Manitou's Venue 515 is welcoming back two former local residents, both of whom are having some success in their respective folk circles. First, Cahalen David Morrison, who traveled 10,000 miles in two recent months before settling down a bit in Seattle, will be joined by his former band, Edith Makes a Paperchain, for a concert Friday, March 5. Morrison has been touring behind his fantastic Woody & Jimmy-meet-Simon & Garfunkel-styled live album, Old Timey and New Fangled, which he recorded in the finest cowboy recording studio on either side of the ol' Mississip', the Western Jubilee Warehouse, right here in Colorado Springs.
The next evening (Saturday, March 6), KRCC will proudly present Colorado Springs native Laura Veirs. The Palmer High School graduate's seventh album, July Flame, is a wonderful musical interpretation of the luscious feelings of mid-summer, and it debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard "Heatseekers" and "Folk" charts — which in these times, are probably the only Billboard charts worth topping. Now touring the globe and living in Portland (damn you, Northwest and your awesome awesomeness), Laura will skillfully avoid an awkward hometown gig by playing her dreamy and hypnotic alternative-soaked folk music for the kind folks of Manitou. But fear not, Laura, the Springs has changed in many ways since you left, and not all for the worse, so long as you don't try to dispose of refuse in a city park. More on Veirs can be found at lauraveirs.com.
Also on Saturday, March 6, the Rocket Room will host a hard-fought third annual Dave Cantrell Rock 'n Roll Birthday Bash. The celebration will feature the intense skate thrash of Decay, as well as the wall of cacophonous fury that is Enemyswim. You can also thrill to the pinstriped chrome of Grease Machine, who will welcome Dave onstage to rehash a few of his old Cobra Kai tunes. This will surely be a birthday to try to remember! (Alternatively, if your tastes run more toward Lucero and Gaslight Anthem, you can sneak over to the Triple Nickel to catch a free and surely memorable performance by Raleigh, N.C.'s American Aquarium.)
Of course, when local musicians aren't playing live (or working day jobs like espresso-slinging and investment banking), plenty of them indulge in the ancient art of bicycling. So this is the weekend to rub gears with folks like the Jack Trades' Mike Clark and bicycle-building über god Eric Baar during those mysterious Saturday daylight hours (specifically 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.) at the second annual Peak Region Cyclist Bicycle Show at Norris-Penrose Event Center. In addition to more than 50 booths of two-wheeled fun, there'll be a bicycle art show and a vintage bike display. Baar, the organizer of summer pixie bike races that double as miniaturized music festivals, will also display his custom "flame thrower" bicycle. Pedaling hipsters take note: This is the premier bicycling event of the year! More info can be found at peakregioncyclist.com.
And finally, word on the street (by which I mean Facebook) is that there are some newly rekindled "feelings" in the pants of former Great Redneck Hope/Thruster/Dude Castle members. No "official" statements have been made, but according to the bass-playing former-Independent-correspondent-turned-Newspeak-adversary Aaron Retka's "status update" of Feb. 28 at 3:45 p.m.: "Just had a sweet band practice. Better put on some diapers, COS. You're about to have them pants all pooed up."
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