Weekly Top Ten April 29, 2015

Downward Facing Dog = MeadowGrass Weekend with Camping

Have you ever attended a yoga class at the MeadowGrass Music Festival?  Our fabulous yoga instructor, Jessica Patterson, has been leading yoga at MeadowGrass since 2011.  This year is no exception – two classes will be offered, at 9:30 am Saturday May 23 and Sunday May 24 in Ponderosa Lodge at the La Foret Conference and Retreat Center.  And meanwhile, Jessica has now opened Root Center for Yoga and Sacred Studies at 617 North 17th Street, Suite 200, in Colorado Springs.

Here’s the rundown – everyone who attends a yoga class at Root between Friday May 1 and Thursday May 7 will be entered to win a pair of MeadowGrass weekend passes with camping and a weekend parking pass.  In addition, anyone with a valid 2015 MeadowGrass ticket can attend a free yoga class at Root between Friday, May 8 and Thursday, May 15 (subject to available space).  Finally, the duo Roma Ransom, who perform at MeadowGrass on Saturday May 23, will also accompany a yoga class at Root at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 13.  Namaste!

We don’t want to alarm you, but right now there is only a little more than a week to purchase discounted MeadowGrass tickets.  Prices increase beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, May 9.  However, Rocky Mountain Highway will offer tickets at the current price for purchase on Friday May 8 at Stargazers Theatre & Event Center during the Woodshed Red / Tejon Street Corner Thieves concert.  For a $5 cover you can avoid the service fees on MeadowGrass tickets, catch up with our friends from the Indy and KRXP, enjoy a tasty Bristol microbrew, and check out some great music, including the Saturday late night artist at MeadowGrass this year, Woodshed Red.  All ticket types will be available for purchase, including parking passes and VIP upgrades, each of which comes with a coupon valid for one free yoga class at Root.  Of course, you can also purchase MeadowGrass tickets on-line or in person at Moondog Music Shop.

We are also pleased to announce that Steve Harris will participate in a “Course for Creatives” organized by the Pikes Peak Arts Council and the Small Business Development Center on Thursday, April 30 at 10:00 a.m.  The two-hour workshop, “Professional Development for Musicians,” takes place at The Colorado Springs Conservatory, located at 415 Sawatch Street in downtown Colorado Springs.  Other panelists include Robert Case of New Pants Publishing, Amy Whitesell of A Music Company Inc., mandolinist David Jeffrey from Grass It Up, and Tanya Shaw Jeffrey of Ginseng Creative.  Aspiring musicians who hope to one day quit that day job will learn business skills related to music publishing, marketing, radio promotion, and booking concerts, among other topics.  The registration fee is $20, so please spread the word to that musician friend of yours who has been crashing on your couch.

And now, here it is – our weekly list of the Top 10 Concerts in southern Colorado:

1.  Andrea Gibson, Ivywild School, Mon May 4 (8 pm, $12 adv, $15 day of show).  Poet and activist Andrea Gibson returns to Colorado for her annual three-day residency, which includes stops in Boulder and Fort Collins and concludes here in Colorado Springs.  While not technically music, you won’t be disappointed if you go to see the first winner of the Women of the World Poetry Slam who has just released her fifth full-length album, Flower Boy.

2.  Bruce Hayes, Front Range Barbeque, Wed April 29 (7:30 pm, free).  Always a favorite at the Range, the multi-instrumentalist Bruce Hayes makes the trek from his home in Howard, CO to the west side to dazzle with feats of musical virtuosity.  Expect to see some friends sit in with him.

3.  Colorado College Bluegrass Ensembles, Packard Hall, Thurs April 30 (7:30 pm, free).  Students under the tutelage of acclaimed banjoist and CC Professor Keith Reed strut their stuff in a spring show on campus that has become an annual tradition.

4.  We Are Not A Glum Lot, The Mezzanine, Fri May 1 (8 pm, free).  The Glum Lots are putting the finishing touches on a brand new album to be unveiled on May 15 at the Ivywild School.  Catch a glimpse of the new material Friday on Tejon Street at the venue named “Best Date Night” by the experts in the Gazette‘s Best of the Springs.

5.  The Railsplitters, Songbird Cellars (Beulah), Sat May 2 (7 pm, $12).  This Colorado bluegrass quintet is set to release their second album in a series of shows that kick off at a sold out show at the Wildflower Pavilion at the Planet Bluegrass ranch in Lyons on May 1 before landing in Beulah the following night.

6.  Modern Suspects with Smith House, Get Along and Atlantic Panic, The Black Sheep, Fri May 1 (7 pm, $10 adv, $12 day of show).  Denver’s popternative band Modern Suspects was born out of the afterlife of the band Colorado Springs band Claymore Disco.  Check out the video for their new single “Told You So.”  Modern Suspects will be joined by friends and three rising indie rock bands from the Pikes Peak Region.

7.  Bud Gordon Quartet, Motif, Thurs April 30 (7:45 pm, free with purchase of food and beverage).  Trumpeter Bud Gordon will be joined by Jana Lee on piano, Marc Neihof on bass and Paul Shaw on drums.

8.  Jake Loggins Band, Stargazers Theatre, Fri May 1 (8 pm, $10).  This time around Jake’s band features his Dad Lobo, Mike Nelson, Desmond Washington and James Dikes.  Get down and get blue!

9.  Swelter & Burn, The Modbo, Fri May 1 (9 pm, free).  Enjoy the First Friday Art Walk openings throughout downtown Colorado Springs and plan to wind up at The Modern Bohemian and S.P.Q.R. late night for more art and the quirky and irreverent piano duo of Willow Welter and Lauren Andrus.

10.  Nathan Payne & the Wild Boars, Zodiac Venue / Bar, Sun May 3 (8 m, $5).  A quartet of musicians from Arizona who will be playing “high octane rockabilly country punk” with alleged special guests.  Nathan’s record label is Alcoholic Clown Records.

Please do remember to call ahead to make sure no details have changed – and have yourself a Happy May Day!

Steve Harris, Executive Director
Rocky Mountain Highway