Art & Music Festival returns to downtown Grand Junction
WHAT: Art & Music Festival
WHEN: Friday through Sunday, May 9-11
WHERE: Main Street, Downtown Grand Junction
COST: Admission is free
Moms love art. They love music, too.
If you love your mom, why not escort her to Grand Junction’s 25th annual Art & Music Festival (formerly known as Art & Jazz).
Set for Mother’s Day weekend — Friday through Sunday, May 9-11, this Downtown Main Street event is the perfect backdrop for a family celebration or enjoying the company of friends.
(Don’t forget — Mother’s Day is this Sunday.)
“By changing it to Art & Music, rather than Art & Jazz, it opened up a whole realm of possibility for us,” Downtown event organizer Aaron Hoffman said. “We’re still featuring a lot of jazz acts — in similar proportion to last year, really — so jazz lovers have nothing to worry about.”
Musicians scheduled for four stages (three more than last year) include headliners Firefall from Boulder, Colo., Carrie Rodriguez hailing from Austin, Texas, along with Alycia Vince Jazz Quartet, Bobby Walker Blues Band (featuring Dr. Paul Schnieder), Josefina Mendez, Shea Bramer, Ethyl and the Regulars (Denver), and Jordan Soul (Utah). The Main Stage, located at Fourth and Main streets, will host headliners Friday and Saturday evenings. Other locations include Monument Stage at Third and Main streets, Dragon Alley Stage at the 500 block breezeway, and the 4 Tree Alley Stage found in the 600 block breezeway.
“All musical performances are free,” an event news release said. “The multi-stage layout is designed to encourage festival attendees to move along the length of Main Street, browse art, and find the music they want to listen to most.”
Don’t worry, it’s not all music this weekend — food vendors and artists of all types will sell from stalls located throughout Main Street (from Third to Seventh), which will be closed to through traffic for the duration of the event.
Plus, Main Street Art School will once again offer free classes (with a $7 supply fee) for festival attendees, covering water color, ink, jewelry, charcoal, and more. Held by the Grand Valley Art Students League, check in at the Oakley Gallery on Main Street for more information.
Seeking sustenance? Beer and wine will be sold at a “garden” located at Fourth and Main streets, near the Main Stage; offerings include adult beverages from local businesses — Rockslide Brewery & Restaurant, Kannah Creek Brewing Company and Canyon Wine Cellar. Food vendors will also be scattered throughout the event.
This year, don’t forget lawn chairs if you’d like to sit down. Event organizers opted for a free-flowing festival layout, minus the large spread of tables and chairs seen at festivals past.
Please remember — no dogs within downtown’s event boundaries. It’s the law.
To see a full lineup and schedule, visit http://www.downtowngj.org.
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