Music: Colorado Riverfront Series

June 11 - Young Dubliners • July 29 - Robert Earl Keene Sept. 2 - Los Lonely Boys

The Colorado Riverfront Concert Series has become a big part of the summer music scene in the Grand Valley and this year’s concerts promise to draw even more music lovers to Fruita for the shows, with bands that have a good local following.

The Young Dubliners will be coming on Thursday, June 11. Although the Young Dubs haven’t played at the Riverfront Concert before, they have played multiple times in the Grand Valley and will draw a crowd with their own version of Celtic rock. Only two of the band members are actually Irish, and the band gets its influences from many genres. The band will be promoting its 2014 release, “Nine,” although they will most likely also play their early and beloved, “Rocky Road to Dublin,” as well.

The Young Dubliners, most of whom are not so young anymore, have been playing music since the 1990s, but are always energetic and fun and this concert will be a great way to kick off the 2015 series.

Robert Earl Keen will be performing July 29. Keen is a Texas singer-songwriter who’s managed to carve out a reputation and a living for 30 or more years in the music industry without ever reigning on the top of the Billboard charts. His classic, “The Road Goes on Forever,” was on his 1989 release, “West Textures.” It’s a fan favorite, and has also been covered by other artists, including The Highwaymen and Joe Ely.

Keen was inducted into the Texas Heritage Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2012. Another live show favorite, “Merry Christmas from the Family, “appeared on his 1994 album, “Gringo Honeymoon.” Keen has performed at a couple of different Grand Valley venues, including a previous concert with the Colorado Riverfront Concert Series.

Los Lonely Boys are also returning to the Riverfront, where they last played in 2011. They’ll be the stars of the final show of the series, on Wed., Sept. 2. The band is made up of three brother, Henry, Jojo and Ringo Garza, whose music has been called rock, roots, blues rock, Tex-Mex and Latin Rock. The band’s biggest single, “Heaven” was released in 2004 and helped the band win a Grammy Award in 2005.

Los Lonely Boys have been steadily working since 2003, and have worked with Willie Nelson, Carlos Santana and other giants in the music industry. The band’s latest album, “Revelation,” features more of the brothers great harmonies, as well as the influences of other genres, like reggae and traditional conjunto music.

As always, the riverfront concerts are free, but because tickets are distributed through Tickets West, there is a processing charge of $3 for the tickets. Tickets became available May 2 at all City Market locations and can also be purchased online at www.

Gates open at 6 p.m. and the shows usually start by 7 or 7:30 p.m. Picnics and lawn chairs are allowed, although there is food available for purchase. No outside beverages of any kind. Water, soft drinks, beer and wine available for purchase.

The concerts are a benefit for the Colorado Riverfront Foundation, so don’t forget to bring your checkbook and be generous with your donations.

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