Change ahead for Rockestra


GJ Rockestra Concert IV set list

■ “Rock You Like a Hurricane” — Scorpions

■ “Cum on Feel the Noize” — Quiet Riot

■ “Purple Haze” — Jimi Hendrix

■ “Brown Eyed Girl” — Van Morrison

■ “Keep Your Hands to Yourself” — Georgia Satellites

■ “White Wedding” — Billy Idol

■ “Tom Sawyer” — Rush

■ “Alone” — Heart

■ “Mustang Sally” — Wilson Pickett

■ “Fat Bottom Girls” — Queen

■ “Open Arms” — Journey

■ “Sir Duke” — Stevie Wonder

■ “Feels Like the First Time” — Foreigner

■ “Girls, Girls, Girls” — Motley Crue

■ “Smokin’” — Boston

■ “Devil Went Down to Georgia” — Charlie Daniels Band

■ “Wanted Dead or Alive” — Bon Jovi

■ “Born to Run” — Bruce Springsteen

■ “Heartbreaker” — Pat Benatar

■ “Sweet Emotion” — Aerosmith

■ “Little Less Conversation” — Elvis Presley

■ “Addicted to Love” — Robert Palmer

■ “The Search is Over” — Survivor

■ “Photograph” — Def Leppard

■ “You Shook Me All Night Long” — AC/DC

■ Encore 1: “Livin’ on a Prayer” — Bon Jovi

■ Encore 2: “I Love Rock N’ Roll”— Joan Jett

Things are about to change for the GJ Rockestra.

It has been nearly a year since the symphony-turned-rock band staged its inaugural show at Colorado Mesa University, and the successes of the first year — two of the four shows at Robinson Theatre were nearly sold out — has prompted the Rockestra to turn up the volume.

Yes, it is possible to crank up the volume of an AC/DC songs, said Calvin Hofer, Rockestra member and creator.

Starting with the GJ Rockestra Concert IV at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 19, there will be an increase in special effects, changes in lighting, more songs and a longer intermission to socialize and enjoy adult beverages.

“Now, we’ll move to more of a rock show,” said Hofer, who also oversees the university’s music department.

Classic rock will still dominate the Rockestra’s set list. However, the rock orchestra, comprised of community singers and rockers as well as Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra members, will begin to play more modern music arranged for a larger orchestra, Hofer said.

For example, at the Rockestra’s next show, it will play Lady Gaga’s “Band Romance.”

“I expected (the Rockestra) to go over big,” Hofer said. “It’s unique. It performs at a really high level. It’s different than going to a bar. It’s going to a show.”

Tickets to GJ Rockestra Concert IV are on sale for $20 or $25, depending on seat location. The show is at Robinson Theatre inside CMU’s Moss Performing Arts Center.

Tickets are available at the CMU box office; Grand Junction Harley-Davidson, 245-0812; or through the symphony, and 243-6787.

Grande River Vineyards and Breckenridge Brewery beverages will be for sale before the concert and during intermission.


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