Think of the compilation below as a teaser to a given week on the Springs' music stages. When we discovered hard-and-fast set times, we included them; otherwise, we listed general days and times. Similarly, we noted cover charges we came across; if one's not listed, you can assume the gig's free.
Some restaurants not listed here host musicians occasionally, but not frequently enough to be considered a music venue, per se. Check the weekly listings in our Playing Around section for the most comprehensive and up-to-date info on who's playing where, when.
Adam's Mountain Café, 934 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-1430, adamsmountain.com
Classical guitar with Wayne Hammerstadt, Tuesdays, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.; rotation of other dinner-appropriate guitarists such as Benjamin Pratt and Eric Earley, Thursdays, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., and Fridays, 9 to 11 a.m.
Ancient Mariner, 962 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-5503, ancientmarinertavern.com
Loaded weekend calendar with sporadic weekday shows, usually running from around 8 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.; open mic Thursdays, eclectic genre offerings Fridays and Saturdays, rotating acid jazz and singer/songwriter jams Sundays.
Antlers Hilton, 4 S. Cascade Ave., 473-5600, antlers.com
Piano music at the lobby bar, with regulars like jazz pianist Brad Bietry, roughly 7 to 10 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays.
Back East Bar & Grill, 9475 Briar Village Point, #168, 264-6161, backeastbarandgrill.com
Local rock cover acts (Steele Diamond Louis & Hall, etc.) Friday and/or Saturdays 8:30 to midnight-ish.
Belle's Lounge, 734 N. 19th St., 632-4282
DJ music on Monday nights.
Benny's Restaurant & Lounge, 517 W. Colorado Ave., 634-9309
Monday nights with DJ Josh, Tuesday night open mic with Cari Dell, Thursday acoustic series with Jerry Roskin, Sundays with Andy Koken and Grant Sabin; random acts in between sporadically.
Black Forest Community Center, 12530 Black Forest Road, 528-6119, blackroseacoustic.org/index.htm
Host of Black Rose Acoustic Society shows, featuring national names like Pat Donohue as well as regional and local acts. Monthly classes, jams and workshops held at the Colorado Springs Charter Academy (2577 N. Chelton Road).
Black Sheep, 2106 E. Platte Ave., 227-7625, blacksheeprocks.com
The city's central venue for major national and regional acts (think Lucero, Reverend Horton Heat and Tech N9ne) and local talents, featuring everything from hip-hop to screamo. Most shows ticketed: ticketweb.com.
Buck's Mountain Saloon & Grill, 116 W. Midland Ave., Woodland Park, 686-1212
Saturday night shows start around 8 and run late, usually featuring local rock, country and cover bands.
Cleats Sports Bar & Grill, 6624 Delmonico Drive, 548-8267
Core locals like classic rock cover band 6035, Fridays and Saturdays, 9 p.m. to late.
Copperhead Road, 3330 N. Academy Blvd., 596-9151, myspace.com/copperheadroadbar
DJs 9 p.m. to close, Wednesdays through Sundays on the second dance floor; line dancing lessons, Thursdays, 7 to 9 p.m.; acoustic sets, Fridays, 6 to 9 p.m., followed by local cover bands (mostly rock, rockabilly, country) until close; "one-man bands," Saturdays 6 to 9 p.m., again followed by a local cover outfit until close.
Cowboys, 25 N. Tejon St., 596-1212, worldfamouscowboys.com
Country bands, every Friday and Saturday 9 p.m. to close; one big national act (such as Blackhawk, David Allan Coe and the Bellamy Brothers) per month.
Crystola Roadhouse, 20918 U.S. Hwy. 24, Woodland Park, 687-7879, myspace.com/crystolaroadhouse
Host of an occasional national act like Tab Benoit, courtesy of booking agent Amy Whitesell; rock and blues acts (mainly), Fridays and Saturdays, 8 to midnight; open mic with John Michael and Jack Daniels, Sundays, 3 to 9; local bands, Mondays and Wednesdays, 6 to 9.
Cucuru Gallery Café, 2332 W. Colorado Ave., 520-9900, cucurugallerycafe.com
Bands (mostly jazz and blues, sometimes Brazilian and samba), Friday and Saturdays, 7:30 to 10 p.m. ($10 food/drink purchase requested); Tuesday night tango lessons, $5 to $10.
