Live Music Line up!
A native of Anniston, Alabama, Shaun Ray has embraced Colorado and its premier river with open arms.
“Shaun Ray left Alabama for the army; he left the army to study in the city; he left the city for the desert and the Colorado River. He builds his songs out of juniper, red dirt, heartbreak, and whatever they put in the water in Muscle Shoals. He sings like Aretha Franklin was a 3rd Avett Brother, ” quips Willie DeFord regarding Ray’s passion. DeFord is lead man in Ruby Horsethief, which claims Ray as a member.
Ray has composed and recorded his first solo album, Food to Your Crown, which was inspired by his time on the Colorado River scenic stretch that runs through the heart of McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area. The album rollout is scheduled for May.
Grand Valley Live award him Best Song for 2017, so Ray is making a name for himself locally. Get a preview of his talent and passion during the Main Event Sunday afternoon from 2 to 5 p.m.
Voted 2017 ‘Best Solo Artist’ and ‘Best Song’ by Grand Valley Live Magazine.
“One of the Grand Valley’s most dynamic performers and songwriters.” – Grand Valley Live Magazine
Mike Gadzak, keyboard
Mike Gazdak, who has performed for Edesia since its beginning, will play for the VIP Luncheon this year. A gifted pianist, he is equally adept on the accordion. With his extensive repertoire and performing experience, Mike is a popular keyboardist in numerous bands in the Grand Valley.
He sits in with the Frank Bregar Orchestra as well as Swing and Rock, a 5 man ensemble that focuses on standards from several decades with some Latin, C & W and other danceable music thrown in for good measure. He and Bregar also team up with Greg Achord on guitar, Talon Jordan on bass and Pat Olson on drums.
Besides making beautiful music, Mike has enjoyed a distinguished career as a Training Officer for the Grand Junction Fire Department.