By David Goe
Monday, September 9, 2013
With Arcade Fire teasing their new album "Reflektor" on Spotify this morning, it got me thinking about all the great albums coming out in the immediate future. Here is a quick selection of the music I'm looking forward to. You'll notice right off the bat is a trippy new video from the Arctic Monkeys, my absolute favorite band playing right now. Their new album "AM" is getting great reviews and I can't wait to hear it in full when it comes out tomorrow.
By David Goe
Friday, September 6, 2013
In many respects, tonight marks the end of an era and the beginning of another for the Grand Junction local music scene.
This evening at the Mesa Theater and Lounge aloha means goodbye.
It’s time for us to say farewell to the Pineapple Crackers, perhaps the most popular and beloved band the area has ever known.
The man who put the pineapple in Pineapple Crackers, ukulele strumming lead singer Benson Broyles, is headed home to Hawaii. His departure marks the end of the Hawaiian reggae vibes that dominated area PA systems for nearly a decade.
Virtually everyone I know has seen the band play. Personally, checking out Pineapple Crackers shows were some of my first bar experiences as a newly minted 21-year-old. Chilling with “Big” and “Slim,” aka my Mesa State College bookstore hommies Marcus and Ike, we ended up at its shows whether we intended to or not. Pineapple Crackers played everywhere, and we were there in the beginning when original guitarist and the “Cracker” Paul Roach was with the band.
We saw them at the Rockslide, always at the Rockslide. They’d be there at the Mesa Theater, likely playing with fellow reggae group Lion Vibes. I think we even ran into them at the Rose, now Club Infinity, in some battle of the bands contest for a spot at one of the first Rock Jams.
Pineapple Crackers played anywhere and everywhere and outside of a few lineup changes, little has changed since its beginning. The band’s constant gigging and easy sound earned them thousands of Facebook likes, headlining shows at any local venue, and slots at local festivals such as the inaugural WestCO Music Festival last May.
Regardless of how you feel about the band and its music, they have been the most consistent performing group and the consensus safe pick for anyone booking live music for their event. With Pineapple Crackers now officially calling it quits it begs the question, who is going to step up and take its place as Grand Junction’s go-to band?
Look no farther than the Friday, Sept. 6, night show opener Zolopht and the Destroyers.
For some inexplicable reason, Colorado loves reggae music. It’s a statewide affliction.
From my experience in the local music scene, reggae bands always have been the biggest draws.
In Grand Junction, though there seems to be a bit of a Rastafari Highlander situation going on. There can be only one reggae band, mon.
The reggae torch has passed down from Lion Vibes to the Pineapple Crackers, and now to Zolopht and the Destroyers.
Zolopht is primed for a break-out year. The band has spread its smooth jams and positivity vibe for quite some time and steadily grown a loyal fan base. This fall, look for them to take a big step forward.
Besides opening Friday night (sure to be one of the bigger local shows of the year), Zolopht also will headline two upcoming local music festivals.
First, off Zolopht will headline “Localpalooza,” a four band local showcase at the Mesa Theater on Sept. 20.
Second, they are one of the key headliners of the most ambitious local music project I’ve heard about, Cody Jacob’s two-day, two-stage outdoors event, the “Localeyez” Music and Arts Festival on Oct. 12–13.
Zolopht has that rare quality among local bands: It enjoys cross over success while maintaining artistic credibility. Its members play music they love and write their own originals. It’s an appealing mix.
While it may be sad to think about Friday’s farewell show as the end of an era, I prefer to think about it as the start of a new chapter. Pineapple Crackers will be missed, but the band taking its place is more than worthy.
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.