Rock ‘n’ roll hits on display at GJ Rockestra



Grand Junction Rockestra director Calvin Hofer is often brainstorming set lists for concerts.

He’ll consider a theme, write down every title that comes to mind and ask Rockestra’s singers if there are certain songs they want to perform. He checks out Rockestra’s music library and what can be ordered, then Hofer and band member Scott Davis figure out what songs they need to arrange for the group.

And that, in short, is how a Rockestra set list comes about. If there is a song you would like to see Rockestra perform, send Hofer your suggestion via the group’s Facebook page.

Here is the set list for Rockestra’s “Let There Be ROCK!” concert on Saturday, Aug. 19:

■ “Let There Be Rock,” AC/DC

■ “The Final Countdown,” Europe

■ “All She Wants to Do is Dance,” Don Henley

■ “Kashmir,” Led Zeppelin

■ “The Letter,” Joe Cocker

■ “Come Sail Away,” Styx

■ “VooDoo Child” Jimi Hendrix

■ “If I Could Turn Back Time,” Cher

■ “Feels Like the First Time,” Foreigner

■ “Rock You Like a Hurricane,” Scorpion

■ “Point of Know Return” Kansas

■ “Beer Drinkers and Hellraisers,” ZZ Top

■ “Purple Haze,” Jimi Hendrix

■ “You Can Call Me Al,” Paul Simon

■ “Son of a Preacher Man,” Dusty Springfield

■ “Let Me Take You Home Tonight,” Boston

■ “Hard to Handle,” Black Crowes

■ “Ridin’ the Storm Out,” REO Speedwagon

(Encores: “Keep Your Hands To Yourself,” Georgia Satelites; “I Love Rock and Roll,” Joan Jett.)

Grand Junction Rockestra’s new season should leave fans in no doubt about genre.

“I Love Rock and Roll!” is the theme for the 2017–18 season featuring three concerts.

The first concert, titled “Let There Be ROCK!”, will be at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 19, outside on The Plaza at Colorado Mesa University.

The set list is “eclectic,” starting with AC/DC then skipping around from Kansas to Paul Simon to Cher, said Calvin Hofer, founder and director of Rockestra.

This concert is free to attend (take a chair or blanket), but for those wanting star treatment, there is the Stella VIP Tent that was popular at the outdoor concert last year, Hofer said.

VIP includes three drinks, hor d’oeuvres and preferred seating. Tickets cost $25 and can be purchased at or at the door.

Rockestra will follow its season-opening concert with “Women Who ROCK! at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 4 at Avalon Theatre, 645 Main St.

This concert will be held in collaboration with the 2017 Rocky Mountain Women’s Expo. Tickets should be available soon for this concert at, Hofer said.

The season’s third concert is titled “Ages of ROCK!” and will be at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 13 at Robinson Theatre in CMU’s Moss Performing Arts Center.

That concert will cover rock ‘n’ roll hits starting in the ‘50s with Elvis, then The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and move through to the present, Hofer said.

All proceeds from Rockestra’s concerts go to the CMU music scholarship fund.

For information about the concerts and the group, go to Grand Junction Rockestra’s Facebook page.


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