Subdudes cancel; Murphey steps in

Multiple Grammy-nominee Michael Martin Murphey has replaced the Subdudes as the main act during this year’s final Colorado Riverfront Concert Series show after the Subdudes canceled because of the unexpected death of one of its members.

Bass player Johnny Ray Allen died Friday at his home in New Orleans, prompting the band to cancel upcoming shows as it mourns the loss of Allen.

Michael Martin Murphey and the Rio Grande Band were going to be in the area, so Sandstone Concerts’ Ron Wilson reached out to see if the group was interested in playing a 7:30 p.m. show Thursday at the Fruita section of the James M. Robb Colorado River State Park.

Murphey, a singer and songwriter known for his Western music, and his full band agreed to come to Fruita.

In a June 20, 2014, article in the Albuquerque Journal, Murphey told Adrian Gomez that “There’s nothing like being in the Rocky Mountains. It’s like my second home.”

Wilson said everything about the venue and evening stays the same for Thursday. The only change is the artist.

Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are free, but there’s a $2 outlet service fee at and City Market locations. Tickets also are for sale at the door.

There will be wine from Two Rivers Winery and beer from Copper Club Brewing Company, as well as imports and domestic beer, along with water and soft drinks. In addition, Pablo’s Pizza and Enstrom Candies will sell food.

People can bring their own picnics and lawn chairs but no beverage containers.

Parking is limited, so people are encouraged to carpool. Cars arriving with four or more people after 5 p.m. won’t have to pay the usual park entrance fee, assuming there are spots left.

Cars with fewer than that, however, will be charged $7, unless the driver has an annual pass.

Off-site, free parking is available. 

The concert series is a fundraiser for the Colorado Riverfront Commission, which is hosting a grand opening for the Monument View Trail on Sept. 5 at a site to be determined. The section is nearly complete and will connect Grand Junction to Fruita.


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