FARMINGTON — From blues to country and rock, Riverfest has a variety of music for everyone to enjoy.

About 20 bands are scheduled to perform at this year's festival, which starts Friday and continues through Sunday. The three-day event is a fundraiser for the River Reach Foundation, a nonprofit that tries to preserve and improve Farmington's riverine corridors. Riverfest highlights the rivers and trails the organization works to protect.

The main music stage will be at Rocky Reach Landing in Berg Park. Local and national bands will play on the stage, including the headlining band, Studebaker John and the Hawks. The band will play at 3 p.m. Saturday.

John Grimaldi, whose stage name is Studebaker John, may be a familiar face around the Farmington area. Last year, he performed his signature Chicago blues music at Crash Music in Aztec.

Bill Diers, a member of River Reach Foundation, booked Grimaldi to play at the festival. Grimaldi has heard the blues musician play before and booked him partially because of his reputation.

"He has a good reputation in the Chicago area," Diers said.

Grimaldi grew up in Chicago and started playing harmonica at age 7, according to his online biography. After seeing Hound Dog Taylor and the HouseRockers perform, he started playing the guitar.

In the 1970s, he formed a band called Studebaker John and the Hawks, a nod to the Studebaker Hawk car Grimaldi owns. The name also pays tribute to the musician's friend, J.B. Hutto and the Hawks.

Other bands that will play at Rocky Reach include Second Chance, a Spanish band; Recoil, a country rock band; and Durango Orquesta de Salsa, a blues/rock group.

In addition to Rocky Reach's stage, the festival will have two more music venues.

The festival will begin at 7 p.m. Friday with music by Rico, an Afro-Cuban rock band, at River Reach Terrace.

Diers said he booked Rico to provide more variety in the musical genres offered.

"I always try to bring in something different," he said.

Rico consists of Ricky Baker on guitar, Devin Thomas and Charlie Hunt on vocals, Jose Rendon and Jamie Claudio on percussion, Jesse Tobias on bass, Raymond Rogue on drums and Ben Lewis on the keyboard.

The eight-member band has been heavily influenced by bands like Carlos Santana's eponymous group, though they certainly aren't a cover band, Diers said.

Baker started the group while he was in high school in St. Louis, Mo., the biography on his website states. He is best known, however, for his work outside of music. After playing baseball in college at San Francisco State University, he was drafted to play for the Cleveland Indians and later for the Chicago Cubs and San Diego Padres.

On Saturday, local bands such as Willow Blue, Native Knights and The Delbert Anderson Trio will perform, followed by a second performance by Rico.

A third music stage will be in Animas Park near the barn.

This stage will feature bluegrass jam sessions led by local groups, as well as other concerts, including Sunday's gospel sing-along, led by Chokecherry Jam.

One of the local groups leading a jam session is Crash Music's House Blues Band.

The band was formed in March this year when Crash Music hosted Alfie Harpo in concert. A series of workshops was held in conjunction with the concert, and the band later performed with Alfie Harpo both locally and in Cortez, Colo.

Because there aren't electric hookups at the barn for the bands, the jam sessions will all be acoustic.

George Rowe, co-owner of Crash Music and a member of its House Blues Band, said the band has performed at four gigs so far and will provide some education during Riverfest.

"We're trying to build up the blues scene around here," Rowe said.



7 p.m. : Rico at River Reach Terrace


10 a.m. : Willow Blue at Rocky Reach Landing

11:15: This Time Around at Rocky Reach Landing

12:30 p.m.: The Cool Tones at Rocky Reach Landing

12:30 p.m.: San Juan College Country Company at River Reach Terrace

2 p.m. : Belly Dancing with Red Desert Muses at River Reach Terrace

2 p.m. : The Delbert Anderson Trio at Rocky Reach Landing

3 p.m. : Trumpet Geezers at River Reach Terrace

3:30 p.m.: Native Knights at Rocky Reach Landing

5 p.m.: Rico at Rocky Reach Landing

5 p.m.: Acoustic Jam at River Reach Terrace


11 a.m.: Second Chance at Rocky Reach Landing 

Noon: Recoil at Rocky Reach Landing

Noon: Sunday gospel sing-along hosted by Chokecherry Jam at Animas Park's big red barn

12:30 p.m.: San Juan College Country Company at River Reach Terrace

1 p.m.: Acoustic Blues Jam hosted by Crash Music House Blues Band at Animas Park's big red barn

2 p.m.: Four Corners Harmony at River Reach Terrace

3 p.m.: After Midnight at River Reach Terrace

3 p.m.: Studebaker John and the Hawks at Rocky Reach Landing

3 p.m.: Bluegrass jam hosted by Gypsy Fire at Animas Park's big red barn

Three stages

· River Reach Terrace is in Berg Park, 400 Scott Ave., beside the hotels.

· Rocky Reach Landing is in Animas Park, 135 and 145 N. Browning Parkway, across from the Veterans Memorial.

· The big red barn is located in Animas Park, 135 and 145 N. Browning Parkway.

Hannah Grover covers news, arts and religion for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4652 and Follow her @hmgrover on Twitter.