Blues guitarist Coco Montoya performs in Rifle on Sept. 22

Blues guitarist Coco Montoya performs live.
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Coco Montoya comes to Ute Theater and Events Center in Rifle on Sept. 22 to play a live performance to celebrate his newest album, “Writing on the Wall,” a press release states. 

The guitarist, singer and songwriter was mentored by legendary guitarist Albert Collins and spent a decade with John Mayall, an English guitarist known for his collaborations with Eric Clapton. This resulted in a hard-edged sound and style that is all Montoya’s own within the blues-rock genre. 

Since Montoya’s debut album in 1995 won him the Blues Music Award for Best New Artist, he’s stayed at the top of the blues world from a combination of his inventive guitar work and passionate, hard-hitting vocals, the release states. 

Montoya is already calling “Writing on the Wall” as one of the best records he’s ever made — he brought the band who stays with him on the road into the recording room with him for the first time. 

Made up of noted keyboardist and songwriter Jeff Paris, who has worked with notable blues artists, Keb’ Mo’ and Bill Withers, bassist Nathan Brown and drummer Rena Beavers, the results of this collaboration have left Montoya “over the moon,” he said in the release.

Tickets for Montoya’s performance are $30-$50. The address of the venue, Ute Theater, is 132 E. 4th St., in Rifle. He will be performing at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 22. For more information about the performance, visit Ute Theater’s website at

Editor’s note: This story has been updated to clarify the date of his performance.

If you go…

What: Coco Montoya performance

Where: Ute Theater, 132 E. 4th St.

When: Doors open at 6:30 p.m., showtime at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 22

How much: $30-$50

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