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Music on the Mesa

FREE @ the San Miguel County Fairgrounds

Gates 4:30pm | Showtime 7pm

Food & Vendors + Kidzone + Yard Games + Cash Bar

MUSIC on the MESA is a FREE outdoor concert series created by Norwood Park & Recreation District (NPRD) and Pickin’ Productions, the crew behind those long standing series in Ridgway, Moab, Delta, and Paonia.

June 16th = WAYNE “The Train” HANCOCK
Wayne Hancock has more Hank Sr in him than either I or Hank Williams Jr.
He is the real deal.
  — Hank III

Since his stunning debut, Thunderstorms and Neon Signs in 1995, Wayne “The Train” Hancock has been the undisputed king of Juke Joint Swing—that alchemist’s dream of honky-tonk, western swing, blues, Texas rockabilly, and big band. Always an anomaly among his country music peers, his uncompromising interpretation of the music he loves is in fact what defines him: steeped in traditional but never “retro;” bare bones but bone-shaking; hardcore but with a swing. Like the comfortable crackle of a Wurlitzer 45 jukebox, Wayne is the embodiment of genuine, house-rocking, hillbilly boogie. Have a LISTEN here.

August 11th = COUCH
Couch is kicking it old-school with a delightful modern twist… [They] are single—or seven-handedly—breathing new life into the pop music scene.  — Sheesh Media

Couch is a 7-piece Boston-based band that injects each project with their signature flavor: expressive horns, warm vocals, and bubbling synths—crafting an oasis of joy for musicians and non-musicians alike. From their formation in 2019 until spring 2021, members of Couch were scattered across the country; tackling the challenges of being a “long-distance band,” writing and even recording virtually. Despite these challenges, they celebrated the release of their debut EP, “COUCH,” in February 2021 as well as three singles and a headline tour in 2022. In 2023, Couch released their sophomore EP, Sunshower, accompanied a two-part 40-city headline tour and a sold out UK tour. Have a LISTEN here.

Fusion seems to be a key word for Couch. Influenced by artists from Paul McCartney and Buddy Rich to Charlie Puth and Bruno Mars, Couch’s unique music brings together instruments as different as bass guitar and saxophone to blur the lines between genres…”  — The Harvard Crimson

See? Good stuff. Mark June 16th and August 11th as Sundays to find yourself over at the grassy lot east of the Glockson Building + the Pig Palace + the Transit Lot + the west end of Summit Street. Plenty of parking at the Fairgrounds, overflow parking is at the High School, please carpool if possible!

HOW TO Music on the Mesa LIKE A FIRST-TIME CHAMP …

BRING: Low chairs, tarps, water bottles, sun hats, sunscreen, headlamps/flashlight, cash for bar & vendors & the MotM Mercantile … though cards will be accepted by most!

PLEASE DON’T BRING: Pets, outside alcohol, glass, fireworks, drones, frowns.

NOTE that Lincoln St as well as the west end of Summit St will be CLOSED. For those coming from the west, highway signage will direct you to the left turn on Spruce St toward the Fairgrounds. If coming from the East, access to the venue via Summit St is a right on either Spruce, Cedar, Pine, Lucerne, or Market Streets.

CAMPING in the area is on public lands on Thunder Road (brochure here) and in the San Miguel Canyon between Norwood and Placerville (info here and here).

Show up at 4:30pm+ to picnic and mingle. There will be cornhole boards, disc golf putting, hacky sack, and hopscotch. General welcome and band introduction around 6:45pm.

CLARK’S MARKET NORWOOD • TELLURIDE FOUNDATION • JUDY MULLER & GEORGE LEWIS
COLORADO HOUSING AND FINANCE AUTHORITY
WILD IRIS GREENHOUSE & GARDENS • ALPINE BANK • MARY JANE’S MEDICINALS • ROSIE CUSACK/TELLURIDE LUXURY RENTALS & REAL ESTATE • GREEN ROOM • TELLURIDE DAILY PLANET & NORWOOD POST • LONE CONE LEGACY TRUST EARTHTECH WEST • LISA FOXWELL & PAUL FINLEY • GRETCHEN & JIM WELLS/JAM RANCH • PIÑON WOOD RANCH FIBERS
DARK SKY PIE PIZZA • GIGGLING GOAT FARM • APPLE CORE PROJECT • SAN MIGUEL BASIN FORUM
ELIZABETH FOLEY/ COLDWELL BANKER • LOCAL LIQUOR • THE COACH’S MOTHER