Here I thought, after one of thee most eventful summers in LoCO's musical history (what with the fantastical appearances of Arlo Guthrie, T-Model Ford, Hank Williams III, Flogging Molly, Nobunny, etc., along with hundreds of impressive local performances), that everything would all start to slow down here soon. Boy, was I ever wrong. Just take a little listen around the state this week, and surely you will find an event to please your increasingly insatiable auditory palate ...

Let's get started over at the Studio Bee tonight (Thursday, Sept. 23), where they will break ground on the 2010-11 season of the Studio Bee Showcase with the dynamic alt.rock music of Austin Richman (guitar) and Jon Carpenter (drums), the duo known as Deuce. They'll be heard along with the easily "accessible" pop/rock stylings of Michael Child, whose clean-cut "John Mayer minus the all the weird sex junk" style should play well in the CS market.

And by now you should all know that the Showcase, through overt efforts of many fine people and organizations, intends not only to show off the colossal amount of local songwriting talent, but also to help prepare these artists for the often unexpected realities of playing on the "big stage." It really is a unique program, in that any artist who can put together a simple press kit has the opportunity to see what it takes to perform convincingly on a truly professional scale. My only criticism, really, would be the high concentration of Americana/folk style acts, so next year, I want to see all you "rockers" on that list! More info at pikespeakcenter.com.

And speaking of "big stages," you do not want to miss the "talk of the MeadowGrass Music Festival," Gregory Alan Isakov, who will be opening for comedian Richard Lewis' first-ever visit to Colorado Springs, at Stargazers Theatre on Wednesday, Sept. 29. Isakov, who was born in South Africa and raised in Philly, and now lives in Boulder, plays his own devastatingly beautiful brand of acoustic Americana, quite well-suited for staring longingly into a waning campfire before drifting to sleep under the stars on a crisp autumn evening. Visit his excellently designed gregoryalanisakov.com for an instant kinship with this fabulous singer/songwriter.

Meanwhile, on Tuesday, Sept. 28, Chicago's Pillars and Tongues will be joined by our own devastatingly beautiful folksters, the Changing Colors, at the Modbo (17C E. Bijou St., in the alley). Known in no uncertain terms for intensely magnetic and minimalistic hypnotism, Pillars shows often resemble more of an occultist gathering than a music concert, with casual observers reporting a look of mesmerized contentment on the faces of participants. More info at myspace.com/pillarsandtongues.

Moving south, geographically speaking, and loud, sonically speaking, takes us to Pueblo's Downtown Bar on Saturday, Sept. 25, where we find five of LoCO's finest punk bands bashing out their finest punk tunes for your listening pleasure. Joining the "just-a-few-shows-left" Stab Crew will be perennial favorites Bleached, the Ideal Citizens and Murder Hat and relative newbies Split Resistance, formerly known as the Mike Morris Band. This is a pretty sick little showcase of the "punk scene," so if you are one of the countless assholes who keeps asking where it's at, this is a good place to start looking. Oi, oi, oi!

Thanks for reading, kids, smell you later!

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