Small Potatoes at the Black Rose Acoustic Society, Shoup and Black Forest Roads. $10-$15, 269-1887. Sat., April 6, 7:30 p.m.
Open Mic at the Peace and Justice Coffee House, open for song, dance, poetry, dramatic reading or comedy. Call Jean at 632-6189 to reserve your space. 29 S. Institute, 632-6189. Thurs., April 11, 7-9 p.m.
Eidolon at the Black Rose Acoustic Society open stage, Shoup and Black Forest Roads. $2-$4, 278-8108. Fri., April 12, 7:30 p.m.
Eliza Gilkyson at Tres Hombres, 116 Midland Ave., Woodland Park. $TBA, 687-0625. Sat., April 13, 9 p.m.
Elliott's Ramblers at the Black Rose Acoustic Society, Shoup and Black Forest Roads. $2-$4, 278-8108. Fri., April 26, 7:30 p.m.
WestFest featuring Chely Wright, Red Steagall, Riders in the Sky, Hot Club of Cow Town, Michael Martin Murphey and more, plus living history performances, Native American dancing, art exhibits, rodeo, poetry, marketplace and more downtown and at the Penrose Equestrian Center. $12-$21, ticket info: 877/937-8337. Thurs.-Sun., June 27-30.
Verse, Voice and Vision, the Colorado Vocal Arts Ensemble performing pieces based on poetry written by local students at First Christian Church, 219 E. Bijou St. $5-$10, 520-SHOW. Sun., April 14, 3 p.m.
Quattro Mani, featuring pianists Susan Grace and Alice Rybak with percussionists David Colson and John Kinzie. In Colorado College's Packard Hall, SW corner of Cascade and Cache La Poudre. Sun., April 7, 4 p.m.
Chamber Orchestra of the Springs and The Da Vinci Quartet performing at First Christian Church, Platte and Cascade. $6-$12, 633-3649. Sun., April 7, 2:30 p.m.
Violinist Rebecca Lee performing works by Frescobaldi, Veracini and Bach at Grace Episcopal Church, 631 N. Tejon St. Free, 633-5529. Sun., April 7, 4:30 p.m.
Colorado College Distinguished Organist Series featuring performances on the historic Welte-Tripp organ in Shove Chapel, 1010 N. Nevada Ave. Free, 389-6607. On Tues., April 9, 7:30 p.m.: Jean-Pierre Leguay from the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.
Bosom Buddies, soprano Martile Rowland, mezzo soprano Delores Zeigler and pianist Susan Grace in Packard Hall, on the SW corner of Cascade and Cache La Poudre. Free, 389-6607. Sun., April 14, 3 p.m.
Pro Musica of the Rockies, a brand-new chamber ensemble based in Southern Colorado presenting their debut performance of music by Mendelssohn, Vaughn Williams, Ravel, Telemann and Starer. At the Colorado Springs School Louisa Performing Arts Center, 21 Broadmoor Ave. $8-$10. 475-9747 Ext. 110. Thurs., April 11, 7:30 p.m.
Hornpipe, featuring trupeter Jason Pettit and organist Joseph Galema, performing at the Air Force Academy Cadet Chapel. Free. Sun., April 7, 4 p.m.
Colorado College Faculty Artist Concert with Martile Rowland, soprano and Susan Grace, piano, plus guest artist Delores Zeigler, soprano. In Packard Hall, SW corner of Cascade and Cache La Poudre. Sun., April 14, 3 p.m.
jazz & swing
Wintley Phipps, performing jazz, gospel and traditional music at First United Methodist Church, 420 N. Nevada Ave. $15-$20, 471-4361. Sun., April 7, 5 p.m.
The Houston Person Quartet presented by KCME 88.7 FM at the Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St. $12-$18, 578-5263 or 634-5583. Tues., April 16, 7 p.m.
Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers performing an USO re-creation show in USC's Occhiato Ballroom, Pueblo. $20, 719/542-1211. Fri., April 26, 7:30 p.m.
Colorado Springs Jazz Festival featuring national, regional and local musical talent plus a huge art show and sale, kids area, vendors, food, beer and more. Free, www.coloradospringsjazzfestival.com. Held in conjunction with the fireworks celebration at the Air Force Academy. Thurs., July 4.
