Weekly Top Ten November 18, 2015

Announcing The Snow Ball!

Rocky Mountain Highway is stoked to report that the Jam-ericana band Yarn will play a Give! benefit concert at The Gold Room on Sunday, December 13. Volunteers from four worthy local non-profits – Rocky Mountain Highway, Incline Friends, Rocky Mountain Field Institute and KCMJ – will be on hand to accept tax-deductible Give! donations, which will in turn earn the donor fun rewards and a chance to win door prizes.

Formed in Brooklyn in 2009, Yarn is coming to Colorado following a West Coast tour that featured guests including Tim Carbone of Railroad Earth, Vince Herman of Leftover Salmon, and Allie Kral of Yonder Mountain String Band. Never seen them before? Here’s a video of Yarn performing “Tennessee” at MeadowGrass 2011 during their first-ever Colorado run.

Since it’s a school night this will be an early show – the doors will open at 4 pm and our friends Woodshed Red will play a short opening set before two full sets of Yarn. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door – do not miss this show!

Of course, even if you can’t make it to any of our remaining concerts this year, we hope you will still make a contribution to our Give! fundraising campaign.  So far we’ve raised $1,370 toward our $10,000 goal, and the first $2,250 donations will be matched dollar for dollar by generous grants from The Faricy Boys, Edelweiss German Restaurant, and the Rocky Mountain Highway Board of Directors.

As our way of saying thanks, every person who contributes at least $25 to Rocky Mountain Highway during the Give! campaign will receive one free drink at MeadowGrass (ticket purchase required) and one free drink at 3 Hundred Days of Shine in Monument (valid 1/3/16 – 3/31/16).

Meanwhile, this week’s list of the top shows in the area starts with a humdinger:

1. Eilen Jewell, Friends House Concerts (Skyway), Fri Nov 20 (7:30 pm, $25 suggested artist donation).  With a sultry voice and a keen songwriting sensibility, Eilen Jewell fronts a countrified Americana band that is garnering praise from all quarters for its compeling mix “of surf-noir, early blues, rockabilly, and 1960s era rock and roll.”  Eilen is touring in support of her fifth studio album Sundown Over Ghost Town, out now on Signature Sounds Recordings, and this is an amazing chance to see her in a true listening room.

2. Jody Adams Band with Rob Tobiassen & Paul McCann, Cowboy Church of Peyton, Fri Nov 20 (7 pm, $5 or $3 BGAS members; kids and students free).  Songwriter-extraordinaire Jody Adams has had many original compositions featured in film and TV, and as a multi-instrumentalist his musical chops are second to none.  He journeys out to the eastern plains this weekend to headline this month’s Buffalo Grass Acoustic Society gathering.

3. Suzy Bogguss, Damon Runyon Repertory Theater (Pueblo), Sat Nov 21 (7:30 pm, $23). Despite selling over four million records to Country Music fans in the ’90s, Suzy Bogguss has always stayed true to tradition.  This is nowhere more apparent than on her latest release Lucky, a collection of twelve Merle Haggard songs.

4. The River Arkansas, Front Range Barbeque, Wed Nov 18 (7:30 pm, free).  He’s baaaaack! South meets North as Windchime Mike Clark gathers together musicians from along the front range for his latest gypsy folk rock project.

5. Paper Bird with Brent Cowles, Ivywild School, Fri Nov 20 (8 pm, $12 adv, $15 day of show).  This stunning indie folk six-piece from Denver returns to Ivywild where they will share the stage with Brent Cowles, formerly of You Me & Apollo and now embarking on a solo carrer.  Last year Paste Magazine named Paper Bird one of “12 Colorado Bands You Should Listen To Now.”

6.  Joe & Katie Uveges with John Fischer, The Gold Room, Sat Nov 21 (8 pm, $10 adv, $15 day of show).  Father and daughter folkies will be joined by special guest John Fischer on piano, in this their second headlining performance at The Gold Room.

7.  Say What feat. Idris Goodwin, GOCA 1420, Thurs Nov 19 (7 pm, free).  CC Professor Idris Goodwin brings the rhymes and the beats in this world premiere of his new piece titled Hope, which was inspired by the artwork in an exhibit called Senga Nengudi: Improvisational Gestures.

8.  Bruce Hayes, Front Range Barbeque, Sat Nov 21 (7:30 pm, free).  Every so often when the moon is just right, multi-instrumentalist Bruce Hayes emerges from his lair by the Arkansas River in Howard, CO to dazzle the audience at Front Range BBQ with his celt-grass prowess!

9. Collin Thomas & the Boulder Sound Lab, Pikes Peak Brewing (Monument), Sat Nov 21 (7 pm, free).  A new band from the People’s Republic, the Boulder Sound Lab promises jam fusion – or transcendental brain massage therapy, if you prefer.  Their music is said to fuse elements of jazz, funk, bossa, mambo, rock, blues, bluegrass, disco and more – now that’s a lot of territory to cover in one show!

10. Miles Wide, Kinfolks (Manitou Springs), Fri Nov 20 (8 pm, free).  Billing itself as a one-man alternative rock outfit “led” by acoustic guitarist Kevin Donovan, who hails from Rochester, NY, Miles Wide will also appear at 503W on Saturday night.

Before we go, we’d like to point out that starting Thursday, November 19, you can enjoy a  pint of Give! Black Lager, a German-style schwarzbier brewed by our friends at Bristol Brewing.  Best of all, at the Bristol Pub and participating Old Chicago’s restaurants, you can earmark $3 of the cost to your favorite non-profit (hint: Rocky Mountain Highway).

Now that’s having your beer and drinking it too!

Steve Harris, Executive Director