acoustic, folk & country
Peace and Justice Coffee House Young Performers Night at the historic fire house, 29 S. Institute St., 632-6189. Featuring Summer Hartbauer and the band Oxner. Thurs., March 14, 7-9 p.m.
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.
Lost Dogs at Acoustic Coffee Lounge, 5152 Centennial Blvd. $10, 520-9090. Sun., March 17, 8 p.m.
Rodney Carrington at Cowboys, 3910 Palmer Park Blvd. $22.50-$25, 596-1212. Sat., March 23, 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.
Concordia University A Cappella Choir performing in Colorado College's Shove Chapel, 1010 N. Nevada Ave. Free, 389-6607. Thurs., March 21, 7:30 p.m.
Thursday Night Recital Series presented by the Colorado Springs School, 21 Broadmoor Ave. $8-$10, 475-9747 Ext. 110. "Criticize the Critics," a performance by baritone and Springs Magazine writer David Sckolnik and pianist and Gazette writer Mark Arnest. Mid-performance reviews by the audience welcome. Thurs., March 14, 7:30 p.m.
Pueblo Symphony with the Veronika String Quartet performing Serenades and Nocturnes, plus a jazz piece with a guest quartet. In Hoag Recital Hall at USC, Pueblo. $15-$20, 719/549-2404. Sat., March 16, 7:30 p.m.
jazz & swing
Sub Standard, featuring Alan Joseph, Mike Marlier and Pat Bianchi performing a special show before Pat moves to New York, at Genghis Kahn, 30 E. Pikes Peak Ave. Free. Wed., March 20, 7:30 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.
Colorado College Bowed Piano Ensemble with soprano Victoria Hansen Clamp performing director Steven Scott's new work, Paisajes Audibles (Sounding Landscapes). In Packard Hall, southwest corner of Cascade and Cache La Poudre. Tues., March 26, 7:30 p.m.
rock, pop & blues
The Blues Doctors, a blues band composed of students and teachers from Palmer High School, 301 N. Nevada. $4-$5, all proceeds benefit the Pikes Peak United Way. 328-5044. Fri. and Sun., March 15 and 17, 7 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.
James Apollo Trio at the Acoustic Coffee Lounge, 5152 Centennial Blvd. 268-9951. Thurs., March 21, 8 p.m.
Devotchka at the Acoustic Coffee Lounge, 5152 Centennial Blvd. $5, 268-9952. Fri., March 22, 9 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 Man's Trail, Manitou. $4, 471-PLAY. Fri., March 22, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Motion For Alliance at the Acoustic Coffee Lounge, 5152 Centennial Blvd. $4, 268-9952. Fri., March 29, 9 p.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 with Leaving the Trees at the Colorado Music Hall, 2475 E. Pikes Peak Ave. $12, 800/965-4827. Thurs., April 4, 8 p.m.
Plus One, Natalie Grant, Zoe Girl at the City Auditorium, 221 E. Kiowa St. $22-$30, 520-9090. Wed., April 17, 7:30 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.
Dick Dale at the Colorado Music Hall, 2475 E. Pikes Peak Ave. $12, 800/965-4827. Sun., May 12, 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.
Black Rose Acoustic Society sponsoring Saturday workshops. For details, call 578-0254 or visit
www.blackroseacoustic.org. On March 30: Fiddle Techniques for Classical Players.
Seventh Annual Pikes Peak Young Composers Competition now accepting entries from Colorado composers grades K-12. Winning composers with perform their pieces at a free public concert in May. For entry information, call 635-1561 or visit
www.pikespeakyoungcomposers.org. Deadline: April 1.
Colorado Springs Music Awards Ceremony honoring local music talent at the City Auditorium, 221 E. Kiowa St. $30 before discounts, 667-5262.
www.coloradospringsmusicawards.com. Sun., April 14, 6:30-9:30 p.m.