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With the 2018 tourist season in the rearview mirror and the Ark Valley music scene slowing down, The Lariat continues to host impressive musical talent, including A.J. Fullerton, Eminence Ensemble, World’s Finest and My Blue Sky.

The next two weeks of Lariat live music begin at 7 p.m. tonight with the Ark Valley’s premier open mic night.

At 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14, the Jake La Botz Duo will bring gritty real-world blues and Americana to The Lariat. La Botz has toured across the country and in Europe, opening for artists like Ray Charles, Etta James, Dr. John, Buddy Guy, Junior Wells, Taj Mahal, Buckwheat Zydeco, Tony Joe White, John Hammond and many others. He recently starred in Ghost Brothers of Darkland County, a stage musical written by Stephen King and John Mellencamp with musical direction by T-Bone Burnett.

Six-piece progressive rock band Eminence Ensemble will follow La Botz’ performance at 9 p.m. Friday. Known for impeccable musicianship and soulful vocals, Eminence Ensemble creates genre-bending soundscapes that defy categorization. Weaving elements of rock, jazz, soul, hip-hop and blues, Eminence Ensemble takes listeners on unforgettable musical journeys at every performance. And with influences ranging from Michael Jackson to Frank Zappa, the band offers something for everyone.

At 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, A.J. Fullerton will return to the Lariat stage fresh off a performance at the 2018 Big Blues Bender in Las Vegas, Nev., after winning an unprecedented eight Colorado Blues Society awards. In Vegas Fullerton shared the bill with Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Tab Benoit, Marcia Ball, John Primer, Tinsley Ellis, Alan Youngblood Hart and Anne Harris, best known for her work with Otis Taylor. Fullerton will also perform at 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 17, through Wednesday, Sept. 19, at The Lariat.

Arriving from Portland, Ore., World’s Finest will take the stage at 9 p.m. Saturday. Rooted in bluegrass-inspired music, World’s Finest ranges easily through the Americana landscape into funk, dub, ska and world music. The band’s seamless transitions across genres and influences is reminiscent of bands like The String Cheese Incident, Fruition and Rusted Root. The common theme in the band’s compositions, from the string-driven numbers to the funkier tunes, is danceability. So get ready to move Saturday night.

Sept. 19 brings another Wednesday open mic night, beginning at 7 p.m. after a 6 p.m. set by A.J. Fullerton.

Winter Walker will present an acoustic performance at 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21. Hailing from Leadville, Walker will perform classic rock and ’90s pop tunes.

At 9 p.m. Friday, seven-piece Colorado band My Blue Sky will take the stage, performing award-winning renditions of the Allman Brothers music. Considered one of the best tribute bands in Colorado, My Blue Sky does justice to the unique blend of southern rock, blues and jazz that defines the Allman Brothers music.

At 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, local alt-country favorite Pint and a Half will perform their award-winning original tunes as well as the occasional cover and maybe even operatic aria.