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The Williams Brothers Band to play at Holiday Inn in Craig

Darian Warden

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What: End of the World Party featuring a performance by The Williams Brothers Band

When: 9 p.m. Friday

Where: The Holiday Inn Hotel and Suites in Craig, 300 Colorado Highway 13

The popular Grand Junction-based Williams Brothers Band will help Craig residents celebrate the Mayan prophesized end of the world today at 9 p.m. the Holiday Inn of Craig’s End of the World Party.

Playing what they call east bay funk and high desert boogie, band member James Williams said the band has much of their musical roots grounded in their musical experiences growing up in California’s east bay.

Members of the band include James Williams, Phillip Williams, Jared Schmidt, Allen Bradley and extras Donny Morales, Andy Schmidt and Glenn Patterson.

The band combines their roots with the influences they’ve discovered in the high desert home they’ve made in Grand Junction the past 12 years to come up with their sound.

On their Reverbnation webpage, the band’s sound is compared to that of Widespread Panic, North Mississippi Allstars, The Black Crowes, The Black Keys and Leftover Salmon.

Having played together for more than 20 years, the group has helped put together shows for other bands, music festivals and worked with big names in the music industry such as Def Leppard, Lynyrd Skynrd, Chicago, 3 Dog Night, Styx, Foreigner, REO Speedwagon and Big Head Todd & The Monsters, to name just a few.

Most recently, the band headlined the Mesa County Fair and played with the Los Lonely Boys.

Williams said the group is excited to come play a smaller and more intimate show.

“We’re excited, we figured we’re up to end the world in Craig,” Williams said. “We’re looking forward to getting rowdy with the Craig people up there. We very rarely get to do smaller shows.”

Renee Campbell, director of sales and marketing for the Holiday Inn in Craig, said there seems to be a lot of people in Craig that really like the band.

“First of all it gives our guests that are staying with us that option. We have a lot of long term stay guests, it’s something fun for them,” Campbell said. “But we also really want the community to come out and have a good time. Dance, enjoy having a drink, dancing and talking with friends.”

Campbell said there will be food and drink specials throughout the night.

Darian Warden can be reached at 875-1793 or

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