On The Scene: Garden Groove Concert Series
The Garden Groove Concert Series at the Western Slope Botanical Gardens kicked off its season with a favorite band, Stray Grass.
“We love Stray Grass down here at the gardens,” said Doug Sorter, director of business development for Strive, which manages the gardens. “They’re always willing to help us out and they draw a great crowd.”
And Stray Grass did draw a great crowd as nearly 200 people filled Elizabeth Harris Amphitheater. It couldn’t have been a more beautiful evening as concertgoers brought chairs and blankets and found just the right spots to watch the show.
There isn’t a bad seat in the house ... well, actually, there aren’t any seats but there is a lot of grass and the trees are beginning to create some nice shade.
The first photo I knew I had to take was of Jami Davis and her beautiful family. They were attending their first Garden Groove concert ever and were so excited.
With Jami was her husband Ryan Davis, daughter Cache and son Reece. Jami is a professional photographer, and Ryan is a dentist. They are some of the nicest people you’ll ever know.
I also wanted a picture of Stray Grass, so I had to get it before the band went on stage. I corralled Garry Tullio, his girl Jamie Porta, Guy Stephens, Pete Langford and Katherine Lopez.
Katherine used to apply her graphic art skills at The Daily Sentinel. She is now a free bird freelancer. When Garry isn’t wowing us with his wonderful singing and mandolin playing, he’s a lineman for Xcel Energy. I forgot to ask Jamie what else she does besides getting wowed by Garry.
Pete is one of the original Backwash Boys and plays music for a living. Guy is the COO, CTO and CFO of Anode Systems and his uber-dynamic wife, Fran Stephens, works for Bray & Co.
Sharon Cavanaugh Geherin and Dan Geherin were just coming into the venue. Dan is a big music fan and is going up for eight days in Telluride where he’ll volunteer for the Telluride Bluegrass Festival. He spent 30 years as a salesman for US Foods. It’s about time for him to give that up and just go to concerts all the time. Sharon has a professional sewing company called The Marigold. Cute name.
In the background of their photo you can see Karen Gookin, who was serving up some delicious Gelu Italian Ice. Karen gave me some samples of the Mango Madness and Pina Colada flavors so I speak from firsthand knowledge.
Karen and her husband work out of The Business Incubator, where they make their own product. Karen and her cart will be downtown everyday from noon to 3 p.m. during the summer months.
Pat and Ed Riley were ready to enjoy some bluegrass and beer and something to eat. “The whole enchilada” as Pat put it, but I don’t think anyone was serving Mexican food. Pat is a physical therapist with Primary Care Partners, and I think Ed said he was retired. Seems everyone is retired but me.
Pete Jeffryes, the brew master at Kannah Creek Brewing Co. and Edgewater Brewery, was serving up the Island Mesa and Crossed Iron brews. Pete is a very nice young man and is always nice to this old grandma and remembers my name. I appreciate that in a young man.
Getting served was Dennis Jorgensen, another healthy looking retired guy who loves Stray Grass. He said he’d see me out at the Palisade Bluegrass and Roots Festival, June 13–15, where Stray Grass will be playing Friday night.
It was a good night at the botanical gardens and a successful fundraiser for one of Grand Junction cultural treasures. Get your lawn chair out of winter retirement and head down for the next Garden Groove concert on July 12. The Boys of Summer, an Eagles tribute band, will be the headliners.
For $10 you can sit back, close your eyes and get that “peaceful easy feeling.”
GET ON THE SCENE
■ The Palisade Bluegrass Festival will fill Riverbend Park in Palisade with the melodies and harmonies Friday through Sunday. Along with the music, the festival will offer kids activities, guided hikes, bike rides and more. Info: palisademusic.com.
■ The Dueling Pianos come to Mesa Theater and Lounge, 538 Main St., at 8 p.m. Friday. Info 241-1717.
Look for details on these and other events in Friday’s Out & About.