By now you're hopefully getting over the post-partum depression that set in after last Thursday's Indy Music Awards Festival. But moving forward, there's still the question of how to support the local scene in the months ahead.
Happily, the past year has seen exponential growth in grassroots events — from indie-folk house shows and rooftop performances to punk and metal festivals at venues like the relatively new D.I.Y. Events Center — all of which we'll continue to feature in this column.
And beyond the print world, the presence of local music on the radio is finally taking a turn for the better, after a virtual absence from the airwaves since Jeanette Hohman discontinued her KRCC Surround Sounds show last year.
On the commercial end of the spectrum, KRXP-FM 103.9 launched its Sunday night Colorado Native program last month with a show featuring the band Churchill. The Denver act, which announced last week that it's signed to A&M's Octone Records imprint, will also be playing a Colorado Native Music Showcase at the Black Sheep on Sept. 28, alongside local RXP favorites Get Along, Foster and Indy Music Awards "People's Choice" winners Claymore Disco.
Meanwhile, over on your Internet dial, you can tune in to radio.uccs.edu at 4 p.m. this coming Friday for a weekly show called The Scene. Joining such UCCS Radio favorites as Country Cutie and Chancellor's Corner, the program features musician interviews alongside coverage of local poetry and arts events.
The Scene is also presenting a "Rock the Campus" showcase from 6 to 11 p.m., Friday, Sept. 21. The free, all-ages event will take place outdoors on the UCCS campus' upper plaza and will include some of the Springs' best hip-hop and R&B acts, including Kopesetik Soul, Fidel Redstar, Jayoin, Milogic, Made Up Minds and Stoney Bertz.
While it may not be widely known among our civilian population, the Air Force Academy's KAFA-FM 97.7 also has a weekly show devoted to Springs-area music. Local Licks With Andy, which features music interviews and on-air performances, airs Friday nights from 1900 to 2000 military time. And don't forget that you can hear just about every artist in town on Brian Elyo's 24-hour LocalFM.org, which debuted back in June.
OK, enough with the radio stuff. Looking to the week ahead, the aforementioned D.I.Y. Event Center will present Big Ro, NoFrequency, Mad Trees and Brooks from MHS & Sir Adams in a Friday showcase that promoters promise will feature "so much hip-hop we gonna resurrect Biggie!" (That'd be something to see, right?)
For somewhat mellower fare on Friday, look to Thin Air Jazz with former Buddy Rich trumpeter Bobby Shew at Stargazers. Sharing the bill is Tony Exum Jr. and his band, who'll also be at Saturday's free downtown What If ... Festival along with the ReMINDers and tons of other performers and exhibits.
Also on Saturday, you can head to the Leechpit for its ninth anniversary party and swap meet, featuring Broken Spoke and Changing Colors plus three performers from last week's Indy Music Awards Festival: We Are Not a Glum Lot, the Haunted Windchimes and the Flumps. Later on Saturday evening, you can also catch Changing Colors with Joe Johnson at the Silver Tongue Devil Saloon, and then see both of those acts again on Sunday during this year's BreakFest at Lofty's.
Organized by Mike Clark, the marathon Lofty's festival runs from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and will feature a solo set from Mike's fellow Windchime Desirae Garcia, his own band Mike Clark and the Sugar Sounds, plus the Hopeful Heroines, Emily Knurr, Tom Evans, Broken Spoke, Kellie Palmblad, Dog Days and Grant Sabin.