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Ellis Paul Returns

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We so enjoyed Ellis when he came through with Catie Curtis that we're bringing him here in November this year.  Ellis has a personality that simply resonates from the stage.   Time is a wastin', so we are shamelessly stealing from Ellis' website

"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

Some artists document their lives through their music. Others chronicle their times. It’s a rare artist who can do both, telling their own story through songs that also encapsulate the essence of people and places who have helped define their era overall. Woody Guthrie comes to mind, and so does Bob Dylan. Bruce Springsteen certainly as well. Yet few others, for whatever genius they may possess, can relate their own history to the history experienced by those who find that common bond, be it in a coming of age, living through the same realities or sharing similar experiences.

Ellis Paul is one of those gifted singer/songwriters.Though some may refer to him as a folksinger, he is more, for lack of a better word, a singular storyteller, a musician whose words reach out from inside and yet also express the feelings, thoughts and sensibilities that most people can relate to in one way or another, regardless of age or upbringing. The exhilaration of the open road. A celebration of heroes. The hope for redemption. Descriptions of those things that are both near and dear. The sharing of love..., intimate, passionate and enduring.

So join us up on the hill for another magical night of music and storytelling.

Ellis Paul
Date:  Friday, December 1, 2017
Doors Open:  6:45 PM
Concert Starts:  7:30 PM
Tickets:  $30






Heather Maloney Opens Here In September

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How can there still be tickets available for the show NEXT Thursday?  We have a big surprise for you - a kinder, gentler path to the house.  We hope  you will join us up on the hill.

Heather Maloney will open our season in on September 14th.   Heather, a Massachusetts singer songwriter played at MeadowGrass this year to a very excited crowd.  I am pressed for time, so we will let her press quotes speak for Heather.   We look forward to seeing all your smiling faces next month.

"LYRICS THAT CUT TO THE CHASE”

– HUFFINGTON POST

“UTTERLY GORGEOUS – VISCERAL.”

– VAL HALLER, NEW YORK TIMES


“HER NOT-SO-SECRET WEAPON IS THAT VOICE — PRETTY BUT NOT PRECIOUS, FULLY ABLE TO LAUNCH INTO AURAL BACKFLIPS BUT PERHAPS MORE AFFECTING WHEN INTIMATELY EXPRESSIVE.”

– BOSTON GLOBE

 “DELICIOUS… REALLY EXCELLENT”

– GRAHAM NASH (CROSBY, STILLS, NASH & YOUNG)

 
Come join us for a respite from the insanity of daily news and enjoy music on a cool fall night up on the hill.  

Heather Maloney
Date:  Thursday, September 14, 2017
Doors Open:  6:15 PM
Concert Starts:  7:00 PM
Tickets:  $25





Our 16th Season Begins Next Month!

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Who would have thought, back in 2002, that we would open up our home for 16 seasons of house concerts?!  Not me, that's for sure!   But here we are, Friends House Concerts starting our 16th season on Thursday, September 14th.   4 weeks from this evening!  

Thank you for your patronage over the years, we could not have done this without you.  We remain committed to bringing world class music to Colorado Springs and making you all feel welcome here at Casa Luckett.  We Please join us up on the hill and see the improvements we've made for a pleasant walk through the woods instead of a trek up the driveway... 

The best cure for the insanity of this upside down world is losing yourself in an evening of mirth and song.   Come join us...






WHOLE FOODS CONCERT TONIGHT!!!

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Hi there Music Fans...

TONIGHT is the first concert out at the Whole Foods up north and it's a great deal!  They are shutting down the cafe for tonight and for the VERY REASONABLE price of $25 you will enjoy
  • a BBQ dinner (vegan option available), 
  • a branded glass, one beverage of your choice (beer, wine and soft drinks) and 
  • The show, in an intimate setting with a fantastic view of Pikes Peak! 
  • Additional drinks will also be available for purchase. 

Proceeds benefit Rocky Mountain Highway. Seating for dinner begins at 6 pm with two sets of music starting at 7 pm. A limited number of tickets are available!

Songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Roy Schneider has been touring and performing full-time with musical partner Kim Mayfield since 2008, sharing his “Blue-Twangled Folk & Roll” across America, the UK, and parts of Europe. Roy's last two CD releases were entirely fan funded and have received generous airplay on Americana, Folk and Pandora radio. Notable performance venues include 30A Songwriters Festival, Kerrville NewFolk, Falcon Ridge Emerging Artist, Nashville's Bluebird Cafe, Yorkshire England's MadFest and NBC's The Voice. Roy is also a gifted accompanist and has performed onstage with John McEuen, Tom Paxton and Joe Craven among others.

"Roy Schneider is a singer-songwriter in the grandest tradition of Steve Earle, Lucinda Williams, Guy Clark, and Lyle Lovett, but his voice, songwriting skill, stagecraft, and instrumental talent are all his own. Together, the result is like a vibrant jubilee singing out on the banks of the Mississippi River. His gift for blending Southern-influenced folk, blues, country, and rock into a seamless genre with his own signature sound demonstrates his connection to the best in the tradition of fine wake-me-up and kick-me-in-the-ass roots music."

No Depression

Enjoy a healthy dinner, a great concert and a pint tonight at Whole Foods!  Click here for tickets.




9th Annual MeadowGrass Experience - Lineup Release

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We have so many cool things in the works for this year's MeadowGrass.  We've had our Road to MeadowGrass Concert Series down at The Gold Room with MeadowGrass artists playing.   The concerts just continue to get better & better each time.  We have a wide assortment of local and regional bands as well as our headliners which include:
We've been working hard on expanding the VIP experience at this year's 9th Annual MeadowGrass Festival.  I HIGHLY recommend buying your tickets before the limited availability runs out.  The VIP experience will include:
  • A separate tent set up, connected to the main tent
  • Daily catering
  • Curated special events featuring local craft beverages & food each day - Local Relic, The Axe & The Oak, Radiantly Raw Chocolates, Mountain Pies & Whole Foods catering! 
  • Access to bands as they leave the stage,
  • A professional photo op with selected bands and
  • Your own restroom facilities - justification ALONE for the extra cost!
This 3 day music festival takes place over Memorial Day Weekend, May 26-28th, at beautiful La Foret in Black Forest.  Click here for tickets.




Willy Porter At Friends House Concerts With Carmen Nickerson

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It's coming down to that time of the year again - the end of our 2016-17 concert season.  Things just get too busy in April & May, so we will finish off our season this coming Saturday, April 1st with a perennial favorite -Willy Porter here at the house.  


Porter Nickerson are a duo that embody the best of what live music has to offer: heart, grit, and the kind of raw musicianship that transforms listeners into long-time fans. Willy Porter’s searing finger-picking guitar style deftly blends with Carmen Nickerson’s lush vocals to create an unforgettable sound that resonates long after the last chord fades.

A virtuoso guitarist, Porter has more than ten albums to his catalogue including Dog Eared Dream (1994) which yielded the top 10 AAA single, “Angry Words.” He has shared the stage with rock and pop luminaries such as Jeff Beck, Sting, Paul Simon, Tori Amos and Jethro Tull. Nickerson is an accomplished Jazz, R&B, and Rock vocalist from the Midwest who has also contributed her talents to studio and voice-over work in L.A. The pair met following the release of Porter’s 2010 album How to Rob a Bank and, finding their musical sensibilities a quick match, began collaborating soon after. The result has been a rich experience of performing and writing: Nickerson’s vocals feature on the yearning “Iowa Sky” from Porter’s 2013 EP Cheeseburgers and Gasoline and on the song “This Train” from 2015’s Human Kindness. In 2016 the pair were featured music guests on NPR’s A Prairie Home Companion, performing on one of Garrison Keillor’s last broadcasts. With more than five years of stage and studio work under their belts, both Porter and Nickerson were excited to fuse their singular talents on a new album of original co-writes: Bonfire to Ash (2016), produced by Grammy winning producer Ben Wisch (Marc Cohn, Jonatha Brooke) and featuring Bassist Zev Katz and Drummer/Producer Ben Wittman.

Look for them on Saturday April 1st up on the hill.  Click here for tickets!

Porter Nickerson Duo
Date:   Saturday, April 1st, 2017
Time:   7:30 PM, Doors open at 6:45, bring something to share!
Location:  Friends House Concerts




Peter Mulvey - Are You Listening?

