FINDING FREEDOM : GRAND VALLEY BIKER RALLY
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When I was a kid I would spend my summers running through the forest that neighbored my childhood home. I climbed trees and crossed rivers all without the hindrance of shirt and shoes. After the ten long months of homework, and schedules, and structure, I felt an arcane freedom and sense of adventure when I threw my shirt on the porch and ran into the woods. I loved those summers.

Every year on the Fourth of July my family would buy a packet of Ball Park dogs, drop them on our propane grill and watch fireworks from our front porch. It was a simple ritual, but I always felt a rush of anticipation when I heard the hotdogs sizzling under the grill cover. The Fourth of July is a day that I have noticed myself appreciating more the older I get. I think it works that way for a lot of people. One year as I sat on the porch with my family awaiting the display of fireworks, a group of motorcyclists came parading down our block. They had flags strapped to the backs of their bikes. Large men road without shirts and basked in their freedom. Young adventurous riders raced ahead of the pack and roared as they did. To a child sitting on his front porch, it was more hypnotizing than fireworks, this was one of the greatest displays of freedom and adventure I had ever seen.

This last Fourth of July I did not sit on the front porch of my home, I did not cook a hot dog, I didn’t even watch fireworks. I tossed my shirt on the porch, hopped on the back of a Harley-Davidson Sportster and rode around the neighborhood. I basked in freedom and chased adventure.

The first ever Grand Valley Biker Rally is riding in this weekend and we are feeling that familiar rush of anticipation as we get ready to watch a community of bikers parade down the streets of the Grand Valley. No event like this has ever been seen before on the Western Slope. The Rally will kick off with a pre-party and on-site registration on the evening of July 13th. The following day, all registered riders will meet at Grand Junction Harley-Davidson choose from a selection of five rides. If riding a motorcycle isn’t for you then meet us at the Amp for the concert. The day will conclude with a performance from the Grammy Award-winning rockers, The Wallflowers. Gates open at 6:00 pm and the show starts at 7:00 pm.

Find your tickets at www.monumentaltix.com and find more information at  www.grandvalleybikerrally.com. Bask in some summer freedom, grab your bikes, let’s be adventurous and go for a ride.

Ethan Lovelace
ROOM IN THE RADICAL
 PICTURED ABOVE: Michelle DeLaCastro, adventurer and professional photographer, scaling a wall of ice in Ouray, Colorado.

PICTURED ABOVE: Michelle DeLaCastro, adventurer and professional photographer, scaling a wall of ice in Ouray, Colorado.

On May 12th, 2019, “No Man’s Land Film Festival” will be showing at the Avalon theater in Downtown Grand Junction, Colorado. This is why we believe this event is important.

I was climbing along Unaweep Scenic Byway a number of months ago. It was not quite outdoor climbing season, but it had been a long winter and I was getting restless. I started scaling the wall. It did not take long before I realized how out of shape I had let myself become through the winter. I patted the wall down like a TSA officer at an airport security screening. After a few minutes of maneuvering, I made it up the rock and looked out over the valley. I breathed in the beauty of the snow falling over the desert brush. I pressed my hands against the cold rock and knew we were not created for office chairs and doing laundry. I descended the rock, packed my things and started driving home. I looked down at my hands on the steering wheel. They were bruised, cracked, and covered in chalk, the telltale sign of a good day.

That night I had dinner with my sister. At a break in the conversation she pointed to my hands and asked, “What happened?” I told her I had been climbing. She looked at me and said, “I could never do that.” I asked her, “Why not?” “Because I’m not strong like you, I’m a girl.”, she said. I was a little shocked “Some of the best rock climbers in the world are women, you know?” I replied. “Yeah, I guess you’re right.” She responded when she realized I wasn’t going to let it go.

It breaks my heart that somewhere along the way something convinced my sister she could not rock climb because of her gender. I think a lot of women get trapped in this mindset. I think a lot of men perpetuate it.

