OA Rock Cesario Column June 12, 2009

Great live music in the Grand Valley this week

If you are looking to go out and see some good music, and a lot of you are, according to what I hear in the store, then I have a pair of suggestions for you.

At 5 p.m. Friday, June 12, and running through Sunday, June 14, the Palisade Bluegrass and Roots Music Festival is at beautiful Riverbend Park in Palisade.

Kieran Kane, Kevin Welch and Fats Kaplan, Cadillac Sky and Colorado’s own Mollie O’Brien with Rich Moore are the headliners. Each of them will perform twice during the three-day festival featuring more than a dozen artists. My personal favorites are Kane, Welch and Kaplan.

Kane, a musician since age 9, formed the new country/rock band The O’Kanes in 1985 and recorded three albums in four years before he began a solo career.

Welch began his solo career in 1990 with a self-titled debut after spending a dozen years as a songwriter in Nashville.

Kaplan was a member of Pure Prairie League in the 1980s but has mostly been a top flight studio musician playing the banjo, dobro, violin, mandolin, accordion and steel guitar with equal brilliance.

Frustrated with the Nashville music machine, Kane and Welch with two other singer/songwriters formed Dead Reckoning Records in 1995, and each artist released several solo records on that label.

In 2000, Kane and Welch released a live album from their Australian tour. “11/12/13

Live in Melbourne” is a brilliant live recording showcasing the incredible skills of these two men.

In 2004, Kane, Welch and Kaplan released their first recording together, “You Can’t
Save Everybody,” followed by “Lost John Dean” and “Kane Welch & Kaplan” in ’06 and ’07 respectively.

For more details on Palisade Bluegrass and Roots Music Festival, please go to http://www.palisademusic.org/.

This Wednesday, June 17, Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers will be in Grand Junction. The impressive rock ’n’ roll foursome from Tempe, Ariz., have achieved recording success and incredible fan loyalty. They were touted as “the best live band in America” by the New Haven Register.

You likely have heard the band yourself. Especially, if you have ever watched “King of the Hill” or listened to the ’90s band The Refreshments.

Clyne led the Refreshments and wrote the theme song for “King Of the Hill.”

The Peacemakers are not some little indie band trying to make it. They already have a proven track record.

My entire family has been fans of this band since it was The Refreshments, but my daughter, Loryn, and her husband, Gabriel, are the biggest fans of Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers, having seen the band several times live, including once during its annual rocking party weekend Circus Mexicus in Rocky Point, Mexico.

I originally saw The Refreshments in Tempe in 1996 and have always been impressed with Clyne’s intelligently subtle and very humorous wit.

Both The Refresments albums, “Fizzy Fuzzy Big and Buzzy” and “The Bottle and Fresh Horses,” are very good in my opinion and were obvious predecessors to the more country-edged rock sound of The Peacemakers.

In fact, all four of The Peacemakers records have gotten better with the newest containing the catchy “Captain Suburbia” as well as “Mexicosis.”

Catch this great band on Wednesday, and get there in time to see the local duet Jack and Jill open the show. Doors open at 8 p.m.

Rock Cesario owns Triple Play Records, 530 Main St., and hosts “Acoustic Sunday” from 9 a.m. to noon Sunday on Drive 105.3 FM. E-mail him at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


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