Weekly Top Ten June 17, 2015

Top Ten Live Shows of the Week

Not much to say this week – except get out and “live” it up at a venue you near you:

1.  Woodshed Red with Jason Bennett & Rich Currier, The Gold Room, Fri June 19 (8 pm, $15 adv, $20 day of show).  If you haven’t seen Woodshed Red by now, you must be living under a rock!  Super nice as well as super fun, the band plays two benefit shows this weekend.  The Gold Room proceeds will go to support the Homes for All Veterans project of Rocky Mountain Human Services, while Sunday the band will play at the Paws for Celebration benefit for Safe Place for Pets at Soda Springs Park in Manitou Springs, which takes place from 11 am to 6 pm.  As if that wasn’t enough, they will also play the free First & Main Town Center summer concert series on Friday starting at 5 pm.

2.  Harpeth Rising with The Mitugards, In Cahoots House Concerts (Manitou Springs), Fri June 19 (7 pm, $20 suggested donation).  This talented string trio of young women from Louisville, KY will be playing an outdoor show at the home of the Weizeneckers following an opening set from our friends Deb and Chris Mitguard!

3.  Idris Goodwin with DJ Gravity, Eros & the Eschaton,  & DilesCielo, Ivywild School, Fri June 19 (8:30 pm, $8 adv, $10 day of show).  The concert is billed as “Rhyme & Reason: A Cross Genre Experience” and features talented poet, spoken word artist and Colorado College professor Idris Goodwin teamed up with DJ Gravity along with local indie favorites Eros & the Eschaton and DilesCielo, a group out of New Mexico.

4.  Redraw the Farm CD Release Show, Legends Rock Bar & Grill, Sat June 20 (3 pm, free).

Photo courtesy of Larry Hulst
Fresh from a sweet Friday afternoon set at MeadowGrass, Redraw the Farm is set to unveil a new album, Whiskey and Holy Water.  The band will perform the album in its entirety at 3 pm, followed by a party to celebrate the success of their Kickstarter campaign.  The band promises not to swear too much so you can bring the whole family!

5.  Ceol Ceili, Raven Nest at Aspen Valley Ranch (Woodland Park), Sat June 20 (7 pm, $20 adv or $25 at the door).  The Raven Nest House Concert series is back, and starts with the return of local celtic band Ceol Ceili.  The festivities start with a potluck at 6 pm, and the increased ticket prices reflect the inclusion of two beverages with each admission.

6.  Key of Joy with the Ruxton Railsplitters, Kinfolks (Manitou Springs), Fri June 19 (7:30 pm, free).  Kinfolks is celebrating a first anniversary – at least, a first anniversary of its acquisition by new owners.  Their Facebook page shows a photo of the Ruxton Railsplitters jamming in the parking lot at Red Rocks during Old Crow Medicine Show.

7.  Blue Frog with Ted & James Galloway, Front Range Barbeque (Old Colorado City), Sun June 21 (6:30 pm, free).  What better way to honor Father’s Day than by checking out the regular Blue Frog “Blues on the Porch” jam, which appropriately enough this week features the father-son team of Ted (Shakedown Street) and James (Barrel House String Band) Galloway.

8.  Pikes Peak Celtic Festival, Memorial Park, Fri June 19 – Sun June 21 ($5 – $30).  Bagpipes and whiskey and kilts, oh my!  It’s southern Colorado’s largest celtic event of the year, with three days of performances from Colorado’s finest: Big Paddy, Delilah’s Revenge, Skean Dubh, Albannach and more.

9.  Miguel Dakota & the DifferentsBroadmoor World Arena, Fri June 19 (???).  It’s not clear when Miguel and his new band will take the stage or whether there is a cost, but he’ll be performing at the U.S. Open Taekwondo Handamang, an opportunity for non-sparring Taekwondo students to showcase their skills.  On Saturday the boys also perform at the 3rd Annual Never Alone Family Jam, a benefit for the Never Alone Foundation.

10.  Mustered Courage, Songbird Cellars (Beulah), Sun June 21 (6 pm, $12).  This Australian bluegrass band scored a major coup by getting booked at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival – and Songbird Cellars scored a coup by bringing them to Beulah!  Listen to this week’s Grass Roots Revival from 8-10 pm Wednesday or 1-3 pm Thursday on KCMJ to hear a track featuring Kasey Chambers from their latest release, Powerlines.

If you didn’t find anything you like in this list, don’t forget – there are plenty more concerts in southern Colorado listed at the Pikes Peak Concert Calendar.

The Rocky Mountain Highway e-blast will be dark next week as your curator travels to Florida to visit family – but we’ll back just in time for Independence Day festivities.

Viva Las Vegas!

Steve Harris, Executive Director