Weekly Top Ten April14, 2015

The Grass Roots Revival & a KCMJ Open House

As you may have heard, the Grass Roots Revival is back in operation at community powered radio station KCMJ, an all volunteer project that is now streaming 24-7 on the web at KCMJ.org.  The Revival has finally settled in to a set schedule, airing live Tuesdays afternoons from 2-4 p.m. with a replay on Wednesday from 8-10 pm.  You can listen to KCMJ via TuneIn or even hear past programs on demand at the KCMJ SoundCloud page.

Have you ever wanted to be involved in radio?  Well now’s your chance.  This coming Saturday April 18 is the next KCMJ Open House at our brand new studio at the Tim Gill Center for Public Media.  We hope that you will join KCMJ on Saturday to tour the station, observe live shows in action and even attend workshops that will teach you how to be part of the fun.  There is no charge to attend so get yourself down to the station.  We expect to be broadcasting on the FM bandwith at 93.9 FM in Colorado Springs by this summer.

Also, we are excited to announce that three-shift volunteers at MeadowGrass (12 hours total) will be permitted to enter the La Foret Conference & Retreat Center after 4 p.m. on Thursday, May 21 to set up camp early.  And that’s on top of a free weekend pass with camping and commemorative t-shirt!  Folks who are staying on-site Thursday will enjoy a free concert featuring MeadowGrass indie-folk favorites Edith Makes A Paperchain and a special opening set by rising musical force-to-be-reckoned-with Miette Hope.  Anyone purchasing a VIP Upgrade will also be eligible to attend the concert and set up camp Thursday night.  We are still looking for additional volunteers for the festival, or you can buy tickets on-line.  Moondog Music Shop is also now selling day passes and vehicle passes in Old Colorado City.

1.  GrassPack! with The Mutton Busters, Packard Hall (Colorado College), Wed April 15 (7:30 pm, free).  Some of Nashville’s finest pickers gather to with CC Professor and banjo wizard Keith Reed, including former Del McCoury bassist Mike Bub, acclaimed vocalist Don Rigsby, fiddler Shad Cobb, and former Alison Krauss guitarist Jeff White.  CC’s Advanced Bluegrass Ensemble opens.

2.  Todd Rundgren, Pikes Peak Center, Tues April 14 (7:30 pm, $30-$40).  Todd Rundgren has been rockin’ it for more than 40 years now and he’s still at it, having just released the 25th record of his career, Global.  Also a noted producer, Rundgren will no doubt revisit classic anthems like “I Saw The Light” and “Bang The Drum All Day” for fans at the Pikes Peak Center.

3.  Fortunate Youth with Passafire, The Black Sheep, Wed April 15 (7:30 pm, $15 adv, $18 day of show).  Following in the footsteps of Bradley Nowell and Sublime, no one has embraced reggae music more than the young white dreads.  Two leading acts on the circuit from opposite coasts (California and Georgia, respectively) lock horns in the Springs this week.

4.  Firefall, Stargazers Theatre & Event Center, Fri April 17 (8 pm, $20 adv, $25 day of show, $50 VIP).  Forty-one years later and classic rock icons Firefall are still going strong.  Not to be confused with Firefall, the game.

5.  Jasper Lepak with Bare Minimum Family Band and Sue Link & Jimmy Lee Robbins, Cowboy Church of Peyton, Fri April 17 (7 pm, $5 or $3 BGAS members, kids and students under 16 free).  Young singer-songwriter Jasper Lepak from Seattle has already produced seven albums of original material in her career, and she’ll be headlining this month’s Buffalo Grass Acoustic Society gathering.  Don’t forget the open jam at 5:30 p.m.

6.  Wing & Claw, Tejon Street Corner Thieves & Iggy Igloo, Flux Capacitor, Thurs April 16 (7:30 pm, $5-$10 donation for touring band).  Wing & Claw is a duo from Salt Lake City featuring James Miska on guitar, percussion and vocals and Genevieve Smith on cello and vocals.  Iggy’s making his Flux Capacitor debut and TSCT will close the night.

7.  Classy Mongrel, Jives Coffee Lounge (Old Colorado City), Fri April 17 (7:30 pm, free).  Hailing from Owensboro, Kentucky, multi-instrumentalist Grant Short aka Classy Mongrel produces music described as Electronica/Chillawave/Dream Pop.  On April 1, he announced on his Facebook page that he has been unknowingly poisoned by carbon monoxide for the last three years – and it does not appear to a joke.

8.  Charlie Milo Trio with Animus Invidious & Blue Fir, Ancient Mariner (Manitou Springs), Mon April 20 (4:30 pm, free).  For all the fuss about legalization there’s really not much going on for the official pot-smoking holiday, but we highly recommend the latest iteration of the Charlie Milo Trio featuring Colin Bovberg on drums and David Musante on guitar.  The show will start and end early so the hippies can make it to work on Tuesday.

9.  Pullman Standard, Jives Coffee Lounge 2 (University Village), Tues April 14 (7:30 pm, free).  This North Hollywood-based power rock quintet has become a favorite at Jives.  Just remember that this show is at the second location for Jives – not the Old Colorado City venue.

10.  Out of Nowhere, Jack Quinn’s Pub, Wed April 15 (8 pm, free).  Screw Tax Day – get on down to the Jack Quinn’s Pub, where it is a tradition for each dancer to buy the band a shot of Irish Whiskey!

Thanks for supporting our live music scene, and if you enjoy this e-mail blast we would sure appreciate a tax-deductible donation.  Rocky Mountain Highway is a component fund of the Pikes Peak Community Foundation.


Steve Harris, Executive Director
Rocky Mountain Highway