Earth, Wind & Fire don't need no water; they'll let that muthafunker burn. They personify everything funk -- from sweaty discos to that ratty perm you had freshmen year. They encapsulate it all and they're doin' it, doin' it, doin' it well at Magness Arena in Denver tonight at 8. Tickets are $48 to $78. Call 520-9090.
The Fine Arts Center kicks off its 6th annual Indian-Spanish Fine Art Market with a Fiesta Friday at the Market. Co-presented by WestFest, the event will be your first chance to purchase the work of over 75 Native American and Hispanic artists, indulge in hors d'oeuvres and the cash bar, as well as enjoy Native flute music by Bill Miller and Michael Cortez and more. The Fiesta starts at 6 p.m. and goes on until 9 p.m. Tickets are $18 to $22; call 634-5583 for more information.
Indulge your inner mullet-coifed metal head with the KILO 94.3 Pure Rock Summer Slam. Sevendust headlines this he-man hoedown, and Coal Chamber, Gravity Kills, Flaw, American Head Charge and Medication keep the mosh pit a-rockin'. The Colorado Music Hall (2475 E. Pikes Peak Ave.) hosts this night of parent-reviled devil music. Tickets are $25 to $27.50 and the show gets rollin' at 1 p.m. Call 800/965-4827.
Full Moon in June brings together local bands and solo artists in a benefit for the Guffey Charter School, the town library and Sheriff's Mounted Patrol. Among the 12 local musical luminaries performing are Redneck Circus, The Blame, Up To No Good and Rob Scott, all at Peaceful Henry's in Guffey. Call 689-6475 for more on this weekend-long music fest.
Tonight flash forward to the golden oldies of 2000 with booty jam class alum Mystikal. He'll be playing all his hits -- from "Shake That Ass" to the "You keep bumpin' me against the wall'' song and everything in between! Sharing the bill are the Southern playalistic stylings of Nappy Roots, Low Low and Big Swiss. If you thought the Source awards were crazy, wait until you experience a rap concert where corn dogs and funnel cakes are easier to get than Cristal at a P. Diddy house party -- because this hip-hop show's at the Colorado State Fair Events Center in Pueblo. Tickets are $20 to $35, and the party starts at 7 p.m. Call 520-9090.
Ridefinders Bike Week 2002 begins today with its Cycle Safety Circus for Kids -- a half-day event held in the REI parking lot on Woodmen Road from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.. The circus will feature biking tips and tons of free activities. Bike Week runs until the 30th and will feature bike commute days, a breakfast and bike event [See the Special Events section of theListings on page 40], and even ...
... The Starlight Spectacular. A predawn bike trek that begins at the Garden of the Gods circles through downtown and benefits the Trails and Open Space Coalition. The ride begins at the ungodly hour of 3 a.m. Most of these events are free, but you'll need reservations. For more information or to reserve a spot, call Ridefinders at 385-7431.
Wow. Not one tribute group, but two this week. BeatleMania pays homage to the mop-topped British boy band at the Gold Rush Palladium, 209 E. Bennett Ave., in Cripple Creek. Tickets to the 4 p.m. show are $8 to $15 (as opposed to the $150 you'd pay to see that other Beatle impersonator, Paul McCartney). Call 800/965-4827.
Ex-Refreshments lead Roger Clyne and his new band The Peacemakers bring their alt-country/rock rebellion to the Colorado Music Hall (2475 E. Pikes Peak Ave.) tonight with the similarly oriented, but no less impressive, Rainville. The show starts at 9 p.m. and tickets are $10. Call 800/965-4827.
Again at the Music Hall: Geoff Tate of the pre-grunge arty-Seattle metal outfit Queensryche brings his golden pipes and frontman attitude to town. Doors open at 9 p.m. Tickets are $17.50, and worth every penny (as long as he sings "Silent Lucidity"). Call 800/965-4827.
-- Brandon S. Laney
Wildfire! No, The Other One.
Shootin' shingles with The Murph on what's new in the old WestFest
Ironic, don't you think, that Michael Martin Murphey's greatest hit is "Wildfire." As the Hayman Pit Barbecue rages just over the hill, Murphey will be throwing his weeklong celebration of Western U.S. history and culture with a lineup of musical acts, a working cowboy rodeo, an Indian-Spanish Art Market, cowboy poetry, and a Western film festival. With events scheduled inside and outside the Pikes Peak Center and at Penrose Stadium, Murphey hopes everyone who can't beat the heat will join him, "pard." And this year, The Murph's whipped up a few new special sauces to spice up the brisket that is WestFest.
"WestFest has taken a quantum leap from last year. It's gone in two directions: warp factor backwards into more Wild West tradition than we've ever had before, and forward into more cutting-edge things."
The original concept for the event when it began 16 years ago (used to be in Vail), said Murphey, was to provide a venue to showcase both the Old and the New West. As a result, Murphey books many acts that don't necessarily fit in with what many expect from an "Old West" event.
"We're trying to be a showcase for the American West as it is now and the traditions that feed into it."
One of the most significant additions to this year's WestFest is the Working Ranch Rodeo in which "the cowboys are all real cowboys." (Contestants have to prove that they make 90 percent of their income as a working cowboy.) Because real cowboys don't spend a lot of time riding bulls on the range, there won't be any bucking Brahmas, but there will be real wild horse riding.
