All right! It's finally almost starting to feel like it might want to try to start feeling like Christmas! And with this being Colorado Springs and all, we should really know how to celebrate Baby Jesus Day like nowhere else on Earth (OK, except maybe for Bethlehem).

And so, in the spirit of Joseph, Mary, the Wise Men, Frankenstein and Merle, I went forth and asked the appropriate local "manger"-dwellers what "gift" they would like to stuff in "the scene's" stocking this year. And, please, I begged, no more severed legs — that joke got old in Year 2!

Chris Forsythe (lead singer, Malakai; sound engineer, the Black Sheep): "My gift would be for one local band to break big on a national scale. It happened to a bunch of bands in Denver, and now their scene is blowing up. Everyone in D Town believes their friend's/brother's/boyfriend's/girlfriend's/roommate's band is going to be the next big thing, and they support them like crazy. We've had a few come close, but no one has actually done it. Who can do it? Matterhorn, El Toro, In Elements, We Are All Destined to Fail, Murder Hat?"

Heather Browne (I Am Fuel, You Are Friends music blogger, fuelfriendsblog.com): "I would gift the Colorado Springs music scene with a vibrant, multi-use music venue/artistic space/bar in the heart of downtown that would draw us all together in new ways. The community in the heart of downtown lacks a really solid, classy, mid-size musical venue that can draw the kind of national bands who play up in Denver and Boulder. It'd be the best Christmas gift ever, even if we couldn't tie a bow around it."

Nick Santamaria (guitar/vox, the Conjugal Visits, and ex-Nicotine Fits): "If I could get one gift for the Colorado springs music scene, it would be more bands. I seriously wish I didn't have a job so I could form 10 different bands and pull in all the people that I have been wanting to play with from here and Denver.

"Another thing I would really like to see happen — and it's something I've been working on trying to get together — is another all-ages music venue. No booze. After putting on a few pretty good shows, I feel like it could amount to something. I think the kids in this town get the shaft, in a sense, when everything is being put on at the bars — or now, it's just bar. (R.I.P., Rocket Room.)"

Samovar (aka Iggy Igloo, solo performer): "There are so many different things that could improve the quality of the music scene right now! I think mostly I'd like to see a venue suitable for more experimental or noise-based bands to play."

Ishhod Collins (member, The Heartless; promoter, Kiowa Sessions): "One gift for the scene would easily be having a return of a legitimate music hall/venue directly in our city center. Something on par and similar in vision to that of 32 Bleu, but with a more centralized focus on the recruitment, organization, marketing and presentation of local and touring acts."

Jason Bennett (folk singer): "Well, with the success of Positively Pikes Peak: The Pikes Peak Region Sings Bob Dylan — it happens to be No. 5 on the Colorado Roots Radio chart right now — my gift would be to start a trend with other tribute albums. 1) Positively Teen Spirit: The Pikes Peak Region Sings Nirvana. 2) Positively Fab: The Pikes Peak Region Sings The Beatles. 3) Positively Woody: The Pikes Peak Region Sings Woody Guthrie."

There you have it, kids, more bands, more venues, more albums! Now let's just hope we were good enough to stay off Santa's "naughty" list! Smell you next time!

Send news, pics, stockings and severed legs to adam@csindy.com.


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