Music Scene: American Authors and other area shows set for Sept. 16–22
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 ticketwest.com. 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 iTunes.com and Billboard.com.
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 mtv.com, 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.