Ring in the New Year with Live Music
It’s hard to believe that it’s only been a year since a few intrepid music lovers came together to found Rocky Mountain Highway, thanks to the encouragement and support of Michael Hannigan and the Pikes Peak Community Foundation. This incredible year could not have been possible without the effort of our distinguished volunteer board of directors: Whitney Luckett, Tom Zurenko, Kathleen Fox Collins, Laurel Biedermann, Martin Harper, Jon Bross, Laurence Sheerin and Bobby Hill. We are truly grateful for the many songwriters and musicians who appeared in our concerts in 2014, as well as the scores of volunteers, sponsors and other partners who worked hard to make individual events successful. Onward to 2015!
We’d also like to remind you that the Grass Roots Revival is now streaming on the internet at KCMJ.org, the brand new all volunteer community radio station in Colorado Springs. This week Steve takes a look back at some of the best releases from 2014 with tracks from Railroad Earth, Rosanne Cash, Old Crow Medicine Show, Nikki Lane, The Stray Birds, The String Cheese Incident and many others. And that’s just the first hour! Tune in at at noon on Friday the 26th, 9 a.m. on Saturday, or 8 p.m. on Sunday to hear the show. Next week the E-Blast will go dark for a week so that your humble correspondent can enjoy the holidays, but in the meantime here’s your guide to a selection of new year’s concerts in the Pikes Peak Region:
1. Edgar Winter, Rick Derringer & Big Jim Adam, City Auditorium, Wed Dec 31 (6 pm, $35 – $100). A Red White & Blue New Year’s Eve comes to the historic City Auditorium with classic rock legends Edgar Winter (“Frankenstein”) and Rick Derringer (“Rock and Roll, Hoochie Koo” – a song that Rick originally penned for Edgar’s brother Johnny). Coming on the heels of Johnny Winter’s death, this should be an emotional set of performances. A Music Company Inc. promises a mini-festival atmosphere with food vendors and libations, and proceeds will benefit The Home Front Cares, a local non-profit organization serving our veterans.
2. Elephant Revival with Patrick Dethlefs (12/27) and Gipsy Moon (12/28), Stargazers Theatre, Sat-Sun, Dec 27-28 (8 pm, $25 adv, $30 day of show). Our favorite transcendentalist folkies return for another two-night end-of-year run at Stargazers, fresh from their headlining gig at MeadowGrass this summer. As always, ER is bringing some top quality friends to open the show, with rising indie folk songwriter Patrick Dethlefs on Saturday and the jazzgrass collective Gipsy Moon on Sunday.
3. Mike Clark & the Sugar Sounds, Ivywild School, Wed Dec 31 (8 pm, $12 adv, $15 day of show). For the second year in a row, erstwhile Windchime Mike Clark brings his Sugar Sounds to the gymnasium at the Ivywild School to ring in the new year. Expect a lot of special guests to join Mike & Co. in this concert sponsored by KRCC!
4. The Haunted Windchimes, Grant Sabin, Joe Johnson & The Changing Colors, Ivywild School, Thurs Jan 1 (7 pm, $15 adv, KRCC discount tickets available). All of your favorite Blank Tape Records artists will perform in this special New Year’s Day showcase – an excellent way to start 2015, reflecting on how far the local music scene has come in the past five years.
5. Jim Marsh & Shannon T. Carr, Front Range Barbeque, Wed Dec 31 (7:30 pm, free). One-half of Grass It Up will entertain the crowd at Front Range Barbeque on New Year’s Eve with banjo and guitar and good humor, and we would be shocked if some of the area’s other fine pickers don’t make cameo appearances.
6. Woodshed Red, Jack Quinn’s Pub, Wed Dec 31 (9 pm, free). It’s been a big year for Woodshed Red, both musically and family-wise. The band’s repertoire of original songs has expanded, and you can bet that Quinn’s will be hoppin’ as we say goodbye to 2014.
7. Barrel House String Band, Grant Sabin, Curtis Boucher and Jesse Cotton Stone, Sunshine Studios, Sat Dec 27 (7 pm, $4 adv, $6 door). Our cup truly runneth over considering the talent assembled for this show, and as a bonus these performances will also be available streaming on the internet through a live simulcast.
8. Pine Creek Shitkickers, Kinfolks (Manitou Springs), Wed Dec 31 (8 pm, free). Joe Johnson leads all his rowdy friends through a new year’s eve stomp ‘n holler that will shake Manitou to its very core!
9. South Jones with Grant Sabin, The Ancient Mariner (Manitou Springs), Fri Dec 26 (9 pm, $5). Rock n Roll trio South Jones comes to the Springs all the way from New Orleans, in a show that also ensures Grant’s status as the most featured performer in this E-Blast!
10. The MuleTrain Express, Historic Ute Inn (Woodland Park), Wed Dec 31 (9 pm, free). If you find yourself in downtown Woodland Park on New Year’s Eve, mosey on over to the Ute for a rollicking good bluegrassy time!
Remember – there are no guarantees in life, and the information presented here is subject to change at the discretion of the venue. So call ahead already! More concerts are listed at the Pikes Peak Concert Calendar. From all of us at Rocky Mountain Highway, here’s wishing each of you a merry and joyous holiday season and a happy new year!
Steve Harris, Executive Director