Even though George Winston's inspirations come primarily from the high plains and deep forests of Montana, one cannot deny the thick layer of funk coating the pianist's music. Inspired by everyone from Chet Atkins to Professor Longhair to The Doors, Winston brings an interesting blend of jazz, R & B, rock and folk to his original compositions, while also performing classics by his idols. Winston plays tonight at the Colorado Music Hall, 2475 E. Pikes Peak Ave. Tickets are $25, and should not be passed up by any jazz aficionado. Call 800/965-4827. The show begins at 8.
She's home ... our beautiful buxom Mistress of the Dark is home ... Cassandra Peterson, a.k.a. Elvira, appears tonight at the Cinemark IMAX Theatre at the First and Main Towne Center, on Powers just north of Constitution. They've got a new flick premiering tonight called 3D Mania! -- Encounters in the Third Dimension, right up Elvira's alley. She'll be at the opening from 5 to 8 p.m., and the movie will run daily until Sept. 27. Tickets are $6.50 to $8.50. Call 596-3212 for more information.
One good thing about music -- when it hits you, you feel no pain ... so hit me with music yeah, brutalize with me music.. Just a little Trenchtown Rock to get you ready for the heady dose of Caribbean soul tonight at the Underground, 110 N. Nevada Ave. At 9:30, Jamaican Eclipse gets the place jammin' with reggae -- that wonderful, melodic music that rocks your whole body back and forth in the arms of its smooth, joyful island vibe. Admission is $3 and it's a 21 and up show. Call 633-0590 for details. I'll be there, mon....
Some call him Mr. Simmonds, his mother calls him Kim, but you know him as the heart and soul of Savoy Brown, one of the first and most important British blues bands, ever. Period. That's right, Simmonds and a new group of highly talented musicians appear tonight at the Colorado Music Hall, 2475 E. Pikes Peak Ave. Tickets are $12.50, and can be had by calling 800/965-4827 or stopping by the box office. The show starts at 9.
Put a rich invalid, a dashing stranger and a maid in the same house and you're just asking for a murder mystery. The Star Bar Players have one for you, involving a one Mrs. Bramson and her niece --Emlyn Williams' Night Must Fall. The play opens tonight at 8 in the Lon Chaney Theatre, on the corner of Kiowa and Weber streets. Tickets are $10 to $12; call 573-7411. The show runs through June 10.
What would be the point of letting all those artist types live in Manitou if they didn't have a fair every now and then to show us what they've been doing? The Celebration of the Arts Fair features juried selections from local artists, plenty of arts and crafts booths, plus food and music to satisfy those other senses. It happens in Memorial and Soda Springs Parks, at the east and west ends of Manitou Springs, respectively, allowing a leisurely stroll through the almost painfully cute mountain town. The fair is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today through Monday. Call the Chamber at 685-5089 for details.
I am so glad I bought those sheepskin chaps, otherwise I'd have nothing at all to wear to the 25th annual Territory Days Street Festival, between 24th and 27th streets on Colorado Avenue. Sure it'll be hot, but no one said I had to wear shorts! They're better for gettin' down in anyway -- what with all the great bands that'll be performing in Bancroft Park, that's a must.
In case you've never been, Territory Days is a huge street fair chock full of food, music, dancing and art -- very visually stimulating. But give the nice people who live in Old Colorado City a break and park at Coronado High School or Memorial Park's Sports Center; for a buck, you can catch a bus ride in beginning at 9:45 a.m. each day. At the very least, don't park in somebody's driveway. (People less classy than you do it every year.) Also, leave the pups at home -- it's hot, there's no accessible water for 'em and if the cops see 'em, they'll make you and the pooches go home. Other than that, it's a big Western free-for-all that lasts through Monday night. Call 475-0955 to find out more.
Just getting you prepared for that aggressive rock sound that will come rumbling forth from the belly of the Colorado Music Hall, 2475 E. Pikes Peak Ave. Slaves On Dope, Factory 81, Insolence and nloco are burning it down tonight at 8, for the low low price of just 10 bucks. And it's an all-ages show, so feel free to bring your little sisters. Go ahead -- bond. Call 800/965-4827 to find out more.
As long as you're an open-minded music aficionado, the ever-changing lineups in groups like the jazz monster that is Guitars & Saxes do nothing but intrigue and enchant you. You never know how long the jam will be, what songs they'll play, if it will be jazzy or funky, rootsy or modern. The G&S 2001 lineup features Warren Hill, Jeff Golub, Craig Chaquico and Jeff Kashiwa, who's formerly of The Rippingtons. (Do I hear a possible Kim Stone sit-in? You never know ...) The group plays the Colorado Music Hall, 2475 E. Pikes Peak Ave., at 7:30 p.m. Tickets to the all-ages show are $34. Call 800/965-4827.
Be prepared to be do-wopped right out of the park. ... Nobody can match Tiny Barge and the Big Chill in the bop-she-bop and rama-lama-ding-dong departments. Quite possibly the most famous '50s and '60s group around, the band takes the stage in Bancroft Park, on the northwest corner 24th Street and Colorado Ave., as part of Territory Days, at 1 p.m. The concert is free -- rare for these in-demand guys. Be there or be square.
29 Tuesday Palmer High's just spewing out famous people left and right. First it graduates Elvira, now Ryan William McKeel -- an 18-year-old piano wnderkid who'll present a free recital tonight in Colorado College's lovely Shove Chapel, on the east side of campus at Yampa and Nevada Avenue. McKeel's set list includes Bach, Chopin and Liszt -- impressive stuff for a teenager. There will be a reception after the concert, which begins at 7 p.m. For more info, call 389-6607.
Even if you don't know him personally, you'll probably know some of his work with the Art Police -- covering Hank the Cowboy with garbage bags, slinking around art openings in white lab coats. No matter what, Tom McElroy always draws the eye. Since the Art Police have disbanded, Atomic Elroy, as he is known, has focused on CHAOS, his gallery, studio and performing arts space. But it seems he's missing the input of other progressively minded artistes, hence the Art Debris Salon. All creative thinkers are invited to show their work, swap ideas and have general artistic fun tonight at CHAOS, 802 N. Weber St. The free meeting always begins at 5:30 p.m. on the last Wednesday of each month. Call 634-5429 to find out more.