Weekly Top Ten April 21, 2015

MeadowGrass VIP Upgrades Rock!

We are pleased to announce the complete slate of awesome benefits for our first VIP upgrade program for the Seventh Annual MeadowGrass Music Festival!

For just $150 for the weekend (you must also purchase a weekend pass, with or without camping), MeadowGrass VIPs receive the following:

*One vehicle pass that will allow close-in parking each day (one per two VIP upgrades)
*A private VIP tent with restricted access washroom near the stage

*A daily VIP reception each day in the late afternoon.  Each day’s reception will include an exclusive tasting, a pairing of craft food and beverage.  Enjoy Bristol Brewing microbrews, Radiantly Raw organic chocolates, Distillery 291 whiskeys, moonshine from 300 Days of Shine and snacks courtesy ofRanch Foods Direct, and more.
*Four Drink Tokens for beverages of your choice
*Three certificates for meals from our fabulous food vendors
*Commemorative mug and poster
*Invitation to the MeadowGrass Thursday Night Concert featuring Edith Makes A Paper Chain and Miette Hope at La Foret
*For those VIPs who purchased a weekend pass with camping, the opportunity to set up camp early Thursday after 4 pm

Get your VIP tickets today – there are only 40 available!

And now, here’s the weekly Top 10 concerts in the region:

1.  WMD Bluegrass Band, Black Forest Community Center, Fri April 25 (7 pm, $5 BRAS members, $10 general public & students).  The Wielands of Mass Destruction are like a fine wine – they just keep getting better with age.  Winners of the 2013 KSMU National Youth in Bluegrass Band Competition, they’ll headline the Black Rose Acoustic Society Open Stage, where you can also purchase MeadowGrass tickets without any service charges or even win a pair of tickets and vehicle pass for Friday night at the festival.  You can also catch the WMDs on Wednesday April 22 at Jack Quinn’s Pub.

2.  Mountain Sprout with Woodshed Red & Tejon Street Corner Thieves, The Black Sheep, Tues April 21 (8 pm, $10 adv, $12 day of show).  All the way from Arkansas, Mountain Sprout plays their own brand of hillbilly punk.  They’ve opened up for Split Lip Rayfield at the Black Sheep before, but this time they are back to headline with two of our most raucous local bands.

3.  Cuong Vu Trio, The Mezzanine, Fri April 24 (7:30 pm, $10 or free for Mezzanine members).  Innovative jazz trumpeter Cuong Vu has performed with jazz royalty including Pat Metheney and Dave Douglas and alternative legends like David Bowie and Laurie Anderson.  The Grammy-winning musician brings his trio to collaborate with the Colorado Springs Conservatory at The Mezzanine as part of the UCCS Peak FreQuency Creative Arts Collective 50th Anniversary Music Festival.

4.  Greg Blake with friends from ACME BluegrassFront Range Barbeque (Old Colorado City), Wed April 22 (7:30 pm, free).  The award-winning vocalist/guitarist from Jeff Scroggins & Colorado visits the west side for a night of heavy pickin’ and traditional bluegrass.
5.  Barry Ward with Rusty Ellis and Bernie & Diane Mann, Four Mile Community Club (Canon City), Sat April 25 (7 pm, $7 or $5 for CRAS members, kids and students free).  Barry was honored as the Western Music Male Vocalist of the Year in 2014 by the Academy of Western Artists.  He’ll be visiting the Canon Rose Acoustic Society this week, touring in support of his new release Distant Furrows.  Openers Rusty Ellis and the Manns hail from Canon City and Guffey, respectively.

6.  Shawn James & the Shapeshifters with Wild Hares and The Junkyard Angel, The Black Sheep, Fri April 24 (8 pm, $8 adv, $10 day of show).  This rock ‘n roar quintet from Fayetteville, Arkansas just released their debut album, The Gospel According to Shawn James and the Shapeshifters, which features some pretty awesome cover art.  Falling somewhere between bluegrass and heavy metal, the Shapeshifters will be joined by local garage rockers Wild Hares plus The Junkyard Angel, aka Lilith Morton Pastuszek.

7.  The Shuffle Tones Reunion Blues Band, Front Range Barbeque (Old Colorado City), Sat April 25 (7:30 pm, free).  It’s been three and a half years since we lost John-Alex Mason, but the memory of the music he left us will never dim.  This Saturday you can celebrate John-Alex’s legacy with players from his band including Ronnie Shellist, Jeremy and Richard Vasquez, RD Jones and Tony Hager.

8.  James Lee Galloway, Kinfolks (Manitou Springs), Fri April 24 (8 pm, free).
You know him as the man on the mandolin in Barrel House String Band, now catch him solo playing guitar amdist a tasty selection of craft beers on tap.  Not to be outdone, James’ BHSB cohort Adrian Bradford Alexander plays a solo show at The Perk Downtown on the following night.

9.  Lonnie Dilan & the Wandered, Townhouse Lounge (Manitou Springs), Fri April 24 (9 pm, free).  Lonnie brings his six piece band to the Townhouse Lounge with an eclectic mix of tunes that transcend genre – blending rock, folk, blues, country and gypsy.  

10.  Elephant Pajamas, Wild Goose Meeting House, Fri April 24 (8 pm, free).  Last time around the show was snowed out, so Charlie Milo, Khalill Brown and Dalan Neuenschwander are taking a second shot at the Goose, promising a “fun and freaky” evening of music.

It’s a good week to remind everyone that concert details are always subject to change and shows may even be cancelled – there’s been a few of those this week.  So please check with the venues before heading out to verify information presented here.

I don’t want to alarm you, but it is now just about one month until MeadowGrass – if you haven’t bought tickets yet, get on it!

Go with song in your heart,

Steve Harris, Executive Director
Rocky Mountain Highway