- LeAnn Rimes makes country cool and hot. Catch her at Pikes Peak International Raceway on Sunday night.
The milk industry is introducing new flavors like root beer and cappuccino to appeal to teens. Marketing campaign "Got milk?,"along with Rolling Stone and MTV are sending a team to Colorado Springs to get teenagers enlisted in the selling of milk products. The Shake Stuff Up Tour features auditions to appear in a milk mustache ad with the band Simple Plan in Rolling Stone, a "milk shake" dance contest where the prize is a trip to the MTV Summer Beach House and the requisite Battle of the Bands. Today the dance contest and ad contest will be held at Wal-Mart (5500 E. Woodmen Road) from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The Battle of the Bands is tomorrow from 5 to 9 p.m. at Chapel Hills Mall (1790 Briargate Blvd.) Call Kate Black at 312/988-2212 for more.
Christian rocker Stephanie Pauline and The More than Music Band bring the music and the message to Acacia Park tonight, along with The Sonflowerz and Pierced Chapel worship team. The concert is from 7 to 9 p.m. and is free.
Pack your bags. Deb Komitor and Michael Baum take you on an artistic Journey tonight at their art show opening from 5 to 8 at Commonwheel Artists Co-op Gallery (102 Cañon Ave., Manitou Springs). Komitor's journey explores her creativity through clay sculptures of ravens and Baum explores geographically and internally with his photography and paintings. If you need more time to explore your own journey through this show, don't dismay; it runs through Sept. 13.
Girls and boys ages 6 to 16 are invited to a free Colorado Springs Legends for Youth Baseball Clinic at Sky Sox Stadium (4385 Tutt Blvd., off Barnes Road), from 9 a.m. to noon. The clinic is sponsored by the Springs-based Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association, which means that former pros will be leading the clinic. Oil your glove. It smells really good.
- Michael Baum's View from Ridge Road," featured at the Commonwheel Artists Co-op Gallery on Friday evening.
Why not hoof it to Denver today, for Swallow Hill's annual Folk Festival at Four Mile Historic Park (715 South Forest)? There'll be workshops, jam sessions, a beer garden, buggy rides, kids' activities, a songwriting contest and two stages of continuous music featuring headliners like legendary songwriter Guy Clark (playing Friday, Aug. 20 in the evening), blues auteur Chris Smither (today) and country/bluegrass crooners Misty River (tomorrow), along with 100 local and regional acts. Visit www.swallowhill.com for a complete schedule and ticket info, or call 877/214-7013.
Halden Wofford and the Hi-Beams fancy themselves providers of real country music for real country music fans. None of that achy-breaky girlie-man stuff on CMT, just grade-A real country music that would make Hank Williams proud -- that's senior, not junior. Catch the Hi-Beams along with Sally Shuffield's nasal twang at Alamosa's Cole Park tonight at 6. Summer's dwindling and the road still beckons. Bubba Hyde's BBQ will be on hand. Call Michael at 719/587-3210 or e-mail email@example.com for details.
Closer to home, two-time Grammy winner LeAnn Rimes will perform following the Honda Indy 225 at Pikes Peak International Raceway this afternoon. Rimes belted out Patsy Cline's "Blue" when she was just 13 (yes, it was a little weird) and sold 8 million copies of the album named after that song. Now she's grown into her voice, has sown some wild oats and is getting back to her country roots. Tickets can be purchased online at www.ppir.com (click on Individual Tickets and scroll down to the IRL) at King Soopers, or by calling 888/306-7223.
For those of you who insist on believing that there's nothing interesting going on in Colorado Springs, you no longer have a foot to stand on. Tonight at Lola's Joint (333 N. Tejon St.) you can see the whacked-out lounge act The Voodoo Organist, in what will undoubtedly be one of the most interesting shows of the summer. Part living dead, part one-man band, part sideshow freakishness, the Voodoo Organist will sneak under your skin and into your dreams. The show starts at 9 p.m. with locals Lambasted opening. Call 471-9984 for more.
- Get your Voodoo on, ladies and gents Monday night at Lolas Joint.
Your mission is to go to the Colorado State Fairgrounds in Pueblo and find ZZ Top before their show tonight. Next, you must convince them to eat soup or barbeque ribs. Then find out how they manage to eat without ruining their beards. At 8 p.m. you can go to their concert and bask in your newfound knowledge. Call Ticketmaster at 520-9090 for tickets.
If you never had the chance to scream until you cried during The Beatles heyday, you can still act like a star-struck teenager tonight when 1964, a Beatles tribute band, plays Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison. The Beatles played at Red Rocks on Aug. 26, 1964, and you can watch 1964 re-create the magic tonight, 40 years to the day after the Beatles' performance. The gates open at 5:30 with music to begin at 7:30. The concert benefits public television station KBDI-TV of Denver. Call 303/830-8497 to charge tickets by phone; they are $15 plus service charges.
This will be your one chance this year to visit the historic Estemere Estate in Palmer Lake (380 Glenway St.), where you can pretend for a moment that you're lucky enough to live there. Tours will commence every 20 minutes, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be refreshments, a piper piping, acoustic guitar performances, food from area restaurants and more on the mansion grounds. Tickets are $8, and you'll have to leave your shoes at the door, so bring slippers or wear socks. Call Leon at 488-9450 for more or visit www.estemere.net.
-- Sara Gallagher