Who is the master who makes the grass green? Why does the hail arrive to crush everything just as it's starting to grow? You won't find those answers in this column, but you can find plenty of information about the summer music festivals, which are really starting to come in thick and fast, as well as two local album-release celebrations.
First of all, Fiddler's Green plays host to Summer Jam XIX on Friday, June 10. The 19th edition of KS 107.5's summer music showcase features a slew of popular hip-hop names, such as the utterly inescapable "Trap&B" artist Fetty Wap, Kid Ink, Fabolous, Ty Dolla $ign, DJ Mustard, and more.
Closer to home and considerably more friendly on the wallet, Stargazers Theatre is hosting a three-month Summer Fun Free Concert Series, featuring a variety of genre-spanning-acts. From the Quartet of Jazz Death and Justus League's blues-rock, to the ubiquitous classic rock of Some People's Kids and the bluegrass of Whitewater Ramble, there's likely something for everyone. The series also features the return of rockabilly guitarist Adam Lopez & His Rhythm Review to Colorado Springs, as well as a fairly rare appearance by country-western mainstays The Flying W Wranglers.
You can catch the next free concert on June 17, featuring Tiny Barge, and view the full lineup at stargazerstheatre.com.
On June 10, popular local indie folk-rockers HERESTOFIGHTIN play the Black Sheep to celebrate the launch of their new album, Becoming Native.
Meanwhile, here are some other notable local music opportunities for the week:
Michigan-based emcee Prozak — who has collaborated with Tech N9ne, is a member of Bedlam and Project: Deadman, and has been described as "The Hitchcock of Hip-Hop," — hits the stage at Sunshine Studios Wednesday, June 8, with Seen Loc, Gritty, Bad Blood, DJ LivEviL, and many more in tow.
Local bluegrass favorites and multi-Indy Music Award-winners Grass It Up celebrate the release of their new live album, Borrowed Time, at Front Range Barbeque on June 9.
Chuck Mosley, the erstwhile lead singer of Faith No More, plays Sunshine Studios on June 11 with White Phantom, Clayton Wyatt and Lamb Bed.
Also on June 11, New Zealand-based roots reggae band Katchafire and Californian reggae fusion act Mystic Roots Band appear at the Black Sheep, joined by Autonomous and The E.T.s.
All local jazz fans will want to be at the Olympian Plaza Events Center on June 12 to catch the Pikes Peak Jazz and Swing Society Jazz Affair. The show features trumpeter Bud Gordon, saxophonist Chris Wojtecki and a group of local "all stars" performing the works of 1950s cool jazz bandleader Dave Pell.
If metal is more your thing, and you're feeling a void after the end of 71Grind, the Triple Nickel has you covered on June 12. The Arizona-based Scylla, Michigan-based metalcore act Taking Dreams, locals Crown-Magnetar and Canon City's Fighting the Phoenix round out the "Make America Breakdown Again" tour.
Finally, you can catch Holy White Hounds' brand of "feral alt-rock" at the Black Sheep on Monday, June 13.
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