Weekly Top Ten April 1, 2015

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It’s too nice to stay inside in front of a computer, although April has a history of delivering some snowy goodness in the Rockies.  So, let’s just get to it, shall we?  Get your bad self to a show near you, an oh yeah – happy April Fool’s day:

1.  Jim Marsh & Shannon T. Carr from Grass It Up, Front Range Barbeque, Wed April 1 (7:30 pm, free).  Guitar and banjo – get your bluegrass fix from two of the finest pickers in the region.

2.  A Winged Victory for the Sullen with Loscil, Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts (Palmer Lake), Fri April 3 (7 pm, ADV: $30 TLCA members, $35 non-members; add $5 for day of show).  Describing their music as “Harmonic Robitussin,” AWVFTS is a duo whose 2nd full length release Atomos includes “piano, string and drone sounds” along with “flurries of electronics, harp and modular synthesizers.”


3.  The Haunted Windchimes with Spirits of the Red City, Songbird Cellars (Beulah), Fri-Sat April 3-4 (8 pm, $20).  What’s better than a one-night stand?  A two-night stand, of course, featuring two of the hottest string bands in Colorado.  Highly recommended – the new Daytrotter session by the ‘Chimes.  NOTE: The April 4th show is already sold out.

4.  Ben and the Wayfarers, The Loft (Old Colorado City), Sat April 4 (8 pm, $5).  This folk-rock quartet from Richmond, VA is about to drop their debut album, Tiny Sessions.

5.  Tapestry Revisited, Stargazers Theatre, Fri April 3 (8 pm, $10).  Four talented Colorado vocalists – Sherrie Scott, Lisa Bell, Jane Turnbull and Janis Kelly – take on the challenge of paying tribute to Tapestry, the classic album released by Carole King in 1971.

6.  Justus League, Front Range Barbeque, Sat April 4 (7:30 pm, free).  Saturday is the night for the blues when Austin Johnson leads the fabled Justus League to the first of two April shows at the west side’s favorite music venue.  Wonder twins powers – activate!

7.  Austin Young Band with Michael Hornbuckle, Stargazers Theatre, Sat April 4 (8 pm, $10).  Speaking of the Blues, that other Austin will be slinging the guitar alongside the son of Denver blues master Bobby Hornbuckle.

8.  Mikey Wax and Alexis Keegan with Joe & Katie Uveges, The Gold Room, Tues April 7 (8 pm, $12 adv, $15 day of show, $25 VIP).  LA celebrity culture comes to the Springs – the first single of Mikey’s new self-titled CD, “You Lift Me Up,” is featured in the Keeping Up With The Kardashians Season 1- Promo Commercial on E!  Bank, bro!  Alexis also has a nicely produced pop sound – you can find out whether it translates live next week.

9.  Curtis Grimes, Cowboys, Fri April 3 (9 pm, $5 cover starting at 9 pm).  Texas native was selected by the Cee Lo Green franchise on The Voice, which unfortunately appears to be the kiss of death in reality TV.  His country swagger will fit right in on the third floor of the World Famous Cowboy’s club on Tejon Street.

10.  Mo’ Mungus, Spice Island Grill, Fri April 3 (8 pm, free).  Back where it all began, the rock steady groove of Mo’ Mungus will uplift the tiny Jamaican restaurant that could, Spice Island Grill, where it’s always “island time.”  Highly recommended: BBQ tofu steaks with a side of mac ‘n cheese.

For the extended forecast, please consult the Pikes Peak Concert Calendar.

Newsflash: The Grass Roots Revival is finally going to settle into a new schedule on community-powered radio station KCMJ.  You can hear the show live from 2-4 pm on Tuesdays at kcmj.org or via the TuneIn app, or listen to the replay on Wednesday nights from 8-10 pm.  Archived programs are also available on demand at the KCMJ SoundCloud page.

And finally, here’s a friendly reminder that camping passes are almost sold out for the 7th Annual MeadowGrass Music Festival, which takes place over Memorial Day weekend at La Foret Conference & Retreat Center in Black Forest, CO.  Our proud supporters include Bristol Brewing, the Colorado Springs Independent, and The Alternative RXP 103.9 FM.  You can purchase tickets on-line here or swing by Moondog Music Shop in Old Colorado City to purchase weekend passes sans service fee.

Opa!

Steve Harris, Executive Director
Rocky Mountain Highway