Weekly Top Ten – August 5, 2015

We Give You Fair Warning

At the HONEYHONEY concert this past Sunday (which was awesome, by the way), MeadowGrass Stage Manager Michael Seraphin chided us for not letting everyone know about events until the last minute. Therefore, in the interest of helping you plan your concert-going schedule further in advance, the shows listed at the bottom of the e-blast will henceforth list five significant performances in the near future.  However, you will have to read to the end of the e-blast or visit the Pikes Peak Concert Calendar  to learn about them – the Top 10 list itself will continue to focus on immediate offerings.

Speaking of the Top 10 list, here it is:

1.  Leon Russell with The Voodoo Hawks, Stargazers Theatre, Sat Aug 8 (8 pm, $25 adv, $30 day of show).  Here at Rocky Mountain Highway we just finished reading Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs by Derek & the Dominoes, a book about the classic album authored by Jan Reid, which reminded us of the expansive influence that Oklahoma-born Leon Russell had on the evolution of classic rock.  From J.J. Cale to Joe Cocker, Eric Clapton to the Rolling Stones, Leon has always been a force to be reckoned with.  Now 73 years young, the legendary rocker returns for yet another high energy show at Stargazers.

2.  Vince Gill, Pikes Peak Center, Wed Aug 5 (7 pm, SOLD OUT).  Fun fact we didn’t know until today – country music superstar Vince Gill (who was also born in Oklahoma) joined  Pure Prairie League in 1979.  He’s won just about every music award out there, and obviously Colorado Springs knows it judging by the ticket sales.  If you want to hear a Little Feat song featuring guest vocals from Vince and his PPL colleague Craig Fuller, listen to the Grass Roots Revival on KCMJ from 8-10 pm Wednesday night (8/5) or Thursday (8/6) from 1-3 pm.

3.  The Appleseed Collective, Front Range Barbeque, Wed Aug 5 (7:30 pm, free).  Deeply rooted in the American music tradition, this folk-jazz string quartet from Ann Arbor has released two albums since their formation five years ago.  Last month the band reported on its website that they’ve “pretty much just been hanging out on [their] yacht listening to Steely Dan and high-fiving a lot” since becoming rich and famous.

4.  Cody Johnson Band, Cowboys, Thurs Aug 6 (9 pm, $5 after 9 pm).  “Kick ass red dirt [country] rock,” declares the website of the World Famous Cowboys night club on Tejon Street.  Before embarking on a music career, Cody worked for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice in Huntsville.

5. Chela Lujan & Katey Sleeveless, The Principal’s Office, Thurs Aug 6 (7:30 pm, free).  Two lovely and talented award-winning local songwriters join forces for a Blank Tape Records showcase inside the Ivywild School – banjoist Chela from The Haunted Windchimes (who will no doubt play guitar for her solo set) and Katey from Eros & The Eschaton.

6.  Civil Twilight with Trapdoor Social and Modern Suspects, The Black Sheep, Thurs Aug 6 (8 pm, $10.39 adv, $12 day of show).  RXP 103.9 FM presents the South African rock band Civil Twilight, whose third studio album Story of an Immigrant just dropped last month.   The opening acts include Trapdoor Social, who recently recorded the video for “Fine on My Own” with local students from The Pride of Mesa Ridge, aka the Mesa Ridge High School Marching Band.

Shannon T. Carr Photo courtesy of Christian Murdock
7.  Blue Frog with special guest Shannon T. Carr, Front Range Barbeque, Sun Aug 9 (6:30 pm, free).  As the summer draws closer to a close, so to does the weekly Blue Frog “Blues on the Porch” series.  Each week Blue Frog has been welcoming special guest artists to the stage – this edition features the guitar wizardry of Shannon from Grass It Up.

8.  The E.T.s, The MuleTrain Express, The KnightBeats and Amy & The Peace Pipes, Sunshine Studios, Sat Aug 8 (7 pm, $5 adv, $8 day of show).  Four Colorado rock bands converge on the region’s leading “pay to play” venue – let the jams begin.

9.   Robby Wicks Band, Grant Sabin & the Quartet of Jazz Death, The Gold Room, Sat Aug 8 (8 pm $10).  Enjoy happy hour from 5-7 pm before this eclectic lineup of blues, rock, soul and jazz headlined by Denver’s Robby Wicks Band.  In the meantime, Grant Sabin offers a video trumpet tutorial here.

10.  Phat Daddy & the Phat Horn Doctors, the U.S. Air Force Academy Falconaires and A Pick, A Stick and a Chick +1, Midland Pavilion at the Ute Pass Cultural Center (Woodland Park), Sat Aug 8 (11 am, free).  The Woodland Music Series presents the annual “Jazz and Big Band” festival in the City Above the Clouds.

We frequently remind you that concert details are apt to change without notice, and this week proved the point – the Freddy Jones Band show scheduled for Wednesday August 5 at the Black Sheep was cancelled at the last minute.  Please take a minute to jump on-line and confirm what we tell you before you leave the house.

Keep on keepin’ on,

Steve Harris, Executive Director
Rocky Mountain Highway

Rocky Mountain Highway is a proud member of the Give! Campaign Class of 2015!  We are currently seeking donors willing to put up matching grants to help us make our fundraising goals.  If you can help, please e-mail Steve@RockyMountainHighway.org.

Thursday, Aug 13 Band of Heathens SteamPlant Theater (Salida)
Saturday, Aug 15 Chimney Choir Starlight Cinema
Friday, Aug 21 The Crane Wives Wild Goose Meeting House
Saturday, Aug 22 Steve Earle & the Dukes Chico Basin Ranch
Wednesday, Aug 26 Arthur Lee Land Front Range Barbeque