Music Scene: Animal Eyes, more local shows

Animal Eyes


Other music events in the area:

Goodman Band, 8–11 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28, Vance Johnson’s Outlaw Ribs, 315 E. First St., Parachute, 285-1917.

Jack + Jill, 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28, Naggy McGee’s Irish Pub, 359 Colorado Ave., 424-5840.

When it Counts, 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28, Mesa Theater and Lounge, 538 Main St., ages 21 and older, 241-1717.

Tony Rosario, 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28, Copper Club Brewing, 235 E. Aspen Ave., Fruita, 858-8318.

Desert Flyer Band, 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Feb. 28–March 1, Central Station, 2993 North Ave., 628-4530.

Desert Moon, 9 p.m. Saturday, March 1, Naggy McGee’s Irish Pub, 359 Colorado Ave., 424-5840.

Three Peace Band, 8:30 p.m.–midnight Saturday, March 1, Brass Rail, 476 28 Road, 241-8686.

The Williams Brothers & Friends, live CD recording, open-to-the-public rehearsals 2 p.m., show 10 p.m. Saturday, March 1, Sabrosa, 122 S. Fifth St., ages 21 and older,

Retrospectacle, 10 p.m.–12:30 a.m. Saturday, March 1, Rockslide Brew Pub, 401 Main St., 245-2111.

Fat Tuesday, 7–9:30 p.m. Saturday, March 1, Blue Sage Center for the Arts, 226 Grand Ave., Paonia, jazz music by Mike Gwinn and Friends, New Orleans inspired menu, masks.

The English Beat, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, March 2, Mesa Theater and Lounge, 538 Main St., $24 advance, $27 day of show, 241-1717.

Darin Kamstra, percussion recital, accompanied by Forest Greenough on double bass, 4 p.m. Sunday, March 2, Recital Hall, Moss Performing Arts Center, Colorado Mesa University, 1231 N. 12th St., $10 adults, $8 seniors, $5 students, 248-1604.

Classics: Viva Italia!, Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra concert, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 4, Grand Junction High School auditorium, 1400 N. Fifth St., $17.50–$30 adults, $5 students, tickets at symphony office, 414 Main St., by phone 243-6787 and at

Tony Rosario, 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 4, Palisade Brewing Co., 200 Peach Ave., Palisade, 464-1462.

Jeff and Kellen, 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 5, Naggy McGee’s Irish Pub, 359 Colorado Ave., 424-5840.

We Speak Imaginese, 9 p.m. Thursday, March 6, Naggy McGee’s Irish Pub, 359 Colorado Ave., 424-5840.

DJ Shiftee with Maestro Cruzo, Spring 2014 Tour, 9:30 p.m. Thursday, March 6, Mesa Theater and Lounge, 538 Main St., ages 18 and older, $7 advance, $9 day of show, $5 students with valid ID, 241-1717.

A self-proclaimed “eclectic, experimental rock” band, Animal Eyes will bring its alternative, fresh sound to Fruita.

The band — Tyler Langham plays guitar and vocals; Tyler Figley, guitar and vocals; Colin McArthur, bass; Haven Multz-Matthews, drums; and Sam Tenhoss, accordion, keys and vocals — is on a six-week national tour to Austin, Texas, for the South By Southwest music festival then up to Treefort Music Festival in Boise, Idaho.

Langham said the Portland, Ore., band wasn’t selected to perform inside SXSW, but it is going to perform in Austin anyway for the exposure.

“Even if you don’t officially get in (to SXSW), there are unofficial showcases,” Langham said. “We went last year just on our own and booked shows in downtown Austin. Even big names will play unofficial showcases for free, and it’s really cool for concert-goers because you don’t have to buy passes.”

The guys in Animal Eyes, all in their early 20s, met in Alaska where they performed in high school bands. After the realization that college wasn’t for them, the guys formed a band and have worked on their music ever since.

They write their own songs and released their first EP, “URSUS,” on iTunes and in September. They recorded it in a vintage clothing store and paid a friend “as much as we could afford to pay him,” to help.

“Not very glamorous,” Langham said. “But this is how it starts.”

The guys are touring in a used church van they bought off Craigslist.

Animal Eyes wants to release a full-length studio debut album in the near future. (Langham said the band doesn’t acknowledge the 2011 “Found in the Forest” album as the debut because it just needed material to “start gigging.”)

Influenced heavily by bands such as Menomena, Blitzen Trapper and Modest Mouse, Animal Eyes will play at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28, at Cavalcade, 201 E. Aspen Ave. Admission is $5.


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