Weekly Top Ten Week of September 25, 2014

Scott Law & Samson Grisman @ The Gold Room Friday!

The Fall 2014 Gold Room Concert Series continues on Friday, September 26 with versatile jamband and bluegrass stars Scott Law and Samson Grisman.

Scott Law is an amazing guitarist from Portland, OR who has performed extensively with String Cheese Incident over the years, including as one-third of Honkytonk Homeslice (with Billy and Jillian Nershi).  His most recent album, Black Mountain, includes guest cameos from Darol Anger, Nicki Bluhm, Tim Bluhm from The Mother Hips, Dominick Leslie, and Aoife O’Donovan and Greg Liszt from Crooked Still, among others.


Samson Grisman is an accomplished bassist who most recently performed with his father David Grisman at this summer’s Tenth Annual Fiddles Vittles & Vino festival.  He is also one of the inaugural recipients of an International Bluegrass Music Association Momentum Award for Instrumentalist of the Year in 2012.  Scott and Sam are opening for the legendary new-grass band Hot Rize in Denver on Saturday night, but we get to see them first in Colorado Springs in the region’s newest and coolest venue!  And as if that wasn’t enough, we’ll be treated to a special opening set from rising singer-songwriter Chauncy Crandall backed by Shannon T. Carr from Grass It Up.

Tickets are just $12 in advance on-line or at Moondog Music Shop, but Rocky Mountain Highway is giving away two pairs of tickets to the show.  To enter the contest, please send an e-mail info@rockymountainhighway.org with the phrase Scott Law in the subject line.  Winners will be chosen randomly at 10:00 a.m. tomorrow morning and notified via e-mail.   Doors will open at 6 p.m. and the show starts at 7 p.m.

Due to recent travels we’re going to keep this Top 10 Concerts of the Week post short and sweet.

1.   Scott Law & Samson Grisman with Chauncy Crandall and Shannon T. Carr, The Gold Room, Fri Sept 26 (7 pm, $12 adv, $17 day of show).  We promise you will not be disappointed if you come to this concert!

2.  Hillary Hand & the Roseliers with The Changing Colors and Ivory Circle, Ragged Print Co., Fri Sept 26 (7 pm, $5 suggested donation).  Ragged Print Co. presents a rooftop show downtown at 1609 South Cascade Avenue.  Indie pop songstress Hillary Hand and her band the Roseliers will be joined by The Changing Colors from Manitou Springs and Ivory Circle from Denver!  The roof, the roof . . .

3.   Fruition with the J. Miller Band, Stargazers Theatre, Sat Sept 27 (8 pm, $10).  Fruition is a high energy string quintet from Portland, OR that has made a name for itself on the jamgrass festival circuit.  With our friend Jason Miller and his band opening, this show is not to be missed!

4.   Tia McGraff, Black Forest Community Center, Fri Sept 26 (7 pm, $10 or $5 for BRAS members and students).  Country singer-songwriter Tia McGraff has released six full length albums and comes to town in support of her newest, Break These Chains.  Tia will perform at this month’s Black Rose Acoustic Society Open Stage with her husband/producer, Tommy Parham.

5.  Joe Johnson and Zachary Lucky, The Loft Collective on 25th Street (Old Colorado City), Fri Sept 26 (8 pm, $10).  Both of these gents have deep family musical roots – Joe’s grandfather BJ Johnson was a noted country singer who founded radio station WRJW in Picayune, MS, while Zachary from Saskatoon is grandson to Canadian country legend Smilin’ Johnny Lucky.  Americana at its finest!

6.  Fireweed with Kristi Hoopes and Clayton Chrysler, Four Mile Community Club (Canon City), Sat Sept 27 (7 pm, $7 or $5 for CRAS members; kids and students free).  The Canon Rose Acoustic Society welcomes traditional bluegrass veterans Fireweed to its monthly gathering, with opening sets from teen country singer Kristi Hoopes (the 2013 Colorado Country Music Association New Country Female Vocalist and Entertainer in her age group) and Clayton Chrysler from Penrose, CO.

7.   Curtis Boucher, Benjamin Pratt, Iggy Igloo, Triple Nickel Tavern, Fri Sept 26 (9 pm, free).  Three great local performers who are about as different from one another as you can get and will be showcasing the depth and diversity of our music scene.  Curtis is an introspective indie folksinger, Ben is known for looping and his days as the guitarist for the Charlie Milo Trio, and Iggy Igloo from KRCC‘s Planet Groove radio show has been spending his days mastering the banjo.  Triple the fun!

8.  Atomic Fireballs, Gold Hill Mesa, Sat Sept 27 (4 pm, free).  Not be confused with the Detroit jump blues band of the same name, these Atomic Fireballs are a classic rock outfit from Pueblo.  The Gold Hill Mesa Concert series curated by A Music Company Inc. ends with a literal bang!  Summer is truly over.

9.  Starwolf, Townhouse Lounge (Manitou Springs), Fri Sept 26 (9 pm, free).  Question: What do you get when you cross a Starburn with a Wolfgang?  Answer: Find out Friday night in Manitou.

10. J. Kyle Gregory Trio, Wild Goose Meeting House, Thurs Sept 25 (7 pm, free).  Dr. J. Kyle Gregory splits his time between Colorado and Verona, Italy and his Facebook page boasts 4,590 likes (now, 4,591).  Catch him performing jazz live at The Goose and check out his 2013 album, Tongues of Fire.

That’s all for now – we hope to see you at a show soon, and the Rocky Mountain Highway Concert Calendar will return very soon – honest!  In the meantime, please check with venue before you head to a show because the contents may have shifted during your flight.

Steve Harris, Executive Director