Weekly Top Ten January 13, 2016

Rest in Peace Starman

There’s a starman waiting in the sky
He’d like to come and meet us
But he thinks he’d blow our minds

This year the music world lost a truly mind-blowing artist – David Bowie – who reportedly passed away at the age of 69 after an 18 month battle with cancer. Thank you for the tunes, Starman – and may you find eternal peace and happiness beyond this world.

In other news, our first ticket contest was a resounding success, as Kelly picked up two tickets to see the Colorado Springs Philharmonic‘s County Legends show, which featured standout performances from no fewer than three MeadowGrass alums. Lead fiddle solos from Jacob Klock drew big applause (“The Devil Went Down To Georgia“), along with key contributions from Colorado College‘s Keith Reed (banjo) and Jeremy Van Hoy (bass trombone). Yee-haw!

This week we up the ante with not one, but two prizes – a pair of passes to see Zach Heckendorf  at The Loft on Saturday, January 16 and admission for two to Catie Curtis and Ellis Paul at Friends House Concerts in Skyway on Thursday, January 21. Prizes are limited to one per household every 90 days, and winners will be notified on Friday, January 15 and Wednesday, January 20 respectively. To enter these random drawings, please send an e-mail indicating your choice of concert to steve@rockymountainhighway.org.

And now, here it is – the Top 10 Concerts of the Week in Southern Colorado:

1. Catie Curtis & Ellis Paul, Friends House Concerts (Skyway), Thurs Jan 21 (7 pm, $30).

Rocky Mountain Highway is proud to present the first Friends House Concert of 2016, at which you will be able to see two nationally touring troubadours in the comfort of a living room. Between them, Catie and Ellis have released over 25 full length studio albums of original material.

2. Zach Heckendorf TrioThe Loft Music Venue (Old Colorado City), Sat Jan 16 (8 pm, $10 adv, $15 day of show). Denver native Zach Heckendorf is about to drop a new EP titled Up – hear the new tunes first at The Loft or at Songbird Cellars in Pueblo on Friday night.

3.  Whiskey Shivers, Stargazers Theatre, Fri Jan 15 (8 pm, free). This is not your traditional bluegrass band – Austin’s Whiskey Shivers truly put the “alt” into “alt-country.” Check out this video of the Shivers performing Kiss Off by the Violent Femmes.

4. Tony Furtado, SteamPlant Theater (Salida), Fri Jan 15 (7:30 pm, $15). Multi-instrumentalist Tony Furtado leads a trio featuring Luke Price and Charlie Mertens on a 10-show tour through Colorado and New Mexico – and the word is that Jim Christie may join on drums for some of the gigs.

5. Second Best Sunset, Front Range Barbeque (Old Colorado City), Wed Jan 13 (7:30 pm, free). Before Dylan Teifer founded Blue Frog and injected new life into the B+ Reggae Band, he was making jam fusion with his band Second Best Sunset in Oswego, NY. Dylan’s eastern bandmates join him for a whirlwind tour through the Pikes Peak Region that also includes stops at Kinfolks (Thurs) and Swirl (Sat) in Manitou Springs, Rico’s Cafe & Wine Bar (Fri), and The Gold Room (Sun – following the Broncos playoff game).

6. Wayne Long & Arthetta Faye with the Old Country Church Gospel Band and The Maples Brothers, Cowboy Church of Peyton, Fri Jan 15 (7 pm, $5 or $3 for BGAS members; kids 16 and under free). The Buffalo Grass Acoustic Society kicks of the new year in fine style with folk, blues, gospel and opening set from the young local duo of Logan and Wyatt Maples.

7. Miguel Dakota & the Differents, The Gold Room, Fri Jan 15 (9 pm, $10). After reaching the finals of America’s Got Talent in 2014 and performing “American Woman” with none other than Lenny Kravitz, Miguel Dakota wasted no time forming a band and taking People’s Choice honors in last fall’s Indy Music Awards.

8. Lauren Alexander, Kinfolks (Manitou Springs), Sat Jan 16 (8 pm, free). Nashville singer-songwriter Lauren Alexander is only playing two Colorado shows on her trip out west, and one of them will be in the intimate space of Kinfolks.

9. Walker McGuire, Cowboys, Sat Jan 16 (9 pm, no cover until 9 pm). The country duo of Jordan Walker and Johnny McGuire aim to take Tejon Street by storm this week.

10. Tribe, Jack Quinn’s Pub, Wed Jan 13 (8 pm, free). Mardi Gras comes early this year – be the first to celebrate with local mainstay Tribe!

Now go see live music!

Let the Children Boogie,

Steve Harris, Executive Director
Rocky Mountain Highway