Jim Salestrom
Nov
23
7:00 PM19:00

Jim Salestrom

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Jim Salestrom is an Emmy Award winning songwriter, a gifted guitarist, and a seasoned performer who has been writing and recording music since he was 13. He has performed for four U.S. presidents, at the White House, at The Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and at the Supreme Court for his friend Justice Sandra Day O’Connor. He has appeared on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson three times and the Academy Awards show, as well as two HBO specials. Jim has also appeared on the Ellen, Merv Griffin, Mike Douglas and Jay Leno shows. His music crosses generational boundaries and is enjoyed by fans of all ages. Jim likes traveling and meeting new folks and sharing his songs and stories that have taken him around the world.

In 1977, Jim, along with his band, Timberline recorded the The Great Timber Rush for CBS EPIC in Hollywood California. While touring with Timberline, they opened for Dolly Parton. This led to a long relationship with Jim playing in Dolly Parton’s band off and on since 1979, including her 2011 Better Day World Tour. 

While doing sound for John Denver at John’s first appearance at the Red Rocks Amphitheater in 1972, he was one of the first to hear “Rocky Mountain High” at the sound check. Jim recorded vocals and banjo on John Denver’s “Different Directions” and sang with John in concert. He sang “Rocky Mountain High” at the Colorado State Capital when the song became the co-official state song of Colorado in 2007.

Jim has created a multimedia tribute to Buffalo Bill that played in May and June of 2017 in various venues in Colorado and he is now performing around the country, including Arkansas. Jim also co-produces the Shetland Reel Music Festival each August in the Shetland Islands of northern Scotland.

Jim performs regularly at the Yellowstone Club and the Stock Farm Club in Montana, as well as at The Broadmoor. Recent trips to perform include Utah, Wyoming, California, British Columbia, West Virginia, Nebraska, Alaska, and Italy.

In 2016, Jim recorded “Crossroads” in Nashville at the Sound Emporium Studios. He later added a 46-piece orchestra from Macedonia.

Jim's most recent Nashville project, called “Shady Pine,” was recorded in 2017. Produced with longtime friend and John Denver's keyboardist Chris Nole, it features Sam Bush on several songs.

Doors open 6:15 p.m. $10 general admission, $5 members and students w/ ID, free for ages 12 and younger. No advance tickets; admission at the door.

Instead of our usual two opening acts, we’ll have a special presentation by Jim Salestrom.

Baked goods, coffee, tea, and water available for purchase in the Community Center.

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Dec
14
7:00 PM19:00

The Rifters, with Holiday Potluck & Singalong

 Photo by Dave Hensley

Photo by Dave Hensley

Join us for the annual holiday potluck, concert and singalong! Special notes:

  • Please bring a dish to share. if your last name begins with letters from A-Q, bring an appetizer. If your last name begins with R-Z, bring a dessert item. 

  • We'll supply beverages.

  • Doors will open at 6 p.m. 

  • Potluck noshing begins at 6:30 p.m.

  • Show starts at 7 p.m.

  • No opening acts

The Rifters formed in 2002 in the fertile and creative music scene of Taos, New Mexico from members of two popular bands already active in the area. Jim Bradley and Don Richmond of Hired Hands, and Rod Taylor of the Rounders, who had all known one another for years playing in the acoustic dance-oriented Americana music scene of northern New Mexico, decided to join forces to form The Rifters. Putting out more music than it seems should be right for three guys on stage, the Rifters employ a wide range of acoustic and electric instruments, combined with soaring three-part harmonies. The years of playing to the dance crowds in their northern New Mexico homeland has given their music a toe-tapping rhythm that is engaging and undeniable.

And just what sort of music do The Rifters play? From the liner notes to their self-titled first CD, released in July 2004 on Howlin’ Dog Records: 

“It’s music that comes from where we come from – both from the high desert and mountain landscape of our home and from the background and experiences of our lives – sort of a laid-back high-energy gentle giant old blue-buffalo-grama-grassy, cowboy, folky, shake-a-leg with a smile sort of thing. A rift is a split or a gap, sort of the like the Rio Grande Rift that we all live on or around. But this music is more about bridging gaps. For us the music is what ties all the different times and places together. We hope you enjoy it.”

The Rifters released their second CD The Great River in 2011. It's a collection of both original tunes and songs by other writers that the Rifters have put their own stamp on and made their own.

In May 2013 the band released a live CD, “Live at the Sagebrush,” featuring songs recorded over a period of a year at one of their favorite haunts, the Sagebrush Inn in Taos, New Mexico. From the liner notes of the CD: “Three voices and three sets of hands playing various combinations of instruments form the sound of the Rifters, captured here just as it comes off the stages of the “clubs along the Sangre de Cristo,” to quote an Eliza Gilkyson song. And for decades, the Sagebrush Inn in Taos, New Mexico has been a place where you could hear the southwestern folk-Americana music of northern New Mexico, and also a place where you could see the dancers who form such a part of the ecology of the vibrant area music scene. The Rifters have played there regularly since their formation in 2002 and for many years before in their former bands The Rounders and Hired Hands. We decided to record our shows at the Sagebrush through 2012 and early 2013 with the idea of releasing a live album that carries a hint of the energy that happens there.”

In spring 2016 the band released their first all-original CD, “Architecture of a Fire,” with songs by all three band members, as well as a handful of co-writes with others, including Chuck Pyle on the title track. It also includes the full studio version of the popular song “A Hundred Miles,” which was also included on the live CD. One of the songs on “Architecture,” “I Got News for You” (written by the band with lyrics by Don’s wife Teri McCartney), was also covered by Michael Hearne and Shake Russell on their “Only as Strong as Your Dreams” 2016 Howlin’ Dog Records release.

The Rifters are:

Rod Taylor on guitar, mandolin, and vocals. Rod lives in Cimarron, New Mexico, and is recently retired from being head of cattle operations at Philmont Ranch. In other words, he doesn’t just look like a cowboy. Although Rod is well known for playing traditional western music at cowboy poetry gatherings, his musical influences run from The Beatles to The Allman Brothers to old blues to Willis Alan Ramsey and back again. Rod’s rich lead vocals provide one of the most immediately recognizable elements of The Rifters’ distinctive sound.

Jim Bradley on bass and vocals. Jim is a long-time Taos resident and is a native New Mexican, born in Las Cruces. Jim’s powerful rhythmic and percussive playing provide the pulse for The Rifters’ energetic acoustic rhythms. He has played his Fender bass from Alaska to Manhattan and many places in between, from the mountain bars to the big festival stages with touring national acts. Jim holds down many of the high harmony vocals in the Rifters’ rich vocal arrangements, and with the release of “The Great River” has begun to stretch out into some lead vocals.

Don Richmond on guitar, mandolin, fiddle, banjo, pedal steel guitar, harmonica, accordion, trumpet and vocals. Don was a founding member of the near-legendary Colorado band Tumbleweed (1973 – 1990) and the Colorado-New Mexico band Hired Hands (1992). Don lives in Alamosa, Colorado and also owns and operates Howlin’ Dog Recording, one of the most respected acoustic-oriented recording studios in the region, and has appeared on dozens of recordings by many of the region’s top artists, as well as numerous projects under his own name and with his former bands. Don’s multi-instrumental skills help provide the variety and excitement audiences enjoy in a Rifters’ performance. He also covers lead and harmony vocals.

