MeadowGrass announces first wave of festival performers, more music in the meantime 

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Fresh off the heels of Rocky Mountain Highway’s announcement of a spring concert series — featuring shows from Tony Furtado, Billy Strings and Gipsy Moon — the first wave of announced performers for the ninth annual MeadowGrass Music Festival has been released, giving the curious an idea of what they might expect this Memorial Day weekend.

Fans of Nederland’s “transcendental folk” quintet Gipsy Moon will not only get to catch the group at the Gold Room on March 2 with North Carolina’s Mipso and Denver’s Matt Rouch, but the band will also take the MeadowGrass stage on Friday, May 26.

Also performing that day are Ben Sollee & Kentucky Native. Local music fans might have caught Sollee solo last September at the Ivywild School, but the cellist, singer-songwriter and activist is now fronting his own quintet for the occasion. Sollee released his first full-length record in four years, Infowars, with drummer Jordon Ellis last October, and has a new release due this spring.
Co-headlining with Sollee and company on May 26 is the Nashville-based country-rock band The Black Lillies. Fronted by Cruz Contreras, formerly of Robinella and the CCstringband, the group’s Southern Americana sound is fleshed out by members of the everybodyfields, Micky & the Motorcars, and many more. The band’s 2015 album, Hard to Please, received wide acclaim from numerous media outlets, including Rolling Stone, NPR and American Songwriter.

While the headliners for May 27 will be announced at a later date, Connecticut-based folk rockers Parsonsfield and Michigan-based trio The Accidentals will both perform that day, while May 28’s headliner is the Denver indie-folk sextet Paper Bird, who appeared at Bristol’s Freewheelin’ Music Fest in 2015.

Meanwhile, here are some more notable shows taking place across Colorado in the weeks ahead:

Red Hot Chili Peppers, Pepsi Center, Denver, March 2
Immortal Technique, Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom, Denver, March 3
Donavon Frankenreiter, Bluebird Theater, Denver, March 9
Suicidal Tendencies, Summit Music Hall, Denver, March 10
Bon Jovi, Pepsi Center, Denver, March 14
Elton John & His Band, Broadmoor World Arena, March 16
John Wayne & The Pain, Black Sheep, March 17
Panic! At the Disco, Pepsi Center, Denver, March 17
Skillet, Fillmore Auditorium, Denver, March 18
Sleigh Bells, Gothic Theatre, Englewood, March 24
Robert Randolph, Gothic Theatre, Englewood, March 25
Coco Montoya, Oriental Theater, Denver, March 26
Big Sean, Fillmore Auditorium, Denver, March 28
Jonathan Richman, Bluebird Theater, Denver, March 28
Regina Spektor, Fillmore Auditorium, Denver, March 29
Social Distortion, Ogden Theatre, Denver, March 30-31
Bob Margolin, Stargazers, March 31

Here’s what's playing around this week:

click to enlarge Supersuckers come to the Triple Nickel Tavern on February 24.
  • Supersuckers come to the Triple Nickel Tavern on February 24.

Wednesday 2/22

Black Sheep, Authority Zero, HEY SMITH, The Sleights (rock/pop), 7 p.m.
Jack Quinn’s, Joe Sciallo and the Deep End (blues), 7 p.m.
Margarita at Pine Creek, Crystal and the Curious (jazz), 6:30 p.m.
Thirsty Parrot, Colorado Springs Contemporary Jazz Big Band, 6 p.m.

Thursday 2/23

Motif Jazz Cafe, Trisha Parrish (jazz), 7:45 p.m.
Rico’s, Susan Rissman and John Wise (blues), 7 p.m.
Rocks Sports Bar & Grill, Blues Jam with Austin Johnson, 8 p.m.
Stargazers, New Wave Fest – Tribute to Depeche Mode, The Cure and David Bowie (rock/pop), 7 p.m.

Friday 2/24

Back East Bar & Grill, Suga Bear & The Show Time Band (R&B), 8:30 p.m.
Black Forest Community Center, Cosy Sheridan (acoustic), 7 p.m.
Crystola Roadhouse, Dallas Alley (rock/pop), 8 p.m.
Johnny’s Navajo Hogan, George Duncan & The Moonlighters (country), 8:30 p.m.
Motif Jazz Cafe, Susan Rissman (jazz), 8 p.m.
Playing Field Sports Bar, Justus League (blues), 9 p.m.
Rocks Sports Bar & Grill, Colorado Floyd (rock/pop), 9 p.m.
Stargazers, Tribe Mardi Gras Celebration (blues), 8 p.m.

Saturday 2/25

Crystola Roadhouse, Dallas Alley (rock/pop), 8 p.m.
Johnny’s Navajo Hogan, Justus League (blues), 9 p.m.
Motif Jazz Cafe, Steve Wilson Trio (jazz), 8 p.m.
Rawkus, Said the Sky (dance), 8:30 p.m.
Spiritual Energy Exchange, Sound Healing Concert (world), 6:30 p.m.
Stargazers, Collective Groove Dance Party (rock/pop), 8 p.m.
Subterranean Nightclub, Freak Out with Creatures, DJ Bear and DJ Obskur (dance), 9 p.m.
The Buzz, DJ 6ix-9ne (dance), 9 p.m.

Sunday 2/26

Black Sheep, Sunless, Grogus (metal), 7 p.m.
Jack Quinn’s, Traditional Irish Session, 3 p.m.
SouthSide Johnny’s, Blues Jam with Austin Johnson, 5 p.m.
Sunshine Studios, Secondhand Serenade, Hawthorne Heights (rock/pop), 6:30 p.m.
Whistle Pig, Grant Sabin’s Hill Country Sundries (blues), 4 p.m.

Monday 2/27

SouthSide Johnny’s, Rawbert (acoustic), 6 p.m.

Tuesday 2/28

Alchemy, Jesse Cotton Stone (blues), 9 p.m.
Benny’s, Sweet T’s Rude Blues Jam, 7 p.m.
Jack Quinn’s, Fat Tuesday Celebration with Tribe (jazz), 6 p.m.

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