Top Ten August 12, 2015

Break Out the Lederhosen!

Oh, the times they are a changin’ – Gibson has added a standard self-tuning feature to most of its guitar line, and the Columbia House Record Club is no more.  These are dark times indeed, friends.  On the bright side, the Indy has resurrected the “Best Music Festival” award as a category in this year’s Best Of Ballot.  Of course, we hope you will vote for MeadowGrass!  

In other news, Rocky Mountain Highway is proud to be part of the Give! Class of 2015, and we are currently seeking generous patrons willing to offer matching grants to help us raise the money we need to continue building on our success.  Donations of $500 or more that are committed by September 5 can be matched during this year’s Give! Campaign.

Matching grant donors will be recognized in the Give! Guide, and we will gratefully acknowledge your support for MeadowGrass via our website, newsletter, events, radio program, and social media outlets.  Your gift will make a huge difference by helping us to present high quality, affordable concerts and music festivals for the families of the Pikes Peak region.  Please e-mail steve@rockymountainhighway.org to learn more.

Meanwhile, the kids are back in school and summer is slowly fading, but the Pikes Peak area live music scene is still heating up.   Checked the Pikes Peak Concert Calendar lately?  If not, here’s a taste of what you are missing:

1.  Edelweiss German Restaurant Sommer Fest, East Ramona Avenue, Fri-Sun Aug 14-16 (free).  The Sommer Fest, which takes place across the street from Edelweiss, will feature authentic German food and Paulaner beer, kids activities, games, and live music and dancers on Saturday night.  The hours are 4-9 pm on Friday, Saturday noon to 10 pm and Sunday noon to 8 pm and bike racks will be provided.  Best of all, proceeds from this second annual Biergarten benefit Rocky Mountain Highway!

2.  The Band of Heathens, SteamPlant Theater (Salida), Thurs Aug 13 (8 pm, $15 advance).  Fresh from last month’s set at The Ride festival in Telluride,which had to be moved inside due to noise issues, the acclaimed country-rock quartet Band of Heathens rolls through Rifle, Salida and Keystone before heading home to Texas.  The band recently donated five live show recordings to anyone who makes a contribution to help pay for a bone marrow transplant for 22-year-old BOH fan Logan Moules.

3.  The Crane Wives, Wild Goose Meeting House, Sun Aug 16 (7 pm, free).  This rising indie-folk group out of Grand Rapids, Michigan are soon to release a third full-length album.  The Goose mostly focuses on local talent so it will be fun to see a national touring band up close and personal.

4.  Susan Gibson, Wildwood Sounds (Del Norte), Thurs Aug 13 (7 pm, $15 at the door).  Texas singer-songwriter Susan Gibson makes her regular house concert stop in the San Luis Valley on her tour north to Montana, which also features a house concert in Englewood and afternoon sets at the Tap and Handle during New West Fest in Fort Collins.

5.  Aaron Watson with Sandy Wells, Stargazers Theatre, Fri Aug 14 (8 pm, $15 adv, $20 day of show).  Aaron’s 12th album, The Underdog, debuted in the top spot on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart chart earlier this year.  Giddy up!

6.  Facing West, Cherokee Ranch and Castle (Sedalia), Fri Aug 14 (7 pm, $20).  Teen sisters Caitlin and Sidney Powell, once known as Two Girls With Guitars, are now fronting a full band and are about to release a debut album, Long Way Home.  Here’s your chance to see them “back when” in a castle overlooking the Continental Divide, no less.

7.  Chimney Choir, Bijou Cascade Parking Garage, Sat Aug 15 (5 pm, free).

Another sign of impending doom – the last installment of the summer Starlight Cinema series presented by the Downtown Partnership.  Enjoy the indie-folk explorations of this Denver-based collective, who played MeadowGrass in 2014 and are about to release the CD Boomtown, before catching the classic sci-fi flick E.T. at dusk on the big screen up on top of the parking garage.  Bike valets are provided and please remember to “phone home,” if you’re going to be late!

8.  Peter Yarrow, Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts (Palmer Lake), Sat Aug 15 (7 pm, adv: $30 TLCA members, $35 non-members; day of show: $35/$40). Folk yeah!  The outspoken anti-bullying activist and founding member of the classic trio Peter, Paul and Mary will delight the audience with an evening of conversation and song.

9.  Jeffrey Martin & Anna Tivel, Kinfolks (Manitou Springs). Sat Aug 15 (8 pm, free).  Two talented Portland, OR singer-songwriters make Manitou the second-to-last Colorado show of the Damn Hot Tour 2015.

10.  D.on Darox & the Melody Joy Bakers, Johnny’s Navajo Hogan, Fri Aug 14 (9 pm, free).  “Whaaa?” we asked ourselves.  This Ventura, CA band’s name makes no sense, but the Facebook page promises “dirty, gypsy blues with a slice of cabaret.”  Sounds like a fun way to spend Saturday night.

Loads of other great shows are listed at the Pikes Peak Concert Calendar, and you can hear songs by Susan Gibson, Facing West, The Band of Heathens and Chimney Choir on this week’s edition of the Grass Roots Revival, which will stream at KCMJ on Wednesday August 12 from 8-10 pm Mtn time and Thursday from 1-3 pm.  This week’s show also pays tribute to the talented Aussie Audrey Auld, who made great Americana music but succumbed to cancer at the age of 51 last weekend.

Thanks for your attention to these important safety instructions.  Prost!

Steve Harris, Executive Director
Rocky Mountain Highway