Music Scene: June 28–July 4


Other music events in the area:

Dirty Lektric, 9 p.m.–1 a.m. Friday, June 28, Rocky Mountain Pub, 539 Colorado Ave., 245-0995.

Summer of Strange Tour: Krizz Kraliko with !Mayday! and Stevie Stone, rap, doors 7 p.m. Friday, June 28, Mesa Theater and Lounge, 538 Main St., $20, 241-1717.

The Vitamin Bs, rock/blues/folk, three-generation family band, 7 p.m. Friday, June 28, Cavalcade, 201 E. Aspen Ave., Fruita, 260-5413,

Piano Masterworks and Rarely Heard Gems, Western Slope Concert Series, Kathryn Mientka, piano, 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 28, First Methodist Church, 522 White Ave., all seats reserved staring at $9 in advance and $12 at the door for adults, all piano students and piano teachers free at the door, tickets at, 241-4579.

Stereo Reform from Charleston, S.C., 9:30 p.m. Friday, June 28, Cruisers Bar, 715 Horizon Drive, 314-2554.

Goodman Band/Texas Flood (Stevie Ray Vaughn Tribute), 7–10 p.m. Friday, June 28, Wine County Inn, 777 Grande River Drive, Palisade, 464-5777.

Kara Huber, pianist, doors open 6 p.m., show 7 p.m. Friday, June 28, Wright Opera House, 472 Main St., Ouray, $20, 325-4399.

Russ Chapman, Americana, 8 p.m. Friday, June 28, Copper Club Brewing Co., 233 E. Aspen Ave., Fruita, 858-8318.

Pineapple Crackers, 9 p.m. Friday, June 28, Naggy McGee’s Irish Pub, 359 Colorado Ave., 424-5840.

Vintage Voltage, classic rock and blues, 8 p.m.–midnight Friday and Saturday, June 28–29, JD’s Bar, 155 N. Mulberry St., Fruita,

Desert Moon, pre-Grand Junction Rockies game concert, 5–6:45 p.m. Friday, June 28, Suplizio Field, Lincoln Park, 1315 North Ave., 255-7625.

Loaded .45, album release party with As If, Forsberg and Augmented, doors open 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 29, Mesa Theater and Lounge, 538 Main St., $7 cover, 241-1717.

VJ Coltrain, 9 p.m.–1 a.m. Saturday, June 29, Rocky Mountain Pub, 539 Colorado Ave., 245-0995.

Latin Knights, local rock/Latino, 9:30 p.m. Saturday, June 29, Cruisers Bar, 715 Horizon Drive, 314-2554.

Frank Bregar Orchestra with Krystyn Hartman, Hear it Through the Grapevine Concert Series, gate opens 6:30 p.m., concert 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 29, Grande River Vineyards, Palisade, take a picnic and lawn chairs, food and beverages available to purchase, no outside beverages, $15 in advance, $20 at the gate, benefits Western Slope Food Bank of the Rockies, take a bag of nonperishable food to donate to the food bank, tickets at Fisher’s Liquor Barns, City Market stores, Roper Music, Grande River Vineyards and, 464-5867.

Patriotic Concert, Montrose Community Band, 7 p.m. Sunday, June 30, Montrose Pavilion,, 596-1188.

Alena & Hastings, contemporary vocal, 2 p.m. Sunday, June 30, Chapel of the Cross Summer Concert Series, Chapel of the Cross, Pioneer Town, 315 SW Third St., Cedaredge, admission by donation, 210-0471.

Jack + Jill and Project Groove, 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 3, Cruisers Bar, 715 Horizon Drive, fireworks show, 314-2554.

Grand Junction Centennial Band, Americana, Thursday Night Concert Series, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 4, Fruita Civic Center Pavilion, 325 E. Aspen Ave., Fruita City Council ice cream social, 858-0360.

Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band, funk/dance music, with opening band Isa and JoeAlan, sixth annual free Summer Concert Series, 6 p.m. Thursday, July 4, Hartell Park, Ridgway, kids activities, food and beer vendors,

Isa and JoeAlan, late night show, Thursday, July 4, Sherbino Theater, Ridgway, $5,

Swamp Cabbage, a southern rock and blues band from Florida, will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday, June 29, at Triple Tree Tavern, 201 Second St., in Clifton.

So, what’s with the name? The about link on the band’s Facebook page explains: “The Seminoles, Timuquans, Creeks and other native Floridians harvested and stewed the heart of the Sabal palm tree to create a rustic delicacy called swamp cabbage. Rarely served today save for in pine-paneled hunting lodges and fish camps, swamp cabbage still lingers as a vestige of the ‘real’ Florida. As an inspirational archetype the name Swamp Cabbage was chosen to remind listeners where the music comes from and that it is a musical concoction of southern rock, blues, soul, Dixieland jazz and Appalachian.”

As lead guitarist for the legendary Richie Havens, Swamp Cabbage founder Walter Parks has played at Madison Square Garden, Carnegie Hall, the Cannes Film Festival and other venues nationwide. Upon Havens’ retirement in 2009, Parks began writing and recording as a solo artist and with his band Swamp Cabbage.

According to the band’s Facebook bio, Parks does the “singing and picking,” Jagoda, the “beating,” and Jim Devito, the “thumping” (bassist).

Swamp Cabbage’s music has been featured on the Discovery Channel’s “American Guns” theme, “Man vs. Food” and “My Big Redneck Wedding,” the bio says, and, “if you like early ZZ Top, The Meters, Dr. John, Tom Waits, Tony Joe White, J.J. Grey and Mofro and The Black Keys, this show is not to be missed.”


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