Strings that singThis weekend marks the 12th Annual Telluride Americana Music Festival. Ten artists armed with acoustic instruments will blow your mind without the help of extra electric voltage. Catch the picking, rolling, and fancy cowboy hats. Limited tickets available.
Details: July 28-21, ticket prices vary, Sheridan Opera House, 110 North Oak St., Telluride, tellurideamericana.comHerd of stagsWe’ve been doing a fine job presenting Durango’s eligible singles, but if you’re the type who has to see someone in person (weird), sign up for Singles In Paradise. The 21-and-up event is a live human auction to benefit Local First, an organization that supports local business. Your ball and chain awaits.
Details: July 19, free, 7 p.m., The Balcony Bar and Grill, 600 Main Ave., local-first.org/singles-in-paradiseToast and jazz jellyThe iAM Music Fest Summer Series continues this week for your ear holes. Hear Elder Grown, Mesquite, Space Between Shadows, and the iAM Jazz Jam play the 11th Street garage for this low-key festival that spotlights independent music.
Details: June 20, free, 5 p.m., 11th Street Station, 1101 Main Ave., iammusicfest.comKnuckle sandwichesDo you have the bloodlust? See King of the Cage featuring four fighters – two men and two women – who would stab you in the liver. Ok, so there are rules. Either way, expect bone-breaking and bruises.
Details: July 21, tickets start at $35, 6 p.m., Sky Ute Casino, 14324 Hwy 172, Ignacio, skyutecasino.comCool beansWarm up your underhand for the highly-competitive, serious game of cornhole at Durango Brewing Co. Show up early to the monthly tournament to get your name on the list and a beer or two in your belly to enhance your hand-eye coordination.
Details: July 25, free, 6 p.m., Durango Brewing Co., 3000 Main Ave., durangobrewing.com