Once again art patrons and music lovers can enjoy one day, or all three, at the Commonwheel Labor Day Art Festival in Manitou Springs. Back for the first time in 2 years at its much-loved Memorial Park.
Commonwheel’s Art Festival not only features beautiful and affordable arts and crafts, it brings together some of the finest original local musicians the Pikes Peak region has to offer.
Come listen and dance to a variety of talented local musicians on Labor Day Weekend. These outdoor mini-concerts are free to enjoy. Sarah Hope, of “Edith Makes a Paper Chain”, has created a unique line-up of talented musicians performing many original and unique styles of music: Jazz, Reggae, Americana, Vintage Pop, Country, Rock, Folk, Bluegrass, Gypsy, Bossa Nova and much more. Whatever style of music you prefer, you’ll find it here.
We’ve set up the park so you can take a break from art shopping and dance to your favorite local band. Be sure to wear your dancing shoes to spend a day, or three, dancing and listening to innovative local musicians playing in Manitou Springs’ Memorial Park.
Food vendors from near and far will be offering a variety of tasty dishes and drinks. And a local craft brewery will top off the unique offerings to be found at this year’s art festival.
We’re starting the weekend with Ryan Flores (of Moonhoney) Latin guitar to get your mojo moving. “Barrel House String Band” and “Woodshed Red” liven up the middle of Saturday’s music schedule with Bluegrass and Americana tunes.
A couple of favorite dancing bands including “Wild Hares” followed by “Rough Age” will be playing music to get you moving to the groove on Sunday afternoon.
The Festival’s music lineup includes many local favorites including “Me and Julio” and “Tiny Chariots”. On Monday afternoon, “Mo Mungus” will close the Art Festival with Reggae.
This Labor Day weekend, make plans to visit Manitou Springs and “Celebrate the Arts” in its many styles and forms!
Walk into an artist’s booth and engage your imagination by chatting with the person who created each piece of art displayed.
Stimulate your child’s creativity as they join in the fun creating masks and other art projects at the free Kids’ Art Activities Booth.
Check out our website: www.commonwheel.com/festival, where you can discover an updated music schedule, which artists will be displaying, parking and transportation recommendations, and menus describing what will be on offer in the food court.
Admission is always free to Commonwheel’s 41st Labor Day Art Festival!
2015 Festival Entertainment Schedule (Line-up is subject to change. Check for updates at www.Commonwheel.com/Festival.)
Saturday Sept 5th
10:00-11:00 am - Ryan Flores (Of Moonhoney: Gypsy, Latin Folk)
11:15 am-12:15 pm - A Pick, A Stick and A Chick (Jazz)
12:30-1:30 pm – Eric Roberts (Bossa Nova)
1:45-2:45 pm - Barrel Street String Band (Bluegrass, Country, Folk)
3:00-4:00 pm - Woodshed Red (Blue Grass, Americana)
4:15-5:00 pm – Blue Frog (New Grass, Rock, Americana)
Sunday Sept 6th
10:00-11:00 am - First String (Classical & Tango)
11:15 am-12:00 pm - Trisha Parish (Singer, Songwriter)
12:15-12:45 pm - Wild Hares (Rock)
1:00-2:00 pm - Rough Age (Alt Pop)
2:15-3:15 pm - Redraw the Farm (Americana)
3:30-5:00 pm - Family Elephant (Alt Country, Bluegrass, Roots Rock)
Monday Sept 7th
10:00-11:00 am - Lyndsay & Jeremy Facknitz (Singer, Songwriters)
11:15 am-12:15 pm - Tiny Chariots (Alt Folk)
12:30-1:00 pm - Mizmar Madness
1:00 pm-2:00 pm - Me and Julio (Latin)
2:15-3:15 - Whitesell & Braithwaite (Harmonic Pop Classic & Originals)
3:30-5:00 pm - Mo Mungus (Rock Steady, Reggae)
Entertainment Coordinator: Sarah Hope
Sound System Provided by KRCC
Sound Managed by Thos Lesser
By Julia Wright, Festival Coordinator