Music Scene: Leo Kottke and other area shows for July 14–20

Leo Kottke



Guitar master Leo Kottke will bring his acoustic show to Grand Junction at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 20, at Avalon Theatre, 645 Main St.

The native of Athens, Georgia, lived in 12 different states and “absorbed a variety of musical influences as a child, flirting with both violin and trombone before trying his hand at the guitar at age 11,” according to a bio written by Jason Ankeny that is posted on Kottke’s allmusic.com page.

A mishap with a firecracker during his youth caused Kottke to lose some of the hearing in his left ear, and firing practice during his time in the U.S. Navy Reserve, caused permanent damage to his right ear, the bio said.

“Discharged due to his impairment, Kottke entered college, dropping out after several years to hitchhike across the country as an itinerant musician.”

His debut album, “Twelve String Blues” was recorded live at a coffee house in Minneapolis and released in 1969. Through the ‘70s and ‘80s, Kottke released albums under both big and small labels while gaining “an international cult following thanks to his performances at folk festivals the world over,” the bio said.

In the mid-‘80s, Kottke realigned his playing technique to a style “closer to classical guitar performance” to address pain in his hands. That change allowed him to return to the studio in the late ‘80s and release three albums in three years. He collaborated with various artists on subsequent albums, including Rickie Lee Jones and Phish bassist Mike Gordon.

Tickets cost $35–$40 and can be purchased at sandstoneconcerts.com or by calling at 243-8497 or 866-464-2626.


Other music events in the area:

Mel and H, 6–9 p.m. Friday, July 14, SkyBar at Chipeta, 304 S. Lena, Ridgway, chipeta.com/skybar.

Steven J. Push, 9:30 p.m.–1:30 a.m. Friday, July 14, Cruiser’s Bar, 715 Horizon Drive, 314-2554.

Pickin’ on the Pinyon Preview, Friday, July 14, Warehouse 25Sixty-Five, 2565 American Way, Jay Statham Band 8–9:30 p.m., Scooter Brown Band 10 p.m.–midnight, warehouse2565.com.

Mad Dog and the 20/20’s, 8 p.m. Friday, July 14, Mesa Theater, 538 Main St., sweet ska jams from Lincoln, Nebraska, with The Wrong Impressions, Sliver and Ryan Harrison Acoustic, $10, mesatheater.com, 773-1775.

Vintage Voltage, 7–10 p.m. Friday, July 14, Palisade Brewing Co., 200 Peach Ave., Palisade, classic rock and blues, 464-1462; 9 p.m. Saturday, July 15, Ella’s Blues Room, 336 Main St., 628-4684.

Grand Junction Centennial Band, 7 p.m. Friday, July 14, Lincoln Park, concert before the Movies in Park screening, take a lawn chair, 210-5285, gjcentennialband.com.

Goodman Band, 9 p.m. Friday, July 14, Triple Tree Tavern, 201 Second St., Clifton, 434-9428.

Rick & Karen, 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 14, Moose Lodge, 567 25 1/2 Road, dance to variety of country, Latin and current hits, for members and qualified guests, 242-4754.

Music jam, 6–9 p.m. Friday, July 14, Warrior Resource Center, 11 S. Park Ave., Montrose, take an instrument or come to listen, community invited, 765-2210.

The Marauders, 7 p.m. Friday, July 14, Copper Club Brewing Co., 233 E. Aspen Ave., Fruita, 858-8318.

Morgan Crouse, 6–8 p.m. Friday, July 14, Marlo’s Lounge, SpringHill Suites, 236 Main St., 424-5777.

NightVision 2017, gates open noon Friday, July 14, Olathe Community Park in Olathe, Christian music festival presented by Praise Him Ministries, Daylight and Main Stage entertainment. Line up for Friday, July 14: Hannah Kerr 12:35 p.m., Carrollton 1:10 p.m., Whosoever South 1:50 p.m., Stars Go Dim 3 p.m., Blanca 5 p.m., New Wings Gospel Choir 5:45 p.m., Christy Nockels 7:10 p.m., speaker Chip Brim 8:15 p.m., Matthew West 9:15 p.m. Saturday, July 15, lineup: gates open 10 a.m., Hannah Kerr 12:35 p.m., JJ Weeks Band 1:10 p.m., Love & The Outcome 3 p.m., Zach Williams 5 p.m., New Wings Gospel Choir 5:30 p.m., Phillips, Craig & Dean 7:20 p.m., speaker Nazareth 8:15 p.m., Steven Curtis Chapman 9:15 p.m., fireworks 10:35 p.m., food, vendors, carnival, speakers, drug- and alcohol-free event, $25 at the gate, ages 6 and younger free, tickets at nightvisionphm.com.

Toaster, 9:30 p.m.–1:30 a.m. Saturday, July 15, Cruiser’s Bar, 715 Horizon Drive, 314-2554.

The English Language, 8 p.m. Saturday, July 15, Mesa Theater, 538 Main St., $6, retro garage surf muscle band meets British invasion-era pop hooks, from Portland, Oregon, 773-1775, mesatheater.com.

