May 8, 2016

When It Rains, It Pours

Thankfully, of course, we are talking about bluegrass music – this year Mother Nature spared MeadowGrass the heavy rains of the past few years and we can confidently say that a fun time was had by all attending the 8th annual festival.

Jackie Greene (Christian Murdock, The Gazette)
The lineup proved to be as deep in talent as any previous year and we owe a great debt of gratitude to all of the artists, volunteers, vendors and music lovers who helped make it all happen.

David Wax Museum (Christian Murdock)
Stay tuned because your friends at Rocky Mountain Highway will soon begin the process of planning for 2017.

Judah & the Lion (Christian Murdock)
In the meantime, we are thrilled to welcome the San Francisco-based string quintet Front Country back to Colorado Springs for two sets of high-energy progressive bluegrass at The Gold Room on Thursday, June 9.

Front Country @ MeadowGrass 2015 (Larry Hulst)
After winning BOTH the RockyGrass and Telluride Bluegrass Festival band competitions in 2013, Front County pushed the boundaries of newgrass in 2015 with a stunning Saturday afternoon performance at MeadowGrass. To kick off the 2016 summer festival season the band has just released a five-song Mixtape featuring tunes originally recorded by the likes of Don Henley, King Crimson and tUnE-yArDs. The music starts at 7:30 pm and tickets are $17 at the door or $12  on-line, and as an added bonus you can use the promotional code GRASS to score an extra $2 off the advance price.

Bluegrass lovers have much to be thankful for this week with plenty of options to choose from – in addition to the Front County concert, San Francisco’s Steep Ravine will visit Front Range Barbeque  the day before our own Grass It Up releases the highly anticipated new album Borrowed Time there on Thursday, and The Railsplitters will headline the next Black Rose Acoustic Society Open Stage gathering on Friday at the Black Forest Community Center.

Also on Friday we highly recommend the blues-rock supergroup Royal Southern Brotherhood at Stargazers Theatre, actor/singer-songwriter Ronny Cox at the Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts in Palmer Lake and an album release concert from the reconstituted indie-rock band Here’s to Fightin’ at The Black Sheep.

Now that MeadowGrass is over we are in the process of updating the Pikes Peak Concert Calendar with all of the great roots music concerts in southern Colorado, and the Grass Roots Revival will return with a new program of Americana music from 2-4 pm each Tuesday at 93.9 FM community radio station KCMJ.

Remember – the grass is always hluer on the other side!

Steve Harris, Executive Director
Rocky Mountain Highway