Music Scene: Vagabond Opera, more

Vagabond Opera


Other music events in the area:

Cullen Purser, original and throught-provoking folk-style music, 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 22, Cavalcade, 201 E. Aspen Ave., $10, 260-5413.

Goodman Band, 9 p.m.–close Friday, March 22, Triple Tree Tavern, 201 Second St., Clifton, 434-9428.

Vintage Voltage, classic ‘60s–‘80s rock and blues, 7–10 p.m. Friday, March 22, Palisade Brewery, 200 Peach Ave., Palisade,

Vagabond Opera, neo-cabaret gypsy pop ensemble, 7 p.m. Friday, March 22, Mesa Theater and Lounge, 538 Main St., $12. All ages, 241-1717.

Bad Weather California, The Blank Tapes, Dreamboat and Bronco Country, 10 p.m. Friday, March 22, Mesa Theater and Lounge, 538 Main St., 21+, $5. 241-1717.

Honey Don’t house-style concert, 6 p.m. Friday, March 22, Fresh and Wyld Farmhouse Inn, Paonia, dinner/concert $25, space limited, 527-4374.

No Apologies, rock, 9:30 p.m. Friday, March 22, Cruisers’s Bar, 715 Horizon Drive, 314-2554.

African Children’s Choir, 7 p.m. Friday, March 22, Canyon View Vineyard Church, 736 24 1/2 Road, free will offering taken,

Thad V’Soske and friends perform during community potluck, 6 p.m. Saturday, March 23, Cavalcade, 201 E. Aspen Ave., Fruita, take a dish to share and your own table service, 260-5413.

Goodman Band, 7–11 p.m. Saturday, March 23, Vance Johnson’s Outlaw Ribs, 315 E. First St., Parachute, 285-1917.

The Widowmakers, 6–8 p.m. Saturday, March 23, Rib City Grill, 455 Kokopelli Center, Fruita, 858-6566.

The Ram Band, 9 p.m.–1 a.m. Saturday, March 23, The Palisade Livery Saloon, 215 Main St., Palisade, 464-5449.

Tech N9NE featuring Brotha Lynch Hung and Kutt Calhoun/Rittz/Ces Cru, doors 5 p.m. Saturday, March 23, Mesa Theater and Lounge, 538 Main St., $32, 241-1717.

Sunset Cowboy, country rock, 9:30 p.m. Saturday, March 23, Cruiser’s Bar, 715 Horizon Drive, 314-2554.

Kaleidoscope of Sounds, Valley Symphony Association spring concert with Valley Symphony Chorus, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 23; 3 p.m. Sunday, March 24, Montrose United Methodist Church, 19 S. Park Ave., Montrose, $20 adults, $5 students ages 17 and younger, advance discounted tickets at Montrose United Methodist Church, Clubb’s in Delta, Howard Davidson Insurance Agency and DeVinny Jewelers in Montrose,, 209-2295.

Sam Rotman, Juilliard School-trained pianist, 10:45 a.m. Sunday, March 24, Monument View Bible Church, 1173 17 1/2 Road.

Free Grand Mesa Chorus concert, 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 26, Redlands United Methodist Church, 527 Village Way, dress rehearsal performance in preparation for the annual regional Sweet Adelines competition,, 858-4839.

Eric Stern isn’t sure if Vagabond Opera has stopped in Colorado before, but after living in New Mexico years ago and spending “quite a bit” of time in Colorado, the opera singer and accordion player is ready to bring the gypsy pop group that plays all sorts of music with all sorts of instruments to Grand Junction.

Vagabond Opera performs at 7 p.m. Friday, March 22, at Mesa Theater and Lounge, 538 Main St. Tickets cost $12 in advance at the box office or $15 at the door.

Stern described Vagabond Opera as “Eastern European cabaret” with its instrumentation, “Bohemian” with its lyrics and flair, and “gypsy” in its influence. The Portland, Ore.,-based band has six members and has been together for nearly a decade.

“This is not a show for academics,” Stern said.

In fact, it’s hard to describe a Vagabond Opera live show, he said.

“I want to take the audience on a journey,” Stern said. “There’s a lot of lighting, quick changes, and sheer spectacle of the naked human voice that I think is beautiful and important to showcase.”

According to, the group plays a combination of cabaret, burlesque, tango, Balkan, Klezmer, rock, Arabian, Parisian hot jazz and opera.


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