The Famous, 31 N. Tejon St., 227-7333, thefamoussteakhouse.net
Rotating pianists, Tuesdays through Saturdays, 6:30 to 10 p.m., with vocal backup on Thursdays through Saturdays.
Frankie's Bar & Grill, 945 N. Powers Blvd., 574-4881, frankiesbargrill.com
Local outfits (mainly cover rock), Saturdays, 8 p.m. to midnight.
Frankie's Too, 7368 McLaughlin Road, Falcon, 495-8707, frankiestoo.intuitwebsites.com
Same as Frankie's Bar & Grill — to a T.
Front Range Barbeque, 2330 W. Colorado Ave., 632-2596, coloradorestaurantguides.com/frbbq
Bluegrass with Coalition of the Willing (Cow), Tuesdays,
7 to 9 p.m.; more twang with Grass It Up, Wednesdays, 7:30 to 10:30; local, regional and occasional national acts Friday nights; summertime shows on Sundays, 6 p.m.
Gasoline Alley, 28 N. Tejon St., 636-2244, gasolinealleycs.com
Mostly cover rock bands the likes of Social Grace and Less Than Zero, Thursdays through Saturdays, 9 p.m. to close.
Gift Shop, 739 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-4438, giftshopmanitou.com
Local and regional original acoustic, bluegrass, jazz and indie bands, Fridays and Saturdays around 7 p.m., plus some daytime and weekday shows.
Jack Quinn Irish Alehouse & Pub, 21 S. Tejon St., 385-0766, jackquinnspub.com
Full monthly calendar: Irish ballads and pub songs with Brian Clancy on Thursday, 7:30 p.m.; "Jigs, reels and songs about whiskey" with Big Paddy, Saturdays, 9:30 p.m.; traditional Irish sessions, Sundays, 3 p.m.; rotating original and cover bands, Fridays, 9:30 p.m.
The Keg Lounge, 730 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-9531
R&B with local pianist Arch Hooks, usually the last Friday of the month only. Sporadic bluegrass shows (usually on a Saturday) possible.
Kinfolks Mountain Shop, 950 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-4433, kinfolksmanitou.com
An active monthly calendar with sporadic national and regional acts (often folk and Americana). Open mic with Gary Blehm, Wednesdays, 7 to 10 p.m.; local, original, multi-genre bands, the likes of ACME bluegrass to Grant Sabin, Fridays and Saturdays, 8 to 10 p.m.
Margarita at PineCreek, 7350 Pine Creek Road, 598-8667, margaritaatpinecreek.com
Local bluegrass, jazz, folk and acoustic outfits, the likes of Mango Fan Django and the Mitguards, Thursdays and Fridays, 7-ish to 10-ish in the downstairs lounge.
Meadow Muffins, 2432 W. Colorado Ave., 633-0583
Local cover outfits like Martini Shot and Jamaican Eclipse, most Fridays and Saturdays, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Mill Hill Saloon, 1668 S. 21st St., 632-6932
Mostly country and bluegrass outfits like the Willbillies and Country Crossroads, Thursdays, 7 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 4 p.m.
Modbo, 17C E. Bijou St., 633-4240
Saturday night concerts beginning at 8 and ranging from soprano Judeth Shay Burns to rockers like Andy Tanner and Aria Tari.
Mona Lisa's Wine Bar, 733 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-0277, monalisafondue.com
Doug Zinn and Vivian Gail (jazz/acoustic), every other Friday night, 6-ish to 10-ish in the wine cellar.
Music Street Tavern, 204 N. Union Blvd., 635-5708, myspace.com/musicstreettavern
An earnest music venue with occasional national (ticketed) acts like bluesman Cedric Burnside; staff-hosted open mic, Tuesdays, 7 p.m. until late; blues club with rotating host, Thursdays, 7:30 to midnight ($3 cover); mostly local and regional acts, four to five per show, Friday and Saturday nights (18-plus, $5 for 21-plus, $8 18-to-21); blues jam with Jeremy Vasquez, Sundays, 7:30 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Nawlins Bar BQ and Seafood, 3317 Cinema Point Drive, 571-9777, nawlinsbarbq.com
Artists like Ted Villarreal and Rick Stahl (acoustic), Fridays and Saturdays, 8 p.m. to late.
