Big name country acts will converge on the Grand Valley's west side during the 28th annual country music festival in the desert: Country Jam.
Founded in 1992, Country Jam came to the Grand Valley "after the promoters successfully produced a country music festival by the same name in Eau Claire, Wisconsin," according to countryjam.com.
Jam Ranch in Mack was selected as the festival site, and "one of Colorado's biggest parties was born," countryjam.com says. More than 90,000 people attended Country Jam in 2017 and 2018.
This year's festival audiences will hear music by a slew of acts including headliners Luke Bryan, Sam Hunt, Little Big Town and Alabama.
Country Jam will open Wednesday, June 12, with music on The Stage at Western Slope Saloon from 6–10:30 p.m. for those arriving to set up in the campground. The festival continues through Sunday, June 16.
Ticket options for the festival range from general admission weekend and single day tickets starting at $129, weekend campsites starting at $250 and VIP weekend experiences starting at $815.
Shuttle and "Festi-Cab" information, food vendors, retail merchants and all the do's and don'ts you need to know, plus a detailed schedule of shows can be found at countryjam.com.
This year's main stage is dubbed the Zyn Stage and here is its lineup for Thursday through Sunday:
■ Thursday, June 13: Jackson Michelson, 3–4 p.m.; Adam Doleac, 4:30–5:30 p.m.; Tyler Rich, 6:30–7:30 p.m.; Eli Young Band, 8:30–9:45 p.m.; and Little Big Town, 10:45 p.m.–12:15 a.m.
■ Friday, June 14: Willie Jones, 3–4 p.m.; Walker Hayes, 4:30–5:30 p.m.; Michael Ray, 6:30–7:30 p.m.; Kelsea Ballerini, 8:30–9:45 p.m.; and Sam Hunt, 10:45 p.m.–12:15 a.m.
■ Saturday, June 15: Morgan Myles, 3–4 p.m.; Ross Elli,s 4:30–5:30 p.m.; LANCO, 6:30–7:30 p.m.; Cole Swindell, 8:30–9:45 p.m.; and Luke Bryan, 10:45 p.m.–12:15 a.m.
■ Sunday, June 16: McKenna Faith, 2:30–3 p.m.; Smithfield, 3:15–4 p.m.; Rodney Atkins, 4:30–5:30 p.m.; Chris Janson, 6:30–7:45 p.m.; and Alabama, 8:45–10:15 p.m.
Here are details about many of the other music events happening in the area:
Sugar and the Mint, doors 7 p.m., show 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 7, KAFM Radio Room, 1310 Ute Ave., winners of the 2017 Telluride Bluegrass Festival band competition, SOLD OUT, tickets at kafmradio.org, 241-8801.
Lloyd and Savior, 9 p.m. Friday, June 7, Barons GJ, 539 Colorado Ave., with Nude Dude, Moonfarmer and The Choice Boys, $5, facebook.com/barons.gj.
Groovement, 6 p.m. Friday, June 7, Black Canyon Golf Course, 1350 Birch St., Montrose, on the driving range, funk-rock group from Fayetteville, Arkansas, in the free Montrose Summer Music Series, guest Peachy, take a blanket or chair and a picnic, no glass, cans or alcohol, food and beverage available to purchase, montrosesummermusic.com.
U4ik, 7 p.m. Friday, June 7, Edgewater Brewery, 905 Struthers Ave., facebook.com/EdgewaterBrewery.
The Rightly So, 9:30 p.m. Friday, June 7, Cruisers Bar, 715 Horizon Drive, Americana/folk from Buffalo, New York, 314-2554, cruisersgj.com.
12th St. Jive, 7 p.m. Friday, June 7, The Ale House, 2531 N. 12th St., 242-7253.
Desert Flyer Band, 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 7, Moose Lodge, 567 25 1/2 Road, dance to rock 'n' roll and country, for members and qualified guests, 242-4754.
Clark Jensen & Friends, 9–11:30 p.m. Friday, June 7, Warehouse 25Sixty-Five, 2565 American Way, country, warehouse2565.com.
Huey, 6:30–8:30 p.m. Friday, June 7, Sang Garden, 687 Horizon Drive, 242-2396.
Bluegrass open jam, 7–9 p.m. Friday, June 7, Edgewater Brewery, 905 Struthers Ave., take to the stage to pick and sing, 243-3659.
Leveraction, 8:30–11:30 p.m. Saturday, June 8, Warehouse 25Sixty-Five, 2565 American Way, local Southern/country rock, warehouse2565.com.