$10 general admission, $5 members and students w/ ID, free for ages 12 and younger. No advance tickets; admission at the door.

No opening acts; instead we’ll enjoy the annual holiday potluck!

Baked goods, coffee, tea, and water available for purchase in the Community Center.

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Masontown
Nov
9
7:00 PM19:00

Masontown

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Masontown’s sound is an exciting take on the American acoustic tradition. At once fresh and familiar, the group unites the sounds of bluegrass, old-time, folk, and new acoustic music into a sonic melting pot that hearkens back to our deep musical traditions while remaining defiantly modern in conception. The group includes a lauded fiddle champion and classical violinist; a veteran bluegrass mandolin player and composer; one of Colorado’s jazz guitar greats reborn as a flatpicking sensation; and an upright bassist with roots running deep in the classical and jazz traditions.

Echoes of the poignant exploration of the Matt Flinner Trio blend with the fierce drive of Bill Monroe and the plaintive songcraft of Cahalen Morrison and Eli West. It’s no surprise that the members of Masontown have shared the stage with many of these musical icons that their sound evokes.

Hailing from Northern Alabama, guitarist and vocalist Eric Wiggs has been an integral part of Colorado’s music scene for the past decade as a teacher and performer. After moving to Boulder to attain a master's degree in jazz performance, Eric soon fell in love with bluegrass music. His diverse musical background brings a fresh, sophisticated sound to Masontown.

Wiggs takes acoustic inspiration coming from local bands like Taarka, Elephant Revival, and the Railsplitters.

Serenity is what master fiddler Natalie Padilla Koob was immersed in from the very start, beginning life in Bozeman, Montana. After winning a fiddle championship at the National Old-time Fiddle Competition at the tender age of 8, she knew that music would play a profound part in the ensuing years of her life.

She earned a degree in violin performance from the University of Northern Colorado. She picked up a few more championships including: the 2015 Rockygrass Fiddle Champion, the Rocky Mountain Regional Grand Champion, 2015 National Young Adult Champion, and Weiser's National Twin Fiddling Champion with none other than her caring mother.

She is the associate concertmaster of the Greeley Philharmonic and performs with the National Repertory Orchestra, Breckenridge Music Festival, Colorado Music Festival, Colorado Bach Ensemble, Boulder Philharmonic, and Sphere Ensemble.

Born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Mike Canney began playing the mandolin at the age of 10. He learned to play while being snuck into late night jams and festivals in the area by his banjo-player father.

After completing his graduate studies in Boston, he moved to Seattle for his doctoral studies in biomedical engineering at the University of Washington, and formed the band The Loose Digits, playing shows throughout the Pacific Northwest from 2006-2009 and recording two EPs. At the end of 2009, he moved to Lyon, France where he lived for six years and formed the group Lyon Bluegrass Revival from local French musicians and expats. Masontown is the fifth bluegrass band that Mike has been involved with over the past 20 years.

Bradley Morse has taken a circuitous route to Colorado via the Midwest and northern Florida. While he started on the electric bass, his strong interest in playing "sustainable music" led him to an all-acoustic instrument, the upright bass. With the upright bass in hand, he excelled in both jazz and classical music at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, where he completed a degree in music performance. He currently plays in at least four bands. His diverse musical background lends itself well to Masontown’s intentionally untraditional sound.

Doors open 6:15 p.m. $10 general admission, $5 members and students w/ ID, free for ages 12 and younger. No advance tickets; admission at the door.

Opening acts are David Burchfield & the Fire Guild and Carbondale-based singer-songwriter Jackson Emmer.

Baked goods, coffee, tea, and water available for purchase in the Community Center.

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hONEyhoUSe
Oct
26
7:00 PM19:00

hONEyhoUSe

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hONEyhoUSe blew the lid off the old Black Forest Community Center last time their powerful harmonies filled the room. The acoustic group combines the talents of five very diverse and seasoned artists into one unexpected musical force. Consisting of award-winning R&B/gospel soulstress Hillary Smith, earthy blues/folk singer-songwriter Yvonne Perea, sweet-voiced Mandy Buchanan, drummer Dianne DeLeon, and bassist Danielle Andrade, hONEyhoUSe seamlessly melds the lines of musical genres with original creations embracing blues, soul, folk, and Americana.

The New Mexico Music Industry Coalition has presented hONEyhoUSe with numerous awards, among them, Best Album, Song of the Year, Best in Americana, Best Vocal, and Best Production. These women have become a favorite at the Michael Hearne Big Barn Dance Music Festival, inciting the audience to rise to their feet during each performance.

hONEyhoUSe recently signed with Americana label Howlin' Dog Records to record and release their 5th album, “Kick Up The Dust.” They will begin a “Kick Up The Dust” tour starting January 2019.

Doors open at 6:15 p.m. $10 general admission, $5 members and students w/ ID, free for ages 12 and younger. No advance tickets; admission at the door.

Opening acts are Tom Gannaway, who plays classical and acoustic guitar, Irish bouzouki and the oud (pear-shaped instrument played in Syrian, Persian, Turkish, Armenian, North African and Arabic cultures); and singer-songwriter Matthew Birch.

Baked goods, coffee, tea, and water available for purchase in the Community Center.

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Beppe Gambetta
Oct
12
7:00 PM19:00

Beppe Gambetta

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Beppe Gambetta, a longtime favorite at Black Rose, is continually composing his personal mosaic of sounds and flavors. From his background as an Italian musician in love with both American roots music as well as the music of his native country, Beppe has traveled the world and even crossed the “Iron Curtain” to dazzle and charm music enthusiasts everywhere. After 11 CDs, DVDs, teaching books and collaborations with many other top-flight musicians, Gambetta is increasingly known as one of the true live master innovators of the acoustic guitar.

While Gambetta still lives in his native Genova, he travels to North America at least three times each year. His reputation in the U.S. and Canada is reinforced by his participation in prestigious festivals like the Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, Kansas, Merlefest in North Carolina, the Four Corners Festival in Colorado and Canadian Folk Festivals in Winnipeg and Edmonton, as well as events like the radio shows “All Things Considered” and “E-Town.” Beppe has performed at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. He has performed with some great heroes of the folk scene including David Grisman, Gene Parsons, Doc Watson, Norman Blake, and with the band Men Of Steel: an international guitar summit (Dan Crary, Tony McManus, and Don Ross) of different guitar schools with complex musical interactions.

Gambetta's playing and singing stand out for their intimate emotions, communication, tone, sobriety, and humor. His music modestly avoids relying solely on his high level of technical excellence but reveals the innermost feelings of a brilliant, playful mind that is always exploring and innovating while staying firmly rooted in tradition.

He creates a fusion where American roots music and Ligurian tradition, emigration songs and folk ballads, steel-string guitars, and vintage harp guitars not only coexist but interact, weaving a deep dialogue.

 Doors open 6:15 p.m. $10 general admission, $5 members and students w/ ID, free for ages 12 and younger. No advance tickets; admission at the door.