Nosh, 121 S. Tejon St., 635-6674, nosh121.com
Grant Sabin and Andrew Koken (blues), Wednesdays, 6 to 8 p.m.
Oscar's Tejon Street, 333 S. Tejon St., 471-8070, oscarstejonstreet.com
DJs on sporadic Tuesdays, 7 to 11 p.m.; local cover outfits like Latigo (country) and the 40 oz. Freedom Fighters (rock), Fridays and Saturdays on the heated and covered patio, 9:30 p.m. to late. DJ Cedric inside during the same weekend hours.
Overtime Sports Bar & Grill, 2809 Dublin Blvd., 531-6032, otsportsbarandgrill.com
Artists like Jake Loggins (blues) and Arch Hooks (R&B), most Fridays, 9 or 10 p.m. until close.
Penrose Room at The Broadmoor, 1 Lake Ave., 577-5773, broadmoor.com/penrose-room.php
Lila Mori Trio (soft jazz/standards), Wednesdays through Saturdays, 6:30 to 10:30 p.m.
Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., 520-7469, pikespeakcenter.com
Home to Colorado Springs Philharmonic shows, as well as a main stage for major national acts ranging from Wilco to B.B. King; free shows spotlighting local talents, one Thursday a month in Studio Bee.
Pine Gables Stray Dog Saloon, 10530 Ute Pass Ave., Green Mountain Falls, 684-2555
Local rockers and bluesmen such as the Ashley Raines Band and Dr. and Uncle Johnson Band, 8 p.m. to midnight, Saturdays in winter. Expanded to Thursday and Friday night shows in warmer months.
Redstone Room, 414 W. Fillmore St., 635-9211, myspace.com/theredstone
Local rock and metal outfits mostly, Fridays and Saturdays, 8 p.m. to late; blues jam on Sunday nights.
Rhino's Sports & Spirits, 4307 Integrity Center Drive, 578-0608, rhinosbar.com
DJs, Thursdays through Saturdays, 9 p.m. to close; occasional bands.
Rico's at Poor Richard's, 320 N. Tejon St., 630-7723, poorrichards.biz
Jazz and acoustic acts, the likes of John Wise and Susan Rissman, Thursdays through Saturdays, 7:30 to 10 p.m.
Ritz Grill, 15 S. Tejon St., 635-8484, ritzgrill.com
DJ Ron Perry, 9:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m., Thursdays; alternative and cover acts (Martini Shot, Head Full of Zombies), Fridays and Saturdays, 9:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.; DJ Prominent in the Elbo Room (downstairs), Saturdays, 10 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.
Rock Bottom Brewery, 3316 Cinema Point Drive, 550-3586, rockbottom.com
Wednesday open mic night, 9-ish to late.
Rocket Room, 230 Pueblo Ave., 447-4990, myspace.com/therocketroom
Nearly full calendar of original punk, rockabilly and Americana bands, including numerous regional touring acts. Nightly shows start around 8; tickets average $3 on non-freebie nights.
Second Street Art Market, 366 Second St., Monument, 488-2506, secondstreetart.com
Acoustic artists like Kevin Rorke and Miguel Nadal, Fridays and Saturdays, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Slayton's Tejon Street Grill, 28A S. Tejon St., 471-2311, slaytonsbbq.com
Jake Loggins Band, 6:30 p.m., Thursdays. Local bands, mostly blues, jazz and electric jazz, Fridays and Saturdays, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Sonterra Grill, 28B S. Tejon St., 471-9222, sonterragrill.com
John Stone (acoustic), Fridays and Saturdays, 7 to 9 p.m.
SouthSide Johnny's, 528 S. Tejon St., 444-8487, southsidejohnnys.biz
Music every night but Monday; bands generally start at 9:30 (7:30 on Sundays); DJ Serg, Tuesdays; Jake Loggins (blues), Wednesdays; a mix of soul, funk, classic rock and the like from local cover outfits Thursdays through Saturdays; Rawbert (alternative) on Sundays.
