It’s time to Boogie with the Iguanas!

Mountain of the Sun Returns to Woodland Park!

This Saturday (7/26) marks the fourth installment of the popular Mountain of the Sun festival at one of the region’s most beautiful outdoor venues – Aspen Valley Ranch in Woodland Park.

[quote style=”boxed” float=”right”]The 10th Annual Fiddles Viddles and Vino festival featuring David Grisman FolkJazz Trio.[/quote] This year the festivities will run from 3 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. or so, with full length powerhouse performances from The Iguanas from New Orleans and Radio London’s Family Elephant, featuring the captivating vocals of Fairlight Moriah DeTorres.  In between the main stage sets, the Jr. Woodland Players and Cary Carpenter will grace the Mobile Music Project stage.  The Jr. Woodland Players are a musical theater group comprised of children age 8-16, and these aspiring actors are putting on a musical called A Midsummer Night’s Western for the next two weekends.

Come enjoy a day in the City Above the Clouds and beat the heat with tasty micro-brews from Bristol Brewing and delicious food from La Casita Mexican Grill.  Kids 12 and under are free with a paid adult.  Tickets are $15 advance, $20 day of show, and can be purchased on-line here or in person at the Whole in the Wall Herb Shoppe and Mountain Naturals Community Market in Woodland Park.  If you can’t manage the entry fee, we are still looking for a few more volunteers to work in exchange for admission.

The Rocky Mountain Highway Concert Calendar this week lists more than 50 local live music opportunities, starting with a variety of shows tonight (Wednesday 7/23).  The Dirty Bourbon River Show brings its zany antics to Front Range Barbeque in Old Colorado City (Free, 7:30 pm), while Seattle-based band Kithkin takes over the patio at the Ivywild School (8 pm, free) on a bill that also includes the indie duo Eros & the Eschaton.

Two of the choice shows Friday night (7/25) are the folk trio Braithwaite, Uveges and Sokol performing at the regular Black Rose Acoustic Society Open Stage at the Black Forest Community Center ($5 BRAS members/students, $10 general public, 7 pm) and a free concert at 8 pm featuring the string wizardry of Grass It Up at downtown’s newest music venue on Tejon Street, The Mezzanine, located above The Mansion.

On Saturday night (7/26) several major national artists in addition to The Iguanas come to the Pikes Peak Region, as acclaimed Texas songwriter Ray Wylie Hubbard returns to Stargazers Theatre with hometown hero Joe Johnson opening (8 pm, $20 adv, $25 DOS) and rising pop country star Sara Evans shares the stage with veteran Texas troubadour Robert Earl Keen at the Pikes Peak Center (tix start at $44.50 plus fees, 8 pm).

Rocky Mountain Highway is thrilled to support the Tenth Annual Fiddles Vittles and Vino festival at the Historic Rock Ledge Ranch at the Garden of the Gods on Sunday (7/27, $50, 2-8:30 pm).  To mark its tenth anniversary, FF&V presents the David Grisman FolkJazz Trio, which includes Jim Hurst and Dave’s son Samson Grisman.  If that wasn’t enough, the price of admission includes complimentary tastings from 23 of the area’s finest eateries, six local breweries, and a wide variety of winemakers.  If you like bluegrass, this is the festival for you, with four bands on two stages – Grass It Up, the WMD Bluegrass Band, and the Mark Gardner and Rex Rideout duo round out the lineup.  This festival sells out every year so don’t wait to get tickets!  All proceeds benefit Rock Ledge Ranch.

And if you aren’t too tired after all of that, Alison Krauss and Union Station feat. Jerry Douglas are making another appearance at the Pikes Peak Center on Sunday night (7/27, $56.50 – $92, 7:30 pm).  Also Sunday the Americana folk band Judah and the Lion from Nashville will perform at the Ivywild School with Josh Dillard & the Streaks of Lightning ($10, 8 pm), fresh from their 2014 MeadowGrass debut.

Finally, we want to give a shout out to our friend Ryan Flores of Moonhoney, who is braving the wild world of crowd-funding in order to get a new local record label, Heart Shaped Records, off the ground.  Please support this campaign if you can!

Always check with the venues before heading to a show because details are apt to change without notice on occasion.

Don’t forget – The road goes on forever, and the party never ends!

Steve Harris, Executive Director