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Colorado Trail Jamboree takes off
Brotherhood of Groove returns What: A performance from the New Orleans funk band
Music in the Mountains kicks off

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Free baby yoga will be offered at 9:30 a.m. at Pediatric Associates of Durango in Rivergate. 259-7337 for details.

A children’s hike “Kids Walk the Trail” takes place at 2 p.m. at Mancos State Park. Participants should meet at the Mancos State Park Vista Trailhead. 533-7065 for details.

Ethel Schwartz, a long-time human rights, civil rights and political activist, addresses a 5 p.m. fund-raiser for the Joelle Riddle for County Commissioner Campaign. The event takes place at the Rochester Hotel patio, 726 E. Second Ave. 759-7377 for details.

The dedication for the new Dalla Mountain Park will be held at 5:30 p.m. two miles west of Main Avenue on 25th Street at the base of Animas Mountain. 375-3700 for details.

Durango Motorless Transit sponsors a group trail run for all levels on Lion’s Den/College Loop. Interested runners should meet at the Chapman Hill parking lot at 6 p.m. 382-8005 for details.

Ultimate Frisbee takes place at the Miller Middle School football field at 6 p.m. 375-7313 for details.

The Badly Bent brings its high-energy, traditional bluegrass to the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College at 6:30 p.m. The concert is part of the Free Summer Concert Series. 247-7657 for details.

Jack Ellis plays Scoot ‘n Blues, 900 Main Ave. at 8 p.m. Lisa Blue and Brant Leeper play at 7:30 p.m. in the Sidecar Jazz Lounge. 259-1400 for details.

Singer Mark Berenson plays the Columbine Bar in Mancos at 8 p.m. 533-7397 for details.

Durango Joe’s, 732 E. College, presents Open Mic Night from 8: 30-11 p.m. Sign-ups for music and poetry begin at 8:30 p.m. 375-2121 for details.

The Lost Dog, 1150 Main Ave., spins a club mix for Service Industry Night beginning at 9 p.m. 259-0430 for details.

DJs Spark Madden and Bethany spin for Pint Night at Steamworks, 801 E. Second Ave., at 10 p.m. 259-9200 for details.



Steamworks, 801 E. Second Ave., hosts BLU Friday from 3-6 p.m. with downtempo grooves and a keg giveaway. A poetry slam with guest DJs takes place at 10:30 p.m. 259-9200 for details.

Direct from Louisiana, Lil’ Brian and the Zydeco Travelers perform at Scoot ‘n Blues, 900 Main Ave., with shows at 5:30 & 8:30 p.m.  The Jeff Solon Group plays in the Sidecar Lounge at 8 p.m. 259-1400 for details.

Singer songwriter Pete Giuliani performs at Serious Texas Bar-B-Q-South, from 5-9 p.m.

DJ Elbeau spins “chilled house” music from 6 – 10 p.m. at Jean Pierre Wine Bar, 601 Main Ave.

The High Rollers play at the Wild Horse Saloon, 601 E. Second Ave. The evening includes dance lessons from 7-9 p.m. 375-2568 for details.

DJ Mowgli spins a club mix at the Lost Dog, 1150 Main Ave., beginning at 9 p.m. 259-0430 for details.

The Swing Rays play at the Billy Goat Saloon, located on U.S. Highway 160 in Gem Village, at 9 p.m. 884-9155 for details.



The Durango Farmers Market meets in the First National Bank of Durango parking lot, 259 W. Ninth St., from 8 a.m.-noon. for details.

Volunteers are needed to help with the Freeman Park Trail rerouting in the Missionary Ridge Fire burn area near Vallecito. Meals and tools will be provided. To register and get more information, go to or call (303) 715-1010.

The Four Corners Rose Society needs volunteers to work on the city rose garden in front of the 9-R Administration Building, 201 E. 12th St., from 9 a.m. to noon. Bring gardening tools and food for a picnic afterwards. 247-0813 for details.

Boot Camp for New Dads takes place from 1-4 p.m. for fathers expecting a baby in the next 6 months or fathers of 1 to 4 year olds. 759-5932 to register.

Codi Jameson will be singing contemporary campfire and folk songs at 8 p.m. at Mancos State Park Amphitheater. 533-7065 for details.

