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Liberal arts in a conservative town

It's rare, if not unprecedented, for the Springs to birth a Billboard pop-music darling like OneRepublic. Regardless, locals still have plenty of favorites within the scene.
click to enlarge Zoe Miller Downtown - Office - manager -  - What's the best band produced by Colorado Springs - to date? Julia and the Unexpecteds. She has a great - voice and stage presence. -  - What's your best-ever Colorado Springs concert? Ani DiFranco at Pikes Peak Center in the late '90s. She - has spunk, a lot of good things to say, and she can play - that guitar. -  - Which arts scene is most vibrant locally? I'd go - with art because of the Manitou scene, and Smokebrush, - Cottonwood, Rubbish. The First Friday art tour events are - also fun.
  • Zoe Miller
    Downtown

    Office manager

    What's the best band produced by Colorado Springs to date? Julia and the Unexpecteds. She has a great voice and stage presence.

    What's your best-ever Colorado Springs concert? Ani DiFranco at Pikes Peak Center in the late '90s. She has spunk, a lot of good things to say, and she can play that guitar.

    Which arts scene is most vibrant locally? I'd go with art because of the Manitou scene, and Smokebrush, Cottonwood, Rubbish. The First Friday art tour events are also fun.

click to enlarge Jana Vigilante - Cheyenne Caon  - Tutor  - What's the Springs' best-ever band? Dotsero, - or maybe The Big Chill. -  - What's your most memorable local concert? - Last year's Black Rose [Acoustic] Society Christmas - concert was astonishing and wonderful. -  - Which local arts scene is thriving best? I'd say - theater. The work they do at Theatreworks at UCCS is - incredible. -  - If you could be any performer ever, who'd it be? -  I'd be Katherine Hepburn because of her spunk, - intelligence and edge. I'd also love being a backup - musician for Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon, James Taylor or - Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young.
  • Jana Vigilante
    Cheyenne Caon

    Tutor

    What's the Springs' best-ever band? Dotsero, or maybe The Big Chill.

    What's your most memorable local concert? Last year's Black Rose [Acoustic] Society Christmas concert was astonishing and wonderful.

    Which local arts scene is thriving best? I'd say theater. The work they do at Theatreworks at UCCS is incredible.

    If you could be any performer ever, who'd it be? I'd be Katherine Hepburn because of her spunk, intelligence and edge. I'd also love being a backup musician for Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon, James Taylor or Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young.

click to enlarge Amanda Lens - Boulder  - Graphic designer  - Who do you think is the best musical performer to come - out of Colorado Springs? Craig Haller, a vocalist - and acoustic guitarist. -  - Which arts scene here is most thriving? I'd say - theater, especially the Manitou Art Theater, but I'm also a - big fan of Floyd Tunson's art studio. -  - What musician, artist, actor or author would you - most like to be? I'd write like David Sedaris and - paint like Floyd Tunson.
  • Amanda Lens
    Boulder

    Graphic designer

    Who do you think is the best musical performer to come out of Colorado Springs? Craig Haller, a vocalist and acoustic guitarist.

    Which arts scene here is most thriving? I'd say theater, especially the Manitou Art Theater, but I'm also a big fan of Floyd Tunson's art studio.

    What musician, artist, actor or author would you most like to be? I'd write like David Sedaris and paint like Floyd Tunson.

click to enlarge Bob Crum - Village Seven  - Graphic designer Who's the most - famous Springs personage? Writing, it's Helen - Hunt. Musically, it's Nichole Nordeman, a religious - singer. -  - Have you ever caught a major musical group before - it hit the big-time? I saw Pearl Jam at a club in - Detroit before anybody'd heard of them. We just - happened on them, and were absolutely blown away. -  - Which local arts scene is thriving most? I travel - in mostly visual circles, but there's some open-minded - underground artists and vibes out there.
  • Bob Crum
    Village Seven

    Graphic designer

    Who's the most famous Springs personage? Writing, it's Helen Hunt. Musically, it's Nichole Nordeman, a religious singer.

    Have you ever caught a major musical group before it hit the big-time? I saw Pearl Jam at a club in Detroit before anybody'd heard of them. We just happened on them, and were absolutely blown away.

    Which local arts scene is thriving most? I travel in mostly visual circles, but there's some open-minded underground artists and vibes out there.

  • If not OneRepublic, then who?

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