Opinion: Fruita’s heart beats to the sound of live music
Free Press Opinion Columnist
So a three-legged dog walks into a bar and says to the bartender, “I’m looking for the man who shot my ‘paw.’”
This joke popped into my head Thursday night at the Copper Club Brewing Company tap room when a person walked inside with a dog and a banjo. Now, the dog had all its limbs, was well behaved and didn’t speak; but a dog in a bar is still not a common sight — unless it’s Copper Club’s weekly jam session.
I recently made a point to be at Copper Club to check out Fruita’s local music scene, and it far exceeded my expectations. By approximately 7 p.m., the room was almost full and the first musician to arrive was the person with the aforementioned dog and banjo. One by one, other people with instruments filtered in and they began to take the stage. Within the hour, seven musicians had joined in and were playing various instruments — from banjos and guitars to mandolins and a bass. I was amazed that this was a simple “jam” session and not a rehearsed act. Everyone played together as if they had spent hours upon hours perfecting a show.
The jam session was indicative of Fruita’s offerings as a whole; its music scene has really blossomed over the last few years. One doesn’t have to go far or wait long for a special event with high-quality live music to come to town. There are also two weekly Thursday night jam sessions in Fruita; one at the Copper Club and the other at Calvalcade.
Our area is full of musicians of varying skills and abilities, and I applaud businesses that foster these musicians and create venues and opportunities for them to perform. A good share of our local restaurants and bars additionally provide regular live entertainment for us to enjoy.
In just a few short weeks Fruita Fat Tire Festival (April 23-26) will officially kick off festival season in Fruita with Mike the Headless Chicken Festival (May 15-16) following a few weeks later. Fat Tire targets the biking crowd and the tourists, whereas Mike’s focus is on local family entertainment. Yet, these two completely opposite events have one very important thing in common — great music with regional appeal.
The City of Fruita will begin its annual Thursday Night Concert Series as well, with the first one kicking off June 4 (through Aug. 20). Fruita Farmers Markets on Saturday mornings also host musical acts, and that begins at the end of June. The Riverfront Foundation will once again host three concerts at the James A. Robb State Park this summer, too. As always, all of these events are free.
So, tune up those instruments and participate or just get out and listen. Fruita is sounding great!
Lori Buck is a Fruita native and current mayor.
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