Dave Mensch, Steve Dejka and Mike Kornelson, of Formula 151, play at the West Side Tavern, 117 W. College Dr., (formerly Solids) from 6-9 p.m. 247-9151 for details.

The Durango International Folk Dancers gather at 6:30 p.m. on the third floor of the Smiley Building, 1309 E. Third Ave. The public is welcome. 247-4136 for details.

Acclaimed mystery authors Virginia Swift, Kathy Brandt and Blake Crouch discuss their latest books from 7-9 p.m. at the Cortez Public Library for “Mystery on Park Street.” The event is a fund-raiser for the library. 565-8117 for details.

Sound Advice, a jazz quintet, plays at 8 p.m. at the Columbine Bar in Mancos. 533-7397 for details.

Durango DOT Comedy presents “Service With a Smile” at 8 p.m. at the Durango Arts Center. You choose the games. You choose the actors. We provide the funny and $1 Skas. 259-6004 for details.

Staboola Mcpet Quintet (Durango’s hottest Latin jazz) plays Scoot ‘n Blues, 900 Main Ave., at 8:30 p.m. Harmonious Monk plays the Sidecar Jazz Lounge at 8 p.m. 259-1400 for details.

Steamworks, 801 E. Second Ave., hosts Ladies Night. 259-9200 for details.

DJ Mowgli spins at the Lost Dog, 1150 Main Ave., at 9 p.m. 259-0430 for details.

A DJ spins at the Wild Horse Saloon, 601 E. Second Ave., at 9 p.m. 375-2568 for details.

The Lawn Chair Kings with special guests Freeman Social play the Summit, 600 Main Ave., at 9:30 p.m. 247-2324 for details.4



Music in the Mountains kicks off with“Music on the Mesa,” an opening benefit dinner and concert, at 4:30 p.m. at Mesa Verde National Park. Visit for details.

Singer-songwriter Joel Racheff plays from 7-11 p.m. at The Office Spiritorium, 699 Main Ave. 



The Women’s Resource Center will be holding a kick-off party for “Run with Purpose” from 7:30 a.m. to 5: 30 p.m. at Bank of the San Juans’ north branch, 1710 Main Ave., featuring goodies and fitness advice. Run with Purpose is a fund-raiser for the WRC held in conjunction with the Durango Double on Oct. 7-8. The first 50 people to sign up get a free pedometer. 247-1242 for details.

An Iron Kids Triathlon Clinic takes place from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at the Durango Community Recreation Center.  Free to all children registered for the Iron Kids Triathlon (July 22). 375-7313 for details.

Legendary guitarust and singer Leo Kottke plays the Famrington Civic Center at 7:30 p.m. (877) 599-3331 for details.

Music in the Mountains continues with Golden Recital, a conservatory faculty concert, at 7:30 p.m. at FLC’s Roshong Recital Hall. Visit for details.

The Asa Fire Tribe gives a fire-dancing performance at Trimble Hot Springs beginning at dusk. 247-0111 for details.

Singer-songwriter Terry Rickard plays El Patio, 600 Main Ave., beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Singer songwriter Tim Guidotti plays from 7-11 p.m. at The Office Spiritorium, 699 Main Ave. 

An open-level Latin/Salsa Dance Party takes place at 8 p.m. at the Durango Recreation Center, 2700 Main Ave. No partner necessary. 903-9402 for details.



The Jeff Solon Jazz Group performs on the patio at the Cyprus Café, 725 E. Second Ave., from 6-9 p.m. 385-6884 for details.

Ultimate Frisbee takes place at Miller Middle School football field at 6 p.m. 375-7313 for details.

Singer-songwriter Joel Racheff plays a 6 p.m. show at El Patio, 600 Main Ave.

The Summit, 600 Main Ave., presents open mic night from 7 p.m.-midnight. 247-2324 for details.

Music in the Mountains continues with Dueling Violins, featuring Vadim Gluzman and Philippe Quint, at 7 p.m. in the Festival Tent at Durango Mountain Resort. Visit for details.

Singer-songwriter Nina Sasaki plays at 7:30 p.m. in the Sidecar Jazz Lounge at Scoot ‘n Blues, 900 Main Ave. 259-1400 for details.

