Music Scene: Eric Johnson

Special to the Sentinel ERIC JOHNSON

Grammy award-winning guitarist Eric Johnson will bring his acoustic guitar and piano tour to town on Tuesday, July 17, at Mesa Theater, 538 Main St.

According to Johnson's Facebook bio, the singer/songwriter's 1986 debut album, "Tones," found him "on the cover of Guitar Player magazine, which hailed the album as 'a majestic debut,' and earned him his first Grammy nomination for Best Rock Instrumental Performance with the track 'Zap.'"

But it was his song "Cliff of Dover," from the "Ah Via Musicom" album (1990), that won the Grammy. Since then, Johnson has earn five Grammy nominations.

The Texas native began playing in Austin clubs as a teen with the psychedelic rock band, Mariani, the bio says.

"Trained on classical piano as a youth, he switched to the guitar after the stateside arrival of the Beatles in 1964. As a young player he delved deeply into blues, jazz, country and other styles that inform his music. By the mid-1970s, Johnson began touring and sparking a buzz about his astonishing talents in the jazz-rock outfit Electromagnets, whose recordings and a live TV performance from that era were released in the 1990s to critical acclaim."

His first appearance on "Austin City Limits" came in the mid-'80s and he was signed to a major label deal with Reprise Records shortly after.

Among his many achievements listed in the Facebook bio include being "enshrined in Guitar Player's Gallery of Greats and named one of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of the 20th Century by Musician magazine alongside numerous other awards."

Johnson's shows in Aspen and Grand Junction are the only Colorado stops on this tour. Doors to Mesa Theater will open at 6:30 p.m. and the show is at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $30–$35. Visit or call 773-1775 for tickets and information.

Other music events in the area:

Taylor Kropp, 9:30 p.m. Friday, July 13, Cruisers Bar, 715 Horizon Drive, Nashville singer and guitarist,, 314-2554.

Vintage Voltage, 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 13, Moose Lodge, 567 25 1/2 Road, dance to country favorites and rock 'n' roll, for members and qualified guests, 242-4754; 9 p.m.–closing Saturday, July 14, Palisade Livery Saloon, 215 Main St., Palisade, classic rock and blues, $2 cover charge, 464-5449.

Stray Grass, 7–10 p.m., Palisade Brewing Co. Friday, July 13, 200 Peach Ave., Palisade, 462-1462.

Walker Williams, 9–11:30 p.m. Friday, July 13, Warehouse 25Sixty-Five, 2565 American Way, country singer, tickets at

Top Flite Empire, doors 7 p.m. Friday, July 13, Mesa Theater, 538 Main St., hip-hop from Denver with Allegiance, Ekko, AJ Gonzo, Delasean, 2-Flip, Platinum Legacy, Campaign Major and Ghost Gang, $10, $40 VIP,, 773-1775.

Goodman Band, 9 p.m.–close Friday, July 13, Triple Tree Tavern, 201 Second St., Clifton, 434-9428.

Music jam, 6–9 p.m. Friday, July 13, Warrior Resource Center, 4 Hillcrest Plaza Way, Montrose, take an instrument or come to listen, community invited, 765-2210.

Morgan Crouse, 6–8 p.m. Friday, July 13, Marlo's Lounge, SpringHill Suites, 236 Main St., 424-5777.

NightVision 2018, gates open 1 p.m. Friday, July 13, Olathe Community Park in Olathe, Christian music festival, Jonny Diaz 2:10 p.m., Nate Herbst (speaker) 3:15 p.m., Plumb 5 p.m., Patty Perry and her animals 5:30 p.m., Building 429 5:45 p.m., Priests for Life (speaker) 6:45 p.m., Jason Crabb 7:10 p.m., Ken Davis (speaker) 8:15 p.m., Big Daddy Weave 9:15 p.m.; gates open 11 a.m. Saturday, July 14, Tiffany Thurston 1 p.m., Carlos Sluder 1:50 p.m., Salvador 2:30 p.m., Meredith Andrews 5 p.m., Patty Perry and her animals 5:30 p.m., We Are Messengers 5:45 p.m., Priests for Life (speaker) 6:45 p.m., Brian Free & Assurance 7:10 p.m., Billye Brim (speaker) 8:15 p.m., Tenth Avenue North 9:15 p.m., fireworks 10:35 p.m., carnival and concessions separate from ticket purchase, $25 per day online purchase, $30 per day at the gate, ages 6 and younger free, tickets at, 970-626-5243.

The Deltaz, 9:30 p.m. Saturday, July 14, Cruisers Bar, 715 Horizon Drive, rock, jam and blues from Los Angeles,, 314-2554.

Tim + Richard, 8–10:30 p.m. Saturday, July 14, Copper Club Brewing Co., 233 E. Aspen Ave., Fruita, 858-8318.

Quaker City Nighthawks, 10–11:30 p.m. Saturday, July 14, Warehouse 25Sixty-Five, 2565 American Way, with guest Haven Effect, hard rock 'n' roll bred from Texas boogie, Memphis soul and heavy blues, tickets at

The Wallflowers, 8–11 p.m. Saturday, July 14, Amphitheater at Las Colonias Park, 925 Struthers Ave., concert is part of the Grand Valley Biker Rally, tickets $29–$72 at Avalon Theater Box office, 800-626-TIXS,

The Workshy, 9 p.m. Saturday, July 14, Intrinzik, 512 E. Main St., Montrose, eclectic five-piece rock fusion group from Denver,

Zac Grant Trio, 6:30–9:30 p.m. Saturday, July 14, Horsefly Brewing Co., 846 E. Main St., Montrose, 249-6889.

