In another drastically awesome move, the Pikes Peak Center has announced a new concert series spotlighting, among others, the artists featured on the Sounds of the Pikes Peak Region CD recently released by COPPeR, the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region. Showcase at Studio Bee, a collaboration between the Bee Vradenburg Foundation, COPPeR, KILO-FM 94.3, KRCC-FM 91.5, the Gazette, Independent Records and the Pikes Peak Center, will kick off tonight (Thursday, Oct. 23) with performances by Andy Tanner and Ashley Raines.
This is a another huge step toward further legitimizing the link between our vibrant and diverse music scene and a more creative, progressive and prosperous future for our community. All Studio Bee showcases will start at 6 p.m. (with doors open at 5:30) and are free and open to the public. Studio Bee is located on the north end of the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave.). For more information, or to order a copy (copies, perhaps?) of the CD, visit coppercolo.org.
Sunshine Studios, a brand-spankin' new live music venue and recording studio located off Hancock Expressway, at 3970 Clearview Frontage Road, is celebrating its grand opening Saturday, Oct. 25. Scheduled to appear are many a hard-rockin' hard rock band, including Truth From Chaos, Silence Speaks, Dreadai Vibration, Deep Under Groove, Hadrial's Lullaby (featuring Austin from KILO) and The Moment After (featuring Romi from KKMG-FM 98.9). This all-ages show is just $5 ($6 at the door) and is set to blow up at 7 p.m.
And speaking of blowing up, it's a great weekend to get to the Rocket Room. First, on Friday, Oct. 24, it's hosting two relatively unknown New Mexico bands, the stoner/rock outfit known by the name SuperGiant and the slightly more garage-esque rock crew Volume Volume, with the headlining spot reserved for Indy Best Original Band finalists the Nicotine Fits. Congratulations, by the way, to all of this year's Indy "Best Of" bands!
And then, when the night turns into the day, and then the day then once again turns into the night ... Saturday, Oct. 25, the Rocket Room will reveal its second "Rock-N-Mock Hell-O-Ween" extravaganza, with El Toro de la Muerte performing as the Cure, and Mike Stephens & the Foxhole Prayers performing as Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers. Do not underestimate this show. There is a very good chance it will get very, very stupid.
Joining these rock imposters will be the secret agent "spy rock" of International Espionage and a "back by popular demand" performance by the Evilettes. Come dressed as your favorite, least favorite or completely indifferent "Rock Star" for "fantastic" drink specials!
Now, before I sign off for the week, I want to personally thank the Colorado College community, everyone on the staffs of the Cipher and/or Leviathan, all the great bands, and everyone who came out to the show last Friday in support of our friend (and Nicotine Fits bass player) Bryan (Count Webbula) Webb, who had recently misplaced a couple of his favorite teeth in a bicycle accident. All your efforts helped raise a considerable sum toward a couple of new pearly ones ... Woo hoo! No wooden teeth for Webby!
Thanks for reading. I'll be smellin' ya!