Defy Gravity aerial artists will string silk ropes from poles and perform high-rise gymnastics Saturday, Aug. 4, at the inaugural R.O.C.K. Fest and Talent Show in the Orchard Mesa neighborhood. This one-day event will also feature performances by FuzeBox's students, a community talent show, live music and more. R.O.C.K. Fest will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Alco Discount store parking lot, 2696 U.S. Hwy 50.The talent show - open to anyone - will take place from 2-4 p.m. Entry forms are available at Alco and Back Porch Music, Hwy 6. People may enter the show as late as noon on Saturday. The show will be split into two parts, vocal or instrumental, and participants will vie for big grand prizes - recording studio time with Blackbird Editing and Recording in Grand Junction. A variety of other prizes will also be given out to top talent show contestants. Entrance to the R.O.C.K. Fest is free, however people performing in the talent show must pay a $5 entry fee, and some kids games require tickets. "There's tons going on," FuzeBox 95 Music Center founder and event sponsor Amy Pace said. "We have over 30 vendors, food, and live local bands."Palisade singer-songwriter Destinee Reed will perform, as well as heavy metal band Sole Aggression.Along with its aerial gymnastic performance, Defy Gravity will conduct interactive activities with kids throughout the day.The R.O.C.K. Fest and talent show will raise money for FuzeBox 95 Music Center, as well as the American Cancer Society (ACS), Pace said. Pace founded Fuzebox 95 with her husband, Darin, two years ago. The nonprofit outreach organization provides free music lessons for kids ages 6 to 18.
A "kiddie section" will include carnival-type games and a "kiddie wash," where children can run or ride their bikes through a sprinkler set-up by Grand Junction Pipe and Supply. There will be a silent auction at the event, with items like stuffed animals from Sonia's Snuggables, massages from the Massage Store, and supplies from True Value Hardware.Fuzebox Music 95 is currently offering free guitar and drum lessons to about 15 kids. The Paces welcome other volunteers willing to teach kids how to play a musical instrument.The name Fuzebox Music 95 is based on Psalms 95.1 - "come and let us make a joyful noise to the Lord," Pace said."We want it to be fun."