Nicky Pants, 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Saturday, July 14, Fruita Civic Center Park, 325 E. Aspen Ave., Fruita, during the Fruita farmers market,

Whining Pussys, 8 p.m. Saturday, July 14, Mesa Theater, 538 Main St., rock/punk from Huntington Beach, California, with The Tankerays and The Truckstop Quickies, $5,, 773-1775.

Boogie Machine, gates open 6:30 p.m., show 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 14, Grande River Vineyards, 787 N. Elberta Ave., Palisade, Hear it Through the Grapevine Summer Concert Series, take a picnic and lawn chair, food, wine, soda and bottled water available to purchase, no outside beverages or pets permitted, $15 in advance, $20 at the gate, ages 12 and younger free, proceeds benefit Homeward Bound of the Grand Valley, tickets at Fisher's Liquor Barn, Roper Music and at

Music at the Fun On The Uncompahgre Festival, 9 a.m.–5:30 p.m. Saturday, July 14, Water Sports Park at Riverbottom Park in Montrose, DJ Scotty Kenton 9 a.m.–3 p.m. along the water park, live bands Neon Sky noon–1:30 p.m., The Workshy 2–3:30 p.m., Groovement 4–5:30 p.m., bring your own river float, helmet and personal flotation device, $5 each float, 249-8730,

Thomas Neil and Beki Atchley, 4 p.m. Sunday, July 15, Chapel of the Cross, Pioneer Town in Cedaredge, instrumental and vocals performing gospel, originals and country in the Summer Concert Series, admission by donation,

No Outlet, 9:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. Sunday, July 15, downtown Palisade, during the Palisade Farmers Market,

The Retired Brass Quintet, 6–8 p.m. Sunday, July 15, on the lawn at St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, 3888 27 1/2 Road, performing Bach to the Beatles and Renaissance to ragtime, in the summer concert series, take a picnic, and a chair or blanket, water and juice available to purchase, 242-3293,

Toph, 3–6 p.m. Sunday, July 15, Highlands Distillery, 782 24 Road, 462-7293.

Acoustic Monday, 7–9 p.m. Monday, July 16, Edgewater Brewery, 905 Struthers Ave., featuring Donny Morales,

The Scones, gates open 6 p.m., show 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 17, Two Rivers Winery and Chateau, 2087 Broadway, rockin' rollin' Americana band in the Music in the Grapevines concert series, take a picnic and lawn chairs, wine available to purchase by the glass or bottle, $15, proceeds benefit The Art Center, purchase tickets at Two Rivers Winery, The Art Center, 1803 N. Seventh st., and at the gate,, 243-7337.

Tom Keogh, 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, July 17, Moose Lodge, 567 25 1/2 Road, dance to country and classic rock 'n' roll, for members and qualified guests, 242-4754.

Tejon Street Corner Thieves, 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 17, Copeka Coffee, 1012 N. Fifth St., outlaw blues and trash-grass with Pixie and the Partygrass Boys, $5, 628-0878.

Blues jam, 7–10 p.m. Tuesday, July 17, Charlie Dwellington's, 103 N. First St., take an instrument, 241-4010.

Andrew Wynne, 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 18, Paonia United Brewing Co., 325 Grand Ave., Paonia, folk rock singer/songwriter from Denver, 462-5799.

Hector Anchondo Band, 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 18, The Ale House, 2531 N. 12th St., 242-7253.

Medicine, Medium & The Radical Middle, doors 6:30 p.m., event 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 18, KAFM Radio Room, 1310 Ute Ave., Rabbit Holes series presented by Western Colorado Writers Forum, featuring music guests Issa Forrest and Alan Wartes and more, wine bar, $5 KAFM or WCWF members, $10 nonmembers, reserve a seat at

Landward Rogues, 5:30–9:30 p.m. Thursday, July 19, Sunset Terrace at the Avalon Theatre, 645 Main St., rooftop party during the Downtown Farmers Market,

Stray Grass, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 19, Fruita Civic Center Park, 325 E. Aspen Ave., Fruita, bluegrass/Americana at the Thursday Night Concert Series, take a chair,

Broke Down Rodeo, 9 p.m. Thursday, July 19, Intrinzik, 512 E. Main St., Montrose, a little bit country, a little bit rock 'n' roll,

Gilt, 8 p.m. Thursday, July 19, Copeka Coffee, 1012 N. Fifth St., sad/angry-core band from north Florida guest with This Foul Year, $5, 628-0878.

Me and Bob, 7 p.m. Thursday, July 19, Chapel of the Cross, Pioneer Town in Cedaredge, vocal duo performing ageless love songs and more in the Summer Concert Series, admission by donation,

Shea Bramer, 6–8 p.m. Thursday, July 19, Marlo's Lounge, SpringHill Suites, 236 Main St., 424-5777.

Live entertainment, 5:30–8:30 p.m. Thursday, July 19, Downtown Farmers Market, Main Street downtown, Lainey's May (5:30–8:30 p.m.) at Fourth and Main Streets; Creative Avenues (6:30–7 p.m.) at Fourth and Main streets; Hard Pressed (5:30–8:30 p.m.) in the 500 block breezeway; Neighbors Read/music to dance and learn with Sarahndipity (5:30–7:30 p.m.) in the 600 block of Main Street,

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