By David Goe
Monday, June 10, 2013
As the Grand Junction City Council drags its feet when it comes to supporting the Avalon Theatre project, its important to remember what's at stake here. Live music venues are few and far between in Grand Junction and loosing a major venue would be devistating. Closing the Avalon affects all aspects of our music community. From the Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra and High Desert Opera to all the concert promoters and music fans in the valley, the Avalon closing would be a nail in the coffin for Grand Junction's culture.
To voice your support for the Avalon Theater, and the continued relevance of Dowtown Grand Junction, you can email your city council members. Their names and contact info is listed here for your convienience.
Mayor Sam Susuras, District B: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mayor Pro Tem Marty Chazen, District D: email@example.com
Councilmember Phyllis Norris, District A: firstname.lastname@example.org
Councilmember Bennett Boeschenstein, District C: email@example.com
Councilmember Jim Doody, District at Large: firstname.lastname@example.org
Councilmember Rick Brainard, District at Large: email@example.com
By David Goe
Thursday, June 6, 2013
The Ninja unmasked. Local Legends host Dustin Coren
Maybe you’ve read this quote from Dave Grohl, the apostle of modern rock. Speaking about his disdain for reality show singing contests, referring to them as the destroying force of “the next generation of musicians,” Grohl speaks passionately about bringing live instruments back to mainstream music.
“Musicians should go to a yard sale and buy an old (expletive) drum set and get in their garage and just suck,” Grohl said. “And get their friends to come in and they’ll suck too. And then they’ll (expletive) start playing and they’ll have the best time they’ve ever had in their lives and then all of a sudden they’ll become Nirvana, because that’s exactly what happened with Nirvana.”
He’s right. There are no shortcuts to success in the music business. It takes hours and hours of just endless sucking before it starts to come together, before you develop your sound and learn how to work a stage and command an audience’s attention. You need motivation and support from your friends and community to keep pushing forward and keep playing.
Local radio personality Dustin Coren, aka the Ninja, is quite fond of Grohl’s assessment. It basically sums up what he is trying to do with The Local Legends Show every other Friday around 9 p.m. at Naggy McGee’s Irish Pub.
For Coren, the creator and host, Local Legends is the motivation for musicians to keep on keepin’ on.
Local Legends is a biweekly showcase for area musicians. It is sort of like open mic night with a twist. Each show features a local band or musician. They play a couple tunes throughout the night and the rest of the show is filled with additional musicians testing out new material or trying out new covers.
“Local Legends gives the budding musician in the valley, or the garage band that’s almost ready to start grabbing gigs, a place to come and play,” Coren said.
Coren provides the sound equipment so performers only have to worry about their specific gear.
On any given Friday at Naggy McGee’s you may find up-and-coming songwriter Will Whalen, as he says “an acoustic rock uno,” hanging around there. Or maybe Shea Bramer, someone so synonymous with the Grand Junction music scene it would be impossible not to mention his involvement. Members from Zolopht and the Destroyers, D&G Railroad, and new band Barrel Proof also are known to regularly play Local Legends.
“There’s no substitute for open venues like Local Legends,” Whalen says. “Back when I was just getting started, the most important thing for me to learn was how to get up on stage. I found open mics, live jams, busking, pretty much any opportunity to cut my teeth, to network with other musicians and just to jam.”
Whalen, who now plays live shows regularly around the area, credits Local Legends for helping him grow as a musician.
“No matter what level you’re at, to be a strong musician, you need a strong music community behind you,” Whalen said. “For that, you need a supportive venue where you can all meet and grow. Legends is invaluable for that.”
Thanks to Coren and all the folks who make Local Legends happen, this is a perfect venue for the next wave of area musicians to develop their skills in front of a guaranteed audience. As venues for local musicians are limited, credit has to be given to Naggys for opening its doors to Coren and the Grand Junction music scene.
The next Local Legends Show is Friday, June 7, at Naggy McGee’s. Who knows, maybe you’ll see the next Nirvana there. At the very least you’ll get a full dose of Grand Junction’s rocking talent.
By David Goe
Thursday, June 6, 2013
Dixiefest starts today and if you don't know where to start when it comes to picking out which of the 40+ bands to see, start with these two: Forsberg and Cheapart. I caught up with the drummer of both bands, Joe Foelker, and he's pumped up for the weekend.
"Stoked for Dixiefest," Foelker said. " We will bring the punk rock and hardcore and we are ready to go fast and take names."
One of Foelker's bands, the trio Cheapart, are armed with new merch, new songs, and new DIY recordings. Forsberg, the latest of Foelker's projects, is a five piece hardcore band also ready to debut new material at Dixiefest.
"We just want to play music and share it with people," Foelker said.
Foelker has been drumming in local bands for as long as I can remember. You may have seen him playing in the popular (and disbanded) ska punk group Bad Karma Kings in the past.
Catch both of his new projects Cheapart and Forsberg this Saturday, June 8 at Dixiefest at the 4th Door in downtown Grand Junction. You can purchase a four day pass for $25 at the door or single day passes from any of these bands or at First Issue Tattoo Studios.
By David Goe
Tuesday, June 4, 2013
This Saturday (6/8) local pop group Dreamboat is throwing a CD release party. The new album "Head Filled Up With Stars" was recorded last Summer and is finally set for release. Many of the songs on "Head Filled Up With Stars" are staples in the band's live sets. The album also includes rarely played tunes "If You Go," "Can You Help Me," and "She Knows." Dreamboat will play the album in full, plus a few extra songs this Saturday at Sabrosa. The release party will also be your first chance to pick up a copy of "Head Filled Up With Stars." Only 100 copies are available.
This show marks the start of a busy couple of weeks for the band. On Friday, June 14, Dreamboat will play with Bad Weather California and Jason Anderson at Casa Coyote then travel to Denver to play The Knew's 7" release party at Unit E the next day.
By David Goe
Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Here is your first look at Dixiefest, a punk, hardcore, and metal music festival featuring both local and national bands. This four day event takes place at the 4th Door at 4th and Grand in Downtown Grand Junction, June 6 - 9. Here is the announced line up as of May 28. You can purchase a four day pass for $25 at the door or single day passes from any of these bands or at First Issue Tattoo Studios.
Thursday, June 6
Shelly Jameson (L)
Dinosaur the Musical (L)
Friday, June 7
The Opportunist Band
Anywhere But Here (L)
Here Lies The Difference
The Hollerdays (L)
No Cash Value (L)
Saturday, June 8
Thats So Punk Rock
Before Were Done
Cheap Art (L)
As If (L)
Too Late For Tomorrow
Sunday, June 9
So This Is Suffering
Isle of Patmos
Wall of the Fallen
Start Looking Up
Rise to the Occasion
Prophecy the Iron Monk