Stargazers Theatre and Event Center, 10 S. Parkside Drive, 476-2200, stargazerstheatre.com
A revived event center, featuring ticketed national and regional acts including Tiny Barge, Tab Benoit and Richie Havens; also offering local shows featuring bands like the Haunted Windchimes and the Jake Loggins Band, in the $10 range.
Steaksmith Fireside Lounge, 3802 Maizeland Road, 596-9300, steaksmith.com
Jazz, acoustic, folk and the like, Fridays and Saturdays, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Tavern at The Broadmoor, 1 Lake Ave., 577-5772, broadmoor.com/tavern.php
Tavern Orchestra with Lewis Mock, Thursdays through Sundays, 8:30 p.m.
Thirsty Parrot, 32 S. Tejon St., 884-1094, thirstyparrot.net
A full monthly calendar, Wednesdays through Sundays. Colorado Springs Big Jazz Band, Wednesdays, 6 to 8 p.m.; DJ Chris Diablo, Thursdays, 9:30 to late; Cirque du Deejay, Fridays, 9 to close; local alternative cover acts like Martini Shot and Ginger's Hotter, Saturdays, 9:30 to close.
Thunder & Buttons II, 2415 W. Colorado Ave., 447-9888, thunderandbuttons.com
Local rock cover bands mostly, one to two nights weekly at 9, almost always Saturdays. Occasional hip-hop nights.
Time Out Sports Lounge and Deli, 3721 Drennan Road, 390-7257
Artists such as Ted Villarreal (one-man band), Saturdays, starting around 8:30 p.m.
Townhouse Lounge, 907 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-1085,thetownhouselounge.com
A variety of local cover and original acts, the likes of Tribe (zydeco), most Fridays and Saturdays, 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.
Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts, 304 State Hwy. 105, Palmer Lake, 481-0475, trilakesarts.org
Regional touring acts across folk, Americana, bluegrass, blues and jazz once or twice a month. Colorado favorites like Dotsero and Wendy Woo, usually once a year. Tickets run between $12 and $18.
Trinity Brewing Company, 1466 Garden of the Gods Road, 634-0029, trinitybrew.com
Open mic first two Tuesdays monthly; local, original bluegrass, folk and jam bands (Nikki Lunden Show, Sprat) last Tuesdays monthly. Shows usually run from around 7 or 8 to 10 p.m.
Triple Nickel Tavern, 26 S. Wahsatch Ave., 477-9555, myspace.com/555nickel
Regional, touring punk, country and rock bands as well as locals of similar genres like Mike Stephens & the Foxhole Prayers. Plus owner JJ Nobody's bands, Drag the River and the Nobodys, Fridays and Saturdays, 9 p.m.; $5 cover charge.
Underground, 110 N. Nevada Ave., 578-7771, undergroundbars.com
DJ Bryan, Fridays; DJ Jason, Saturdays; rotating DJ, Sundays, all in the Boiler Room from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Union Station, 2419 N. Union Blvd., 227-7168, myspace.com/unionstation
A generally full monthly calendar spanning hip-hop to industrial goth, metal and rock, original and covers. Shows generally run 8 p.m. to late, almost always Thursdays through Saturdays, with sporadic Sunday and weekday shows.
Venue 515, 515 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-1861, thebac.org
The Business of Art Center's performance space, host to occasional big names like
Split Lip Rayfield, regional touring acts like Soulmate (blues, R&B) and Crooked Still (bluegrass), and local acts like Jason Bennett (acoustic, folk). Bigger shows ticketed.
Will's Sports Pub, 424 S. Nevada Ave., 475-2122, willssportspub.com
A few shows a month on an as-scheduled basis. Mostly local blues and rock bands like the Cari Dell Band and Steele Diamond Louis & Hall, weekend nights from around 8 to midnight.
World Arena, 3185 Venetucci Blvd., 477-2100, worldarena.com
The city's stadium show venue for major national acts (think Sugarland and Elton John). If it's on ticketmaster.com, it's usually here.
Yukon Tavern, 525 S. Circle Drive, 475-0050
Sporadic shows, usually on Fridays, around 9 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. A variety of local cover outfits across genres.