Free Summer Concerts Are Just the Ticket
Not to alarm you, but we think you should be aware that the summer is nearly half over. Well, maybe not as measured by solstice to equinox, but surely with respect to most school calendars. Still, if you’ve not seen your fair share of live music this summer, please make a plan to remedy the situation by visiting the Pikes Peak Concert Calendar.
In addition to information about ticketed events, you can learn about all the great free summer concerts in our area at beautiful venues such as Gateway Park, Monument Valley Park, Limbach Park, First & Main Town Center, and the lawn at the Manitou Springs Public Library. And if you appreciate this weekly newsletter, we hope you’ll take the time to share it with a friend and encourage them to sign up by e-mailing a request to email@example.com.
Now on to this week’s Top 10 Concert Countup:
1. Kim Richey, The Grand Ballroom at The Mining Exchange, Sat July 18 (8 pm, $20 or $40 VIP). Colorado Springs is an unintended beneficiary of the Telluride Americana Music Festival, as two-time Grammy nominee Kim Richey stops by to conclude a short Colorado run that also includes a date in Denver. The Ohio native’s most recent release was her 2013 debut on Yep Roc Records, Thorn In My Heart, which features a guest appearance by Jason Isbell.
2. Jim Adkins with Sound Studies, The Black Sheep, Fri July 17 (8 pm, $15 adv, $17 day of show). Primarily known as the front man for indie rock band Jimmy Eat World, Jim is bringing just a guitar to the Sheep for this solo concert. Local rock band Sound Studies, which claims influences as diverse as Randy Newman and Rage Against the Machine, opens the show.
3. Eric Taylor, Wildwood Sounds (Del Norte), Fri July 17 (7:30 pm, $15 at the door). Texas singer-songwriter Eric Taylor is another featured performer in Telluride this week. His songs have been recorded by artists like Nanci Griffith and Lyle Lovett. In addition to the show in Del Norte, Eric will be playing a Hardscrabble House Concert in Westcliffe on Wednesday – call 719-783-4200 for details.
4. Trout Fishing in America, Thunderbird Inn (Florissant), Fri July 17 (8 pm, ??). Trout Fishing in America bills their work as “Music for People That Take Their Fun Seriously.” With four Grammy nominations to their credit, TFA is known for their ability to entertain kids of all ages.
5. John McEuen, Western Jubilee Warehouse, Tues July 14 (7:30 pm, $25). A founding member of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, banjo wizard John McEuen returns for yet another special, secret, solo Western Jubilee Warehouse concert. Last week there were a few tickets available, but the show may now be sold out. John will be performing with a large flat-screen on stage for a new visual multi-media experience called “An Evening with John McEuen: A Career Retrospective.” Call 635-7776 to see if tix are still available.
6. The Delta Saints with Here’s To Fightin’ and The B Life, The Black Sheep, Tues, July 14 (7:30 pm doors, $10 adv, $12 day of show). Hailing from Nashville, this blues rock band is anticipating the release of a new album titled Bones, their first on Loud & Proud Records. Local indie folk favorites Here’s to Fightin’ and pyschedelic jam rock band The B Life open.
7. Tallgrass, Front Range Barbeque (Old Colorado City), Wed July 15 (7:30 pm, free). Playing dirt stomping soul out of Fort Collins, Tallgrass was honored recently to perform at the Snowmass Mammoth Fest in a lineup anchored by the Tedeschi-Trucks family. The trio, which includes the Brothers Morford and Matt Skinner, will be kickin’ it old school on the patio at Front Range.
8. WhiteWater Ramble, First & Main Town Center, Fri July 17 (5 pm, free). WhiteWater ramble tore it up on Saturday at MeadowGrass this year, so if you missed the show make sure to catch them out on Powers at a free happy hour concert presented by Penrose-St. Francis Health Services. High octane dancegrass is what they call it.
9. Braithwaite, Uveges & Sokol, Maguireville (Monument), Sat July 18 (5:30 pm, $35/person or $60/couple includes food). Catch the BUS band at the Annual Round Up Fundraiser for Pikes Peak Area Crime Stoppers, which also promises country-western food, fun and dancing and a silent auction. Daniel Braithwaite will join the band on drums, according to the latest e-newsletter from Joe Uveges.
10. John Stone & Vuelo Libre (Flyin’ Free), Hillside Gardens, Sat July 18 (6:30 pm, $5). The master of Nuevo Flamenco makes his annual appearance at Hillside Gardens, this time we presume as a duo with accompaniment from his Spanish better half. The admission price includes a beverage at one of the venue’s three unique bars.
Tune in to the Grass Roots Revival Tuesday from 2-4 pm on KCMJ for the best new roots music. This edition features a special set commemorating the New Horizons fly-by of our solar system’s dwarf planet Pluto. You can also hear the Revival from 8-10 pm on Wednesday and 1-3 pm on Thursday or on demand for two weeks following the live broadcast.
Steve Harris, Executive Director
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