Since 2001, the annual Mountain Harvest Festival has brought to the stage an eclectic assortment of handpicked local and regional musicians. Mojo will get the party started during the Chili Cookoff Friday in Paonia Town Park. Mojo, a regular on the local music scene, combines rock, reggae and ska for an upbeat original sound. Mojo performs from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Enjoy a local beverage and a sample of chili, topped off with a piece of pie from the "I Love Pie" contest. Slices of pie will be available for sale starting at 5 p.m. with proceeds benefiting the Lambert Junior Grange and the HHS/PHS Speech Club.
Elsewhere in Paonia, Delicious Orchards is hosting Carrie Liz Williams from 5 to 8 p.m. The Cirque, Louie's Pizza Loft, Revolution Brewing and Waldo's will also have live music. Break dancing is on tap at the Paradise Theatre from 4 to 6 p.m., followed by a Beastie Boys concert film.
Head back to the park Saturday for a contra dance with Fifth Reel from 10:30 a.m. to noon. After a break for the Grape Stomp, The Scones take the set from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Performing with acoustic guitar, banjo, bass, drums, and sometimes keyboards, The Scones describe their music as "rockin' AND rollin' Americana." Their performance will be followed by Michael Jude and Jean Michel, a talented duo creating soulful sounds of Americana rock and roll.
At Delicious Orchards, enjoy the sound of Let Them Roar from 3 to 5 p.m., and Andy Frasco from 6 to 8 p.m.
The Saturday Sundown Swing features nine acts -- and something for everyone -- at five venues within one block of beautiful historic downtown Paonia.
This year, organizers have made it easier to catch and enjoy all the bands by scheduling longer 1.5-hour sets! Ticket prices are lower, too! All tickets are general admission and priced at $25 until Friday, Sept. 22, when online purchasing ends. You may purchase tickets for $30 on Saturday, Sept. 23, in Paonia Town Park during the day and in the evening at Paonia Town Hall.
These are the amazing bands and venues you will experience:
215 Grand Avenue
7:30 to 9 p.m.
The Lugnuts are all about great music for dancing and listening. Their repertoire/set lists are made up from hits of the '60s, '70s, '80s and beyond. This four-piece rock and roll/boogie dance band hails from the Delta-Montrose area. Eddie Boiani sings lead and harmony vocals and plays drums with maniacal metronomic ability. Bob Becker lays down the pocket on electric bass. Paul Frazier sings lead and harmony vocals and plays electric guitar. Kurt Isgreen sings lead and harmony vocals and plays electric guitar with mostly blues and rock influences.
9:15 to 10:45 p.m.
The rich funky blues style of Snootch will keep you moving. "Born" in Grand Junction in 2015, the band consists of Kellen Michael (guitar), Stephan Davis (bass), Steve Mcgarry (drums) and Donny Morales (vocals, harp, guitar, squeaks, toos, whistles and harmonica).
Johnny O Band
11 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.
The Johnny O. Band is a smokin' band out of Boulder. With funky grooves and high energy jams, their music is both captivating and danceable. The band plays many originals as well as some great songs by blues masters of the past.
PAONIA TOWN HALL
214 Grand Avenue
7:45 to 10:45 p.m.
Beth Quist's world class four-octave soprano voice has led her to perform and tour with Bobby McFerrin, Sherefe', Cirque du Soleil, and many others. As a solo performer she has recorded four albums playing guitar, hammer dulcimer, keyboards, and world percussion ... often simultaneously. Her style has a strong poly-rhythmic, Middle Eastern flair. As a producer and composer she has worked on music for film, dance, theater, video, and other multi-media projects.
9 to 10:30 p.m.
Jack Gwydion is a fifth generation Coloradan hailing from Crested Butte. His series of debut singles this year claimed praise from American Songwriter Magazine, saying "the mountainous landscape works itself into [his] songs." Gwydion pays tribute to the energy of his home state, while speaking to the timeless mysteries of the heart.
(Next to Paradise)
7:45 to 10:45 p.m.
