Weekly Top Ten May 6, 2015

Bypass the Fees at Stargazers Friday Night

Isn’t it wonderful that Mother Nature is getting the rain out of her system now, so that the weather will be sunny and warm for the Seventh Annual MeadowGrass Music Festival? Timing is everything!  Of course, even in the unlikely event that Black Forest does see a little rain over Memorial Day weekend, we’ll have that big yellow tent to keep the audience dry and cozy.
In other news, this is your last warning – MeadowGrass prices increase at midnight on Saturday, May 9, so it’s time to buy yours now!  Friday, May 8 is your absolute last opportunity to buy discounted tickets, and as an added bonus there are three ways that you can avoid paying service fees too:


A)  Purchase your tickets in person at Moondog Music Shop in Old Colorado City

B)  Purchase your tickets in person at the Black Rose Acoustic Society concert on Friday night (see below for details)

C) Purchase your tickets in person at the Rocky Mountain Highway table at the Woodshed Red concert at Stargazers Theatre Friday night, which naturally leads us to the Top 10 concerts in the week to come:

1.  Woodshed Red and Tejon Street Corner Thieves, Stargazers Theatre & Event Center, Fri May 8 (8 pm, $5).  Haven’t picked up those MeadowGrass tickets yet?  Never fear, come down to Stargazers on Friday night and buy what you need – day passes, weekend passes, camping passes, vehicle passes, VIP upgrades – you name it!.  Oh, and while you’re at it enjoy two of the hottest bands in the Springs and a Laughing Lab.

2.  The River Arkansas, Front Range Barbeque, Fri May 8 (7:30 pm, free).  We are truly bummed that Mike Clark won’t be at MeadowGrass this year due to Haunted Windchimes obligations, but his River Arkansas bandmate Macon Terry will be bringing his seven-piece project Clouds & Mountains to the festival for the first time on the afternoon of Saturday May 23.  This Friday, The River Arkansas will be playing songs from their brand new album Golden Light in OCC.

3.  Head for the Hills with Cole and Eric from Dragondeer, Ivywild School, Fri May 8 (8 pm, $12).  One of the tightest progressive bluegrass bands you will ever see, H4TH played the inaugural MeadowGrass festival way back in 2009.  This year their fiddler Joe Lessard will be performing on Saturday May 23 with jam-grass favorites WhiteWater Ramble.

3.  Acoustic Eidolon, Black Forest Community Center, Fri May 8 (7 pm, $10 or $5 BRAS members & students).  The Black Rose Acoustic Society welcomes Joe Scott and Hannah Alkire back to the Open Stage.  And, did we mention, as a bonus, if you need MeadowGrass tickets, you can purchase them at the current price without service charges at the show?

5.  Angelina Gadeliya, The Mezzanine, Thurs May 7 (6:30 pm, $10, Mezz members free).  Our wonderful classical public radio station KCME sponsors another show at the Mezz, this time featuring acclaimed Ukrainian pianist Angelina Gadeliya, who also serves as piano faculty at UCCS.

6.  Gift of Gab, Coolzey, Milogic & Shii Whaaa, Flux Capacitor, Thurs May 7 (9 pm, $10-$15 suggested donation).  Even if you’re not a fan of rap music, it’s pretty awesome that Gift of Gab from Blackalicious is stopping at the hippest new underground venue in the Springs.

7.  Edith Makes A Paper Chain, Wild Goose Meeting House, Thurs May 7 (8 pm, free).  The original indie folk band from in the Pikes Peak Region takes on the Goose.  Also, you can catch Edith and Miette Hope in a free exclusive concert at La Foret on Thursday May 21, the night before MeadowGrass starts, if you volunteer 12 hours during the weekend. Or if you purchase the VIP upgrade, your call.  Three shift volunteers and VIPs get the first shot at prime campsites!

8.  Kim Stone Trio, Soiree, Sat May 9 (8 pm, $10).  Five-time Grammy nominee Kim Stone is one of the most accomplished musicians to call Colorado Springs home, so it’s always a treat when his trio comes to Soiree for a Words & Music event.  Seating is limited!  Here’s a video of last month’s show.

9.  Bridges Will Break with Foreign Sons, You Never Were & Montoneros, The Black Sheep, Sat May 9 (8 pm, $5 adv, $7 day of show).  Formerly from Colorado Springs but now based in Denver, the up and coming indie rock band Bridges Will Break celebrate the release of their debut album Galvanize in style!

10.  The Elders, Stargazers Theatre & Event Center, Sat May 9 ($15 adv, $20 day of show).  No one kicks arse like the Celts – so nothing more need be said about this band billed as “Arse Kicking Music from the Heartland,” back for a return engagement at Stargazers

Of course, you can find out about many more concerts in the Colorado Springs area by checking out the Pikes Peak Concert Calendar, which is starting to fill up with info about all the cool free summer concerts in our region.

Last, but surely not least, we’d like to encourage you to Adopt-a-Watt to help community-powered radio station KCMJ raise $10,000 to purchase the equipment necessary to begin broadcasting at 93.9 FM in Colorado Springs this summer.  Home to the Grass Roots Revival, KCMJ is an all volunteer public radio station that can currently be heard streaming at KCMJ.org.  This week the Grass Roots Revival explores the music of most of the talent who will be performing at MeadowGrass this year – check out the replay on Wednesday May 6 from 8 pm to 10 pm or listen on-demand later this week.  The Revival airs live every Tuesday from 2-4 pm.

Thanks to you all for your continued support – hope to see you Friday night at Stargazers – stop by our table for a free Rocky Mountain Highway sticker!

Steve Harris, Executive Director