Weekly Top Ten Week of October 16 2014

Lots of Options for Your Rocktober Enjoyment

There’s just one more show left in the 2014 Fall Concert Series at The Gold Room, and it’s a doozy.  Next Friday October 24 prepare yourself for the Ontario alt-country band New Country Rehab, which has been compared to such leading indie-Americana bands as The Avett Brothers and Mumford & Sons.

Rocky Mountain Highway is stoked to close the series with this fantastic band, and we hope you will join us!  As always, advance tickets are available on-line thru Ticketfly.com or at Moondog Music Shop.

In other news, it was darn hard to pick just ten concerts for the weekly countdown – there truly are a plethora of great shows around town this week.  But select we did, and here’s the rundown:

1.  Tom Paxton with Phil Volan & Joleen Bell, Stargazers Theatre & Event Center, Fri Oct 17 (8 pm, $20 advance, $25 day of show).  The legendary Greenwich Village songwriter returns to Colorado Springs with an opening set from Black Rose Acoustic Society favorites Volan & Bell.  What more can we say?  Paxton earned a Lifetime Achievement Award from The Recording Academy in 2009.  And he turns 77 on Halloween!

2.  Ian Tyson, Western Jubilee Warehouse, Thurs Oct 16 (7:30 pm, $25).  Believe it or not, Tom Paxton isn’t the oldest folkie to visit the Springs this week – at the advanced age of 81, iconic Canadian cowboy troubadour Ian Tyson is also still touring relentlessly.  Tyson started his career as one-half of the folk duo Ian & Sylvia but later gravitated toward a more trad country sound.  In 2006, his anthem “Four Strong Winds” was voted the #1 song of the 20th century by listeners of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.  There is no better place to see Tyson perform than the semi-secret stage at the Western Jubilee Recording Co.

3.  Jim Young with Sergio “Trigger” Schaefer and Six Minutes Apart, Cowboy Church of Peyton, Fri Oct 17 (7 pm, $5 or $3 BGAS members, kids under 12 free).  The Buffalo Grass Acoustic Society welcomes southern Colorado’s true western troubadour Jim Young, who has released nine CDs to date, to its monthly gathering.  Appropriate to the venue, Young will be joined by the cowboy poet Trigger Schaefer and the youngsters who make up the gospel bluegrass group Six Minutes Apart.

4.  Joshua Powell & the Great Train Robbery, Front Range Barbeque (Old Colorado City), Wed Oct 15 (7:30 pm, free).  Calling their music “Fearsome Folk,” this trio from Indiana returns to the west side in support of their newest album, Man Is Born for Trouble.  As if that wasn’t enough, Front Range is hosting a keg tapping by Odell Brewing Co. of Fort Collins.

5.  Bluebook with Planes, Kinfolks (Manitou Springs), Fri Oct 17 (8 pm, free).  A duo of duos: Bluebook is Denverites Julie Davis and Joseph Pope III (known for their work with Bela Karoli, Nathaniel Rateliff and Fairchildren), while Planes is Inaiah Lujan & Desi Garcia from The Haunted Windchimes.  On the I-25 Corri-tour, these artists will also visit Neon Animals in Pueblo (Thurs) and the Leon Art Gallery in Denver (Sat).

6.  Edith Makes A Paper Chain CD Release Party, Stargazers Theatre & Event Center, Sat Oct 18 (8 pm, $10).  We’ve had to wait three years for this moment – the release of a new Edith CD, this one called ThereThereThere.  Former Hopeful Heroine Xanthe Alexis has replaced Miette Hope on vocals during Miette’s first semester at the Berklee College of Music.  The Still Tide, a Denver trio fronted by Anna Morsett from Ark Life, opens the show.

7.  Colcannon, Armstrong Hall, Sat Oct 18 (7:30 pm, free).  Colorado College named Colcannon “ensemble-in-residence” and this concert is their chance to shine.  If you like traditional Celtic music with a touch of chamber music, it doesn’t get any better than this quintet from Aurora.

8.  Noah Gundersen with Caroline Rose and Armon Jay, Ivywild School, Sat Oct 18 (8:30 pm, $15).  Seattle singer-songwriter Gundersen, formerly known as founder of indie folk band The Courage, has just released his first full-length CD, Ledges. Supporting is self-proclaimed “failed scholar and modern-day hobo” Caroline Rose, currently living in her van after releasing a record called I Will Not Be Afraid, along with Nashville neo-folkie Armon Jay.

9.  Desert Noises with Here’s to Fightin’ and Shii Waaa, The Black Sheep, Sat Oct 18 (8 pm, $12).  This indie rock band from Provo, Utah is on the rise, touring now in support of the new release 27 Ways.  They regularly stop at the Black Sheep and for those show they share the stage with our friends Here’s To Fightin’ and the enigmatic Colorado Springs band Shii Waaa.

10.  Banditos with Chauncy Crandall, Stargazers Theatre & Event Center, (7 pm, $10).  It’s a great week at Stargazers, with three of the Top 10 shows, including this six-piece rock n roll outfit from Birmingham (via Nashville).  Who’s ready for some honky tonk goodness?

And there you have it – ten worthy choices for your weekend entertainment itinerary.  Just do us a favor, ok, and consult the venues directly to make sure no details have changed.  We appreciate it.  You can also check out a few other cool concerts on the list below.

Hope to see you on October 24th at The Gold Room!

Steve Harris, Executive Director