And it was very good, indeed.
So good, in fact, that many a grim-faced urban scenester has returned from the DESERT ROCKS FESTIVAL with a strange new interest in dreadlocks and patchouli. Call it a desert miracle, but there’s something about the hot sun and the 12-minute guitar solos—not to mention $4 growlers from Moab Brewery—that can transform the most morose of city dwellers into a grinning, yellow happy face within a single afternoon.
And, if our calculations are correct, there are four such afternoons spanning from Thursday to Sunday, featuring such mind-blowing bands as The Derek Trucks Band, Blue Turtle Seduction, Del Tha Funky Homosapien and the Eric McFadden Trio. Potcheen is usually on hand to round things out and, of course, Gigi Love (above) is a many-splendored thing.
And, before you get too hung up on that “12-minute guitar solo” crack, check out the funky Rhodes EP vamp on Wisebird’s “They Gotcha.” If that doesn’t make you smile, you’re a heartless bastard—there’s a little something for everybody here.
Grab your camping gear and live like a nomad among the nighttime fire dancers. Or, if you’re a pretty, pretty princess, make reservations in Moab. If you’ve got $85 in advance, you’re in for four days—including camp fees.
Desert Rocks @ Kane Creek Canyon, eight miles west of Moab, May 22-25, DesertRocks.org
Dykes’ work is full of medieval-looking architectural forms and mythical beings. Joey Behrens (“Untitled” detail pictured) sketches cityscapes; her intricate yet airy compositions provide insight into the life of a metropolis. You never know what Trent Call is going to pull from his bag of tricks: graffiti-influenced textures or serene landscapes and portraits. Sri Whipple combines pop-art elements with abstraction to create his own style. Blake Palmer is a mixed-media artist known for work with his wife, photographer Cat Palmer.
Also featured in the show are Dave Boogart, Clyde Ashby, Cameron Bentley, Julian Hensarling, Michael Gaffney, Damon Smith and Jared Nielsen. It’s intriguing to see works by artists new to the medium, and the technique adds the mystery of what details are revealed or kept hidden.
Always pushing the limits of the printmaking art, Saltgrass is taking applications from community groups for an event this summer to create a giant image that will be printed with … a steamroller.
Revisited @ Saltgrass Printmakers, 2126 S. 1000 East, 467-1080, through May 30.