Weekly Top Ten February 10, 2016

KCMJ Wants To Be Your Valentine

Sad news first – last week we lost another music legend in the person of Dan Hicks, a fixture of the San Francisco music scene since the ’60s, when among other projects he spent time as drummer for the psychedelic rock band The Charlatans.

 Dan Hicks @ MeadowGrass – photo courtesy Michael Seraphin

MeadowGrass was honored to host Dan Hicks and His Hot Licks for a performance back in 2012 – he will be missed. Rest in peace, Dan.

In other news, our new community radio station KCMJ is seeking  business sponsors willing to step up and underwrite local programming on the airwaves. Rates are sure to increase as the KCMJ audience grows, particularly now that the station can be heard at 93.9 FM here in Colorado Springs. Your business could even be the exclusive underwriter for the Grass Roots Revival! If you’d like to reach potential customers who share your commitment to arts and culture, please send an e-mail to steve@rockymountainhighway.org.

Next week you can expect the initial lineup announcement for the 8th Annual MeadowGrass Music Festival, which will take place from Friday, May 27 to Sunday, May 29 at La Foret in Black Forest. Early bird tickets are selling briskly and quantities are limited – purchase yours today before they sell out!

And now, here are 10 reasons to make live music a priority this week:

1. MarchFourth! with Diego’s Umbrella, Stargazers Theatre, Thurs Feb 11 (7 pm, $15). You’ve got to see it to believe it – a SteamFunk marching band from Portland, OR complete with acrobats and costumes, along with high-energy gypsy rock from the Bay area’s Diego’s Umbrella. Drop a line to steve@rockymountainhighway.org for your chance to win a pair of tickets to the show.

2. Mollie O’Brien & Rich Moore with Laurie Lewis & Tom Rozum, Western Jubilee Warehouse, Thurs Feb 11 (7:30 pm, $25). One of Colorado’s all-time greatest acoustic duos will be joined by bluegrass fiddler Laurie Lewis and mandolinist Tom Rozum, who have produced over 20 albums over the past three decades or so, including the brand new release The Hazel and Alice Sessions (referring to Hazel Dickens and Alice Gerrard).

3. Chauncy Crandall & Friends, Zodiac Venue/Bar, Wed Feb 10 (7 pm, $10). Back for one night only, Chauncy Crandall will be joined by friends including David Jeffrey and Shannon Carr from Grass It Up and drummer Todd Bruington.

4. Nina Storey with Katy Graves, The Loft, Sat Feb 13 (8 pm, $20 adv, $25 day of show).  Just in time for Valentine’s Day, two great things that go great together – jazz and country – from two Colorado songstresses.

5. Phil Volan & Joleen Bell, Black Forest Community Center, Fri Feb 12 (7 pm, $5 BRAS members and students; $10 general public). It’s always special when these fingerstyle guitarists grace the Black Rose Acoustic Society‘s Open Stage with their beautiful harmonies.

6. Hop Along with Stressed and The Outfit, The Black Sheep, Fri Feb 12 (8 pm, $10 adv, $12 day of show). Philly’s Frances Quinlan started performing solo in high school under the name Hop Along, Queen Ansleis; now her grunge-folk band tours simply as Hop Along. Let’s hope they cover The Grateful Dead‘s “Cassidy.”

7. Cheryl Wheeler, Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts (Palmer Lake), Fri Feb 12 (7 pm, TLCA members: $20 adv, $23 day of show; non-members: $22/$25). New England folkie Cheryl Wheeler is a regular visitor to Colorado, and her powerful voice and insightful songs always delight audiences. “Don’t Forget The Guns!

8. Clouds & Mountains with Dagmar and Taylor Ross, Songbird Cellars (Pueblo), Wed Feb 10 (8 pm, $9). Last year Clouds and Mountains played through clouds and rain at MeadowGrass; now they’ve got some new material to share with Pueblo.

9. J. Miller Band, Front Range Barbeque, Wed Feb 10 (7:30 pm, free).

Dubbed the region’s “Best Americana Artist” in the 2015 Indy Music Awards, Jason & Company are back in action with their first show following a hiatus.

10. Caleb Powell, Kinfolks (Manitou Springs), Sat Feb 12 (8 pm, free). Barrel House‘s Cal Pow takes a solo turn in front of the hippies in Manitou.

One good thing about music – c’mon, you know the rest!

Steve Harris, Executive Director
Rocky Mountain Highway

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