Traditionally, late autumn can be a lean time for live music. Summer festival season is well over, the days are growing darker, and, alas, the Halloween thrills of GWAR, Cannibal Corpse and Blood Incantation playing Colorado Springs are firmly behind us. What could possibly fill the proverbial void and keep us awake now that we have that extra hour of sleep?
As it happens, Rocky Mountain Highway, the nonprofit behind the MeadowGrass Music Festival, has announced the first acts to be featured in its Fall Concert Series. Proceeds will assist in Rocky Mountain Highway's overarching goal to support original music and live performance in the Pikes Peak region.
A bit on the upcoming acts and concerts featured in the series:
At Ivywild School on Saturday, Nov. 14, local band Mo' Mungus, who draw upon the late '60s, post-ska but pre-reggae rocksteady movement of Jamaican music, headlines the second annual Dance for Peace. The event is presented in conjunction with fellow Indy Give! nonprofits: the Pikes Peak Justice and Peace Commission, Seeds Community Café and KCMJ.
Boise folk-rock artist Eilen Jewell appears Nov. 20 as part of the Friends House Concerts series at the home of Marc and Whitney Luckett, a wonderfully intimate venue in which to catch Jewell's potent, swampy blend of country, blues and early rock 'n' roll voodoo.
Dec. 10 brings another show at the Friends House, this time featuring Milwaukee singer-songwriter Willy Porter. Porter, a prolific artist who has 10 LPs under his belt, often plays a custom hybrid acoustic guitar and has won acclaim from Tori Amos, Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson, and Al Kooper.
On Dec. 13, with the venue to be determined, Brooklyn alt-country five-piece Yarn headlines The Snow Ball, which supports The Incline Friends in addition to the groups stated previously. Yarn possesses a sound that straddles country and Americana, and brings a vivacious jam-band energy. More details for the Fall Concert Series are forthcoming.
In the meantime, here are some further events of interest to keep you warm:
British indie-glam rockers The Struts hit the Black Sheep on Wednesday, Nov. 4, backed by New York singer-songwriter Andrew Watt.
Minneapolis hip-hop artist ECID comes to the Flux Capacitor on Thursday, Nov. 5, along with tourmates Eyenine and Farout. And Rawkus presents a lineup of bass-heavy electronic acts that same night, featuring California "glitch-hop" act Benjamin's Vibe and Denver artists Bass Physics, PHloEthik, and Phocust.
Friday, Nov. 6, brings virtuoso acoustic guitarist Tommy Emmanuel to the Pikes Peak Center. Aside from being an esteemed fingerstyle guitarist, Emmanuel is possibly the only Australian to be awarded the title of Kentucky Colonel due to his mastery of Merle Travis-style technique.
Also on Nov. 6, Nashville indie-rock bands Moon Taxi and Koa play at the Black Sheep, with local favorites We Are Not a Glum Lot. And a stacked evening of indie-rock and pop-punk at the Flux Capacitor will feature California acts I'm Glad It's You, Just Friends, and Casual Friday, along with Denver's Cougar Gold.
On Saturday, Nov. 7, metal favorites Machine Head play at Rawkus. Of course, if you prefer something a little smoother, Tony Exum Jr., also brings his jazz stylings to the Gold Room that night.
North Dakotan hard rock quintet Emissary Echo comes to Sunshine Studios on Sunday, Nov. 8, with Denver's Ides of Mae, Sabbatar and locals White Phantom. And finally, if for some reason you haven't heard enough cover versions of "Santeria" on Tejon Street, Sublime with Rome visits the Colorado Springs City Auditorium on Nov. 8, joined by Santa Cruz reggae-punk act The Expendables.
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