Weekly Top Ten March 10, 2015

MeadowGrass Tickets Going Fast

The lineup for the Seventh Annual MeadowGrass Music Festival is complete and all of the artists will be announced by the end of the week.  Early bird ticket pricing has been extended through Sunday March 15 – starting Monday weekend passes will cost $10 more and day passes will be $5 higher.  Camping is already 2/3 sold out so don’t delay – buy your tickets on-line at Ticketfly.com or in person at Moondog Music Shop in Old Colorado City (weekend passes without camping only). In other news, our friends at the Pikes Peak Center would like to let you know that they have three upcoming roots music concerts featuring legendary musicians – Blues Hall of Famers John Hammond and Charlie Musselwhite (March 21),  indie-folk songstress Ani DiFranco (March 28), and veteran rocker Todd Rundgren (April 14), who comes to town just a week after the release of his 25th solo album, GLOBAL.  There is no venue in Colorado Springs in which music sounds better than the Pikes Peak Center, so don’t miss out on your chance to get prime seating to see these great artists! This coming week is relatively slow in terms of live music in the Pikes Peak region but there are still plenty of options for the music omnivore, even on the unluckiest day of all: 1.  The Subdudes, Stargazers Theatre, CANCELLED.  New Orleans’ The Subdudes have been favorites on the Colorado circuit since the band’s founding back in 1987.  After a hiatus that started in 2011, the band resumed touring in 2014.   However, the show at Stargazers has been cancelled, meaning Dude-heads need to travel to Denver or Crested Butte to get their fix.  The Hootens promise that they are attempting to reschedule the concert for later in the year 2.  Dwight Yoakam, Pueblo Memorial Hall, Fri March 13 (7:30 pm, tickets starting at $37.50).  Dwight Yoakam is one of the few mainstream country artists who transcend pop music – he is a truly great songwriter and impressive performer with over 20 albums to his credit.  In 2013 he was named Artist of the Year by the Americana Music Association and he is the most frequent musical guest on The Tonight Show.  Next month he drops a brand new CD, Second Hand Heart, the follow up to the critically acclaimed 3 Pears. 3.  The Rifters, Black Forest Community Center, Friday March 13 (7 pm, $5 BRAS members and students, $10 general public).  Northern New Mexico’s western trio The Rifters, comprised of Don Richmond, Jim Bradley and Rod Taylor, headline the next edition of the Black Rose Acoustic Society‘s bi-monthly Open Stage. 4.  Marc Cohn, Parker Arts, Culture and Events Center (Parker), Saturday March 14 (7:30 pm, SOLD OUT).  Probably best known for his hit song “Walking in Memphis,” the Grammy-winning Marc Cohn always delights fans at his live shows – which makes it not so surprising that the show is sold out. 5.  Jack Kerowax, Front Range Barbeque, Friday March 13 (7:30 pm, free).  Not to be confused with the Beat Generation author of On the Road, this pop-influenced Americana quartet out of Dallas will be making their first visit to the westside for a pre-St. Paddy’s Day throwdown. 6. Dikki Du & the Zydeco Krewe, Front Range Barbeque, Wed March 11 (7:30 pm, free).  Dikki Du loves Front Range Barbeque, and there is no better dancin’ music than zydeco! 7.  Blue Canyon Boys with Crystal Hill Billys and Jeff von Klock, Four Mile Community Club (Canon City), Saturday March 14 (7 pm, $5 CRAS members, $7 non-members, kids and students free).  The Canyon Boys headline a bluegrass revival in the Canon City.  It’s been seven years since the Blue Canyon Boys won the Telluride Bluegrass Festival Band Competition, and no one does traditional bluegrass better. 8.  Here’s to Fightin’ with Champagne Charlie, Rough Age and Bud Bronson & the Good Timers, The Black Sheep, Saturday March 14 (7 pm, $6 adv, $8 day of show).  HTF is hard at work on a debut CD due this summer – here’s a studio video of one of the new tracks “Ghosts.”  They will be joined by local indie-rock band Rough Age (who will be performing at MeadowGrass on Sunday May 24 this year) along with two Denver bands. 9.  Pikes Peak Blues Community Spring Jam and Fundraiser, Stargazers Theatre, Wed March 11 (6:30 pm, $5 suggested donation). Hosts for the open jam include local stalwarts Luke Ellington, John Wise, Paul Moss and Marty Gordon. 10.  Redraw the Farm, Jack Quinn’s Pub, Friday March 13 (8 pm, free).  This local Americana quintet is putting the finishing touches on a new album featuring the newest member, Kelly Champlin.  We’re hoping the new album will be released by the time they perform at MeadowGrass on Friday March 22! Enjoy the tunes! Steve Harris, Executive Director Rocky Mountain Highway