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Copper Club Celebrates Anniversary with Local Bands

By David Goe

If the history of music has taught us anything, it’s that music will not be contained.

Music breaks free, it expands to new territories, it crashes through barriers, painfully, maybe even dangerously. But it always finds a way through to our hearts and to our heads, to reapply a quote by Dr. Ian Malcolm in the movie “Jurassic Park.”

Music lives and survives in the most unlikely places. Think about a place like CBGB. Nobody could have predicted that the notoriously disgusting hell-hole in East Village Manhattan would be the epicenter for new wave punk and the home to legendary bands such as The Ramones, Pattie Smith, Talking Heads and Blondie.

No. This, like any hole-in-the-wall dive bar, would have been overlooked and a fleeting afterthought for most New Yorkers.

Nonetheless, the music eventually found a way through to the greater masses.

This example is not unique to New York or Chicago or Los Angeles or any other music hotbed that might come to mind. Every town in the United States, no matter how big or how small, has its own unlikely bar, club, whatever, where music somehow, against the odds, thrives.

For our area that place might just be the Copper Club. We all know Fruita as a biking destination with good pizza. However, the Copper Club changes that narrative.

A 20-minute drive from downtown Grand Junction, the Copper Club is not so much a dive bar as a respectable craft brewery. But for all its charm and quality, it’s relatively unknown to most of Mesa County.

On face value the Copper Club is nothing more than a cozy space of mix and match furniture with a small bar in the far corner. A small batch, craft brewery known as “Fruita’s living room” is not exactly what one would picture as a hopping music venue.

But somehow, organically, it’s working.

The Copper Club has turned into one of the few, consistent places to catch a live show in Fruita.

Primarily showcasing the areas best singer/songwriter musicians, its space off of East Aspen Street has turned into a local hot spot.

It’s so successful, in fact, that on Saturday, Jan. 30, the Copper Club celebrates its three-year anniversary with club regulars We Speak Imaginese and duo Tim+Richard.

Both bands are perfect examples of the type of music that suits the Copper Clubs’ space. Neither overpower the room. They embrace the smaller space by playing mostly acoustic instruments.

Tim+Richard offer a different take on the traditional guitar/percussion duo. Richard (percussionist) plays a Meinl cajon, a traditional Peruvian, box-shaped hand drum, that offers a crisper, Earthier tone than a traditional drum kit.

We Speak Imaginese might as well be the house band at the Copper Club. The band has played numerous shows there including its recent album release party.

Featuring mandolin, double bass, piano and acoustic guitar, We Speak Imaginese captures the vibe of the Copper Club as close as anyone.

The club’s three-year anniversary may grab your attention, but don’t overlook the events before and after that Saturday celebration.

Just a few days earlier, on Wednesday, Jan. 27, Fruita guitarist Kyle Harvey will share the Copper Club stage with long-time friend and fellow troubadour Justin Lamoureux for a sneaky good show.

Lamoureux, who has been touring both State side and through Europe with folk outfit Midwest Dilemma, blends rich storytelling and layered instrumentation in an incredibly personal way.

On “Timelines & Tragedies,” Lamoureux climbs the family tree, tracing his ancestral roots from French Canadian fur trading, through the Great Depression, and eventually to his current life in Omaha, Nebraska.

Harvey and Lamoureux is the type of show the Copper Club has become known for. The club’s laid back, laissez-faire vibe makes you feel like you are kicked back in the safety of your home.

Once just a place to get a stout beer, the Copper Club is now a lively spot to catch a live show.

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