Sept. 13, Friday: Dancing with the Moab Stars is an action-packed dance competition based on the hit TV series “Dancing with the Stars.” Tickets available at Moab Valley Multicultural Center, 156 North 100 West.
The Moab Music Festival wraps up this week with some incredible concerts held at iconic venues. Here’s the schedule:
Aarchway Inn is hosting a free concert featuring country singer Cody Joe Hodges from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 2, at the pavilion behind the hotel. His music, according to codyjoehodges.com, has been described as “real country,” and highly influenced by the country and western music of the 1980s and ’90s.
The world-renowned Moab Music Festival returns Aug. 26 through Sept. 12. Chamber, jazz, Latin and traditional music will be performed at more than 20 events over the 17-day run at venues ranging from Star Hall to Grand County High School, from the newly constructed HooDoo to a wilderness grotto. Visit moabmusicfest.org for more information.
Scott Chandler leads the latest lecture at the Moab Information Center Thursday, Aug. 15, with “Designer Birds.” Chandler will discuss how life has found a way to survive in rugged canyon country. He looks at the region’s birds to be wildlife detectives. “We can learn multitudes about not only this environment, but develop a skill that we can take across the world. Canyonlands Natural History Association and the Museum of Moab sponsor the series. Lectures take place at 6 p.m. The MIC is on the corner of Main and Center streets.
The annual Ute 100-Mile Trail Run takes place Aug. 9 and 10 with about 150 runners from 30 states and a number of countries participating. Runners have 42 hours to run in the La Sal Mountains – the highest elevation race in America outside of Colorado, according to organizers. For more information visit [email protected]
Grand County has implemented a dark skies ordinance and the City of Moab is in the process of following suit. Find out why preserving the night is so important at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 1, when Spencer Stokes presents “Paradise Lost: Effects of Light Pollution.” Stokes’ lecture is the latest in a series sponsored by the Museum of Moab and Canyonlands Natural History Association and hosted by the Moab Information Center at Main and Center streets.
Shinyribs will play a live show Friday, July 26 at Swanny Park. It is the last of July’s free concerts that have been held every Friday this month. The show begins with a hometown act at 5 p.m. with Shinyribs set to take the stage an hour later.
The third of this month’s free concert series sponsored by the Moab Folk Festival, Moab Arts and Recreation, KZMU and Moab Gear trader features the 23rd Army Band of the Utah National Guard, 6 p.m., Friday, July 19. A local act will open the show at 5 p.m.
The second installment of July’s free concert series at Swanny Park kicks off at 5 p.m. Friday, July 12 with Les Poules Colin from Quebec, Canada. The band will bring a unique, modern perspective on traditional Québécois culture. “Their sound is a blend of their strong folk upbringing and North American influences with originals and traditional pieces in both French and English. Songs boast gorgeous vocals and fiddle, lapsteel, banjo, mandolin, piano bass and foot percussion,” said Cassie Paup of the Moab Folk Festival, an event co-sponsor along with the Moab Arts and Recreation Center, KZMU, and Moab Gear Trader.
Events on tap for the week ahead:
Swanny Park will be the place to be Thursday and Friday. Come celebrate Independence Day during daylong festivities at the park at 400 North and 100 West on Thursday, July 4. The fireworks show begins at about 10 p.m. and the display will be viewable from the park. Sponsored by Grand County, the City of Moab and the Grand County Recreation District the show will be choreographed to a playlist on KCYN, 97.1.