Growing up in Portland, Ore., Codestar was exposed to all kinds of music. He was inspired to become a DJ and got his own turntables at age 18. He now calls Durango home, and continues to play events, parties, music venues, radio shows, weddings, concerts, festivals, yoga classes and ecstatic dances. His style blends the natural organic roots of music with deep frequency bass tones and textured layering of harmonics and expansive effects.
232 Grand Avenue
8 to 10 p.m.
A favorite in Ridgway, Bonewagon has an original acoustic rock sound with many eclectic influences. Bonewagon has played multiple events at the Chipeta Sun Lodge, including KVNF's Stringfest, as well as the Sherbino Theater.
BLUE SAGE CENTER FOR THE ARTS
228 Grand Avenue
7 to 8:30 p.m.
Formed in Grand Junction by Steve "Clyde" Kilcrease and David Rowley in early 2014, Clyde and the Milltailers is an alternative folk trio influenced by early American music, history and folklore. The group's name is a local reference to radioactive uranium mill tailings that were used as foundation fill and sidewalks in their home town that at the time were not yet known to be dangerously radioactive.
Gypsy Jazz Social Club
8:45 to 10:15 p.m.
Built from guitarist Les Choy's desire to create a string-band based jazz ensemble, Gypsy Jazz Social Club draws from a roster of versatile Western Slope musicians. Gypsy Jazz is the accepted moniker for a genre of music that was all but single-handedly developed by Django Reinhardt, a visionary gypsy guitar player of Belgian descent who successfully integrated American jazz, traditional gypsy melodies, popular tunes from the 1920s to modern times, and a respectable selection of original compositions.
Liver Down The River
10:30 p.m. to midnight
From Durango comes a six-piece funkadeligrass band called Liver Down The River. The group has its roots in countless river floats, campfires, late night picking and Colorado living. The band's music is a blend of original compositions and improvisational journeys that paint a picture for the listener. Each member brings his own inspirations and elements to the sound. From the high peaks of bluegrass, deepest pockets of the funk, and outer reaches of space, a unique genre of music is created. Inspiration comes from the band's collective adventures, lessons of growing older, the following of the soul, and the ability to keep on moving on.
PAONIA TOWN PARK
10:30 a.m. to noon
Noon to 1:30 p.m.
1:30 to 3 p.m.
3 to 4 p.m.
The Harvest Festival All Star Band
4:30 to 6 p.m.
For the fourth and final day of Mountain Harvest Festival entertainment, head back to Paonia Town Park.
Shelly Rae gets things started, belting out tunes and accompanying herself on percussion rhythm guitar. Her wide range of influences include Bob Marley, Heart, Simon & Garfunkel, Stevie Nicks and Ani DiFranco to name a few. Shelley's songs map out the journey of her life -- family, the environment, anti-love songs, true love songs and her deep discontent with the state of affairs in our world. She hopes her words will inspire conversation to bring people together.
Carrie Williams is a singer/songwriter/musician who simply loves music and everything connected to it. She comes from a brilliantly musical family and has been playing guitar and singing/ songwriting since she was 14 and has more actively performed in public since 2006. Carrie plays originals and covers a multitude of songs ranging in genres. She likes to mix in an enjoyable amount of humor, dialogue, and audience interaction throughout her shows.
Jeanine Renee started singing and writing poetry as a child. Although songwriting "took its sweet time," it was inevitable. Her quest to find just the right words and notes to express her heart was irrepressible.
Born in England, raised in Colorado, Samuel Peart has a very diverse collection of covers and originals. Acoustic rock, country, hip hop, and vocal heavy ballads are all strong influences in his repertoire.
The Harvest Festival All Star Band puts the "grand" in grand finale. Your favorite artists come together to close out Mountain Harvest Festival in unforgettable fashion.
The seventh annual Eckert Crane Days, the annual viewing of the sandhill cranes migrating north from New Mexico through Colorado's West Slope, will be March 16-18. Representatives from the Black Canyon Chapter of the Audubon Society (BCAS) will be at the viewing site east of Eckert at Fruitgrowers Reservoir, 9 to 11 a.m. each day, to answer questions and provide binoculars and spotting scopes.