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Road trip: Week of Dec. 10, 2010

By Melinda Mawdsley

Here are some big shows and events coming to Colorado and Utah in the near future. Third Eye Blind — Belly Up, Aspen, Dec. 23–24. 2010 Englewood Christmas Party: music, magic, food, more — Gothic Theatre, Englewood, Dec. ...

Texas musician’s ‘Marathon’ CD demonstrates his early talents

By Rock Cesario

I caught up with legendary Texas singer-songwriter Darden Smith this past week and talked with him about his new CD, “Marathon,” which was released in October and is available exclusively at Triple Play Records. Following is just ...

‘Messiah’ staged by 4 local groups

By Melinda Mawdsley

The Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra, Mesa State College Chamber Choir, Western Colorado Chorale and Schumann Singers have joined forces for an upcoming presentation of Handel’s iconic oratorio, “Messiah.” Baroque composer ...


A chat with saxophonist Anna Marie Wytko, Mesa State’s Calvin Hofer

By Melinda Mawdsley

The creation of Calvin Hofer, The Best of the West Music Festival celebrates its 10th anniversary this month. Hofer, head of the music department and director of wind studies at Mesa State College, sat down recently to talk about what Best of ...

Third time’s a charm for many recording artists

By Rock Cesario

“How come so many bands put out great first albums and then have trouble duplicating that again?” This is a question a customer asked the other day. I told him that the music business is a strange and cruel animal at times. But ...

Music Scene: ‘Die Walkyrie’

By Staff

A tragic tale of hidden identities takes to the big screen during a special presentation of Richard Wagner’s “Die Walküre,” live from its opening night in Milan, Italy. Audiences in Grand Junction will have two ...

‘Make the Season Bright’ holiday show to feature 12-member orchestra

By Tammy Gemaehlich

A family holiday show, presented by the Western Slope Concert Series, will brighten spirits at two western Colorado venues. “Make the Season Bright” will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3 at the Avalon Theatre in Grand ...

A Great Music Exchange to be in Fruita

By Melinda Mawdsley

Inspired by the local ski swaps where people buy, sell or trade winter recreational gear, musician and concert promoter James Williams wanted to host a similar event for music-lovers. A Great Music Exchange will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., ...

Road Trip: Week of Dec. 3, 2010

By Staff

Here are some big shows and events coming to Colorado and Utah in the near future. Bar D Wranglers Christmas Jubilee 2010 — Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College, Durango, Dec. 16. Train — The Fillmore Auditorium, Denver , ...


Lost Lennon: 30 years after his assassination, fans still long for Beatles’ songwriter

By Melinda Mawdsley

John Lennon wrote of peace and love, and then, one day, he was shot. Nearly 30 years have passed since Mark David Chapman murdered Lennon outside the musician’s apartment on Dec. 8, 1980, in New York City. Thirty years seems like enough ...

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