- Whitney Luckett [ 8/20/2016 - 22:59 ] #We're resending this newsletter because we put the incorrect DAY on the Chris Smither concert. The concert is on SATURDAY evening October 15th.
We would also encourage you to consider another couple of events in the Rocky Mountain Highway wheelhouse:
- Sommerfest @ Edelweiss Restaurant tomorrow between 12 noon and 8 PM
- Our third concert in the Patty Jewett Summer Neighborhood Concert Series, Friday August 26 at the golf course with Jesse Cotton Stone & Joe McGarry - a great night of blues
- Labor Day Weekend is also a chance to support Rocky Mountain Highway at the Commonwheel Arts and Crafts Festival as we operate the beer tent, next to the music stage in Manitou Springs.
I hope our paths cross soon - and join us for a great round of concerts up on the hill!
Chris Smither at the Gold Room
- Whitney Luckett [ 8/13/2016 - 01:14 ] #
October is going to be a GREAT month for music from Rocky Mountain Highway! We warmly welcome Chris Smither (sort of) back to Friends House Concerts as he returns to The Gold Room in mid-October.
Chris is a national treasure. He hails originally from Louisiana and his music resonates with the cadence of the Delta and his stories are haunted by the characters of its environs. His song, Love You Like A Man, still, after all these years, makes it on to my dessert island disc. When you take a look at what Bonnie Raitt did with the same song, you start to understand what makes Chris such a fantastical songwriter. Artists can cover his songs, add their own mark to the song and it only gets better. You can search out almost any of his songs and see the same phenomena. There are very few that rival his songwriting capabilities. Join us at The Gold Room, it's not FHC, but he is amazing!
Click here for tickets:Chris SmitherDate: SATURDAY, October 15Time: 7:30 PMWhere: The Gold Room
Welcoming Back Songwriting Giant Richard Shindell
- Whitney Luckett [ 8/12/2016 - 23:32 ] #In October we eagerly await the return of Richard Shindell to Friends House Concerts. We were shocked to learn last time that Richard was here that he and Marc knew each other from times long gone by... What stories will we hear about this time?!
It's always wonderful to be able to quote the New York Times on our artists, so...
“Occasionally an artist has a night that makes even skeptics think, 'OK,
maybe he is the best.' Richard Shindell achieved this on Thursday at
the Bottom Line. His set list highlighted only strengths, his voice
never wavered and his band flawlessly accentuated his songs. Like two
other "best" singer-songwriters, Bruce Springsteen and Lucinda Williams,
he dwells on big, often difficult moments in the lives of ordinary
people. By staying with them even as he flies into metaphor, he
— The New York Times
October is going to be a great month for music under the the Rocky Mountain Highway banner. Richard doesn't tour the USA very often, so don't miss this chance to see him and hear tunes from his latest CD to be released on September 9th! There is nothing like being up close and hanging out with the artist at the house, so please:
Click HERE for tickets and join us here for
Friday, October 21, 2016
Door Opens: 6:45 PM
Show Start: 7:30 PM
Tickets: $35 in advance, $40 at the door
Opening our 15th Season - Melissa Greener
- Whitney Luckett [ 8/12/2016 - 23:16 ] #Friends of FHC - Thank you for all your support over the years! We will open our 15th season up here on the hill with a treasure from Nashville, Melissa Greener. Melissa is an incredibly skilled guitarist with equally impressive songwriting capabilities.
Nashville based Americana artist Melissa Greener is a singer,
songwriter and guitarist of the highest order. Her songs summon their
truth from mountain ranges, holy places, deserts, oceans and forests, or
the lonely stretch of blacktop from Detroit to Austin. Impressive
vocal chops wrap quirkily crafted narrative that “paints superb
portraits of the human condition" (Maverick Music Magazine -UK). “Words
for Greener are pigments”, finely placed and skipped like stones across
the surface of the deep-pocket groove of her raucous electric tremolo
Greener grew up in Detroit with an alluring cacophony of Mo-town,
standard torch ballads, and 1960’s Laurel Canyon records. The unique
brew emerged as the fermentation of a classically trained soprano
mother, who sang in the lounge of the Playboy Club, and a politically
bent hippie father. She savored the lyrical stylings of modernist poets
whose books she discovered in her junior high school days. Greener
muses, “I had an English teacher in the seventh grade who introduced us
to poetry. I think it back-fired on him, because I would skip class to
hide out in the library reading Dylan Thomas, Robert Service, Dickenson
We're anxious to get this next season up and running! Come join us...
