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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 
  • 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





Opening our 15th Season - Melissa Greener

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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 guitar. 

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 and Yeats.”

We're anxious to get this next season up and running!   Come join us...

Click here for tickets:

Melissa Greener
Saturday, September 10
Doors Open:     6:45 PM
Concert:            7:30 PM
Tickets:    $25 In Advance





Bristol Brewery Karma Hour! This Tuesday!!

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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

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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!)

2016 Lineup

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

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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!

If 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 Poltz
Date:  Saturday, May 14, 2106
Time:  7:30 PM
Doors Open:  6:45
Artist Donation:  $30





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