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Record Store Day brought record amount of fun for some

By Rock Cesario

Record Store Day 2011 was without a doubt the most fun day my son Matthew and I have ever had at Triple Play Records in the 22 plus years we have been doing business in Grand Junction. We witnessed the power of vinyl firsthand as most of the ...

Road Trip: Week of April 15, 2011

By Melinda Mawdsley

Here are some big shows and events coming to Colorado and Utah in the near future. Xavier Rudd — Belly Up, Aspen, April 28. Charlie Sheen Live: My Violent Torpedo of Truth — Wells Fargo Theatre, Denver, April 28. Mr. Anonymous ...


Age: Just a side note — GJ hosts two musical icons (in their own unique ways)

By Melinda Mawdsley

The idea that getting older means slowing down doesn’t ring true for everyone. On Friday, April 22, country music legend Willie Nelson will play before a sold-out crowd at Two Rivers Convention Center. Then, on Saturday, April 23, ...


Music Scene: Suzy Bogguss

By Tammy Gemaehlich

Suzy Bogguss knows what the view is like at the top of the country music charts. She has received raves from critics and her peers and won the Country Music Association’s Horizon Award in 1992 and Album of the Year Award in 1994. In ...


GJ’s Ahern wins top honors at Festival for Creative Pianists

By Melinda Mawdsley

An 18-year-old Grand Junction pianist won top honors at the Festival for Creative Pianists held April 7–9 at Mesa State College. John Ahern won four first prizes and $800 for his performances at the festival, including the top $500 ...

Record Store Day a big celebration for independent shops

By Rock Cesario

Saturday, April 16, is Record Store Day, the biggest celebration of the year for independent record stores and, more importantly, their customers. One of the highlights of Record Store Day ( is the exclusive music releases ...


Technology closing grand gap between acoustic, digital pianos

By Melinda Mawdsley

If it sounds like an acoustic grand piano, looks like an acoustic grand piano and feels like an acoustic grand piano, it must be an acoustic grand piano, right? Wrong. The Yamaha AvantGrand is the first digital piano invented that musicians ...

Darden Smith didn’t need a big voice to deliver powerful show

By Rock Cesario

Darden Smith sings to you not at you, in a voice that most times is just above a whisper. I think that is what makes you really listen to his beautiful music. Smith’s music is as stark and expansive as the desert we live ...

Road Trip: Week of April 8, 2011

By Melinda Mawdsley

Here are some big shows and events coming to Colorado and Utah in the near future. Pinback — The Depot, Salt Lake City, Utah, April 21. John Denver’s Rocky Mountain High, An Earth Day Concert — 1stBank Center, Broomfield, ...

New Grand Junction Rockestra listening for lead singers

By Melinda Mawdsley

Calvin Hofer needs rock stars, and he’s betting Mesa County has them. Hofer, principal trumpet player for the Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra and head of Mesa State College’s music department, along with other members of the ...

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