Southern rock band The Outlaws will play a free concert at 5 p.m. today during the 12th annual Whittle the Wood Rendezvous at Craig City Park. Opening for the group at 3 p.m. will be Denver-based funk band Filthy Children, who will also perform at 8 p.m. tonight at J.W. Snack’s Bar & Grill, 210 E. Victory Way. Other bands appearing in the area this weekend include Cabin Fever and the Goodman Band.

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Southern rock band The Outlaws will play a free concert at 5 p.m. today during the 12th annual Whittle the Wood Rendezvous at Craig City Park. Opening for the group at 3 p.m. will be Denver-based funk band Filthy Children, who will also perform at 8 p.m. tonight at J.W. Snack’s Bar & Grill, 210 E. Victory Way. Other bands appearing in the area this weekend include Cabin Fever and the Goodman Band.

Craig venues hosting live bands this weekend

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Live music in Craig this weekend:

Band: Filthy Children

When: 8 p.m. to midnight tonight and Saturday

Where: J.W. Snack’s Bar & Grill, 210 E. Victory Way

When: 3 p.m. Saturday

Where: Whittle the Wood Rendezvous at Craig City Park

Band: Cabin Fever

When: 8 p.m. to midnight tonight and Saturday

Where: O.P. Bar & Grill, 534 E. Victory Way

Band: Goodman Band

When: 9 p.m. tonight and Saturday

Where: Sports Page Bar at the Holiday Inn of Craig, 300 S. Hwy. 300

Band: The Outlaws

When: 5 p.m. Saturday

Where: Whittle the Wood Rendezvous at Craig City Park

As the name indicates, the Whittle the Wood Rendezvous is centered on woodcarvers fashioning artwork out of discarded trees.

But, when the carving is done, the other half of the event begins, with music replacing the grind of chainsaws.

There will be no shortage of live entertainment this weekend, with four different bands playing throughout the day.

Today’s main event is a performance at 5 p.m. at Whittle the Wood by Southern rock greats The Outlaws.

The music continues at 8 p.m. tonight with Cabin Fever, of Olathe, setting up stage at the O.P. Bar & Grill.

Across town, the Goodman Band of Grand Junction will play at 9 p.m. at the Sports Page Bar at the Holiday Inn of Craig.

Denver funk band Filthy Children is booked to play at 8 p.m. at J.W. Snack’s Bar & Grill, following its appearance as the opening act at 3 p.m. at Whittle the Wood.

The restaurant has regularly featured Whittle the Wood’s opening act.

“It’s our biggest event of the year,” J.W. owner Danny Griffith said. “We’re going to set them up on the patio, and I think it’ll be a good time for everyone 21 and over.”

A fusion of funk, jazz and rock, Filthy Children is a seven-piece group founded in 2003 that includes three horns in its lineup. Guitarist Bryant Walker said the brass section is a throwback to classic funk bands like Tower of Power.

“We were influenced by groups like Soulive, Greyboy Allstars and Deep Banana Blackout,” Walker said.

The band’s repertoire includes uniquely titled tunes such as “Blumpkin Jamboree” and “Wash Yo’Self,” both of which make for a good time on the dance floor, Walker said.

But, audiences have to be ready to bring the energy.

“Put on your dance pants, put on some deodorant and drink plenty of fluids,” he said. “We’ve played in Steamboat before, but we haven’t made it to Craig yet. We’re looking forward to it. Wherever the party is, that’s where we are.”

The frenetic mojo of Filthy Children will segue into a different tone once the main act takes the stage.

With a style that blends country and rock, The Outlaws will have a wide range of compositions old and new for the Whittle the Wood crowd.

Guitarist and lead singer Henry Paul said the set list will include a “mixture” of classic material and more recent songs.

“Our first three albums defined us, so those are the songs people will probably be coming to hear, but we’ll play other stuff that’s compatible,” he said.

Paul joined the group in 1972, helping recreate The Outlaws as a studio band, as opposed to the constantly changing roster that first took form in 1967. Though he has split and rejoined the group numerous times, he has been part of it longer than anyone in its current six-man incarnation with the exception of drummer Monte Yoho, who first joined in 1969.

The band has seen about 40 members drop in and out throughout its history.

Paul worked on a solo career in the late 1970s and early 1980s and also co-founded the country group Blackhawk in the 1990s. He splits his time between the two.

“It’s two entirely different fan bases, but I’m surrounded by people I’ve lived and played with for decades,” he said.

Paul said he expects the greatest audience response from “There Goes Another Love Song,” the group’s biggest hit and the epic-length “Green Grass and High Tides,” a guitar solo-heavy tune which runs nearly 10 minutes, akin to fellow Southern rock group Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Free Bird.”

“It’s an intricate musical piece, and we play it note for note,” he said.

A cover of the song is featured on the video game “Rock Band” as one of the most difficult to play.

“The advent of ‘Rock Band’ has brought us a lot of new, younger fans,” Paul said.

Regardless of the average age of the crowd, Paul said what he likes to focus on is playing in a place where he can get close to listeners.

“Our style translates well to a larger audience, but in a smaller venue, it’s more intimate and personal,” he said.

Paul said he is excited to play in Craig.

“It’s a big step for us to come out West, and I’m excited personally because I’m trying to raise the bar for us,” he said. “Our biggest following is in the northeast, but there’s no place in America where we don’t have fans.”

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