Bluesman Duke Robillard, founder of Roomful of Blues, performs tonight at the Colorado Music Hall, 2475 E. Pikes Peak Ave. A respected musician asked to sit in with such artists as Bob Dylan, Ruth Brown and Snooky Pryor, Robillard plays a variety of blues styles with his swingin' horn section. Tickets are $10.50. Call 800/965-4827 or cruise by any Independent Records location. The show starts at 9 p.m.
Get Ready, because I Ain't Too Proud to Beg you to check out The Temptations Review with Dennis Edwards and special guest Jeffrey Osborne tonight. It might be Just My Imagination, I'm often a Ball of Confusion, but My Girl, My Baby, I Can't Get Next to You at the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave.) unless you get tickets, which run from $31 to $76. Run Away Child from your Psychedelic Shack and get to the box office, or call 520-SHOW. The review starts at 7:30 p.m.
Without legit frustration behind those angry rants, punk is crap, and whining about girls and high school just doesn't cut it. The River City Rebels understand this, and their leftist socio-political music swings the long idealistic arm of punk, giving the listener a hard thwack in the ears -- and the mindset. They stand up for the little man, kick down the fat cats and champion free expression along the way. Yes, this is real, honest-to-God punk, in its truest, most abrasive form. The River City Rebels play a big show tonight with Socco & Venzetti, Zazie and the Metro, False Idol and a bunch more at Industrial Nation, 2106 E. Platte Ave. Admission is $5, and the show begins at 7. Call 520-0980.
Thespians unite in Palmer Lake tonight for the opening of Epiphany by Lewis John Carlino at the Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts, 304 Highway 105. Tri-Lakes Theatre Group performs this play about marriage, power, changes, desire -- and a chicken -- Friday and Saturday through June 30. Tickets are $10 and the show begins at 8 p.m. Call 481-0475.
What self-respecting Colorado home would lack some Southwestern art, a Navajo blanket, some gourd-shaped pottery, a stamped tin cross? It's only natural to give a nod to the people sho were here before Wal-Mart. This is the fifth year for the Indian-Spanish Fine Art Market at the Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St. It's the best place to get a deal on fine furniture, jewelry, pottery, weaving, sculpture, paintings and leather-, bead-, tin- and straw work, created by nearly 100 American Indian and Hispanic artists. Besides art, the fiesta features food, dancing, music, storytelling and other slices of American Indian and Hispanic culture. The market opens at 5 p.m. with music at 8 p.m. by Ruben Romero and Robert "Tree" Cody. Tickets are $20 to $25, including the concert, or $10 to $15 without. Daily admission is $5 to $6 on Saturday and Sunday. The market closes Sunday at 2 p.m. Call 634-5581 for details or 634-5583 for tickets.
Salida is an amazing town. Artistic, athletic, beautiful, ecofriendly, intelligent, pristine, cultured, entertaining ... Salida's basically the person you've always wanted to be. One of the big annual to-dos in the mountain town is the ArtWalk, and this is the ninth year for the festival. Over 40 galleries will be open throughout the small town, on both sides of the swollen Arkansas River. The Walk also features music, food and live performances tonight from 6 to 9 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission to the galleries is free. For details and directions, call 877/772-5432.
Keith Urban, country crooner and Nashville heartbreaker extraodinaire, takes a break from his Brooks & Dunn Neon Circus tour to make all the girls go crazy-wild tonight at Cowboys (3910 Palmer Park Blvd.). Tickets are $14 to $18, and the show starts at 7:30 p.m. Call 596-1212.
I'm thinking a triple-shot mocha, or perhaps just a couple cups of strong Guatemalan and some No Doz will be enough to drag me out of bed at 2:30 in the morning. But to then get me to go for a bike ride. ... yeah, well, good luck with that. Only the bravest of riders (read: insomniacs) will get a view of the night sky during the Starlight Spectacular, a 14.5-mile bike ride through Garden of the Gods and downtown Colorado Springs, beginning at 2:30 a.m. Registration begins at 12:30 a.m. and the pre-ride party with live music and coffee begins at 1 a.m. Win prizes and eat breakfast after the ride. Entry fees run from $15 to $40. Call 633-6884 or visit http://starlightspectacular.org.
I'm not familiar with the works of D'Indy, but I have to endorse the name. Pieces by the composer will be some of the works performed by the Colorado College faculty this evening, as part of the Summer Music Festival. Mozart, Beethoven and Roussel will also be featured at the concert in Packard Hall, on the southwest corner of Cascade and Cache La Poudre. Tickets are $5 to $15, and the music begins at 7:30 p.m. Call 389-6607 or visit www.coloradocollege.edu.
26 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.
What was it like to wake up in a house without central heat? To have to saddle up a horse and ride half a day to go to Colorado City, the territorial seat? To see Pikes Peak in a pristine, undeveloped state every day? William C. Holmes knows, because he got a hold of the diaries of long-ago residents, and he read them. They describe a very different Colorado Springs, and Holmes wants to share this view at the Colorado College Aficionados Luncheon, today at noon. "Early Diaries of the Pikes Peak Region," in Gaylord Hall (in the Worner Center on the northwest corner of Cascade and Cache La Poudre), also features a slide presentation. The talk and lunch is $10.25. Make sure you R.S.V.P. by June 25 by calling 389-6649.