Art Beat: Escalante Days shines as summer begins to wind down

Summer can be exhausting. There's the farmers market, friends, tubing the river, live music everywhere, the occasional eight hours of sleep, the sporadic chunk of time to sweep the dog hair from the kitchen and to launder the essentials. Then there are peaches, plums and berries, local produce and the monsoon skies' fantastic sunsets.

As summer ends with a green flash, I long for the slowdown of autumn, especially after the Escalante Days and Nights Music Festival in Dolores. More stellar bands than you could shake a stick at and double stages at the Dolores River Brewery. I'm digging the work of Moe Corps and Inner Orbit Productions, who co-produced the event and seem to have their fingers on the pulse of what the music lovers of Montezuma County didn't know they'd been missing.

Teen Nights at the Mancos Public Library

When: Fridays throughout the summer, 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Where: Mancos Public Library

What: The Mancos Public Library will host Teen Nights for kids ages 13 to 19 on Fridays from 7-10 p.m. through the summer. Gaming and maker activities will be available on PS4, XBox, Wii and other platforms. Snacks will be provided; bring proof of age. Call (970) 533-7600 for more information.

The Western Heritage Show

When: July 25 - Aug. 30

Where: Town Gallery in the Mancos Visitor Center

What: After this show, submissions will be accepted for the "Art Takes Flight" exhibit that runs in conjunction with the balloon festival. For information, email Jan Wright at or Marilyn Kroeker at

The Art of Elizabeth Kinahan

When: July 26 - Aug. 30

Where: Olio in Mancos,114 West Grand Avenue Mancos

What: Elizabeth Kinahan is a representational oil painter depicting the flora and fauna of the West. She exposes the soul of each subject, and within it, the soul of mankind. The work thereby creates an implied narrative, with animal as storyteller, where man is at once hero and villain.

Seeking Artists, Craftspeople

The Mancos Valley Arts Council is currently seeking artists/craftspeople to have a booth at the Arts Festival and Street Fair on the Saturday of the Balloon Festival, Sept. 27 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Booth fee is $45. Register with Marianne at the Mancos Chamber by calling (970) 533-7434.

The Mancos Valley Arts Council is seeking artists who would like their contact information included in a Mancos Valley Arts Directory. For more information or to be included in the directory, email Jan Wright at

Mancos Farmers Market

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

Where: Boyle Park

What: The market offers local produce, meats, cheese, arts and crafts. For more information or to sign up as a vendor, call Carrie Baike, (970) 759-2540 or email

Annual Group Show Reception for Southwest Artists Group

When: Friday, Aug. 15, 5-7 p.m.

Where: Cortez Cultural Center

What: The Cortez Cultural Center will host an Artists' Reception for the Southwest Artists Group. Meet the artists and enjoy light refreshment. A variety of styles and mediums will be on display Aug. 4-Aug. 23. More information at


When: Friday, Aug. 15, 8:30 p.m.

Where: Dolores River Brewery

What: AfroZep originated in 2009 with the mission to spread African music to wider audiences while paying tribute to the greatest heavy rock band of all time. Mashing up Fela Kuti, Led Zeppelin, Tinariwen, Thomas Mapfumo and Franco and infusing stripped down Zeppelin arrangements with the pulse of traditional African drumming. More information at $10 cover at the door.

End of Summer Beach Bash with Rob Webster

When: Friday, Aug. 15, 8 p.m. -midnight

Where: Blondie's Trophy Room

What: One-man band Rob Webster returns to Cortez for an end of summer beach bash at Blondies. This is a 21 and over show. No cover. For more information, call (970) 565-4015.

Not Quite Dry

When: Friday, Aug. 22, 8 p.m.-midnight

Where: Blondie's Trophy Room

What: Local rock band Not Quite Dry will performs at Blondies in Cortez. This is a 21 and over show. No cover. For more information, call (970) 565-4015.

Joe King Carrasco

When: Saturday, Aug. 23, 8 p.m.

Where: Dolores River Brewery

What: Known as the king of Tex-Mex rock and roll, Joe King Carrasco creates a stylistic borderland of pop rock and Latin rhythms. His cross-cultural stew blends cumbias, calypso, salsa, surf, reggae and Latin-tinged polkas. More information at $10 cover at the door.

Reach Out Music Fest

When: Saturday, Aug. 23, 2-10 p.m.

Where: Cortez Park

What: The Reach Out Music Fest will feature positive music, great food, and family fun in the Cortez Park. More information is at $5 tickets.

Western Belle House Concert

When: Saturday, Aug. 23, 6-10 p.m.

Where: Contact Kerry Grombacher at for directions

What: The Western Belle will host a potluck supper at 6 p.m. and Kerry Grombacher will perform at 7 p.m. This is a family event and all are welcome. Call (970) 882-1413 for directions and more information. $15 for adults and kids under 16 free.

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