Click here for tickets:
Saturday, September 10
Doors Open: 6:45 PM
Concert: 7:30 PM
Tickets: $25 In Advance
Bristol Brewery Karma Hour! This Tuesday!!
- Whitney Luckett [ 5/1/2016 - 10:26 ] #
Bristol at Ivywild very generously added Rocky Mountain Highway to their list of Karma Hour recipients! Bristol will donate 1 dollar for every pint purchased THIS TUESDAY EVENING to Rocky Mountain Highway / Friends House Concerts / MeadowGrass!
THANK YOU Bristol Brewing! We truly appreciate it...
We see some of you all the time at Bristol... Please join us down at Ivywild THIS TUESDAY between 5 and 9PM and help us raise money to continue bringing great live music to the Pikes Peak region?!
MeadowGrass Pricing To Go Up
- Whitney Luckett [ 3/15/2016 - 23:07 ] #
Prices for this year's MeadowGrass Festival go up on Monday May 9th, so you have about 8 days to take advantage of the early bird tickets. The lineup for this year follows. (Now... I confess that I do not know most of the bands here, BUT I've seen the magic that Steve Harris creates with his lineups, so I strongly encourage you to come out for the music & the fun!)
Friday: Jeff Austin Band, Fruit Bats, Matt Flinner Trio, Strawberry
Runners, Jeremy Facknitz plus Leopard & the Vine (late night)
Saturday: Jackie Greene, The Barr Brothers, Jalan Crossland, Wendy
Woo, Free the Honey, Justus League, Smith House plus Mike Clark &
the Sugar Sounds (late night)
Sunday: Judah & the Lion, Mandolin Orange, David Wax Museum,
Megan Burtt, Chauncy Crandall, Moors & McCumber, The River Arkansas
plus Chauncy Crandall & Friends (late night)
Click Here for your tickets today!
I would suggest the VIP tickets. In addition to separate bathrooms AND a dedicated side stage area, you will be treated to the following:
- Bristol Beer & Mountain Pie Tasting
- Wine Tasting by Sovereignty with Appetizers from Whole Foods,
- 291 Distillery, 300 Days of Shine and Radiantly Raw Chocolate Tasting, and
- Bloody Mary & Mimosa Bar on Sunday!
See you Memorial Day Weekend!
DO NOT MISS THIS CONCERT - May 14 - Steve Poltz Up On The Hill
- Whitney Luckett [ 3/15/2016 - 22:47 ] #
Folks - we cannot believe that this concert is not sold out yet.
You KNOW that FHC almost never schedules concerts during the month of May because of lacrosse and MeadowGrass, but we are making an exception for one of Whitney's favorite artists, Steve Poltz this year. You will almost NEVER get to meet Steve up close and personal as you will next week at the house... Grab the chance!
you were lucky enough to catch his performance 2 years ago at
MeadowGrass, then we can stop here. If not, we will quote directly from
his website because our prose does not do him justice.
"To suggest that Steve Poltz isn't normal is about as safe a statement
as one could make. You would basically require the powers of the Hubble
space telescope to locate Steve Poltz from any region of normalcy.
For music fans on both sides of the equator, this is a very good thing.
Born among the hearty seafaring folk of Canada's Halifax, Nova
Scotia, Poltz has lived most of his life in Southern California, where
the sun treated his rocky Canadian DNA like clothes in a dryer.
Naturally a spectrum of cultural and emotional tensions arose and he
eventually sought refuge in the art of songwriting, where he tapped into
an unforgettable and often horrifying depth of unhinged genius.
