Weekly Top Ten Week of October 1, 2014

The Gold Room Concert Series Continues with New West Recording Artist Ronnie Fauss!

Folks, if you haven’t made it out to the Fall 2014 Gold Room Concert Series yet, you are missing out on some crazy good music.  Last week Scott Law and Samson Grisman turned on the ‘grass for an enthusiastic crowd following a killer opening set from Chauncy Crandall and Shannon T. Carr from Grass It Up.  This week we are delighted to welcome rising alt-country star Ronnie Fauss from Dallas, Texas to the Gold Room stage, backed by a four-piece band.  See below for your chance to win tickets.

First, though, October is Arts Month in Colorado Springs, and we hope that you will make a point of taking advantage of all the great art in our community – experience the visual arts, theater, dance and, of course, live music.  The Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region is kicking of Arts Month with a free celebration, the Artini, tonight at The Mansion on Tejon Street downtown.  The list of performers ranges from spoken word phenom Idris Goodwin to comedic genius Jim Jackson from the Millibo Art Theater to speed painting with Douglas Rouse and much more.  For our part, Rocky Mountain Highway is presenting three final Gold Room Concerts in Arts Month – in addition to Ronnie Fauss on October 3, Rebecca Folsom and Sally Barris come to town on Friday October 10 and New Country Rehab closes the series on Friday October 24.


In addition, we are excited that there will soon be a new community radio station in Colorado Springs – KCMJ, an all volunteer station that recently received permission from the FCC to broadcast on a low wattage FM frequency.  KCMJ actually started streaming internet radio content last week with a live feed from the hugely successful inaugural Mani-Fest in Manitou Springs.  Now, the station needs to raise $20,000 to purchase the equipment necessary to broadcast on the FM bandwith.  You can support the effort by making a financial contribution to the KCMJ Indiegogo Crowd-Funding campaign.  With your help, KCMJ will soon be programming locally-produced roots music content along with all manner of talk radio.

Now on to a more immediate concern.  Ronnie Fauss is just about to release his third album Built to Break on Normaltown Records, an imprint of New West Records (which is home to Americana greats such as Steve Earle, John Hiatt, Corb Lund, Rodney Crowell, Old 97s and Drive By Truckers).  Ronnie’s new album features a collaboration with Rhett Miller from the Old 97s as well as a cover by the indie-folk band Phosphorescent.   And to add to the fun, Colorado Springs’ own Redraw the Farm will be opening the show.  If you were among the 80 or so folks who saw them at Raven Nest in Woodland Park this summer, you know they will bring it with heart and soul!

Tickets are just $15 in advance on-line or at Moondog Music Shop, but Rocky Mountain Highway is giving away three pairs of tickets to the show.  To enter the contest, please send an e-mail to info@rockymountainhighway.org with the phrase “Ronnie Fauss” in the subject line.  Winners will be chosen randomly at 3:00 p.m. Thursday morning and notified via e-mail.   Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and the show starts at 7 p.m.

And now here it is – the weekly Top 10 Concerts in the Pikes Peak Region countdown!

1.   Ronnie Fauss with Redraw the Farm, The Gold Room, Fri Oct 3 (7 pm, $15 adv, $20 day of show).   Two rockin’ sets with guitar, fiddle, pedal steel, bass and drums!  The Gold Room will be on fire Friday night!

2.  Third World with Mo’ Mungus, Armstrong Hall, Thurs Oct 2 (7 pm, $12 students & KRCC members, $16 general public).  KRCC and the Spice Island Grill team up to bring you one of reggae music’s biggest names at Colorado College, straight from Jamaica mon!  Despite the passing of patriarch Bunny Rugs a few years back, most of the original Third World posse continues to blaze a trail by fusing roots reggae with a pop sensibility.  It was Ninety Six Degrees, In the Sha-a-ade – TOO HOT!

