands of Enchantment” was shot primarily at the Tucumcari Railroad Museum, Odeon Theatre, Tucumcari Zia Club and other locations around Tucumcari. The city gave $120,000 in lodgers tax executive funds to help cover some of the production costs.

The lineup for the first eight episodes feature Brett Dennen of California; Making Movies of Kansas City, Missouri; Southern Avenue of Memphis, Tennessee; Junior Mesa of Bakersfield, California; Lilly Hiatt of Nashville, Tennessee; The Texas Gentlemen of Dallas; Lydia Loveless of Columbus, Ohio; and Max Gomez of Taos.

In addition, there are two acoustic episodes featuring New Mexico artists: Carlos Medina of Las Vegas, Micah Thunder from Albuquerque, Sara Marie Rorie of Santa Fe, and The Levi Platero Band of the Navajo Nation.

Bands of Enchantment was created by New Mexico State University alumni Ken C. Peterson and executive produced by his stepfather Vincent Chavez Sr. of Latewa Media and stepbrother Vince T. Chavez of Elkhorn.

“My family and I are so excited to be building the next ‘Austin City Limits’ right here in New Mexico. We couldn’t have done it without the incredible support from the City of Tucumcari. Here’s to the first of many!” Peterson stated in a news release.


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