Music Scene: We McDonald and other area shows for July 28–Aug. 3

Wé McDonald


Other music events in the area:

Primal J & The Netherlands, 9:30 p.m. Friday, July 28, Cruisers Bar, 715 Horizon Drive, rock/reggae from Eagle County, 314-2554.

Will Whalen, 6 p.m. Friday, July 28, Paradox Grille, Gateway Canyons Resort, 43200 Colorado Highway 141, Gateway, 931-2458; 8 a.m. Saturday, July 29, The Entrada, Gateway Canyons Resort.

Boys of Summer, 7–9 p.m. Friday, July 28, Western Colorado Botanical Gardens, 641 Struthers Ave., Garden Groove Concert Series featuring Eagles tribute band, $15, tickets at

Derringer, 8–11 p.m. Friday, July 28, Warehouse 25Sixty-Five, 2565 American Way, country music,

Music jam, 6–9 p.m. Friday, July 28, Warrior Resource Center, 11 S. Park Ave., Montrose, take an instrument or come to listen, community invited, 765-2210.

Steve Felberg, 6–9 p.m. Friday, July 28, SkyBar at Chipeta, 304 S. Lena, Ridgway,

Morgan Crouse, 6–8 p.m. Friday, July 28, Marlo’s Lounge, SpringhIll Suites, 236 Main St., 424-5777.

Behold The Brave & In The Whale, 8 p.m. Friday, July 28, Mesa Theater, 538 Main St., southern rock blues from Nashville, Tennessee, $10–$12, 773-1775,

Thomasina Russel and Terry Flanagan, 7 p.m. Friday, July 28, Wine Country Inn, 777 Grande River Drive, Palisade, 464-5777.

Ric & Karen, 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 28, Moose Lodge, 567 25 1/2 Road, Beach Party, dance to a variety of beach party music along with Latin, country and current hits, for members and qualified guests, 242-4754.

Mark Wills, 7 p.m. Saturday, July 29, Amphitheater at Las Colonias Park, 925 Struthers Ave., country artist with guest John Berry, $15–$25, tickets at 254-2100,

The Mammoths, 9:30 p.m. Saturday, July 29, Cruisers Bar, 715 Horizon Drive, rock/blues from Austin, Texas, 314-2554.

Vintage Voltage, 9 p.m.–closing Saturday, July 29, The Livery Saloon, 215 Main St., Palisade, classic rock and blues, $2 cover charge, 464-5449.

Haven Effect, 8:30–11:30 p.m. Saturday, July 29, Warehouse 25Sixty-Five, 2565 American Way,

HooDoo HEDZ, 8:30–11:30 p.m., Ella’s Blues Room, 336 Main St., 628-4684.

Niceness, 8 p.m. Saturday, July 29, Mesa Theater, 538 Main St., island reggae, $10–$15, 773-1775,

Gerry Goodman, Suds Brothers Brewery, 127 E. Aspen Ave., 858-9400.

Emerson Drive, 7 p.m. Saturday, July 29, Montrose County Fairgrounds, 1001 N. Second St., Montrose, during the Montrose County Fair, opening guest Jeneve Rose Mitchell, $20 in advance, $25 at the gate,

Hearts Of Harmony, 4 p.m. Sunday, July 30, Chapel of the Cross, Pioneer Town, 215 SW Third St., Cedaredge, Chapel of the Cross Summer Concert Series concert, vocals, gospel and show tunes, admission by donation, 210-0471.

David Starr, 9 a.m.–1 p.m. Sunday, July 30, Third and Main streets, downtown Palisade, during the Palisade Farmers Market, 464-5602,

American Grim, 8 p.m. Monday, July 31, Mesa Theater, 538 Main St., $6, rock band touring with Nevermind, Downward and Taking Alpha, 773-1775,

Hydraform, 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 1, Mesa Theater, 538 Main St., $5, 773-1775,

Blues jam, 7–10 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 1, Charlie Dwellington’s, 103 N. First St., 241-4010.

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

Huey, 5:30–8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 2, Las Marias, 118 S. Seventh St., 241-2398.

Peter Rowan, 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 3, Paonia Town Park, Pickin’ in the Park, free summer concert series, opener The Wooks, children’s activities, local food, beer and wine available to purchase,

Halden Wofford & The Hi Beams, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 3, Fruita Civic Center Park, 325 E. Aspen Ave., Fruita, Thursday Night Concert Series, honky tonk/Western swing, take a chair, 858-0360,

Rosewood & Ivory, 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 3, Chapel of the Cross, Pioneer Town, 215 SW Third St., Cedaredge, Chapel of the Cross Summer Concert Series concert, traditional and Dixieland jazz, admission by donation, 210-0471.

Shea Bramer, 6–8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 3, Marlo’s Lounge, SpringhIll Suites, 236 Main St., 424-5777.

Not one ... not two ... not three, but all four chairs turned when 17-year-old Wé McDonald performed “Feeling Good” during the blind auditions for Season 11 of “The Voice” last year.

The Harlem, New York-born singer, whose first name is pronounced “way,” was a finalist on the NBC show’s singing competition. Since the show’s finale, McDonald has continued to perform and released the single “Wishes,” which is available on iTunes.

McDonald will perform with guests the Diamond Empire Band at 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 28, during The Hilltop Bash at Avalon Theatre, 645 Main St.

Tickets start at $30 with VIP tickets available for $125. Proceeds from The Hilltop Bash go to benefit Hilltop Community Resources and its programs that serve individuals and families on the Western Slope.

McDonald, now 18, attended high school at the Passaic County Technical Institute with a concentration in theater, according to her bio a

She is now in the jazz studies program at William Paterson University in Paterson, New Jersey.

“Wé‘s musical and arts training has been diverse and comprehensive as she has studied acting, dance and music,” the bio says.

Her stage performance resume features nationally and internationally known events and venues as well as leading roles in various theatrical adaptations.

Two years ago, she competed during an amateur night competition at the Apollo Theater and “shattered records by winning four times as the youngest performer to place in the adult category in the history of the legendary venue,” the bio said.

Along with musician, McDonald added author to her titles with a book about bullying.

During her blind audition for “The Voice” — the audition can be viewed at — she told the show’s celebrity coaches that while growing up she “was bullied for the longest time and was ashamed of who she was.”

In response to the bullying issue, McDonald released “Make it Happen!” which is aimed at young teens in grades six through nine, according to a link on her Facebook page.

McDonald uses her story of success to help readers push through the bullying and harassment and take the initiative to succeed.

Learn about the Hilltop Bash and purchase tickets for the show at or by calling 244-0422.


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