Like Oakland's Joe Louis Walker, Chicago's Joe Moss mixes his blues with liberal doses of R&B, and the results are eminently satisfying. In addition to its frontman's strong singing, writing and guitar playing, the Joe Moss Band features a Hammond-soaked sound that calls to mind the funkier side of British blues-rock as practiced by the likes of Derek & the Dominoes and Free (whose "Fire and Water" Moss covers on his band's most recent album). Catch them for free tonight at SouthSide Johnny's (528 S. Tejon St., southsidejohnnys.biz), and you can thank us afterward. — BF
As well-known as the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb might be as it heads into its 87th running, most people won't be spending their Sunday on the mountain watching it. From 5 to 10 p.m. today, though, thousands will swarm downtown Colorado Springs for the race's annual Fan Fest, covering seven city blocks spreading north and east from Pikes Peak and Cascade avenues. The free event (ppihc.com) features many top Hill Climb qualifying cars, even more drivers signing autographs, the race's mobile museum, freestyle motocross jumpers and displays of custom cars and motorcycles, along with two Budweiser beer gardens. It might even make you want to change your plans to see the race on Sunday. — RR
Before I get to the event this 7 Days blurb espouses, I want to apologize for quoting A Midsummer Night's Dream without reference several weeks ago, because as an intern, I think that could've gotten me fired and carved up on the Gazette's front page. Anyhoo: The Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center's Youth Repertory Theatre (44 theater students ages 14 to 18 studying in an intensive five-week course) will perform two professionally directed pieces today. Andrew Lloyd Webber's Cats hits the stage at 2 p.m., followed by a modern interpretation of the aforementioned Shakespeare play at 7:30. Shows run from Thursday through Sunday at the FAC (30 W. Dale St., csfineartscenter.org); tickets range from $15 to $17. — AM
Scroll through the 12-page schedule of events for the 104th annual El Paso County Fair and you'll find events so odd, rare and diverse that they could only overlap at, well, a county fair. Think: goat costume and wiener dog contests, milking demos, seed-spitting and ice-cream-eating contests, gunfights, appearances by a ventriloquist and blood mobile, and of course, monster trucks, rodeo events and a demolition derby. Events run early to late from Saturday to Saturday, July 18-25, at the El Paso County Fair & Events Complex (366 10th St., Calhan, elpasocountyfair.com). Daily admission ranges from $3 to $7. Full-week passes are available for $15 to $25. — MS
People in old black-and-white films are funny. I'm not quite sure why, but it might be because of their knickerbockers. With that said, there's nothing better than watching men in knickerbockers fly through the (arguably) friendly skies. The Pueblo Weisbrod Aircraft Museum (31001 Magnuson Ave., Pueblo, pwam.org) kicks off its Tribute to WWI by screening a movie starring famous aviators Orville and Wilbur Wright today at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. (And yes, in the Wright brothers video I watched on YouTube, knickerbockers were involved.) The tribute continues through Saturday with films and presentations daily. Daily admission is $7 for adults; children under 10 are free. (An annual $20 membership buys unlimited access.) — KV
When I Googled Leo Rondeau, the only thing I knew previously about him was that he is a singer/songwriter with traditional country and bluegrass influences. Perhaps due to my unshakable grudge against country music, I was expecting him to be about 65 and denim clad. Well, color me surprised when his MySpace photo depicted a tall, handsome 20-something. It's enough to make a girl rethink her opinion of head-to-toe denim. And his music isn't bad either. Ogle the North Dakota native at 8 tonight at Venue 515 at the BAC (515 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-1861). Advance tickets are $5; $10 at the door. — VL
For those of you who miss the third and least celebrated phase of Van Halen, a light now shines down from the heavens. Extreme, the band whose lead vocalist Gary Cherone stepped in for Sammy Hagar, is back together and butt-rocking the Ogden Theatre (935 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, ogdentheatre.net) at 7:30 tonight. Best known for their #1 acoustic ballad "More Than Words," which was subsequently crooned by Mike Myers in The Love Guru, Extreme more typically serves up radio-friendly rock that's at least half a step above generic. Tourmates Ratt ratchet up the nostalgia with snarly vocals, dueling leads and their '80s staple, "Round and Round." Tickets are $29.75 to $35 and you must be 16 or over. As if you wouldn't be. — BF
Contributors: Bill Forman, Virginia Leise, Avalon Manly, Ralph Routon, Matthew Schniper and Ken Voeller.