Weekly Top Ten February 3, 2016

Mardi Gras, Football & Bob, Oh My!

Rocky Mountain Highway is delighted to announce that early bird tickets for the 8th Annual MeadowGrass Music Festival are now on sale. As always, the festival takes place over Memorial Day weekend (May 27-29) at beautiful La Foret Conference & Retreat Center in Black Forest.

Front County @ MeadowGrass 2015 – photo by Larry Hulst
Quantities of early bird tickets are limited and prices will increase beginning March 1 or when they sell out, whichever comes first. Even though we are supremely confident that Colorado will not experience record-breaking rain two years in a row, rest assured that we are making adjustments to the site layout to move the stage and tent out of the low point of the meadow, just in case. In an effort to reduce service fees (including credit card fees), we have also entered into a partnership with Eventbrite, the world’s second-largest on-line ticketing platform.

We plan to reveal the first wave of performers for the festival by mid-month, and we can assure you that this year is going to be a real corker! For now, the one headliner we are at liberty to divulge is the Jeff Austin Band, performing Friday night at 5:00 pm.

A founding member of Yonder Mountain String Band, Jeff’s new band features a trio of uber-talented string musicians – Ross Martin (guitar), Eric Thorin (bass), and Ryan Cavanaugh (banjo).

Stay tuned for updates and be forewarned – we do expect camping to sell out in advance this year. Get your tickets now!

In lieu of the usual “Top 10” list this week, we’d like to draw your attention to the fact that there is an abundance of reasons to get down with live music this week.

First, following their standout performance at MeadowGrass last year, HONEYHONEY has made the Springs a regular stop when they come to Colorado.

On Wednesday, February 3 they will return to the Ivywild School, with local Americana favorites Woodshed Red opening.  Tickets are $12 advance, $15 day of show and the concert is scheduled to start at 8 p.m.

Other notable concerts this weekend include Nederland’s premier Space Funk / Groove Grass / Ameritronica quartet, The Magic Beans, appearing for the very first time live in Colorado Springs at The Gold Room on Saturday, February 6 (9 pm, $10 adv, $15 day of show), and hard-core blues rockers Mike Zito & the Wheel at Stargazers Theatre on Friday, February 5 (8 pm, $15 adv, $30 day of show). You may remember Mike as one of the founders of the supergroup Royal Southern Brotherhood.

Of course, Fat Tuesday is right around the corner due to this year’s lunar cycles, and area residents can get the party started early with Tribe at Front Range Barbeque in Old Colorado City on Wednesday, February 4 (7:30 pm, free). Mardi Gras also means that it’s time for Manitou Springs’ annual Carnivale on February 6. Following the parade on Saturday afternoon you can catch Joe Johnson & His Band at Kinfolks, Barrel House at the Ancient Mariner, and/or Tribe at the Townhouse Lounge.

In the mood for roots reggae? Saturday, February 6 happens to be the birthday of the legendary Robert Nesta Marley, who will be honored by the area’s longest-jammin’ reggae band, B+, at Jose Muldoons (downtown) on Friday, February 5 and Rasta Pasta on Saturday, February 6 (both 9 pm, free). You can also pay homage to Bob at The Gold Room on Friday night, with the Wake Up and Live tribute band from Denver (8 pm, $5 adv, $10 day of show).

And then there’s that Super Bowl thing you might have heard about. Hanover’s Chauncy Crandall returns from Florida for one-night only and graciously agreed to move his show so that Denver Broncos fans can cheer on Peyton Manning & Company and still catch Chauncy and an all-star cast of players at the Zodiac Venue/Bar on Wednesday, February 10.

There you have it – a perfect blueprint for making your week phun-omenal!  Check out the Pikes Peak Concert Calendar for other great shows, and remember that details are always subject to change at the last minute – it’s all on you to verify before you travel.

Go Broncos!

Steve Harris, Executive Director
Rocky Mountain Highway