acoustic, folk & country
Alex Komodore presented by the Colorado Springs Guitar Society at the Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St. $10-$12, 634-5583. Fri., March 22, 7:30 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.
An American Salute with the Pikes Peak Philharmonic at the Benet Hill Center, 2577 N. Chelton Road. Featuring works by Copland, Gershwin, Ives and more. $3-$12, 442-6853. Sun., March 24, 3 p.m.
Quattro Mani, featuring pianists Susan Grace and Alice Rybak with percussionists David Colson and John Kinzie. In Colorado College's Packard Hall, SW corner of Cascade and Cache La Poudre. Sun., April 7, 4 p.m.
Colorado College Faculty Artist Concert with Martile Rowland, soprano and Susan Grace, piano, plus guest artist Delores Zeigler, soprano. In Packard Hall, SW corner of Cascade and Cache La Poudre. Sun., April 14, 3 p.m.
jazz & swing
The Houston Person Quartet presented by KCME 88.7 FM at the Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St. $12-$18, 578-5263 or 634-5583. Tues., April 16, 7 p.m.
Colorado Springs Jazz Festival featuring national, regional and local musical talent plus a huge art show and sale, kids area, vendors, food, beer and more. Free, www.coloradospringsjazzfestival.com. Held in conjunction with the fireworks celebration at the Air Force Academy. Thurs., July 4.
Colorado College Bowed Piano Ensemble with soprano Victoria Hansen Clamp performing director Steven Scott's new work, Paisajes Audibles (Sounding Landscapes). In Packard Hall, SW corner of Cascade and Cache La Poudre. Tues., March 26, 7:30 p.m.
T*E*S*S*A Benefit featuring live performances by singer/songwriters Erika Luckett and Joe Uvegas. At the Colorado Springs School, 21 Broadmoor Ave. $15, reservations required: 227-8648 or 329-1644. Sat., April 6, 7 p.m.
rock, pop & blues
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.
Firefall at Tres Hombres, 116 Midland Ave., Woodland Park. $15, 685-0265. 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.
Firehouse at the Gardens, 2945 Galley Road. $TBA, 597-2900. Sat., April 6.
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.
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.
Thursday Evening Drum Circle, a free-form percussion gathering for all levels at the Manitou Art Center, 515 Manitou Ave. Free, 685-1861. Every Thursday night, 6:30 p.m.
Guitar Circle of Colorado practice and performance group meeting on a regular basis to work on exercises, technique and repertoire developed by Robert Fripp for the Guitar Craft courses on steel string guitars. All experience levels welcome. For details, call 499-0766.
Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation accepting old instruments to be refurbished and given to children unable to afford an instrument of their own. Bring your old instruments to Grainer School Music, 3490 W. Carefree Circle and 3661 Star Ranch Road, or call 574-2001. Tax deductions will be given for the estimated value of the instrument.