Dirtylektric will rock & roll in Grand Junction
WHAT: CD release party with rock band Dirtylektric
WHEN: Saturday, Jan. 11; music starts at 10 p.m.
WHERE: Mesa Theater and Lounge, 538 Main St.
INFO: 970-241-1717 or http://www.mesatheater.com
A Grand Junction musical trio will play at Mesa Theater and Lounge Saturday, Jan. 11, to celebrate the release of their first five-song EP recording, self-titled “Dirtylektric.” The event starts at 10 p.m.
Drummer Joey Trujillo and lead singer and guitarist Ben Walker began playing music together in the summer of 2011. Bassist Peter Rosenthal met the duo two years ago through mutual friends and was invited to jam with them at a practice session.
Ironically, the music sounded familiar to Rosenthal.
Trujillo and Walker had often practiced next door to a woman that Rosenthal visited. He said he remembered thinking at the time, “they need a bassist,” Rosenthal said.
He became that person.
Rosenthal, who is classically trained, joined the duo that night for a gig at the former Tenacious Brothers.
Rosenthal is a multi-instrumentalist who began playing piano at 6 years old, and has played violin for 14 years. Trujillo and Walker also play bass.
Walker writes the lyrics and the melodies, while everyone works on the structure and the rhythm, Trujillo said. When performing they’ll often allow a song to become improvisational. Lyrics are about not following the norm, or catering to others’ expectations.
The music is rock and roll, with a bit of a spacey sound, Tujillo added. He names Led Zeppelin and the band White Stripes as musical influences.
The trio has often played in downtown Grand Junction — at the former Tenacious Brothers and Rocky Mountain Pub, and Sabrosa, 122 S. 5th St.
Saturday’s show will be the first time the group has appeared at Mesa Theater’s upstairs sky bar.
Their EP, as well as T-shirts and stickers, will be for sale during the show.
Dirtylektric will return to Mesa Theater to perform on the main stage Jan. 27, when they open for national rock and roll touring acts Agent Orange and Tankaray.
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