American Idol runner-up brings holiday show to Avalon



David Archuleta isn’t the only nationally recognized name gracing Grand Junction stages in the near future.

The following acts will be in the area in the weeks or months ahead. People are encouraged to purchase tickets early because these shows, much like the Archuleta concert, likely will sell out. Tickets to all the shows except for the Robert Earl Keen concert can be purchased by calling 243-TIXS. Tickets to the Keen show are available at

* Big Head Todd & The Monsters — Dec. 19.

* The Reverend Horton Heat — Jan. 4.

* Robert Earl Keen — Jan. 7.

* Smothers Brothers (Montrose) — Feb. 1.

* Smothers Brothers (Grand Junction) —  Feb. 2.

* B&233;la Fleck: The Africa Project — Feb. 6.

* Los Lonely Boys — Feb. 26.

* Ladysmith Black Mambazo — March 13.

Western Colorado has given David Archuleta an early Christmas present.

The “American Idol” runner-up performs Saturday, Dec. 5, before a sold out crowd at the Avalon Theatre. Doors to the theater open at 6:30 p.m. The show begins at 7:30 p.m.

Along with his show in Grand Junction, Archuleta performs Sunday, Dec. 6, in Beaver Creek.

“I finally have a reason to travel around Colorado,” Archuleta said Tuesday from Los Angeles.

Archuleta, 18, is riding a tour bus across the country as part of the “Christmas From the Heart” tour to promote his new CD released in October.

During his show in Grand Junction, Archuleta plans to perform pop songs as well as Christmas songs from his new CD. He began his Christmas tour Nov. 24, and it ends Dec. 20, giving Archuleta the chance to celebrate Christmas with his immediate family. Archuleta grew up in Murray, Utah.

Last year, Archuleta met his family in Las Vegas to celebrate Christmas after a whirlwind 2008, which included him being runner-up on the seventh season of “American Idol.” After “American Idol” finished taping, Archuleta and other contestants of the reality show toured the country.

“It was nice to have a week with my family and no one else,” Archuleta said of the Christmas vacation. “I just loved it. We played video games and watched movies.”

Although the teenager isn’t promoting “American Idol” any longer, he is still busy making his own name in the entertainment world.

Fortunately, Christmas is Archuleta’s favorite time of year, and he is excited about his Christmas tour. His Christmas shows give him a certain sense of joy he also hopes is present in the audience.

“With the Christmas part of the show, the goal is to be able to bring that spirit of Christmas out,” he said. “That is the point of the Christmas show and (to) leave people with that feeling.”

Archuleta’s favorite Christmas songs are “O Holy Night” and “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year.”

In fact, Archuleta can’t even say the title of that last song without belting it out in song.

The loyal following Archuleta developed while on the “American Idol” likely helped him sell out the Grand Junction show and for those fans Archuleta plans to sing his pop music.

Count Ron Wilson, event promoter with Sandstone Concerts, an Archuleta fan. He watched the Utah singer/songwriter make it all the way to the finals before losing the popular vote to David Cook.

“My kids thought (Archuleta) was the best,” Wilson said. “I thought he had a really good voice and a lot of potential.”


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