Rock Jam vets say concert is a community

By: Thomas Jordan Email
By: Thomas Jordan Email

Fans from near and far enjoyed the second and final night of Rock Jam performances. All of them share the love of rock and roll as well as making a friend or two along the way. KKCO 11 News round out what makes them come back year after year.

You'd think the best part of rock jam would be the music, but these fans say meeting new friends from around the state is what really makes Rock Jam a memorable time.

"I really enjoy all these people,” fan Jarold Darrel said. "Most of them aren’t from here and I can meet new people and enjoy it."

Darrel is a Rock Jam veteran, and he says the people he meets here couldn't be more laid back.

“A lot more mellower enjoyable people, they come here to actually enjoy them selves instead of just get drunk," he said.

For many Rock Jammers, this event is a bonding experience, a time meant to share with others.
Ranette Karl has been coming to Rock Jam the past four years. You could say it's a tradition.

"It’s our annual girls get away," Karl says of the annual event. "[We] load up in the camper and we come for the weekend. No husbands, no kids."

Darrel and Karl can agree on one thing: Rock Jam is its own community.

"[Rock Jam is] kind of like a little community honestly. We are all out here for a reason. We are out here to enjoy ourselves and were all out here for that same reason, the bands and it’s easier to get along with people," Darrel said.

"Everybody is really friendly and it is like a community," Karl added.

They say if you've never experienced Rock Jam before, you're missing out on a rockin' time.

In the past two days, Rock Jam has had rock and roll legends Motley Crue and KISS as well as Theory of a Dead Man and 3 Doors Down. Rock Jam officials say that since this year was so successful, it opens the doors for being bigger and better next year.


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  • by Anonymous on Aug 29, 2012 at 07:14 AM
    “A lot more mellower enjoyable people, they come here to actually enjoy them selves instead of just get drunk," - Country Jam reference?
  • by p Location: gj on Aug 26, 2012 at 10:11 AM
    I didn't find old hippies at the concert. I found drunk, out of control idiots. We did not use our Reserved second day tickets and will NEVER go again. Didn't smell any weed just drunks. Seemed to us there were less general admissions sold than in previous years. Something is definitely missing from this event. Yes, I've been to many concerts and this was terrible. Motley Crue must have been the stoned ones they couldn't carry a tune in a bucket with the lid on it. They used more audience participation than performance. KISS was a class act as always.
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      by Anonymous on Aug 26, 2012 at 02:53 PM in reply to p
      I could not agree more. I will never go again, way too many drugs for this guy.
  • by Concert on Aug 26, 2012 at 08:48 AM
    Nothing but stoned and drunk old hippies. Not a good place to go if there you have your kids. Of course, Country Jam is even worse. The family atmosphere is not there and has been missing for quite a few years.
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      by Concert reality 2 on Aug 26, 2012 at 09:15 AM in reply to Concert
      It's a concert, I don't suppose you have been to many concerts as stoned tends to be the norm at concerts other than religious concerts, perhaps you should focus on going to religious concerts as you are not going to be able to force your morals and dogma on others, so quit crying.
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        by Concert on Aug 26, 2012 at 04:02 PM in reply to Concert reality 2
        I probably have been to as many, if not more, than most people who post here. I grew up with concerts and these are not concerts, they are nothing more than an excuse to get drunk, loaded, and get in fights. That is not what concerts should be about.
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          by Anonymous on Aug 26, 2012 at 05:52 PM in reply to Concert
          You sit win the prestigious award of the dude from grand junction who has been to more concerts than anyone in town and deserve the key to the city of loma! You shall forever be known as the dude who has seen air supply 7 times at red rocks! We all bow down to your concert wisdom and your keen observational skills.
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          by Anonymous on Aug 26, 2012 at 10:13 PM in reply to Concert
          I have been to hundreds (yes hundreds) of concerts, and rock jam is nothing more than a bunch of high mileage hippies getting high and drunk. NO fights there.
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          by Boondogle on Aug 29, 2012 at 09:13 AM in reply to Concert
          I made it one night and will never go back. Friends had a camper and it was too crazy. Saw too many fights and too many drunks and too many drugs. Not for me.
  • by David Location: GJ on Aug 26, 2012 at 06:57 AM
    They've pushed "General Admission" so far back that the performers on stage looked like ants.
  • by Anonymous on Aug 26, 2012 at 04:33 AM
    "he says the people he meets here couldn't be more laid back" You mean stoned.
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      by Concert reality on Aug 26, 2012 at 09:14 AM in reply to
      It's a concert, I don't suppose you have been to many concerts as stoned tends to be the norm at concerts other than religious concerts, perhaps you should focus on going to religious concerts as you are not going to be able to force your morals and dogma on others, so quit crying.
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        by Anonymous on Aug 26, 2012 at 02:54 PM in reply to Concert reality
        Go smoke another doobie, and find a job while your at it.
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          by Anonymous on Aug 26, 2012 at 03:06 PM in reply to
          Go churn some butter and raise a barn Mentonite.
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          by Anonymous on Aug 26, 2012 at 03:09 PM in reply to
          Find another job while smoking a doobie or wait until the doobie is finished before I find a job, I could just go to taco bell and take your job, oh hold on the phone is ringing, oh it's 1971, they want their doobie back, perhaps you meant a lid? Slang sure has changed for you old timer, lol
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