April 18, 2016

Two Great Bands for the Price of One – This Saturday at Ivywild School

Rocky Mountain Highway, the Black Rose Acoustic Society and Bristol Brewing are thrilled to welcome two nationally touring bluegrass bands to the Ivywild School gym on Saturday, April 23.

Fans of the MeadowGrass Music Festival will remember last year’s standout performance by The Stray Birds, and the trio recently added a fourth member – percussionist / instrumentalist / singer Shane Leonard. The Birds will release a new album later this year but you can be the first to see the new lineup this weekend!

Sharing the spotlight with The Stray Birds will be Michigan’s Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys who have won a loyal following at Front Range Barbeque in Old Colorado City. Check out the official video for their song “Everything Changed.”

The doors open at 7 pm and music starts at 8 pm. Tickets are $12 in advance and can be purchased at the Bristol Brewing Dry Goods Store or at our on-line Eventbrite page. A limited number of $10 discount tickets will also be available via our friends at the Black Rose Acoustic Society, who present the annual Kids Open Stage  featuring The Maples Brothers on Friday April 22 at the Black Forest Community Center.

Our volunteers will also be on hand at the Stray Birds / Flatbellys concert selling MeadowGrass tickets – if you purchase yours at the show by cash or check you will avoid the service fees and become eligible to pick up a complimentary CD or MeadowGrass t-shirt from last year.

In other news, we are proud to report that we have partnered with Yep Roc Records and No Depression to offer a pair of MeadowGrass VIP tickets to one lucky music fan. In addition, the winner will receive a cool Yep Roc Records prize pack that includes vinyl releases from Jeff Austin, Jackie Greene and Mandolin Orange. No Depression kindly curated an eclectic Spotify playlist featuring songs from the artists in this year’s lineup.

VIP tickets include premium camping, preferred parking, four drink tokens, three meal coupons, and daily happy hour tastings sponsored by craft food and beverage vendors including Whole FoodsBristol Brewing, Radiantly Raw Chocolates, Colorado Mountain Pie Co., Sovereignty Wines, 3 Hundred Days of Shine, and Distillery 291. Click on the MeadowGrass logo above for your chance to win!

We are also honored to sponsor the free Earth Day Happy Hour taking place in the Silver Room at the Mining Exchange Hotel from 4:30-6:30 pm on Friday, April 22. City of Colorado Springs Chief of Staff Jeff Greene and Manitou Springs Mayor Nicole Nicoletta will be on hand to talk about local sustainability efforts. There will also be a cash bar and live music. The list of non-profit sponsors of the Happy Hour includes the Green Cities Coalition, the Pikes Peak Environmental Forum, Peak Alliance for a Sustainable Future and many other local environmental groups. We hope to see you there!

We’d also like to announce a time change for the Grass Roots Revival on community-powered radio station KCMJ. The show will continue to broadcast live from the Tim Gill Center for Public Media every Tuesday afternoon from 2-4 pm, but the replay now starts at 10 am on Saturdays.  Tune in on-line or at 93.9 FM in Colorado Springs.

And finally, speaking of KCMJ, the radio station is working with Stargazers Theatre to produce the “Homegrown Under the Dome” local concert series on the third Thursday of each month. There is no charge and the music will start at 7 pm. Eventually
we expect to be able to simulcast the concerts, but for now the first show happens on Thursday April 21 with performances from Barrel House, John Stilwagen and Smith House.

For a list of other great concerts in the area this week, including former Sub Pop recording artist Daniel Martin Moore (whose latest album was produced by Jim James of My Morning Jacket) at the Ivywild School on 4/20, please visit the Pikes Peak Concert Calendar.


Steve Harris, Executive Director
Rocky Mountain Highway

Get ready for the 8th Annual MeadowGrass Music Festival – Memorial Day weekend (May 27-29) at La Foret Conference & Retreat Center in Black Forest. The lineup includes Jackie Greene, Fruit Bats, Jeff Austin Band, The Barr Brothers, Judah & the Lion, Mandolin Orange, David Wax Museum, Jalan Crossland, Wendy Woo, Matt Flinner Trio, Megan Burtt, Free the Honey, Mike Clark & the Sugar Sounds, Chauncy Crandall, Leopard and the Vine, Strawberry Runners, Moors & McCumber, Justus League, Jeremy Facknitz, The River Arkansas and Smith House!

For details and tickets visit meadowgrass.org.