Opening acts are Denver-based The Choralary, a seven-piece ensemble featuring four-part harmony and guitar, banjo, mandocello, bodhrán, djembe, cello and flute; and singer-songwriter Leah Grams Johnson, a Berklee College of Music alumna and songwriting finalist in the Telluride Troubadour and Rocky Mountain Folks Fest competitions.

Baked goods, coffee, tea, and water available for purchase in the Community Center.

 

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Beth Gadbaw Trio
Sep
28
7:00 PM19:00

Beth Gadbaw Trio

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NEW THIS SUMMER: Join us 5-6:30 p.m. for a pre-show jam outdoors in the pavilion! This one will be a jam sampler led by Mike Watry; we’ll play out of the Black Rose Jam Sampler notebook. Bring your acoustic instrument and join in, or just listen. Come hungry -- the Lucy I’m Home food truck will be parked onsite with dinner eats for purchase.

Described by The Redstone Review as “a Celtic angel ... with all her heart in it,” and by Sing Out! as “lovely, with a light, bouncy energy ... her voice often acting as an instrument in itself,” folksinger Beth Gadbaw grew up singing harmonies with her triplet sisters in a musical household in Western Colorado.

Gadbaw came of age singing in Irish pubs and English folk clubs, and is a former Fulbright scholar and award-winning singer, composer, and teacher. She lives in Lyons, Colorado with her husband and two daughters.

Beth was drawn to Irish music at 7 upon discovering what it meant to be Irish-American. Her mother's side of the family hailed from upstate New York, having emigrated to America during the Great Famine (the story of her great-great-uncle Thomas Watson is recounted in her original ballad named for him and taken from his letters to sister Sara McGuire). Her love of learning about her family history first took her to Ireland in 1996 where she attended the Joe Mooney and Willie Clancy Summer Schools; subsequent summers found her camping on the beach at Miltown Malbay rising early to jump into the Atlantic before heading to singing classes and sessions until the wee hours of the morning.

After completing her masters in music education at the University of Colorado with an emphasis in Ethnomusicology, she returned to Ireland as a continuing education student at the National University of Ireland, Galway, where she studied Irish Gaelic in evening classes in the city and attended residential intensives in Connemara.

It was not until spending a Fulbright year in Devon, England, that Beth fell in love with English folksong, attending folk clubs in the moors and on the shores of Devon and Cornwall. She bolstered her music-teaching income by busking on the picturesque, rainy streets of the villages of Southwest England, carrying her 26-string harp and her hat to collect pennies and pounds, singing all the way.

In 2016, Beth was commissioned to set the poetry of Welsh Poet Laureate Gwyneth Lewis for four-part choral voices. Her voice has appeared in productions for stage, for Colorado and Oregon Public Television, and on various recordings. She has made guest appearances with the Chieftains and has opened for The Battle Field Band, Lunasa, and The Seamus Egan Project. Most recently, she has toured with fiddler Sandra Wong and acclaimed bouzouki player Roger Landes.

Beth Gadbaw’s music can be heard on RTÉ’s Raidió na Gaeltachta and Radio 1, as well as on Colorado Public Radio, Folk Alley, Thunder on the Plains, and more. She performs as a solo artist, with high-energy traditional band Take Down the Door, and with ethereal Celtic harp and vocal duo Gadbaw & Krimmel.

Doors open 6:15 p.m. $10 general, $5 members and students w/ ID, free for ages 12 and younger. No advance tickets; admission at the door.

Opening acts are Virginia singer-songwriter Ethan Schaefer and Milwaukee-based singer-songwriter David Ryle.

Baked goods, coffee, tea, and water available for purchase in the Community Center.

 

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Emily Barnes Trio
Sep
14
7:00 PM19:00

Emily Barnes Trio

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Photo by Todd Ryan

NEW THIS SUMMER: Join us 5-6:30 p.m. for a pre-show bluegrass jam led by Robert Hovermale outdoors in the pavilion! Bring your acoustic instrument and join in, or just listen. Come hungry -- the Wild Goose Catering food truck will be parked onsite with dinner eats for purchase.

Emily Barnes wowed our audience with a riveting performance as an opener in February, so we're thrilled to be bringing her back as a featured act. 

For the past few years, Emily has been tirelessly trekking down the open road playing venues of all shapes and sizes stopping listeners dead in their tracks with a voice that cuts to the bone and songs that pull on the heart strings. 

Now a nationally touring artist, Barnes continues to build a grassroots following from city to small town, one new believer at a time. Her sophomore album "Let in the Light" was released in 2017 and has been taking listeners through the nostalgia of finding oneself after the inevitable darkness seeps in. It is honest, it is raw, and as quirky as the show you are likely to experience. With an assortment of "found" instruments, lo-fi birds, pots and pans, this album paints a picture from start to finish. 

Doors open 6:15 p.m. $10 general, $5 members and students w/ ID, free for ages 12 and younger.

Our opening acts are “fearlessly neurotic indie folk” singer-songwriter Andrew Delaney and guitarist/songwriter Jason Miller.

Baked goods, coffee, tea, and water available for purchase in the Community Center.

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By the Lee
Aug
24
7:00 PM19:00

By the Lee

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NEW THIS SUMMER: Join us 5-6:30 p.m. for a pre-show bluegrass jam outdoors in the pavilion! Bring your acoustic instrument and join in, or just listen. Come hungry -- the Smoking J's Barbeque food truck will be parked onsite with dinner eats for purchase.

By the Lee is a duo born of the Colorado-based band The Railsplitters. Inspired by touring the world together, Lauren Stovall and Peter Sharpe began cultivating new music while on the road.

Their sound draws on old-time, bluegrass and folk, featuring Lauren's striking lead vocals and Peter's skillful picking on mandolin and tenor guitar.

By The Lee creates an intimate musical listening experience blending nostalgia along with modern songwriting.

Doors open 6:15 p.m. $10 general, $5 members and students w/ ID, free for ages 12 and younger.

Opening acts are Colorado native/now New Yorker folk, jazz, soul, and progressive pop vocalist and songwriter Ruby Greenberg, and Black Forest guitarist and singer Kurt Astor.

Baked goods, coffee, tea, and water available for purchase in the Community Center.

 

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Dawn & Hawkes
Jul
27
7:00 PM19:00

Dawn & Hawkes

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NEW THIS SUMMER: Join us 5-6:30 p.m. for a pre-show hootenanny jam led by Mike Watry outdoors in the pavilion! Bring your acoustic instrument and join in, or just listen. Come hungry -- the Wild Goose Catering food truck will be parked onsite with dinner eats for purchase.

Miranda Dawn and Chris Hawkes met when he crossed an Austin barroom floor and asked her to dance. The first time they sang together they found a sound Texas Monthly calls "undeniably intimate."

Their initial duo effort, Golden Heart, climbed to No. 25 in Billboard’s Folk chart and landed at No. 2 iniTunes singer-songwriter albums kicking off a whirlwind of cross-country touring performances withinfluential artists Alison Krauss & Dan Tyminski, Patty Griffin, Old 97s, Robert Earl Keen, and showcases at festivals like Austin City Limits, Folk Alliance, AmericanaFest, South By Southwest and TEDx.

Acoustic Guitar hails the musicality of their first full-length, Yours and Mine, as "Impeccable vocal harmonies and instrumentation” Huffington Post summarizes "Transcendent alternative-folk — you will find yourself craving more from this amazing, dynamic duo."