No Man’s Land Film Festival (NMLFF) is an event built around breaking the mold and changing these mindsets. NMLFF celebrates women in pursuit of adventure. Born out of Carbondale, Colorado, the festival tours the world calling women into the outdoor industry and adventure sport community. Their films feature bold women climbing towers of rock, skiing down the powdered peaks, and punishing the roughest rivers. It preaches a new narrative of equality in the wild.

We are a community of adventure fanatics. The Grand Valley is a hub of outdoor opportunity, a Mecca of exploration, and a gateway into the radical. This is a community built on a passion for enjoying the outdoors, and as a community we need to open the door for both men and women to get cracked climber hands.

No Man’s Land Film Festival will begin with a panel interview followed by a screening of films that empower women to join the outdoor community and speak out for gender equality. Come to the Avalon Theater on May 12th, 2019 to take part in a conversation about how we can change the narrative of what can be done.

“Don’t ever accept anyone else’s preconceived limitations. If there’s something you want to do, there isn’t any reason you can’t do it.”
Amy Dodson- Marathon Runner

 

Ethan Lovelace
Stubs Up Colorado
 “Sometimes, you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory.”  -Theodor Seuss Geisel

“Sometimes, you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory.”

-Theodor Seuss Geisel

I was scrolling through my camera roll cleaning up and cleaning house on years of memories. I came across a video from the summer of 2016. That summer I found myself sitting on the wooden benches of Red Rocks Amphitheater in front of a collective of some of the great southern rock bands of this century. I made a habit of making it out to Morrison for a show at least once a year.

As I marched up from the parking lot to the amphitheater a feeling of anticipation and excitement clouded my stomach. I browsed the merch tables for something that spoke to me. I heard the opening band begin their first set so, I paraded down the steps to the third row with a factory fresh $25 t-shirt in hand.

The opening band went by the name of Welshly Arms. I can’t profess I had heard of them prior to that night but after the first 3 minutes of hearing them play, I became a fan.

As the night progressed I witnessed a number of my idols on stage playing songs that had in some way shaped who I am today. I took in the beauty of the surrounding rock, as I danced with a beautiful girl from three rows up, hypnotized by the rhythm of the song. It was a night I will never forget.

I watched the video I took that night and it was far from what I remembered. I squinted my eyes, adjusting to the overexposed images. The songs sounded like a flood of white noise and I was starting to get a headache from the camera shake.

Over the course of our lives, we will be presented with many moments and we get to choose how we want to remember those moments.

Often times I’m at a crossroads.

I want to experience the fullness of the moment I’m in, but I don’t want to forget it. So, I pull out my phone and take a video. When I go back and look at these snapshots of my life I find that the video never lives up to the experience, and I fear these videos will plague my mind with an inadequate fabrication of a beautiful memory.

When I reflect on that night at Red Rocks I don’t want to think of poor sound quality and camera shake. I want to think of dancing with a beautiful girl under the moonlight to the sound of Welshly Arms.

I deleted the poorly lit iphone video from the summer of 2016, and I chose to let my mind decide what moments are worth remembering and how they will be remembered.

#Stubsup

 

 

 

Ethan Lovelace
Local Artist Spotlight: Wave 11
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[Couron on guitar and Walker on the cajon]

This is a tribute to the hidden gems and local legends of the Grand Valley. There are over 30 different well known local musicians on the western slope and we would like to make it our mission to share their stories. For our first week, we chose to highlight the up and coming reggae and R&B duo, Wave 11. The band consists of guitarist Zack Couron, and percussionist, Charles “Chuck Jay” Walker. Together they have engineered the sound of a Colorado good time.

 

What is the story behind Wave 11?

Walker: We met working at Applebee’s just serving tables. I think I was talking about music to somebody and he [Couron] overheard me, and he was like “You play music? We should jam sometime!” And I was like, “Alright I’m down!” We started talking about how I had played music in college and he [Couron] had been playing guitar for two or three years or so. So, one day I went over and the dude shreds the guitar, like just shreds. That’s how Wave 11 started, just jamming out.

