Music Scene: The Newsboys and other area shows for Aug. 4–10
The Christian band The Newsboys was founded in Australia more than 30 years ago and is still going strong today.
The Newsboys will perform at 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 7, at The Amphitheater at Las Colonias Park, 925 Struthers Ave.
It was in 1985 that The Newsboys took “Christian music by storm,” according to a bio posted on the band’s Facebook page.
The band has seen a number of changes in its lineup through the years but has consistently topped Christian music charts and toured the globe.
The band is “an undisputed industry leader, garnering six gold albums; 8 million units in career sales; 33 No. 1 singles; and multiple Grammy and American Music Award nominations,” the bio said.
During the summer of 2001, The Newsboys launched what the band called “the first-ever multi-city traveling Christian Music Festival series,” according to a June 2001 story in Out & About.
Along with Audio Adrenaline and The O.C. Supertones, The Newsboys’ traveling festival named “Festival Con Dios” toured the United States and stopped in Grand Junction at the Mesa County Fairgrounds.
Peter Furler, founder of The Newsboys, was the lead singer at the time. But Furler later left the band after 22 years as its main creative force, according to his Facebook page.
The band’s current members are Jody Davis, guitar/vocals (1992–2003, 2009–present); Duncan Phillips, drums (1993–present); Jeff Frankenstein, keyboards, bass and vocals (1994–present); and Michael Tait, lead vocals (2009–present).
Tait also is one-third of the Christian band DC Talk, known for its hit “Jesus Freak.” DC Talk includes Kevin Max and Toby McKeehan, aka TobyMac.
The Newsboys released a new single in June, “The Cross Has the Final Word,” that features Furler as a guest vocalist.
Prior to its Las Colonias show, the Newsboys will perform at two Major League Baseball stadiums: Kaufmann Stadium on Saturday, Aug. 5, for the Kansas City Royals’ Faith and Family Night and Coors Field in Denver on Sunday, Aug. 6, for the Colorado Rockies’ Faith Day concert.
Opening the Las Colonias’ show is Boise, Idaho, singer/songwriter and worship leader Ryan Stevenson, whose 2015 album “Fresh Start” produced singles “Eye of the Storm” and “The Gospel,” which is ranked No. 14 this week on Billboard’s Christian Airplay chart.
Tickets cost $45–$65 for reserved seats, $30 for general admission or $20 for students. Go to monumentalevents.com for ticket options and information.
Other music events in the area:
Sunny Sweeney, 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 4, Black Canyon Golf Course, Montrose, free Montrose Summer Music Series, country from Austin, Texas, with opening band Cyrus James featuring Glenn Patterson 6 p.m., take blankets or chairs and a picnic, no glass, cans or alcohol, food and beverages available to purchase, montrosesummermusic.com.
TGTG, 9:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 4, Cruisers Bar, 715 Horizon Drive, indie rock, 314-2554.
The Oxymorons, 7–10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 4, Warehouse 25Sixty-Five, 2565 American Way, local classic rock, warehouse2565.com.
The Cliftones, 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 4, Mesa Theater, 538 Main St., roots reggae, with Suckafish, $10–$15, mesatheater.com, 773-1775.
Zolopht, Friday, Aug. 4, The Ale House, 2531 N. 12th St., two full-band acoustic set, 242-7253; 5–8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 5, Delicious Orchards, 39126 Colorado Highway 133, Hotchkiss, zolophtmusic.com.
Ghost River Band, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 4, Moose Lodge, 567 25 1/2 Road, dance to a variety of country favorites and rock ‘n’ roll, for members and qualified guests, 242-4754.
Boogie Chillin’, 5–8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 4, Fruita Civic Center, 325 E. Aspen Ave., Fruita, during Grand Valley Food Truck Friday, food vendors, grandvalleyfoodtruckfridays.com, 261-8484.
Music jam, 6–9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 4, Warrior Resource Center, 11 S. Park Ave., Montrose, take an instrument or come to listen, community invited, 765-2210.
Morgan Crouse, 6–8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 4, Marlo’s Lounge, SpringHill Suites, 236 Main St., 424-5777.
Telluride Jazz Festival, Telluride Town Park in Telluride, Main Stage headliners Macy Gray 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 4, Funky Meters with guest Dr. John 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 5, Mavis Staples 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 6, telluridejazz.org.
Scotty McCreery, gates open 5 p.m., show 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 4, Garfield County Fairgrounds, 1001 Railroad Ave., Rifle, with opening duo Grits & Glamour (Lorrie Morgan and Pam Tillis), at the Garfield County Fair, concert tickets $15 adults, $10 seniors and ages 4–12, ages 3 and younger free, arena standing and premium tickets $30–$60, 625-2514, garfieldcountyfair.com.
