Music always a hit at farmers market
The American National Bank Downtown Farmers Market Thursday nights in Grand Junction is one of the best entertainment values and venues in the Grand Valley.
Where else can you see multiple local bands, dance troupes and performers, mingle with friends and family and enjoy world-class art, all for free? Add dinner at one of the many downtown restaurants or street vendors and you’ve got the makings of a great date night.
With all the entertainment and people watching available, don’t forget it’s a farmers market — the perfect place to pick up fresh fruits and vegetables that are in-season.
The downtown construction project will be finished in time for the first farmers market, giving it a fresh look to the downtown area.
“We are ending four years of downtown construction,” said Kathy Dirks, marketing manager for the Downtown Development Authority. “We’ve got kid-friendly features on the street and we want people to come and hang out.”
With live performances on four different street corners each week, there’s a good chance your favorite band will be performing at the market at least once this summer.
There’s a good variety of sounds, too, with the Barbershop Chorus scheduled in June, country rockers Desert Moon in August, Jack+Jill in June and July and plenty of other musicians playing many different genres. Not to mention the belly dancers.
It’s fun, it’s free and it’s a great opportunity to support local musicians.
There is no fee for the farmers market, however its a good idea to keep your wallet handy to purchase some of the Grand Valley’s finest produce as well as experience some of downtown’s finest restaurants.
Focus on Bobby Walker
Local bluesman Bobby Walker will play at the Downtown Farmers’ Market in June. He’ll be playing at the Downtown Farmers Market twice this summer, once in June and once in July.
“I love playing those farmers’ markets,” Walker said. “It’s my favorite gig there.”
Walker has been on the road, touring through Europe with Eddy Turner. He estimates that he’s gone about 200 days per year, which means he appreciates the opportunity to play a gig at home every once in a while.
“You get to an audience you don’t normally see,” Walker said about the downtown market. “All kinds of diversity you don’t see anywhere else.”
When he plays solo, Walker does it all, playing the guitar while using his feet to play the drums.
“People seem to enjoy it,” he says about his one-man act. “When I’m not out doing the Bobby Walker thing, I’m out playing drums with other people.”
When he’s playing to a diverse crowd, Walker tries to do a diverse set. He’s equally at home playing Johnny Winter, Robert Johnson or Merle Haggard.
“I’ve even got songs for the over-70 crowd,” he says.
Look for Bobby Walker at the farmers market downtown on June 16 and July 14.