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Perfect Trifecta: Subs, Suds, and Music at Barons

By David Goe

There is an episode of “Seinfeld” in which George Costanza goes for the trifecta: a combination of his three favorite things — television, food and sex — in one civilization destroying conquest.

In typical fashion, everything comes crashing down around him, and in one classic scene with Jerry, George explains the situation, “I got greedy. Flew to close to the sun on wings of pastrami.”

I’ve been thinking about that episode a lot lately as I also have a deep fondness for salted, cured meats, and like George, have worked that love into my own trifecta.

Yes, I too have turned into a pleasure-seeking Caligula of sorts, but unlike George, I promise to never to combine my loves into one disgusting uncontrollable urge.

That being said, it may be difficult to keep that promise as the sandwiches at Barons are pretty damn delicious.

My trifecta is good food, craft beer and live music and Barons is the temptress waving all three in front of my face.

While many bars have late night food, beer and live music, a deep fried plate of cholesterol is not half as delicious as say, the Italian Combo.

At Barons’ grand opening a couple months back, I remember snacking on the Italian, a made-to-order sub with salami, ham, fresh mozzarella, provolone, artichoke hearts, banana peppers, roasted red peppers, fresh basil, tomato and organic baby greens, all soaked in a balsamic reduction sauce.

Sitting back with my sandwich, a cold Dirty Hippie and watching Tight Thump’s local debut was when my version of the trifecta was born. Since then, it’s been nothing but a free love buffet for this columnist.

Last Friday, I found myself at Barons once again sipping on a Kannah Creek beer enjoying We Speak Imaginese’s set.

Such a great quartet, We Speak Imaginese is the heir to the Americana throne recently vacated by Lowlands, who called it quits last month. Featuring mandolin, double bass, piano and acoustic guitar, the band sounds great playing folkgrass grooves about everything from budding romances to fly-fishing.

Pianist Talya Dewey and guitarist David Jergensen do most of the singing and sound great harmonizing together and individually. Dewey in particular can hit some notes that make you shake your head and say, “wow.”

What really struck me about Barons that night was how much of a turnaround that space has made. Before, when it was one of the previous pool hall incarnates, the space never felt safe. It had a nasty reputation and kept many people away.

Now, with new owners, a fresh cleaning and mouth-watering food, Barons feels like a safe place to hang out.

In fact, I’ll be at Barons again on Friday, April 11, to indulge myself on a sub, a beer and to the music of The Knew.

Fresh off playing the Snowball Music Festival in Denver, The Knew finally brings its classic rock attitude and groove-heavy baselines back to Grand Junction.

It has been well over a year since the band last played here and it has been sorely missed. The Knew are another one of those Denver bands on the cusp of making it big. It has played a bunch of music festivals, been featured in multiple press outlets, and even had a song featured on an episode of “Breaking Bad.”

The obvious comparison is to call The Knew a poor man’s Kings of Leon, but that doesn’t really do it justice. Yeah, I guess it is a quartet rock band but The Knew also are “front row boys” who clearly love the music, the lifestyle and the fans who comes along with it. Their energy is contagious, and their show is going to be a blast.

Just thinking about The Knew, plus a “SuperDave” and an Oskar Blues is getting me all flush with excitement. 

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