James Williams Trio, 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 5, Warehouse 25Sixty-Five, 2565 American Way, warehouse2565.com.
Hazel Miller Band, gates open 6:30 p.m. show 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 5, Grande River Vineyards, 787 N. Elberta Ave., Palisade, Hear it Through the Grapevine Summer Concert Series, take a chair and a picnic, dinner, wine, soda and water available to purchase, no outside beverages permitted, $20 in advance, $25 at the door, benefits Mesa County Partners, tickets at granderiverwines.com, Grande River Vineyards, Fisher’s Liquor Barn, and Roper Music, 464-5867.
Sounds Like Summer Music Showcase, doors 6 p.m., show 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 5, Mesa Theater, 538 Main St., Drop D and the Mellow Maniacs, Ascending Giants and Monroe, $10–$15, mesatheater.com, 773-1775.
U.S. Air Force Academy Band Falconaires, 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 5, Amphitheater at Las Colonias Park, 925 Struthers Ave., 40-member band featuring active-duty Air Force personnel with The Western Colorado Jazz Orchestra opening the concert, free, food and beverage available to purchase, 263-5700; 2–4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 6, Cerise Park in Montrose, 40-member band featuring active-duty Air Force personnel, free, usafacademyband.af.mil.
Ned and the Dirt, 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 5, Cruisers Bar, 715 Horizon Drive, indie rock from Hollywood, 314-2554.
Stray Grass, 11:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 5, Mesa Community Center in Mesa, barbecue hosted by Grand Mesa Church,
Loose Canon Band, 10 a.m.–noon Saturday, Aug. 5, Fruita Civic Center, 325 E. Aspen Ave., Fruita, during the Fruita Farmers Market; 6:30–8:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 7, Edgewater Brewery, 905 Struthers Ave., Full Moon Party, 243-3659.
Rodney Atkins, Saturday, Aug. 5, Olathe Community Park, Olathe, during the 26th annual Olathe Sweet Corn Festival, $12.50 in advance adult, $15 at the gate, $7 ages 3–11, $45 family pack, olathesweetcornfest.com, 765-0481.
Lincoln Pants Band, 9 a.m.–1 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 6, Third and Main streets, downtown Palisade, during the Palisade Farmers Market, 464-5602, facebook.com/PalisadeFarmersMarket.
Woody and Sunshine, 9:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 6, Cruisers Bar, 715 Horizon Drive, 314-2554.
Dawson Springs, 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 6, Chapel of the Cross, Pioneer Town, 215 SW Third St., Cedaredge, Chapel of the Cross Summer Concert Series concert, vocals, old time music, admission by donation, 210-0471.
Tantric, 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 8, Mesa Theater, 538 Main St., with Kirra, $15–$20, mesatheater.com, 773-1775.
Tom Keogh, 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 8, 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, Aug. 8, Charlie Dwellington’s, 103 N. First St., take an instrument, 241-4010.
City of the Weak, 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 9, Mesa Theater, 538 Main St., modern rock with The Scars Heal in Time, Videl and Darkness Divided, $10, mesatheater.com, 773-1775.
Huey, 5:30–8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 9, Las Marias, 118 S. Seventh St., 241-2398.
James McMurtry, 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 10, Mesa Theater, 538 Main St., Americana singer/songwriter, $25 general admission, tickets at area City Market stores and Back Porch Music, 243-TIXS, ticketswest.com, sandstoneconcerts.com.
The Cadillac Three, 9–11 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 10, Warehouse 25Sixty-Five, 2565 American Way, American Southern rock, warehouse2565.com.
Tyto Alba, Thursday, Aug. 10, Barons, 539 Colorado Ave., indie pop band from Denver, 245-0995.
Scones, 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 10, Chapel of the Cross, Pioneer Town, 215 SW Third St., Cedaredge, Chapel of the Cross Summer Concert Series concert, easy rockin’ Americana, admission by donation, 210-0471.
Pato Banton, 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 10, Paonia Town Park, Pickin’ in the Park, free summer concert series, with opener Freddy & Francine, children’s activities, local food, beer and wine available to purchase, pickinproductions.com.
The Williams Brothers Band, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 10, Fruita Civic Center Park, 325 E. Aspen Ave., Fruita, Thursday Night Concert Series, blues rock/grit country, take a chair, 858-0360, fruita.org.
Shea Bramer, 6–8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 10, Marlo’s Lounge, SpringHill Suites, 236 Main St., 424-5777.