Downtown festival gets makeover with changes on the music side

Carrie Rodriguez is one of the headliners for the Downtown Art and Music Festival set for May 9–11.


Art and Music Festival Lineup

Look for these musicians performing on the festival’s four stages:

■ Friday, May 9: 4–5 p.m., Bobby Walker with Paul Schneider, Alycia Vince Jazz Quartet; 5–7 p.m., Carrie Rodriguez; 7–8 p.m., Bobby Walker with Paul Schneider, Alycia Vince Jazz Quartet, Shea Bramer; 8–10 p.m., Firefall

■ Saturday, May 10: 1–2:30 p.m., Grand Junction High School Jazz Band, Colorado Mesa University Jazz Band; 2:30–3:30 p.m. and 4–5 p.m., Bobby Walker with Paul Schneider; 3:30–5 p.m., Jordan Soul, Josefina Mendez; 5–7 p.m., Ethyl and The Regulars; 7–8 p.m., Bobby Walker with Paul Schneider, Jordan Soul, Josefina Mendez; 8–10 p.m., Carrie Rodriguez.

■ Sunday, May 11: 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., local music showcase; 12:30–2:30 p.m., open mic auditions for Downtown Farmers Market.

Change has come to this year’s downtown Art and Music Festival, with an emphasis on music.

Formerly known as the Art and Jazz Festival, this year’s event is set for Friday through Sunday, May 9–11, on Main Street. Art and music lovers will see a new multi-stage layout, “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,” according to a news release.

Headliners for the festival are Firefall from Boulder, which is known for its hits “You Are The Woman” and “Just Remember I Love You,” and Austin, Texas, singer Carrie Rodriguez, labeled “the hardest-working woman in American roots music,” by The Huffington Post.

There will be four unique stages spread along the length of Main Street, from Third Street to Seventh Street. The main stage, at Fourth and Main streets, will feature headline acts on Friday and Saturday evenings. The three additional stages will be at Third and Main streets, in the 500 block breezeway, and at the 600 block breezeway, and musicians will perform throughout the festival.

Because of the stage layout, tables and chairs will not provided, so be sure to bring a lawn chair or folding chair.

Artist booths, featuring the work of local, regional and national fine artists, artisans and demonstrating artists, will line Main Street. The main beer and wine garden, at Fourth and Main streets, will pour beer from The Rockslide and Budweiser and three unique local “47-Ten” series wines from Canyon Wind Cellars. At the auxiliary stages, Canyon Wind Cellars wines will be available along with Kannah Creek and Budweiser drinks.

Look for The Main Street Art School, conducted by Oakley Gallery and the Grand Valley Art Students League, offering free beginner semi-private lessons in design, color theory, alcohol ink, watercolor, pastel, acrylics, bead jewelry and charcoal. There is a $7 supply fee. Register in person at the Oakley Gallery. 

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