Summer in Full Swing
Folks, as part of our commitment to leave the land in the same shape we found it, we are in the process or organizing a volunteer work day to help remove straw from the meadow at La Foret Conference & Retreat Center, either Saturday June 13 or Sunday June 21. If you are willing and able to help out, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Volunteers will receive volunteer credit toward next year’s festival and our undying thanks!
Blue Rodeo performing at MeadowGrass 2015 – photo courtesy Larry Hulst
Yea, now that the MeadowGrass mud hath dried and the solstice doth approacheth, the summer concert season is truly heating up in southern Colorado. The Pikes Peak Concert Calendar boasts no fewer than 21 different original roots music shows on Friday evening alone, a new record. If we may be so bold, here are ten reasons to go out this week:
1. The Way Down Wanderers with MilkDrive and P.M. Buys, The Loft (Old Colorado City), Sun June 14 (8 pm, $9 in advance, $10 at the door). This is an amazing bargain – the Austin acoustic progressive band MilkDrive is easily worth the price of admission by itself. The Wanderers are fronted by a couple of young dreads but the music is pure folk Americana. Add singer-songwriter P.M. Buys to the Wandering West lineup and you have a Triple Crown trifecta!
2. Cary Hudson with Molly Thomas & the Rare Birds & Grant Sabin, Ivywild School, Thurs June 11 (8 pm, $10). Speaking of the trifecta, Joe Johnson brings out his Southern Mississippi friend and mentor Cary Hudson for a Colorado run not to be missed. Remember Cary & Joe performing an acoustic version of the Blue Mountain song “Soul Sister” at MeadowGrass in 2014? Absolutely sublime. Cary also backs Joe at Kinfolks in Manitou on Friday night, and they join another rising Southern Mississippi star, Molly Thomas, at Songbird Cellars in Beulah on Sunday.
3. Kailin Yong Peace Project Trio, Black Forest Community Center, Fri June 12 (7 pm, $5 BRAS members & students, $10 general public). The Black Rose Acoustic Society brings back the former Boulder Acoustic Society Fiddler for Peace to this edition of the monthly Open Stage.
4. Jason Ricci & the Bad Kind, Sick Puppy Saloon, Fri June 12 (8 pm, $5). Jason was featured on the late Johnny Winter‘s final studio album, Step Back, which won last year’s Grammy for “Best Blues Album.”
5. Kiernan McMullan, 503W, Fri June 12 (8 pm, free). Kiernan is a songwriter from Nashville born to an Australian mother and an Irish father, a combination that is sure to produce some interesting Americana.
6. Zen Radio Reunion Show, Ivywild School, Sat June 13 (8 pm, $12 adv, $14 day of show). Reunited and it feels so good! This fixture of the Colorado Springs music scene in the 90s broke up in ’97, but now 25 years after they first got together they are back to rock your world!
7. Wildwood Sounds Mini Music Festival VI feat. Bone Orchard, Bittersweet Highway, Bruce Hayes & More, Wildwood Sounds (Del Norte), Sat June 13 (12:30 pm, $25 plus potluck dish). Seven favorite acts at this fifteen-year old San Luis Valley house concert tradition gather to raise funds to keep the music flowing!
8. Charlie Milo Sextet with the Barrel House String Band and Earsiq, The Black Sheep, Thurs June 11 (7 pm, $5 adv, $10 day of show). Setting out to prove that size really does matter, Charlie doubles down with a new combo featuring two guitars, drums, keys, sax and his own signature bass thumpin’. Throw in some hip hop from Earsiq and jam grass from BHSB and you have the makings of an electic night of entertainment.
9. Craig Walter Band with Frank Moore and Old Friends & Memories, Studio Bee at the Pikes Peak Center, Sat June 13 (8 pm, $10). Not many folks have been playing music in Colorado Springs than Craig Walter, and you can bet there will be many friends at this one – a night to remember, for sure.
10. Big Blues Machine, The Gold Room, Sun June 14 (5 pm, $15 adv, $20 day of show, $30 VIP). A Music Company Inc. welcomes back home its Prodigal Son Big Jim Adam, for a special Sunday afternoon performance featuring a new collaborator from Florida, “Mighty” Steve Rinker.
Show info is subject to change without notice, so please remember to check with the venues before heading out for the night. And tune in to the Grass Roots Revival on KCMJ from 2-4 pm on Tuesdays (live), 8-10 pm on Wednesdays (replay), and 1-3 pm Thursdays (replay) for today’s best Americana music.
And last but certainly not least – always look on the bright side of life!
Steve Harris, Executive Director