Weekly Top Ten August 24, 2015

Last Chance to Vote For Us – Hooray!

Before we journey to distant mountains to commune with nature and seek spiritual guidance, we would like to make one last plea for your votes in the Indy’s Best Of AwardsMeadowGrass for Music Festival and Annual Outdoor Fest, the Grass Roots Revival for Radio Show, Rocky Mountain Highway for Non-Profit Organization, and KCMJ for Radio Station.  Voting ends August 31.

We shall return hence in one week’s time, and then make ready for the fabulous Pikes Peak Brewing Beer Garden at the Commonwheel Fine Arts & Crafts Festival at Memorial Park in Manitou Springs September 5-7 – featuring 19 performances from local artists.  Hope to see you there!

Seeking recommendations for live music?  Then ye shall find:

1.  Arthur Lee Land, Front Range Barbeque (Old Colorado City), Wed Aug 26 (8 pm, free).  Arthur is a gifted songwriter and talented musician who serves on the faculty of the The Song School at the Planet Bluegrass Ranch, and his live-looping performances are dazzling.  He calls it “Electro-Americana.”

2.  The Young Dubliners with Ryan Chrys & the Rough Cuts, Stargazers Theatre, Thurs Aug 27 (7:30 pm, $15 adv, $20 day of show).  Although perhaps not as young as they once were, the Irish-born rockers known as The Young Dubs return to Colorado Springs on the heels of their ninth studio album 9, which is also their first independent release.  It’s nice to control your own destiny.

3.  Chad Elliott, Black Forest Community Center, Fri Aug 28 (7 pm, $10 or $5 BRAS member/student).  Singer-songwriter Chad Elliott is on the verge of releasing Wreck & Ruin, an album produced by Ken Coomer of Uncle Tupelo and Wilco fame.  Friday night he headlines the the final August Black Rose Acoustic Society Open Stage.

4.  Katie Glassman & Snapshot, Casey Jones Pavilion (Elizabeth), Sat Aug 29 (7:30 pm, $10 adv, $12 day of show, $5 kids and students).  Award-winning Colorado fiddler Katie Glassman brings her string ensemble to the eastern plains for the next-to-last Coyote Creek concert.  Her music transcends Western Swing with an original sound all her own.

5.  George Whitesell & His All Stars feat. Jill Watkins, Gold Hill Mesa, Sat Aug 29 (4 pm, free).  After more than a decade the word is that George and his swingin’ octet are really and truly calling it good soon after this outdoor performance on the green.  Visit the beverage stand and support Catamount Institute.

6.  Blue Frog with The Croaking Horns, Front Range Barbeque (OCC), Sun Aug 30 (6:30 pm, free).  Blue Frog finishes out the summer front porch series at Front Range with a horn section comprised of Brad Eastin, Kenny Johnston and Dalan Axel Neuenschwander.  Expect things to get funky!

7.  Big Jim Adam with The Mitguards, In Cahoots House Concert, Sat Aug 29 (6 pm, suggested donation $20).  In Cahoots welcomes prodigal son Big Jim Adam back home for an outdoor show in Manitou preceded by a potluck at 6 pm and an opening set from The Mitguards at 7 pm.  Remember to bring your own chairs and beverages!

8.  Dawn & Hawkes and Lost Luggage, Wild Goose Meeting House, Sat Aug 29 (9 pm, free).  Miranda Dawn and Chris Hawkes hail from Austin, and Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine called their version of The Beatles classic “I’ve Just Seen a Face” his favorite performance on The Voice, ever.  Catch them in their last show before they head home to Texas.

9.  Gary Farmer & the Troublemakers with Marc Brow & the Blues Crew and Keith Secola, Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts (Palmer Lake), Sat Aug 29 (7 pm, ADV: $18 TLCA members/$22 non-members; DOS: $22/$26).  First nations member and veteran actor Gary Farmer brings his band back to the Divide for a night of blues, Native American stylee.  Marc Brown & the Blues Crew are touring with Gary all the way from Fairbanks, Alaska.

10.  Aaron Noble Brown with Nobu Lemke & C. Stewart McKee, The Black Sheep, Mon Aug 31 (7:30 pm, $5 adv, $8 day of show).  Local acoustic faith-based dream pop comes to the Sheep, with no less than an opening set from the Pastor of Vanguard Church, C. Stewart McKee. 


Steve Harris, Executive Director
Rocky Mountain Highway