This must be a good place for talented musicians to hide -- first Johnny Smith, then five-time Grammy-nominee Kim Stone. The jazz guitarist is a local drifter, playing with blues groups, jazz quartets, impromptu rock jams and, tonight, with the Kim Stone Electric Band. Stone performs with Barry Wedgle, Alan Joseph, Randy Bowen, Glen Whitehead and Crystal Brandl at the Smokebrush Center for Arts and Theater, 235 S. Nevada Ave., in the Cabaret. Admission is $5 and the show starts at 8:30 p.m. Find out more by calling 444-0884.
Victoria Hansen Clamp, Doug Kendrick and Susan Stewart bring a bit of the Great White Way to Colorado College this evening, in a summer performance of Side by Side by Sondheim. Local comedian Tim McKenna will narrate the musical comedy featuring early Broadway songs written by Stephen Sondheim. The show opens at 7:30 p.m. in Packard Hall, on the southwest corner of Cascade and Cache La Poudre. Tickets are $12 ($2-$5 with a CC I.D.) and the musical runs through Sunday. Call 389-6607.
There is nothing as satisfying as a good book, except for perhaps buying said good book at a disgustingly low price. The Pikes Peak Book Fair is huge, including 30 local, regional and national booksellers selling rare, used or out-of-print books and vintage maps. Admission is $2 on Friday, $1 on Saturday. Pay the extra buck and go today; you'll get first pick. The fair is open from 4 to 9 p.m. today at the Colorado Springs City Auditorium, 221 E. Kiowa, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. tomorrow. Parking's not a problem, it's free in the city garage at Nevada and Kiowa. For details, call 473-8175.
My friends and I like to roll past the mirrored glass of the Bank One building downtown so we can watch ourselves in our cars. Oh, yes, we look good. But it's that positive, vocal reinforcement that we lack, that can only be found during a proper Friday night cruise. The Sangre de Cristo Arts Center, 210 N. Santa Fe Ave. in Pueblo, wants to give art lovers a chance to show off their hot rods and speedsters and get a slice of culture, as part of their summer exhibition theme -- Customized & Converted: The Art of the Automobile. Rock 'n' Roll Cruise Night begins at 5 p.m., but bring your one true piece of mechanical love to the parking lot early, to make sure you get your roadster in a good spot. Admission to the gallery is free. Call 719/543-0130.
Get on the bus, the Art Bus, that is. It's a field trip for grown-up art lovers who want to check out hot local art galleries. A luxury motor coach, complete with loo, will leave from the Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts in Palmer Lake, then tour the Business of Art Center in Manitou and Rich Designs in southwest Colorado Springs, stop for dinner at Sencha, then swing by for dessert at Tyler and Lacy Fine Art downtown. Tickets are $25-$30, and you pick up your own dinner tab. R.S.V.P. by calling 481-0475. The bus leaves at 3 p.m.
The driving guitars and thoroughly rock lyrics of Celtic band Seven Nations are enhanced by competent fiddling, good harmonization and the drone of the pipes. This intelligent blending of old and new is something akin to what the Dave Matthews Band might sound like had they been raised in North Tipperary. The Colorado Music Fest brings the East Coast group to the University of Southern Colorado in Pueblo. They play on Hasan Outdoor Stage tonight at 7:30. Admission is free. Call 719/549-2126.
n. pl. eidolons or eidola (-l)
1. A phantom; an apparition.
2. An image of an ideal.
[Greek eidlon, from eidos, form.]
So they're not perfect, but they're ideal, and perhaps a little creepy. Acoustic duo Eidolon is the featured performer at tonight's gathering of the Mountain Acoustic Music Association concert and jam. Feel free to bring your instrument to the Ute Pass Cultural Center, at Hwy. 24 and Fairview in Woodland Park. Impromptu jams can and often do break out at a meeting of M.A.M.A. Admission is $3; free for the under-18 crowd. The music begins at 6 p.m. Call 687-5284.
They're big, they're bad, they're your Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, baby, and they want you, yes, you, sweet stuff, to get what your mama gave you down to the Pikes Peak International Raceway, 16650 Midway Ranch Road, Fountain. After the Radisson Indy 200 races, which will be televised live on ABC, the swing band performs to racegoers at 4:30 p.m. Tickets to the race run from $35 to $45. Call 888/306-7223. The race begins at 2 p.m.
L.A. is a hard city, a city that produces a hard sound, like that of guitar-wielding aggro-rockers Spineshank. They play tonight at the Colorado Music Hall, 2475 E. Pikes Peak Ave., with equally hard-ass bands Puya, Chiamira and Ill Nino. Tickets for all four bands are $10 and the show is all-ages. Call 800/965-4827 for information. The show begins at 8 p.m.
19 Tuesday Resident Coloradan Alex Komodore and one of the finest flamenco guitarists around, Miguel Espinoza, perform together tonight in Hoag Recital Hall, at the University of Southern Colorado, Pueblo. The guitarists are in town to help out at the Colorado 2001 Music Fest guitar camp. Tickets are six bucks. Call 719/549-2126.
Our own 19-piece Colorado Springs Contemporary Jazz Band performs tonight as part of the Colorado 2001 Music Fest, a musical extravaganza of epic proportions. The show begins in Hoag Recital Hall at USC in Pueblo at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $6; call 719/549-2126. Check the Listings for a complete Music Fest schedule.