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So, there I was at a "very fun, very interactive community brainstorming discussion," hosted by my fine cohorts at yee olde Independent news/paper company, and who should I run into but the ever-gracious Dot Lischick, general manager and overall "Empress" of not only the World Arena, but the Pikes Peak Center as well.

Well, we got to talking about what a wonderful job she does running the two facilities and bringing true international talent to the Pikes Peak region. This, naturally, led to more conversation about what spectacular musical talent we have right here in our own backyard, and how the Pikes Peak Center's Showcase at Studio Bee aims to provide local artists with the experience and exposure they need to make it out onto the "big stage," theoretically, even that of the World Arena.

The next free showcase, coming up from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 15, will feature two more of our region's most promising acts, Andy Tanner (of Headhum and/or Constellation of Cars) and the world's finest practitioners of the Colorado hillbilly lullaby, the Changing Colors. The Showcase is also currently seeking applicants for its next round, so if you think you can hang with the big kids (musically), this is your chance to prove it! Applicants must have been active in the Pikes Peak region for at least 12 months, performing original compositions, and must have some type of Web presence. For complete rules and information, visit pikespeakcenter.com/showcaseatstudiobee.

Back in action after a brief "hiatus" comes Dave Mansfield (of Mansfields fame) with a brand-new band ... Dave Mansfield and the L.A.M.F's. No need to guess at what those cryptic letters stand for, if you're a fan of the legendary Johnny Thunders. Otherwise: No, they don't stand for "Lame Ass Mother Fucker," as you might naturally assume; they're for Like A Mother Fucker, the only studio album ever recorded by the infinitely influential NYC street rock 'n rollers, Johnny Thunders and the Heartbreakers. On a mini Colorado tour with Prima Donna, who themselves just recently toured with a "little known" band called Green Day, the L.A.M.F's will befoul the Triple Nickel Tavern this Friday, July 9; Benders Tavern in Denver on the 10th; and the Surfside 7 in Fort Collins on the 11th.

In other punk rock news, the legendary Kevin Seconds (the dude from 7Seconds!) will be playing a set of his unexpectedly T.Rex/Brian Wilson/Bob Dylan-influenced, but nonetheless awesome, acoustic indie/glam/rock ­— also at the Triple Nickel, Tuesday, July 13. He's currently touring his (11th!) solo recording, Good Luck Buttons, a superb collection of "raw bits, rare pieces, ok mistakes, and awkward moments from the bedroom." This show promises a more intimate look inside the matured mind of the hardcore punk rock genius who penned the classic "Walk Together, Rock Together," and recorded the single greatest version of "99 Red Balloons" the world has ever known.

Lastly, if the twang is your thang, then July 10 and 11 is your time, and the RW Colorado Country Music Expo and Fan Fair at the Phil Long Expo Center is your place. Boasting the talents of dozens of country music acts — Darryl Worley, Trent Tomlinson, the Grascals, Pueblo's own Candice Crain, the Roys, Veronica Ballestrini, Troy Hoss and Tyson Bowman, just to name a few — it claims to be "the largest 'fan fair' meet-n-greet event in the West." For more information, please visit rwmusicexpo.com.

That's a wrap, folks. Smell you later.

Send your news, photos and community brainstorming discussions to adam@csindy.com.

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