Music Scene: Patty Larkin

Patty Larkin plays at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 23, at the Roper Music Ballroom.



In celebration of 25 years of recording, singer/songwriter Patty Larkin released an album this year titled “25.” It is filled with 25 of her favorite songs and features 25 of her musical friends.

Larkin and one of those colleagues, Lucy Kaplansky, perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 23, at the Roper Music Ballroom, 130 N. Fifth St.

Information at pattylarkin.com describes the 25 guests on her album as “friends and cohorts, troubadours, renegades, humorists, folk philosophers, dreamers, realists, poets, bards. People who defined a generation of music that wove inside and outside of the box, and sprang from a grassroots love of song, pouring onto the airwaves in an organic, trickle down of musical styles.”

Larkin reworked many of the songs for “25,” in the acoustic, “unplugged” release.

Larkin grew up in a musical and artistic family in Milwaukee, descended from a long line of Irish American singers and taletellers. Her mother was a painter, her sisters both musicians. Following classical piano studies at age 7, Larkin was swept up in the sounds of pop and folk in the ‘60s, teaching herself the guitar and experimenting with songwriting. She released her first album, “Step Into the Light,” in 1985.

Tickets to the show are $25, and can be purchased at Roper Music and Back Porch Music, ticketswest.com or charged by phone at 243-8497.

Other music events in the area:

• Howard Berkman and the Big Bottom Blues Band, DoubleTree Hotel patio, 743 Horizon Drive, Friday, Sept. 17, 7 p.m., 241-8888.

• Chase Baumgartner, Rockslide Brew Pub patio, 401 Main St., Friday, Sept. 17, 10 p.m. to 2 a.m., ages 21 plus, 245-2111.

• Mesa State Music Faculty Gala, Moss Performing Arts Center Recital Hall, Mesa State College, 1231 N. 12th St., Friday, Sept. 17, 7:30 p.m., $10 adults, $8 seniors, $5 students, catered reception will follow in the lobby, 248-1604.

• Support Local Showcase with Shotgun Hodown, Drop Top Lincoln, The Tankerays and Bad Karma Kings, Mesa Theater and Club, 538 Main St., Saturday, Sept. 18, 8:45 p.m., $10, all ages, 241-1717.

• Dewy, Mesa Lakes Music on the Mountain Concert Series, Mesa Lakes Resort, 3619 Colorado Highway 65, Mesa, Saturday, Sept. 18, 2–4 p.m. and 6–8 p.m., buffet dinner 6–7 p.m., reservations 268-5467, http://www.mesalakeslodgeandresort.com.

• Bob and Ray, Enzo’s Italian Eatery and Pizzeria, 759 Horizon Drive, Saturday, Sept. 18, 8–10 p.m., 255-8500.

• Drop Top Lincoln, Mesa Lakes Music on the Mountain Concert Series, Mesa Lakes Resort, 3619 Colorado Highway 65, Mesa, Sunday, Sept. 19, 2–4 p.m. and 6–8 p.m., 268-5467, http://www.mesalakeslodgeandresort.com.

• Flat Top Reed, Flat Top Festival, Powderhorn Ski Resort, 48338 Powderhorn Road, Mesa, Sunday, Sept. 19, 1–4 p.m., http://www.powderhorn.com, 268-5700.

• Pictures and Paganini, Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra and guest pianist Martina Filjak, Grand Junction High School auditorium, 1400 N. Fifth St., Tuesday, Sept. 21, Classical Conversation in Concert Hall with Filjak, pianist; concert 7:30 p.m., tickets at the symphony office, 225 N. Fifth St., Suite 120, 243-6787, http://www.gjsymphony.org.

• Justin Moore, Mesa Theater and Club, 538 Main St., Wednesday, Sept. 22, 9 p.m., $25, all ages, 241-1717, ticketswest.com.

• Sean Flanigan, trombone, Gisela Flanigan, piano, Moss Performing Art Center Recital Hall, Mesa State College, 1231 N. 12th St., Wednesday, Sept. 22, 7:30 p.m., $10 adults, $8 seniors, $5 students/children, 248-1604.


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