Beginning this Friday, the Grand Mesa Arts & Events Center (GMAEC) will host a variety of performers in a series of entertaining autumn events. Tickets for all events can be obtained at Starr's Guitars, 250 West Main Street, Cedaredge, by calling 970 856-2331, online at www.starrsguitars.com, or at the GMAEC's new website: www.grandmesaartscenter.com
First up is local magician, Ty Gallenbeck, who will thrill audiences with his "Mind Blown" feats of wonder from 7-8:30 p.m. on Sept. 28. Ty lives in Delta where his wife teaches at Garnet Mesa Elementary School. Ty grew up in Colorado living in Montrose, Olathe, and finally Delta where he graduated from high school. The young magician has been performing for 15 years, wowing audiences around the nation. He's just coming off a summer tour at The Madeline Luxury Hotel in Telluride. And he's looking forward to appearing at the Cedaredge venue where he promises to give his September audience a first look at his new illusions.
"I love the opportunity to perform in front of all my friends and family in Delta County," he said. "They've been supporting this crazy dream and it's a great chance to include new things that are in the works." For a preview of Ty's amazing magic, visit his website at www.whitetieentertainment.com.
On Saturday, Oct. 6 from 7-10 p.m., GMAEC will host an Applefest Community Dance featuring the popular Paonia-based foursome The Scones. The group is well-known to Western Slope audiences for their nostalgic harmonies and danceable music. They have performed at the Chapel of the Cross and made a memorable appearance in March 2018 at Cedaredge's Cabin Fever Dance. To preview their talents, visit their website at sconesmusiccom.wordpress.com.
On Friday, Oct. 12 at 7 p.m., the Arts Center will host the Spirit of the American Cowboy, an evening of Americana music and comedy presented by Gordy Pratt and Dalyce Sellers. After pursuing separate musical careers, the South Dakota-based duo has been performing their unique brand of western humor since February 2017. Both studied music in college and both are creatures of western America.
Dalyce (it's pronounced "Dallas") has lived in South Dakota, Texas, and Montana plus a stint in Iowa which earned her an induction into the Iowa Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame. Her great love is church music and she continues to play and sing hymns. She recorded two CDs with the Christian praise band "Forgiven." She's been singing and performing since kindergarten when she received a ukulele for Christmas.
Gordy has specialized in music and theater. After college he created the Deadwood Production Company which produced thousands of historical shows. He was due to perform on ABC's Good Morning America when it looked like his appearance might be pre-empted as coverage shifted to the untimely death of Frank Sinatra. He got to perform anyway and he still feels it was an honor to share any spotlight with the legendary singer. He has ties to western Colorado where his great grandfather owned an orchard in 1913. His first performance was in a gymnasium at Grand Valley.
For a preview of the duo's entertaining style, visit their website at www.gordypratt.com