GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - Why wait for the weekend to enjoy an evening out with live music?On Tuesday, Dec. 18, Telluride-based musician and naturalist Jeff Pine will perform a mixture of both Christmas and popular songs at a relatively new Grand Junction venue - On Stage at Back Porch Music, 995 Independent Ave.Pine, a singer and guitarist, will be joined by band members Jerry Colby on drums, Hugh Plumleigh on keyboards, and a host of other local musicians."There's a warm decor, nice stage, and good acoustics," Pine said. "The best part about it, it provides an alternative to bars. It's a place for families to go."The event is also a CD release party for Pine's new recording, "Mosaic," as well as the publication of his new book "A Naturalist's Journal," a collection of exquisite wildlife photographs taken over a 35-year period. The CD consists of four instrumental piano pieces, songs written by Pine, and arranged and performed by Chris Nole, a well-known Nashville sessions player. Nole has toured with the Oak Ridge Boys, Leann Rimes and the late John Denver. Pine's book is a work of art. His many photographs include birds of prey (his specialty); elephant seals snuggling amongst one another on the California shore; a fawn hiding in the grass; and a close-up of a vibrant yellow-orange colored dragonfly that appears to be smiling. There are also familiar scenes, including one of Mt. Garfield with the sun going down behind the mountain; a deer peeking out between two Aspen trees on Grand Mesa; and a bald eagle spotted from a raft on the Colorado River. The coffee table book also includes other artwork, including pencil drawings of humpback whales."A Naturalist's Journal" is exactly that, a journal of a naturalist's life.Also for sale at the event - think Christmas! - are packs of cards with an original pencil sketch of a peregrine falcon."I've been an artist all my life," Pine said. "I draw from life, either my own experience, or from a photograph I take."Available during the concert will be hot chocolate, tea, soda, crackers and cookies.
CD release party & concert with Jeffrey Pine at Back Porch Music in Grand Junction
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