Music: Bluegrass events not to miss |

Music: Bluegrass events not to miss

Bluegrass Mandolin and Banjo
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See one or see it all.

In these shows, you can hear three different bluegrass styles.


Tony Furtado will perform at KAFM’s Radio Room on Tuesday, Jan. 21, at 7:30 p.m. I recommend that you get your tickets before the show by calling 970-241-8801 or going to the website —

The last time Tony was here, the show sold out in advance. Tony is a world-class musician who has won the National Banjo Championship twice at Walnut Valley Music Festival in Winfield, Kan. Tony also is a slide guitar virtuoso. His music is a fusion of bluegrass, blues, rock, and roots.

This indie artist has 15 full-length CDs and tours more than 200 days a year. Call it folk-rock or high energy or progressive bluegrass; this is a show you should not miss.


The Pea Green Saturday Night music series begins on Saturday, Jan. 25. PGSN concerts are held at the Pea Green Community Center from 7-9:30 p.m.

Where is Pea Green? It’s between Delta and Olathe on Hwy. 348, at the intersection of Banner Road. (Google a map if necessary. I did!) PGSN features quality bluegrass, folk, and old-time entertainment by Western Slope musicians. In this first concert, you will be entertained by The Gentlemen and Stray Grass, with their newgrass sound. (You may recall that Stray Grass opened for Sam Bush and Del McCoury last spring in Grand Junction.)

Bring a snack to share at intermission if you’d like. The price of admission is “half a sawbuck” at the door. That’s only $5. Bring an extra dollar to purchase a Pea Green supporter pin. You might want to bring a cushion or blanket to sit on as the chairs are a-might cold at the start. Make an evening of it and have dinner in Delta before the show. Or carpool with a friend to save gas. Or both!

Upcoming dates for PGSN are Feb. 22, March 22, and April 26.

Need more information? Call Len Willey at 970-874-8879.


Michael Martin Murphy, crossover cowboy and bluegrass, will perform on Friday, Feb. 7, at 7:30 p.m. at Colorado Mesa University in the Moss Performing Arts Center Recital Hall. He will perform on Saturday, Feb. 8, 7:30 p.m., at the Montrose Pavilion. Tickets are available at 970-243-TIXS (8497) or online at


Immerse yourself in bluegrass at the Mid-Winter Bluegrass Festival held Feb. 21-23 in Denver. Experience Bluegrass from traditional to progressive to crossover featuring local, regional, and national artists. Tickets can be purchased for single day or for the weekend, at the gate or in advance. For more information on this festival, go to

Bluegrass jams are held on Friday nights in Grand Junction and are free to the public. The location changes weekly. Check the website for the calendar of events —

One of the perks of being a programmer at KAFM is that I can listen to new, often unreleased, music. You will hear these new artists: The Railsplitters, Steep Ravine, and Irene Kelley, to name a few. The Spotlight at 5 (o’clock) features a half-hour set of an artist or band who has made significant contributions to the roots music world. In the past, Earl Scruggs, Tim O’Brien, Alison Kraus, and EmmyLou Harris have been featured.

GJ Free Press music columnist Veta Gumber, aka Vetabluegrass, hosts a weekly show on KAFM 88.1, Bluegrass and Beyond, every Monday, from 4-6:30 p.m. Tune in to hear old and new bluegrass, from traditional to progressive; from Doc Watson to The Boxcars to Hot Buttered Rum, and beyond! She can be reached at or on Facebook.

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