Music Scene: Artica, Tony Furtado

Tony Furtado

California native Art Ochoa and former Grand Valley resident Erica Adams (an alumna of Fruita Monument High School) met four years ago at a studio where they both taught music to kids in the San Diego area.

Their love of music transformed into a love for each other, and they married and formed an acoustic duo they named Artica.

Artica performs at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 26, at the Western Colorado Botanical Gardens’ Elizabeth B. Harris Amphitheater, 641 Struthers Ave.

The couple’s love story and other biographical information can be found at

Adams has performed on the violin and piano since age 12. At 16, she was the youngest member of the Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra.

She has been singing and playing in alternative-style music groups for the past 10 years in San Diego and learned to play the guitar and the mandolin. She co-founded the group Tangent 9, a jazz-fusion acoustic group.

Ochoa has played the guitar since childhood. His first gig was in an Ozzy Osbourne cover band at the age of 14.

During high school he played in garage bands and Battle of the Bands competitions. Ochoa began teaching guitar shortly after graduating from high school.

As Artica, they perform acoustic stylings featuring a blend of jazz, bluegrass, pop, rock and country.

Tickets the show at the botanical gardens are $15 for adults and $5 for children ages 6–12. Children younger than 6 are free.

Proceeds from the concert benefit the Western Heritage Garden.

Bring a lawn chair or blanket to the concert. Refreshments will available for purchase.

Call 243-6869 or 242-8268 or go to for information.

Other music events in the area:

• The Pineapple Crackers, island rock/reggae, DoubleTree Hotel patio, 743 Horizon Drive, Friday, Sept. 24, 7–10 p.m., 241-8888.

• Lion Vibes and Potcheen, Mesa Theater and Club, 538 Main St.,  Friday, Sept. 24, 9 p.m., $15, ages 21 plus, 241-1717.

• Fire and Water featuring Flat Top Reed, North 17th Street Band and guests, Watson Island behind the Western Colorado Botanical Gardens, 655 Struthers Ave., Saturday, Sept. 25, gates open 6 p.m., music at 7 p.m., campfires, marshmallows, food and beverages, bring lawn chairs and blankets, tickets $12, members $10, couples $20, member couples $15, couples ticket includes up to two children younger than 12, ages under 8 are free, 245-9030.

• Creekpalooza with two stages of music, Canyon Creek Bed and Breakfast, 820 Main St., Montrose, Saturday, Sept. 25, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., portion of each drink sold donated to Kirwan-Carr Foundation, supporting individuals affected by attempted suicide, 275-4190, 249-2886.

• Tech N9ne and guests, Independent Grind Tour, Mesa Theater and Club, 538 Main St., Saturday, Sept. 25, 8 p.m., $25 all ages, 241-1717.

• Chase Baumgartner, Enzo’s Italian Eatery and Pizzeria, 759 Horizon Drive, Saturday, Sept. 25, 8–10 p.m., 255-8500.

• The KAFM Radio Tomato Fund Drive Kick-off Party, music by Will Whalen, Project Groove with Miss Emily, Eagles on Highway, Angelina and Gary, Desert Moon and The Lazercuffs DJ Experiment, The Hot Tomato, 124 N. Mulberry St., Fruita, Saturday, Sept. 25, noon to 9 p.m., proceeds from Solar-Powered Pie go to KAFM, door prizes,, 241-8801.

• Opal Moon, country and western from Gunnison, The Belly, 309 E. Main St., Montrose, Saturday, Sept. 25, 9 p.m., 252-1488.

• Mesa Lakes Music on the Mountain Concert Series, Mesa Lakes Resort, 3619 Colorado Highway 65, Mesa, Sunday, Sept. 26, 2–4 p.m. and 6–8 p.m., 268-5467,

• Desert Moon Band, Color Sunday Festival, Powderhorn Ski Resort, 48338 Powderhorn Road, Mesa, Sunday, Sept. 26, noon to 4 p.m. 268-5700,

• Tiana Star, pop/folk/rock singer/songwriter, Central Library, Mesa County Libraries, 530 Grand Ave., Monday, Sept. 27, 6 p.m., 243-4442,

• Tony Furtado and guests The Coalmen, Mesa Theater and Club, 538 Main St., Tuesday, Sept. 28, 8:30 p.m., $10, tickets at the door, ages 18 plus, 241-1717.


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