Weekly Top Ten January 27, 2016

We’re Flippin’ Out – Saturday at Stargazers

At long last, after an extended two-year hiatus, we are stoked to announce that the Grass Roots Revival radio show produced by Rocky Mountain Highway will return to the FM airwaves when KCMJ begins broadcasting at the frequency of 93.9 in Colorado Springs.

For the past year only an internet audience has been able to hear the Revival’s eclectic mix of the best new Americana music – indie folk, bluegrass, country, blues, regional roots, and rock ‘n roll – with each song personally selected by your humble curator. No song is ever played more than once – truly you won’t find more variety than that on your radio dial.  

The Grass Roots Revival will continue to air live every Tuesday from 2-4 pm Mountain time from the Tim Gill Center for Public Media in downtown Colorado Springs, but now with an encore repeat broadcast on Saturday nights from 9-11 pm. This week’s show features new songs from artists including John Mayall, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, The Wood Brothers, Seth Avett & Jessica Lea Mayfield, Josh Ritter, and Kasey Chambers.

And if you don’t happen to be within range of the low power FM signal, well you can still stream the show at KCMJ.org on any device.

One other note – voting for the Gazette‘s annual Best of the Springs competition is ongoing, and we hope you will consider writing in the MeadowGrass Music Festival in the “Best Festival” category.

Now, on to the highly-anticipated list of this week’s Top 10 concerts in the region:

1. KCMJ Flippin’ Launch Party, Stargazers Theatre, Fri Jan 29 (6 pm, free). Join us Friday as we literally and figuratively “flip the switch” to begin broadcasting on the FM airwaves.

Joe Johnson @ MeadowGrass 2011 (photo: Michael Seraphin)
Lieutenant Governor Joe Garcia will be in the house, and if you can’t join us in person tune in to 93.9 FM to hear live performances from Joe JohnsonColin Trusedell and Tony Exum, Jr.

2. Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn, Kathryn Morhman Theatre (Colorado College), Tues Feb 2 (7 pm, SOLD OUT). Bela and wife Abigail (a 1999 CC graduate) won’t find out if they won a Grammy until February 15, but the banjo-duo takes center stage at Armstrong Hall next week. On Sunday January 31 Bela will also present a talk-back at the Cornerstone Arts Center following a free showing of the documentary film Throw Down Your Heart, which chronicles his personal quest to find the African roots of the banjo.

3. Martha Scanlan and Jon Neufeld with Joe Johnson & Jason Jackson, Kinfolks, Sun Jan 31 (6 pm, $15). Martha brought down the house at the 2nd Annual MeadowGrass, and five years later she’s back with a new album, The Shape of Things Gone Missing, The Shape of Things To Come.

4. The VooDoo Hawks Album Release with Trademark InfringementStargazers Theatre, Sun Jan 31 (7 pm, $10). Rikki Dee Hall and the Voodoo Hawks have been a mainstay of the blues-rock scene in Colorado Springs for more than 15 years. Fans have waited a long time for a new album and Heartbreaks and Celebrations, which contains a cover of the David Bowie anthem “Rebel Rebel,” drops next week on Elecoustic Records.

5. John Statz, Songbird Cellars (Pueblo), Fri Jan 29 (8 pm, $10). Touring in support of last year’s critically-acclaimed album Tulsa, singer-songwriter John Statz will be joined on Friday by Melissa McGinley on fiddle and vocals.

6. Moondog Mike’s 50th Birthday Bash, Front Range Barbeque, Sat Jan 30 (7 pm, free). Help the owner of Moondog Music Shop celebrate 50 trips around the sun in style, along with all his rowdy friends – among them Joe Johnson, Iggy Igloo, Shannon and Jim from Grass It Up, Adrian Bradford Alexander from Barrel HouseBriffaut, and more.

7. Rowdy Shadehouse with Charlie Milo Trio & Friends and Mountains Rising, The Black Sheep, Fri Jan 29 (9 pm, $8 adv, $10 day of show). Are you ready to get funky? Boogie down with Denver’s Rowdy Shadehouse and two local openers.

8. Cash’d Out, Stargazers Theatre, Thurs Jan 28 (7 pm, $15 adv, $20 day of show). We rarely recommend tribute bands for the Top 10 list, but we have it on good authority that this band does a faithful re-creation of the Man in Black‘s music.

9. Sound Studies with Hydrogen Skyline, We Are Not A Glum Lot & ghostRADIO, The Black Sheep, Sat Jan 30 (8 pm, $8 adv, $10 day of show). It’s an indie rock extravaganza at this month’s edition of the Colorado Native Showcase presented by RXP 103.9 FM.

10. Epic Weatherman, Chan Luv, Rough Age and Knight in Colors, The Coffee Exchange, Fri Jan 29 (7:30 pm, free). Remember the Red Headed Zombie Show?  It’s been resurrected as The Brainless Horde, which will present an evening of local electronic music and garage rock this week, along with conversation with two local artists exhibiting their work in SoDo.

And finally, we anticipate that tickets for the Eighth Annual MeadowGrass Music Festival will go on sale on Monday, February 1, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. In an effort to lower service fees, we have switched our ticket sales to Eventbrite. Please visit meadowgrass.org to find the link for tickets.

Coming to a radio near you,

Steve Harris, Executive Director
Rocky Mountain Highway