3.   Matisyahu with Radical Something & Cisco Adler, The Black Sheep, Mon Oct 6 (7 pm doors open, $28.50 adv, $32 day of show).  It’s a good week for reggae lovers.  When Matisyahu first came on the scene with his orthodox beard and Rasta message, it seemed like a gimmick to many.  But his charisma and musical abilities have stood the test of time, even though the beard is gone.  Bring ear plugs if you have ’em – The Black Sheep will be loud Monday night as Matisyahu performs songs from his new album Akeda!

4.   Rebecca Folsom & Sally Barris, Salida SteamPlant Theater, Fri Oct 3 (7:30 pm, $10).  If you happen to find yourself in Chaffee County this weekend, it would definitely be worth your while to check out these two extraordinary singer-songwriters.  Rebecca hails from Boulder and Sally makes her home in Nashville.  And if the drive is too far, don’t fret – these ladies are coming to The Gold Room in Colorado Springs next Friday.  We’ll have more details next week.

5.  Otis Taylor, Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts (Palmer Lake), Fri Oct 3 (7 pm, Adv: $20 TLCA members, $25 non-members; Door: $25 members, $30 non-members).  Based in Boulder for decades, Otis Taylor is the granddaddy and undisputed king of the trance blues.  He’s recorded with many of the top musicians in the world, spanning a wide range of styles and sounds.  Every Otis concert is a unique experience.

6.  Bahamas with Basia Bulat, Ivywild School, Mon Oct 6 (8:30 pm, $10).  Heather Browne and Marc Benning keep bringing great indie acts to town, and this week’s offering of Canucks is no exception.  Bahamas, aka Afie Jurvanen, is touring in support of his brand new CD Bahamas is Afie.  Singer-songwriter Basia Bulat is known for playing the auto harp, and her 2013 release Tall Tall Shadow was nominated for a Juno Award for Best Adult Alternative Album in Canada.

7.   Trish Hatley Quartet, Olympian Plaza Reception & Event Center, Sat Oct 4 (7 pm, $25 or $40 w/dinner included).  Jazz aficionados in Denver will get to see vocalist Trish Hatley and her band at Dazzle, and thankfully the Pikes Peak Jazz and Swing Society has arranged for her to add a stop in Colorado Springs.  How cool will it be to see a concert at the Olympic Training Center – cool West Coast jazz, that is!

8.  George Thorogood & the Destroyers with Trampled Under Foot, Pikes Peak Center, Fri Oct 3 (8 pm, $35 – $45 plus service fees).  Four decades on, George is still Bad to the Bone.  Lack of dancing space notwithstanding, this show will surely be a blues-lover’s dream. And don’t miss the opening act – Kansas City blues band Trampled Under Foot is one of the hottest on the circuit right now.

9. The Itchy-O Marching Band, Stargazers Theatre, Sat Oct 4 (8 pm, $10 advance).  Touring marching bands are all the rage, an idea that really owes a lot to the popular March Fourth Marching Band from Portland, OR.  Itchy-O is a similar troupe out of Denver – expect a circus-like atmosphere that is self-described on their website as “a throbbing 32-piece band of masked chaos. ” Seriously, you need to see this to believe it.

10. Gal Holiday & the Honky Tonk Revue, Wild Goose Meeting House, Fri Oct 3 (8 pm, free).  Who knew that there was a classic honky tonk band from the Big Easy?  The band’s third album, Last to Leave, was released at this years Jazz & Heritage Festival in Nwe Orleans, when they opened for none other than Lyle Lovett. If the weather is nice, the Goose will open the overhead doors so the music and audience can spill out onto Tejon Street.

Thanks for taking the time to listen to our suggestions, and even more options are listed at the Rocky Mountain Highway Concert Calendar which will return very, very soon.  It’s always smart to check with the venues before you head out to a show because nothing in life is guaranteed.

Can I get a Yee-Haw?

Steve Harris, Executive Director