Locals and visitors enjoying a previous ArtWalk. [Photo courtesy of Chris Moss]

Moab’s ArtWalk welcomes special guest Gene Perla, a legendary jazz bassist, who is performing on Saturday, June 9, with regional musicians David and Timothy Steward.

ArtWalk begins at 5 p.m. with the trio playing and singing swing versions of selections from the Great American Songbook, as well as Latin-flavored bossa nova numbers, near Moab Coffee Roasters at the corner of Main Street and 100 North.

Perla is in the midst of a tour with Paris-based vocalist Viktorija Gecyte. They’ve been playing the East and West coasts and are soon headed for more dates in Europe.

On Thursday, June 7, Perla and the Steward Brothers are also performing at the Moab Backyard Theater at 8 p.m. The Moab Backyard Theater is located west of Main Street behind Zax restaurant at 56 W. 100 South. Admission is free.

Perla has an extensive history in the jazz world from playing with Nina Simone and Sarah Vaughan, to Sonny Rollins and Miles Davis. He is perhaps best known for his collaboration with drumming titan Elvin Jones.

David Steward is no stranger to Moab audiences. You can catch him around town singing and playing his hot guitar in a number of musical settings such as his own jazz group and bluegrass outfit, Quicksand Soup. Timothy Steward is a Dolores, Colorado, singer-songwriter who is a renowned multi-instrumentalist, equally adept at stringed instruments such as the fiddle, guitar and Irish pipes.

During Moab’s ArtWalk, galleries and other businesses will keep their doors open until 8 p.m. to showcase local artists and their work. ArtWalk attendees can pick up a postcard at one of the participating business locations and have it punched at each location for a chance to win a prize.

Participating businesses in the June 9 ArtWalk include 98 Center Restaurant, 98 E. Center St.; Desert Thread, 29 E. Center St.; Moab Made, 78 N. Main St.; Tom Till Gallery, 61 N. Main St.; Gallery Moab, 87 N. Main St.; Moab Multicultural Center, 156 North 100 West; CommuniTea Garden, 100 West and Walnut Lane; Moonflower Community Co-op, 39 East 100 North; MARC: Arts Center, 111 East 100 North; and Museum of Moab, 118 E. Center St.

For more information, visit moabartwalk.com, or call the MARC at 435-259-6272.

Trio will also play at Moab Backyard Theater