Great American Taxi plays Mesa Theater Jan. 22

Great American Taxi, one of the best-known headliners on the jam band circuit, has a date to jam in Grand Junction.

Fronted by Leftover Salmon’s Vince Herman, Great American Taxi will perform its blend of country, rock and bluegrass at 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 22, at Mesa Theater and Club, 538 Main St.

The name Great American Taxi refers to Herman’s unique skiing style.

“A friend of mine once said I came downhill looking like a great American taxi — a large lumbering object that’s totally out of control and coming downhill towards you faster and faster. It seemed to fit the band’s m.o., so we adopted it,”  Herman said in a news release.

The band is celebrating five years together, and its second album “Reckless Habits” hits the streets March 2. The band’s current lineup is: Herman, singer/songwriter/mandolinist; Chad Staehly, keyboard; Jeff Hamer and Jim Lewin, guitarists; Brian Adams, bassist; and Chris Sheldon, drummer.

Doors will open at 8 p.m., and tickets are $12 for the 18 and older show.

Call 241-1717 for information.

Other music events in the area:

• C.L. Griffin, blues musician, Four Winds Coffee and Tea, 1235 Bookcliff Ave., 8–10 p.m. Friday, Jan. 22, 257-9797.

• Flat Top Reed, Tenacious Brothers Pub, 710 Main St., 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 22, $4, 778-2033.

• Strolling Scones, ‘60s rock, Boomers, 436 Main St., 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 22, $7, 248-9022.

• Desert Moon, country rock, Quincy Bar, 609 Main St., 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 23, 242-9633.

• Goodman Band, Palisade Livery Saloon, 215 Main St., Palisade, Saturday, Jan. 23, 464-5449.

• The LBC — Tribute to Sublime, Mesa Theater and Club, 538 Main St., Saturday, Jan. 23, doors open 8 p.m., $15, all ages, 241-1717,

• Mesa State College Faculty Jazz Quartet, Wine Country Inn, 777 Grande River Drive, Palisade, Saturday, Jan. 23, wine tastings 6-7 p.m., followed by heavy hors d’ouevres and a full cash bar, concert 7:30 p.m., $45; additional cost for overnight accommodations, reservations recommended, 248-1604,

• Desert Moon, country rock, Quincy Bar, 609 Main St., 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 23, 242-9633.

• Miss Emily and the Backsliders, soulful rock, Boomers, 436 Main St., 9 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 23, $7, 248-9022.

• Strauss: Till Eulenspiegel, Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra and guest percussionist Lisa Pegher, Grand Junction High School, 1400 N. Fifth St., 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 26, $15–$25 adults, $5 students with ID, 243-6787,

• Tom Yango, Camp Robber Cafe, 1515 Ogden Road, Montrose, Wednesday, Jan. 27, 240-1590.


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