Tuesday Trivia takes place at Lady Falconburgh’s, 640 Main Ave., at 8 p.m. 382-9664.



An Iron Kids Triathlon Clinic takes place from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at the Durango Community Recreation Center.  Free to all children registered for the Iron Kids Triathlon (July 22).  Attend either session.  375-7313 for details.

Trails 2000 hosts a trail work on Animas Mountain from 4-8 p.m. Volunteers should meet at the W. Fourth Ave. trailhead, sign in, grab a tool and hike up the trail to the work area. Visit for details.

Singer songwriter Tim Guidotti plays at El Patio, 600 Main Ave., starting at 5 p.m.

The Jeff Solon Jazz Group performs on the patio at the Cyprus Café, 725 E. Second Ave., from 6-9 p.m. 385-6884 for details.

Music in the Mountains takes Dueling Violins to the Bootjack Ranch, in Pagosa Springs, at 7 p.m. Visit for details.

An open-level Swing Dance Party takes place at 8 p.m. at the Durango Recreation Center. No partner necessary. 903-9402 for details.

Joel’s, 119 W. 8th St., hosts “Underground Lounge” with DJ Claytanik spinning music for Ladies Night. 385-0430 for details.

New Orleans’ Brotherhood of Groove plays Scoot ‘n Blues, 900 Main Ave., at 10 p.m. 259-1400 for details.



Durango Arts Center’s new “Paint Bar” is open Fridays and Saturdays from  9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Paper, paints, palettes and brushes are supplied. Paint Bar Happy Hour takes place Tuesday from 5 to 7 p.m. 259-2606 for details.

San Juan Mountains Association is in need of volunteers to help rehab and re-vegetate impacted sites in the Needle Creek drainage backcountry from July 13–19. Registration is required.  Visit or call 385-1242  for details.

The Hardrock 100, one of the world’s most challenging foot races, takes place July 14-16 in the San Juan Mountains surrounding Silverton. To complete the Hardrock, athletes must run elevation gains comparable to climbing from sea level to the top of Mt. Everest and back again. This year’s course will be run in a clockwise direction through Telluride, Ouray, near Lake City and return to Silverton. Visit for details.

The Diamond Circle Melodrama will be presenting “Rags to Riches” on odd dates and “Four-legged Fortune” on even dates through Aug. 31. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and shows start at 8 p.m. nightly except Tuesdays. 247-3400 for details.

The Southwest Colorado Peace and Justice Coalition holds peace vigils every Friday from 5 to 6 p.m. at the corner of Main Avenue and 11th Street. Signs  available or bring your own. 259-4185 for details.

The Durango Arts Center, 802 E. Second Ave., features the works of Adele Kurtz and Bradley Kachnowicz in “Layered Perceptions.” Adele’s perceptions, layered in mixed media, focus primarily on the human condition, while Bradley takes on nature’s creatures and creations in acrylic and oil paint. DAC also presents the “Recycled Exhibit” in the Barbara Conrad Gallery displaying recycled artwork by more than a dozen artists who have given new meaning and life to found objects. Local artists Chet Anderson and Mary Ellen Long will display photographs and mixed media in the DAC Art Library. 259-2606.

The Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College, continues to screen “A Prairie Home Companion.” Director Robert Altman and writer Garrison Keillor join forces with an all-star cast to create a comic backstage fable about a fictitious radio variety show that has managed to survive in the age of 4

television. The film shows most nights at 3: 15, 7 & 9:15 p.m. with a 1 p.m. matinee on Saturdays and Sundays. The Abbey is also showing the new edition of the “Spirit of the Southwest.” The program is a story of the wilderness and culture in the Four Corners region, both past and future, and shows at 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. 385-1711 for details.

Oakhaven Permaculture Center offers a 5-day Kid Fest Summer Camp beginning July 17. Children learn science knowledge and foundations while they explore the natural world in beautiful La Plata Canyon. 259-5445 or camps.htm for reservations.

“Select Works” shows at the Shy Rabbit gallery in Pagosa Springs with artists: Susan Andersen (Marsan), mixed media; D. Michael Coffee, ceramics and monoprints; Sarah Comerford, painting; Ron Fundingsland, intaglio printmaking; Deborah Gorton, mixed media; Shaun Martin, painting; Al Olson, photography; Lisa Pedolsky, ceramics; and Kate Petley, resin on acrylic panels. 731-2766 for details.  

