Weekly Top Ten July 8, 2015

Friends Don’t Let Friends Miss Friends House Concerts!

Hey peeps, the Pikes Peak Concert Calendar is up to date and my goodness!  There are more than fifty concerts listed between now and Monday, so don’t miss out on your chance to experience some live music.

Rocky Mountain Highway is proud to present Erika Luckett and Lisa Ferraro in concert on Friday July 10.  Born in Mexico but now living in the Bay area, Erika Luckett has a truly special relationship with Skyway house concert series.  It’s been three years since the singer-songwriter, guitarist and sister last graced the FHC stage with  jazz vocalist Lisa Ferraro, and they are back just in time to christen the venue’s new kitchen. So don’t miss out – time is of the essence!  And here are nine other reasons to go out this week:

Photo by J. Rickert

1.  Erika Luckett & Lisa Ferraro, Friends House Concerts, Fri July 10 (7:30 pm, $30).  There is simply no better place to see a concert in the Pikes Peak Region.  Doors open at 6:45 and reservations are required.  To whet your appetite, here’s a video of the duo performing a mashup of Michael Jackson and Margaret Mead, recorded in a spirit of healing after the recent shooting tragedy in Charleston.

2.  Darol Anger & the Furies, The Perk Downtown, Thurs July 9 (7:30 pm, $25 or $20 for Colorado Roots Music Campers).  The legendary fiddler returns to Colorado Springs with a last minute show limited to the first 60 people to buy tickets.  Darol’s talented band includes Emy Phelps, Tatiana Hargreaves, and Ethan Jodziewicz.  For more details, e-mail info@coloradorootsmusic.com.

3.  Keith Reed‘s Bluegrass All Stars, Gazebo Lake (Green Mountain Falls), Sat July 11 (7:30 pm, free).  With the generous support of Kirkpatrick Bank, the dance company Keigwin & Company has journeyed to Green Mountain Falls for a summer residency that anchors the multi-faceted Green Box Arts Festival each year since 2009.  Again this year the festival includes a set from Colorado College professor and acclaimed banjoist Keith Reed, joined by bluegrass veterans Don Rigsby (vocals), Marshall Wilborn (bass), Tim Crouch (fiddle) and David Thom (guitar and fiddle).  The band will also host a workshop on Saturday afternoon at the Church in the Wildwood.

4.  Sam Lewis with in/PLANES, Songbird Cellars (Pueblo), Fri July 10 (7:30 pm, $10). Songbird Cellars, which has presenting top notch talent in concert in Beulah for many years, has now expanded to Pueblo with a tasting room and music venue located at 220 South Union Avenue.   Nashville tunesmith Sam Lewis, whose sophomore album Waiting On You was produced by Oliver Wood of The Wood Brothers, headlines the grand opening Friday night after a set from Haunted Windchimes Inaiah & Desi.

5.  Yarn, Jack Quinn’s Pub, Fri July 10 (9 pm, free).  Yarn’s first Colorado tour in 2011 was anchored by a slot at MeadowGrass opening for John Doe, a founding member of the band X.  Ever since they’ve been building a fan base throughout the state, and this is a great opportunity to catch their high energy Americana show with no cover.

6.  Kraig Kenning, Black Forest Community Center, Fri July 10 (7 pm, $10 or $5 BRAS members & students).  Slide guitarist Kraig Kenning from Chicago has become a fixture in Colorado with a tour every summer, and this time out he headlines the Black Rose Acoustic Society Open Stage.  Kraig will be back in the area on Sunday evening at 6:30 pm for a show at Front Range Barbeque in Old Colorado City.

7.  Train 45 and the Blue Mountain Boys, Midland Pavilion at the Ute Pass Cultural Center (Woodland Park), Sat July 11 (11 am, free).  The Woodland Music Series returns for its 11th season with another free “Purely Bluegrass” festival.  It was hard to find much about the bands on-line so we guessed that the lineup includes Butch Perkins and the Train 45 Band out of Houston, although it’s possible the Blue Mountain Boys could be from Sweden or Thailand or someplace else altogether.  This year the series is dedicated to the memory of Bob Powell.

8.  Moors & McCumber, Cole Park (Alamosa), Sun July 12 (6 pm, free).  Each year the Alamosa Live Music Association produces the popular Sundays at Six concert series outdoors at Cole Park.  James and Kort played MeadowGrass back in 2012 and they are touring now in support of their fine new release Pandemonium, which was produced by Gary Louris of The Jayhawks.

9.  Mango fan Django, Starlight Cinema, Sat July 11 (8 pm, free).  The Downtown Partnership came up with the brilliant idea of using the Bijou and Cascade parking garage downtown as the site for an outdoor movie and music series this summer.  In this second installment, the gypsy jazz of Mango fan Django is juxtaposed with a showing of the movie Grease (the original version, we hope) at dusk.  Car parking inside the garage is only a buck, and yes, Virginia, there is a Beer Garden.

10.  Saint Motel, Ivywild School, Thurs July 9 (8 pm, $10 adv, $12 day of show).  The Los Angeles-based indie pop quartet Saint Motel comes to Ivywild fresh from releasing a new EP, My Type, on Elektra Records.  Check out this delightfully strange video of the hit title track, or this unofficial version, which is equally compelling.

Please remember to confirm the details provided here directly with each venue before heading out to a concert, because information may change without notice.  And even though it doesn’t entirely fit us, we’d be honored to have your vote for “Best Promoter” in the Indy Music Awards (voting ends July 12).  Please listen to the Grass Roots Revival — where you will never, ever, EVER hear the same song twice — on KCMJ, Tuesdays from 2-4 pm, Wednesdays from 8-10 pm, and Thursdays from 1-3 pm.  Or you choose when to listen, ON DEMAND.

Oh, and give us lots of money to continue working to grow the local music community.
Rocky Mountain Highway is proud to be a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, a component fund of the Pikes Peak Community Foundation and a member of the Indy Give! class of 2015.

In the immortal words of Donny and Marie Osmond, we’re “a little bit country, and a little bit rock ‘n roll!”

Steve Harris, Executive Director