Music Scene, March 24, 2017

Hard truths can sting.

Add soul-rooted blues and passionate vocals to the mix and you’ve got a fiery blend of hard-hitting songs delivered by blues-rock master Coco Montoya, who is touring in support of his new album “Hard Truths.”

The tour stops in Rifle for a show at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 25, at the Ute Theater, 132 E. Fourth St.

Montoya launched his solo career in 1993 and has released eight previous solo albums. Number nine — “Hard Truth”  — is set for release on Friday, March 24, marking Montoya’s return to Alligator Records where he recorded and released three CDs from 2000–07, a news release said.

“Montoya earned his status as a master guitarist and soul-powered vocalist through years of paying his dues as a sideman with Albert Collins (first as a drummer) and then as a featured guitarist with John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers,” the release said.

“Five years of constant touring with Collins and ten years with Mayall turned him into a monster player and dynamic performer.”

Montoya is well traveled, having toured nationally and internationally playing venues in Australia, Belgium, Switzerland, Germany, Norway, England, Brazil, Argentina, Spain, Mexico, Ecuador, Italy, Poland, Russia, Czech Republic and Canada.

“Hard Truth” features 11 tracks, “each delivering a hard truth of its own.”

“From the radio-friendly, gospel-inspired celebration of love, ‘I Want To Shout About It,’ to the haunting ‘Devil Don’t Sleep’ to the icy-hot cover of Albert Collins’ ‘The Moon Is Full,’ ‘Hard Truth’ covers substantial emotional ground.”

Tickets to the Ute Theater show are $25 in advance and $30 the day of the show. Purchase tickets online at brownsvillepresents.com.

Other music events in the area:

Morgan Crouse, 8–10 p.m. Friday, March 24, Warehouse 25sixty-five, 2565 American Way, warehouse2565.com.

Cellharmonics, 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 24, Blue Sage Center for the Arts, 226 Grand Ave., Paonia; 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 25, Avalon Theatre, 645 Main St. Grand Junction; 3 p.m. Sunday, March 26, Montrose Pavilion, 1800 Pavilion Drive, Montrose, Western Slope Concert Series concert featuring the cello quartet performing classical to pop, with guest artist percussionist David Alderdice, tickets $9–$24 in advance, $12–$27 at the door, ages 12 and younger $7–$15, 241-4579, junctionconcerts.com.

Music jam, 6–9 p.m. Friday, March 24, Warrior Resource Center, 11 S. Park Ave., Montrose, take an instrument or come to listen, community welcome, 765-2210.

Bradman’s One Man Band, 7–10 p.m. Friday, March 24, ThunderStruck Valley, 436 Main St., multi-instrumentalist Brad Manosevitz performing Americana, folk rock, bluegrass, classic rock and originals, tsvgj.com, 314-2322.

Dead Cowboyz, 9 p.m. Friday, March 24, Triple Tree Tavern, 201 Second St., Clifton, rock, 434-9428.

Tim & Richard, 6–8 p.m. Friday, March 24 and Wednesday, March 29, Ella’s Blues Room, 336 Main St., 628-4684.

Suckafish, 9:30 p.m.–1:30 a.m. Friday, March 24, Cruisers Bar, 715 Horizon Drive, indie, reggae, rock, 314-2554.

Frank Bregar, 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 24, Moose Lodge, 567 25 1/2 Road, a variety of dance music, for members and qualified guests, 242-4754.

The Bluegrass Offenders and Stray Grass, 7–9 p.m. Saturday, March 25, Pea Green Community Center, intersection of Colorado Highway 348 and Banner Road, southwest of Delta, Pea Green Saturday Night Concert, $10, seating limited, take a snack to share, 874-8879.

Carter Winter, 8 p.m. Saturday, March 25, Mesa Theater, 538 Main St., country musician from Ohio, $10–$12, 773-1775, mesatheater.com.

Haven Effect, Saturday, March 25, Suds Brothers Brewery, 127 E. Aspen Ave., 858-9400.

Huey, Dewey and Louie, 9:30 p.m.–1:30 a.m. Saturday, March 25, Cruisers Bar, 715 Horizon Drive, 314-2554.

Sweet Lillies, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 25, Paradise Theatre, 215 Grand Ave., Paonia, with opening act Scrapheap Mojo, led by Sam Peart, $10 in advance, tickets at Paradise Theatre, Cirque Cyclery and brownpapertickets.com.

Zolopht, 1–5 p.m. Saturday, March 25, Edgewater Brewery, 905 Struthers Ave., fund-raising concert and silent auction to benefit the family of cancer patient Connie Murillo, who died March 20.

DJ Geodecibel, 2 p.m. Saturday, March 25, Sunlight Mountain Resort, 10901 County Road 117, Glenwood Springs, hypnotic hip-hop spins from Aspen, Yard Sale Spring Music Series, 947-5141, sunlightmtn.com.

Locash, 9:30 p.m. Sunday, March 26, Warehouse 25sixty-five, 2565 American Way, country duo, with opener Ryan Follese, $35 general admission, reserved and VIP tickets available, tickets at monumentalevents.com, 800-626-TIXS.

Stone Kitchen, 2 p.m. Sunday, March 26, Sunlight Mountain Resort, 10901 County Road 117, Glenwood Springs, west deck, three-piece band, Yard Sale Spring Music Series, 947-5141, sunlightmtn.com.

BoyToy, Tuesday, March 28, Barons, 539 Colorado Ave., with Schade and Hallowed Oak, 245-0995.

Tom Keogh, 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, March 28, Moose Lodge, 567 25 1/2 Road, dance to western favorites, swing and Latin, for members and qualified guests, 242-4754.

Coral Skye, 6–8 p.m. Tuesday, March 28, Ella’s Blues Room, 336 Main St., 628-4684.

Blues jam, 7–10 p.m. Tuesday, March 28, Charlie Dwellington’s, 103 N. First St., take an instrument, 241-4010.

Huey, 5:30–8 p.m. Wednesday, March 29, Las Marias, 118 S. Seventh St., 241-2398.

Zolopht, doors 7 p.m., show 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 30, KAFM Radio Room, 1310 Ute Ave., psychedelic reggae-rock, show to kick off the band’s Rehydrated Tour, beer from Palisade Brewery, $12 in advance, $15 at the door, kafmradio.org, 241-8801 ext. 211.

Donny Morales, 6–8 p.m. Thursday, March 30, Ella’s Blues Room, 336 Main St., 628-4684.

Josh Rogan, 7–9 p.m. Thursday, March 30, CB’s Tavern, 334 Main St., Delta, 399-3292.

Shea Bramer, 6–8 p.m. Thursday, March 30, Marlo’s Lounge, Springhill Suites, 236 Main St., 424-5777.

“Cosi Fan Tutte,” 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 30, First Presbyterian Church, 3940 27 1/2 Road, Mozart’s timeless masterpiece presented by Colorado Mesa University Opera, featuring piano accompaniment by Kathryn Mientka, $10 adults, $8 seniors, free for middle and high school students on Thursday, 248-1604.


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