Weekly Top Ten March 10, 2016

MeadowGrass Needs You!

Each year more than 100 fun-loving, responsible people help make the MeadowGrass Music Festival possible by volunteering to donate their time in exchange for free admission to the festival. You can be one of them!

Volunteers who work a four-hour shift receive a free day pass. Work two-four shifts and your reward is a free weekend pass, while three shifts will get you that plus camping. All volunteers will also receive a free MeadowGrass T-shirt.

The festival takes place Friday May 27 – Sunday May 29 over Memorial Day weekend at La Foret Conference & Retreat Center in Black Forest – look for an announcement of the second wave of performers next week. For more information and the volunteer application, please visit our website. This is going to be our biggest year yet – and we sincerely hope that you can be part of the fun!

The Barr Brothers MeadowGrass 2012 (photo Mike Seraphin)

In other news, Rocky Mountain Highway is thrilled to announce two new grants awarded to support MeadowGrass this year.  The Bee Vradenburg Foundation was instrumental in starting MeadowGrass back in 2009, and their generous support continues again this year with a $2,500 grant for the 2016 festival.  Yay!

We are also delighted to accept a $1,000 Trustee’s Award from the Joseph Henry Edmondson Foundation. We are truly honored by the support we  have received from these philanthropic organizations that do so much for our community.

And finally, if you hanker for a hunk o’ live music, here are 10 reasons to make going out a priority this week:

1. Grass It Up, Western Jubilee Warehouse, Sat March 12 (7:30 pm, $20). Southern Colorado’s finest bluegrass quintet promises two sets including new material for this intimate show at Colorado Springs’ most authentic underground music venue, which is also home to Scott O’Malley and Associates.  As an added bonus, the show will be recorded by Bill Douglass of Royal Recording for possible future release.

2. Hey Marseilles with Hibou, Ivywild School, Sat March 12 (8 pm, $12 adv, $15 day of show).  Seattle descends upon Colorado Springs in the form of indie folk collective Hey Marseilles, touring in support of their third full-length self-titled album and joined by Hibou, a pop band fronted by Peter Michel.

3. Stephanie Bettman & Luke Halpin, Black Forest Community Center, Fri March 11 (7 pm, $10 or $5 for BRAS members and students).  It was a pleasure to meet Stephanie and Luke at Folk Alliance this year – the award-winning duo relocated to Denver from Southern California a few years ago and combine exceptional playing with skillfully crafted songs.

4. Jake Shimabukuro with Trace Bundy, Stargazers Theatre, Fri March 11 (7 pm, $25 adv, $30 day of show). Ukelele master Jake Shimabukuro arrives in the Springs fresh from releasing the two-disk collection Live in Japan, which contains a 10-minute re-working of the Beatles‘ classic “While My Guitar Gently Weeps.”

5. SHEL opening for Jay Leno, Pikes Peak Center, Sun March 13 (5 pm, $62 – $117). That’s right, former Tonight Show host’s stand up routine will be preceded by a performance from SHEL – the Fort Collins-raised sisters who are putting the finishing touches on their second album, Just Crazy Enough, which is being produced by Dave Stewart of The Eurythmics.

6. Shinedown with The Virginmarys, Colorado Springs City Auditorium, Sun March 13 (8 pm, $15). With more than 6 million records sold and nearly 3 million Facebook likes, alternative metal band Shinedown should draw a crowd at the City Aud – the only Colorado date on this tour.

7. Bob Cheevers, Wildwood Sounds (Del Norte), Fri March 11 (7 pm, $20).  Texas singer-songwriter Bob Cheevers’ most recent album – On Earth As It Is In Austin – includes musical contributions from artists including Warren Hood, Dustin Welch and Walt Wilkins.

8. Greg Blake with Steve Parke and Clayton Chrysler, Four Mile Community Club (Canon City), Sat March 12 (7 pm, $7 or $5 CRAS members, kids and students free). The Canon Rose Acoustic Society welcomes award-winning vocalist and flat-picker Greg Blake to the stage for an evening of traditional bluegrass.

9. Sound of Ceres with Eros and the Eschaton, We Are Not A Glum Lot, Ivywild School, Sun March 13 (7 pm, $10). Karen and Ryan Hover, formerly of Candy Claws, are back with their latest project Sound of Ceres, just in time for the release of a new album, Nostalgia for Infinity.

10. Wilson Harwood, Kinfolks (Manitou Springs), Sat March 12 (8 pm, free). Boulder’s Wilson Harwood, a founding member of the Americana band Rocktin, is now going it alone armed with a banjo, live looper and new single, “Lines of Chances.” Note to Kinfolks – Wilson Hardwood is the name of a flooring company.

For a complete listing of area concerts please visit the Pikes Peak Concert Calendar, and tune in to the Grass Roots Revival at 93.9 FM on community-powered radio station KCMJ – Tuesdays from 2-4 pm and Saturdays from 9-11 pm.  Remember that concert details are subject to change and call the venue to confirm so that you “know before you go.”

Gettin’ jiggy with it,

Steve Harris, Executive Director
Rocky Mountain Highway