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Peter Mulvey blows us away every year as his songwriting prowess grows and his life experiences compound.   Join us Friday, March 10th for another evening in the company of an exceptional songwriter & gifted musician.   Peter will be 2 weeks shy of his 17th album release, Are You Listening?, produced by Ani DiFranco on her Righteous Babe label.   Peter's ability to distill a complete vignette down to a single sentence AND wrap it all up in an unforgettable tune sets him distinctly apart from most of today's musicians.  

If you're not familiar with this artist, please click here and then buy your tickets here for another incredible night up on the hill with us.

Peter Mulvey
Date:  Friday, March 10, 2017
Time:  7:30, Doors open at 6:45, please bring something to share
Place:  Friends House Concerts




Tony Furtado – Colorado Album Release Tour

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My friends...   HOW can it be that there are still tickets available for the show this Thursday?  This is going to be another memorable show up at the house.   Please pick up a pair of tickets for yourself and spread the word?!

From Portland, Oregon – Tony Furtado, the renowned slide-guitarist, award-winning banjo player and singer/songwriter, is embarking on an 8 date tour throughout Colorado and New Mexico previewing his soon to be released CD, Cider House Sessions - Live at Reverend Nat's.  Largely drawing from a 30 years deep reservoir of original and traditional songs and tunes and featuring a few songs from his 2015 Indie Acoustic Project award winning release, The Bell, Tony along with ace musicians mandolinist Matt Flinner (Modern Mandolin Quartet), fiddler Luke Price (two-time national fiddle champion), and Rob Burger on accordion (Tin Hat Trio, Iron and Wine) performed and recorded a set of music that has been called vibrant, fun, explosive, introspective...LIVE!  The recording was culled from a series of performances at a cider brewery and taproom (Reverend Nat's Hard Cider in Portland OR), providing quite an ambience for those who saw the show live and now for those listening to the recordings.

Tony speaking about the recording said, “For years I've wanted to have an album in my catalogue that has the feel and ease of a show played in my living room with a few friends I love to share tunes and songs with, surrounded by more friends who just want to hear us play and laugh, lights dimmed, and a few 3,000 gallon tanks of cider brewing behind me!”  He now brings this experience on the road throughout Colorado and New Mexico from January 26th through February 4th in what continues to be an annual tour in the Rockies, minus the Reverend Nat’s cider, of course.  Joining Tony for these dates are champion fiddler Luke Price, and Colorado native bassist Eric Thorin.  eTown’s own Christian Teele (drums) will be joining the trio for the Swallow Hill performance onFebruary 3rd.  Pre-release copies of the CD will be available at all dates.  

“Tony Furtado is a major musical force without a doubt. He has his black belt in voice, bottleneck guitar and his banjo playing scares the crap out of me.” – David Lindley

Click here for tickets:
Tony Furtado
Date:     Thursday, January 26, 2017
Time:     7:00 PM
Where:   Friends House Concerts




The Tony Furtado Trio - Live at Friends House Concerts

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Tony Furtado is a major musical force without a doubt. He has his black-belt in voice and bottleneck guitar and his banjo playing scares the crap out of me.”
– David Lindley, musical adventurer

Very few musicians of any stripe so personify a musical genre as completely as Tony Furtado embodies Americana roots music. Tony is an evocative and soulful singer, a wide-ranging songwriter and a virtuoso multi-instrumentalist adept on banjo, cello-banjo, slide guitar and baritone ukulele who mixes and matches sounds and styles with the flair of a master chef (he’s also an accomplished sculptor, but that’s another story). All of the music of America is in Tony’s music. Relix hit the nail on the head when writing of Tony: “True talent doesn’t need categories.”

Join us Thursday, January 26th, up on the hill, in the intimacy of our living room and let the sounds of the Tony Furtado Trio suspend you in disbelief.  Get your tickets here.  We have a couple of front row seats set aside because watching those fingers fly is an amazing experience! 





2nd Annual Snow Ball TONIGHT

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Tonight is our final IndyGive event downtown at The Gold Room.  

Rocky Mountain Highway, the Rocky Mountain Field Institute and Shift Thrift Store present the Second Annual Snow Ball featuring Cornmeal and the Colorado College Bluegrass Ensemble!

Cornmeal has never been a band to shy away from reinvention and after over a decade, they are proving just that as the band sets out with a newly reformed lineup, a fresh energetic sound and heads back into the studio to niche their long awaited first studio album after almost 6 years.

