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Pickamania! is back for a sixth year to put an exclamation point on the transition from summer to fall, Sept. 12-14 at Gough Park in Silver City. The free Mimbres Region Arts Council event features Grammy nominated Sarah Jarosz headlining Saturday and Louisiana's rollicking (also Grammy-nominated) Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys headlining Sunday.

A Friday night kick-off dance starts at 7 p.m. and ends at 9 p.m. with the sounds of The Out of Kilters.

Saturday's lineup starts off at 11:30 a.m. with local husband and wife duo Mountainaire Folk Music, playing traditional and Celtic favorites. Banjo and cello duo The Littlest Birds from northern California then take the stage at 12:15 p.m., followed by Higher Ground Bluegrass, hailing from northern New Mexico, at 1:30 p.m. Silver City Blues Festival veteran Hillary Smith heads up powerhouse acoustic trio hONEyhoUSe at 3 p.m., and Fishtank Ensemble, a "musical Molotov cocktail," continues the merriment with a blend of Turkish, Romanian, Gypsy, French hot jazz, Balkan and Greek styles at 4:30 p.m. Sarah Jarosz brings it home at 6:30 p.m., and if you're hankering for more, Steep Ravine plays on in the beer garden starting at 8 p.m.

On Sunday the day starts off at 11:30 a.m. with New Mexico's own Lost Howlin' Coyotes, playing traditional standards and gospel, followed by Silver City's budding local musicians/luthiers, the Homemade Hoedown Kids, at 12:35 p.m. At 1 p.m., San Francisco's acoustic quartet Steep Ravine takes the stage followed by Arizona's all-string band, Run Boy Run, at 2:30 p.m. Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys close out the festival Sunday at 4:15 p.m.

Local food and craft/artisan vendors as well as music workshops will enhance the festivities and fun. For more information and updates, see www.mimbresarts.org.




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