Weekly Top Ten – September 15, 2015

Concerts to Crowe About

Time is short as your humble correspondent prepares to make a pilgrimage to the Telluride Blues & Brews Festival, so let’s get right to this week’s list of the Top 10 Live Shows in southern Colorado:

1.  Rich Robinson, Ivywild School, Thurs Sept 17 (8 pm $15 adv, $18 day of show).  Fresh from the inaugural Bristol Brewing Freehweelin’ Music Fest, the Ivywild School keeps the national talent coming with founding Black Crowe Rich Robinson, who wrote the music for the band’s hit “She Talks To Angels” while merely a lad of 15.  In addition to his work with the Crowes, Rich has three solo albums to his credit, including last year’s The Ceaseless Sight.

2.  Noah Gundersen with Ivan & Alyosha, Ivywild School, Fri Sept 18 (8 pm, $15).  Seattle singer-songwriter Noah Gundersen just released a brand new album, Carry the Ghost.  However, in our opinion it’s indie rock band Ivan & Alyosha – whose name derives from diametrically opposed characters in The Brothers Karamazov – that makes this show a must see.

3.  What If? Festival of Innovation and Imagination, Downtown Colorado Springs, Sat Sept 19 (12 pm, free).  Each year Imagination Celebration challenges the Colorado Springs community to participate, experiment and experience creativity in this free, day-long festival that takes over downtown Colorado Springs. From drones to e-bikes, martial arts to 3-D printing, there will be something for everything, including five stages of entertainment.  Performers on the three music stages will include Xanthe Alexis & the Electric Universe, the Charlie Milo Trio,  Katey Sleeveless, and The Reminders.

4.  Peter Bradley Adams with Pete Henderson and Smith HouseThe Gold Room, Sat Sept 19 (9 pm, $15, $25 day of show). Peter co-founded the critically acclaimed but short-lived folk pop duo eastmountainsouth, perhaps best known for the song “You Dance,” which topped the AAA charts in 2003. Since its demise, Peter has released a half-dozen solo albums.  He will also close the KRCC Stage at the What If? Festival at 3 pm Saturday afternoon.

5.  Barrel House String Band, Front Range Barbeque, Tues Sept 15 (7:30 pm, free).   Manitou’s leading jam-grass band is recording a new album live and you can be part of the process on the patio at Front Range Barbeque.  If you sign up for the BHSB mailing list at the show, you’ll even receive a free copy of the new release!

6.  The Hard Road Trio, Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum, Fri Sept 18, 6 pm, $25 adv, $35 at the door).  Hailing from Las Cruces, New Mexico, this fine bluegrass trio anchored by Steve Smith returns to the Springs for a concert benefiting the Pioneers Museum, which is currently showing an exhibit titled The Midas Touch: The Penrose & Tutt Partnership.  This is your chance to see live music in the original El Paso County Courthouse; although the music starts at 7 pm, don’t miss the cocktail hour at 6 pm.

7.  Roy Zimmerman, All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church, Wed Sept 16 (7:30 pm, $18 or pay what you can).  Looking for political satire from a left-leaning folksinger?  Look no further than Roy Zimmerman, who has tackled inequality, religion, gun control, and other hot button issues with flair in a musical career spanning more than three decades.  His latest release is called The Faucet’s On Fire!.

8.  Hank Cramer, Black Forest Community Center, Fri Sept 18 (7 pm, $10 adults, $5 children).  This concert benefits Black Forest Together, a non-profit organization formed after the devastating wildfire that ravaged the area in 2013.  Western singer-songwriter Hank Cramer, who lives in Okanogan County in Washington, credits Black Forest Together with helping his community in Okanogan, Washingto to recover from a wildfire.

9.  Paa Kow, Gold Hill Mesa, Sat Sept 19 (4 pm, free).  It’s the penultimate Saturday afternoon concert on the lawn at Gold Hill Mesa, and it’s a doozy, featuring African pop and jazz from Ghana native Paa Kow (who now calls Denver home).  He is touring in support of his second full-length album Ask, which came out last year.  As always, donations for beer and wine support the environmental work of Catamount Institute.

10.  2-Bit Palomino, Wildwood Sounds (Del Norte), Wed Sept 16 (7 pm, $15 at the door).  Twice named “Texas Vocal Group of the Year” by the Academy of Texas Music, this Americana trio recently teamed up with southern Colorado’s own Howlin’ Dog Records to release their third full-length album, Things I Dream About.3

There are lots and lots of live concerts in our region, so I hope you’ll take the time to visit the Pikes Peak Concert Calendar for the complete list.  If you’d like to hear music from some of the artists mentioned above, please tune in to the Grass Roots Revival on KCMJ – Tuesdays from 2-4 pm, Wednesdays from 8-10 pm, and Thursdays from 1-3 pm.

The road beckons,

Steve Harris, Executive Director
Rocky Mountain Highway