Crack the Sky, 8–11 p.m. Saturday, June 8, Intrinzik, 512 E. Main St., Montrose, progressive rock from Baltimore, Maryland, intrinzikvenue.com.
Tuck and Roll, 7–10 p.m. Saturday, June 8, Palisade Brewing Co., 200 Peach Ave., Palisade, rock 'n' roll, 464-1462.
Goodman Unplugged, 5–8 p.m. Saturday, June 8, Bailey's Lounge, Grand Vista Hotel, 2790 Crossroads Blvd., 241-8411.
The NC-17s and Ricky Bobby, 8 p.m. Saturday, June 8, Mesa Theater, 538 Main St., $8, 773-1775, mesatheater.com.
Goodman Band, 9:30 p.m. Saturday, June 8, Cruisers Bar, 715 Horizon Drive, local rock, 314-2554, cruisersgj.com.
Come Together: The Beatles and the Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra, gates open 6 p.m., concert 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 8, Las Colonias Park Amphitheater, 925 Struthers Ave., featuring Beatles tribute band Imagine, food and drink available to purchase, no outside food or drink allowed, tickets $15–$45 in advance, $20–$50 at the gate, tickets at gjso.org, 243-3787 and the symphony's office, 414 Main St.; The Fab Four 5K, 9 a.m., at the amphitheater, walk, jog or run along the Colorado River, dress as your favorite Beatle, registration includes a T-shirt and a ticket to the concert, register at webscorer.com, gjso.org.
Rockmageddon Concert in the Park, 8 p.m. Saturday, June 8, Cottonwood Park in Parachute, featuring The Williams Brothers Band, Dead Cowboyz, Mr. Slippery, Eyes Like Vultures and Mothraship, facebook.com/rockmageddon.
Avatar, 6 p.m. Sunday, June 9, Mesa Theater, 538 Main St., Country World Tour with Devin Townsend, Dance with the Dead and '68, $22 in advance, $27 day of show, mesatheater.com, 773-1775.
Shamarr Allen, 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 11, Mesa Theater, 538 Main St., New Orleans jazz with hip-hop, funk and soul, $12 in advance, $15 day of show, mesatheater.com, 773-1775.
Tom Keogh, 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, June 11, Moose Lodge, 567 25 1/2 Road, dance to country and classic rock 'n' roll, free family line dance lessons 6–7 p.m., for members and qualified guests, 242-4754.
Blues jam, 7–10 p.m. Tuesday, June 11, Charlie Dwellington's, 103 N. First St., Grand Junction, take an instrument, 241-4010.
Embodying Rhythm, percussion musical performance in Mesa County Libraries' Summer Reading Entertainment Series, 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 11, Palisade Branch, 119 W. Third St., Palisade; 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 12, Fruita Branch, 324 N. Coulson St., Fruita; 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 12, Clifton Branch, 590 32 Road, Clifton; 1 p.m. Thursday, June 13, Gateway Branch, 42700 Colorado Highway 141, Gateway, mesacountylibraries.org.
Claude Bourbon, 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 12, Starr's Guitars, 250 W. Main St., Cedaredge, medieval and Spanish blues, tickets at starrsguitars.com, 856-2331.
Sean Ashby, 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 12, The Ale House, 2531 N. 12th St., 242-7253.
Jazztopia, Combo Night doors 7 p.m., show 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 12, KAFM Radio Room, 1310 Ute Ave., Colorado Mesa University Jazz Workshop students perform with guest John Riley, suggested donation $10 adults, $5 students, kafmradio.org, 241-8801; final performance of the student combos 3:30 p.m. Thursday, June 13, Love Recital Hall, Moss Performing Arts Center, 1231 N. 12th St., free; John Riley and the Western Colorado Jazz Orchestra, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 13, Robinson Theatre, Moss Performing Arts Center, $15 adults, $5 students, tickets at gjso.org.
Soul Habit, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 13, Fruita Civic Center Park, 325 E. Aspen Ave., funk/soul at the Thursday night concert series, take a chair, fruita.org.
Still House String Band, 6–9 p.m. Thursday, June 13, Palisade Brewing Co., 200 Peach Ave., Palisade, Palisade Bluegrass Festival kickoff party, 464-1462, facebook.com/palisadebrewingco.
Tab Benoit, doors 7 p.m., show 8 p.m. Thursday, June 13, The Ute Theater, 132 E. Fourth St., Rifle, $30–$50, tickets at ticketfly.com, 970-665-6569.
Goodman Unplugged, 5–8 p.m. Thursday, June 13, Bailey's Lounge, Grand Vista Hotel, 2790 Crossroads Blvd., 241-8411, local rock, 314-2554, cruisersgj.com.