July 16 Bruce Hornsby concert moved to Mesa Theater due to weather forecast | PostIndependent.com

July 16 Bruce Hornsby concert moved to Mesa Theater due to weather forecast

Sharon Sullivan
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WHAT: Bruce Hornsby and the Noisemaker

WHEN: 8 p.m. Tues., July 16; gates open at 6

WHERE: Mesa Theater, 538 Main St.

COST: $45; tickets available at all City Market stores, at http://www.sandstoneconcerts.com, or by calling 243-TIXS(8497)

INFO: http://www.sandstoneconcerts.com or riverfrontproject.org

Editor’s Note: Due to rain and wind in the forecast, tonight’s Bruce Hornsby concert is being moved to the downtown Mesa Theater, located at 538 Main St. Hornsby was originally scheduled to perform outdoors at Fruita State Park. Doors will open at 7 p.m., and the concert will start at 9. There are still tickets available for sale at the door for $45.

Ever since winning a Best New Artist Grammy 25 years ago, pianist and singer-songwriter Bruce Hornsby has continued to make music, while exploring different genres including pop, jazz, bluegrass, country and modern classical music.

Hornsby played with the Grateful Dead from 1990 to 1995, where he found a “kindred spirit in the Dead’s vibrant tradition of loosely blending folk, blues and improvisation,” according to Hornsby’s website.

He’s “one of the world’s greatest rock and roll keyboard players,” local concert promoter Ron Wilson said.

Hornsby and his band, The Noisemakers, will perform a benefit concert for the Colorado Riverfront Foundation Tuesday, July 16, at the James M. Robb Colorado River State Park in Fruita.

Some proceeds from the concert will go toward keeping alive a free summertime concert series at the park that raises money for the Riverfront Foundation through food and beverage sales.

Hornsby has won numerous music awards over the years including Best Bluegrass Recording for the song “The Valley Road,” featured on the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s “Will the Circle Be Unbroken Volume II.”

The pianist shared an award with Branford Marsalis in 1993 for Best Pop Instrumental Performance for “Barcelona Mona,” a song for the 1992 Olympic Games.

In recent years Hornsby has worked with bluegrass legend Ricky Skaggs, the Bruce Hornsby Trio and jazz artist Charlie Haden.

Hornsby has collaborated on more than 100 records including albums by Bob Dylan, Don Henley, the Grateful Dead, Crosby, Stills and Nash, Stevie Nicks, Bonnie Raitt, Shawn Colvin, Bela Fleck and Willie Nelson.

Triple Play record store owner and music columnist Rock Cesario said this about Hornsby: “He’s a great musician. He’s done a lot of different styles and he’s done them well.”

The Colorado Riverfront Foundation is responsible for cleaning up the riverfront property once littered with toxic debris, and creating 20 miles of paved trail along the river. The goal is for the path to eventually reach from the Garfield or Delta county line to the Utah border.

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