Free, guided naturalist hikes take place at Durango Mountain Resort from 10 a.m.-noon on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. The hikes are sponsored by the San Juan Mountains Association, San Juan Public Lands and DMR and run through Sept. 2. 385-1210 for details.


The limited-edition work of Durango photographer John Sfondilias is on display at the Durango Coffee Co., 730 Main Ave., throughout the month of July. 779-0399 for details.

The Adaptive Sports Association offers summer activities, including whitewater rafting, flatwater canoeing and kayaking, fishing and other activities for people with disabilities throughout the summer. Programs are open to all ages and disabilities, and friends and family are encouraged to participate. For more information or a list of activities, visit or call 259-0374.

Durango BMX hosts races every Sunday (weather permitting) with sign ups from 1 to 2 p.m., and gate practices take place every Tuesday from 5:30 p.m. to dusk. Visit for details.  

The Center of Southwest Studies hosts the Mesa Verde Centennial exhibit featuring 11 sections on a variety of themes, including archaeology, rock art (with Hopi interpretation), fire, park ranger life, Navajo stone masonry, pottery (both ancient and contemporary) and tourism bring the story to life. The exhibit will run through late October. 247-7456 for details

The Children’s Museum, 802 E. Second Ave., hosts the dinosaur exhibit, “Now You’re in Their World.” There will be many hands-on activities, fine motor and gross motor fun, “Dinosaur Ridge” and extinction dioramas. Workshops are available anytime during museum hours and include dinosaur stuffed animals, dinosaur face masks and alphabet coloring dinosaurs. 259-9234 for details.

Johnny Maddox plays ragtime piano at the Diamond Belle Saloon, 699 Main Ave., nightly at 5:30 p.m. except on Sundays. The Blue Moon Ramblers play free bluegrass at the Diamond Belle on Sundays at 5:30 p.m. 375-7150 for details.



Colorado author and photographer Stephan Trimble will present his latest book, Lasting Light- 125 years of Grand Canyon Photography on Fri., July 21, 7-8 p.m. at Maria’s Bookshop. 247-1438 for details.

Mancos State Park will show “The History of the Scarlet West,” Fri., July 21, at 7:30p.m. 533-7065 for details.

The Iron Kids Triathlon, a USAT Sanctioned Event, is scheduled for July 22. 375-7313 for details.

Chromo cloth weaver Jeanette Pike, artist in residence at the Aspen Guard Station, will hold an open house from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 385-1219 for details.

The 12th annual Chimney Rock Native American Cultural gathering, featuring traditional singers and dancers from the pueblos of Hopi, Acoma, Laguna, Zuni and San Juan Felipe, as well as Aztec and Jicarilla Apache Dancers will perform at 11 a.m.  and 4 p.m. July 22 and 23 at Chimney Rock.

Tara Mandala Buddhist Retreat Center hosts an open house on July 23 in Pagosa Springs.

Free baby yoga will be offered at 9:30 a.m. on July 27 at Pediatric Associates in Rivergate. 259-7337 for details.

The March of Dimes Jail & Bail fund-raiser returns to Steamworks on July 27.

Durango’s Critical Mass rides on July 28 and meets at the corner of 5th St. and Main Ave.

A community meeting on the Community Park in Three Springs takes place on July 31.

Texas singer-songwriter Robert Earl Keen plays an Aug. 9 show at the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College.

Volunteers are needed for Habitat for Humanity’s four-unit townhome project at 1470 Florida Road beginning Aug. 5 and continuing through mid-November. 382-9735 for details.  


Colorado Trail Jamboree takes off
What: A mountain bike ride benefiting the Jimmy Heuga Center
Where: Along the Colorado Trail between Molas Pass and Durango
When: July 15 & 16

Two days. Eighty miles. Twelve-thousand feet in elevation. If this sounds like your idea of the perfect, two-wheeled weekend, then the Colorado Trail Jamboree may be the thing for you.

The jamboree, a benefit for the Jimmy Heuga Center, which supports people and families with multiple sclerosis, will take bikers along an epic 79 miles of Colorado Trail singletrack, from Molas Pass to Junction Creek.

