Music Scene: July 5-11


With genre labels that range from “jamgrass” and “nu-folk” to “redneck gypsy jazz,” Austin, Tex.,-based band MilkDrive has built a following that’s as funky and friendly as they are.

MilkDrive will bring its brand of funky jazz-grass music to Fruita when it plays at 6 p.m. Sunday, July 7, at Cavalcade, 201 E. Aspen Ave. Tickets are $10.

“MilkDrive features award-winning instrumentalists Brian Beken on fiddle and lead vocals, Noah Jeffries on guitar and harmony vocals, Dennis Ludiker on mandolin and harmony vocals, and Matt Mefford on double bass,” according to the band’s bio at

“But, awards reveal nothing about the Austin string band’s exhilarating sound,” the bio adds. “Fueled by equal parts tradition and innovation, MilkDrive delivers a distinctive acoustic experience that crosses genres, geographies, and generations.

“Ludiker, Beken and Jeffries met as youngsters competing in the National Oldtime Fiddlers’ Contest in Weiser, Idaho. Eventually they migrated to Austin, where they toured with an eclectic mix of bands and honed their songwriting chops before joining up with bass player extraordinaire Mefford and forming MilkDrive.”

The band has released four albums. Its most recent album, “Waves,” was released in June 2012 and features guests Noam Pikelny of Punch Brothers and Futureman of Bela Fleck & the Flecktones.

MilkDrive is on tour this summer with gigs reaching from California to Massachusetts. Visit the band’s website or Facebook page for more information or call Cavalcade at 260-5413 to learn more.

Other music events in the area:

Flashback, 7–10 p.m. Friday, July 5, Palisade Brewery Co., 200 Peach Ave., Palisade, 464-1462.

Vintage Voltage, classic rock and blues, 8 p.m.–midnight Friday and Saturday, July 5–6, JD’s Bar, 155 N. Mulberry St., Fruita,

Red, White and Blues, featuring The Western Colorado Jazz Orchestra, Hear it Through the Grapevine concert series, gates open 6:30 p.m., concert 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 6, Grande River Vineyards in Palisade, $15 in advance, $20 at the gate, dinner and wine available for purchase or take a picnic and purchase a bottle of wine, tickets at, 243-6787, Fisher’s Liquor Barn, Roper Music and the Grand Junction Symphony office, 225 N. Fifth St.

Paul Frazier and Roy Martin, Americana guitar/vocal, 2 p.m. Sunday, July 7, Chapel of the Cross Summer Concert Series, Chapel of the Cross, Pioneer Town, 315 SW Third St., Cedaredge, admission by donation, 210-0471.

Goodman Unplugged, 9 p.m.–1 a.m. Wednesday, July 10, Naggy McGee’s 359 Colorado Ave., 424-5840.

Mountain Heart, cutting edge bluegrass, with opening band The Matt Flinner Trio, sixth annual free Summer Concert Series, 6 p.m. Thursday, July 11, Hartell Park, Ridgway, kids activities, food and beer vendors,

The Matt Flinner Trio, late night show, Thursday, July 11, Sherbino Theater in Ridgway, $5,

Gigi Love and The Mystics, 6–9 p.m. Thursday, July 11, Hot Tomato Cafe and Pizzeria, 124 N. Mulberry, Fruita, 858-1117.

Gotta Be, instrumental vocal trio, 7 p.m. Thursday, July 11, Chapel of the Cross Summer Concert Series, Chapel of the Cross, Pioneer Town, 315 SW Third St., Cedaredge, admission by donation, 210-0471.

Crown Point, pop/rock/alternative, Thursday Night Concert Series, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 11, Fruita Civic Center Pavilion, 325 E. Aspen Ave., 858-0360.


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