The duo stored their possessions and lived on the road, drawing inspiration from American deserts and mountains to the South Australian coast while navigating a shared journey through mortality, grief, the after-life and compassion for differing perspectives. Upon returning to Austin, they set upon building a new home and recording a new album. The Other Side chronicles a new chapter of life paths they've traveled and is set to release in July.

Doors open 6:15 p.m. $10 general, $5 members and students w/ ID, free for ages 12 and younger.

Opening acts are the trio Kara and the Kosmos and "wandering roots" troubadour Shawn Taylor.

Baked goods, coffee, tea, and water available for purchase in the Community Center.

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Kraig Kenning
Jul
13
7:00 PM19:00

Kraig Kenning

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NEW: Join us 5-6:30 p.m. for a pre-show bluegrass jam led by Robert Hovermale outdoors in the pavilion! Bring your acoustic instrument and join in, or just listen. Come hungry -- the Black Forest Chew Chew food truck will be parked onsite with dinner eats for purchase.

Singer/songwriter and national slide guitar champion Kraig Kenning merges contemporary folk, acoustic blues, roots rock, and American fingerstyle while maintaining a close and personal connection with his audience. 

Kenning has shaped himself into one of the most capable performers on the planet. "There is an exchange at a spiritual level in a great performance. My goal is to journey with all my listeners to this magical place," he says. Kenning has inspired comparisons with Eric Clapton, Duane Allman, Bob Dylan, and Jackson Browne, to name a few.

Chicago Tribune reviewer Dan Kening (no relation) notes "Kenning's deft finger picking and slide work on acoustic and steel resonator guitar is truly impressive, but so is his air for crafting intelligent, heartfelt lyrics and memorable melodies. Call his style laid-back music played with a burning passion."

At National Guitar's 1st Annual Slide Competition, Kraig took first-place honors as Best Unsigned Artist. He has opened for Mick Taylor of the Rolling Stones, and slide guitar master Sonny Landreth; and he has shared lineups with club and folk series favorites such as John Gorka and Patti Larkin.

Doors open 6:15 p.m. $10 general, $5 members and students w/ ID, free for ages 12 and younger.

Opening acts are Denver singer-songwriter Brianna Straut and Boulder singer-songwriter Dave Tamkin.

Baked goods, coffee, tea, and water available for purchase in the Community Center.

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Dakota Blonde
Jun
22
7:00 PM19:00

Dakota Blonde

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NEW: Join us 5-6:30 p.m. for a pre-show jam outdoors in the pavilion! Bring your acoustic instrument and join in, or just listen. Come hungry -- the Lucy I'm Home food truck will be parked onsite with dinner eats for purchase.

Dakota Blonde, made up of Mary Huckins, Don Pinnella and Tony Raddell, is one of the most unique acoustic sounds around. Their combination of original tunes and carefully selected covers, along with their endearing stage presence and humor, have earned them the descriptions “the darlings of the Front Range” and “the sweetest acoustic sound around.”

Dakota Blonde has received top honors for their songwriting, CD projects, and performances across the country and even internationally. Their newest CD, “The Love We Build,” was recently honored in the Independent Acoustic Project Awards. 

Joining Dakota Blonde on stage is multi-instrumentalist Ernie Martinez. Ernie is one of the most sought-after musicians in the region, playing stages near and far.

Doors open 6:15 p.m. $10 general admission, $5 members and students w/ ID, free for ages 12 and younger.

Opening acts are Ady Manral, a singer-songwriter from the foothills of the Himalayas, and Nashville folk singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Ashleigh Caudill, who is originally from Western Colorado.

Coffee, tea, water and baked goods available for purchase inside the Community Center. 

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Bluegrass Guitar Master Jim Hurst - plus 5-6:30 p.m. pre-show jam & food truck!
Jun
8
7:00 PM19:00

Bluegrass Guitar Master Jim Hurst - plus 5-6:30 p.m. pre-show jam & food truck!

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NEW: Join us 5-6:30 p.m. for a pre-show jam outdoors in the pavilion! Bring your acoustic instrument and join the radio-oldies-themed jam led by Larry Goodin. Or just listen. Come hungry -- Chef NaO's Food Bus will have dinner eats for purchase.

Jim Hurst’s unique picking style and mastery of bluegrass guitar wows audiences and is revered by both novice guitar players and his musical peers. His eclectic career has made him a remarkable performer, an experienced instructor and a highly sought after session musician. His a ability and gregariousness make him one of the most approachable musicians of his caliber. 

The product of a musical family, Jim honed his musical style after being influenced by the likes of Tony Rice, Clarence White and Jerry Reed. He got national exposure with Holly Dunn’s Rio Band playing acoustic guitar and mandolin, and singing harmonies; followed by several high profile television and radio appearances while touring with Trisha Yearwood playing acoustic and electric guitar, and harmony vocals. Jim also experienced performances with Travis Tritt, and Sara Evans.

Itching to play more bluegrass, Jim joined the Grammy-nominated Claire Lynch and her Front Porch String Band in 1995 where he teamed up with kindred spirit bassist Missy Raines. While with Claire Lynch, Missy and Jim formed a duet, creating ground-breaking arrangements. They earned IBMA Guitar and Bass Player of the Year for 2001 and 2002.

Wanting to pursue greater artistic freedom, Jim left the Claire Lynch Band in 2010 to embark on a solo career. With three solo works to his credit, Open Window, Second Son, A Box of Chocolates, Intrepid, and his latest 2014 release Looking Glass, Jim’s virtuosity shines as he consistently sways audiences with his deft finger work and smooth vocals. Jim performs his show full time and teaches at guitar workshops and music camps in North America and Europe. While he occasionally collaborates with other bluegrass greats, his solo performance is what keeps audiences mesmerized.

Doors open 6:15 p.m. Scheduled opening acts are guitarist/harpist/singer Kristin Rebecca and guitarist/singer Micah Meleski.

$10 general admission; $5 members and students w/ ID; free for ages 12 and younger. 

Coffee, tea, water, and baked goods available for purchase.

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MeadowGrass Music Festival
May
25
to May 27

MeadowGrass Music Festival

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The Pikes Peak Region's premiere music festival is not to be missed. With musical acts covering three, full days, craft beer tasting, food, camping facilities, and activities for the kids, MeadowGrass is a treat for the whole family. This year's event is the 10th annual. Don't miss it. 

For all the details, head on over to meadowgrass.org.

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David Bradley & Friends
May
11
7:00 PM19:00

David Bradley & Friends

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David Bradley is the band leader of the Flying W Wranglers, our local Western-swing heroes. The Wranglers have been performing for over 65 years, making them the second-oldest Western-music group in the world. For this performance, David and his buddy, Verolen Kersey on bass, will step away from the pure swing of the Wranglers to offer us a rare set of the country and traditional songs they were brought up on. 

David was raised in the West Texas town of Muleshoe. His first love is Western music. He was influenced by his father, a World Champion Yodeler, who taught him to sing, yodel, sing harmony, and play  guitar. He started playing piano at 5, and sang harmony with his dad's gospel quartet when he was 8.

