Since 2001, the annual Mountain Harvest Festival has brought to the stage an eclectic assortment of handpicked local and regional musicians. This year, you'll have an opportunity to meet the musicians at a meet-and-greet reception to be held at Eccentric Artist, 217 Grand Avenue. Just 50 tickets will be sold for the reception. They are $50 and include admission to all of the venues for the Saturday Sundown Swing. See mountainharvestfestival.com for ticket information.
For the Saturday Sundown Swing, one block of Grand Avenue will be closed. KVNF (233 Grand Avenue) and Glennie Coombe Gallery (140 Grand Avenue) will provide acoustic music in a coffeehouse setting while the Paradise Theatre (215 Grand Avenue) and the Blue Sage (228 Grand Avenue) are the venues for full bands and dance music.
Wristbands for the Saturday night concerts are $30 in advance and can be purchased through Thursday, Sept. 24, in Paonia at Paonia Farm and Home Supply or Back Country Bistro, or in Hotchkiss at Hardin's Natural Foods and the Creamery Arts Center. The online ticket outlet can be found at http://mountainharvestsaturdaynight15.brownpapertickets.com.
Tickets will also be available at the information booth in Paonia Town Park Friday and Saturday, or at KVNF, 233 Grand Avenue, on Saturday night. Tickets purchased Saturday will run $35.
Skip Naft has lined up 10 acts that will have something for everyone, all in one block of beautiful historic downtown Paonia.
The lineup includes:
7 to 8:30 p.m.
Bonewagon, a local favorite in Ridgway, makes its Paonia debut Saturday night. The group has an original acoustic rock sound with many eclectic influences. Bonewagon has played multiple events at the Chipeta Sun Lodge including KVNF's stringfest last year as well as the Sherbino Theater.
Six Shooter Rodeo
8:45 to 10:15 p.m.
Formed in Montrose, Six Shooter Rodeo is a trio that brings a fresh perspective to bluegrass and old-time music. The group consists of Erik Stucky on mandolin/vocals, Stephan Wargo on guitar/vocals, and A.J. Fullerton on upright bass/vocals. Their sound is an amalgam of traditional bluegrass favorites, Americana undertones, and classic rock influences. Despite being a new band on the Colorado music scene, it has already been widely praised for their vocal harmonies, song arrangements and instrumental fluidity.
Free The Honey
This folk quartet is homegrown on the Western Slope of Colorado and offers up old-time and original tunes with richly layered vocal harmonies and authentic acoustic resonance. Katherine Taylor, Jenny Hill, Lizzy Plotkin and Andrew Cameron have developed a new style of Americana called "honeygrass."
The elements are familiar -- harmony singing, twin fiddle, open back banjo, guitar, mandolin, storytelling and mountain culture. The alchemy is all their own.
The Royal We
7:30 to 9 p.m.
The Royal We is a Ridgway-based rock band playing originals and covers from the likes of Los Lobos, Van Morrison, Susan Tedeschi, Grace Potter, Jackie Greene. Catch its Paonia debut at the Paradise Theatre.
Brodie Kinder Band
9:15 to 10:45 p.m.
Brodie Kinder, former front man of an underground acoustic hip-hop group in Honolulu, has taken on several incarnations from solo, to duo, and finally to five-piece band. Landing in Paonia, this throw-back heartthrob is taking the valley by storm and dreaming up possibilities with his local band, The Killer Bees. As a second generation Up With People affiliate, he draws inspiration from a culturally diverse travel history, crafting his music with positive intention.
11 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.
Spore Favore is a unique Colorado jam band based in the Roaring Fork Valley, playing stimulating originals, captivating jams, well-known covers. The fully electric five-piece outfit delivers danceable grooves born out of a fusion of electrified bluegrass, funk, jam and good old-fashioned rock 'n' roll. Spore Favore's sound comes from John Carlin on electric guitar and vocals, Guy Welles on electric mandolin, electric fiddle and vocals, Brad Manosevitz on percussion, tubes, acoustic guitar and vocals, Tom Sherlock on bass, and Ryan Grow on drums.
7:15 to 8:45 p.m.
Devon Meyers' musical career started in 1984 on a porch on Matchless Street in Aspen. He and his friend Steve started the band called Stevo Devo and never looked back. Devon is a lover of everything from Hot Rise to Galactic and just loves anything funky and delta! A songwriter, he's fortunate to play his folk-with-soul in small venues in both Colorado and Southern California.
9 to 10:30 p.m.
Frank Martin is a staple of the Roaring Fork Valley's music scene. He has played on his own for years and been a part of the popular bands Let Them Roar and All The Pretty Horses. He's a versatile and accomplished guitarist with a unique style that draws from Mark Knopfler, Richard Thompson, B.B. King and, his favorite, Ry Cooder. As a vocalist, his phrasing and nuance reflex his experience, while the band's repertoire also sets the stage for the soulful mark of gospel and blues.
7:45 to 9:15 p.m.
With a decidedly creative style, Russ Chapman stomps and sings highly original music drawn from the deep well of Americana. Combining a keen sense of melody and lyrical wit with medicine show sensibility, here is one of those rare performers who can keep an audience on the edge of its ears. From the melodically percussive guitar style and inspired wordsmithing, to an impressive ability to stomp and shuffle his feet, there is something positively fun and refreshing about Russ Chapman. During a Nashville co-writing session with Earth, Wind and Fire founding member Ronnie Laws, a giddy Laws proclaimed, "You've got a good thing going there, man!"
9:30 to 11 p.m.
At 50-plus, Harry Harpoon's voice has matured into a powerful instrument that infuses life into whatever he sings, while his slide playing and rhythm guitar licks range from sweet and soulful to rousing and even raucous. At his solo gigs, he somehow manages to play drums at the same time. But it's his raw energy and the bone-deep tone and range of emotion on the harmonica that trademark each of Harry Harpoon's live performances.