Colorado Springs/Pike Peak Region Original Music and Live Performance

Weekly Top Ten December 11, 2014

Roots & Americana in the Grammys? You betcha.

Were you aware that there are 83 categories in the annual Grammy awards?  Of which, by our count, at least eight are directly focused on roots music genres (and that’s not counting the four “country” categories, which for all practical purposes should be considered “pop”, or the five jazz categories, which is simply beyond the scope of this blog but includes great artists).  Given the current state of commercial radio and changing music consumption habits, perhaps 10% of the categories is actually not too bad, considering that roots artists even sometimes receive nods in non-roots categories.  

Amid the many worthy artists who dominated the rock categories (among them Ryan Adams, The Black Keys, Beck, Jack White, Tom Petty, U2 and the Arctic Monkeys), here’s our quick take on some of the roots artists represented in this year’s announcement:

It was great to see Chris Thile & Edgar Meyer’s second album Bass & Mandolin garner three nominations, for Contemporary Instrumental Album (where they are up against some great jazz artists), Instrumental Composition (for the song “Tarnation”), and Engineered Album (non-classical).  Thile is also celebrating the two Nickel Creek nominations – A Dotted Line is up for Americana Album while the track “Destination” is under consideration for American Roots Performance. Read more

Rocky Mountain Highway Presents:

Willy Porter

January 17, 2015 7:30 pm

Seth Glier

February 28, 2015 7:30 pm

Meadowgrass 2015 – Performers TBA

May 22, 2015 8:00 am

Featured Show

Willy Porter Cuts Through The Winter Gloom

The new year starts with Willy Porter coming through in mid-January. The following is from the Summit Daily last August:

Guitarist and singer-songwriter Willy Porter describes himself as a musical mutt, blending funk, acoustic, rock ’n’ roll, folk, jazz, finger-style and other tunes.

“It’s all of that,” said the musician from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. “It’s kind of a unique blend. I don’t say that with any ego; it’s just how it’s been described by everyone else.”

Porter’s influences range from Frank Zappa, Joni Mitchell and Neil Young to Duke Ellington, Tom Waits and the Jackson 5. He said he looks at music as an equal-opportunity art form.

“It doesn’t matter if it’s out of tune, badly played punk or if it’s Stravinsky, I love everything,” he said. “I say that with no pretense; it’s just the truth.”

Join us for another incredible evening with Willy Porter.

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Pikes Peak Concert Calendar

Events on Thursday, December 18

Colorado Cowboy Christmas

6:00 pm-Thursday, December 18

The Sanctuary, 5849 Trout Creek Road, Woodland Park, CO 80863, United States

John Wise & Susan Rissman

6:30 pm-Thursday, December 18

Rico's Cafe & Wine Bar, 322 N Tejon St, Colorado Springs, CO 80903, United States

Celestial Mechanics and Band Idiot

6:30 pm-Thursday, December 18

Studio Bee at the Pikes Peak Center

David Clemmer & Don Richmond

7:00 pm-Thursday, December 18

Wildwood Sounds, 850 Grand Ave, Del Norte, CO, United States

Julie Bradley's Holiday Celebration

7:15 pm-Thursday, December 18

Motif Jazz Bar, 2432 W Cucharras St, Colorado Springs, CO 80904, United States

Events on Friday, December 19

Danny & the Fried Shrimp

5:30 pm-Friday, December 19

McCabe's Tavern, 520 S Tejon St, Colorado Springs, CO 80903, United States

Jeremy & Lindsay Holiday Extravaganza

6:00 pm-Friday, December 19

Sacred Grounds, 1801 Cheyenne Boulevard, Colorado Springs, CO 80906, United States

Colorado Cowboy Christmas

6:00 pm-Friday, December 19

The Sanctuary, 5849 Trout Creek Road, Woodland Park, CO 80863, United States

Jonah Werner Christmas Show with Ryan Darling

7:00 pm-Friday, December 19

The Loft Music Venue, 2506 W Colorado Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80904, United States

John Will

7:00 pm-Friday, December 19

Kinfolks, 950 Manitou Avenue, Manitou Springs, CO 80829, United States

Seth Glier

Friends House Concerts February 28, 2015

Cheryl Wheeler

Friends House Concerts December 7, 2014

Willy Porter

Friends House Concerts January 2015 (Date TBA)