 

Where does the name come from?

Couron: We originally came up with the name “Two Worlds”. We got it all together and we were all stoked. We even told Rick, the guy at Mesa Theater, and he printed it up for us. Then I Youtubed “Two Worlds” and it was literally already a band. It’s literally one white dude and one black dude and the white dude plays guitar, so it was exactly the same. So we’re just sitting around our little dojo thinking of names, not sure what to do. He [Walker] was scrolling through his phone looking at stuff and we’re both Aquarius and I think he came up with “Dawn of Aquarius”. But the Aquarius is the eleventh sign and we have this huge wave tapestry where we practice and the Aquarius symbol is the waves so we just said “Wave 11” and thought it sounded kinda cool.

 

Give me the timeline. When did you meet?

Walker: February 16th.

Couron: The first time we ever jammed out was February 16th last year. Our first show was June of last year.

 

Tell me about your first show.

Couron: Well we performed at Applebee’s every Wednesday night for three or four months. We did an open mic together at Mesa Theater and our manager at Applebee’s saw a video that our co-workers took of us. She was like, “You guys should play here, that was awesome what I just saw...” and we were like “okay”.

Walker: At first we weren’t sure. Like Applebee’s can we play in here?

Couron: So we went, set up, and started doing all sorts of different covers. We had a tip jar and we told people to put in a song for us to learn for next week. We did covers of the BG’s and Kendrick Lamar. We were all over the place.

 

I listened to your original, “Two Worlds” on SoundCloud. Do you have anything else in the works?

Couron: We are about halfway through our next song, but we have about 9 or ten more originals we’ve been working on.

 

What is the vision for Wave 11?

Walker: Tour bus. My face on the side of the tour bus, his face on the other side.

Couron: I feel like we’ve progressed. We just have to keep moving.

Walker: We'll get it going in Colorado first and then let it take off from there.

 

You can catch Wave 11 at the upcoming Colorado Riverfest! Follow them on Facebook and Instagram for updates on their whereabouts and stay tuned for more music coming soon!

 

To check out their unique sound, click below!

Phones Down Stubs Up
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Social media is awesome. Seriously, you can get lost for hours in entertaining videos, the hottest memes, or getting updated on the latest trends! However, the ability to disconnect and enjoy the present can sometimes be difficult.

Sometimes the healthiest thing to do in order to enjoy the present is to actually turn off your phone. Think about it. When’s the last time you actually turned off your phone? Sounds crazy right? We think, "What if someone texts me? What if someone sends me a funny Snapchat? How will I know what the rest of the world is doing?!"

Chances are, at the end of the day you just hook your phone up to the charger to get some more juice. You never actually turn the damn thing off.

Can you imagine being at an event and turning your phone off? No chance! What if something awesome happens and you need to pull out your phone to capture the action? How will others know you’re actually having a good time? You have to show off!

That’s what we’re doing when we’re posting to social media while being at an event. We’re showing off how awesome something is that we attended and you should be jealous!

To enjoy an event to its fullest, we’re challenging our event goers to turn off their cell phones for a bit. Enjoy the event for what it is. Take it in and be present. Instead of hoisting up your phone to record your version of the event in a lesser quality, put your phone down. Throw your ticket stubs up instead. Be proud of what you purchased and that you get to enjoy it with whoever is around you.

Okay, asking you to turn off your phone the whole event is absurd, but we challenge you to block out some time where you really do set it aside by turning it off for even thirty minutes to an hour.  Be present this summer and for all your future events. Post about the event as much as you want after! 

So this summer we challenge you to put your phones down and your ticket stubs up!

#STUBSUP

 

Zach Bullett
Battle of the Barbers
 [Third generation barber, Chris Bejarano opened his main street barber shop, Bejarano’s Barbering in 2015.]

[Third generation barber, Chris Bejarano opened his main street barber shop, Bejarano’s Barbering in 2015.]

