September 30, 2016

Roots Music Is Alive & Well in Colorado Springs!

Greetings friends! Rocky Mountain Highway is pleased to report a number of exciting developments.

First and foremost, we are honored to have received a two-year Colorado Creates grant from Colorado Creative Industries, the state agency charged with supporting the arts in Colorado. We are truly grateful for this generous funding, which will provide support for the MeadowGrass Music Festival for both 2017 and 2018!

Second – October has been officially designated as Arts Month and the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region is encouraging everyone to get out and have new cultural experience! In addition to the many fine plays, art exhibitions, and dance recitals that are listed on Peak Radar, Rocky Mountain Highway is pleased to present three special concerts during Arts Month.

On Saturday, October 15, Rocky Mountain Highway and Friends House Concerts welcome the legendary Chris Smither back to Colorado Springs for an evening of storytelling and song at The Gold Room. During a career spanning over fifty years, Chris has released more than a dozen albums of original songs and collaborated with Americana royalty like Bonnie Raitt, who recorded multiple of his songs (including “Love Me Like A Man”).  The show starts at 7:30 pm and tickets are $28 in advance.

Then, on Thursday, October 20, Rocky Mountain Highway and the Black Rose Acoustic Society are excited to present a night of progressive bluegrass featuring two incredible bands – San Francisco’s Front Country and our own Grass It Up. Past winner of the Telluride Bluegrass Band Competition and the RockyGrass Band Competition, Front Country recently raised over $25,000 in crowd-funding for their second full-length album. Expect fireworks to fly as these two high-energy string quintets come together for one special concert. General admission tickets are $15 in advance and reserved table seating is $25, with prices increasing $5 on the day of show. Black Rose members will also have the opportunity to purchase discounted tickets at BRAS concerts.

Our final Arts Month concert is a Friends House Concert in Skyway on Friday, October 21 featuring the critically-acclaimed singer-songwriter Richard Shindell, who just released Careless, his first album of all-new songs in more than seven years. Richard now makes his home in Argentina, and it is a rare treat to see him perform in such an intimate setting. Seating is limited and advance reservations are required.

Looking farther down the road, Rocky Mountain Highway is thrilled to be participating in the Indy’s Give! campaign for the second year in a row. This year we are starting with over $4,000 in matching grants, thanks to a generous group of community leaders including Classic Homes, Edelweiss German Restaurant, The Faricy Boys Jeep Chrysler, the Rocky Mountain Highway Board of Directors and an anonymous donor.

More details on the Give! campaign, which runs from November 1 to December 31, will be forthcoming, but in the meantime we can reveal that Rocky Mountain Highway will partner with the Trails and Open Space Coalition to present a concert featuring Glen Phillips of Toad the Wet Sprocket on Friday, November 18 at the Gold Room. Glen will play songs spanning his entire career, from the days with Toad to his solo albums and various collaborations with rising artists like Chris Thile and Sean and Sara Watkins from Nickel Creek. Special guest Jonathan Kingham will open the concert. Tickets are $20 in advance and a special VIP price includes preferred seating, valet parking, one free drink token, and a copy of Glen’s latest album.

We are grateful for the in-kind support of The Mining Exchange, A Wyndham Grand Hotel and Spa, that helps makes concerts at The Gold Room possible. Treat yourself to luxurious evening by staying at The Mining Exchange hotel after any of our concerts!

Finally, the Grass Roots Revival, now at its new home at KQSC – Mountain Country (107.3 FM and 1530 AM) has been getting rave reviews from the community and beyond. If you haven’t tuned in yet you are missing out! The weekly two-hour program focuses on bluegrass and bluegrass-influenced country, folk and Americana songs. You can listen to the Grass Roots Revival at 8 am on Sunday mornings, via the radio, streaming on-line, or using the Mountain Country app.

The Rocky Mountain Highway team is emergized and ready to usher in its best year yet – and we hope you will join us for the ride!  Many thanks to all of you!

Steve Harris, Executive Director
Rocky Mountain Highway

P.S. For a sampling of some of the other great roots music concerts happening during the month October, please see below.

Monday, Oct 10 Jackson Browne Pikes Peak Center
Friday, Oct 14 Free the Honey The Gold Room
Friday, Oct 14 Chad Elliott Black Forest Community Center
Saturday, Oct 15 Grass It Up Western Jubilee Warehouse
Friday, Oct 21 Steve & Ruth Smith Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts
(Palmer Lake)
Saturday, Oct 22 Hymn for Her Front Range Barbeque
(Old Colorado City)
Saturday, Oct 29 Paper Bird Ivywild School