Since 2001, the annual Mountain Harvest Festival has brought to the stage an eclectic assortment of handpicked local and regional musicians. Catch the beat Friday during the great Chili Cookoff in Paonia Town Park. El Mundo Mando Bando and Jack & Jill will get the party started.
At dusk, music lovers will move from the park to the Paradise Theater for a performance by Jam the Dragon featuring CKI. Jam the Dragon (aka JoeAlan) is bringing Baltimore hip hop artists Cloud Kickers International back to P-town for a night of original soul, reggae, funk, hip hop, and Celtic dance music.
Head back to the park Saturday, where Mike Gwinn and David Snider will kick off a full day of activities. This duo will perform from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. After a break for the Grape Stomp, David Snider returns with the Sarah Eller Trio for a set from 2 to 3:30 p.m. The trio will be followed by the Lugnuts, a four-piece rock and roll/boogie dance band featuring seasoned professionals from the Delta/Montrose area -- Eddie Boiani, Bob Becker, Paul Frazier and Kurt Isgreen. The Lugnuts will close out the afternoon entertainment.
For the Saturday Sundown Swing that evening, one block of Grand Avenue will be closed. KVNF (233 Grand Avenue) and Paonia Town Hall (214 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 Friday, Sept. 23, mountainharvest2016.brownpapertickets.com.
Tickets will also be available at the information booth in Paonia Town Park Saturday, or at KVNF, 233 Grand Avenue, on Saturday night. Tickets purchased Saturday will run $35.
A total of 10 acts, with something for everyone, can be found in one block of beautiful historic downtown Paonia.
The lineup includes:
7:30 to 9 p.m.
Sucka what? SUCKAFISH! A power-ska trio based in Colorado's Grand Valley, Suckafish is a powerhouse of great music playing dance tunes, tunes to bang your head to, and songs to share an intimate dance with your partner. This great trio features Derek Suiter on drums, Steve-O Mann on the bass and Cameron Hawkins on guitar.
9:15 to 10:45 p.m.
Mixing the sounds of disco, funk and jazz with a healthy dose of improvisational technique, MILLK's main intent is to live like kings in the musical experience they love to create. From all across the country, the members of MILLK came together in March 2014 with one thing in mind -- to share the music they love to play. The six-piece group is based out of Gunnison.
11 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.
This ski bum jam band comes from Telluride and features Jeff Haldeman, Stuart Sundell-Norlin and Casey Yorkunas turning out dance, rock and psychedelic.
Named after a ski run, and built on the strength of their live original music, this jam/rock outfit is quickly becoming a favorite among the Western Slope music scene.
PAONIA TOWN HALL
7:45 to 10:45 p.m.
The group founded by David and Arlyn Alderdice in 2014 shares music from around the world, mainly stemming from Zimbabwe, South Africa and South America with some contemporary pieces thrown in.
David Starr Duo
7:15 to 8:45 p.m.
The popular duo of David Starr and Roy Martin has been performing together for 13 years.
Starr has a new CD, "Love and Sabotage and has just returned from a tour of England and Scotland. Not only does Roy Martin perform with Starr as a duo you may have seen him as part of the David Starr Band and as half of the Solar Brothers.
9 to 10:30 p.m.
After nearly a decade of performing all over the West with their "60s infused" rock group the Strolling Scones -- Rick Stockton, Helen Highwater and Harry Knipe -- have evolved the band into a more compact unit, called simply The Scones.
Performing with acoustic guitar, banjo, bass, drums, and sometimes keyboards, they describe their music as "rockin' & rollin' Americana." The members of the group are accomplished singers and the group's sound, centered around the songs written by guitarist Rick Stockton, is alive with harmony.
7 to 8:30 p.m.
A favorite on the Western Colorado scene, Will Whalen delivers a unique mix of acoustic rock, blues and indie-folk, employing smooth guitar, raucous effects, elegant keyboard, a digital loop station and more to make a full, luscious sound. All this, while maintaining the no-hassle simplicity of an independent singer-songwriter.
8:15 to 10:15 p.m.
Singer songwriter musician Erik Stucky specializes in mandolin and guitar. Whether working as a studio player, a sideman for a gig, or front-manning his own projects, Erik loves the music and teaming up with special guest Glenn Patterson.
10:30 p.m. to midnight
Dynamite indierock band Bicycle Annie featuring Annie Gonzales plays original songs as well as the biggest rock tunes from the '60s to present! From Green Day to Nirvana, to big vocal songs from Jefferson Airplane, Grace Potter, Led Zeppelin, Allman Brothers, Steve Miller Band, CCR, and more. Gonzales also performs new songs off her new 12-inch vinyl record.
Bicycle Annie has been rocking the Grand Valley for almost four years and includes AK, lead guitar and vocals; Jeff Steele, drums and vocals; Jordan Will, bass; and Annie Gonzales, lead vocals.
Keep rockin' at Paonia Town Park Sunday. The lineup features Bruce Hayes at 11 a.m., A.J. Fullerton at 12:50 p.m., the Johnny O Band at 2:40 p.m., and the Harvest Festival All Star Band from 4:30 to 6 p.m.
During the weekend, you'll also enjoy New Orleans style street jazz, grinder blues and cabaret music from Jim Hickam and the Grizzly Pears, and a free performance by Siri Undlin sponsored by Cirque Cyclery. With his old guitar, Tony Rosario deftly runs the rails from from blues to country to rock to folk to R& B and soul.