It was a dream come true when David Bradley was invited to join the Grammy Award-winning Western music group the Sons of the Pioneers in 1988. While performing with this legendary group for 5 years, David became known as one of the greatest yodelers in the world, and still is today.

David has been honored by the Smithsonian Institute, Western Music Hall of Fame, Singing Cowboy Hall of Fame, and the Western Swing Hall of Fame. In 2012, he was named Yodeler of the Year by the Academy of Western Artists. David has also made numerous appearances on the Grand Ole Opry. David is a true icon of the Western-music genre.

We don't get to see David perform outside the Wranglers very often, so this should be a very special evening of traditional American music.

Opening acts: David Burchfield and Jim Young.

Doors open at 6:15 p.m. $10 general admission, $5 members and students w/ ID, free for ages 12 and younger. Baked goods, coffee, tea, and water available for purchase.

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Bill Hearne Trio
Apr
27
7:00 PM19:00

Bill Hearne Trio

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Bill Hearne calls it The Road: that metaphorical ribbon of honky-tonks, roadhouses, empty whiskey glasses, prison cells and unrequited love lined with signposts and mile markers tattooed with names like Haggard, Williams, Owens, and Lovett. Being legally blind, Bill has never actually driven The Road himself, but he sings with such authority of the tales he’s heard while riding shotgun that you’d never know it.

Bill doesn’t write his own songs. His greatness lies in his interpretive skills. His husky Texas baritone finds its way into a song’s interior with mellowness and warmth. And of course, there’s his cross picking. He picked up the guitar when he was 7 years old. “Since I didn’t have people to play with, I developed a style that incorporated a percussion rhythm while playing lead riffs. Basically, I tried to be a one man band,” he says. Like fellow cross-pickers Tony Rice and Doc Watson, Bill is improvisational. “I hardly ever play the same thing twice,” he says. 

Bill’s professional life began in Austin in 1968. It was there where he earned his first paycheck as a musician and met his future wife, Bonnie Cross. Bonnie’s mellifluous east Texas alto fit Bill’s picking like a glove. They toured TX, NM, and CO before moving to Red River, NM in 1979 where they became the house act at Chubbie’s Tavern. Fellow Texans Tish Hinojosa and Michael Martin Murphy also moved to northern New Mexico, and Bill and Bonnie found themselves the center of a thriving Americana music community.

Fast forward a decade. Bill & Bonnie move to Santa Fe where they sign on as the house band for La Fonda, a venerable downtown hotel. For 11 years, Bill and Bonnie delighted Santa Feans and countless tourists with their infectious blend of bluegrass, country and swing music. In 1997, Bill & Bonnie signed with Warner Bros. and recorded “Diamonds in the Rough.” Produced by country veteran Jim Rooney, it climbed to fifth on the Americana chart that year and led to performing at Lyle Lovett Music Festival, Merlefest, and the Kerrville Folk Festival. In 2003, Bonnie’s health deteriorated and she could no longer perform; sadly, she passed away in December. On his own musically for the first time since meeting Bonnie, Bill formed the Bill Hearne Trio. In the trio, Bill is backed by David Thom on lead guitar and mandolin, and Zeke Severson on bass. Bill is in his 26th year at the La Fonda and is still singing every Monday & Tuesday night with his Trio.

“They used to play a place called Corky’s in the Montrose area of Houston. I would get a seat right up next to the stage and sit in front of Bill and try to figure out all his guitar licks.”
– Lyle Lovett

“Whenever I come to Santa Fe, I make a point of checking to see where Bill Hearne is playing. His music is evocative of all that I love about New Mexico and the West. They broke the mold when they made Bill – you should not miss the chance to witness him in action.”
– Eliza Gilkyson (2015 Grammy nominee)

Opening acts: Andy Clifton and Robert Tiernan

Doors open at 6:15 p.m. $10 general admission, $5 members and students w/ ID, free for ages 12 and younger. Baked goods, coffee, tea, and water available for purchase.

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Colorado College Bluegrass Ensemble
Apr
13
7:00 PM19:00

Colorado College Bluegrass Ensemble

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We are fortunate to have the CC Bluegrass Ensemble on our stage for the second time in recent months (they played in November for us when the originally scheduled feature band had to cancel), and it will be a treat to see where their studies and performance work have taken them in that time. The ensemble is an academic instrumental and vocal program that provides students a challenging and creative environment to develop material with the feel and structure of bluegrass music. Keith Reed, a seasoned touring musician, leads the program at CC.

The ensemble draws from traditional sources including Bill Monroe, Flatt and Scruggs, Jimmy Martin, and the Stanley Brothers. The group frequently performs at the Durango Bluegrass Meltdown held annually in April.

NOTE: Donations and proceeds from this show will be donated to the family of our late friend and sound man Joel Theriault, to help with expenses for his care the past few years.

Opening acts are Lost Joe and Rob Silk.

Doors open at 6:15 p.m. Baked goods, coffee, tea, and water available for purchase. 

$10 general admission; $5 members and students w/ ID; free for ages 12 and younger. Doors open at 6:15.

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Moors & McCumber
Mar
23
7:00 PM19:00

Moors & McCumber

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James Moors and Kort McCumber grew up in different places, listening to different kinds of music – classical, rock, bluegrass, Irish, folk, you name it. But when they met 10 years ago they knew they’d found something golden. Since then, they’ve been cultivating their wide-ranging musical influences in songs that delve into love and life through haunting lyrics, soaring harmonies, and dazzling instrumentals. As Lloyd Maines puts it, “These guys should be playing every major festival in the country. They bring it all to the stage and deliver it in a big way.”

Opening act: Pint & A Half will do an extended set.

Doors open at 6:15 p.m. Baked goods, coffee, tea, and water available for purchase.

$10 general admission, $5 members and students w/ ID, free for ages 12 and younger. No advance tickets; admission only at the door. Doors open at 6:15.

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The Cody Sisters Band
Mar
9
7:00 PM19:00

The Cody Sisters Band

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The Cody Sisters Band blends old time, swing, Gypsy jazz, jazz, folk, and modern bluegrass together with soft sister harmonies that remind us of a simpler, slower time.

Megan Cody’s entire life has been spent with a guitar or a mandolin in her hand and a microphone at her lips. Her guitar playing took first place in the 2016 New Mexico Flatpicking competition and has drawn the attention of many, including Flatpicking Guitar Magazine. People often compare her to a young Courtney Hartman or Molly Tuttle. You’ll fall in love with her wit and music.

Maddie Cody’s favorite place is curled up on the couch with a pencil and a pad of paper to record her lyrics, poetry, and stories. At a very young age, she found that she could add color and flavor to her art by putting them to song with the soft roll of a banjo, the rich tone of a guitar, or the fast melodic beat of the mandolin. She’ll tell you that she can’t remember when she couldn’t play an instrument, and her lightning-fast fingers prove it. Crowds are wooed by her sweet innocence and fresh take on life and music.

Throughout his life, Steve Cody has played piano, guitar, mandolin, banjo, bagpipes, penny whistle, and upright bass fiddle. When the Cody Sisters’ music blossomed, it was only natural that he would focus on the upright for the rest of this life. “Really, all I wanted to do was play music with my kids after dinner or on the weekends. I got lucky in a way that I couldn’t imagine.”

Our opening acts are the "Ozark Jazz" ensemble Izabel Crane and guitarist/singer Paul McCann.

