Weekly Top Ten October 21, 2015

Thanks Giving Comes Early This Year

We are pleased to announce that the MeadowGrass Music Festival has once again been voted “Best Music Festival” in the Colorado Springs Independent‘s Best Of Awards, while also earning third place in the broader “Best Annual Outdoor Fest” category.

We are proud to be recognized in the company of many of our like-minded partners who also claimed top honors in the Best Of Awards this year, including Bristol Brewing, Front Range Barbeque, Rasta Pasta, Potato Potato, Fiddles Vittles & Vino, Edelweiss German Restaurant, Pikes Peak Brewing, Mountain Chalet, the Give! Campaign, the RXP Morning Show with Chris and Nomi, and KRCC.  Your appreciation makes all the hard work that goes in to producing MeadowGrass truly worth it.

In other news, we are excited to reveal that Rocky Mountain Highway is now an independent, stand-alone non-profit organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.  We are grateful to the Pikes Peak Community Foundation for the support and assistance we have received over the past two years – we could not have made it this far without it.

And now, let’s take a look at the Top 10 concerts coming up this week:

1.  Heather Maloney, Songbird Cellars on Union Avenue (Pueblo), Sun Oct 25 (7:30 pm, $8).  Only 65 tickets are available for this critically acclaimed songwriter signed to the prestigious Signature Sounds record label.  She is touring in support of her fourth full-length release, Making Me Break.

2.  Israel Vibration with Roots Radics and Mo’ Mungus, Stargazers Theatre, Fri Oct 23 (8 pm. $20 advance, $25 day of show).  Roots reggae singers Skelly and Wiss have been harmonizing since the 1970s, after they met at a childhood polio rehabilitation center.  Throw in the rock steady, one drop backing rhythms of the Roots Radics, and this is the most authentic reggae music you will ever see.

3.  Tim May & Steve Smith, Black Forest Community Center, Fri Oct 23 (7 pm, $10 or $5 BRAS members/students).  Award-winning flatpicker Tim May teams up with mandolinist Steve Smith from The Hard Road Trio for an evening of string music presented by the Black Rose Acoustic Society.

4.  Dirty Bourbon River Show, Front Range Barbeque (Old Colorado City), Wed Oct 21 (7:30 pm, free).  Performing music dubbed “New Orleans Big Brass Circus Rock,” the four members of Dirty Bourbon River Show play a wide assortment of instruments that includes accordion, trumpet, sax, clarinet, trombone, vibraphone, and sousaphone.  Their new album is titled Important Things Humans Should Know.

5.  Kiowa Sessions XXX, The Gold Room, Sun Oct 25 (9 pm, free).  The thirtieth installment of local mash-ups organized by Ishhod Collins features Blue Frog, Monsters on Maple Street, Rev. Collin Estes, and DJ Prominent.   The show kicks off “Halloween Week,” so costumes are encouraged.

6.  Del the Funky HomosapienStay Tuned, Mad Trees with the Charlie Milo Quintet, (unit)e with Dhrow Town, Teqnik G and JDirtyThe Black Sheep, Sat Oct 24 (7 pm, $18 advance, $20 day of show).  Del and his band the Hieroglyphics have been bringing positive hip hop to the world since the early ’90s, with early encouragement from his cousin, Ice Cube.  He headlines a night of MCs at the Sheep on Saturday.

7.  Griffin House, The Gold Room, Fri Oct 23 (8 pm, $15 GA, $35 VIP).  In case you were wondering, Griffin House is the name of a guy, not the name of a band.  Originally from Springfield, Ohio but now residing in Nashville, Griffin has released nine albums since 2002, including his latest, Balls, and his music has appeared in television, movies and commercials.

8.  Wirewood Station with Rusty Ellis, Four Mile Community Club (Canon City), Sat Oct 24 (7 pm, $7 or $5 CRAS members; kids and students free).  The Canon Rose Acoustic Society welcomes Monument’s finest bluegrass ensemble, Wirewood Station, and hometown hero Rusty Ellis.

9.  Jason Daniels Band, Kinfolks (Manitou Springs), Sat Oct 24 (2 pm, free).  All the way from Jackson, Mississippi, Tammy Wynette‘s nephew arrives to perform during the Emma Crawford Coffin Races.  His music was described by Relix as “a bend of rock/sou/blues/jazz/country with a classic Muscle Shoals vibe as its backbone.”

10.  Jennifer Knapp, The Loft (Old Colorado City), Thurs Oct 22 (8 pm, $13 advance, $15 day of show).  The former contemporary Christian singer Jennifer Knapp has released a new album Set Me Free, as well as a book titled Facing The Music: My Story, which chronicles her coming out as lesbian.

Remember that October is Arts Month, and the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region is challenging you to have at least one new arts experience before it’s over.   Go seek out live performance and listen to the Grass Roots Revival on KCMJ!

Shazam!

Steve Harris, Executive Director
Rocky Mountain Highway