Cicada Rhythm Live on the Grass Roots Revival
Before we get to this week’s Top 10 Concerts we’d like to take this opportunity to remind you that the Give! campaign is now officially accepting donations to Rocky Mountain Highway.
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Meanwhile, please tune in to the Grass Roots Revival on community powered radio station KCMJ at 2 pm on Tuesday, November 3 for a special live performance from Cicada Rhythm, who just released their debut full-length album on New West Records.
This folk duo from Athens, GA will sit in with Steve at the KCMJ studio at the Tim Gill Center for Public Media ahead of their set opening for Houndmouth at the Black Sheep. The show will replay Wednesday night at 8 pm, or you can listen on demand.
Which brings us to the much-anticipated list of this week’s Top 10 roots concerts in southern Colorado:
1. Houndmouth with Cicada Rhythm, The Black Sheep, Tues Nov 3 (8 pm, $17 adv, $20 day of show). Houndmouth is a fantastic indie-rock band from Indiana with two albums out on the legendary London-based label Rough Trade Records, which signed the band after seeing a single performance. What else are you going to do – watch the school board election returns on TV?
2. Moon Taxi with Koa, We Are Not A Glum Lot, The Black Sheep, Fri Nov 6 (8 pm, $15). The Sheep scores big again with two progressive rock bands from Nashville joined by our own Not Glum Lot. Moon Taxi is touring in support of the new album Daybreaker.
3. Sublime with Rome & The Expendables, City Auditorium, Sun Nov 8 (8 pm, $18, $20). The spirit of Bradley Nowell lives on via Sublime with Rome, who will turn it up a notch at the Auditorium Sunday night. “Take a small example, take a t-t-t-t-tip from me – Take all of your money, give it all to charity!”
4. Tyler Gregory, Front Range Barbeque, Wed Nov 4 (7:30 pm, free). Tyler brings his beard and his folk-blues sound to the west side all the way from Lawrence, Kansas. Arrive early for the New Belgium / Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Social!
5. Tommy Emmanuel with Jackie Bristow, Pikes Peak Center, Thurs Nov 5 (8 pm, $32). Australian guitarist and Chet Atkins protege Tommy Emmanuel plays fingerstyle with all ten fingers, as if he was playing the piano – and it’s earned him two Grammy nominations in a career spanning some 50 years. Opening the show is the in-demand New Zealand singer-songwriter Jackie Bristow.
6. The Struts with Andrew Watt, The Black Sheep, Wed Nov 4 (8 pm, $10.39 adv, $12 day of show). Huge in Europe – last year they opened for The Rolling Stones in Paris – this English rock band is just now breaking through in the States. They’ve invited NYC’s Andrew Watt along for their two-week tour of the West.
7. James Galloway, Kinfolks (Manitou Springs), Fri Nov 6 (6 pm, free). Having recently departed Barrel House String Band, James is forging his own path forward in music well-armed with his mandolin and guitar.
8. Hillary Hand with Tyson Motsenbocker, The Loft (Old Colorado City), Thurs Nov 5 (8 pm, $10 adv, $12 day fo show). Hillary has received well-deserved rave reviews for her second EP, In My Head, which came out earlier this year. Tyson Motsenbocker, from Solana Beach, CA, joins Hillary for this show.
9. C. Forrest, Rico’s Cafe & Wine Bar, Sat Nov 7 (7:30 pm, free). C. Forrest is the pseudonym for Cole Heathcott, an avid hiker and author. He recently moved from South Florida to Colorado Springs and has an album planned for release in early 2016.
Even more concerts are listed on the Pikes Peak Concert Calendar, which is made possible in part by your generous donation to Rocky Mountain Highway!
Party on, Garth!
Steve Harris, Executive Director
Rocky Mountain Highway