Event planned to raise funds for Grand Valley musicians

An upcoming event will serve as a fund-raiser to help Grand Valley musicians who’ve suffered financial hardships as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

A 90-minute production called Riff for Relief is scheduled for 7:30 to 9 p.m. July 30 at Mesa Theater, 538 Main St. in Grand Junction. The show may viewed in person for those who reserve tickets or watched online.

A spinoff of the National Public Radio tiny desk performances, Riff for Relief will feature prerecorded sessions followed by a singer songwriter round and headliner. The show also will serve as the final event of the Techstars Startup Week West Slope.

Riff for Relief will raise money for the Grand Valley Music Relief Fund established to help offset the financial burdens shouldered by local musicians. Applications for assistance will be accepted through Aug. 28. Contributions will flow through West Slope Startup Week with the Grand Junction Economic Partnership serving as the fiscal agent.

The show also will serve as a soft launch for a community initiative called Creative’s Landing and a place for musicians and artists to gather, share and draw inspiration. Creative’s Landing is an effort of Chandler Smith and TJ Smith.

“It’s our hope that this landing place will benefit the community and foster people’s relationships with the arts and culture of their local neighbors,” TJ Smith said.

“Riff for Relief is the first of many projects to come that will enrich our community and showcase its many talents,” Chandler Smith said.

For more information about Riff for Relief, visit the website at www.facebook.com/events/3589227927757196. For more information about Creative’s Landing, log on to the site at https://creativeslanding.com.