Spokes, strings take over downtown this weekend

Zolopht Photo credit: Brooke Lucas

The Infamous Stringdusters

Music and bike racing will harmonize this weekend during the 2017 Four Peaks Downtown Music Festival and Grand Junction Off-Road Mountain Bike event.

While the professional and amateur mountain bike racers make their moves — the starting and finish line is in downtown Grand Junction — Main Street will be jam-packed with music Friday through Sunday, May 19–21.

The Four Peaks Downtown Music Festival will feature three stages: the Main Stage at Fourth and Main streets; the West Slope Stage in the 500 block of Main Street breezeway; and the Best Slope Stage in the 600 block of Main Street breezeway.

A variety of local and regional bands will perform on the three stages and create a blend of genres and sounds.

The Infamous Stringdusters are the headliners on the Main Stage on Saturday night and Zolopht headlines Friday night.

The Infamous Stringdusters are “the very model of a major modern bluegrass band,” according to its website, thestringdusters.com.

The band released its seventh studio album, “On Laws of Gravity,” in January. The album steps away from some of the outside collaborative work the band has done and is focused on “our songs sung by us,” said the band’s guitarist, Andy Falco, on the website.

Along with Falco, the Infamous Stringdusters’ members are Chris Pandolfi (banjo), Andy Hall (dobro), Jeremy Garrett (fiddle) and Travis Book (double bass).

Zolopht, whose Rehydrated Tour finished up in April, has become a favorite at home in Grand Junction as well as across the country.

Zolopht plays what can be “loosely described as psychedelic reggae-rock,” according to zolophtmusic.com.

Zolopht’s members are Zac Grant (rhythm guitar and vocals), Cam Vilar (lead guitar and vocals), Geoff Mueck (bass), Greg Indivero (percussion), Ian McGowan (violin), Jared Schmidt (drums and vocals) and Danny Ohlson (trumpet).

But wait, there’s more! Plan to check out the outdoor bike and gear expo, featuring vendors from the mountain biking industry, and the Grand Junction Horizon Sunrise Rotary’s Beer & Wine Garden that spans the entire four-block festival area.

Be at the Main Stage at noon Saturday for the start of the first Colorado Public Lands Day celebration recognizing the value of public lands within the state. Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper will speak and kick off the holiday observation.

Go to downtowngj.org/signature-events/music-festival for information.

2017 Four Peaks


Music Festival

Here is the lineup of bands playing on Main Street during this three-day festival.

Friday, May 19

■ Main Stage (Fourth and Main streets)

5–6 p.m., Tight Thump

8:30–10 p.m., Zolopht

■ West Slope Stage (500 block of Main Street)

5–6 p.m., Tankerays

6:30–7:30 p.m., Jack+Jill

■ Best Slope Stage (600 block of Main Street)

6–7 p.m., Suckafish

7:30–8:30 p.m., Shotgun Hodown


Saturday, May 20

■ Main Stage

12:30–1:30 p.m., Dubious Brothers

4:30–5:30 p.m., Dubious Brothers

6–7:30 p.m., Stray Grass

8–9:30 p.m., The Infamous Stringdusters

■ West Slope Stage

1–2 p.m., The Goodman Band

2:30–3:30 p.m., The Goodman Band

4–5 p.m., Bobby Walker

5:30–6:30 p.m., Bobby Walker

7–8 p.m., Soul Habit

■ Best Slope Stage

12:30–1:30 p.m., Tim + Richard

2–3 p.m., Snootch

3:30–4:30 p.m., Mount Orchid

5–6 p.m., Shotgun Hodown

6:30–7:30 p.m., DJ Strangefellow


Sunday, May 21

■ Jazz Unplugged, Main Stage

9–9:25 a.m., Grand Junction High School 7th Hour Jazz

9:40–10:05 a.m., Fruita Monument High School Jazz Band

10:20–10:45 a.m., Grand Junction High School 4th Hour Jazz

10:50–11:15 a.m., Grand Junction High School 5th Hour Jazz

12:15–12:40 p.m., Colorado Mesa University’s 12th Street Jive


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