Pikes Peak Top Ten Week of September 16, 2014

It’s (Almost) Offically Fall

Thanks to everyone who came out to see Chris Smither at The Gold Room on Saturday.  Chris put on a great show for an enthralled crowd, following a splendid opening set from Perry R. Sanders, Jr., erstwhile attorney and owner of The Mining Exchange hotel, who later offered up free champagne to everyone who purchased Chris Smither’s new retrospective collection, Still on the Levee.

Looking ahead, next up at The Gold Room we’ll present acoustic guitarist Scott Law along with bassist Samson Grisman on Friday, September 26.

You may have seen Samson perform with the David Grisman Folk Jazz Trio at Fiddles Vittles & Vino this year, and Scott has long been a regular collaborator with artists such as Darol Anger, Peter Rowan, Nicki Bluhm, & the String Cheese Incident.  We will be announcing a special opening guest in the near future.  Here’s a video of Scott Law performing on the very first episode of Acoustic Guitar Sessions.

This week there are fewer out-of-state artists traveling through the Colorado Springs area, and that gives us a chance to highlight some of the great local talent that you can support by going to a live show near you!  Here, then, is the weekly Top 10 list:

1.   Man-Fest, Multiple Stages in Manitou Springs, Sun Sept 21 (all day, free).  With help from the Smokebrush Foundation and the Manitou Springs Chamber of Commerce, Manitoid Joy Purna has put together an incredible day of music, yoga, art, food, dance, fitness events, holistic healing and so much more.  And did we mention it’s all free?  Music performances will take place on three outdoor stages and via roaming street performers.  In addition to headliners Euforquestra and The Reminders, the festival lineup includes Mike Clark & the Sugar Sounds, the Tejon Street Corner Thieves, Edith Makes a Paper Chain and the Barrel House String Band, among others.  What a great way to celebrate the revitalization of our favorite local hippie enclave, just one year after the devastating floods of 2014.  Don’t miss it!

2.  The Temptations, Pikes Peak Center, Wed Sept 17 (7:30 pm, $38 – $43 plus service charges).  Still going strong after more than 50 years, The Temptations bring the Motown sound to Colorado Springs this week.  Recognized as one of the Top 100 artists of all time by Rolling Stone magazine, The Temptations still have one original member in the lineup – Otis Williams.  Get your soul on, and for Pete’s sake find a date!

3.  Liz Masterson, Cowboy Church of Peyton, Fri Sept 19 (7 pm, $5 or $3 BGAS members, kids < 16 free).  Now that summer is done, the monthly Buffalo Grass Acoustic Society gatherings return with a bill featuring Western crooner and cancer survivor Liz Masterson (aka the Songbird of the Sage) along with The Tune Farmers and The Greshams. The Cowboy Church is the place to be Friday night if you find yourself out on the eastern plains!

4.  Terry Hanck, Crystola Roadhouse (Woodland Park), Fri Sept 19 (8 pm, $18 – $38).  A Music Company Inc. is at it again, this time around presenting tenor sax impressario Terry Hanck and his band as they tour in support of the new album, Got To Bring It On Home To You. which has been nominated for the 2014 Blues Blast magazine award for Best Soul Blues Album.  Earlier this year Terry also took home International Songwriting Competition honors for his blues ballad “I Keep Holding On.”

5.  Gordon Lightfoot, Pikes Peak Center, Mon, Sept 22 (7:30 pm, $43 – $68).  Come on – you know you’ve got some Gordon Lightfoot vinyl stashed away somewhere!  We all do.  The Canadian singer-songwriter is still going strong and celebrating fifty years in the music biz.  He is sure to pull out all the hits in the main theater at the Pikes Peak Center, where the sound is always out of this world.  Our pick for the best Gordon Lightfoot cover goes to The Replacements for their version of “I’m Not Sayin.”

6.  Chauncy Crandall with Blue Frog, Stargazers Theatre, Thurs Sept 18 (7 pm, $5 plus ticketing fee).  Chauncy is getting ready to release his much-anticipated sophomore album, and you can be among the first to hear the new tunes this week.  We first checked out Blue Frog at the Commonwheel Artists Festival a few weeks ago, where their early morning set impressed as they delved deeply into roots rock and jam.  Two times awesomeness!

7.  Joe Johnson & His Band, Front Range Barbeque, Wed Sept 17 (7:30 pm, free).  Joe Johnson is back home after just finishing a tour through his birthplace state of Mississippi, and returns to his familiar stomping ground on the west side with the full band on Wednesday.   You can bet it will be packed – and as an added bonus the Breckenridge Brewery is taking over the taps with specialty beers starting at 5 pm.

8.  The Mitguards, Hillside Gardens, Wed Sept 17 (6:30 pm, $5).  Officially signalling the end of summer, the popular Hillside Gardens concert series closes this week with a performance from Americana favorites Chris and Deb Mitguard.  Admission to this beautiful outdoor venue on the east side is $5, but don’t fret – that includes a $4 drink from the bar!

9.  Delta Sonics, Jack Quinn’s Pub, Fri Sept 19 (8 pm, free).  One of Colorado’s hardest working bands, Al Chesis & Co. return to Jack Quinn’s for an evening of good time blues music that will put a smile on your face.

10.  Grass It Up, Gold Hill  Mesa, Sat Sept 20 (4 pm, free).  And last but certainly not least, the region’s premier bluegrass band wants you to dance your ass off at the next-to-last summer concert on the lawn at the Gold Hill Mesa subdivision, weather permitting of course.  Tasty adult beverages are available for a suggested donation (which benefits a worthy local non-profit each week).

Lastly, we are chagrined to announce that the Rocky Mountain Highway Concert Calendar is temporarily unavailable, but don’t despair – we’ll be unleashing a brand new website sometime next week, and we think you’ll love the changes!

In the meantime – boogie on ya’ll!

Steve Harris, Executive Director