Strut over to Palisade for some Stray Grass
WHAT: Stray Grass concert
WHEN: Saturday, July 20, Gates 6:30 p.m., Show 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: Grande River Vineyards, 787 Elberta Ave., Palisade
COST: $15 advance; $20 door
Info: granderiverwines.com, or 970-464-5867; Tickets available at Fisher’s Liquor Barn or Roper Music, or by calling the vineyard.
If you enjoy live music and sitting — or dancing — outdoors on a summer evening hopefully you’ve discovered Grande River Vineyards’ “Hear it through the Grapevine” concert series.
Grande River’s venue is hard to beat, with its grassy lawn in front of the stage, views of Mt. Garfield, the Book Cliffs and Grand Mesa, and, of course, wine available by the glass or bottle.
Each concert benefits a local nonprofit, the next one being Roice-Hurst Humane Society on Saturday, July 20.
The popular local band Stray Grass will perform its unique brand of “new grass” — music played with traditional bluegrass instruments but with rock and roll and folk influences.
“We’ve taken the traditional bluegrass and modernized it,” Stray Grass guitar player and singer Guy Stephens said. “It’s the kind of music folks will hear at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival — which is not really bluegrass.”
For example, the band has been known to play songs by Pink Floyd, Dave Matthews and Bob Dylan.
Stray Grass is also comprised of Garry Tullio, who sings and plays mandolin, and bass player Pete Langford.
Saturday will be the third time the trio has performed a benefit concert for Roice-Hurst.
“It’s great! It’s one of our favorite gigs we do of the year,” Stephens said. “It’s well attended, and a warm reception.”
Tullio writes most of their songs’ lyrics, but everyone has a hand in arranging the pieces. The title track of their “Written in the Stars” CD is “a love song Garry wrote to his grandparents. It’s about them and for them,” Stephens said.
Their next CD is a collaboration with outdoor clothing manufacturer Mountain Khakis, a local company that has hired Stray Grass to play at the national outdoor retailers convention in Salt Lake City in August.
In March, the trio opened for mandolin virtuoso Sam Bush and the legendary bluegrass musician Del McCoury at the Avalon Theatre.
“We like songs that put a smile on the face, or make you want to dance — songs that make people feel something,” Stephens said.
The benefit concert will provide “much needed” funds for the dog and cat shelter, whose adoption fees do not cover expenses, Roice-Hurst events coordinator Shannon Freed said.
“We rely on fundraisers like this to cover our costs, food, medical expenses,” she said.
Adoption fees cover the animal’s vaccines, a microchip that allows a lost pet to be found, and spaying and neutering.
At this time of year there are lots of kittens; Roice Hurst is offering a special “adopt one, get one free,” Freed said. “And they are just adorable.
“We also have some wonderful adult cats.”
Concert-goers are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, or a blanket for the lawn. As always, there will be food and wine for sale and free water.
Each year, the Lions Club uses race proceeds from the FireKracker 4K race to provide eye examinations and eye glasses for those in the Roaring Fork Valley who are in need.
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