Weekly Top Ten December 18, 2014

‘Tis the Season for Holiday Concerts

Barely a week before St. Nick’s visit and the Colorado Springs area is awash in holiday music events, including traditional shows such as a Christmas Symphony from the Colorado Springs Philharmonic on the solstice or performances of The Nutcracker by the Colorado Youth Ballet at the Pikes Peak Center.  Read on below for a list of ten area concerts this week piqued our particular interest.

KCMJ Community Radio

But first – we are thrilled to announce the return of the Grass Roots Revival, the popular Americana radio show hosted by Steve Harris on NPR station KRCC from December 2007 to January 2014.  The radio show will air weekly on KCMJ, the brand new all volunteer community radio station in Colorado Springs.  For the time being content is pre-recorded and only streaming on the internet, but KCMJ plans to open its new studio in the Tim Gill Center for Public Media next month.  The Grass Roots Revival should be airing live soon thereafter, and the plan is to begin a radio broadcast service at 93.9 FM by mid-year.  KCMJ is actively raising funds to purchase the equipment for our FM broadcast – tax-exempt donations can be made here.

This week’s two-hour Revival features holiday songs from artists including Jorma Kaukonen, Keb’ Mo’, Aimee Mann, The Oh Hellos, Indigo Girls, G. Love, and Ronnie Fauss, among many others.  Heck, where else will you hear “I Want A Hippopotamus for Christmas” by The WhiskeyBelles?

As of this writing we do not have a specific air time for The Grass Roots Revival: Holiday Edition, but the show should be in rotation by the week’s end.  If you would like to know the specific time when the show will air, just drop an e-mail to steve@rockymountainhighway.org and we will keep you posted.

Now, the Top 10 concerts for the week leading up to that Christmas holiday you may have heard about:

1.  Grass It Up‘s Cigar Box Band, Front Range BBQ, Wed Dec 17 (7:30 pm, free).  Southern Colorado’s favorite bluegrass band hosts the First Annual Holiday Underwear and Pajama Party.  Donations of clothing and cash will benefit homeless teens via the hard-working people at Urban Peak.  Guests are encouraged to show up in underwear or pajamas and enjoy the tap takeover by Oskar Blues.

2.  Trace Bundy’s Acoustic Christmas Show with Katie Herzig, Stargazers Theatre, Sat Dec 20 (8 pm, $17-$22).  Trace Bundy, aka the Acoustic Ninja, will demonstrate his guitar prowess on holiday classics and originals alike, with an opening set from acclaimed singer-songwriter Katie Herzig from Fort Collins, touring in support of her 2014 release Walk Through Walls.

3.  Jonah Werner’s Christmas Show with Ryan Darling, The Loft, Fri Dec 19 (7 pm, $12 adv, $15 day of show).  This talented artist from Boulder returns to Old Colorado City for what has become an annual Werner family tradition high above West Colorado Ave.  Southwest Florida’s Ryan Darling opens the final show of the year at The Loft with a solo set.

4.  Drag the River with Andy Tanner & Jen Price, Triple Nickel Tavern, Fri Dec 19 (9 pm, $5).  Looking for live music with minimal or no holiday content?  Colorado’s favorite alt-country band helps celebrate another special occasion – the anniversary of the founding of the Triple Nickel Tavern.  This show also features  a rare performance by Andy Tanner of HEADHUM, Laymen Terms and Constellation of Cars fame.

5.  Celestial Mechanics & Band Idiot, Pikes Peak Center Studio Bee, Thurs Dec 18 (6:30 pm, free).  Every time we turn around we learn about new Colorado Springs bands.  Check out the new album Nobody Visits the Circus by Celestial Mechanics free at SoundCloud.  And do you remember the band Boondoggle?  Former Boondogglers Marni Green and Jeremy Monteleone are now in Band Idiot.  The Colorado Native Live series is sponsored by The Alternative RXP 103.9.

6.  Flying W Wranglers Christmas Show, Stargazers Theatre, Fri Dec 19 (8 pm, $15 adv, $20 day of show).  Your favorite holiday tunes performed Cowboy-stylee, by the world’s second oldest western singing group.  Git along, little dogies!

7.  Julie Bradley’s Holiday Celebration, Motif, Thurs Dec 18 (7:15 pm, food/beverage purchase required).  Technical sergeant Julie A. Bradley from the U.S. Air Force Academy Band, who performs regularly at Motif, presents holiday cheer with a little help from some of her jazzy friends.

8.  Colorado Cowboy Christmas, The Sanctuary (Woodland Park), Thurs-Fri, Dec 18-19 (5 pm, $50, $60 premium seating).  Speaking of cowboys and Christmas, Colorado Cowboys for Jesus perform in this dinner theater event.  Ask yourself this – what would Jesus eat?

9.  Jake Loggins Band with Jason Bennett, The Gold Room, Sat Dec 20 (8 pm, $5).  The Gold Room is back with a series of concerts featuring local artists, like this one with the region’s hottest blues band and local folkie Jason Bennett.

10.  The Widowhood Effect, Green Man Tap Room, Fri Dec 19 (8 pm, free).   Yet another new local band, a trio from Pueblo who describe their music as Bi-Polar Art Rock.

No matter what holy or secular day you choose to celebrate, please remember to confirm concert details before you leave home to go to any show listed in this e-blast or the Pikes Peak Concert Calendar, which currently has information about 34 area performances between now and the 25th of December.  We’ve also switched the calendar to a list format for ease of use.

Enjoy the season and be well!

Steve Harris, Executive Director