Weekly Top Ten September 23, 2015

Hooray for Colorado Creative Industries!

Rocky Mountain Highway is delighted and honored to announce that we have been awarded a $6,500 Colorado Creates grant by Colorado Creative Industries, which will be a huge help as planning for the Eighth Annual MeadowGrass Music Festival begins in earnest.co-oedit-pr-cci-cmyk[1]

Of course, we have a core group of capable and dedicated volunteers who work together to organize the festival, but we can always use fresh energy, ideas and perspective. If you’d like to apply to be part of the team, please feel free to send an e-mail to steve@rockymountainhighway.org.

Looking for live music? Check this out:

1. Woody Pines, Johnny’s Navajo Hogan, Sun Sept 27 (8 pm, free). Nashville troubadour Woody Pines has released four albums since 2010, but this year’s self-titled disk may be his finest yet – well on its way to making it into the coveted Top 25 Albums of the Year as determined by airplay on the Grass Roots Revival. The Hogan doesn’t present music on Sunday nights very often, much less a national touring artist of this caliber, so plan to be there!

2. Ray Bonneville with Cary Morin, SteamPlant Theater (Salida), Fri Sept 25 (7 pm, $15). Singer-songwriter Ray Bonneville knows the blues firsthand, having battled addiction and lived in various locations throughout the United States during a storied career that started out in Boulder. Ray is currently touring in support of his fourth full-length album on Red House Records, Easy Gone.

3. Small Potatoes, Black Forest Community Center, Fri Sept 25 (7 pm, $5 BRAS members & students, $10 general public). The Chicago-based folk duo of Jacquie Manning and Rich Prezioso have a longstanding friendship with the Black Rose Acoustic Society, and bring more than two decades of performing experience to the next Open Stage in the Forest.

4. Rhett Walker Band with Stephanie Pauline, Discovery Church, Fri Sept 25 (7 pm, $10 adv, $15 day of show). True to his Christian roots, the Grammy-nominated Rhett Walker headlines a benefit for the non-profit More Than Music, which brings music to those in need at correctional and treatment facilities. Last year the band released its second album, Here’s to the Ones. The talented part-time Colorado Springs resident Stephanie Pauline opens.

5. Casey Abrams, Stargazers Theatre, Fri Sept 25 (8 pm, $15). Now only 24 years old, Casey Abrams arrived on the scene in a big way with a 6th place finish on American Idol in 2010. He subsequently signed a record deal with Concord and recorded his self-titled release in London under the tutelage of mega-producer Martin Terefe.

6. Edison, Bristol Brewing, Fri Sept 25 (6 pm, free). The alternative folk-pop band Edison from Denver is in the midst of their Open Road Fall Tour, which will take them through the midwest before winding up at the CMJ Music Marathon next month. Weather permitting the band will perform on the patio.

7. Kiowa Sessions XXIX, The Gold Room, Sun Sept 27 (9 pm, free). The 29th installment of Ishhod Collins’ Kiowa Sessions continues the tradition of showcasing very different original local artists together. This time around the Session features We Are Not A Glum Lot, Smith House, Andy Tanner, and Swelter and Burn.

8. Sam Riggs and the Night People with Charles Briseno and the Jacob Christopher Band, The Black Sheep, Wed Sept 23 (8 pm, $12 adv, $14 day of show). Mentored by none other than Texas country legend Ray Wylie Hubbard, Sam Riggs has produced a country rock sound. Opening the show is local Army veteran Chuck Briseno and a band led by Jacob Christopher, a resident of Hoehne, Colorado.

9. Tomas Pagan Motta with Briffaut, Ivywild School, Wed Sept 23 (7:30 pm, $10 adv, $12 day of show). Neo-folk singer-songwriter Tomas Pagan Motta, who formerly recorded under the intriguing name The Petticoat Tearoom, closes out his national tour in Colorado Springs before heading out to Rock Island, Illinois for a Daytrotter session.

10. Joshua Breakstone, The Mezzanine, Wed Sept 23 (7 pm, $10). With a music career spanning more than 35 years, jazz guitarist Joshua Breakstone visits the Springs fresh from releasing a cello quartet album, 2nd Avenue.

For a listing of other fine concerts in southern Colorado, please check out the Pikes Peak Concert Calendar.

Gratefully,

Steve Harris, Executive Director
Rocky Mountain Highway