Rockestra to feature songs covering 50-year span


Concert set list


Songs from the ‘50s:

■ “Johnny Be Goode” — Chuck Berry

■ “Jailhouse Rock” — Elvis Presley

■ “Mack the Knife” — Bobby Darin

■ “Love Me Tender” — Elvis Presley (featuring the symphony’s Executive Director Kelly Anderson)

Songs from the ‘60s:

■ “A Hard Days Night” — The Beatles

■ “Age of Aquarius” — 5th Dimension

■ “Ring of Fire” — Johnny Cash (featuring the symphony’s Executive Director Kelly Anderson)

■ “Sympathy for the Devil” — The Rolling Stones

Songs from the ‘70s:

■ “Vehicle” — Ides of March

■ “China Grove” — The Doobie Brothers

■ “Free Bird” — Lynyrd Skynyrd

■ “Paranoid” — Black Sabbath/Ozzy!

■ “Hotel California” — Eagles

Songs from the ‘80s:

■ “Owner of a Lonely Heart” — Yes

■ “Limelight” — Rush

■ “Rosanna” — Toto

■ “Mountain Music” — Alabama

■ “Poison Medley” — Poison

Songs from the ‘90s:

■ “Something to Talk About” — Bonnie Raitt

■ “What Time is It?” — Spin Doctors

■ “Smooth” — Santana

■ “Smells Like Teen Spirit” — Nirvana

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“With the lights out, it’s less dangerous

Here we are now, entertain us

I feel stupid and contagious

Here we are now, entertain us ...” — Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit”

A heavy dose of entertainment is what you can expect at the next GJ Rockestra concert, set for 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, at Robinson Theatre in the Moss Performing Arts Center at Colorado Mesa University, 1231 N. 12th St.

Hits from the ‘50s to the ‘90s, including Elvis’ “Jailhouse Rock” and “Love Me Tender,” Bonnie Raitt’s “Something to Talk About” and Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” will be performed.

Songs by Chuck Berry and Bobby Darin will kick off the ‘50s tunes, followed by highlights from the Beatles and The Rolling Stones from the ‘60s.

If the ‘70s were more your style, listen for some Lynyrd Skynyrd and Eagles. Tunes from Rush, Toto and Poison will be in the spotlight for the ‘80s, and the Spin Doctors and Santana will round out rockin’ picks from the ‘90s.

GJ Rocketstra features Scott Davis on guitar; Scot Bingham, bass; Doug Morrow, keyboard; and Darin Kamstra, on drums, along with members from the Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra and Western Colorado Jazz Orchestra and vocalists Katie Walters, Toni Lombardi and Rich Lyon.

Tickets are $20 and $25 and can be purchased at, by calling the symphony office at 243-6787 or at the office, 225 N. Fifth St., Suite 120.

Beer from Breckenridge Brewery and wine from Grande River Vineyards will be available for purchase before the concert and during intermission.

Go to or call 243-6787 for information.


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