Local Colorado Springs, CO Music Scene
The MeadowGrass Music Festival celebrates its 10th year in 2018 Memorial Day Weekend as one of Colorado's most eclectic events. The three-day festival May 25-27 at La Forest Conference & Retreat Center in Black Forest is located between Colorado Springs and Denver. It has regularly been named "Best Music Festival" by Colorado Springs Independent readers. The national and regional lineup includes Mike Maddux & The Headliners, the New Orleans Suspects, The Steel Wheels, Sandy Wells and Ron Pope.
Buenta Vista provides a getaway destination for people who want to explore earthy environments. Local and touring bands play at several venues in this small town west of Colorado Springs. Buena Vista's Lariat Bar and Grill at 206 Main Street is a place to catch Denver, Boulder, Colorado Springs and up and coming talent. Modern Americana/folk acts Kevin Danzig, The Coteries and The tribute band Deadphish Orchestra performed at the venue March 30, 2017.
Colorado Springs is a tourist attraction for winter skiiers and a large employer for the defense industry. In the 2010 Census the metropolitan population was over 645,000. Campuses include University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, Colorado College and Pikes Peak Community College. The local scene is covered by The Gazette and the Colorado Springs Independent. The history of the Colorado Springs music scene has included OneRepublic guitarist Zach Filkins, Boston Pops Conductor Keith Lockhart, Aerosmith bassist Tom Hamiltonand indie hip hop/rapper Black Pegasus.
Some of venues where national and top local acts perform include Stargazers Theatre and Event Center, Pikes Peak Center and Packard Hall at Colorado College, which is also the home of the Edity Kinney Gaylord Cornerstone Arts Center. This campus is also where the Summer Music Festival Orchestra performs. Acoustic shows are seen at The Loft Music Venue. Local artist establishments include Rico's Coffee and Colorado Springs Senior Center. Colorado Memorial Park is a site where summer festivals are held.
The Hillside Gardens Summer Concert Series is a showcase of some fo the region's top talent each year from May through September. Here are artists scheduled to perform in 2013: B.J Estares and Route 61, Out of Nowhere, Benjamin Pratt, Burn the Maps, Redraw the Farm, Mistura Bela 3, 21/3, Chuck Pyle, Mango fan Django, Robert Beard, Mitguards, John Wise and Tribe, George Sisneros and The Hollands. The Acacia Park Summer Concert Series is every Firday from June through August. Other sites for outdoor concerts include Larkspur Community Park, First and Main Town Center, Bancroft Park, Wolf Ranch, Soda Springs Park and Manitou Springs Public Library.
Colorado Springs Music Acts
Axcess * Robert B. Williams * Kajmir Royale * Brian For President * Julee Avery * Kelly Feeley * John-Alex Mason * Reine * Theresa Carmoney * Taryn Ashley
Tom Murphy's guide ot the local music scene from 2005 to 2010 at Westword.com is a rich commentary on memories, published in April 2015. He lists several bands and includes history black and white photos of artists such as Eyes Caught Fire, Abracatabya, Sedalia, Zahar, Black Moth Super Rainbow, Colonial Express, El Toro De La Muerte, James Germain and color shots of The Mansfields and The Pick-Up Artist.
Downtown First Friday is a showcase of Colorado Springs local art and music, organized by the Downtown Partnership. The first event in the series for 2013 is Friday, September 6. Drummers, musicians, poets and dancers will be all over Downtown, in an effort to present the area as a creative arts district. The Pikes Peak Center is one of the venues with live music. Street performances at the Sidewalk Stage will help fill the air with music. This series was written about in this Bill Vogrin article 8/5/2013 in the Colorado Springs Gazette.
Pikes Peak Music Association is a musician's union and resource for people to find and hire local musicians from a wide mix of genres for events such as weddings and private parties. It's also a place to find music teachers who specialize in specific musical instruments. The association holds regular meetings for members to voice their opinions. They use professional contracts from the American Federation of Musicians (AFM). One of the purposes of the association is to allow people to work directly with musicians.
The Acacia Park Summer Concert Series in 2013 is free, organized by the Downtown Partnership, featuring a wide range of local artists. In 2013 artists included Kings of Space, Edith Makes a Paper Chain, Moonhoney, Chuck Snow, Estelline, Haunted Windchimes, El Toro, We Are Not a Glum Lot, The Alan Joseph Trio, Levi Weaver, Mark's Midnight Carnival and Joe Ulveas.