A nationally recognized live music institution, Cornmeal is heavily influenced by American roots and folk music and seamlessly blends lightning fast tempos and impeccable harmonies into an unrivaled live performance that continues to expand upon the five-piece acoustic-electric groups’ vast musical repertoire. While steeped in the tradition of the past, Cornmeal continues to forge a path all their own, pushing the boundaries of bluegrass, Americana and folk for a whole new generation of music lovers.

With a growing fan base and ever-evolving sound, Cornmeal challenges the recipe of bluegrass and live performance.

With the release of their debut album “In The Kitchen” (2001 Livin’ Live records), Cornmeal secured its place as one of the top bands in its genre. 2003’s “Tales from Magic Stone Mountain” (Livin’ Live records) garnered much critical attention and became a staple on College and AAA top 10 lists throughout the country. In May of 2006, Cornmeal released their third album, “Feet First”, which became proof positive that Cornmeal’s tenure on the road brought on an honest and mature sound. Produced by former guitarist Kris Nowak and bassist Chris Gangi, “Feet First” features strong songwriting, musicianship and the ability of this band to stylistically ride the fence and bring it back home without missing a step. 

If you are still unconvinced, check out Cornmeal here - and then join us tonight downtown at the The Gold Room. 

Tickets for tonight's Snow Ball





IndyGive Events

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Thank you ALL for your support over these last 16 years!  We love live music and feel so privileged to be able to open our home to you, time and time again.  We are in the home stretch of this year's IndyGive.  If you appreciate Friends House Concerts and all the concerts that Rocky Mountain Highway presents in the Pikes Peak region, PLEASE, PLEASE take a moment to donate to Rocky Mountain Highway online.  Your donations allow us to bring great artists like Tony Furtado to the house where not only can you enjoy their music, but also actually hang out with them during the intermission.   Where else in town can you do this?!




TONIGHT: Glen Phillips at the Gold Room!

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Dreading the holidays?   Or looking forward to having the house will with wonderful smells and loved ones?   Either way - give yourself a little present and come out tonight to join us down at the Gold Room for Glen Phillips, lead singer for Toad the Wet Sprocket.   Take a listen here to his newly released CD, Swallowed by the New.  Tonight's event is part of the IndyGive campaign and your attendance an donations will benefit BOTH Rocky Mountain Highway and Trails and Open Space Committee (TOSC).  I took a listen to his latest work and became an instant fan of his solo work.  Opening for Glen will be Jonathan Kingham. Buy your tickets in advance online to avoid a higher at the door charge!


Click here for tickets:
Glen Phillips
Date:     TONIGHT- November 18, 2016
Time:     7:30 PM
Where:   The Gold Room





Thank you!

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We send huge thanks to all of you who joined us at the Gold Room Saturday night for Chris Smither.   Chris' performance was, ONCE AGAIN, incredible.    Perry Sanders opened for him with a trio and the night was a great success.   Thank you for the great showing!

We believe that there will be an article in tomorrow's CS Indy about the Richard Shindell concert this Friday at the house.   It's going to be another great evening up on the hill.   Get your tickets now...

ALSO tomorrow - Front Country, a West Coast bluegrass band, will be playing at The Gold Room with local favorite Grass It Up.  Front Country killed it at MeadowGrass.   If you are in the mood for an upbeat evening - head out to the Gold Room instead of happy hour tomorrow night.




Chris Smither at the Gold Room

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AND we are less than one week off from Chris Smither at the Gold Room.  Join us downtown next Saturday for an incredible evening of stories and song.   We may see a local singer / songwriter / entrepreneur open for him...  

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 Smither
Date:     SATURDAY, October 15
Time:     7:30 PM
Where:   The Gold Room




Welcoming Back Songwriting Giant Richard Shindell

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A week after Chris at the Gold Room - we welcome Richard Shindell back to the house just as he releases his new CD, Careless.   Careless is three years in the making and Friends House Concerts made the release tour!  Richard is playing 3 nights at Cambridge's famed Club Passim.   And you have the chance to see him up close and personal at Friends House concerts...

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 maintains equanimity...”

The New York Times

Richard doesn't tour the USA very often, so don't miss this chance to see him and hear tunes from Careless, released on September 9th! 

Click HERE for tickets and join us here for

Richard Shindell
Friday, October 21, 2016
Door Opens:  6:45 PM
Show Start:   7:30 PM
Tickets:  $35 in advance, $40 at the door






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