FREETIME: Rock legend, guitarist Dave Mason unplugs Oct. 27 at CMU’s Recital Hall
Rock legend Dave Mason will perform an “unplugged” acoustic show with his band Sunday, Oct. 27, in Grand Junction at the Moss Performing Arts Center Recital Hall, an intimate, 270-seat venue.
A native of England, Mason, at age 18, joined Steve Winwood, Jim Capaldi and Chris Wood to form the band Traffic, a major 1960s British band. Mason wrote the song “Feelin’ Alright” while he was with Traffic which became a major hit and was recorded by dozens of artists, according to his website, including fellow British natives and Colorado’s own Joe Cocker who had a huge international hit with the song.
Sandstone Entertainment promoter Ron Wilson has been a fan of Mason’s for years and has brought Mason to Grand Junction on three occasions where he performed his electric show with a full band.
“They’re all great,” Wilson said, “but I’ve wanted to get this acoustic show for the Recital Hall which is a perfect venue for this type of acoustic performance.”
Mason eventually left Traffic to come to the United States where he launched his solo career. His debut album, “Alone Together,” became a rock classic known for the songs “Only You Know And I Know,” “World In Changes,” and “Shouldn’t Have Took More Than You Gave.”
His second album, “Let it Flow,” also sold millions of copies and included the Mason classic, “We Just Disagree.”
After moving to Los Angeles, Mason joined the group Delaney and Bonnie and Friends in 1969, producing the hit “Only You Know and I Know.”
Mason also teamed up at different times with Mama Cass Elliot, and Derek and the Dominos.
The legendary rocker has played at Madison Square Garden in New York, the Los Angeles Forum and Colorado’s Red Rocks Amphitheater,
He’s performed on Jimi Hendrix’s album “Electric Ladyland,” Rolling Stones’ “Beggars Banquet,” and George Harrison’s “All Things Must Pass.” He’s also performed with Stephen Stills, Phoebe Snow, Paul McCartney, Eric Clapton, and Fleetwood Mac.
Mason was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004, for his work with the group Traffic.
Mason co-founded Work Vessels for Veterans, an all-volunteer group that provides tools for helping veterans adjust to civilian work. He also supports Little Kids Rock, a nonprofit organization that provides free instruments and lessons to children in public schools across the nation.
The concert Sunday will start at 7:30 p.m. sharp, Wilson said. Wine from Two Rivers Winery will be for sale in the lobby.
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