"I never in a million years thought I'd be playing a show with Grass It Up, Black P and the Haunted Windchimes," remarked Malakai frontman Chris Forsythe from Stargazers' indoor stage at last year's inaugural Indy Music Awards Festival.
It was a truly memorable evening, from Black P getting up onstage and freestyling during a jazz-funk set by the Charlie Milo Trio, to the Haunted Windchimes getting down off their outdoor stage for an unamplified sing-along just as the moon rose over the Stargazers dome.
While Colorado Springs is no stranger to exceptional music festivals — Blues Under the Bridge and MeadowGrass annually bring in great Americana, blues and folk acts from across the country — this particular showcase for local artists representing virtually every style of music felt more like a once-in-a-lifetime event.
Happily, it wasn't. We're doing it all again this year, and you're again invited to be part of it.
On Thursday, Sept. 6, starting at 6 p.m., more than 20 winning acts selected by several thousand Independent readers will be performing on three stages at the free indoor/outdoor Indy Music Awards festival, again at Stargazers.
And keep next Thursday night open. You won't find a better way to experience the very best that the Springs music scene has to offer.