One of the few all ages venues in Grand Junction is officially closing its doors. The 4th Door, located at 4th Street and Grand Avenue, just announced on its Facebook page that they will no longer host live music.
"It saddens me to say, but 4th Door is now closed. Due to poor turn out over the last few shows, and causing a financial strain on the church, all shows are cancelled and the doors will be locked."
The 4th Door hosted of a variety of national and local punk shows including Dixiefest and the most recent Battle of the Bands. Its closure is bad news for underage music fans as it leaves only the Cavalcade in Fruita and occasionally the Mesa Theater as the only underage music venues left in the area.
Bummer city folks. Tonight is your last chance to see Bad Weather California play live in Grand Junction. Seriously. Band leader Chris Adolf announced earlier this month that the band will no longer play following the end of their current west coast tour.
"We are just at very different places than we were when we started BWC," Adolf announced on Facebook. "To honor and keep pure what BWC was, we are putting it away."
While obviously disappointing news for fans, the news comes with a bit of a silver lining. At least Bad Weather California is touring with a new EP, "Back Seats," which will be available on cassette tape and as a digital download. The first track, "Keep It Together," is the perfect anthem for this evening's show. Adolf repeats one line, "tonight I'm going to keep it together," throughout the song. Fitting advice for fans and friends who have supported the band over the last several years and ultimately for one final show. Tonight, keep it together.
Sauna are back in Grand Junction so get ready to sweat.
The Denver trash punk band have been through the area several times and apparently have yet to get their fill. Sauna's made the most of their summer by touring the entire country and releasing a new EP (see the embedded video of Sauna playing their new song "Sittin' Tight" in an abandoned lot in Detroit). Before heading back to college in the fall though the band is on one last west coast swing.
To get to know the band ahead of Friday's show check out this interview done on the British blog Lieutenant Uhura. Sauna talks about how they got started, touring, and what's up next.
"Right now we’re just in the process of touring our new LP, “Cheap Date” and releasing the tape through Burger Records," says the band. "That’s kept us pretty busy and I think the ultimate goal is to get the word out about this record before we think about more recordings."
This Friday night, get ready for one heavy dose of indie punk rock. Four bands, all legit in their own right, are scheduled to take the Main Stage at the Mesa Theater and Club. There hasn't been a good indie show for a while (not since Deerpeople played at KAFM) so there is reason to get excited. Starting today I will be featuring each of the bands individually. First up is Skating Polly.
Skating Polly is a punk rock, pop duo based out of Oklahoma City. Stepsisters Kelli Mayo (guitar/bass/drums) and Peyton Bighorse (guitar/drums) formed the group after a jam during Halloween 2009 and have since made it their mission to reinvent classic punk rock and bring it back to the masses.
On "Placer," you can hear the raw vocals and power chord down strokes indicative of every punk band since, well ever. On "Kick" the band sounds more like Kimya Dawson (see Juno soundtrack). No drums, just acoustic guitar and collective singing.
Skating Polly are not perfect musicians or singers and they probably prefer it that way. They are doing their own thing and are content making music that they like.
“The musicians we’re most inspired by are the ones who keep on going and going, who devote their entire lives to coming up with new and different stuff,” says Mayo via the band's website. “A lot of times at our shows people will come up to us and tell us, ‘Keep on doing what you’re doing, don’t ever stop’ and we’re just like, ‘Yeah—we weren’t planning on ever stopping.”