Jefferson Starship to salute America in GJ

Longtime rock group Jefferson Starship will perform a free show titled “Salute to America” as a way to honor U.S. veterans, active military servicemen and women and their families.

The concert is part of nonprofit Help Hospitalized Veterans’ national tour and is presented in cooperation with Soldier’s Wish.

The concert will be 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 14, at Two Rivers Convention Center, 159 Main St.

Although the show is free, a ticket is required for admission. Tickets are available at City Market locations on a first-come, first-served basis.

“These concerts are meant to pay tribute and extend the thanks of a grateful nation to all the men and women who are currently serving in our nation’s military, as well as those who have served previously, and also their families,” said John Meagher, chairman of the board for HHV in a statement.

Musician Paul Kantner, a member of Jefferson Starship as well as a member of the group’s founding forefathers Jefferson Airplane, said his interest in performing for shows to benefit veterans dates back to the Vietnam era.

“We like to kick ass, and they like to kick ass,” said Kantner, now 73.

The Grand Junction show will include songs associated with Jefferson Starship, as well as hits linked to Jefferson Airplane such as “Somebody to Love,” “White Rabbit” and “Volunteers.”

“We usually manage to evoke a good sense of adventure and usually people connect with” that, Kantner said.


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