Weekly Top Ten January 6, 2015

Repeat After Us: I Resolve To Go See More Live Music in 2015!

The week after New Year’s is generally a slow time for the local music scene, but we expect big things out of 2015.  Let’s all commit to doing our part to keep live music front and center this year!  Some options to get you started can be found below. And if you are so inclined, we’d appreciate your vote for the MeadowGrass Music Festival as Best Local Festival in the Gazette’s Best of Awards.

1.  Mollie O’Brien & Rich Moore, Black Forest Community Center, Fri Jan 9 (7 pm, $5 BRAS members/students, $10 general public).  The Black Rose Acoustic Society starts the new year off right with the first Open Stage of 2015, headlined by the fabulous duo Mollie O’Brien and Rich Moore.  Mollie & Rich are promoting their latest album Love Runner, which they describe as “a glorious mix of contemporary folk, powerhouse gospel, funky dance music and everything in between.” 2.  The Black Lillies, SteamPlant Theater (Salida), Sun Jan 11 (8 pm, $15).  Cruz Contreras & Company are currently recording their fourth studio album with the help of producer Ryan Hewitt, who has worked with the likes of Johnny Cash, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Avett Brothers and Brandi Carlile.  The SteamPlant is bringing the Americana to Salida this winter with a series of concerts starting with the Lillies.

3.  The Sharrows, Front Range Barbeque, Wed Jan 14 (7:30 pm, free).  Farm roots rock from Madison, WI, a quintet fronted by Phil Sharrow, complemented by a selection of New Belgium specialty brews.

4.  Barrel House String Band, Bar Louie, Thurs Jan 8 (10 pm, free).  BHSB helps to christen a new trendy chain restaurant at First & Main Town Center.  Read Bryce Crawford’s review of the new joint in the Colorado Springs Independent.

5.  Rubedo and We Are Not A Glum Lot, Flux Capacitor, Thurs Jan 8 (8 pm, $5).  The music streaming website TIDAL named Rubedo as one of 5 Denver Bands to Watch in November 2014.  The trio has two full length albums out and will be joined by local favorites the Glum Lots at the Flux Capacitor, apparently a time-traveling BYOB music venue “back by the loading dock.”

6.  Candy Lee, Jives Coffee Lounge, Tues Jan 13 (7:30 pm, free).  Young singer-songwriter Candy Lee from Arkansas makes a stop at the original Jives Coffee Lounge in Old Colorado City as part of her “Follow Your Bliss” Tour.

7.  Acme Bluegrass with Jimmy Lee Robbins and the Smith Brothers Band, Four Mile Community Club (Canon City), Sat Jan 10 (7 pm, $7 general public, $5 CRAS members, kids and students free).  The band with truly the very first name in bluegrass launches this year’s season of shows presented by the Canon Rose Acoustic Society, along with a couple of local openers.

8.  Veronika String Quartet, Library 21c, Sun Jan 11 (2 pm, free).  This classy classical quartet has been reinterpreting the Russian masterworks for twenty-five years, and you can catch them for free at the Pikes Peak Library District‘s second Sunday concert series at the amazing 21st Century Library!

9.  BJ Estares & Route 61, The Gold Room, Thurs Jan 8 (8 pm, $5).  The Gold Room is kicking off the new year with more concerts, many featuring well-established local artists like the BJ and his blues compadres.

10.  Out of Nowhere, Jack Quinn’s Pub, Sat Jan 10 (8 pm, free).  It’s another Saturday night bluegrass throwdown with one of the region’s premier string bands.


Steve Harris, Executive Director