Weekly Top Ten January 19, 2016

Dual Headliner Night at Friends House Concerts

It’s time to vote again – this time in the Gazette’s annual Best of the Springs ballot. Even though MeadowGrass was not officially nominated for “Best Festival,” “write-in” candidates are permitted, so we hope you’ll let “the powers that be” know that MeadowGrass rocks! And come to think of it, please consider Rocky Mountain Highway in the “Best Arts Non-Profit” category.

Hungry for live music?  Feed the monkey with these great shows:

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

We are proud to present a special concert featuring not one, but two headliners – and it’s a house concert to boot. Limited seats are still available, so reserve yours today. Or if you prefer, e-mail steve@rockymountainhighway.org by 9:00 am on Wednesday January 20 to be entered to win a pair of tix.

2. Matt Flinner Trio, Black Forest Community Center, Fri Jan 22 (7 pm, $10 or $5 BRAS members, students). The Black Rose Acoustic Society welcomes mandolin wiz Matt Flinner and his virtuoso string trio as the headline act for this week’s Open Stage, part of Matt’s CD release tour for the brand new album, Traveling Roots.

3. Dana Cooper with The Mitguards, In Cahoots House Concert (Manitou Springs), Sat Jan 23 (7 pm, $20). Last year Dana Cooper released his 25th album, Building A Human Being, and was honored with the Spirit of Folk Award by Folk Alliance International. You can see him in the comfort of a spacious living room this week, if space is still available that is.

4. Small Brown Bike with In The Whale, You Never Were and StressedThe Black Sheep, Sun Jan 24 (7 pm doors, $13 adv, $15 day of show). 2016 marks the twentieth anniversary of the founding of punk band Small Brown Bike, out of Marshall, Michigan. The band last visited Colorado in 2003 and they close a three-show Colorado run at the Sheep.

5. The Applebutter Express, Front Range Barbeque, Wed Jan 20 (7:30 pm, free). A project featuring the husband-wfe duo of Shannon and Kyle Biss, The Applebutter Express has traveled cross-country from their home in Tampa, Florida to bring Uncut Ukelele Funk to the Front Range. Their song “Hey My Brotha” is featured in the 2015 Ron Howard film The Good Lie starring Reese Witherspoon.

6. Whetherman, Songbird Cellars (Pueblo), Thurs Jan 21 (7 pm, $6). Another Floridian, folk singer Nicholas Williams, aka Whetherman, has released six full-length albums since 2007, including last year’s Seeds for Harvest.

7. Atlantic Panic with Ides of Mae, Get Along and Aaron Noble Brown, The Black Sheep, Sat Jan 23 (7 pm doors, $7 adv, $10 day of show). It’s practically a local rock festival, headlined by the Springs’ own Atlantic Panic, fronted by Chadwick McIntire.

8. Fireweed with Mark Hizer & Jory Lane, Four Mile Community Club (Canon City), Sat Jan 23 (7 pm, $7 or $5 CRAS members; kids and students free). Get ready for some bluegrass with Pueblo’s Fireweed, a quintet that anchors this edition of the bi-monthly gatherings of the Canon Rose Acoustic Society.

9. A Bear’s Choice feat. Dave A’Bear, Jack Quinn’s Pub, Wed Jan 20 (7:30 pm, free). It all started here – after founding the band Brother Kind and opening for Merl Saunders & David Grisman at Red Rocks way back inthe summer of ’97, Manitou Springs native Dave Hebert went on to join Melvin Seals and the JGB following Jerry’s passing. Jack Quinn’s will never be the same.

10. Jeffrey Alan Band, Stargazers Theatre, Fri Jan 22 (8 pm, free). This local country band just posted a cover of “Tequila Sunrise” to the internet, to honor the memory of Eagles frontman Glenn Frey, who died this week.  Rest in Peace Mr. Frey.

Lighten up while you still can
Don’t even try to understand
Just find a place to make your stand, and

Take It Easy,

Steve Harris, Executive Director
Rocky Mountain Highway