Baked goods, coffee, tea, and water available for purchase.

$10 general admission, $5 members and students w/ ID, free for ages 12 and younger. No advance tickets; admission only at the door.

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KC and the Side Hustlers
Feb
23
7:00 PM19:00

KC and the Side Hustlers

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KC and the Side Hustlers is a musical collaboration of three successful touring musicians brought together by their love of traditional Appalachain string-band music also more simply called “old-time music.”  The three “Side Hustlers” are making time in their respective busy schedules to come together to enjoy the music they all love so well but rarely get a chance to perform.

Natalie Padilla is the fiddler and vocalist of the successful Front Range band Masontown.  They have deep roots in playing old-time music and came up with the idea to bring the band together to celebrate and honor the music that so many of the recent and creative bluegrass and folk bands draw from.

Dusty Rider, banjoist from the band The Railsplitters, is just as adept at the older, more traditional form of banjo often referred to as frailing or “claw-hammer” as he is at the bluegrass banjo.  Dusty, raised on country bands like The Statler Brothers with their complex harmonies, is one of the area's best vocal harmonizers and vocal arrangers.

KC Groves, founder of the great all-female old-time band Uncle Earl, said, “I miss the drive and simple joy old-time music brings and I’m really looking forward to playing with this new combo that focuses on the traditional side of mountain music.  There wouldn’t be bluegrass or any of the music that derives from it, without old-time, and I’m so happy to be able to honor the tradition with the talented Dusty and Natalie.”

The three members of the Side Hustlers, Natalie, Dusty and KC are all singers in their own right and share the lead singing duties. All can easily swap harmony parts to provide a lush vocal backdrop to the driving, toe-tapping rhythms the band produces. Their music is rich with history but fresh with creativity and will certainly bring a smile to everyone who is lucky enough to see and hear The Side Hustlers. 

Scheduled opening acts are Taylor Dolan and Jackson Emmer.

Baked goods, coffee, tea, and water available for purchase.

$10 general admission, $5 members and students w/ ID, free for ages 12 and younger. No advance tickets; admission only at the door.

 

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Aaron Walker Quartet
Feb
9
7:00 PM19:00

Aaron Walker Quartet

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Internationally recognized Gypsy-jazz guitarist Aaron Walker’s love of music was first proven at age 6, when he saved his one-dollar-per- week allowance long enough to purchase an electric keyboard.  At age 7, his mother found him in tears when his boom box “ate” his favorite Michael Jackson cassette tape.  This was also the year that Aaron discovered his lifelong love: guitar.

Since his first gig at a coffee shop at age 13, Aaron’s music career has taken him to nationwide festivals in the U.S. and international performances in Costa Rica, Iceland, and Germany; and televised performances for the Food Network, PBS, and The Everyday Show.

In 2013, Aaron was a featured guest on the Icelandic version of Prairie Home Companion. While having earned two bachelor's degrees and one master's degree in music, Aaron considers his practical education to have come from performing with international guitar heroes, including Joscho Stephan, Bjorn Thoroddsen, Robin Nolan, Denis Chang, Richard Smith, Greg Koch, Dave Beegle and Olli Soikkeli. Aaron continues his studies under the remote tutelage of Gonzalo Bergara, who currently serves as his primary artistic influence.

The Aaron Walker Quartet features Aaron Walker on lead guitar with Luke Smith on rhythm guitar, Gary Sloan on stand-up bass, and Erik Fellenstein on violin. 

 Scheduled opening acts are Hoptown and Emily Barnes.

Baked goods, coffee, tea, and water available for purchase.

$10 general public, $5 members and students w/ ID, free for ages 12 and younger. 

 

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Monocle Band
Jan
26
7:00 PM19:00

Monocle Band

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The angelic voice of a Colorado choir girl turned earthy-roots songstress. The gritty stories of an intellectual outlaw who has found a home in folk music. The pulse and flow of a seasoned five-piece band that can turn from yearning country ballad to electrified rock soundscape to stomping bluegrass romp in the drop of a downbeat. This is the sound of Monocle Band.

Monocle Band was born when Monica Marie met Bill Huston in Boulder, Colorado. Marie’s heartfelt melody convened with Huston’s sepia-toned realism; a voice as pure as the mountain snow found it’s foil in plaintive tales of our quiet doubts and secret dreams. The two embraced their unique perspectives and, fired by a shared belief in the redeeming power of music, began writing songs together.

Flash forward to 2017, past a well-received debut CD and hundreds of performances around Colorado and beyond. Monocle Band headed into the studios of Boulder’s eTown Hall to begin work on their second full-length record. Joined by acclaimed producer John McVey, the band grew from their bluegrass and folk roots to embrace an approach to Americana that is as varied and striking as their Colorado home. The result, “The Clearing”, is an earnest collection of songs destined to enchant Monocle Band’s longtime fans and turn the ear of a new crop of listeners.

The characters who populate these songs are as evocative a cast as one will find in the world of contemporary music. Townspeople cling to hope as wildfire rages around them. Lovers’ prayers are answered on a rain-soaked creekside. A hapless romantic finds hard truth on the streets of the old west. Nameless figures meet with wonder in a moonlit clearing.

And through all these tales floats Monica Marie’s crystalline voice, soaring above the grounded upright bass of Dave Weinand, darting through the playful lines of violinist Emily Lewis, dancing with the crisp beats of drummer Todd May and Huston’s impassioned guitar.

What emerges is a glimpse of the depths and heights of the human spirit, a roots music portrait of our hardest struggles and our dearest hopes. And, in the unfiltered earnestness and shimmering arrangements of these tunes there is a glimmer of something else: the chance that pure melody, the ability to look to the sky and lend our voices to song, might yet lead us home.

Two opening acts: Lawrence Yoshito Shiroma and Vince Cain.

Coffee, tea, bottled water, and baked goods available for purchase.

$10 general admission, $5 members and students w/ID, free for ages 12 and younger.

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Joe K. Walsh & Sweet Loam
Jan
12
7:00 PM19:00

Joe K. Walsh & Sweet Loam

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Hailed by David Grisman as a “wonderful mandolin player,” the CBC-Newfoundland as “one of the best mandolinists of his generation,” and by Vintage Guitar Magazine as “brilliant,” Boston-based mandolin player Joe K. Walsh is known for his exceptional tone and taste, and his collaborations with acoustic music luminaries including legendary fiddler Darol Anger, banjo star Danny Barnes, folk star Jonathan Edwards, and pop/grass darlings Joy Kills Sorrow. He’s played with everyone from John Scofield to Bela Fleck to Emmylou Harris, and performed everywhere from festivals to laundromats to Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium.

After a number of award-winning years as mandolinist with bluegrass stars the Gibson Brothers, Joe currently splits his time between an inventive string band called Mr Sun (featuring Darol Anger, Grant Gordy and Aidan O’Donnell), a duo with Grant Gordy, and his own band. An avid educator, Joe is a mandolin professor at the Berklee College of Music. He teaches regularly at music camps throughout North America and beyond, and teaches online through Peghead Nation. 

