Music Scene: Poke Squid, more shows April 11-17


Desert Moon, local rock/country, 9:30 p.m. Friday, April 11, Cruisers Bar, 715 Horizon Drive, 314-2554.

Potcheen, 9 p.m. Friday, April 11, Naggy McGee’s Irish Pub, 359 Colorado Ave., 424-5840.

Dead Cowboyz, rock band, 9 p.m. Friday, April 11, Triple Tree Tavern, 201 S. Second St., 434-9428.

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

Ray Bonelli and Remember When, 7–10 p.m. Friday, April 11, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1247, 1404 Ute Ave., public welcome.

Mutany, 9 p.m. Friday, April 11, Mesa Theater and Lounge, 538 Main St., live in the lounge to celebrate bartender Ben’s birthday, ages 21 and older, 241-1717.

Vintage Voltage, classic rock and blues, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 11–12, JD’s Bar, 155 N. Mulberry St., Fruita,

Three Peace Band, 9 p.m.–midnight Saturday, April 12, Brass Rail, 476 28 Road, 241-8686.

The Rising Stars Festival, preliminary competition hosted by The Colorado State Music Teacher Association, festival 9 a.m.–4 p.m., concert 7:30 p.m., Saturday, April 12, Recital Hall, Moss Performing Arts Center, 1231 N. 12th St., competition features 56 students ages 6–19, representing 14 different local teachers, no charge to attend, 243-3417.

Flat Top Reed, local rock/blues, 9:30 p.m. Saturday, April 12, Cruisers Bar, 715 Horizon Drive, 314-2554.

Uranium Blues Band, 9 p.m. Saturday, April 12, Naggy McGee’s Irish Pub, 359 Colorado Ave., 424-5840.

Grand Valley’s Got Talent, concert featuring Bookcliff Barbershop Harmony Chorus and Quartets, Cover Charge Sweet Adelines Quartet, local youth choirs and singers from schools in the Grand Valley, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, April 12, Fruita Monument High School auditorium, 1102 Wildcat Ave., Fruita, space limited, reservations required, 255-9992.

“Carmen,” Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra’s final concert of the 2013–14 season, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 12, Grand Junction High School auditorium, 1400 N. Fifth St., $17.50–$30 adults, $5 students with valid ID, tickets at symphony office, 414 Main St., 243-6787, gjsymphony,org.

The Generations Jazz Ensemble, Night of Jazz benefit concert, 7–10 p.m. Saturday, April 12, Taste of Heaven Catering, 2817 North Ave., hors d’oeuvres, cash bar, $25, benefits St. Mary’s Hospital Blood Donor Center, tickets at and City Market locations, 243-9400.

Greatest American Composers of the 20th Century, free spring concert presented by Montrose Community Band, doors open 2:30 p.m., concert 3 p.m. Sunday, April 13, Montrose Pavilion, 1800 Pavilion Drive, Montrose,, 596-1188.

Jeff Pine, 7–10 p.m. Tuesday, April 15, The Ale House, 2531 N. 12th St., 242-7253.

Tony Rosario, 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 15, Palisade Brewing Co., 200 Peach Ave., Palisade, 464-1462.

Will Whalen, 7–10 p.m. Wednesday, April 16, The Ale House, 2531 N. 12th St., 242-7253.

Tony Rosario, 9 p.m. Wednesday, April 16, Naggy McGee’s Irish Pub, 359 Colorado Ave., 424-5840.

Faculty Piano Trio, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 17, Moss Performing Arts Center, Recital Hall, 1231 N. 12th St., Arthur Houle, piano; Kristen Yeon-Ji Yun, cello; Alejandro Gomez Guillen, violin, $10 adults, $8 seniors, $5 students, 248-1604.

Sway to the island vibes of local band Poke Squid from 9 p.m. to midnight Saturday, April 12, at The Ale House, 2531 N. 12th St.

Performing roots, rock and reggae, the band is made up of six Hawaiian-born musicians: Josh Adams, guitar; Chester Manalo, vocals; Jordan Leanio, vocals/ukulele; Bronson Henriques, vocals; Chasen Sampson, vocals; Ekolu Kaho’opi’i, drums; and Sterling Inouye, keys/guitar.

Poke Squid was formed in August 2009 when a few Hawaiians decided to sit down and jam, says the band’s Facebook page bio.

“Slowly but surely the band began to grow. Finally one day the Hawaiians acquired an amp and performed around the college. As time went by the band was presented with more and more opportunities,” the bio said.

Poke Squid — which, according to Urban Dictionary is Hawaiian slang for love making —  has been “through all the ups and the downs that go with a band but one thing has remained the same. The love of spreading Aloha (affection, peace, compassion and mercy) through music,” the bio said.

Check out the band’s Facebook page or call The Ale House, 242-7253, for information on the show.


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