To the men and women that live behind the comb, the Western Slope Barber Battle is a ceremonious time where years spent cutting, clipping, trimming, buzzing, and shaving are put to the test as the Grand Valley’s finest barbers go head to head in a demonstration of their 2,000-year-old craft.

The 2nd Annual Western Slope Barber Battle will be held this Sunday, April 29th at 12 pm at the Two Rivers Convention Center. Among the masterful Grand Valley barbers competing will be, the owner of Downtown Grand Junction’s Bejarano’s Barbering, Chris Bejarano.

“I’ve been a barber now for six years, as a third generation barber, I was born and raised in barber shops pretty much my whole life,” Bejarano said while trimming a local patron’s hair. “Everybody that sits in the chair usually has a story to tell, so that’s really what I love the most, just getting to meet people and hear their stories.”

Sunday night, barbers like Bejarano will come from all over the Grand Valley to be apart of a story much bigger than cutting hair. They will take part in a story about community,  art, and passion for an age-old proffession. Join us Sunday night in being part of that story.

Ethan Lovelace
The 73rd Annual Shrine Circus
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The world of acrobatics and death-defying motorcycles inside a round steel cage are only a taste of what the Shrine Circus has to offer

This year coming for its 73rd annual performance, we’re excited to announce that the Shrine Circus will be returning to Mesa County Fairgrounds on Friday, June 1st & Saturday, June 2nd. Showtimes will happen at 10:00 am and 7:00 pm on both days.

In years past the Shrine Circus has brought exotic animals like elephants and tigers, as well as amazing acrobatics and death-defying stunts that one would have to travel hundreds of miles to see anywhere else. They are very open about how well they treat their animals, going in depth on how their elephants receive weekly manicures and how all animals have extremely strict and healthy diet plans. Their animals are considered family and treated with the utmost respect and admiration.

The two-day event showcases the classic circus experience that has brought in crowds for generations. This event is the perfect show for families of any size and with reasonable ticket prices, they are sure to go fast. With the show being in its 73rd annual performance in the Grand Valley, it has become part of our tradition here.

Adult tickets are currently $15 while children (6-12)  are $8. Tickets at the gate will be $20 for adults and $10 for children. Children 5 and under are free. Tickets are available now and can be purchased online at monumentalevents.com, in person at the Avalon Theatre Box Office (located at the corner of 7th & Main Street in Downtown Grand Junction) Mon-Sat between noon and 8pm or over the phone by calling 970-614-8497.

The Western Slope has been waiting for Jordan Feliz
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FROM METAL BAND TO SOLO CHRISTIAN ARTIST, JORDAN FELIZ WILL HAVE YOUR HANDS IN THE SKY

Coming to The Avalon Theater on May 9th, get ready to be serenaded by the amazing voice of Jordan Feliz. He will be on his “The Future Tour” accompanied by special guest Blanca as well as the band, For All Seasons. This heavy metal artist turned church worship leader, is making waves as one of the most talented Christian artists of the year. After starting his career in music in California, Feliz then left his band behind to become a solo Christian artist in Nashville, signing his first record label in 2015.

Jordan Feliz is a phenomenal artist who makes some of the most, dare we say it, heavenly music to hit Grand Junction this year. Feliz is an extremely talented singer/songwriter who made his first breakout debut when he recorded his project album “The River” which was released in 2015. It actually hit No. 4 on Billboards Christian Albums chart. Felize has even held the No. 1 spot on the Billboards National Christian Audience Chart for ten weeks with his song, Beloved.

Feliz has also made headlines with his award nominations from GMA Dova Awards this past August for categories such as “New Artist of the Year,” “Song of the Year” and “Pop/Contemporary Recorded Song of the Year.” He also received nominations for “Breakout Single of the Year” from K-LOVE at their most recent fan awards, all for his most recent album.

