by Julia Wright, Festival Coordinator
FILL YOUR LABOR DAY WEEKEND WITH ORIGINAL LOCAL MUSIC, FINE ART AND CONTEMPORARY CRAFTS
Come visit Manitou Springs to “Celebrate the Arts” in many styles and forms at Commonwheel Artists Labor Day Weekend Art Festival. This festival not only features exceptionally beautiful and affordable arts and crafts, it brings together some of the finest original local musicians the Pikes Peak region has to offer. A regional craft brewery rounds out the unique offerings to be found at the art festival this year.
If you enjoy listening to original music, come listen and dance to a variety of talented local musicians on Labor Day Weekend. Sarah Hope, who plays in “Edith”, created another incredible line-up of talented musicians to perform original and uniquely styled music at Commonwheel’s Art Festival.
Take a break from shopping and get motivated to dance to your favorite local band. Put on your dancing shoes to spend a day, or three, dancing and listening to innovative local musicians playing in Manitou Springs.
All three days you can enjoy a variety of musical styles: Jazz, Celtic, Indie, Jazz, Vintage Pop, Rock & Roll, Folk Pop, Gypsy Tango, Classical and much more. Whatever style of music is your favorite, you are likely to find it here.
Saturday starts with the mellow sounds of Alicia Archibald playing and singing musical renditions of pop and jazz standards. She is followed by High Mountain Duet who will be playing their original Folk and Bluegrass music. Then you can enjoy a bit of Gypsy music when Ryan Flores takes the stage. Ending Saturday’s musical line-up is local favorite, “Edith”, formerly known as “Edith Makes a Paper Chain”.
Sunday begins with the First String Classical Trio playing beautiful classical music. Picking up the music pace a bit A Pick, A stick and a Chick plays Jazz standards for an hour then Skean Dubh takes the stage to play lively Celtic music in the afternoon. The Alt Country band, Beans and Wheels takes the stage at 4pm to get you swiging your partner until the festival ends for the day at 5pm.
Ben Pratt starts Monday’s musical offerings by playing his original Aggressive Dinner Music that always fascinates his audience with his unusual, very entertaining style of music. Blue Grass fans of the The Kinnikinkiks know their music is always enjoyable and quite danceable. Mizmar Madness Tribal Belly Dancers will entertain young and old with their mesmerizing movements to traditional tribal music. They are followed by Blue Moll, for an hour of a classic rock with an amazing female lead singer. Mo Mungus plays with Reggae and Calypso music that will get you moving to the groove on Sunday afternoon as this band closes out the musical line-up for this year’s Art Festival.
There are many reasons to spend Labor Day Weekend in Manitou Springs! Engage your imagination by chatting with the artists who created each piece of art displayed in their booths. Relax with fun food while you enjoy great music created by local entertainers. Stimulate your child’s creativity when they join in the fun at the free Kids’ Art Activities Station.
So don’t miss it. Come and enjoy one, or all three days at the Commonwheel Artists Art Festival that fills historic Manitou Springs Memorial Park with beautiful art created by over 120 artisans and and original music.
-Saturday, September 2-
2:00 pm-1:00 pm Alicia Archibald
1:20 pm-2:15 pm High Mountain Duet
2:30 pm-3:40 pm Ryan Flores
4:00 pm-5:00 pm Edith
-Sunday, September 3-
12:00 pm-1:00 pm First String
1:20 pm-2:20 pm A Pick, A Stick & A Chick
2:40 pm-3:40 pm Skean Dubh
4:00 pm-5:00 pm Beans and Wheels
-Monday, September 4-
12:00 pm-12:45 pm Ben Pratt
1:00 pm-1:45 pm The Kininkiniks
2:00 pm-2:20 pm Mizmar Madness
2:00 pm-3:20 pm Blue Moll
3:40 pm-5:00 pm Mo Mungus
Entertainment Coordinator: Sarah Hope
Sound System Provided by: KRCC
Sound Managed by: Thos Lesser
Line-up is subject to change. Find updates on the Website commonwheel.com/festival