Among the music cognoscenti, Steve Poltz is regarded as one of the
most talented and prolific songwriters of our time. His songs have been
among the longest running ever on the Billboard Top 100 and they
regularly appear in movie soundtracks, television shows, and even the
odd commercial. His touring schedule is ferocious, ping ponging between
continents with enough frequency to earn him manic followings in scores
of different accents and languages.
Any musician who has traveled as extensively as Poltz will have their
share of colorful road stories, but Poltz' adventures read like a
bucket list. Starting out auspiciously, Poltz recalls meeting Elvis
Presley at a small airport and beaming proudly as The King hugged his
sister for an inordinately long time. Growing up in Palm Springs,
California, he trick-or-treated at Liberace's house and was Bob Hope's
favorite altar boy. In an alcohol-soaked haze, he infamously accosted
David Cassidy, who had summoned him to Las Vegas to write a hit song for
the aging Tiger Beat cover boy..."
... and the site goes on from there!
Truly - do NOT miss this concert. Steve is a master artist & storyteller as well as a remarkable human being.
Tickets for shows are available on Eventbrite. If you have any questions about the evening - please call us at 719.373.8879.
Steve PoltzDate: Saturday, May 14, 2106Time: 7:30 PMDoors Open: 6:45Artist Donation: $30
- Whitney Luckett [ 3/9/2016 - 13:43 ] #If you have any questions, please give us a shout at: 719-373-8879.
Jeffrey Foucault - April 10
- Whitney Luckett [ 3/9/2016 - 09:37 ] #
Just a quick word of warning, Jeffrey Foucault tickets are flying off the shelves. Do not wait too long to pick yours up!
"One of the finest songwriters of his generation, Jeffrey Foucault has
taken, in his own words, ‘the small roads;’ building a brick and mortar
independent international touring career of ten studio albums, countless
miles and critical accolades. He’s been lauded for ‘Stark, literate songs that are as wide open as the landscape of his native Midwest’ (The New Yorker) and described as ‘Quietly brilliant’
(The Irish Times), while catching the ear of everyone from Greil Marcus
to Don Henley (who regularly covers Foucault in his live set), to Van
Dyke Parks (who offered to play on Foucault’s 2011 offering, Horse
Latitudes, after catching a live radio interview). ‘Salt as wolves’ is a
line from Othello describing boldness; a fitting title to frame a
record of blues played bold and loosely, without rehearsal or cant. With
his fifth collection of original songs Foucault stakes out and enlarges
the ground he’s been working diligently all the new century, quietly
building a deep, resonant catalog of songs about about love, memory,
God, desire, wilderness and loss. SALT AS WOLVES gives us Jeffrey Foucault at the height of his powers, fronting an all-star band, turning the wheel of American music."
Bottom line - it's going to be a GREAT concert... Join us!
Upcoming FHC Events
- Whitney Luckett [ 12/17/2015 - 21:22 ] #We look forward to the start of
our 15th season here at the house. Hard to believe that it's been that
long! If you have any questions, please give us a shout at: 719-373-8879.
This Thursday: Catie Curtis & Ellis Paul
- Whitney Luckett [ 12/17/2015 - 19:53 ] #We cannot believe that there are still tickets left for this week's concert. Grab a couple of friends and come join us?! We have 2 headliners here at the house on January 21st: Catie Curtis & Ellis Paul.
Catie, described by The New Yorker as "a folk goddess" has been here before and we love her. We were especially taken with her latest CD. Catie has a way of giving voice to those feelings within you that rarely see the light of day. Her lyrics are powerful and her voice ethereal. You will marvel at her ability to connect with the audience.
Ellis will be at FHC for the first time - but he seems to have played with everyone whose been here before! The New York Times has this to say about our second headliner: "Despite
his success and sense of history, Mr. Paul remains an artist with his
eye on the future and an interest in discovering the transformative
potential in his music." - The New York Times
Both these artists share a streak of social consciousness that keeps me turning back to them time and time again. We look forward to another incredible night up on the hill in late January. Join us, please?
This will be the last concert for about two months because Whitney is taking a sabbatical from work. We hope to see you here at Friends House Concerts this Thursday!
Eilen Jewell & Her Band here This Coming Friday!
