The greatest show on the Western Slope |

The greatest show on the Western Slope

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CARBONDALE Mountain Fair is transporting festival attendees to a Moroccan oasis this year.At least it may seem that way.Organizers have improved the event’s Oasis tent an area featuring Middle Eastern dancers, a sitar player and circus arts performer, to name a few with more space, worldly decor, and overstuffed pillows on which to recline.”It’s going to be more of an intimate type of environment, it’s just a different vibe,” said Monica Muniz, a Mountain Fair volunteer and performer with the Masri Nar Middle Eastern dance troupe. “There will be rugs, chairs and pillows to sit on more of a Moroccan-café feel.”Muniz and her fusion tribe members dance from 7-9 p.m. today and Saturday in the Oasis tent. Festivalgoers should expect an awe-inspiring show, she said. “We’ll be doing mostly Middle Eastern dance, and there’s going to be some tribal fusion,” Muniz said. “Some of the dancers will be balancing swords, some doing veil work. There will also be fire spinning.”

Along with Middle Eastern dance, Oasis plays host to Stephan Miks on the sitar from 6:30-7 p.m. today; a hula hoop competition with Betty Hoops from 12:151:15 p.m. Saturday; Jammin’ Jim’s circus arts from 3:30-4:45 p.m. Saturday and 4:30-5:30 p.m. Sunday; and a capoeira (Brazilian martial arts) demonstration from 5-6 p.m. Saturday. A poi twirling workshop, clogging instruction, fiddle camp, and Music Together with Annie Flynn for the kids are also distinctive activities taking place in the improved Oasis tent.”We have such a wealth of talented dancers and performers in this valley that it seemed like a natural growth to improve Oasis from what we had last year,” Mountain fair music director Amy Kimberly said. “The energy for Oasis has come from the dancers themselves.”Kimberly said the tent hosts plenty of family-friendly events throughout Saturday and Sunday. The magic really starts to happen as the sun begins to set, she said.”During the day, there are a lot of kids’ activities. In the evenings is when it transforms,” she said. “There’s more of a Middle Eastern feel, and there’s such a diverse audience. Last year I was looking around at the audience and everyone was captivated.”Muniz and Kimberly hope this year’s lineup will be even more alluring.Contact April E. Clark: 945-8515, ext.

• Steve Skinner and the Natives, funky rock ‘n’ roll, 5:15-6:30 p.m. today• Adult limbo contest, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Saturday• Women’s wood-splitting championship, 6-7 p.m. Saturday• Adult hula hoop competition, 2:15-2:45 p.m. Sunday• 8traC, funky rock and soul, 7-8:30 p.m. Sunday

• Tune in to KDNK for the live broadcast of the 35th annual Carbondale Mountain Fair, starting today and continuing through Sunday night. Hear great rock music from a variety of music genres, coverage of the wood splitting championships, and more. KDNK can be heard at 88.1 in Glenwood Springs, Carbondale, Rifle, Silt and New Castle, 88.3 in Aspen and Snowmass Village, 88.5 in Basalt and Redstone, and 94.7 in Old Snowmass.

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