acoustic, folk & country
Mason Williams and Friends at the Black Rose Acoustic Society, Shoup and Black Forest Roads. $15-$20, 578-0254. Fri., March 15, 7:30 p.m.
Willie Nelson at the City Auditorium, 221 E. Kiowa St. $29.50-$32, 520-9090. Wed., March 27, 7:30 p.m.
WestFest featuring Shawn Colvin, Chely Wright, Red Steagall, Riders in the Sky, Hot Club of Cow Town, Michael Martin Murphey and more, plus living history performances, Native American dancing, art exhibits, rodeo, poetry, marketplace and more downtown and at the Penrose Equestrian Center. $12-$21, ticket info: 877/937-8337. Thurs.-Sun., June 27-30.
Jerabinka, a children's singing choir from Opava, Czech Republic, at the Colorado Springs Senior Center, 1514 N. Hancock Blvd. Free, 385-5933. Fri., March 8, 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Taylor Memorial Choir with organist Frank Shelton performing Liszt's Via Crucis at Grace Church, 601 N. Tejon St. The choir will also offer Evensong at 5:30 p.m. Free, 633-5529. Sun., March 3, 4:30 p.m.
jazz & swing
The Denver Brass with the Colorado Isle of Mull/St. Andrews Pipes and Drums, and the Highland Danvers at First United Methodist Church, 420 N. Nevada Ave. $15-$20, 471-4361. Sun., March 3, 5 p.m.
Skitch Henderson with the Colorado Springs Symphony at the Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave. $43, 520-SHOW. Fri.-Sat., March 8-9, 8 p.m.
The Houston Person Quartet presented by the Pikes Peak Jazz and Swing Society at the Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St. $12-$18, 578-5263 or 634-5583. Tues., April 16, 7 p.m.
Lion Soldiers and Irie Still at the Business of Art Center Garage, 515 Manitou Ave. $8-$15, 685-1861. Sat., March 2, 7-11 p.m.
rock, pop & blues
The Amazing Rhythm Aces at Tres Hombres, 116 Midland Ave. $10-$15, 687-0625. Fri.-Sat., March 1-2, 9 p.m.
Project/Object featuring Ike Willis and Napolean Murphy Brock performing a Frank Zappa tribute at the Colorado Music Hall, 2475 E. Pikes Peak Ave. $10, 800/965-4827. All-ages. Sat., March 2, 9 p.m.
The Big Payback Tour featuring Boom Bap Project, Old Dominion, Binary Star's, Typical Cats, Idolectic Conception, Revanon and others at the venue formerly known as America's Beach Club, 3506 N. Academy Blvd. For tickets call Mole Records, 667-1158. Sat., March 9, 8 p.m.
REO Speedwagon and Styx at the Colorado State Fair Events Center, Pueblo. $26-$36, 520-9090. Thurs., March 21, 7:30 p.m.
Pikes Peak Big Harp Blowdown featuring local harmonica players Mark Jackson, Magic Dave Therault and Steve Williams at the Encore! Theater, 10 Old Mans Trail, Manitou. $4, 471-PLAY. Fri., March 22, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.
The Motet at the Acoustic Coffee Lounge, 5152 Centennial Blvd. $9, 268-9952. Sat., March 30, 9 p.m.
Nelly and the St. Lunatics at the Colorado State Fair Events Center, Pueblo. $16.50, 520-9090. Wed., April 3, 7 p.m.
Derek Trucks Band at the Colorado Music Hall, 2475 E. Pikes Peak Ave. $12, 800/965-4827. Thurs., April 4, 8 p.m.
George Thorogood with Metro Blues at the Colorado Music Hall, 2475 E. Pikes Peak Ave. $25, 800/965-4827. Sat., April 20, 9 p.m.
Twiztid at the Colorado Music Hall, 2475 E. Pikes Peak Ave. $14, 800/965-4827. All-ages. Tues., May 21, 8 p.m. On sale: Sat., March 9, 10 a.m.
Black Rose Acoustic Society sponsoring Saturday workshops. For details, call 578-0254 or visit
www.blackroseacoustic.org. On Feb. 23: Playing in a Bluegrass Band. Emphasis will be on vocal harmonies, dynamics of a working band and interplay between instruments. On March 2: Intro to the Mountain Dulcimer. On March 30: Fiddle Techniques for Classical Players.
Zoro the Drummer, author of The Commandments of R&B Drumming: A Comprehensive Guide to Soul, Funk & Hip-Hop giving a free drum clinic at Graner School Music, 3490 W. Carefree Circle. For details, call 574-2001. Wed., March 13, 7-9 p.m.
Seventh Annual Pikes Peak Young Composers Competition now accepting entries from Colorado composers grades K-12. Winning composers will perform their pieces at a free public concert in May. For entry information, call 635-1561 or visit
www.pikespeakyoungcomposers.org. Deadline: April 1.
Music Instruction by Dan Todd, offering lessons in acoustic and electric guitar, music theory, performance and more. Specializing in slide guitar and harmonica. 25+ years experience. For details, call 447-0206.