Weekly Top Ten April 8, 2015

We Need Your Hashtag Ideas!

Ahh, springtime – that special time of year when our fancy turns to baseball and the MeadowGrass Music Festival!  There are still some MeadowGrass weekend passes with camping available, but they are going fast, so get yours today.

We are also in need of a unique and fun hashtag to use that embodies what MeadowGrass is all about!  We want to hear your ideas.  To enter the contest, please e-mail your ideas to socialmedia@meadowgrass.org or post them on one of our social media accounts.  The winning hashtag will:

Be featured in all of our posts on social media platforms
Receive three CDs from MeadowGrass 2015 performers
Get a special Social Media shout out!

We will announce the winner at 8 am on Friday April 10, so don’t dally!  Get those hashtags rollin’.  And now, here are some rad concerts in the Pikes Peak region to tide you over for the coming week:

1.  Nora Jane Struthers & the Party Line, Ivywild School, Fri April 10 (9:30 pm, free).  Originally Nora was scheduled to open for Mike Clark & the Sugar Sounds, but unfortunately the Sugar Sounds had to cancel due to Windchime commitments.  The good news, however, is that this show has been moved from the gym across the hall to The Principal’s Office and it is now FREE.  Nora and her band of tricksters play a super fun blend of Americana and bluegrass and they are touring in support of the brand new album, Wake.

2.  Futurebirds with Natalie Tate, Ivywild School, Wed April 8 (8 pm, $10).  Hailing from Athens, GA – home to such legendary bands as R.E.M. and Widespread Panic – this psychedelic indie folk band will be visiting Colorado fresh from a successful stop at South By Southwest.  Ark Life‘s Natalie Tate will open the show with a solo set before Futurebirds take the stage.

3.  Tim & Myles Thompson, Black Forest Community Center, Fri April 10 (7 pm, $5 BRAS members and students, $10 everyone else).  This father-son duo features Tim, the 2008 National Fingerstyle Guitar champion, along with Myles, a talented 19-year old fiddle player.  If you can’t make the Black Rose Acoustic Society open stage on Friday, they’ll also be performing at the Canon Rose Acoustic Society gathering in Canon City on Saturday night.

4.  Crown Larks, Briffaut & Stressed, Flux Capacitor, Thurs April 9 (8 pm).  Anchored by Crown Larks from Chicago, this three band freak-folk fest also features new Colorado group Stressed along with Daniel James Eaton and Briffaut, who will also be performing late night for the campers at MeadowGrass.

5.  Earl Klugh’s Weekend of Jazz, The Broadmoor Hotel, Thurs-Sat April 9-11.  Call it smooth or call it fusion – anyway you cut it, jazz guitarist Earl Klugh has been putting together dream lineups at the area’s classiest hotel for twelve years now.  Among other leading artists, this year’s slate features legendary vocalist Burt Bacharach, saxophonist Kirk Whalum, and the trio of Klugh, Lee Ritenour and Dave Grusin, who will be performing film songs.  Three day passes are sold out, but two-day packages starting at $245 per person are still available.

6.  Dartanyan Brown with Steve Draper, Motif, Sat April 11 (7:45 pm, free with food and beverage purchase). Visiting jazz man Dartanyan was apparently inducted into the Iowa Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame in 2010.

7.  The Haunted Windchimes, Salida Steam Plant, Fri April 10 (8 pm, $17 adv, $19 day of show).  Our favorite local neo-folk quartet travels to central Colorado to visit our friends in Chaffee County!  Plus, the ‘Chimes play a super secret Western Jubilee Warehouse show on Thursday night.  Call 635-9975 to find out if any tickets are still available!

8.  Woodshed Red, Front Range Barbeque, Wed April 8 (7:30 pm, free).  These are a a few of our favorite things – a Bristol Brewing beer tapping plus the hard-drivin’, high energy music of Woodshed Red, who will play late night at MeadowGrass on Saturday night.  Woodshed Red also plays Jack Quinn’s on Saturday night.

9.  Tejon Street Corner Thieves, Jack Quinn’s Pub, Fri April 10 (8 pm, free).  Speaking of Jack Quinn’s, you don’t need to be Irish to know that TSCT combo will crush it on Friday night!  Word has it that special guests from Yes Ma’am may or may not be joining the boys.

10.  WMD Bluegrass Band, Library 21c, Sun April 12 (2 pm, free).  It’s another free Second Sunday concert at the library of the future, featuring the family bluegrass band of the future!

As always, please check out the Pikes Peak Concert Calendar for the region’s most comprehensive listing of live roots music, and tune into the Grass Roots Revival on community-powered radio KCMJ on Tuesdays from 2-4 pm (live) or Wednesdays from 8-10 pm (replay) for a curated selection of today’s finest Americana. And, if you find this e-blast useful or amusing or both, you can also make a tax-deductible contribution to  to support the work of Rocky Mountain Highway.

Next week – we will be revealing the sweet benefits for MeadowGrass VIP Upgrades, including exclusive daily tasting events during the festival.  Stay tuned!

Steve Harris, Executive Director
Rocky Mountain Highway