Blues Under the Bridge Turns 8

In our humble opinion, there is nothing finer than watching live music in the great outdoors.
Here in the Pikes Peak Region we are blessed with many venues that offer summer concerts outside, among them:

The Secret Garden (Tue, $5, 7-9 pm)
Manitou Springs Public Library Lawn (Tue, free, 6-7:30 pm)
Limbach Park in Monument (Wed, free, 7-9 pm)
Hillside Gardens (Wed, $5, 6:30 – 8:30 pm)
Jazz at
Bancroft Park in Old Colorado City (Thurs, free, 5:30 – 7:30 pm)
University Village Colorado (Fri, free, 6-8 pm)
First & Main Town Center (Fri, free, starts 5 pm)
Acacia Park (Sat, free, 6-8 pm)

With unseasonably cool temperatures prevailing for now, this is a great time to enjoy these offerings.[quote style=”boxed” float=”right”]The 8th Annual Blues Under the Bridge festival, photo courtest of Jeff Dewitt. [/quote]

While rain is always welcome in the semi-arid West, it does sometimes put a damper on outdoors music.  Blues lovers can be outside and protected from the rain this coming Saturday (7/19, starting 2 pm) at the Eighth Annual Blues Under the Bridge Festival presented by 91.5 FM KRCC, the Pikes Peak Blues Community, and Bristol Brewing.  This year’s lineup boasts a premiere selection of national, regional and local talent, including Grammy award winning country blues artist Alvin Youngblood Hart and the electric powerhouse blues rock trio Moreland and Arbuckle.  Leading up to Blues Under the Bridge fans can catch free performances at Jack Quinn’s Irish Pub and the Gold Room, a new venue under the management of the Grand Wyndham Mining Exchange Hotel (which will host Alvin Youngblood Hart on Friday night).

Other out of town acts visiting Colorado Springs this week include the Lonesome Heroes from Austin, who perform at the Ivywild School tonight with the Whale Tales from Denver (fans of the Broken Spoke will remember Josh DeSmidt, who plays guitar for Whale Tales) and fellow Texans Fire in the Pines (Wed, 7/16, 5-9 pm).

Friday night (7/18) highlights include the acoustic folk trio Red Molly from North Carolina, three superb female singers, players and songwriters who will take the stage at the Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts in Palmer Lake ($20 adv, $25 DOS, 7 pm).  Jacob Groopman and Melody Walker (from the RockyGrass and Telluride Bluegrass Band Competition winning outfit Front Country) will open for Red Molly.

Elsewhere Friday, the Zodiac Venue and Bar presents a trifecta show featuring local favorites The Changing Colors, Water Bear (Kellie Palmblad solo) and Eros & the Eschaton along with The Still Life, an indie-rock band from Denver fronted by Anna Morsett (who also plays with Ark Life and These United States).  The Still Life then travels to Pueblo for a PULP concert on Saturday night (7/19, 8 pm) with The Fanning Brothers (Aaron & Sean, joined by Jacob Klock and Josh DeSmidt).

Among many other options for Saturday night, we particularly recommend Eddie Spaghetti and Supersuckers at The Black Sheep ($13 adv, $15 DOS, 8 pm) with In the Whale and the Santa Muerte Three, this week’s free Acacia Park concert with Water Bear and indie rock band We Are Not A Glum Lot, and the return of the Barrel House String Band to the cozy tent at Front Range Barbeque in Old Colorado City (also free).

Decisions, decisions!  Check out the comprehensive Rocky Mountain Highway Concert Calendar for a listing of all the roots-based live shows in the Pikes Peak Region over the coming week, and make sure you bring your boogie shoes to a venue near you!

And, of course, always check with the venues before heading to a show because details are apt to change without notice on occasion.


Steve Harris, Executive Director