Since 2001, the annual Mountain Harvest Festival has brought to the stage an eclectic assortment of handpicked local and regional musicians. Harry Harpoon will get the party started during the Chili Cookoff Friday in Paonia Town Park. He 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.
The Friday night pub crawl will feature live music at Delicious Orchards, The Cirque, Louie's and Paonia United Brewery, beginning at 5 p.m. and continuing until midnight with The Scones.
Head back to the park Saturday for a contra dance with Fifth Reel from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Zumba/hip hop performances, Beth William and Friends, Turtle & the Heads, Sopris Soarers Aerial Airtistry and Dead Floyd keep the park hopping until 8 p.m. and the Saturday Sundown Swing.
The Saturday Sundown Swing features 10 bands, seven venues and six hours of music.
All-access tickets are general admission and priced at $25 until Friday, Sept. 28, when prices increase to $30. Get your tickets online at the Mountain Harvest Festival website, www., or pick them up in downtown Paonia at Lizzy's Market, The Cirque, Back Country Bistro, The Blue Sage or the Paradise Theater.
These are the amazing bands and venues you will experience:
215 Grand Avenue
NVF Marimba Band
8:15 to 9:45 p.m.
The Embodying Rhythm Marimba Ensemble plays fun groovy polyphonic music perfect for movement on the dance floor as well as relaxing journeys of the ear and soul. At different times, the funky eight-piece marimba ensemble (including a really big bass marimba) will be joined by the sounds of trumpet, saxophone, flute, melodica, bass clarinet, percussion, hand drums, drumset, voices and more.
10:15 p.m. to midnight
Playing mainly Celtic-inspired music with their own original twist, FEAST mixes classical, traditional and modern techniques, tunes and instruments. Classically trained string instrumentalists and keyboardist play beautiful soaring traditional melodies on top of a backdrop of funky Afro-Cuban influenced world-beat drum set and bass grooves. It's a feast for the ears and a musical experience to be remembered.
FEAST band members appearing at this year's MHF will include Alisha Bean (champion fiddler) on violin, Andrew Krimm (Altius Quartet) on viola, Stephanie Mientka (Colorado Symphony) on viola, Zachary Reaves (Altuis Quartet) on cello, Benjamin de Kock (El Sistema Colorado) on acoustic and electric bass, Katheryn Mientka (Western Slope Concert Series) on electric piano, and local percussionist and music educator, David Alderdice (Embodying Rhythm) on drumset and percussion.
(Next to Paradise)
8 to 11 p.m.
Growing up in Portland, Ore., CodeStar was exposed to all kinds of music, and experienced the magic of what a good DJ could do for the energy in a room. He was inspired to play music and got his own turntables at age 18. He has never looked back, having played countless house parties, special events, music venues, radio shows, weddings, concerts, festivals, yoga classes and dances.
232 Grand Avenue
8 to 10 p.m.
Singer/songwriter Carrie Liz Williams began popping up at open mic nights after relocating to Paonia from San Antonio. With songs that carry emotional baggage about breakups and life, Carrie possessed the uncanny ability to connect through these stories by finding a positive twist that reminds listeners in these similar situations not to lose hope. Carrie and Ross Deardorff began playing as a two-piece with acoustic guitar and drums. Soon after, they were joined by lead guitarist Josh Livaudais, with vocalists Jeanne Carter and Jen Pietras rounding out the lineup.
Let Them Roar
10 p.m. to midnight
Let Them Roar weaves mountain folk into a soulful tapestry of roots, rock, and raw improvisations. Their music reflects their home of Carbondale, which is nestled deep in the heart of the Elk Mountains where a confluence of culture -- farmers, immigrants, naturalists, recreationalists, artisans and musicians -- and free flowing rivers, big mountains, wildlife and migrating birds come together.
BLUE SAGE CENTER FOR THE ARTS
228 Grand Avenue
Peach Street Revival
8 to 9:30 p.m.
Peach Street Revival is a blues rock, psychedelic, sweet guitar and bass riffin' mouth-full! Front woman Gonzales will croon you into psychedelia with the band's original songs, and with their renditions of Jefferson Airplane, The Rolling Stones, Heart, Wolfmother, Led Zeppelin, Creedence Clearwater Revival, and the like! The all-star cast of Peach Street Revival is Gonzales (vocals), Cooper Shull (guitar), Jordan Will (bass), and Rob Labig (drums).
10:15 to 11:45 p.m.
Niceness is rooted in the traditional sounds of island reggae, seamlessly integrating elements of soul, funk, latin and hip-hop while staying true to their authentic reggae vibes. With Michael Gomberg on drums, David Christeson on the keys, Stosch Dembitsky on bass, Dustin Wilson on guitar, Jonathan Barfield on percussion, Jeff Gutierrez on tenor sax, John White on alto sax and Jared Wright on trumpet, the musical sense and rhythm is solid allowing for the vocal melodies of Koral Delatierra to sweep you away into the niceness that surrounds us.
202 Grand Avenue
and Michael Jude
8 to 11 p.m.
Creating soulful sounds of Americana rock and roll, this dueling pair has toured with Hall and Oates and My Brother's Keeper. Having played together for over 20 years, they have a polished and tight sound. Both are incredibly talented on guitar and vocals.
8 to 11 p.m.
Hard Pressed is a marriage of two lives -- of a fiddle and banjo, of mandolin and guitar, of rich, honest and pure harmonies, both in life and in song. Andrea Lecos and Cory Obert will be joined by Josh "Turtle" Hallenback on mandolin and guitar. Their material, both original and traditional, is transcended by the delivery of their rich, heartfelt vocals.
PAONIA UNITED BREWERY
325 Grand Avenue
7 to 10 p.m.
Inspired by Bob Marley & the Wailers, Toots & the Maytals, the Skatalites and the Slackers from NYC, mojo plays feel good music for good times and great days!
Mojo is Michael Meadows on guitar, vocals and songwriting, Maggie Meadows on keyboards, Justin Hess on drums, John Keller on bass and Dr. Noe on trombone. Mojo has performed on many stages on the Western Slope of Colorado from the Paradise Theatre, the Blue Sage Center for the Arts and Revolution Brewing in Paonia to O'Brien's Pub in Ouray to Carbondale Beerworks, as well as several years playing the Mountain Harvest Festival and Gears & Beers Festival in Paonia.
PAONIA TOWN PARK
For the final day of Mountain Harvest Festival entertainment, head back to Paonia Town Park, where Eric Vaughn takes the stage at noon, followed by the North Fork Valley Community Parade Band from 1:30 to 2 p.m. Jeanine Renee hosts an open mic session from 2 to 4 p.m.
Your favorite artists come together in an al-star band from 4:30 to 6 p.m. to close out Mountain Harvest Festival in unforgettable fashion.