Music Scene: JD McPherson and other area shows for Sept. 29–Oct. 5
During high school, JD McPherson listened to Jimmy Hendrix, Led Zeppelin and punk rock. Then he picked up a Buddy Holly box set.
“Something about that scratched an itch,” he said in his Facebook bio. “Then I started getting into the black side of rock ‘n’ roll: Larry Williams, Little Richard, Art Neville’s stuff on Specialty, then soul and Jamaican rocksteady.”
McPherson, a multi-talented musician and visual artist, will play a show at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 1, at Mesa Theater, 538 Main St.
He will be joined by guest Dylan Pratt. Tickets cost $25 and can be purchased at TicketsWest.com or by calling 243-TIXS.
McPherson, whose hometown is Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, also found inspiration in the “bustling center of the contemporary arts” in nearby Tulsa, and attended University of Oklahoma focusing on undergraduate studies in experimental film.
“I wanted to paint, do installation, make video art, performance stuff, sculpture. I’ll bet I’m the only person to have received graduate credit hours in card magic,” McPherson said in his bio.
During his university years, McPherson played in bands “doing everything from punk to western swing” and eventually earned a Masters from the University of Tulsa in open media, “a discipline designed specifically for his interests and ambitions,” the bio says.
His debut album “On Signs & Signifiers,” was released in 2015 and his second album, “Undivided Heart and Soul,” is available for pre-order and set for release Oct. 6.
Other music events in the area:
Graham Anduri and Javier de los Santos, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29, Cavalcade, 201 E. Aspen Ave., Fruita, voice and guitar concert, 260-5413, cavalcadefruita.com.
Bicycle Annie, 9:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29, Cruisers Bar, 715 Horizon Drive, 314-2554.
Ric & Karen, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29, Moose Lodge, 567 25 1/2 Road, dance to country and rock ‘n’ roll, for members and qualified guests, 242-4754.
Heath & Molly, 8–10 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29, Warehouse 25Sixty-Five, 2565 American Way, American folk-rock duo from Kentucky; Led Stetson 10 p.m.–midnight, warehouse2565.com.
Goodman Band, 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29, Triple Tree Tavern, 201 Second St., Clifton, 434-9428.
A-Mac & The Height, Cycles, Project 432 and Five 14, 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29, Mesa Theater, 538 Main St., Mavs on Main Music Festival, free with student ID, $5 without, ages 18 and older, 773-1775, mesatheater.com.
Music jam, 6–9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29, Warrior Resource Center, 11 S. Park Ave., Montrose, take an instrument or come to listen, community invited, 765-2210.
Morgan Crouse, 6–8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29, Marlo’s Lounge, SpringHill Suites, 236 Main St., 424-5777.
Ottmar Liebert and Luna Negra, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30, Avalon Theatre, 645 Main St., border-style flamenco instrumentalist, $29–$49, tickets at 243-TIXS, ticketswest.com, ottmarliebert.com.
Vintage Voltage, 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30, Cruisers Bar, 715 Horizon Drive, classic rock and blues, 314-2554.
Zolopht, gates open 1:30 p.m., music at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30, Edgewater Brewery, 905 Struthers Ave., St. B’s Rock the Bald End of Summer Blowout, $10 at the gate, 243-3659.
Jack + Jill, 8–11:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30, Warehouse 25Sixty-Five, 2565 American Way, local indie/alt band with Snootch, warehouse2565.com.
Flat Top Reed, 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30, Red Fox Cellars, 695 36 Road, Palisade.
Colorado West Marching Festival, field show noon Saturday, Sept. 30, Stocker Stadium, Lincoln Park, judging and awards will follow, no parade this year, $10 adults, $6 students, active military and seniors, ages 5 and younger free.
Gin & Jazz Concert, 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30, Western Colorado Botanical Gardens, 641 Struthers Ave., music by New Orleans-based Tom Worrell and Ted LaRocca, food trucks, beignets, chicory coffee, photo booth, celebration of Housing Resources of Western Colorado’s 40-year anniversary, $15 in advance, $20 at the door, benefit Housing Resources, tickets at hrwco.org.
Clark Gault’s Swing City Express, 6–9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30, The Commons of Hilltop, 625 27 1/2 Road, big band dance sounds at the Block Party and Concert, international inspired dinner 6–7 p.m., $12 for dinner, cash bar, public invited, free to dance, 244-0420.
Jerrod Niemann with Diamond Rio and Dylan Scott, noon–8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30, Cottonwood Park in Parachute, Oktobertfest headliners, tickets $25–$40, family passes, unlimited play passes, and camping passes available, oktoberfestco.com.
Kristen Yeon-Ji Yun, cello and Arthur Houle, Piano, 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 1, Love Recital Hall, Moss Performing Arts Center, Colorado Mesa University, 1231 N. 12th St., $12 adults, $10 seniors, $5 students, coloradomesa.edu/mosstickets.
The Color Of Music, 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 1, Montrose Pavilion, 1800 Pavilion Drive, Montrose, Montrose Community Band and Jazz Ensemble perform all types of music, free, montroseband.com.
Archspire, 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 2, Mesa Theater, 538 Main St., death metal with Reaping Asmodeia and Awaiting Eternity, $12–$15, 773-1775, mesatheater.com.
Blues jam, 7–10 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 3, Charlie Dwellington’s, 103 N. First St., take an instrument, 241-4010.
Tom Keogh, 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 3, Moose Lodge, 567 25 1/2 Road, dance to Western favorites, swing and Latin, for members and qualified guests, 242-4754.
Toadies, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 4, Mesa Theater, 538 Main St., rock with Local H, $20–$25, 773-1775, mesatheater.com.
Three Redneck Tenors, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 5, Grand Junction High School auditorium, 1400 N. Fifth St., Community Concerts of the Grand Valley concert featuring “America’s Got Talent” top finalists performing a smorgasbord of songs, individual tickets $25 adults, $15 students, at the door only, communityconcertsgrandvalley.org, 243-1979.
George Winston, doors 6:30 p.m., show 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 5, The Ute Theater, 132 E. Fourth St., Rifle, pianist touring in support of his “Spring Carousel,” take a canned food donation for the local food bank, tickets at ticketswest.com, sandstoneconcerts.com, georgewinston.com.
Shea Bramer, 6–8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 5, Marlo’s Lounge, SpringHill Suites, 236 Main St., 424-5777.