Joining Joe are some of the best players in the acoustic world. Flatpick guitar legend and Grammy-Award winner Scott Nygaard is a singular voice in the acoustic guitar world. He has toured and recorded with Jerry Douglas, Tim O'Brien, and Darol Anger, among many others. He was the editor of Acoustic Guitar magazine for many years, and has more recently founded and developed the online music education resource Peghead Nation.  

John Mailander is one of the best young fiddlers on the planet. He's toured and recorded with Tony Trischka, Darol Anger, Molly Tuttle, LeeAnn Womack, and Col. Bruce Hampton, among many others, and is in demand as a camp clinician all over North America. 

Bassist Zoe Guigueno has anchored two of the most popular young string bands of the last 10 years, Della Mae and Joy Kills Sorrow, playing bass and singing in both groups. Her extremely tasteful and grounded approach to playing music makes her widely in demand, and she works with a variety of artists from her home in New York City.Two opening acts. Coffee, tea, water, and baked goods available for purchase. 

$10 general admission, $5 members and students w/ ID. Free for ages 12 and younger. 

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Holiday Show & Potluck with Bettman & Halpin
Dec
8
7:00 PM19:00

Holiday Show & Potluck with Bettman & Halpin

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Our annual holiday show/singalong and potluck will be headlined and led by the dynamic duo Bettman & Halpin. Bring your holiday spirit, your enthusiasm for singing, and something yummy for the potluck! Last names A-Q, please bring appetizers; R-Z, please bring desserts. Check below for more details.

Leading us in holiday song will be folk/Americana talents Bettman & Halpin. Their concerts combine high-energy upbeat bluegrass/roots inspired compositions, beautiful ballads with soaring vocals and heartfelt lyrics, and groovy feel-good songs that audiences will be singing in their heads for weeks thereafter. Interspersed between these songs and instrumentals, they tell stories. They have been touring as a duo since 2008, and incorporating a trio and quartet since 2013.

Stephanie Bettman & Luke Halpin have a well-earned reputation for hypnotizing performances filled with irresistible lyrics, transcendent harmonies and roof-raising instrumentals. They have twice been a featured act at the Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, KS along with musical heroes Byron Berline, Michael Martin Murphy w/ Pat Flynn, and Tommy Emmanuel. They can also be found performing at various arts centers throughout the US and abroad. Touring together since 2008, Bettman & Halpin have been recognized in various Regional and National competitions, including:

Grand Prize Winners in the So Cal Live Acoustic Music Competition; Winners in Southern California’s Topanga Banjo / Fiddle Contest; Most Wanted Artists at Falcon Ridge Folk Festival; 
Music Connection’s Top 25 New Music Critiques. 

Their 5 CDs have received national and international radio play along with critical acclaim, reaching the top 10 and top 5 on the National Folk DJ chart and number 1 on The Roots Music Report.

(There are no opening acts for this show)

$10 general admission; $5 members and students w/ ID; free for ages 12 and younger.

Special Show Details

  • We always have plenty of desserts, so we'd like to encourage more side dishes this year. So, if your last name begins with letters from A-Q, bring an appetizer. R-Z, bring a dessert item. 
  • We'll supply drinks, as in previous years.
  • Doors will open at 6:00 pm.
  • We'll open the food for noshing at 6:30 pm.
  • Show starts at 7:00.
  • No opening acts.
  • Stephanie and Luke will do a one-hour feature set, and we'll do a short break.
  • After the break, we'll do a holiday audience singalong to finish up the evening.

Come on out and join us. This is one of our most popular events! 

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Gabrielle Louise Quartet
Nov
24
7:00 PM19:00

Gabrielle Louise Quartet

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Make it a Black ROSE Friday with a special night of acoustic wonderment by the Gabrielle Louise Quartet. Gabrielle Louise is a nationally touring troubadour noted for her poignant lyrics and lush voice. She will be joined by Justin Evan Thompson on lead guitar, Jon McMillian on bass, and John Stilwagen on piano.

The daughter of two vagabond musicians, Gabrielle inherited the predisposition to wanderlust and song. Her music is anchored deeply in folk and Americana, but undeniably drawn to rich harmonies and melodic adventurism. Her sound has the earthy feel of early Joni Mitchell while also veering into the spirited and versatile delivery of fellow genre-hopping artist Eva Cassidy. Unafraid to take a musical escapade in the name of inspiration, Gabrielle is at one moment folkie and ethereal, the next a smoky jazz chanteuse.

Known for her authenticity and candor on stage, Gabrielle's performances are notably present and sincere, a professional presentation of her private creative world. Her story-telling and banter envelopes and enchants, gently enticing her listener to release their grip on the status quo. Perhaps because of this quality, Louise has been entrusted to share the stage with greats such as Richie Havens, Tom Paxton, Joan Osborne, Eliza Gilkyson, and Guy Clark.

A poet, painter, prose writer and orator, Gabrielle has also presented a talk on autobiographical expression at TEDx, an independently organized TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) event. Her talk, "The Breath of Experience," stresses the importance of making time to both "inhale" what others tell us about the world and mindfully "exhale" our own creative impressions of those stories.

In the original songwriting realm, Louise has released a handful of records, the most recent of which were Mirror the Branches (2010), The Bird in My Chest (2014), and If the Static Clears (2016).

"One of the finest songwriters of her generation"
David McGee, Deep Roots Magazine

"deliciously literate and thought-provoking (thus sexy) Americana"
Mike Greenblatt, Aquarian Weekly

Opening acts are John C. Spengler and Paul McCann.

$10 general admission, $5 members and students w/ ID, free for ages 12 and younger.

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Colorado College Bluegrass Ensemble with Keith Reed
Nov
10
7:00 PM19:00

Colorado College Bluegrass Ensemble with Keith Reed

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A medical problem has forced our good friends in hONEyhoUSe to bow out for this Friday’s Black Rose concert. We have a wonderful show for you, though. The good folks of the Colorado College Bluegrass Ensemble will take our stage instead.

The CC Bluegrass Ensemble is an academic instrumental and vocal program that provides students a challenging and creative environment in which to develop material with the feel and structure of bluegrass music. Keith Reed, a seasoned touring musician, leads the program at CC.

The ensemble draws mainly from traditional sources including Bill Monroe, Flatt and Scruggs, Jimmy Martin, and the Stanley Brothers. The group frequently performs at the Durango Bluegrass Meltdown held annually in April, and we try to have them as our feature act at least once each year. Our show with them last April was cancelled because of a snowstorm, so we’re glad to welcome them back this Friday. Most of last year's senior ensemble graduated in May, so it’ll be fun to see the new group of talented, young musicians Keith has assembled for this year. As a bonus for us at this show, he'll join the group on banjo!

Come on out and join us for a fun, energetic show this Friday at our little concert hall in the woods. The Black Forest Community Center is just 9 minutes off I25 at 12530 Black Forest Rd, just north of Colorado Springs. It’s the log hall at the corner of Shoup and Black Forest Road.

$10 general admission; $5 members and students w/ ID; free for ages 12 and younger.

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WireWood Station
Oct
27
7:00 PM19:00

WireWood Station

 Black Rose favorite WireWood Station features, from left, Bob Bowker, Michelle Edwards, Casey Cherry, and Sam Wachtler.

Black Rose favorite WireWood Station features, from left, Bob Bowker, Michelle Edwards, Casey Cherry, and Sam Wachtler.

