Music Scene: American Authors and other area shows set for Sept. 16–22

American Authors


Other music events in the area:

Ghost River Band, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16, Moose Lodge, 567 25 1/2 Road, dance to country favorites and rock ‘n’ roll, for members and qualified guests, 242-4754.

Advent Horizon, 9:30 p.m.–1:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 16, Cruisers Bar, 715 Horizon Drive, indie rock from Salt Lake City, 314-2554.

Andrew Wynne, 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Sept. 16–17, Gateway Canyons Resort, 43200 Colorado Highway 141, Gateway, 931-2458; 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18, Palisade Brewing Co., Palisade, acoustic 464-1462, folk-rock singer from Denver.

Johnson County Coroners, 8:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16, Ella’s Blues Room, 336 Main St., 628-4684.

Dixiefest, doors open 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16, Mesa Theater, 538 Main St., with Clyde and the Milltailers, If I Fail, Larren and Shea, Obtuse, Ryan Harrison, Tyler Hawkins and As If performing as Blink 182: doors open 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, Mesa Theater, 538 Main St., for As If, Augmented, The Backseaters, Chad Bang, Finding Common Ground, Fools and Scholars, If I Fail, Heartland, Nothing Less, Obtuse, Soviet Mothers, Tim+Richard, Shatterproof, Suckafish, Sworn Us Under, Tonight We Rise, This Foul Year, Wall of the Fallen, Videl, Wolfson and more, $15–$20, 773-1775,

Real Deal, 8–11 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16, Warehouse 25sixty-five, 2565 American Way, classic country, 628-4321,

Timber, 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16, Edgewater Brewery, 905 Struthers Ave., bluegrass, Full Moon Party, 243-3659.

Telluride Blues & Brews, Friday through Sunday, Sept. 16–18, in Telluride, blues acts and craft beer,

Zolopht and Tim+Richard, 5:30–8:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16, Red Fox Cellars, 695 36 Road, Palisade, Grand Valley Food Truck Friday,

Country jam, 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16, Warrior Resource Center, 11 S. Park Ave., Montrose, take an instrument or come to listen, community invited, 765-2210.

Peggy Malone, 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, Fruita Farmers Market, Civic Center Park, 325 E. Aspen Ave., Fruita, country, 858-3894.

Paul Harshman, Saturday, Sept. 17 Suds Brothers Brewery, 127 E. Aspen Ave., Fruita, 858-9400.

Ulterior Motives, 9:30 p.m.–1:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, Cruisers Bar, 715 Horizon Drive, rock from Montrose, 314-2554.

We Speak Imaginese, 6:30–9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, Montrose Pavilion Commons Lawn, 1800 Pavilion Drive, Montrose, folk, old-time country and bluegrass, hosted by Western Colorado Congress, take a picnic and lawn chairs, no alcohol, 256-7650.

Fifty50, 6–10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park, Glenwood Springs, Music on the Mountain, classic, modern and original rock, ride the tram free beginning at 4 p.m. with a donation of a can of food for the LiftUp Food Pantry,, 945-4228, ext. 0.

Take Five, 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, Ella’s Blues Room, 336 Main St., 628-4684.

Barnyard Cousins, 8–11 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, CB’s Tavern, 334 Main St., Delta, bluegrass, 399-3292.

Discover Zimbabwe! 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, Blue Sage Center for the Arts, 226 Grand Ave., Paonia, concert by master marimba player and vocalist Musekiwa Chingodza, $13–$23, tickets at, 527-7243.

Andrew Tufano, 8–11 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, Warehouse 25sixty-five, 2565 American Way, singer/songwriter, 628-4321,

Dualakoo with Matt Lincoln, 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18, downtown Palisade during the Palisade Sunday Farmers Market, 464-5602,

Classics: Yang Plays Liszt, 7:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 19–20, Avalon Theatre, 645 Main St., Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra 2016–17 opening concert featuring Young Artist winner pianist Vincent Yang, tickets $20–$40 for adults, $5 students, tickets at, symphony office, 414 Main St., 243-6787.

Jon Wayne and the Pain, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20, Mesa Theater, 538 Main St., electronic reggae-dub jam band from The Twin Cities, A Decade of Pain fall tour, $10–$15, 773-1775,

Tom Keogh & Company, 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20, Moose Lodge, 567 25 1/2 Road, dance to western favorites, swing and Latin, for members and qualified guests, 242-4754.

Blues jam, 7–10 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20, Charlie Dwellington’s, 103 N. First St., take an instrument, 241-4010.

David Mayfield, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21, Cavalcade, 201 E. Aspen Ave., Fruita, 260-5413,

Blood on the Dance Floor, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21, Mesa Theater, 538 Main St., from Orlando, A Decade in Blood Tour, $15–$20, 773-1775,

Huey, 5:30–8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21, Las Marias, 118 S. Seventh St., 241-2398.

Michael Martin Murphey, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22, The Ute Theater, 132 E. Fourth St., Rifle, $35, tickets at City Market stores in Rifle, New Castle and Glenwood Springs, 243-TIXS,

The Williams Brothers, 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22, Ella’s Blues Room, 336 Main St., 628-4684.

The Wailers with Zolopht, 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22, Mesa Theater, 538 Main St., legendary reggae band, $25–$30, 773-1775,

David Booker, 7–9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22, CB’s Tavern, 334 Main St., Delta, blues from Denver, 399-3292.

Known for its breakthrough hit “Best Day of My Life,” American Authors are coming to Grand Junction for a concert at Colorado Mesa University.

The concert, set for 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, at the CMU’s Grand Mesa Field, is free for CMU students. Tickets are required though, and student tickets can be picked up at the CMU University Center information desk.

General admission community tickets cost $20 and VIP passes cost $35. Those tickets can be purchased at Denver-based alternative electro band, 888, will open the show.

“Offering up an emotional and propulsive mix of summery indie pop and meticulously crafted, commercial modern rock, Brooklyn-based American Authors fall somewhere between the arena-sized folk-rock of Mumford & Sons and the urban, heartfelt grandeur of Fun,” wrote music editor James Christopher Monger in a band bio posted at and

Zac Barnett (vocals), James Adam Shelley (guitar/banjo), Dave Rublin (bass) and Matt Sanchez (drums) met while attending the Berklee College of Music in Boston.

“The quartet eventually dropped out and relocated to Brooklyn,” the bio said.

After signing with Island Records in 2012, American Authors released singles “Believer” and “Best Day of My Life,” which peaked at No. 14 on the Billboard 200. The band’s debut EP was released the following year. Its LP, “Oh, What a Life,” was released in early 2014, and “What We Live For” was released this past July.

Another bio, posted at, says the quartet is self-described as “laid-back dudes” who bring “their own influences and experiences to the writing table to create pop-flavored alt rock sprinkled with four-part harmonies, spirited lyrics, and contagious optimism.”

“We’re the authors of our lives, creating music from what we’ve lived, from what we hope for, from what we feel. Every day is different and like everyone, our emotions change according to our personal highs and lows and by the challenges or triumphs that affect all of us,” Barnett said in the bio.


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