Riders will meet at Molas Pass at 6 a.m. on the morning of July 15, where they will embark on the first leg of the ride, which takes them to Hotel Draw. There, support vehicles will meet them with camping gear, and food and refreshments from Carvers Brewing Co., for a night of celebrating and recovery. The following day, the ride continues south into the La Plata Mountains, over the infamous Kennebec Pass and to the terminus at the Junction Creek Trailhead. Then it will be straight to Carvers for a 5 p.m. post-ride party to celebrate the experience of riding perhaps the finest stretch of alpine singletrack on the planet.

Each participant must raise a minimum of $100 in pledges and/or direct donations, which will be used to fund scholarships to Four Corners residents to attend the Heuga Center’s “Can Do” program. Riders also are responsible for all of their equipment, clothing, camping gear, food, etc. Camping gear will be transported by event staff from Molas to Hotel Draw, and from Hotel Draw back to Durango.

To register or for more information, call Ian Altman at 799-3219 or e-mail:


Brotherhood of Groove returns What: A performance from the New Orleans funk band
Where: Scoot ‘n Blues, 900 Main Ave.
When: Wed., July 19, at 10 p.m.

The New Orleans-based Brotherhood of Groove will be bringing its funk back to Durango this week, playing a July 19 show at Scoot ‘n Blues.

The high-energy band fuses funk, jazz, reggae and rock with the flavor of a New Orleans brass band. The combination has proven to be successful at home, making the band one of New Orleans’ stronger club draws and prompting Offbeat Magazine to name the band 2002’s “Best Emerging Funk/R&B/Soul Band in New Orleans.” As a New Orleans band, BOG is also playing a major part in the process of rebuilding after Hurricane Katrina. The group’s “Back on Track Summer Tour” is in collaboration with the Backbeat Foundation, a Louisiana nonprofit organization. 

In the last few years, the Brotherhood has developed a significant repertoire and a dedicated, national fan base. Heading up the band is guitarist and singer-songwriter Brandon Tarricone, voted among the nation’s top 10 guitarists in 2001 by the Jambase readers’ poll. Will Langford on bass, Gary Golus on drums and a celebrated horn section led by Mikiel Williams round out the band.

BOG has performed with artists including Medeski, Martin and Wood; Garage Mahal; and the Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey. BOG member Michael Ray, who has played trumpet with Phish and Sun Ra, commented, “This band has great tunes and huge creative energy. I would put this band on any festival stage anywhere in the world and have full confidence in our performance.”

The Brotherhood goes on stage at Scoot ‘n Blues at 10 p.m. For more information, call 247-2324.


Music in the Mountains kicks off
What: The 20th annual three-week festival of classical music
Where: Various location throughout Durango and Pagosa Springs
When: July 16 - Aug. 6

Music in the Mountains, the local three-week festival of classical music, opens its 20th season this week. This summer’s lineup of 33 concerts includes performances at the Purgatory Village Tent, Fort Lewis College and other accessible locations in the community.

During the course of the next few weeks, there will be conservatory programs featuring faculty and young artists, festival orchestra concerts, chamber ensemble performances, numerous free concerts and much more.

As a special feature for the 20th season, Bruce Hangen, principal guest conductor of the Boston Pops, will lead the orchestra in Durango on July 28 and in Pagosa Springs on July 29. Sir Angel Romero, classical guitarist knighted by the King of Spain and noted by The New York Times for his “unfailing musicality,” will also perform in Pagosa Springs on Aug. 4 and in Durango on Aug. 5. The eclectic lineup of concerts also will include Lisa Vroman, acclaimed soprano with major orchestras and star of Broadway’s “The Phantom of the Opera,” who will highlight the Pops Night Benefit Dinner and Concert in Durango on July 26.

The concurrent Conservatory Music in the Mountains program will bring more than 150 college and pre-college age musicians studying string instruments and piano to Fort Lewis College in Durango. Festival orchestra and chamber music concerts will be performed in the Purgatory Village Tent at Durango Mountain Resort, the Community Concert Hall and Roshong Recital Hall at Fort Lewis College, St. Columba Catholic Church, and Rotary and Buckley parks in Durango.

For information, check out The Durango Telegraph’s “On the Town” in coming weeks or log onto 




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