Cherry Days committee volunteer Skip Naft has once again put together an impressive lineup of local and regional musical acts to wow Cherry Days crowds. From a cappella tunes to classic rock and roll, this year's musical offerings will take place at Town Park Gazebo, also known as the Howard Berkman Memorial Stage.
Each year Austin Family Farm sponsors a float for the featured parade band. This year's featured band is Paxanimo. Performing an eclectic mix of blues, funk, reggae and soul, with influences of many genres from all over the world, Paxanimo features Josh Bourassa, Josh Livaudais, Gal Marom and Tony Soto.
The Cherry Days opening ceremony which takes place at noon at the gazebo, immediately following a demonstration by North Fork Karate and just ahead of the crowning of Cherry Days royalty. As part of the ceremony, the Tuin family will perform the Star-Spangled Banner, with posting of colors by the Civil Air Patrol Delta County Cadet Squadron.
Thursday, July 4
12:30-2 p.m. -- Clifton Hanger opens the Cherry Days music lineup. A truly local group, the sounds of this North Fork psychedelic rock n roll band are influenced by the world of jam band music. A band with a big local following, Clifton Hanger has attracted crowds at the 2019 Ride the Rockies tour at the Delta County Fairgrounds, the FIBArk Whitewater Festival in Salida, and at Louie's Loft, Paonia United Brewing, and Big B's.
3:30-5 p.m. -- AJ Fullerton grew up in Western Colorado listening to the rock, folk, bluegrass, roots and blues of his parents' record collection. As a teen he played in bands and solo, and by age 19 was working fulltime on his solo career. He's appeared at festivals from Telluride to Memphis and in 2016 won the Colorado Blues Society's IBC Competition. He's won numerous Members' Choice Awards from the society, including best young performer, guitarist, solo/duo, band, male vocalist, slide guitar, songwriter, acoustic act awards.
5:30-6:30 p.m. -- The Cherry Days "Show Us Your Talent" show provides a venue for talents of all kinds. This year's show features a solo by 11-year-old Zane Paris and 12-year-old Trinity Paris. Paonia's own cigar-box guitarist/singer Michael Zimmerle will perform a couple of short sets. Working on her debut extended play recording, "Roots of my Timbre," vocalist Hillary Doyle will perform a don't-miss short set. Indigo Autumn owner Laura Chittenden will sing a selection of a cappella tunes. Rounding out the show is guitarist Josh Livaudais. "This is truly just a talent show for locals," said talent show host/emcee Tony Soto.
7-9 p.m. -- Bring your dancing shoes, headliner Morph Roots closes out the July 4 music lineup. Based in Grand Junction, the band features Taleour on vocals, Sarah on sax, Jared on trumpet, vocals and percussion, Chuck on guitar, John on drums, Colin on bass, and Ben on keys and guitar.
Friday, July 5
3-4:30 p.m. -- Start Friday afternoon off with the sounds of Suckafish. A three-piece reggae band out of Grand Junction, Suckafish began as a cover band featuring Cameron Hawkins on guitar, Stephen Mann on bass guitar, and John Hawkins (Cameron's father) on drums. Joined later by Derek Suiter, the reggae/classic rock feel among the group was almost immediate. Suckafish has played venues from the Old Mad Dog Cafe in Crawford to the Intrinzik in Montrose and the Mesa Theater in Grand Junction.
5-6:30 -- Peach Street Revival will take the crowd back to the Woodstock era with original songs and renditions that sound like they're straight out of the Summer of Love. The band features outrageous vocals by Gonzales, Cooper Bradley Shull on guitar, Jordan Will on bass and Sofia Benham on drums. Gonzales has recorded four studio solo albums and has graced stages from L.A. to Austin and Cleveland. She's performed the national anthem for the Colorado Rockies, Cleveland Browns, and at Kentucky Derby Downs After Dark. Locally, Peach Street Revival has performed at the Mesa County Fair, Olathe Sweet Corn Festival, and the Palisade Brews & Cruise and wowed the local crowd a few years back at the Mountain Harvest Festival.
7-9 p.m. -- Joint Point closes out the Cherry Days music lineup. The Telluride-based band got its start in 2008 as a cover band, but over the years has focused more on original material, according to the Telluride Daily Planet. Members Jeff Haldeman, Stuart Sundell-Norlin, Casey Yorkunas and Joel Waller play parties, festivals, celebrations and other events, but at their core are ski bums who love to play music. Bring your dancing shoes and be prepared to rock. "I've wanted to showcase this band for quite a while," said Cherry Days music coordinator Skip Naft. "They deserve a little attention in this area."