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Monsters of Madness implodes, but Sizzlefest is a go 

click to enlarge Everybody loves a clown: Mastodon’s new frontman will make his live debut at this year’s High Elevation Rock Festival. - JIMMY HUBBARD
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  • Everybody loves a clown: Mastodon’s new frontman will make his live debut at this year’s High Elevation Rock Festival.
The summer may be gearing down somewhat — at least according to the calendar, if not the weather itself — but there are still plenty of festival opportunities for those itching for outdoor music experiences.

For fans of the heavier stuff, late September offers the High Elevation Rock Festival at Englewood’s Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre. The two-day event, running Sept. 22 and 23, is headlined by nü-metal elder statesmen (admittedly not a phrase I thought I’d ever be writing) Korn and Five Finger Death Punch, rounded out by the likes of A Day to Remember, Stone Sour, Halestorm, Mastodon and Zakk Wylde’s Zakk Sabbath. Not all the guitars present will be downtuned to C sharp, however, as the comedic glam/hair metal outfit Steel Panther and fraternal garage-punk trio Radkey are also among the performers.

Coming up a little closer, both in time and space, is a one-day festival that is bound to be near and dear to many musicians and fans in Colorado Springs. The Black Sheep’s inaugural Sizzlefest is dedicated to the memory of Chris Forsythe, who passed away in 2015. The Sept. 2 event will celebrate Forsythe’s legacy the way he would have wanted, with bands, food and friends. Among the performers, many of whom featured prominently in Forsythe’s own career, are Talia Hoit, Cleanse the Destroyers, Worry, Capricorn, Matterhorn, The Dub Project, Against Tomorrow’s Sky, Seven Year Coma, Grindscape, Tree of Woe, The Color Insane (version 2.0) and Malakai.

And then there’s the one that got away: The six-day Colorado Monsters of Madness & Tattoo of Earth Festival, which was scheduled to take place near Yoder over Labor Day weekend, promised a robust, two-stage lineup peppered with names and faces familiar to Colorado Springs fans as well as a slew of tribute bands (just to name a few: Masters of Puppets playing Metallica, Rockissity playing Kiss, and Van Wholen playing, well, Van Halen and The Who). However, it has just been announced that the festival will be postponed, with some acts being moved to a three-stage Halloween weekend concert series running Oct. 26-29 at the South Circle Drive Hotel Eleganté.

According to festival promoters, the original event ran into holdups from the Department of Transportation, as well as from locals who had petitioned the county for a hearing over the festival. Refunds, they say, will be available at point of purchase.

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