Art Beat: Plenty of art and music to go around

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Jamie Becktel

Music. Art. Music. Art. Music. Art. We've got a fair amount of both around these parts and should feel mighty lucky.

If you haven't danced to the Moetones, put on your boots and check them out.

And congratulations to the residents of Mancos for being selected a candidate of the Colorado Creative District program.

High-fives all around for the beautification efforts and for the overall charming face of our wonderful home.

Here's a lineup of the art, music and dance for the next two weeks.

Mancos Farmers Market

When: Every Thursday afternoon from June 26 through Sept. 25, 4:30-6:30 p.m.

What: Local produce, meats, cheese, arts and crafts

Info: www.mancoscolorado.com

Exhibition by Watercolorist Jan Wright

Where: Mesa Verde National Park's Far View Lodge Lounge

What: Jan's work is in its sixth consecutive year on display at the Lodge.

Info: www.butterflyvisions.com or Artisans of Mancos (101 Grand Avenue, Mancos, CO)

Sketches, prints by Mesa Verde Artist in Residence Jean Barnes Downs

Where: Cortez Cultural Center through July 12

Info: www.solitudestudio.com

Chimney Choir at the Dolores River Brewery

When: Wednesday, July 2 at 8 p.m.

Cost: $5

What: "Denver-based Chimney Choir is more than just a group of talented multi-instrumentalists looking to evoke an old-timey sound. They are an artistic oddity; a unique, homemade collage of sound. Their roots are laced deep in the soil of Americana and folk, though, the character of their melodic folk sound hinges largely on a skillful balancing of freaky vocal interplay with computer synths, traditional acoustics and kitchen sink percussion." - Flagstaff LIVE (March, 2013)

Info: www.doloresriverbrewery.com

Fourth of July Red, White, Black and Blue Show at Blondie's Trophy Room

What: Featuring Arsenic Kitchen, The Burnouts and The Ramoetones

When: Friday, July 4 starting at 9 p.m.

Cost: $5

All ages are welcome!

Info: www.blondiestrophyroom.com

Jeffrey Foucault at the Dolores River Brewery

When: Thursday, July 10, at 8 p.m.

Cost: $10 cover

What: Longtime disciple of the rich and strange music that sings behind the American veil, Western Massachusetts-based Foucault has spent the last decade mining the darker seams of country and blues, producing a string of spare and elemental albums of rare power while garnering accolades across the United States and overseas for a tersely elegant brand of songwriting.

Info: www.doloresriverbrewery.com

Mancos Valley Arts Council "Western Heritage Show"

When: Artist Reception Friday, July 11, from 5 to 7 p.m. The show runs through Mancos Days

Where: Located at the Town Gallery at the Mancos Visitors Center

Info: www.mancosarts.org

Mesa Verde Artist in Residence, Jill Haley Performs at Cortez Cultural Center

When: Saturday, July 12, at 7 p.m.

Where: Cortez Cultural Center Plaza

Info: www.cortezculturalcenter.org

Montezuma Acoustic Trust at the Mancos Valley Distillery

When: Saturday, July 12. Doors open 6 p.m., music begins at 8 p.m.

Cost: $3 cover

What: Montezuma Acoustic Trust, a trio comprised of Glenn Smith (vocals/guitar), Andy Hutchinson (vocals/banjo) and Jack Talmadge (standup bass) preserves and performs rural acoustic music in this area. Montezuma Acoustic Trust performs live on KSJD, Wednesday, July 9, at 6:30 p.m.

Info: www.facebook.com/mancosvallelydistillery

Anthony Leon and the Chain at the Dolores River Brewery

When: Saturday, July 12 at 8 p.m.

Cost: $5

What: Anthony Leon and The Chain's songs have the ability to truly touch their listeners. They write of love lost and found, life's rewards and regrets, and the search for truth, purpose and meaning in what may sometimes appear to be a meaningless world. They're not afraid to sing about sin and redemption - about real human feelings and behavior.

Info: www.doloresriverbrewery.com

Free Outdoor Performance of Mesa Verde Inspired Music

By 2013 Artist in Residence, Jill Haley

When: Sunday, July 13 at 7 p.m.

Where: Morefield Amphitheater

What: Returning to the park for one night, Jill will share the stirring music she composed during her residency. Playing the oboe and the English Horn, she is accompanied by guitarist David Cullen and pianist Lillian Wakeley.

Info: www.jillhaley.com

Fourth Annual "Sharing the 81328 Perspective"

What: A community photo show and the Cowboy Photo Booth. This year's theme is "The Cat's Meow."

When: Saturday, July 26 and Sunday, July 27

Info: www.mancosarts.org

Happy summer to you and please email any information regarding creative happenings in and around our little Mancos town. Contact Jaime Becktel at Jaime.Becktel@gmail.com or www.JaimeBecktel@wordpress.org.