Young Dubliners: Celtic rockers return to Grand Junction on album release tour
Free Press Writer
WHAT: Young Dubliners with the Tankerays
WHEN: Saturday, March 8, at 8 p.m.
WHERE: Mesa Theater and Club, 538 Main St.
COST: $13 in advance; $16 day-of
Not long after Celtic rockers — the Young Dubliners — released their first album, their tour brought them through the 1-70 corridor. Stopping for gas, they heard one of their songs playing on an adjacent car’s radio.
After finding that they were stopped in Grand Junction, singer and guitarist Keith Roberts asked, “Where the hell’s that?”
Discovering welcoming crowds after playing the city, “Grand Junction became a regular stop for us,” Roberts said.
The Dubliners are returning to Grand Junction once again Saturday, March 8, on a promotional tour for their new album, “9,” a pledge-driven, Kickstarter-style album that was released early to contributing fans last July. The album was released on digital markets Tuesday, March 4. The tour is, as Roberts puts it, a “mad dash leading up to St. Patty’s Day.”
Roberts and his crew, influenced by American rock and blues, along with traditional Irish music, cite bands like the Waterboys as inspiration. After hearing traditional Celtic tunes played on electric guitars instead of traditional fiddles, Roberts said, “We wanted to do that.”
Roberts says that some bands consider Grand Junction one of those “B stops,” but the Dubliners find shows in Grand Junction to be some of their “bread and butter.”
From open-air shows to crowded bars, Roberts says the band has played every kind of show in Grand Junction. This time, local group, the Tankerays, will join them at Mesa Theater.
“They’ve come off and on for about 20 years now,” Eric Smith, booking manager for the Mesa Theater and Club said, “(They’ve) developed some real friendships with some of the people here.”
Roberts says that he and his band frequent local spot Naggy McGee’s Irish Pub when they stop to play a show, and concertgoers usually gather there before and after. While the band wasn’t able to make it when they last played Grand Junction last September, Roberts assures, “This time, there’s definitely going to be an after-gathering.”
Doors open at 8 p.m. and tickets are available for $13 in advance and $16 the day of the show at the theater’s box office at 538 Main St., between 1-5 p.m., as well as online at http://www.mesatheater.com.
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