Weekly Top Ten December 22, 2015

Wishing You A Peaceful & Joyous Holiday

No matter how or what you may choose to celebrate, the end of the year is a special time when we look forward to the coming of the light and reflect upon what is truly important in our lives. In the spirit of the season, we are proud to present to you the official graphic design for the Eighth Annual MeadowGrass Music Festival.

This stunning design was created by Tanya Shaw Jeffrey of 
Ginseng Creative, who has been helping us to brand MeadowGrass and our other events for the past three years. We are surely blessed to have her on the team.

In other news, we are beyond elated to report that Rocky Mountain Highway has raised almost $5,000 in charitable donations via the Give! Campaign. If you haven’t yet contributed, we hope you will consider making a gift before the end of the year to help us keep the newsletter going.  A huge thank you to all the generous souls who have already contributed!

We’d also like to invite you to tune in to KCMJ on Tuesday, December 29 for a special year-end edition of the Grass Roots Revival featuring a countdown of songs from the Top 25 albums of the year, as scientifically determined based on airplay over the past year. The Grass Roots Revival will air again on December 30 at 8 pm and will be available on demand at KCMJ.org around that time.

Although local concerts are rather sparse over the holidays, we still managed to come up with eight super shows for the coming week:

1. Smith House with Nina De Freitas, Ivywild School, Tues Dec 22 (8 pm, $5). Smith House has evolved from a folk duo into a full on quartet, and Tuesday night they drop a brand new album, Far-Traveler.

2. The Electric Cotton Barrel Medicine Show, Front Range Barbeque, Wed Dec 23 (5:30 pm, free). Joining forces for this show are local musical powerhouses Adrian Bradford Alexander from Barrel House, Jesse Cotton Stone and Eric Earley (not to be confused with the frontman for Blitzen Trapper).

3. Ryan Flores & Friends, Rico’s Cafe & Wine Bar, Sat Dec 26 (7:30 pm, free).

Ryan Flores performs at MeadowGrass, 2013
No word yet on who the friends may be, but any performance featuring the charismatic Spanish guitarist Ryan Flores is sure to be a crowd-pleaser.

4. Charlie Milo Trio, Mother Muff’s Kitchen and Spirits, Sat Dec 26 (9 pm, free). While bassist Charlie Milo leads his trio through the funk at the former Meadow Muffins, you can buy the new Charlie Milo Quintet album, Jive Gorilla Day Off Yo, for just five bucks on-line.

5. Annette & Doug Conlon with Rev. Collin EstesChuck Snow & Chris Schutz, 503W, Sat Dec 26 (7:30 pm, free).  All the way from the City of Angels, the Conlons come to The Springs to share true American songs from Annette’s 2015 release Life, Death, and the Spaces Between, which garnered a four star review in Country Music People. Rumor has it that Joe Johnson may also make an appearance.

6. Grant Sabin, Speedtrap Bistro (Palmer Lake), Sat Dec 26 (8 pm, free). Palmer Lake will be hoppin’ the day after Christmas, and if you go remember that at The Speedtrap artists are compensated by gratuities only.

7. Wrestle with Jimmy, Johnny’s Navajo Hogan, Sat Dec 26 (9 pm, free). With more then ten years of shows under their belt, Wrestle with Jimmy promises to rock your world!

8. Enchantment Under the Scene feat. Why They Fight, heartsoul, Redisyn, Sleep Academy & The Youthful Nothings, The Black Sheep, Sun Dec 27 (7:30 pm, $6 adv, $8 day of show). Not one, not two, not three, not even four, but five – yes, five young local bands will perform at this local “prom” of progressive pop punk.

May you and yours find music around the tree this year,

Steve Harris, Executive Director
Rocky Mountain Highway