- Whitney Luckett [ 11/14/2015 - 13:38 ] #We don't know if we've ever had an artist whose songs have been featured on so many different TV shows?! In the spirit of IndyGive - we will offer 6 spaces for dinner with the artist before the concert on November 20. The first 6 people to donate $75 to Rocky Mountain Highway through IndyGive will be around for Marc's famous pre-concert dinner with the artists. You still need to buy your normal concert ticket through Eventbrite, but the dinner and the experience are worth so much more than $75!
Jewell and her talented band will be joining us this coming Friday! We've
always loved having her here at the house and if you take a listen to
this NPR interview with her, you'll get a feeling for what it's like to spend the evening with her.
a unique style that mixes poetic ballads with swinging rockers, Eilen
Jewell ranks among the best in the Americana genre today. As the
reigning Queen of the Minor Key, Jewell leads a tight quartet who blend
influences of surf-noir, early blues, rockabilly, and 1960s era rock and
roll. Over the course of a decade, Eilen and her band have toured
relentlessly. They have performed for legions of fans from Boston to
Boise and Madrid to Melbourne at festivals, theaters, rock clubs and
coffeehouses. Eilen's fans marvel at her warmth, unique wit, and onstage
humor alongside her beautiful songs and fiery performances.
Jewell's fifth studio album, Sundown Over Ghost Town was released May 26th
(Signature Sounds). The album was recorded with Eilen's longtime road
band in her hometown of Boise, and is composed of twelve stunning,
original compositions that feature some of her most personal stories
yet. We hope you'll join us...
Aaaahhhh! Tickets For Willy Are Going Fast!
- Whitney Luckett [ 11/14/2015 - 13:37 ] #It looks like Willy is going to sell
out, yet again, at the house. AND, for those of you longing for a
Willy fix - we will offer a limited number of dinners with the man
before the concert for a donation of $75 to RMH through IndyGive. That's right, buy your normal Willy ticket on Eventbrite
and then donate a minimum of $75 (no maximum on this!) to RMH through
IndyGive and send me your donation receipt RIGHT AWAY and you can enjoy
Marc's cooking and Willy's company for dinner.
"Willy Porter is perhaps best known
as a down tuned six string wonder, but as a singer and a writer, and as a
showman, he merits equal regard."
the six string wonder will return here in December to help us celebrate
the closing days of the IndyGive! campaign. The best quote I've ever
seen about our friend Willy comes from Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull who
said "Thank goodness he doesn't play the flute!"
Willy needs little introduction to long time friends of FHC, but if you are not familiar with his work, please check out his videos here.
Free Beer AND Moonshine!?
- Whitney Luckett [ 11/4/2015 - 08:40 ] #
We completely forgot to mention that if you donate at least $25 to Rocky Mountain Highway during the IndyGive Campaign, you will receive a free drink at 300 Days of Shine AND a beer on us at MeadowGrass. Click here and donate today!
We, Rocky Mountain Highway, are now a stand alone non-profit organization as of October 1st! All these years that you have wanted to support Friends House Concerts with donations of money or items? You can now do that and have it count as a tax deductible donation! And we truly do need your help this year. We feel that this is the Go Big Or Go Home year for MeadowGrass and you can help us over the tipping point.
We have many events lined up over the course of the next 2 months and at every event there will be raffles to win prizes and we will make it easy to donate to this year's IndyGive. These events start TONIGHT over at Ivywild with a Dance for Peace!
One of the coolest things for me about being involved in RMH has been the wider exposure to bands as opposed to individual artists. The Yarn concert in December will be incredible. Check them out.
Please find it in yourselves to donate to RMH, c/o IndyGive. We are grateful for your continued support of great live music in intimate venues!
12 Hour Concert And Then To Colorado!
- Whitney Luckett [ 10/1/2015 - 00:21 ] #
Peter Mulvey just finished playing a 12 hour concert on the streets of Boston and then jumped on a plane for the Lamplighter series concerts here in Colorado. What an incredible soul! Too many of you are going to miss out on Friday's concert here at the house. Come on, how often do you get to see 3 creative geniuses collaborate right in front of you? Join us Friday night here at the house. Click the link below for tickets!
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