Music Scene: Macklemore and Ryan Lewis and more

It’s not every day that a trip to the thrift store makes one famous.

Seattle-based hip-hop artist and rapper Macklemore and producer Ryan Lewis will perform (and give thrift store shopping tips) on Saturday, April 20, at Colorado Mesa University in the Delta Quad.

Doors open at 6 p.m., and the show is at 7 p.m.

Macklemore and Lewis released the album “The Heist” in August, but the hit single “Thrift Shop” brought the duo into mainstream music, a news release from CMU said.

With its catchy beat, comical lyrics and a YouTube video with more than 21 million views, Macklemore takes listeners along as he dresses for success: “I’m gonna pop some tags, only got $20 in my pocket.”

Throw in an array of swearing, and voila: A trip to the thrift store became a mega-hit., a rap lyrics site for dummies that breaks down the meaning of rap lyrics, defines “poppin tags” as “buying clothes (you pop the price tag off when you get home); $20 buys a lot of clothes because thrift shop prices are so low.”

The CMU student government initially booked Macklemore and Lewis in 2012, before “Thrift Shop” sent the duo soaring to the top of the iTunes chart, said Ariel Diamond, CMU’s student body vice president, in the news release.

“Those who booked them were drawn to their music’s message of anti-drug use and anti-discrimination, which coincides with MavFest’s mission to highlight student life and cultural diversity,” Diamond said. The concert is the final event of MavFest.

The show is for all ages, but comes with a parental advisory — while there may be anti-drug and antidiscrimination messages in the music, it’s also heavy on swearing.

Admission is free for CMU students, and a limited number of tickets are available to the public for $20. Tickets can be purchased at City Market stores, or the information desk at the CMU University Center.

Other music events in the area:

Desert Moon, 9 p.m. Friday, April 19, Triple Tree Tavern, 201 Second St., Clifton, 434-9428.

Desert Flyers, local country/rock, 9:30 p.m. Friday, April 19, Cruisers Bar, 715 Horizon Drive, 314-2554.

No Apologies, 9 p.m.– 1 a.m. Friday, April 19, Rocky Mountain Pub, 539 Colorado Ave., 245-0995.

The New Reeltime Travelers, world-class old-time music, 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 19, The Paradise Theater, 215 Grand Ave., Paonia, $15 pre-sale, $18 day of show, 527-6610,

Not Your Parents Garage, (NYPG) a youth music jam featuring The Scarlet Page, 7 p.m. Friday, April 19, Cavalcade, 201 E. Aspen Ave., Fruita, 260-5413,

Colorado West Invitational Music Performance Festival is Friday, April 19, at Grand Junction, Central and Palisade high schools and Colorado Mesa University in the Ballroom and Recital Hall; Saturday, April 20, at Central High Schools and Recital Hall at CMU, schedule of performing groups at

Jack + Jill, local rock, 9:30 p.m. Saturday, April 20, Cruisers Bar, 715 Horizon Drive, 314-2554.

Ric Gaines, Saturday, April 20, Suds Brothers Brewery, 127 E. Aspen Ave., Fruita, 858-9400.

“Gettin’ at the Roots” presented by Paul Harshman and guests, 7 p.m. Saturday, April 20, Cavalcade, 201 E. Aspen Ave., history of American music starting with the rhythms of Africa to present-day music, featuring musicians Nathan “King Snake” King, Phil Williams, Misti Dawn, Nich Harshman, John Anglim, Seth Strickland and more, $10, 260-5413.

King’n Trio with guest Terry Toner on the harmonica, benefit concert for The House homeless shelter for teens, 7 p.m. Saturday, April 20, Back Porch Music, 995 Independent Ave., $20, tickets at Back Porch Music or Bray Real Estate, 1015 N. Seventh St., 242-3647.

Grand Junction Area School bands perform at 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 23, Suds Brothers Brewery, 127 E. Aspen Ave., featured bands are Rim Rock Percussion Ensemble, Orchard Mesa Middle School Jazz Band, Fruita Monument High School Jazz Band, Grand Junction High School Jazz Band, Western Colorado Jazz Quartet, 858-9400.

Classics: Te Deum, Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra and the Grand Junction Symphony Chorus, Western Colorado Chorale, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 23, Grand Junction High School auditorium, 1400 N. Fifth St., $15–$25 adults, $5 students with ID, 243-6787,

I Dreamed a Dream, Broadway Showcase, R-5 High School spring musical event, 7 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, April 24–25, First Baptist Church, 720 Grand Ave., call for free reserved seating or remaining tickets available at the door, 209-9383.


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