OA: Rock Cesario Column May 01, 2009

A favorite first up in 2009 spring/summer concert series

Grand Junction’s unofficial start of the spring/summer concert series begins Friday, May 1, with Steve Forbert’s appearance at the Roper Music Ballroom in downtown Grand Junction.

Forbert will, without a doubt, play selections from his great new CD, “The Place and the Time,” as well as some of the best songs from his now 30-plus-years recording career.

Forbert’s first album is titled “Alive On Arrival.” It arrived in stores in 1977, was critically acclaimed and contains several of my favorite songs from Forbert, including “Goin’ Down to Laurel,” “Steve Forbert’s Midsummer Night’s Toast,” “It Isn’t Gonna Be That Way” and “You Cannot Win If You Do Not Play.”

“Alive on Arrival” earned Forbert the fateful tag of the new Bob Dylan. Personally, I don’t think that was a fair thing to do to either artist involved.

It also has happened with John Prine, Loudon Wainwright, Bruce Springsteen, Greg Brown and many other artists, and it continues to happen.

Forbert followed up his first album up with “Jackrabbit Slim,” which to this day is his most popular release. The album contained the single “Romeo’s Tune” as well as “The Sweet Love That You Give,” “Say Goodbye To Little Joe” and “Sadly, Sorta Like a Soap Opera.”

Forbert has released more than 20 recordings since 1977 and is still one of the finest singer/songwriters around, in my opinion.

His concerts are fantastic. Go see one yourself.

Other musical happenings in the Grand Valley include the first Palisade Bluegrass & Roots Music Festival on the weekend of June 12–14 at Riverbend Park in Palisade.

The festival features the Duo of Molly O’Brien and Rich Moore and the Trio of Kieran Kane, Kevin Welch and Fats Kaplan, Cadillac Sky, Catfish Kieth and several other performers in what should be an incredible weekend.

This is the first year the festival will be held by the banks of the Colorado River in Palisade after being held in Hotchkiss in the past.

The James M. Robb Colorado River State Park in Fruita and the annual Colorado Riverfront Concert Series will feature Celtic rock from Dublin on June 11 with one of the Western Slope’s favorite bands, The Young Dubliners.

The series will continue with the extremely talented and unique sounding Iguanas from New Orleans. It’s The Iguanas’ first appearance in the valley, on July 15.

Colorado’s own Firefall will close the series on July 30.

Stay in touch with Out & About for information on when tickets will be given away for these concerts.

Later in the summer, Colorado’s own and another local favorite, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, will bring its terrific live show to the Avalon Theatre on July 25.

Then it’s back to the Roper Music Ballroom on Aug. 8 for a show with country-rock legends Chris Hillman and Herb Pedersen. These two incredible artists have been in so many bands it would be hard to mention all of them.

However, in my opinion, they have been two of the greatest ambassadors for real country and country rock music for more than 40 years.

They were in Rice, Rice, Hillman & Pedersen and Desert Rose Band and the music they created was pure.

Personally, I cannot wait for that show.

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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