Colorado Springs/Pike Peak Region Original Music and Live Performance

Weekly Top Ten July 1, 2015

Celebrate Independents This Weekend!

Independent musicians, that is.  And, come to think of it, the Indy Music Awards, which is currently accepting ballots with 26 categories spanning the diverse array of musical talent in our area.  Although we were disappointed to see that Best Music Festival and Best National Act Performance were dropped this year, we hope you’ll consider giving a nod to Rocky Mountain Highway for Best Promoter. Voting ends July 12 and the results will be revealed at the end of the summer right before the inaugural Bristol Brewing Music Festival at the Ivywild School September 11-12.

Most of us will have a three day weekend to celebrate the 4th, so why not use that extra day to take advantage of the wealth of local live roots music in the Pikes Peak region?  Here are our picks for the Top 10 shows of the week:

1.  Pikes Peak Art and Music Festival, America the Beautiful Park, Fri July 3 – Sun July 5 ($5).   Thirteen local acts will perform over the holiday weekend, including a not-to-be-missed headlining set from Woodshed Red on Friday, the gypsy tango cabaret of Moonhoney on Saturday, and a rare duo set from KJ Braithwaite and George Whitesell on Sunday.  For the first time this year the festival will charge an entrance fee – but at $5 for the weekend the price can’t be beat.

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Rocky Mountain Highway Presents:

MeadowGrass 2016

May 27, 2016 1:00 pm

Featured Show

Lyle Lovett and His Large Band

Pikes Peak Center July 27, 2015

Lyle Lovett brings the big band to Pikes Peak Center on July 27 for what promises to be the show of the summer!  The following evening the band plays Red Rocks – capacity 9,500, while Pikes Peak Center only holds 2,000 lucky souls (you do the math).   You ought to already have tickets to this one, if not get ’em here.

A singer, composer and actor, Lyle Lovett has broadened the definition of American music in a career that spans 14 albums.  Coupled with his gift for storytelling, the Texas-based musician fuses elements of country, swing, jazz, folk, gospel and blues in a convention-defying manner that breaks down barriers.  Lovett has appeared in 13 feature films, and on stage and television.  Among his many accolades, besides the four Grammy Awards, he was given the Americana Music Association’s inaugural Trailblazer Award, and was recently named the Texas State Musician.

Garden & Gun recently called Lovett “one of America’s most beloved singer/songwriters,” and he was featured in the coveted “What I’ve Learned” column in the February 2012 issue of Esquire.

Lovett has been touring in support of Release Me since its release in February, 2012. The album was #1 for several weeks on the Americana charts. Produced by Nathaniel Kunkel and Lovett, Release Me represents the end of an era as it was his last record for Curb/Universal Music Group after being on the label for his entire career. Release Me is quintessential Lyle, mixing a smart collection of originals and songs written by some of his favorite songwriters that show not only the breadth of this Texas legend’s deep talents, but also the diversity of his influences, making him one of the most infectious and fascinating musicians in popular music.

Since his self-titled debut in 1986, Lyle Lovett has evolved into one of music’s most vibrant and iconic performers. His oeuvre, rich and eclectic, is one of the most beloved of any living artist working today.

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See you at Rawkus for MeadowGrass Alums Lazer and Levi! ... See MoreSee Less

Just Announced...719 Day Welcomes a Rawkus favorite...The Return of Lazer and Levi

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Remember the pallet bridge between the big tent and the vendor area? Well today 37 pallets were picked up and will be recycled to make new ones. Thanks Paul Smith! Festival photo courtesy of Larry Hulst. ... See MoreSee Less

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Even though Steve Poltz wasn't at MeadowGrass this year, his signature made an appearance on the EGG during the Shook Twins set! ... See MoreSee Less

Laurie and Katelyn and Shook Twins band members. Thank you for your recent performance at MeadowGrass Music Festival at La Foret in Black Forest. You totally inspired me. I got "What we do" from the merch tent and its been on my daily play list. Here are a couple of pics. Enjoy.

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Pikes Peak Concert Calendar

Events on Saturday, July 4

The Ruxton Railsplitters

12:00 am-Saturday, July 4

Kinfolks, 950 Manitou Avenue, Manitou Springs, CO 80829, United States

Suzy Bogguss

12:00 am-Saturday, July 4

Rio Grande Scenic Railroad, 610 State Avenue, Alamosa, CO 81101, United States

Pikes Peak Arts & Music Festival feat. Moonhoney

12:00 pm-Saturday, July 4

America the Beautiful Park, 126 Cimino Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80903, United States

Justus League, BoomSonix, Out to Dry & the MuleTrain Express

12:30 pm-Saturday, July 4

First Logistex Inc, 8303 Cessna Drive, Peyton, CO 80831, United States

Colorado Floyd

2:00 pm-Saturday, July 4

Thunderbird Inn, 17801 Teller County Road 1, Florissant, CO 80816, United States

The Nouveaux Honkies

6:30 pm-Saturday, July 4

Coyote's Coffee Den, 675 Colorado 115, Penrose, CO 81240, United States

Barrel House String Band

8:00 pm-Saturday, July 4

Speed Trap Inc, 84 Colorado 105, Palmer Lake, CO 80133, United States

BoomSonix

9:00 pm-Saturday, July 4

Mother Muffs Bar And Restaurant, w, 2432 West Colorado Avenue, Colorado Springs, CO 80904, United States

Events on Sunday, July 5

Whitherward

12:00 am-Sunday, July 5

The Wild Goose Meeting House, 401 North Tejon Street, Colorado Springs, CO 80903, United States

Suzy Bogguss

12:00 am-Sunday, July 5

Rio Grande Scenic Railroad, 610 State Avenue, Alamosa, CO 81101, United States

Pikes Peak Arts & Music Festival feat. Braithwaite & Whitesell

11:00 am-Sunday, July 5

America the Beautiful Park, 126 Cimino Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80903, United States

Blue Frog & Jake Loggins

6:30 pm-Sunday, July 5

Front Range Barbeque, 2330 West Colorado Avenue, Colorado Springs, CO 80904, United States

Eros & the Eschaton with Kevin Greenspon & Mobdividual

6:30 pm-Sunday, July 5

WVRMHAUS

Events on Tuesday, July 7

Tenderfoot Bluegrass

6:00 pm-Tuesday, July 7

Manitou Springs Public Library, 701 Manitou Avenue, Manitou Springs, CO 80829, United States

Events on Wednesday, July 8

WMD Bluegrass Band

6:00 pm-Wednesday, July 8

Gateway Park at Wolf Ranch, Colorado Springs, CO 80924, United States

Shook Twins

MeadowGrass headliner Friday May 22nd

Stephen Kellogg

MeadowGrass headliner Sunday May 24th

Blue Rodeo

MeadowGrass headliner Saturday May 23