Manitou hosts the 20th Annual Mountain Music Festival this weekend. Former Limelighter star and perennial family favorite Red Grammer and dulcimer superstar Robert Force head this collection of rocky mountain highs today in Soda Springs Park, at the east end of Manitou Springs. The concert is free, free, free. For more info, call 685-9655. The festival continues through Sunday.
Boulder's The McCloskey Brothers Band let loose with a set of their patented, String Cheese-y "new-grass" jams tonight at the Utopia Caf (117 E. Bijou St.). The strummin'-and-a-pickin' starts at 9 p.m. and the show is free. Call 633-1080.
The new Benchmark Gallery showcases Attic Attitudes -- a collection of mixed media works with a vintage twist by Phyllis L. Newson. The opening reception is tonight from 5 to 8 p.m. at their Old Colorado City location, 16 Colbrunn St. Call 635-9300.
Bancroft Park on 24th Street is one of the many perks West Siders enjoy, especially in the late summer and early fall. Despite its close proximity to a major avenue, the park somehow always maintains its quiet, while the globe lamps, tall trees and beautiful Carnegie Library behind preserve
Bancroft's Victorian charm. The lawn in front of the bandstand is the perfect place to stretch out and listen to live music, like today's performance by Jerry Brown and the Wranglers. The free concert begins at noon.
Wayne "the Train" Hancock's high octaves and road-worn range conjure the myth of Texas and the reality of a bar fight. The results swing, saunter and stick -- due, in large part, to "the Train's" wit and brevity. Hancock turns Tres Hombres (116 Midland Ave., Woodland Park) into a rockabilly roadhouse tonight at 9 p.m. Call 687-0625, or visit www.gohogwild.com/waynethetrain.htm
The Funky Babylonians kick out the soul-funk-experimental-prog-rock jams tonight at the Acoustic Coffee Lounge, 5152 Centennial Blvd. Tickets are $3 for the 8 p.m. show. Need more? Call 268-9951 and/or visit www.funkybabs.com
Amrit Kohli performs songs of poetry and protest tonight at the Acoustic Coffee Lounge, 5152 Centennial Blvd. Tickets are $3 and the show starts at 8 p.m. Call 268-9951.
Thirteen bands -- including Patti Best, The Riders, Radio London, Thunder Mountain, Axis, Magic Dave & the New Mules, the John Cary Band and Mo' Kauffey -- team up tonight for a concert benefiting friend and cancer patient Sandy Davis at the Crystola Bar & Grill, a few miles west on Highway 24 in Crystola. Davis has Stage 4, or inoperable, cancer and while admission is free, donations are being accepted and will be put toward her medical expenses and hopefully, a visit to a Cancer Treatment Center in Oklahoma. Call 687-7879 for details or directions. The show starts at 2 p.m. and runs until 11.
Youth, Light and Motion is a film workshop for at-risk youth in conjunction with the International Experimental Cinema Exposition (TIE) and sponsored by FutureSelf, a non-profit dedicated to providing at-risk youth with "the transformational power of the creative process." The workshop's on Saturday and a public reception, screening and forum are today at the Business of Art Center, 513 Manitou Ave. at 6 p.m. Call 685-5089 for more.
The Southern Colorado Mopars, Pikes Peak Camaro Club and Colorado Cruizers present the 2002 Good Times Car Show in Bancroft Park, 24th and Colorado Avenue. It's $20 to register your ride and the show is free to the public. Proceeds benefit Canine Companions for Independence. The sweet rides are on display starting at 9 a.m. Call 392-3715.
-- Brandon S. Laney