acoustic, folk & country
Eidolon at the Black Rose Acoustic Society open stage, Shoup and Black Forest Roads. $2-$4, 278-8108. Fri., April 12, 7:30 p.m.
Eliza Gilkyson at Tres Hombres, 116 Midland Ave., Woodland Park. $5, 687-0625. Sat., April 13, 9 p.m.
Elliott's Ramblers at the Black Rose Acoustic Society, Shoup and Black Forest Roads. $2-$4, 278-8108. Fri., April 26, 7:30 p.m.
WestFest featuring 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.
Verse, Voice and Vision, the Colorado Vocal Arts Ensemble performing pieces based on poetry written by local students at First Christian Church, 16 E. Platte Ave. $5-$10, 520-SHOW. Sun., April 14, 3 p.m.
Pro Musica of the Rockies, a brand-new chamber ensemble based in southern Colorado presenting their debut performance of music by Mendelssohn, Vaughn Williams, Ravel, Telemann and Starer. At the Colorado Springs School Louisa Performing Arts Center, 21 Broadmoor Ave. $8-$10. 475-9747 Ext. 110. Thurs., April 11, 7:30 p.m.
Bosom Buddies, soprano Martile Rowland, mezzo soprano Delores Zeigler and pianist Susan Grace in Packard Hall, on the SW corner of Cascade and Cache La Poudre. Free, 389-6607. Sun., April 14, 3 p.m.
Rampart Winds Woodwind Quartet at First United Methodist Church, 420 N. Nevada Ave. Free. Tues., April 16, 7:30 p.m.
Community Fellowship Concert featuring baritone John Carpenter and pianist Abe Minzer performing works by Faure, Debussy, Grieg, Chopin, Verdi and more at Our Savior Lutheran Church, 1128 E. Boulder St. Free. Sun., April 28, 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. [See page 28.]
Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers. Performing an USO re-creation show in USC's Occhiato Ballroom, Pueblo, Fri., April 26, 7:30 p.m.; $20, 719/542-1211. Performing at Arnold Hall at the AFA on Sat., April 27, 7 p.m.; $22, call 520-9090.
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.
Air Force Band of the Rockies Galaxy Brass presenting a concert of contemporary popular music at Lewis-Palmer High School, 1300 E. Higby Road, Monument. Free. Wed., April 17, 7 p.m.
Shout Now: A Gospel Extravaganza! featuring choirs and vocalists from local churches in Colorado College's Packard Hall, SW corner of Cascade and Cache La Poudre. Free, 389-6607. Sun., April 21, 3 p.m.
Celebrate Difference, a tribute to performing arts from around the world. Featuring African dance, Japanese storytelling, guitar by Miguel Espinosa and rock by Lois Lafond at the Manitou Art Theater, 515 Manitou Ave. $8, 685-1861. Sat., May 4, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
rock, pop & blues
Pressure 4-5, Earshot, The Used and Audiovent at the Colorado Music Hall, 2475 E. Pikes Peak Ave. $5.94, 800/965-4827. Tues., April 16, 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 Rainville at the Colorado Music Hall, 2475 E. Pikes Peak Ave. $25, 800/965-4827. Sat., April 20, 9 p.m.
Black 47 with The Indulgers at the Colorado Music Hall, 2475 E. Pikes Peak Ave. $10, 800/965-4827. All-ages. Fri., May 3, 8 p.m.
Pikes Peak Blues Diva Showcase featuring Joanne Taylor, Anne Kennedy and Kristen Sherwood. Hosted by Smokin' Joe and the Mighty Burners at the Business of Art Center Theater, 517 Manitou Ave. $4, 633-3469. Sat., May 4, 8 p.m.
Dick Dale at the Colorado Music Hall, 2475 E. Pikes Peak Ave. $12, 800/965-4827. Sat. May 4, 9 p.m.
Weezer with Pete Yorn at the City Auditorium, 221 E. Kiowa Ave. $27.50, 520-9090. Wed., May 8, 7:30 p.m.
Prong and Rocket Ajax at the Colorado Music Hall, 2475 E. Pikes Peak Ave. $9.43, 800/965-4827. All-ages. Sun., May 12, 8 p.m.
Paint the Town Blue, a mini blues festival featuring Metro Blues, Up To No Good, Magic Dave & the New Mules and The Farce. At the Business of Art Center, 515 Manitou Ave. $2-$4, 685-1861. Fri., May 17, 7:30 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.
Today Is the Day at the Colorado Music Hall, 2475 E. Pikes Peak Ave. $8, 800/965-4827. All-ages. Fri., May 24, 8 p.m.
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.
Rocky Mountain Collegium Musicum, a nonprofit music organization based in Castle Rock, holding auditions for musicians, volunteers and directors for its small and large ensembles. For details, call Mike at 303/808-0247. Auditions on April 24 and May 9-11.
Instruments needed for the Salvation Army Red Shield Community Center music program, a safe place for kids to hang out and learn. Currently, 20 students are enrolled and there are only 5 instruments available. Brass especially needed. Also needed are music instructors who can volunteer a few hours to teach. For details, call 328-0067.