The countdown has begun

The legendary Johnny Maddox is back in town for his regular summer gig at the Diamond Belle Saloon, but time’s running short to catch his act. Maddox announced earlier this year that this summer will be his last performing in Durango. The ragtime pianist, who also claims a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, will play at 5:30 p.m. nightly except Sunday through July 14; also July 30-Aug. 11 and Aug. 27-Sept. 8. Enlarge photo

ISAIAH BRANCH-BOYLE/Durango Herald

The legendary Johnny Maddox is back in town for his regular summer gig at the Diamond Belle Saloon, but time’s running short to catch his act. Maddox announced earlier this year that this summer will be his last performing in Durango. The ragtime pianist, who also claims a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, will play at 5:30 p.m. nightly except Sunday through July 14; also July 30-Aug. 11 and Aug. 27-Sept. 8.

It’s usually a full house when Johnny Maddox plays ragtime piano at the Diamond Belle Saloon. Hear Maddox tickle the old ivories from 5:30 p.m. today. Enlarge photo

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It’s usually a full house when Johnny Maddox plays ragtime piano at the Diamond Belle Saloon. Hear Maddox tickle the old ivories from 5:30 p.m. today.

Johnny Maddox often takes song requests from the crowd – he’s committed thousands to memory. Enlarge photo

ISAIAH BRANCH-BOYLE/Durango Herald

Johnny Maddox often takes song requests from the crowd – he’s committed thousands to memory.

He’ll turn 85 on Aug. 4, but Johnny Maddox’s fingers haven’t slowed a bit as they fly over the keys on the familiar piano at the Diamond Belle Saloon. Enlarge photo

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He’ll turn 85 on Aug. 4, but Johnny Maddox’s fingers haven’t slowed a bit as they fly over the keys on the familiar piano at the Diamond Belle Saloon.

Even Maddox’s timepiece hearkens back to a bygone era. Enlarge photo

ISAIAH BRANCH-BOYLE/Durango Herald

Even Maddox’s timepiece hearkens back to a bygone era.