Colorado Pork and Hops Chalenge

Bomshel is working on its second CD and released the first single from the new CD, “Hallelu-y’all” at the end of May. The band will be performing at the Pork and Hops Festival in Grand Junction on Sat., Sept. at 6 p.m.

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Bomshel is working on its second CD and released the first single from the new CD, “Hallelu-y’all” at the end of May. The band will be performing at the Pork and Hops Festival in Grand Junction on Sat., Sept. at 6 p.m.


Focus on Bomshel

Bomshel, the country duo of Kristy Osmunson and Kelley Shepard, have spent years working, playing and creating its sound. The duo opened for other acts, they’ve started headlining a few places and they’ve played bars, clubs and made the festival rounds.

“I started in my Subaru, driving around with my first duo partner,” said Osmunson. “I still can’t believe I get to do this for a living.”

The band has released a CD, “Fight Like a Girl,” and is working on a second album yet to be named. The first single from the new album, “Hallelu-y’all,” was released at the end of May.

“Its a really fun song. Its very different,” Osmunson said.

Those who attend the Colorado Pork and Hops Challenge will get a chance to hear the song. The CD, however, has yet to be released.

Being on stage, performing is one thing the band members say is something they take great pride in.

“We try to do our best and put on a killer show,” Osmunson said. “There’s so much of this business that you can’t control, but we do have the ability to make our live shows as entertaining as possible.”

Bomshel has some pretty serious fans who are known as simply “the Bomsquad.” These fans follow the group from show to show.

“We have fans who will drive nine hours to see us,” said Osmunson, who says her fans are friends. “We have friends in every state who support us.”

Osmunson plays both guitar and fiddle, while Shepard sings lead vocals. As a teenager, Shepard worked with famed singer- songwriter, producer and R&B musician Brian McKnight, but discovered that her true passion and roots were buried deep in country music rather than R&B.

The duo rockers said when they get on stage, it’s all about rocking and remembering.

“We want to give people a show they’ll talk about for the rest of their life,” Osmunson said. “That’s my motto and that’s what Bomshel is all about.”

WHERE: Lincoln Park, Grand Junction
TICKETS: prices TBA for Friday, $20 general admission on Saturday, available in advance at Cumulus Broadcasting, GJ Parks and Recreation, Stop N Save and at the gate

Sept 9
6 p.m.: Kahuna Beach Party
8 p.m.: Archie Lee Hooker

Sept 10
6 p.m.: Bomshel
8 p.m.: Chris Cagle
local bands opening, still TBD

What better way to cap off a summer full of music and fun than a festival that has quickly put Grand Junction on the barbecue circuit map and brings great music to the Grand Valley?

In existence now for five years, Colorado Pork and Hops Challenge has quickly grown in popularity to establish itself as a premier barbecue event.

“Competitors come from all across the country,” said organizer Kevin Wodlinger about the event, which starts Friday evening, Sept. 9 and lasts through Saturday night. “Grand Junction is a real popular stop. We had five of the top 10 competitors across the country last year.”

It’s taken a couple of years, but the festival is perfecting what the locals want out of the barbecue contest, which is actually pretty simple: good food and great music.

This year, there will be a benefit tasting event in conjunction with the professional competition. For $5, people can taste and judge the barbecue from various professional teams to determine the people’s choice award winner.

Barbecue competition is limited to 48 teams, and this year, there is also a Joe Backyard Barbecue competition for locals to enter.

Texas Rib Rangers, Tommy’s Texas Barbecue and Four Legs Up Barbecue will be the official barbecue vendors of the festival.

Although there is no charge to enter the barbecue area from noon to 2 p.m., there will be a $20 admission fee after 2 p.m. once the music starts to play.

Local bands, which have yet to be determined, will open both Friday and Saturday for the main acts. Archie Lee Hooker, nephew of famous bluesman John Lee Hooker, will headline Friday night and Bomshel and Chris Cagle are the featured performers Saturday night.

Attendance for the event last year was around 15,000 and organizers expect an equally large crowd this year.

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