By David Goe
Saturday, August 31, 2013
Downtown Grand Junction is full of energy with the Grand Junction Epic Rides bike event. Along with today's 30 mile mountain bike race there is music all day long on Main Street. Four bands play throughout the day including headliner Cracker, who take the 4th and Main stage at 6 p.m. Cracker are best known for their 1993 gold album "Kerosene Hat" and the single "Low."
Today's shows are free and open to the public.
By David Goe
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Hide your stash because Method Man and Redman are headed for Grand Junction. That's right, the legendary East Coast rappers will be blazing the Mesa Theater on Sunday, September 22. I'll have more details soon. In the mean time here is a link to the greatest episode of MTV's Cribs ever, featuring Red's de la casa. Enjoy.
By David Goe
Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Following the trail blazed by last May's WestCO Music Fest come two new local only music events.
The first event coming your way is Localpalooza at the Mesa Theater and Club on September 20. Localpalooza features four bands, Zolopht and the Destroyers, Shotgun Hodown, Dirtylektric, and Jack and Jill. Dusty Thunders will also be there spinning his mix of deep house and nu disco. The second event is infinitely more ambitious and will feature over 30 local performers from all genres.
Cody Jacob's Localeyez Music and Arts Festival is a two-day, two-stage camping event at the Renascence Fair property off of 29 Road. Localeyez features many of the same performers as Localpalooza. Localeyez however is more representative of the current local Grand Junction scene and features performers in all genres. Announced so far are: Zolopht and the Destroyers, Chris Epic, Bronco Country, Chamber Bot, Shotgun Hodown, DJ Strangefellow, Dirtylektric, Zionexx, and Wavebaby. The second wave announcement is coming soon.
If you've been following my column you know how I feel about local music and how we need a good festival to sustain the local music scene. In fact, I've written a number of articles about it. I'll be following this story closely as it develops.
By David Goe
Friday, August 23, 2013
Heading out to Mack on Friday night, Aug. 23, to live like a rock star at Colorado’s premier debauched end of summer slam fest?
Boozing it up with thousands of distorted rock zombies just like you did in 1991 when Headbangers Ball was still in heavy rotation on MTV instead of Teen Mom 3?
Good for you. Go full throttle this weekend. Rock Jam wouldn’t have it any other way.
Yep, the unofficial experience Rock Jam sells you is the glamorized version of rock ‘n’ roll. The careless, live free and die for today version of rock ‘n’ roll recounted in Keith Richards’ biography, “Life” (aptly titled as that’s approximately how long it takes to finish).
Heck, the $425, two-day VIP package comes with complimentary Budweiser products all day and night and complimentary cocktails after 5 p.m. each day. The booze is right there, waiting to be slammed down your gullet.
Sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll. That’s what it’s all about, at least for the next 48 hours.
Ironically, the way you are expected to act at Rock Jam is the same as the lifestyle choice that nearly destroyed a majority of the bands playing at this year’s festival. Top to bottom, Rock Jam is the cliché rock ‘n’ roll story. Sell a bunch of albums, develop an addiction, fade from the limelight…
It’s the story lived out by countless bands on “Behind the Music,” and the story festival headliner Korn knows all too well.
After an amazingly successful run, two founding members of Korn were kicked out of the band for substance abuse. Born again Christian, guitarist Brian “Head” Welch admitted to his addiction to alcohol, methamphetamine, Xanax, and sleeping pills after leaving the group.
Welch’s signature hair braids and nu metal guitar work helped Korn sell more than 35 million albums, yet the rock lifestyle temporarily cost Welch a spot in one of the most successful metal bands ever. Now that Welch has straightened out, Korn has welcomed him back. The same cannot be said for original drummer David Silveria whose drug problem resulted in a permanent split with the band.
Adam Gontier, former lead singer and lead guitarist of Three Days Grace, was forced to leave the band because of “health reasons,” code for drugs, specifically OxyContin. Gontier’s addiction and recovery was detailed in the documentary film “Behind the Pain,” which ends with him sobering up but forever separated from the band he helped found.
Lead singer, guitarist and founder of Seether, Shaun Morgan, entered rehab for alcoholism. Hinder frontman Austin Winkler is on temporary leave from the band, currently back in rehab for the second time for issues related to Vicodin abuse.
Then there’s the gold standard: Lynyrd Skynyrd.
During their 1970s heyday, the band had a legendary appetite for destruction. Individually, Gary Rossington, the only original member still performing with the Skynyrd, inspired one of the group’s most popular songs with his drug-related exploits.
Rossington, driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol, crashed his new Ford Torino into an oak tree, an incident that resulted in the cautionary drug tale “That Smell” (see song lyrics).
Just a year later Rossington was one of six Skynyrd members to survive the most infamous plane crash in rock history. Rossington broke both arms and wrists, both legs and ankles, and pelvis in the October 20, 1977, Gillsburg, Miss., crash. The subsequent recovery period only exacerbated Rossington’s drug addiction, having to depend daily on heavy pain medications.
It’s no secret that rock stars drink and do drugs, but it’s shocking to see the very real impact abuse had on the small number of bands playing this year’s Rock Jam. Extrapolate that out to the larger music community and you can fill out the rest.
Yes, go out, party, and make the most of this weekend. Just don’t forget your Skynyrd: “ooh that smell / the smell of death surrounds you.”
By David Goe
Monday, August 19, 2013
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.