Weekly Top Ten December 29, 2015

The End is Near – Will You Help Cultivate Deep Roots in the Pikes Peak Region?

Now is the time to reflect upon our many accomplishments this past year before gazing forward with anticipation to the work ahead in the next one – which yes, we realize, is 2016 – not 2015 as we mistakenly indicated in last week’s newsletter (doh!).

By the numbers, Rocky Mountain Highway has truly achieved much this year:

1,144 – In January 2015 the Grass Roots Revival radio show was “revived” at all-volunteer, community-powered radio station KCMJ. Over the course of the year we played a total of 1,144 songs from 629 different albums, only repeating one of them twice (oops!). The vast majority of the songs were brand new, most independently-released by the artists themselves. Tune in today, Tuesday, December 29 at 2pm MST to hear tracks from the Top 25 records of the year, as determined by airplay on the Grass Roots Revival. The show also airs Wednesday from 8-10pm.

501(c)(3) – In April the Internal Revenue Service formally granted our application for tax-exempt status, officially making all contributions to Rocky Mountain Highway tax-deductible!

8.13 – With the help of 100+ dedicated volunteers, we staged yet another spectacular MeadowGrass Music Festival at La Foret in Black Forest, despite record-breaking rains that made May 2015, at 8.13 inches total rainfall, the wettest month in Colorado Springs since record-keeping began in 1894.

Photo courtesy of Sir Christian Murdock, Colorado Springs Gazette
1st – The readers of the Colorado Springs Independent once again named MeadowGrass as “Best Music Festival“, while also awarding us 3rd place in the “Best Annual Outdoor Fest” category.

$6,500 – In September Colorado Creative Industries honored Rocky Mountain Highway with a prestigious Colorado Creates grant, placing us among such distinguished company as the Colorado Springs Philharmonic, the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, Theatreworks and Opera Theatre of the Rockies.

10 – Apart from MeadowGrass, we presented ten other concerts and festivals this year showcasing talented local musicians and songwriters alongside nationally touring artists such as Yarn, Willy Porter, Eilen Jewell, Peter Mulvey, Seth Glier and Erika Luckett. Make reservations now for January 21, when Friends House Concerts returns with a special show featuring Catie Curtis and Ellis Paul!

15 – We invite you to make your plans for New Year’s Eve by consulting the Pikes Peak Concert Calendar, which lists no fewer than 15 local concerts featuring many of the top performing artists in the region.

93.9 – Next month locals can catch the Grass Roots Revival at the frequency of 93.9, when KCMJ starts broadcasting over the FM airwaves on January 29.

80 – This edition of the weekly e-blast marks our 80th since we started in March 2014.

72 – Thus far seventy-two generous souls have stepped up to make a tax-deductible gift to Rocky Mountain Highway via the Give! campaign. We have raised $5,365 toward our $10,000 goal. We hope that you will consider helping us to reach our goal, and you earn fabulous rewards for doing so.  Thank you for your support, and remember that the campaign ends at midnight on December 31.

One last reminder – every person of legal drinking age who contributes at least $25 to Rocky Mountain Highway before the end of the year will be entitled to receive one free locally-produced moonshine cocktail from our friends at 3 Hundred Days of Shine in Monument (valid 1/3/16 – 3/31/16), as well as one complimentary drink at the Eighth Annual MeadowGrass Music Festival (ticket purchase required).

Here’s wishing you all health, wealth, happiness and good music in 2016!  Cheers!

Steve Harris, Executive Director
Rocky Mountain Highway