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Springs' 2019 music scene already touting exciting developments 

click to enlarge The redheaded zombie above will not be performing at the Jan. 26 Redheaded Zombie Show, but she will nonetheless be there in spirit. - SUNDRAW PHOTOGRAPHY / SHUTTERSTOCK.COM
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  • The redheaded zombie above will not be performing at the Jan. 26 Redheaded Zombie Show, but she will nonetheless be there in spirit.
Happy New Year! While we’re merely days into 2019, there are already some exciting developments underway for music in Colorado Springs.

One prominent happening is the re-emergence of the Redheaded Zombie Show, from a collective that was active in promoting and cataloging the music of this region from 2012-16 by organizing shows and archiving local releases. The reborn RHZ wants to continue putting together shows and expanding its archive of local CDs, tapes, vinyl and other music- and art-related ephemera (indeed, with hopes of having a safe and permanent “home base” for the display and safekeeping of the above).

Additionally, the minds behind the collective have announced plans to produce and film an ongoing “artist spotlight” video series and other digital content for its YouTube channel, such as mixes of local music and unique artwork — all in keeping with RHZ’s mission of providing a platform for local musicians and artists, whether they are newcomers or veterans of the scene.

“The original incarnation of the Redheaded Zombie Show was a source of light and warmth during dark personal times,” says organizer Cindy Verzwyvelt, “and it allowed me to meet some of the most important people in my life. I’m incredibly excited to be involved in the return, and my hope is that we can [continue] building a community around love for music, art and one another.”
The Redheaded Zombie Show’s relaunch kicks off, in the realm of live performance, with a show on Saturday, Jan. 26, at the downtown Escape Velocity Comics, featuring Castele, The Yeti, StaleMate and Trinary.
Elsewhere, performers in 2019 will also have some new stages to break in.

While the Side Door has been holding performances in the Ivywild neighborhood since September 2018, it will act as the smaller and more intimate foil to The Orion, a new venue emerging from the renovated space of the old Blue Star restaurant.

Per The Orion’s website — where visitors are immediately greeted with the bold proclamation “the future of live music in Colorado Springs” — the venue will feature space for 750 attendees, a “generous stage” and “world class sound system,” a full-service bar and, through a partnership with Echo Architecture, a classic marquee and complete facelift for the building. You can find more information and assist with crowdfunding efforts for the new venue’s completion at orionmusic.co.

Meanwhile, though the stage might be a little smaller, Rosco’s Coffee House is celebrating its own grand reopening under new owner Annette Moon. On Friday, Jan. 11, you can catch the quite ethereal lineup of Tall City, Had I Known and Vase Vide for the occasion … while enjoying complimentary beer, no less.

Early 2019 will also see the return of another Westside stage — The Red Bar, formerly known as Laura Belle’s, Belle’s Lounge and The Buzz, plans to reopen its doors for the weekend of Jan. 11.

Finally, as the new year begins and local music lovers appreciate the new opportunities in store, we must also mark the passing of a huge figure in the Colorado Springs music ecosystem, Black Rose Acoustic Society co-founder Charlie Hall.

Hall, who deeply enriched the regional music scene through his performance and pedagogy, and work with organizations including Colorado Roots Camp and, of course, the Black Rose, passed away from brain cancer on Dec. 11. The Black Rose is currently accepting donations to fund a scholarship in Hall’s name, to which you can contribute at blackroseacoustic.org.

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