Our Picks for the Coming Week

Greetings Music Lovers!

Rocky Mountain Highway is proud to partner with other local businesses and non-profit groups in connection with two fun events this coming weekend.  First, our esteemed Board President Whitney Luckett worked with the Rocky Mountain Women’s Film Festival to arrange musical talent for the second annual Wheel to Reel event at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center on Saturday (8/16).  The festivities start with a bike ride on the Pikes Peak Greenway Trail (with three distance options) and finish with a picnic and evening outdoor film screening of Slaying the Badger in the courtyard at the FAC.  Buffalo Gals will be on hand with yummy food for the picnic, during which Rvzoo and the Sugar Spun Elephant Band will perform.  Proceeds benefit the RMWMF.

Also this weekend, our favorite local German restaurant Edelweiss presents the Paulaner Biergarten Festival on Saturday and Sunday starting at noon each day.  The Paulaner Biergarten Truck will be set up in the parking lost across Ramona Avenue.  Get a jump on the Oktoberfest season with this authentic German festival featuring live music, prizes, games, and yes of course, bratwursts and beer.  Best of all, Edelweiss will donate proceeds from the festival to Rocky Mountain Highway!  Call 633-2220 for more information.

Now on to the Top 10 Concerts of the Week, selected in reliance on wholly arbitrary scientific criteria known only to Rocky Mountain Highway.  Drum roll, please!

1.   Hayes Carll, The Loft (Old Colo City), Thurs Aug 14 (8 pm, $20 on-line, $22.50 door). We’ve been hooked on Texas singer-songwriter Hayes Carll ever since he recorded the classic anthem “She Left Me for Jesus,” which was named the Americana Music Association Song of the Year for 2008.

2.  Cary Hudson, Front Range Barbeque (Old Colo City), Fri Aug 15 (7:30 pm, free). Forever beloved for founding the pioneering Mississippi alt-country band Blue Mountain, Cary returns to the Springs following a crushing MeadowGrass performance – and as Bill Forman of the Colorado Springs Independent reports this week, he placed higher than Steve Earle and David Rawlings in a Gibson Guitars list of the Top 10 Best Alt-Country Guitarists.

3.  Jalan Crossland, In Cahoots House Concerts (Manitou Springs), Fri Aug 15 (7 pm, $20 suggested donation).  This time through the Wyoming multi-instrumentalist is bringing a full band with him, as if he needs one.  Hopefully he’ll play “Don’t Taze Me, Bro” during this outdoor show.  Local stalwarts The Mitguards open – check their website for details before it sells out.

4.  Asleep at the Wheel, Stargazers Theatre, Fri Aug 15 (8 pm, $25 adv, $30 DOS).  The reigning kings of Western Swing have been at it for more than 40 years, and towering band leader Ray Benson  is set to bring this Grammy-winning band back to town fresh off the release of his solo album A Little Piece.

5.  Don Edwards, Western Jubilee Warehouse, Fri-Sat Aug 15-16 (7:30 pm, $25).  Speaking of Western legends, no one is more revered than 75-year-old Cowboy singer Don Edwards, who returns to the studio where he recorded High Lonesome Cowboy (with Peter Rowan and Tony Rice) for two intimate performances.

6.  B.B. King, Pikes Peak Center, Thurs Aug 14 (8 pm, $58 – $69).  Speaking of septuagenarians, we can only hope that at 76 we are as active and productive as the elder blues statesman B.B. King, who reportedly still plays 250 shows per year and brings his guitar Lucille to the area this week.

7.  Jason Boland & the Stragglers, Cowboys, Fri Aug 15.  Formed in Stillwater, OK but now based in Austin, TX, this Red Dirt Country band has been entertaining crowds for more than 15 years now, touring at this time in support of the 2013 release Dark & Dirty Mile, which was co-produced by Shooter Jennings.

8.   Josh Berwanger Band w/Archie Powell & the Exports, Ivywild School, Sun Aug 17 (8 pm, $7).  Formerly the front man for Lawrence, KS indie rock band The Anniversary, Josh just narrowly missed winning a Pitch Music Award for Best Album for his latest, Strange Stains. Self-described as “noisy, beer-fueled pop from Chicago”, Archie & the Exports had to have serious huevos to title their new album Back in Black.

9.  Ryan Montbleau, The Loft (Old Colo City), Tues Aug 19 (8 pm, $16 on-line, $18 door).  Usually associated with his namesake band, with whom he has toured for ten years now, Ryan is performing solo next week fresh from recording the new CD For Higher in New Orleans.

10.  Eliza Gilkyson, Wildwood Sounds (Del Norte), Tues Aug 19 (7:30 pm).  It’s a bit of a drive, but if you go you won’t regret it.  This Red House Records recording artist folk singer is on the road in support of her newest collection of melodic and thought-provoking songs, The Nocturne Diaries.

Don’t forget that there are plenty of other great shows in the region this week, so check out the Rocky Mountain Highway Concert Calendar for the complete listing.  And don’t blame us if any details change, because we are warning you right now to confirm everything with the venues directly before heading to any concert.

Finally – let us know if you like the new Top 10 format – we are considering making it a regular feature of this fine weekly e-blast!

Muchas Gracias,

Steve Harris, Executive Director