Moab Music Festival offers variety over 12 days

With 12 days of chamber music, Latin grooves and songs from many traditions, the Moab Music Festival is back for its 21st season from Thursday, Aug. 29, through Monday, Sept. 9, in Moab, Utah.

The festival will begin with the first of three Grotto Benefit Concerts at noon Thursday, Aug. 29. Grotto concerts feature a boat trip down the Colorado River to a cavernous red rock wilderness, where audiences hear classical music in the natural canyon setting.

The opening night concert on Friday, Aug. 30, will take place at the historic and recently renovated Star Hall in Moab. The majority of the festival’s other concerts will take place at Star Hall, Red Cliffs Lodge and the Sorrel River Ranch on Utah Highway 128.

The free annual Labor Day Rocky Mountain Power Family Picnic Concert will be Monday, Sept. 2, in Old City Park. The concert takes a look at the American song heritage of the last 300 years, including traditional folk songs and more.

Two Music Hikes will be offered, which entail a short hike to a secluded natural concert hall.

If 12 days of music aren’t enough, join the four-day, three-night custom Colorado River raft adventure that begins with the festival’s closing evening and final Grotto Concert. Along with the trip’s intimate concerts performed by world class musicians in the river setting, a local naturalist will join the expedition to lead a series of short, scenic hikes as well as provide insight into the history and spectacular geology of Canyon Country.

The festival schedule, ticket prices and information are at moabmusicfest.org. The box office can be reached at 435-259-7003.


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