Swapping wristbands, sipping suds & roasting chiles by Chris Aaland
Instead, the sale of pints benefits Mancos Valley Resources and the Pay It Forward Fund. here’s never any good live music in Durango.” This The Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College kicks off statement was, is, and shall always be bunk. Take this its 2019-20 season with Trace Bundy: Acoustic Ninja at 7:30 weekend, for example. There’s so much to do that pro- p.m. Saturday. Bundy is an internationally acclaimed guitar virtumoters of the two biggest events are teaming up to offer free adoso who uses harmonics, looping, multiple capos and a unique mission to their festivals to ticketholders from the other, allowing stage presence to deliver an unforgettable live concert experience. attendees to bounce back and forth without being charged twice. His career has taken him across the world, with sold-out concerts KSUT’s 16th annual in 28 countries – from highParty in the Park takes tech performance halls in place from 5-9 p.m. Saturday South Korea and Italy to rein Buckley Park, with the mote villages in Zimbabwe Motet bringing it’s “Speed and Guatemala. of Light” tour to Durango. The Animas City Theatre The Afrobeatniks kick hosts the third and final things off at 5:45, with the preliminary rounds of the Motet taking the stage at Battle of the Bands at 8 around 7:30. The Motet p.m. Saturday. This time dropped its ninth album, around, Ethnic De Genera“Death or Devotion,” in Jantion, the Shawn Arrington uary. It rides the same funky Band, Versa Vice and the wave they’ve been on for Zion Spencer Band will comthe last five years or so. pete for the final slot in the Through the years, their Sept. 21 finale. A grand prize sound has morphed from of $1,000 is on the line next jam band to world drummonth, so stakes are high. ming to avant-garde jazz to Tonight’s Ska-B-Q a soulful blend of funk, (Thurs., Aug. 15) brings the disco and R&B. The Cheyenne Skye Duet to Afrobeatniks will play songs The Motet bring it’s “Speed of Light” tour to KSUT’s 16th annual Party the World Headquarters at off their excellent debut 5 p.m. Skye is a singer who in the Park from 5-9 p.m. this Saturday. album, “Wontanara.” As aldraws inspiration from ways, KSUT and its partner, Bank of the San Juans, will serve Ska Patsy Cline, Nina Simone and Janis Joplin. Her debut EP, beer, wines from Wagon Wheel Liquors, cocktails from Durango “Pruned for the Picking,” was released in 2018 and she’s been Craft Spirits and the station’s own signature sangria. Food ventouring nonstop ever since. Percussionist Brian Coe accompadors will also be on site. The Party in the Park isn’t one of those nies her in the duet. free Buckley affairs, but rather a ticketed one to raise money for Funk meets rock meets hip-hop in the Three Springs Plaza at 6 public radio in the Four Corners. After all, the bands, sound and p.m. tonight when Elder Grown performs in the latest free lights crew, city, and others don’t give away their services. Adweekly concert out east. Expect the band’s usual mix of freeform vance tickets are available at www.ksut.org, but you can also pay jam and originals. at the gate. The Town of Silverton has hosted a free concert series on the Up on Durango Mesa (formerly known as Ewing Mesa), the third Friday of each month through the summer. This week, Durango Bluegrass Meltdown presents its fifth annual MeltWhitewater Ramble plays high-octane Rocky Mountain down on the Mesa. This event shines the spotlight on local dance-grass on the Mike Geryak Stage in Columbine Park. It all bands, with six of them playing from 1-9 p.m. It all wraps up starts with a bike ride from Pedal the Peaks to Columbine at 5 with two full sets by Liver Down the River from 6-9, plus earp.m., followed by music at 6. Scott Craig & friends open the conlier ones by Six Dollar String Band, Crooked Measures, Smelter cert. Ska beers and wine from Mountain View Winery will be Mountain Boys, Woodland Remedy and the Badly Bent. There’s sold, along with grub from Eat a Bite Food Truck. also free camping and all-night picking circles. Kirk James has a busy weekend, as always. On Friday and Sadly, my duties at KSUT’s Party in the Park mean I’ll miss Saturday, he’ll pick solo, acoustic blues on the long sold-out DuMeltdown on the Mesa for the first time ever. I think I even made rango Blues Train. If you were shut out on tickets, you can all of the event’s precursors, the Meltdown fall parties on the still catch Kirk and his band from noon ‘til 3 Sunday at the Wines loading dock of the old Durango Brewing Co. If you’re planning of the San Juan car show in Blanco, N.M. on attending one event or the other, you don’t have to miss out. Elsewhere: The Badly Bent brings the high and lonesome to KSUT will admit Meltdown on the Mesa attendees for free with Durango Craft Spirits at 7 p.m. Friday; Robby Overfield returns their Meltdown wristband. Likewise, Meltdown on the Mesa is to The Office at 7 p.m. Friday; and the Blue Moon Ramblers doing the same for people who present their KSUT Party in the hold court at the Diamond Belle Saloon at 6 p.m. Sunday. Park ticket. It’s a nice compromise for two entities who keep Ay carumba! It’s finally the time of year when the scent of music alive in the Four Corners, giving music fans the option of roasting green chiles will waft across the South Side and Rio attending both events. Grande Land. Gazpacho hosts their annual green chile roast The fifth annual Mancos Valley Summer Brewfest and anniversary party on Friday and Saturday, while supplies last. brings suds and sounds to Cottonwood Park from noon ‘til 7 Forty- and 25-pound bags are available, cash (or check) on the p.m. Saturday (music starts at 1). Four bands – Cousin Curtiss, barrelhead. The restaurant gets into the spirit by serving the Bitnova, Foggy Memory Boys and the Crags – will perform, freshest green chile cheeseburgers and rellenos of the year and while three breweries – Mancos, Colorado Boy and Moab – will margarita and beer specials to cool the heat. sell pints. Guy Drew wines and Fenceline ciders are also available. Unlike most beer festivals, this one isn’t a free pour event. 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