If you haven't danced to the Moetones, put on your boots and check them out.
And congratulations to the residents of Mancos for being selected a candidate of the Colorado Creative District program.
High-fives all around for the beautification efforts and for the overall charming face of our wonderful home.
Here's a lineup of the art, music and dance for the next two weeks.
Mancos Farmers Market
When: Every Thursday afternoon from June 26 through Sept. 25, 4:30-6:30 p.m.
What: Local produce, meats, cheese, arts and crafts
Exhibition by Watercolorist Jan Wright
Where: Mesa Verde National Park's Far View Lodge Lounge
What: Jan's work is in its sixth consecutive year on display at the Lodge.
Info: www.butterflyvisions.com or Artisans of Mancos (101 Grand Avenue, Mancos, CO)
Sketches, prints by Mesa Verde Artist in Residence Jean Barnes Downs
Where: Cortez Cultural Center through July 12
Chimney Choir at the Dolores River Brewery
When: Wednesday, July 2 at 8 p.m.
What: "Denver-based Chimney Choir is more than just a group of talented multi-instrumentalists looking to evoke an old-timey sound. They are an artistic oddity; a unique, homemade collage of sound. Their roots are laced deep in the soil of Americana and folk, though, the character of their melodic folk sound hinges largely on a skillful balancing of freaky vocal interplay with computer synths, traditional acoustics and kitchen sink percussion." - Flagstaff LIVE (March, 2013)
Fourth of July Red, White, Black and Blue Show at Blondie's Trophy Room
What: Featuring Arsenic Kitchen, The Burnouts and The Ramoetones
When: Friday, July 4 starting at 9 p.m.
All ages are welcome!
Jeffrey Foucault at the Dolores River Brewery
When: Thursday, July 10, at 8 p.m.
Cost: $10 cover
What: Longtime disciple of the rich and strange music that sings behind the American veil, Western Massachusetts-based Foucault has spent the last decade mining the darker seams of country and blues, producing a string of spare and elemental albums of rare power while garnering accolades across the United States and overseas for a tersely elegant brand of songwriting.
Mancos Valley Arts Council "Western Heritage Show"
When: Artist Reception Friday, July 11, from 5 to 7 p.m. The show runs through Mancos Days
Where: Located at the Town Gallery at the Mancos Visitors Center
Mesa Verde Artist in Residence, Jill Haley Performs at Cortez Cultural Center
When: Saturday, July 12, at 7 p.m.
Where: Cortez Cultural Center Plaza
Montezuma Acoustic Trust at the Mancos Valley Distillery
When: Saturday, July 12. Doors open 6 p.m., music begins at 8 p.m.
Cost: $3 cover
What: Montezuma Acoustic Trust, a trio comprised of Glenn Smith (vocals/guitar), Andy Hutchinson (vocals/banjo) and Jack Talmadge (standup bass) preserves and performs rural acoustic music in this area. Montezuma Acoustic Trust performs live on KSJD, Wednesday, July 9, at 6:30 p.m.
Anthony Leon and the Chain at the Dolores River Brewery
When: Saturday, July 12 at 8 p.m.
What: Anthony Leon and The Chain's songs have the ability to truly touch their listeners. They write of love lost and found, life's rewards and regrets, and the search for truth, purpose and meaning in what may sometimes appear to be a meaningless world. They're not afraid to sing about sin and redemption - about real human feelings and behavior.
Free Outdoor Performance of Mesa Verde Inspired Music
By 2013 Artist in Residence, Jill Haley
When: Sunday, July 13 at 7 p.m.
Where: Morefield Amphitheater
What: Returning to the park for one night, Jill will share the stirring music she composed during her residency. Playing the oboe and the English Horn, she is accompanied by guitarist David Cullen and pianist Lillian Wakeley.
Fourth Annual "Sharing the 81328 Perspective"
What: A community photo show and the Cowboy Photo Booth. This year's theme is "The Cat's Meow."
When: Saturday, July 26 and Sunday, July 27
Happy summer to you and please email any information regarding creative happenings in and around our little Mancos town. Contact Jaime Becktel at Jaime.Becktel@gmail.com or www.JaimeBecktel@wordpress.org.