Music Scene: Dec. 14-20


Other music events in the area:

Vintage Voltage, classic ‘60s–‘80s rock and blues, 8 p.m.–midnight Friday, Dec. 14, Rocky Mountain Pub, 539 Colorado Ave., 245-0995,

Kill Paris, dub music, doors open 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, Mesa Theater and Lounge, 538 Main St., all ages, toys will be accepted at the door to benefit the Toys for Tots program, 241-1717.

Karen and Ashlee from Nashville, Tenn., 9:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, Cruiser’s Bar, 715 Horizon Drive, 214-2554.

First United Methodist Church Chancel Choir concert and sing-along, 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, church’s sanctuary, 522 White Ave., free, 270-7989.

Three Peace Band CD party, 7:30 p.m.–midnight Friday, Dec. 14, JD’s Tavern 155 N. Mulberry, Fruita, 858-3996..

Sounds of the Season Traditions ... Old and New, choral music program presented by Palisade High School, 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, Jubilee Family Church of God, 483 30 Road, $8 reserved, $10 at the door, holiday dessert and beverages included, seating limited, reservations recommended, 254-4817, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Karaoke, 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, Lounge 743, DoubleTree by Hilton, 743 Horizon Drive, 241-8888.

“The Nutcracker,” Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra with Colorado Mesa University dance department and dancers from the New York City Ballet, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, Grand Junction High School auditorium, 1400 N. Fifth St., $15–$25 adults, $5 children and students, group rates for 10 or more, tickets at, 243-6787 or at the symphony office, 225 N. Fifth St.

“The Nutcracker: An Unexpected Fairy Tale,” Blue Sage Center for the Arts Concert Series, featuring ballet with local dancers, 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 14–15, 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16, Blue Sage Center for the Arts, 226 Grand Ave., Paonia, 527-7243,

Three Peace Band, 8 p.m.–midnight Saturday, Dec. 15, and 1–4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16, Triple Tree Tavern, 201 Second St., Clifton, 434-9428.

DJ Tullie and friends, 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, Cruiser’s Bar, 715 Horizon Drive, 214-2554.

Sweetwater Burns, rock, 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, The Brass Rail, 476 28 Road, 241-8686.

DJ Klamfoth’s going away party presented by Junktown and GPP with Black Pegasus and Blkhrts, 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, Mesa Theater and Lounge, 538 Main St., 241-1717.

Bar D Wranglers Christmas Jubilee, cowboy Christmas songs, comedy, guitar pickin’ and fiddlin’, doors 6 p.m., show 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, Avalon Theatre, 645 Main St., $17 adults, $9 ages 12 and younger, tickets at Western Implements Ranch Rite or Murdoch’s in Clifton,

Josh Rogan, 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, Cavalcade, 201 E. Aspen Ave., Fruita, 260-5413,

Christmas Concert with Mary Leah Gilbert Chavies’ piano students, 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16, First United Methodist Church, 522 White Ave., 245-2394.

“Christmas Old and New,” Montrose Community Band Christmas concert, 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16, Montrose Pavilion, 1800 Pavilion Drive, Montrose, free,, 596-1188.

Advent Concert featuring Cedaredge United Methodist Church Choir and Spirits of Fire Quartet, 12:10–12:55 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 18, St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Fifth and Palmer streets in Delta, 874-9489, 874-9485.

Desert Moon blues jam, Tuesday, Dec. 18, Mesa Theater and Lounge, 538 Main St., 241-1717.

Michael Bolton in concert, 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 19, Avalon Theatre, 645 Main St., $59–$69, tickets at Back Porch Music, City Market stores, 243-8497,

Music at Noon Advent concert series featuring Connie Stout and Kelly Thompson, voice, pipe organ and piano, noon Wednesday, Dec. 19, Montrose United Methodist Church, 19 S. Park Ave., take a lunch, 249-3716.

A successful songwriter long before he ever recorded a song, country music star Phil Vassar thinks that every song should evoke something.

The winner of two American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers Songwriter of the Year trophies, Vassar will perform a live acoustic country Christmas show at 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16, in the auditorium at Grand Junction High School, 1400 N. Fifth St. Country music singer Sarah Darling and country group High Valley also will perform.

According to the “about” link at, Vassar has written hits for Collin Raye (“Little Red Rodeo”), Tim McGraw (“My Next Thirty Years” and “For A Little While”), Alan Jackson (“She’s Right On The Money”) and Jo Dee Messina (“I’m Alright”).

“Whether it makes you happy and puts you in a good mood, or makes you cry and feel desperation ... you know, whether you’re going through a marriage, or a divorce, or you’re in love or you hate somebody, or whatever it is ... songs should evoke something,” says Vassar at

Vassar launched his own recording label, Rodeowave, in 2011 and in recent months has “debuted some freshly penned songs” and is “dusting off some vintage tunes from the vault,” the website said.

“Known for up-tempo piano numbers that instantly get your foot tapping, like ‘Carlene,’ and ‘Six-Pack Summer,’ and heartstring-tugging devotionals like ‘That’s When I Love You,’ and ‘Just Another Day In Paradise,’ Phil can also dig deep into heartbreak territory, as evidenced by the wrenchingly honest ballad, ‘April Fools’ a song he wrote years ago that’s making its first appearance under the Rodeowave banner,” the website says.

Vassar’s most recent single, titled “Don’t Miss Your Life,” debuted at No. 57 on Billboards Hot Country Songs chart earlier this year.

Concert tickets are $25–$45 and can be purchased at or by calling 800-626-8497.


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