What do you get when you put a rocker, a classical violinist, a bluegrass guitarist and a jazz bassist in the same room? Award-winning WireWood Station. This eclectic group of musicians won Best Acoustic Band in Colorado at the Rocky Mountain Music Festival as well as the Best Band in Colorado Springs title from the readers of the Gazette for 2016 and 2017.

The band features Casey Cherry, Michelle Edwards, Bob Bowker, and Sam Wachtler. They love to give their audiences an infectious brew of tight harmonies and driving instrumentals for a foot-stompin' good time.

$10 general admission; $5 members and students w/ ID; free for ages 12 and younger. 

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+++SORRY, SOLD OUT+++  A Tribute to Charlie Hall and Marianne Danehy
Oct
15
2:00 PM14:00

+++SORRY, SOLD OUT+++ A Tribute to Charlie Hall and Marianne Danehy

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Join us on Sunday afternoon, October 15th, for a tribute to two folks who have given so much to our local music community! Our host band will be New West, and they will be joined by Phil Volan, Joleen Bell, The Flying W Wranglers, KJ Braithwaite, Dave Firestine, Cary Black, Lewis Mock, Wade Krauss and other musical friends of Charlie and Marianne. All proceeds after expenses will be used to defray performers’ travel costs and go toward some crazy ideas of Charlie's. This will be a special afternoon.

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Hard Road Trio<br>(++Our Bring-A-Friend Show++)
Oct
13
7:00 PM19:00

Hard Road Trio
(++Our Bring-A-Friend Show++)

 From left, Anne Luna, Steve Smith, and Chris Sanders are Hard Road Trio.

From left, Anne Luna, Steve Smith, and Chris Sanders are Hard Road Trio.

++++Bring a Friend and They'll Get In Free!++++
Bring a friend who's new to the Black Rose to this show, and your friend will get in free. If your friend becomes a member at the show, they'll get a free BRAS CD along with all the other goodness a membership brings. And, you'll each get a free kitchen item! 

Steve Smith, Anne Luna and Chris Sanders are The Hard Road Trio, creating original southwestern acoustic music at the crossroads of roots and bluegrass. Hard Road Trio is known for its perfect harmonies, stunning mandolin playing, and award-winning songwriting.

Lifelong musicians Steve Smith (vocals, mandolin, mandola and guitar) and Chris Sanders(vocals and guitar) are joined by emerging artist Anne Luna (vocals and bass), capturing audiences across the country with the depth of their songwriting and the power of their distinctive voices.

Their music grows from Steve’s love of bluegrass rooted in his native Virginia, the beauty of choral singing ever-present in Chris’ Minnesota childhood and the tradition of music in Anne’s New Mexico family. Together, their Southwestern blend of roots and bluegrass music provides a unique heartbeat and lilt underscored by Anne’s driving and elegant bass. Their “perfect harmonies” (Audiophilereview.com) are “… delivered with a sense of connection and joy, both in the music and in sharing of it.” (Kerry Dexter, Wandering Educators)

Appearances by the Trio include Tucson’s Desert Bluegrass Festival, Pickin’ in the Pines, Bighorn Mountain Festival, Swallow Hill in Denver, Durango Bluegrass Meltdown, Black Rose Acoustic Society, Wildflower Concerts, Albuquerque Folkfest, Berkeley’s Freight and Salvage, Rice Festival, and Hardly Strictly Bluegrass as well as an official showcase at FAR West in Oct. ’12. Steve has also played and recorded with Jim Hurst, Missy Raines and the Alan Munde Gazette. Steve, Chris and Anne continue to be in demand as teachers and clinicians (Camp Bluegrass, HCamp, California Coast Music Camp, Kaufman’s Acoustic Kamp and Zoukfest).

$10 general admission; $5 members and students w/ ID; free for ages 12 and younger. Two open stage acts precede the feature. Baked goods, coffee, tea, and water sold onsite.

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Toney Rocks
Sep
22
7:00 PM19:00

Toney Rocks

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Recognized by The Las Vegas Weekly as one of the top 10 Acts to Watch in 2017, Toney Rocks sits between folk, blues and rock with engaging songwriting. Delving deep into an intimate solo acoustic performance, Toney Rocks supports his soulful singing with acoustic guitars, ukulele, mandolin, and piano.

Rocks' sound has been likened to that of Keb Mo, Jackson Browne, James Taylor and Richie Havens.

In addition to his own headlining concerts around the U.S., Toney Rocks has shared the stage with folk music legend David Bromberg and opened for artists such as Corey Harris and Jarekus Singleton.

$10 general admission; $5 members and students w/ ID; free for ages 12 and younger. Two open stage acts precede the feature. Baked goods, coffee, tea, and water sold onsite.

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The Hydes
Sep
8
7:00 PM19:00

The Hydes

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Sister-brother duo Joanna and Iain Hyde weave creatively and decisively through an eclectic musical landscape of Americana, Irish, bluegrass, and beyond. They merge these folk styles to create textured instrumentals and rich vocal harmonies on their upcoming debut album, Green and Blue, in a way that speaks unmistakably of roots in Colorado and Ireland, as well as visits to places in between.

From gigs in Nashville to Ireland, sold-out shows at home in Colorado and the Western USA, and most recently performances throughout Iceland, The Hydes continue to expand their collective, exploratory musical scope. Joanna (fiddle, vocals) and Iain (guitar, mandolin, vocals) grew up in a musical family, traveling the USA to share their music at festivals, house concerts, workshops, and various concert venues from their primary school days onward. Brimming with curiosity and a sense of adventure for an array of styles, The Hydes have forged a path of musical experience that includes classical, Irish, Cape Breton, Texas swing, bluegrass, swing, blues, and classic American folk idioms.

Joanna graduated magna cum laude from Colorado College with a BA in Music in 2009, and was recognized with the Music Department’s top performance and academic awards. In 2011, Joanna was selected as one of 10 scholars from across the United States by a panel of distinguished arts professors and professionals to receive the Jack Kent Cook Foundation's Graduate Arts Award. With this generous scholarship, she moved to Ireland to pursue three years of studying Irish traditional music as well as teaching at the University of Limerick’s Irish World Academy of Music and Dance. Joanna graduated with an MA in Irish Traditional Music Performance in 2014, and currently splits her time between Colorado and Ireland, performing and teaching music.

Alongside a career in public policy and disaster recovery, Iain has composed, performed, and taught music throughout Colorado, the Midwest, and in Nashville, Tennessee. He is highly accomplished on violin/fiddle, having studied classical and various folk styles for a number of years, winning many contests along the way including a place in the top of five of his age division at the National Old-time Fiddler's Contest. In playing music with Joanna, Iain began to explore a variety of other instruments as well, first finding a love for guitar and later mandolin. Paired with his spark for boundless musical endeavoring, Iain's versatility as a multi-instrumentalist and vocalist imaginatively expands the range of possibilities for this duo.

Through their many years as performers, teachers, and students across the USA and Europe, Joanna and Iain combine breadth of experience and passion for creative exploration in a constant search for new and innovative acoustic music.

$10 general admission; $5 members and students w/ ID; free for ages 12 and younger. Two open stage acts precede the feature. Baked goods, coffee, tea, and water sold onsite.

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