New to the musical lineup is "a cutting-edge group called Pinmonkey," as well as Tony Furtado, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Hot Club of Cow Town, Riders in the Sky and other groups that will most likely do a lot of "jamming and sitting in."
"I think the audience just loves that when there's crossover between the artists," said Murphey.
Additionally, WestFest will have expanded "living history exhibits" to help educate attendees about the culture of the Old West. Though it's easy to imagine a number of dioramic booths with a litany of historical clichs, Murphey promises real-deal Western re-enactors, including mountain men, Indians and cowboys. The living history exhibits are dear to Murphey because he believes deeply in history and feels a live experience is often the best way to teach it.
"We had hundreds of phone calls from parents last year saying that their kids had come to hear the musical acts, but after they came home, they were excited about meeting a real Indian or a real cowboy. And then they started getting interested in history," said Murphey. "Touching history in a living way replaces all the pictures you could ever put in a book."
Another new aspect of WestFest this year is the collaboration between WestFest and the Fine Arts Center for the 6th annual Indian-Spanish Fine Art Market taking place from Friday to Sunday, June 21-23, at the FAC. The market will feature over 70 artists as well as food and music of the Southwest.
Lastly, WestFest will feature classic Western films by the likes of Gene Autry and Hopalong Cassidy to be shown throughout the festival inside the Pikes Peak Center.
Murphey emphasizes that WestFest is not a narrow-minded celebration of white Western culture, and that anyone and everyone's ideas are welcome.
To find out more about these new events along with mainstay performances, visit www.WestFest.net. For more on the musical acts, see page 37. For a complete schedule, check out the insert in next week's Independent.
-- Noel Black
Thurs.-Sun., June 27-30
Equestrian events on Thurs., June 27, at the Penrose Equestrian Center, 1045 W. Rio Grand:
"The Young and The WestFest," a free event for children from noon to 4 p.m.
Joe Wolter Horsemanship Clinic and Mutton Bustin, 5-6 p.m.
Pikes Peak Therapeutic Riding Center Demonstration, 6 p.m.
WRCA Ranch Rodeo, 6:15-8 p.m.
Little Britches' "Rough Stock Shoot-Out," 7:30 p.m.
Wagon Train Dance, 8 p.m.
Tickets to evening events cost $12. Free for kids 12 and under.
Call 520-SPUR for more
Pikes Peak Center grounds, 190 S. Cascade Ave., Fri.-Sun., June 27-30
Tickets: $15 - $21. Multi-day passes available ($39-$50). Free for kids 12 and under.
See "New West" for more.
Indian-Spanish Market at the Fine Arts Center. See write-up to right (under Friday, the 21st)
Fine Arts Exhibition and Sale at the Pikes Peak Center, featuring over 60 artists from the southwestern U.S. Hours: Friday, 4-10 p.m.; Sat.-Sun., 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
In the Great Hall inside the Pikes Peak Center:
Fri., June 28, 6 p.m.: Gun Fight at the OK Corral
Sat., June 29, 11:30 a.m.: Back in the Saddle
Sat., June 29, 6:30 p.m.: Hoppy Serves A Writ
Sun., June 30, 12:15 p.m.: Melody Ranch
Sun., June 30, 4:45 p.m.: Three Men from Texas
For tickets, call Ticketmaster at 719-520-9090
New gallery in Manitou opens for the cynical folk
Though it's made baby steps toward aesthetic respectability in the past few years, the Colorado Springs art scene can still be described as "resistant." But it's this soccer momsupported, thought-revoking, Southwestern chic that the area's newest gallery, Carleen's, will try to redefine.
They may have an uphill battle in store, but it's one that Brett Andrus and Carleen White approach with healthy doses of ambition and skepticism.
White, a pop artinspired photographer, placed the reigns of the gallery in the hands of Andrus, who pulls double duty this week as gallery director and featured artist in the inaugural showing. Titled Vaguely Optimistic, Slightly Anxious, the exhibit consists of darkly harrowing, and often humorous paintings by Andrus and co-conspirator Marc Huebert (who writes on occasion for the Independent).
After spending the last six years in the art-friendly climate of Savannah, Ga., Andrus feels ready to apply what he's learned on a hometown audience. "A lot of the art around here is really vacant. How many paintings of a wolf baying at the moon can there be?"
And how does Andrus hope to counter? "I want to support young, vibrant, meaningful art." A simple enough statement, but one that should ring like a church bell in the ears of local talent who've been spurned by galleries more concerned with maintaining the status quo.
As for the high prices associated with most art shows, Andrus explains that, yes, artwork shown at Carleen's is "for the masses," and he intends to keep prices reasonable so that said masses can afford to take work home.
"The Springs is virgin territory," said Andrus, and the deflowering begins this Friday.
-- Brandon Laney
Vaguely Optimistic, Slightly Anxious
Paintings by Brett Andrus and Marc Huebert
Carleen's, 725 Manitou Ave., in the Promenade Building
Opening reception: Friday, June 21, 6-11 p.m.
Runs through July 12
Call 535-2801 or 471-1360.