Weekly Top Ten November 11, 2015

Rock Steady with Mo’ Mungus Saturday Night

This weekend Rocky Mountain Highway is proud to present the 2nd Annual Dance for Peace along with three other fine local non-profits – the Pikes Peak Justice and Peace Commission, Seeds Community Cafe and our own all volunteer, community powered radio station KCMJ. The party starts at 7 pm in the gymnasium at the Ivywild School and will feature the reggae grooves of Mo’ Mungus.

There is no charge for entry but our volunteers from the four non-profits will be standing by to take tax-deductible Give! contributions – $25 recommended. We will also have MeadowGrass perks – posters, water bottles, mugs and T-shirts – to give to donors at various contribution levels. We hope you can join us for this fun event sponsored by Sacred Grounds Coffee and Manitou Chiropractic.

Don’t forget that the next Friends House Concert in Skyway is scheduled for Friday, November 20. Eilen Jewell and her band are touring in support of her fifth album Sundown Over Ghost Town, which has received rave reviews in Americana circles. Listen to Eilen interviewed by NPR’s Morning Edition earlier this summer here. Admission to this intimate concert is $25 and the show is BYOB. In addition, a mere Give! donation of $75 to Rocky Mountain Highway (not including ticket price) will entitle six lucky folks to have a gourmet dinner before the show with the band, courtesy of culinary artists Marc and Whitney Luckett.

Rocky Mountain Highway would not be able to keep you up to date on roots music happenings in the Pikes Peak Region without your generous support – so thank you very much! One of our projects is maintaining the Pikes Peak Concert Calendar – where the following upcoming shows are listed:

1.  Liz Longley & Max Gomez, Ivywild School, Wed Nov 11 (8 pm, $10 adv, $12 day of show). This Wednesday you have a chance to see two rising songwriter talents. Liz Longley has been recording and touring since 2009, but last year she broke through to sign with respected label Sugar Hill Records. Her self-titled release was recorded in Nashville and for this show she will be joined by the equally talented Max Gomez, a sometime resident of Taos, NM whose new album Rule the World is out on New West Records.

2.  Peter Mayer with Joe Uveges, High Plains Church, Fri Nov 13 (7:30 pm, $25). Peter Mayer is beloved by music fans up and down the Front Range, and it’s always a wonderful evening of music when he teams up with our own Joe Uveges. Peter’s new album Third Street includes whimsical tracks like “Dr. Seuss” and “Hot Pickles” alongside beautiful compositions such as “Hawk and Whale.”

3.  Ragtime Jack Radcliffe with Taarka, The Cloud Station (Crestone), Sat Nov 14 (7 pm, $10). If you happen to find yourself down in the Wet Mountains. you can’t go wrong stopping at Crestone’s primary music venue to see Country Hall of Famer Jack Radcliffe followed by an after-party featuring Taarka, who tore it up at MeadowGrass in 2014.

4.  Dakota Blonde, Black Forest Community Center, Fri Nov 13 (7 pm, $5 BRAS members/students, $10 everyone else). This accomplished trio has long been a favorite at the semi-monthly Open Stage gatherings hosted by the Black Rose Acoustic Society.

5.  Gina Sicilia with Mojo Trace & Xanthe Alexis, Royal Castle Lounge, Sat Nov 14 (4 pm, $15 or $25 VIP). Located at 2355 Platte Place, the Royal Castle Lounge was a new venue to us. Although their website doesn’t mention the show, Amy Whitesell of A Music Company Inc. should know – she’s brought the dynamic blues singer Gina Sicilia to town several times in the past. Gina has a new disk out now called The Alabama Sessions.

6.  Blue Frog with Wayne Hammerstadt, Front Range Barbeque, Wed Nov 11 (7:30 pm, free). Celebrate in style at the 15th anniversary party for this Old Colorado City institution. In addition to a a fusion mash-up from Blue Frog and Hammerstadt, enjoy a full-on pig roast and a Firestone Walker Brewing Co. tapping of an aged keg of 15th Anniversary Ale and the Agrestic Wild Ale.

7.  EverGreen Grass Band, Front Range Barbeque, Fri Nov 13 (7:30 pm, free). Front Range will keep the celebration going all weekend, starting with the return of this string quintet from Eau Claire, Wisconsin, which has been jammin’ the grass since 2008.

8.  The Sharrows, Front Range Barbeque, Sat Nov 14 (7:30 pm, free). The weekend officially wraps up with Farm Rock’n’Roll out of Madison, Wisconsin – the band is back with a new EP titled Days of Yore, which was recorded at the late, great Jim Dickinson‘s Zebra Ranch in Coldwater, MS.

9.  Eddie Turner & the Trouble Twins, SteamPlant Theater (Salida), Sun Nov 15 (7 pm, $18 adv, $22 day of show). Originally from Cuba, Eddie Turner has been sharing his Afro-Blues sound with audiences around the world for more than forty years now.

10.  Kantankerous with Bud Johnson & Mark Bliss, Four Mile Community Club (Canon City), Sat Nov 14 (7 pm, $7 or $5 for CRAS members; kids and students free). The Canon Rose Acoustic Society welcomes this Denver-based bluegrass quintet, who have been performing together for a decade, for its one and only concert this month.

Remember that everyone of legal drinking age who makes a tax-deductible donation of $25 or more to Rocky Mountain Highway through the Give! campaign will receive one free drink at MeadowGrass as well as one free drink at 3 Hundred Days of Shine in Monument, valid January 1 through March 31, 2016.  Muchas Gracias!

Keepin’ It Irie, Mon-

Steve Harris, Executive Director
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