Weekly Top Ten December 2, 2015

Don’t Wait – Give! Today

Rocky Mountain Highway is proud to report that we are now nearly 25% of the way toward our $10,000 fundraising goal for the Give! campaign, thanks to the generosity of 42 supporters!  However, that still leaves us with just over $7,500 to go.  If you enjoy receiving this newsletter and have the ability to make a tax-deductible gift before the end of the year, your help will be greatly appreciated!

Remember that anyone who donates $25 or more will receive a free drink at 3 Hundred Days of Shine in Monument (valid 1/1/16 – 3/31/16) and a free beverage at the 8th Annual MeadowGrass Music Festival (ticket purchase required), in addition to other perks and rewards available through Give!

You can donate on-line or visit us in person at our final two concerts of the year-Willy Porter at Friends House Concerts in Skyway on Thursday, December 10, and The Snow Ball featuring Yarn and Woodshed Red at The Gold Room on Sunday, December 13.  Tickets for both shows are on sale now.

Meanwhile, here are some selections for great shows coming up this week:

1. Jimmy Ibbotson & Bryan Bowers, Western Jubilee Warehouse, Sat Dec 5 (7:30 pm, SOLD OUT).

After an extended absence from touring, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band alum Jimmy Ibbotson surfaces for a secret warehouse show joined by Bryan Bowers, master of the autoharp.  Who remembers his set from the first MeadowGrass in 2009?

2. Wendy Woo, Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts (Palmer Lake), Fri Dec 4 (7 pm, ADV: $12 TLCA members, $15 non-members; DOS: $15/$18). Colorado rock star Wendy Woo performs an intimate solo acoustic show on the Divide.

3. The Oak Ridge Boys, Pikes Peak Center, Wed Dec 2 (8 pm, $35-$45). Newly inducted into the Country  Music Hall of Fame, the Boys present a Christmas show, where they will reveal once and for all that William Lee Golden is, in fact, Santa Claus.

4. Mango fan Django, Wild Goose Meeting House, Fri Dec 4 (8 pm, free).  Archtop Eddy has led this gypsy jazz band for the past 17 years, garnering Best Jazz Band honors in every Indy Music Awards. The band recently announced a hiatus starting in January 2016 – this will be your last chance to catch them live for an extended time.

5. Colorado College Bluegrass Ensembles, Packard Performance Hall, Thurs Dec 3 (7:30 pm, free). Under the artful tutelage of banjo master Keith Reed, all three student ensembles – beginning, intermediate and the advanced Mutton Busters – will take the stage on campus as they do every December.

6. 6th Annual Joe Uveges’ 50th Birthday Bash, Stargazers Theatre, Thurs Dec 3 (8 pm, $12 adv, $15 day of show). Joe Uveges turns 50, again!  In what has become an annual tradition, the BUS band – KJ Braithwaite, Uveges, and Jim Sokol – will be joined by Eddy Lieberman on bass and Teddy Nazario on drums.

7. Jorgensen Tagg, The Ancient Mariner (Manitou Springs), Sat Dec 5 (9 pm, free). All the way from St. Paul, Minnesota, the duo of Kurt Jorgensen and Brianna Tagg have arrived for an extended Colorado tour that also includes shows at the Speed Trap in Palmer Lake (12/4), The Mezzanine (12/10), Kinfolks in Manitou Springs (12/11), and 503W (12/12).

8. Woodshed Red, Front Range Barbeque, Wed Dec 2 (7:30 pm, free).  If you just can’t wait to see Rob, Dierdre, Skye and Craig open for Yarn at The Gold Room on Sunday, December 13 or ring in the new year at Jack Quinn’s Pub, here’s your chance to get a fix.

9. The Unlikely Candidates with Sound Studies, Atlantic Panic, The Black Sheep, Sat Dec 5 (8 pm, $10.39 adv, $15 day of show).  Rock out with The Unlikely Candidates from Fort Worth, TX, who will be joined by two local bands in this concert presented by The Alternative RXP 103.9.

10. Pikes Peak Blues Community Jam, Stargazers Theatre, Wed Dec 2 (6 pm, $5 suggested donation). The Pikes Peak Blues Community hosts this quarterly fundraiser and jam session hosted by local veterans Ryan Manzi (guitar), Jesse Cotton Stone (guitar), Steve Patterson (bass), and Jack Greenwood (drums).

And, a bonus show this week:

11. The English Beat with The Interrupters and The Dendrites, Rawkus, Sat Dec 5 (8 pm, $20).  Get ready for some ska from the original rude boys from Birmingham, England, who recently announced that they will be releasing their first album in three decades next year.

Thank you so much for supporting our efforts to advance true roots music in our community, and don’t forget to tune in to the Grass Roots Revival on KCMJ.  This week’s show – which features tunes by Hard Working Americans, The Flying Burrito Brothers, Patty Griffin, Anderson East, Iron & Wine and Ben Bridwell, and Cree Rider Family Band, among others – will air at 8 pm Mtn time on Wednesday, December 2.  You can also listen to the show at your leisure, on demand at KCMJ.org.

See you at a show soon,

Steve Harris, Executive Director
Rocky Mountain Highway