After many months of hard work, we are finally putting the finishing touches on preparations for the Sixth Annual MeadowGrass Music Festival! In just over ten days the beautiful meadow at the La Foret Conference & Retreat Center will be filled with smiling faces, craft artisans selling a variety of fine, locally-made products (not the least of which are Bristol Brewing microbrews and Distillery 291 Whiskeyritas) and, of course, exceptional music.
Nowhere else in the Pikes Peak region can one take in more than 20 original roots music performances from a diverse array of local, regional and national touring acts over the course of three days. We are thrilled this year to bring you Elephant Revival, Chadwick Stokes from the indie rock band Dispatch, The Duhks, The Mother Hips, Caitlin Rose, Birds of Chicago, Willis Alan Ramsey, Steve Poltz and a host of other top notch artists who will perform on the main stage and in intimate workshops in the historic Ponderosa Lodge.
But it’s not just about the great music. MeadowGrass is a perfect getaway for families, with activities for children of all ages, including a visit from the Cheyenne Mountain ZOOMobile on Saturday from 12 to 5 p.m. and programs led by the Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center on Sunday from 12 to 5 p.m. We are also excited to partner with the Indie Spirit Film Festival to present two screenings of the documentary The Last Dispatch, Friday and Saturday evenings at 5:30 p.m.
Plenty of MeadowGrass tickets are still available – get yours today at our on-line box office, or in person at the Bristol Brewing Dry Goods Store at the Ivywild School or the Moondog Music Shop in Old Colorado City. Please spread the word and bring your friends and families!
In the meantime, however, ponder the immediate possibilities before you – the Rocky Mountain Highway Concert Calendar lists more than thirty concerts in southern Colorado during the coming week. For instance, tonight (Wednesday May 14) the sizzlin’ blues guitarist Jake Loggins and his band kick off the popular Hillside Gardens summer concert series, while on the other side of town MeadowGrass alum Chauncy Crandall will temporarily own the stage at Front Range Barbeque in Old Colorado City with friends including David and Shannon from Grass It Up.
On Friday night Stargazers Theatre & Event Center welcomes acclaimed singer-songwriter David Wilcox to Colorado Springs for a very special concert to benefit More Than Music, Inc. a 501(c)(3) non-profit whose important work includes presenting free concerts in correctional facilities and chemical dependency centers. Local country songstress Stephanie Pauline – whose songs are just as good as those produced by the Nashville elite – opens the show. For folks traveling out of town, other far flung options Friday night include the Barrel House String Band at Sarti’s Bar in Walsenburg and Chela Lujan with The Fanning Brothers at Songbird Cellars in the sleepy mountain hamlet of Beulah, just west of Pueblo.
The following night is equally rich in concert opportunities. We highly recommend a free recital dubbed “Night & Day” by the talented young multi-instrumentalist Brendan Hannigan at Manitou Bindu in Manitou Springs. Elsewhere in the region, the neo-folk collective Burn the Maps (another MeadowGrass alum) visits Front Range Barbeque, the Wendy Woo Band performs at Stargazers Theatre, and Utah folksinger Cosy Sheridan headlines this month’s Coyote Creek Concert at the Casey Jones Pavilion in Elizabeth (Elbert County).
Finally, Mike Clark & the Sugar Sounds just announced a concert at Front Range Barbeque this coming Tuesday along with friend and fellow label mate Grant Sabin. What else could you possibly have to do on a Tuesday night?
Always check with the venues before heading to a show because details are apt to change without notice on occasion.
Now, it’s time to get back to work on MeadowGrass – we hope to see YOU in Black Forest Memorial Day weekend!
Thanks for doing your part to support live music, and rock on!
Steve Harris, Executive Director