Weekly Top Ten January 6, 2016

You Gave, We Give Thanks!

Happy New Year!

The start of a year is a time to make resolutions, and we sincerely hope that each and everyone of you will resolve to go see more live music in 2015! Rocky Mountain Highway is here to make it easy for you by identifying the Top 10 Concerts of the Week – see below for the complete list and your chance to win tickets.

First, though, we are once again humbled by the generosity of our supporters, eighty-six of whom contributed over $6,500 in our first year in the Give! campaign to help us continue to spread the gospel of roots music in Southern Colorado. We’d also like to give one more round of applause to our matching grant donors – Faricy Boys Jeep/Chrysler, Edelweiss German Restaurant and the Rocky Mountain Highway Board of Directors – as well as to 3 Hundred Days of Shine in Monument for offering one free cocktail for each person who gave $25 or more. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts – later this month we hope to begin announcing the lineup for the Eighth Annual MeadowGrass Music Festival.

TSR @ MeadowGrass 5-24-15 (photo courtsey Larry Hulst)

And now, here are some date night ideas for the coming week:

1.  Colorado Springs Philharmonic Presents Country Legends, Pikes Peak Center, Fri-Sat, Jan 8-9, (7:30 pm, $13-$63). This year we will be adding classical concerts to the Pikes Peak Concert Calendar. The Phil is truly a treasure – it is amazing that a city the size of the Springs can field its own professional symphony. This weekend’s performances will feature symphonic renditions of country classics by legends including Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton and Patsy Cline. We have a voucher for two tickets to Friday’s performance to give away – please e-mail steve@rockymountainhighway.org if you’d like to be entered into the random drawing.

2.  The Haunted WindchimesColorado Springs Fine Arts Center, Fri Jan 8 (7:30 pm, SOLD OUT).  In what is fast becoming an annual tradition, our favorite Pueblo band returns to the FAC Theatre for yet another sold out show. After seeing them live you can take home a copy of their 2015 release, Live Chimes Vol. 1, a collection of 14 new songs recorded at the original Songbird Cellars in Beulah.

3. The Rifters, Black Forest Community Center, Fri Jan 8 (7 pm, $5 BRAS members & students, $10 general public). The first Black Rose Acoustic Society Open Stage of 2016 features the return of The Rifters from the San Luis Valley and northern New Mexico, who are touring in support of the brand new album Architecture of a Fire.

4. Trout Steak Revival, SteamPlant Theater (Salida), Sat Jan 9 (8 pm, $15 adv, $20 day of show).
After capturing top honors in the Telluride Bluegrass Festival Band Competition in 2014, Trout Steak continued to ride the wave in 2015 with two performances at MeadowGrass and a new album, Brighter Every Day, that placed #2 on the list of the Top 30 Albums played on the Grass Roots Revival. You can catch them in Chaffee County this weekend, and maybe add on a powder day at Monarch Ski Area.

5. The Sister Brothers with Jimmy Lee Robbins, Four Mile Community Club (Canon City), Sat Jan 9 (7 pm, $5 CRAS members, $7 general public, kids and students free). Our own Charlie Hall and cohorts Marianne Denehy and Dick Carlson headline the year’s first gathering of the Canon Rose Acoustic Society.

6. Jeremy Facknitz, Kinfolks (Manitou Springs), Fri Jan 8 (8 pm, free). Jeremy plans to release a new album in April, and you can hear the new material first, in Manitou Friday night or on Sunday afternoon starting at 5 pm at Pikes Peak Brewing in Monument.

7. Robert Cline Jr. with Melissa Joiner, Front Range Barbeque, Wed Jan 6 (7:30 pm, free). With deep roots in Texas, Robert Cline Jr. calls Colorado home and he returns this week for a mountain tour that kicks off at “the little patio that could” on the west side.

8. Jesse Cotton Stone & Grant Sabin, Stargazers Theatre, Fri Jan 8 (8 pm, free). Two of the area’s leading musicians join forces for a rockin’ blues showcase under the big dome.

9. The Broadmoor All-Stars, Olympian Plaza Reception & Events Center, Sun Jan 10 (1 pm, $5 PPJASS members, $10 non-members). The first Second Sunday Jazz Affair of 2016 celebrates the 31st birthday of the Pikes Peak Jazz & Swing Society with a powerhouse band featuring acclaimed diva Lila Mori, guitarist Lewis Mock, and pianist Bruce Pennington, with the rhythm section of John Flores (bass) and Scott Barbier (drums). Word to the wise – opt for the lavish buffet for a reasonable extra cost!

10. Bobby Meader Music with Tigerwine, Leftmore, One Day Layaway & Dream RitualFlux Capacitor, Sat Jan 9 (8 pm, $5 – $7 suggested donation). All the way from Las Vegas, Bobby and his band of road warriors stop by the Springs on the Explore/Enjoy Tour, which will see them play 30 straight dates in the midwest and Rocky Mountains, with no days off!

And just because it’s the new year, it bears repeating – please check with the venues before you head to show to make sure the details have not changed. Rocky Mountain Highway is not responsible for last minute developments.

Nothin’ left to do but smile, smile, smile!

Steve Harris, Executive Director
Rocky Mountain Highway