Rev. Billy C. Wirtz at the Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St. $17-$20, 634-5583. Fri.-Sat., April 5-6, 8 p.m.
T*E*S*S*A Benefit featuring live performances by singer/songwriters Erika Luckett and Joe Uvegas. At the Colorado Springs School, 21 Broadmoor Ave. $15, reservations required: 227-8648 or 329-1644. Sat., April 6, 7 p.m.
Lil' Brian and the Zydeco Travelers on Colorado College's Armstrong Quad, just north of Armstrong Hall. Free, 389-6607. Sat., April 6, noon.
Shout Now: A Gospel Extravaganza! featuring choirs and vocalists from local churches in Colorado College's Packard Hall, SW corner of Cascade and Cache La Poudre. Free, 389-6607. Sun., April 21, 3 p.m.
rock, pop & blues
Old School Jam 3, featuring Wild Cherry, Heatwave, One Way and the Zapp Band. $15 and up, 719/561-8484. At the State Fair Events Center, Pueblo. Sat., April 6, 7:30 p.m.
Prophet, Dead Prez and more as part of the Colorado College afternoon of hip hop, also featuring a graffiti contest and DJ competitions on Armstrong Quad, just north of Armstrong Hall. $5, 389-6607. Sat., April 13, noon to 8 p.m.
Pressure 4-5, Earshot, The Used and Audiovent at the Colorado Music Hall, 2475 E. Pikes Peak Ave. $5.94, 800/965-4827. Tues., April 16, 8 p.m.
Plus One, Natalie Grant, Zoe Girl at the City Auditorium, 221 E. Kiowa St. $22-$30, 520-9090. Wed., April 17, 7:30 p.m.
George Thorogood with Rainville at the Colorado Music Hall, 2475 E. Pikes Peak Ave. $25, 800/965-4827. Sat., April 20, 9 p.m.
Pikes Peak Blues Diva Showcase featuring Joanne Taylor, Anne Kennedy and more. Hosted by Smokin' Joe and the Mighty Burners at the Business of Art Center Theater, 517 Manitou Ave. $4, 633-3469. Sat., May 4, 8 p.m.
Dick Dale at the Colorado Music Hall, 2475 E. Pikes Peak Ave. $12, 800/965-4827. Sat. May 4, 9 p.m.
Weezer with Pete Yorn at the City Auditorium, 221 E. Kiowa Ave. $27.50, 520-9090. Wed., May 8, 7:30 p.m.
Prong and Rocket Ajax at the Colorado Music Hall, 2475 E. Pikes Peak Ave. $9.43, 800/965-4827. All-ages. Sun., May 12, 8 p.m.
Twiztid at the Colorado Music Hall, 2475 E. Pikes Peak Ave. $14, 800/965-4827. All-ages. Tues., May 21, 8 p.m.
Today Is the Day at the Colorado Music Hall, 2475 E. Pikes Peak Ave. $8, 800/965-4827. All-ages. Fri., May 24, 8 p.m.
Colorado Springs Music Awards Ceremony honoring local music talent at the City Auditorium, 221 E. Kiowa St. $30 before discounts, 667-5262.
www.coloradospringsmusicawards.com. Sun., April 14, 6:30-9:30 p.m.
Music Instruction by Dan Todd, offering lessons in acoustic and electric guitar, music theory, performance and more. Specializing in slide guitar and harmonica. 25+ years experience. For details, call 447-0206.
Thursday Evening Drum Circle, a free-form percussion gathering for all levels at the Manitou Art Center, 515 Manitou Ave. Free, 685-1861. Every Thursday night, 6:30 p.m.
Guitar Circle of Colorado practice and performance group meeting on a regular basis to work on exercises, technique and repertoire developed by Robert Fripp for the Guitar Craft courses on steel string guitars. All experience levels welcome. For details, call 499-0766.
Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation accepting old instruments to be refurbished and given to children unable to afford an instrument of their own. Bring your old instruments to Grainer School Music, 3490 W. Carefree Cir. and 3661 Star Ranch Road, or call 574-2001. Tax deductions will be given for the estimated value of the instrument.