Riverfront concert series is a staple of summer
The concerts at the James M. Robb – Colorado River State Park in Fruita have become an entrenched part of the summertime music scene in the Grand Valley.
The state park offers a gorgeous setting, the tickets are free and the musical acts always deliver a stellar performance.
This year, concert promoters are making a few changes to find ways to attract more people to the concerts and reduce costs. The concerts benefit the Colorado Riverfront Commission, so fewer expenses mean more money goes toward the commission and the riverfront projects.
There will be no concert in June. The July concert will feature the Otis Taylor Band — the blues band that opened for Joe Cocker at last year’s Home Again concert. Tickets for the concert, which will be Wednesday, July 20, will be distributed June 18 at Gene Taylor’s Sporting Goods in Grand Junction and at Over the Edge Sports in Fruita.
The two concerts in August are happening back-to-back, on Wednesday, Aug. 3 and Thursday, Aug. 4.
“Setting up and tearing down the Fruita venue is expensive,” said Ron Wilson with Sandstone Entertainment.
By 2013, the riverfront commission will look for corporate sponsorships to help defray the costs of the concerts, as the original funding source will expire next year.
In an effort to bring two totally diverse audience groups to the concerts in August, the March Fourth Marching Band (M4, as they are known by fans) will perform on Aug. 3 and Los Lonely Boys will be at the riverfront venue Aug. 4.
Ticket distribution will be June 25 and July 9, respectively.
As always, attendees are welcome to bring lawn chairs, picnics and snacks. Alcoholic beverages are not allowed.
Beer, wine and food will be available for sale.