Bye, Bye July

The Forecast Calls for More Live Music in August!

Thanks to everyone who came to enjoy and/or helped out at the 2014 Mountain of the Sun Concert at Aspen Valley Ranch in Woodland Park this past Saturday.  Miraculously the rain avoided the party until just moments after The Iguanas played the final notes of the day at about 7:30 p.m., and then also showed mercy to the crowd on Sunday at the 10th Annual Fiddles Vittles & Vino festival, allowing for excellent sets from the David Grisman Folk/Jazz Trio, Grass It Up, WMD Bluegrass Band and cowboy duo Mark Gardner and Rex Rideout.

[quote style=”boxed” float=”right”]Mountain of the Sun festival at Aspen Valley Ranch[/quote] With outstanding performances from The Iguanas and Radio London’s Family Elephant, surely a great time was had by all at Mountain of the Sun this year.  If you haven’t had a chance to visit the ranch yet, there are still two remaining Raven Nest house concerts coming up – alt-country-rock quintet Redraw the Farm takes the stage on Saturday, August 9, and 2014 Telluride Bluegrass Band Competition winners Trout Steak Revival descend upon the City Above the Clouds on Saturday, September 6.  Each Raven Nest concert is preceded by a community potluck at 6 pm.  Tickets are available in advance here or in person at the Whole in the Wall Herb Shoppe or Mountain Naturals Community Market in Woodland Park.

With the chance of rain easing up over the next several days, this would be an optimal weekend to get out of Dodge and visit our neighbors to the South in lovely, mystical Crestone.  Nestled up against the western flank of the Sangre De Cristo mountains, the Crestone Music Festival presents another fabulously eclectic line up with scheduled performances from some of the best bands Colorado has to offer, including SHEL, Taarka, and the neo-folk collective Paper Bird, which headlines Friday night (8/1).  Saturday (8/2)Texas blues gospel maven Ruthie Foster closes the main stage while Sunday (8/3) brings a unique collaboration between Neville Brother Charles and Senegalese Kora master Youssoupha Sidibe.

For those of us who prefer to stick around Dodge, the live music opportunities are plentiful.  Tonight the Ivywild School hosts Natalie Tate (who turns 30 tomorrow and also plays with Ark Life) and her fine band in concert along with Austin band Lord Buffalo and avant garde artist Laura Goldhamer (8 pm, $5).

There are a few national caliber artists visiting the Pikes Peak region Friday night (8/1), including James McMurtry in an intimate show with Jonny Burke at The Loft in Old Colorado City (8 pm, $22 adv, $25 door), punk pioneers Black Flag at Rawkus on the east side of Colorado Springs (8 pm, $20 adv), and beloved Americana crooner Chris Isaak at Pueblo’s Memorial Hall (7:30 pm, $46-$70).  Some notable free shows in the Springs on Friday night include Edith Makes A Paper Chain appearing at the final summer GOCA concert (6 pm), the all star quartet of Daniel James Eaton, Conor Bourgal, Alex Koshak, and Phillip Robbins at the Wild Goose Meeting House (7 pm), and the Tejon Street Corner Thieves at the Urban Steam Coffee Bar (7 pm).

Stargazers Theatre once again offers up a weekend of great entertainment, with the J. Miller Band performing on Friday night (7:30 pm, free) and a blues explosion featuring the Jake Loggins Band, the Robby Wicks Band and the JustUs League on Saturday night (7:30 pm, $10).  Other options for Saturday include local folk singer Jason Bennett performing at the recently re-opened cafe The Perk Downtown (7 pm, free) and, in Palmer Lake, an evening of music from local reality show contestant Miguel Dakota and his band Spiral Lion at the Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts (7 pm, SOLD OUT, sorry).

And yes, folks, that’s just the tip of the iceberg!  Please check out the Rocky Mountain Highway Concert Calendar for a comprehensive listing of roots music concerts in the Pikes Peak region.  Always check with the venues before heading to a show because details are apt to change without notice on occasion.

Until next time, we hope you get your groove on!

Steve Harris, Executive Director