The Riders in the Sky show scheduled for Friday, July 18, at Rifle’s newly renovated New Ute Events Center has sold out the 300-seat venue.
It’s a big win for the recently opened former movie theater, at 132 E. Fourth St.
Riders in the Sky, a Western music and comedy group, is the sort of act that the Ute can expect to book, Ron Wilson with Sandstone Entertainment in Grand Junction said in an interview with the Post Independent last month.
Wilson said Sandstone would like to begin a steady pace of presenting smaller national touring artists in the events center.
“With only 300 seats, the margins will be thin and the risks will be very real in presenting ‘name’ acts in this room,” he wrote. “It will take time to get folks accustomed to going out semi-regularly for concert attractions.”
Don Chaney, Rifle’s cultural and special events manager, said last month that Riders in the Sky will be a feather in the venue’s cap.
“Once word gets out on the circuit that we have a quality venue, the acts will start contacting us,” he said. “I just sent out letters and photos to all the record labels, asking them to consider the Ute when they have an acoustic act looking for a fill-in date” between larger shows.