Great music at GJ Off-Road

Wild Party

Jamestown Revival



When rock and pop band Wild Party hits the stage at Grand Junction Off-Road, it will be playing tracks off its yet-to-be released album “Phantom Pop,” which comes out Oct. 7.

Wild Party vocalist Lincoln Kreifels and guitarist Lucas Hughes have known each other since middle school, and their shared love of music led them to record some demos that eventually wound up in the hands of Ethan Kaufman, who produced the debut album and joined Wild Party as a bassist, Kreifels said.

Drummer Cary LaScala joined the party later. The guys are in their early- to late-20s.

Kreifels isn’t sure how Wild Party, which played 13 shows in five days at this year’s SXSW festival in Austin, Texas, got linked up with the Grand Junction Off-Road, but he said the band has played twice in Colorado, once in Fort Collins and once in Colorado Springs, and is ready to come back.

“I want to live there,” Kreifels said.

Wild Party plays a variety of musical styles but is most known for its upbeat, pop-structured sounds.

The band’s songs have been used on MTV and a forthcoming single, “Out Right” was featured in a Major League Soccer promo, the band’s bio said.

Mountain bikers won’t be the only ones entertained during the Grand Junction Off-Road.

The event that brings mountain bikers to this area’s world-famous trails to compete for cash and prizes also offers an excuse for visitors and locals to party in downtown Grand Junction on Friday and Saturday, Aug. 29–30.

The Sierra Nevada Beer Garden will be set up near Fourth and Main Streets from 5–8 p.m. Friday and from noon to 7 p.m. Saturday.

From 7–10 p.m. Friday people can hear Flat Top Reed, along with some of the area’s best musicians in a free show near The Shade Tree, 618 Main St. This concert isn’t technically part of the Grand Junction Off-Road but will serve as a way to extend festivities down Main Street.

Look for other events throughout the weekend on the 600 block of Main Street, which will be shut down to traffic, allowing vendors to sell food to benefit the Veteran’s Art Center. The center’s instructors will give free classes and give demonstrations.

On Saturday, spectators will be able to enjoy hours of live music from some of the area’s best bands, as well as two relative newcomers to the national music scene, on a stage at Fourth and Main streets.

Local band Poke Squid will play at 10 a.m. and the Williams Brothers Band will follow at noon.

Texas-based indie rock and pop band Wild Party will perform at 2 p.m.

Headliner Jamestown Revival, which has been compared to The Lumineers and The Avett Brothers, will take the stage at 6 p.m. and wrap up the day of music.

Find an interview with Jamestown Revival’s Jonathan Clay and Zach Chance in the Friday, Aug. 22, Out & About or online at


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