Music Scene: Interview with Mare Wakefield

MARE WAKEFIELD — Plays at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18, at Suds Brothers Brewery, 127 E. Aspen Ave., in Fruita.


Other music events in the area:

Moksha, jam band from Las Vegas, Nev., 9:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14, Cruiser’s Bar, 715 Horizon Drive, 314-2554.

Desert Moon, 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14, Palisade Brewing Co., 200 Peach Ave., Palisade, 464-1462.

Randy Fosburgh, classic rock, 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14, DoubleTree by Hilton, 743 Horizon Drive, 241-8888.

Goodman Unplugged, 7–11 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14, Triple Tree Tavern, 201 Second St., Clifton, 434-9428.

DJs Johnny G, H3fner, Es-Jay and Jett with visuals by VJ Vertigo, Friday and Saturday, Sept. 14–15, Sakura Asian Bistro and Lotus Ultra Lounge, 707 Horizon Drive, 255-8888,

Vintage Voltage, ‘60s–‘80s rock and blues, 8:30 p.m.–12:30 a.m. Friday and Saturday, Sept. 14–15, JD’s Bar, 155 N. Mulberry St., Fruita,, 858-3996.

Telluride Blues and Brews Festival, Friday through Sunday, Sept. 14–16, in Telluride, Saturday single-day tickets sold out, limited three-day passes, tickets at, 866-515-6166.

Lowlands, 6–9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, Hot Tomato, 124 N. Mulberry St., Fruita, 858-1117.

Music on the Monument and Stellar September Skies, music by singer/songwriter Paul Jensen, 6–7 p.m., star viewing 8–10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, Saddlehorn picnic area parking lot, Colorado National Monument, take picnic dinner, 858-3617, ext. 300,

Smooth Money Gesture, bluegrass/jam band from Nederland, heavy rock, 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, Cruiser’s Bar, 715 Horizon Drive, 314-2554.

Uranium Blues Band, 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, Peach Street Distillers, 114 S. Kluge Ave., Palisade, 270-6936.

Zolopht & The Destroyers, Live in the Vines, 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, Wine Country Inn, 777 Grande River Drive, Palisade, $5, inn guests free, 464-5777,

Backstage Colorado You Got Talent Semi-Finals, 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, Avalon Theatre, 645 Main St., $8.50–$22.50,

Feast, Celtic band, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, Paradise Theater, 215 Grand Ave., Paonia, tickets at

September Variety Show, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, Cavalcade, 201 E. Aspen St., songs, stories, skits and more, $15, 260-5413,

Saliva, doors open 7 p.m., show 8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16, Mesa Theater and Lounge, 538 Main St., $17, 241-1717.

Miss Emily and John Schultz, 7–10 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16, Sakura Asian Bistro and Lotus Ultra Lounge, 707 Horizon Drive, 255-8888,

Goodman Unplugged, 2–6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16, Triple Tree Tavern, 201 Second St., Clifton, 434-9428.

Rodney Mack Philadelphia Big Brass, Delta-Montrose Community Concert Association concert, 7:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 17, Delta Center for Performing Arts and Education, 822 Grand Ave., Delta, single tickets $20 adults, $5 students, season tickets still available, 835-4480, 249-9154, 921-4142,

Classics: Encore!, Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra with guest pianist Arthur Houle, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18, Grand Junction High School auditorium, 1400 N. Fifth St., $15–$25 adults, $5 students with ID, 243-6787,

Rehab, American southern rock, country and alternative hip-hop, doors open 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19, Mesa Theater and Lounge, 538 Main St., $15, 241-1717.

Manafest, Fighter Tour, positive music with guests Ilia and The Great Transparency, Thursday, Sept. 20, Mesa Theater and Lounge, 538 Main St., $10 in advance, $15 at the door general admission, $25 VIP access, tickets at

Americana artist Mare Wakefield’s 10-week tour stops in western Colorado for a show at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18, at Suds Brothers Brewery, 127 E. Aspen Ave., in Fruita.

On a day off, Wakefield talked about what it is like to be a traveling musician and how she ended up booking her first gig in Fruita.

Melinda Mawdsley: What’s life like on the road?

Mare Wakefield: It really, really varies. I travel with my husband, which helps to travel with someone you do like and whose company you enjoy. Playing the shows, even tough that’s the point of a tour, is a very small percentage of the time. For example, we had a couple days off after leaving Plymouth, Vt., on Labor Day morning and stopped at Niagara Falls. I had never seen it. It’s nice when we have time to stop and enjoy the trip.

That said, on the day of the Fruita show, we’ll be coming from Denver, where we have friends that we’re staying with, so it will be a heavy travel day. We travel with yoga mats and stop at interstate rest stops and do yoga. We try to be healthy and enjoy the trip.

Mawdsley: Healthy eating and exercise on a 10-week road trip? How?

Wakefield: Believe me, 10 weeks of eating road trip food is going to catch up with you, so we stop at grocery stores and pay attention to what we eat. This is our eighth year of doing this major tour. Often, we play in bars and people offer to buy us drinks, but, more times than not, we don’t take people up on that. We try to stay healthy. We’ve done this enough to know to get exercise and watch what we eat. We have a cooler, so we have sandwich meat. We have organic carrots. We have fruit and cereal for the morning. Milk doesn’t last long, so we use rice or almond milk.

Mawdsley: You say this is your eighth year of doing a major tour. What brought you to Fruita this time?

Wakefield: I used to live in Oregon. That’s where I got my musical start, We have a fan base there and wanted to hang on to that and grow it. For the past 11 years, I’ve made this trek, and we’ve always gone through Wyoming. A couple years ago, we found a Suds Brothers Brewery in Evanston, Wyo. It’s been a regular stop for us. The owner of the bar is a former musician as well and is such a supporter of live music and musicians on the road. He opened this new one is Fruita, and he called and asked if we were able to make it a part of our tour. We wanted to come do a show in Fruita because of him.

Mawdsley: Describe your music.

Wakefield: The short answer is contemporary folk with a big of twang. I sometimes say Shawn Colvin meets Emmylou Harris. (Wakefield) plays acoustic guitar and (her husband) plays piano. We’ve worked really hard on the arrangements. When people come to listen to us perform as a duo, you’ll hear distinct musical parts. The lyrics are definitely the focus, but the music supports without overwhelming.

Mawdsley: Mostly original songs?

Wakefield: Sometimes, at shows we’ll do a couple covers because sometimes it’s nice for people to get something they’ve already heard, but 85 to 90 percent of our show is original music.


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