His songs are full of passion with soulful pop melodies that make for one of the best concerts to catch in 2018. Jordan Feliz will perform at The Historic Avalon Theater, 645 Main St. in Grand Junction, for one performance only on May 9th at 7:00pm. Tickets go on-sale to the public Friday, March 30th at noon and will be available for purchase at The Avalon Theater box office, MonumentalEvents.com, or calling 1-800-626-8497.

 

We hear you want to sing the National Anthem at JUCO this year!

Good news! National Anthem tryouts have been scheduled! If you think you have a voice that can honor our great nation, then we encourage you to come give it your best shot and sing your heart out! 

Tryouts to perform the National Anthem during the 2018 Alpine Bank Junior College World Series will be held Tuesday, April 3rd and Tuesday, April 10th at 7:00 pm. 

Auditions will be held at Canyon View Vineyard Church Chapel at 736 24 1/2 Road, Grand Junction. All ages, male & female, children & groups are welcome. 

Representatives of the JUCO World Series, Colorado Mesa University athletics, and the Grand Junction Rockies will be in attendance, all looking for performers at their respective events. 

Remember to come out with lots of energy and don't be afraid to have some fun!

Performers do not need to sign up in advance. For questions, contact Errol Snider at (970) 260-1110. 

We look forward to seeing everyone come and tryout! U.S.A!

Zach BullettJUCO
Drivers Wanted!

We’re looking for a few fantastic individuals to assist us with our Billboard truck!

 
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This giant custom digital billboard truck is our pride and joy and needs drivers that can operate under variable hours ranging from 6:00 am- 10:00 pm with drivers interchanging shifts.

Drivers must have the skills, knowledge, and willingness to drive our box truck in heavy traffic and metropolitan areas. Drivers must be willing to drive long distances, fill up on fuel, clean truck, and wash windows. Must keep a log of their activities and visited locations. Drivers must also maintain a positive and accommodating attitude towards the work demanded of him or her.

Qualifications:

Be at least 23 years of age and have a valid Colorado driver’s license

  • A clean driving record is required
  • Assertive and positive attitude
  • Professional Appearance
  • Strong Communication Skills
  • Must be willing and able to work weekends
  • Must pass background check and drug screen
  • Fill out daily reports regarding maintenance and driving log

If you think you’re up for the job contact Aden at 970-852-6120 or submit a resume to aden@monumentalevents.com

 

 

 

Aden Cesmat
Master Sgt. Israel Del Toro asked to speak at 2018 Junior College World Series Banquet

In sports, perseverance and determination are values one must adopt and embrace when faced with adversity. It is the heart one has to have to grind through the pain to accomplish your goals and get through to the other side. The same however can be said about life and in this case more specifically, war.

The keynote speaker this year at the JUCO Banquet will be, Master Sgt. Del Toro, a brave and courageous American who put his life on the line for our country when serving a tour in Afghanistan in 2005. His story is one of true perseverance to just survive, showing us the truly unbelievable strong spirit a single human can possess. 

 
 Master Sgt. Israel Del Toro throws a shotput during the 2016 Invictus Games in Orlando, Fla., May 10, 2016. He earned a gold medal in the men’s shot put in his disability category. (DOD photo/EJ Hersom)

Master Sgt. Israel Del Toro throws a shotput during the 2016 Invictus Games in Orlando, Fla., May 10, 2016. He earned a gold medal in the men’s shot put in his disability category. (DOD photo/EJ Hersom)

 

Del Toro was injured in an attack on his Humvee when they drove over a hidden landmine. He suffered severe burns that engulfed 80 percent of his body, but that didn't stop him from making his way to a stream to extinguish the flames and still having his wit about him to call in an airstrike and radio for medical help.

After only being given a slim chance of survival, Del Toro spent the next few months in a coma where he would then wake up to begin several years of difficult surgeries and rehab. During this time he received a Bronze Star and Purple Heart for his service.

Del Toro had lost one of his hands and most of his fingers on the other, but that didn’t stop his heart from desiring to get back out and compete and set goals for himself. 

