Art and Music Festival teams up with Grand Junction Off-Road for one large event |

Art and Music Festival teams up with Grand Junction Off-Road for one large event

Brittany Markert
Downtown Grand Junction will host its annual Art and Music festival Friday through Sunday, May 29-31.
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WHAT: Art and Music Festival

WHEN: Friday and Saturday, May 29-30

WHERE: Main Street, Downtown Grand Junction

COST: Free



All musical events will be held in downtown Grand Junction along Main Street.

Friday Main Stage (4th & Main)

5:30-7:30 p.m. Changing Lanes Experience

8:30-10 p.m. Big Sam’s Funky Nation

Friday Crosstrek Stage (600 block breezeway)

2-3 p.m. Destinee Reed

3:30-4:30 p.m. Shotgun Hodown

5-6 p.m. Zolopht

6:30-7:30 p.m. Williams Brothers Band

Friday Outback Stage (500 block breezeway)

1:30-2:30 p.m. Bobby Walker

3-4 p.m. Ethyl & The Regulars

4:30-5:30 p.m. Ethyl & The Regulars

6-7 p.m. Doug Simons Band

7:30-8:30 p.m. Doug Simons Band

Friday Forester Stage (3rd & Main)

1-2 p.m. Wrong Impressions

2:30-3:30 p.m. Stray Grass

4:30- 5:30 p.m Stray Grass

Saturday Main Stage (4th & Main)

3-4 p.m. Changing Lanes Experience

4:30-5:30 p.m. Changing Lanes Experience

6- 7:30 p.m. Stray Grass

8-10 p.m. Shakey Graves

Saturday Crosstrek Stage (600 block breezeway)

1-2 p.m. Ruby Horsethief

2:30-3:30 p.m. We Speak Imaginese

4-5 p.m. Tight Thump

5:30-6:30 p.m. Williams Brothers Band

7-8 p.m. Williams Brother Band

Saturday Outback Stage (500 block breezeway)

12:30-1:30 p.m. Russ Chapman

2-3 p.m. Kipori “Baby Wolf” Woods

3:30-4:30 p.m. Doug Simons Band

5- 6 p.m. Bobby Walker

6:30-7:30 p.m. Bobby Walker

Saturday Forester Stage (3rd & Main)

11-12:30 p.m. Ethyl & The Regulars

1-2 p.m. Tony Rosario

Grand Junction, Colo. — Art and music lovers, unite! Downtown Grand Junction’s longtime Art + Music Festival is planned Friday and Saturday, May 29-30.

Since reformatting from the Art and Jazz Festival, which ran for more than 30 years, there has been another major change to the event — the date!

According to event organizers, the festival was moved from Mother’s Day weekend to the last weekend in May to coincide with the Grand Junction Off-Road mountain bike race and expo. Better weather in late spring was an added bonus to the move.

“What’s cool is that it’s a free event,” said Allison Blevins, Downtown Grand Junction’s interim marking and communication manager. “There aren’t many free music festivals at this high caliber. It’s pretty special.”

The event will feature more than 50 local, regional and national vendors as well as more than 15 local and national musicians performing. Vendor booths will open Friday, May 29, from noon to 8 p.m.; Saturday, May 30, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Four stages will be set up throughout downtown Grand Junction’s Main Street between Third and Sixth streets.

Music will begin at 1 p.m. on Friday, May 29, and it will continue until 10 p.m. The headliner on Friday at 8 p.m. is Big Sam’s Funky Nation, a jazz/funk band from New Orleans. Shakey Graves , an Americana musician from Austin, Texas, will headline on Saturday, May 30. He will also take stage at 8 p.m. Local bands playing throughout the weekend include Zolopht, Williams Brothers Band, Straygrass, We Speak Imaginese, and Tight Thump.

Event organizers encourage all to check out Main Street’s Art on the Corner installation.

“What’s rare is we have a beer garden that spreads four full blocks,” said Robin Brown, an event organizer.

Event organizers expect more than 8,000 visitors, which are mostly local.

“I encourage people to come out and try something new and different,” Brown said. “This event could end up being a destination festival for many.”

Per a city ordinance, please leave your pets at home during the events.

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