Boogie Machine, gates open 6:30 p.m., show 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 15, Grande River Vineyards, 787 N. Elberta Ave., Palisade, Hear it Through the Grapevine Summer Concert Series, $17 in advance, $23 at the door, proceeds benefit HomewardBound of the Grand Valley, take a chair and a picnic, dinner, wine, soda and bottle water available to purchase, no outside beverages permitted, granderiverwines.com, 464-5867.

The Voice of the San Juans Blind Auditions, 5 p.m. Saturday, July 15, Magic Circle Theatre, 420 S. 12th St., Montrose, 12 vocalists will be chosen to move on to the final competition Sept. 23 at the Montrose Pavilion, $25 general admission to the blind auditions, proceeds benefit the local Altrusa International Foundation of Montrose, tickets at Fabula, 317 E. Main St., in Montrose or voice2017.bpt.me.

Bonewagon, 6–9 p.m. Saturday, July 15, SkyBar at Chipeta, 304 S. Lena, Ridgway, chipeta.com/skybar.

Two Peace Band, 8–11 p.m. Saturday, July 15, Warehouse 25Sixty-Five, 2565 American Way, warehouse2565.com.

Ryan Harrison Acoustic, Suckafish and the Wrong Impressions, 1–6 p.m. Saturday, July 15, Watson Islan behind Western Colorado Botanical Gardens, 641 Struthers Ave., during Rock & Raft at Watson Island, hosted by Mesa County Search and Rescue, food, beer garden, $20 for corn hole tournament, facebook.com/events/122709638281073.

Will Whalen, 1 p.m. Sunday, July 16, Palisade Brewery, 200 Peach Ave., Palisade, 464-1462.

Landslide, 9 a.m.–1 p.m. Sunday, July 16, Third and Main streets, downtown Palisade, during the Palisade Farmers Market, 464-5602, facebook.com/PalisadeFarmersMarket.

Mike Gwinn, 4 p.m. Sunday, July 16, Chapel of the Cross, Pioneer Town, 215 SW Third St., Cedaredge, Chapel of the Cross Summer Concert Series concert, classic American songs, admission by donation, 210-0471.

Jarren Benton with Dirtball, doors 7 p.m., show 8 p.m. Monday, July 17, Mesa Theater, 538 Main St., rapper from Decatur, Georgia, $15–$17, with guests Caleb Brown and Bingx, 773-1775, mesatheater.com.

John Bayley, gates open 6 p.m., concert 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 18, Two Rivers Winery, 2087 Broadway, sweet island reggae, calypso and folk at Music in the Grapevines concert series, $15, tickets at the Art Center, 1803 N. Seventh St. and Two Rivers Winery, take a picnic, wine available to purchase, benefits The Art Center, 243-7337.

Tom Keogh, 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, July 18, Moose Lodge, 567 25 1/2 Road, dance to Western favorites, swing and Latin, for members and qualified guests, 242-4754.

Blues jam, 7–10 p.m. Tuesday, July 18, Charlie Dwellington’s, 103. N. First St., take an instrument, 241-4010.

Andrew Wynne, 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 19, Revolution Brewing, 325 Grand Ave., Paonia, 462-5799; 7 p.m. July 20, CB’s Tavern, 334 Main St., Delta, folk-rock singer/songwriter from Denver, 399-3292.

David Nunn, 6–9 p.m. Wednesday, July 19, SkyBar at Chipeta, 304 S. Lena, Ridgway, chipeta.com/skybar.

The Mighty Mystic, 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 19, Mesa Theater, 538 Main St., reggae, $10–$15, 773-1775, mesatheater.com

Huey, 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 19, Las Marias, 118 S. Seventh St., 241-2398.

Stray Grass, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 20, Fruita Civic Center Park, 325 E. Aspen Ave., Fruita, Thursday Night Concert Series, bluegrass/Americana, take a chair, 858-0360, fruita.org.

Hemlock, doors 6 p.m., show 7 p.m. Thursday, July 20, Mesa Theater, 538 Main St., rock band with guests Sworn Us Under, Rikshaw, Natas Lived, I’m Alive, $10–$15, 773-1775, mesatheater.com.

Two Cents & Change, 7 p.m. Thursday, July 20, Chapel of the Cross, Pioneer Town, 215 SW Third St., Cedaredge, Chapel of the Cross Summer Concert Series concert, multi-instruments and vocals, admission by donation, 210-0471.

Eilen Jewel, 6 p.m. Thursday, July 20, Hartwell Park in Ridgway, 10th annual free Summer Concert Series, with guest Carrie Rodriguez, children’s activities, food and beverage vendors, no glass or outside alcohol, pickinproductions.com.

Shea Bramer, 6–8 p.m. Thursday, July 20, Marlo’s Lounge, SpringHill Suites, 236 Main St., 424-5777.

Tim + Richard, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 20, Ella’s Blues Room, 336 Main St., 628-4684.


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