 Former President George W. Bush fist bumps with Air Force Master Sgt. Israel Del Toro during the 2016 Invictus Games Symposium on Invisible Wounds in Orlando, Fla., May 8, 2016. The symposium, hosted by Bush and Britain’s Prince Harry, sought to destigmatize the victims of post-traumatic stress and other injuries that are not readily visible. DoD photo by EJ Hersom

Former President George W. Bush fist bumps with Air Force Master Sgt. Israel Del Toro during the 2016 Invictus Games Symposium on Invisible Wounds in Orlando, Fla., May 8, 2016. The symposium, hosted by Bush and Britain’s Prince Harry, sought to destigmatize the victims of post-traumatic stress and other injuries that are not readily visible. DoD photo by EJ Hersom

He ended up competing in the Invictus Games, which was a competition specifically for sick or injured servicemen and servicewomen. He ended up winning a gold medal and setting records in the 2016 games for his participation in the javelin, shot put, and discus events.

He will be speaking about his journey and inspiring all the young athletes about what it takes when life can throw you a curveball. His perseverance to continue on with striving to be the best in life, is a story we can all admire.

The JUCO Banquet will be held on May 25th at 6:00pm with tickets for the banquet starting at $50 which will go on sale in April.
 

Zach BullettJUCO
JUCO Adopts New and Improved Logo

Change and tradition can be seen as two very conflicting words. However, sometimes they go together like peanut butter and jelly, or in this case, baseball and America.

 
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This year the JUCO World Series is changing its logo in order to honor the long-standing tradition of the tournament being played in Colorado. The “C” now reflects our patriotism towards our great flag, and honor we have for our beloved state. The Colorado state flag is an image we Coloradans wear and wave proudly because of our strong connection with what it embodies.

For those unaware, the colors of the flag all symbolize the beautiful nature that we live in. The red is for the rich red soil, while the blue represents the gorgeous wide open skies. The gold is for the vast amount of sunshine we receive daily, and lastly, the white is for the snow on the gorgeous peaks of the mountains.

Therefore, the change in logo is simply to express our gratitude to the tradition of JUCO being played in the city of Grand Junction, Colorado. The change is to proudly express our love for our great state where baseball comes once a year and pulls the community together.

Zach BullettJUCO
Motown is here to stay and Under The Streetlamp Makes it look too good

Featuring former cast members of “Jersey Boys” and other hit Broadway Musicals, to play The Historic Avalon Theater for one night only.

Get ready for a night you won't soon forget. Under the Streetlamp is comprised of some of the most phenomenal talent to hit the western slope this year. Coming to The Avalon Theater on March 8th, expect to be thrown into a world of nostalgia, reminiscing on the times we asked for our martinis to be “shaken, not stirred.” The group takes you back in time to relive some of the greatest songs from the 1950s-1970s, with perfectly synced up harmonies and super slick dance moves to make any man hold his girl a little tighter.

Between the group, they have appeared on Broadway, in feature films and on television - including special appearances during the New Year’s Eve celebration in Times Square, on “The Tonight Show,” “The Primetime Emmy Awards,” “The Tony Awards” and “The Oprah Winfrey Show.”

Expect to hear hits that were originally performed by greats like Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, Tom Jones, The Beatles, Roy Orbison, Bobby Darin and much more. Under the Streetlamp, is made up of four critically acclaimed stars with unparalleled talent and charm, Eric Gutman, David Larsen, Brandon Wardell and Shonn Wiley. Aiding the dynamic quartet is an exceptional seven-piece band composed of world-class musicians, making for a night of jaw dropping excitement.

The group is currently on tour bringing audiences together in thrilling sold-out packed houses throughout the United States. Under the Streetlamp will play at The Historic Avalon Theater, 645 Main St. in Grand Junction, for one performance only on March 8th at 8:00pm. Tickets are on sale now and are available for purchase online, or box office at the Avalon Theatre, or by calling 1-800-626-8497.

Zach Bullett