- Wendy Woo and the Woo Band take over Tequila's (25 N. Tejon) Friday at 5:30 p.m. to benefit friend Steve Duitch. Woo will be contributing every cent of the $10 door charge to help her friend, who now faces cancer, with his mounting medical bills. There will be a $2 raffle for a trip for two to Las Vegas as well as a silent auction. So join Woo for a night of music and help out your fellow man at the same time - it's a win/win situation. -Brandon Laney
acoustic, folk & country
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.
Pikes Peak Flute Choir performing at Broadmoor Community Church, 315 Lake Ave. Free, 495-3695. Sun., April 21, 3 p.m.
The Ahn Trio from Seoul, Korea playing traditional and modern classical music in Colorado College's Packard Hall, SW corner of Cascade and Cache La Poudre. $15, 389-6607. Tues., April 23, 7:30 p.m.
The Da Vinci Quartet performing works by Mozart, Puccini, Wolf and Verdi in the Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St. $17.50-$20, 634-5583. Sat., April 27, 8 p.m. Sun., April 28, 3 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
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.
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.
- The "D" arrive in Denver Monday night (April 22) to rock your f***ing socks off. Don't be fooled by the acoustic guitars; the only reason Black Jack and Kyle Glass use them in concert is the fact that, if they pulled a Dylan and went electric, people's heads (and most likely their crotches) would explode. Because of the sheer sexual energy these boys exclude, the show is strictly 16+. Tickets are $25, and JB and KG claim the Fillmore Auditorium stage at 8pm. Brandon Laney
N.O.W. (Not Ordinary Worship) Praise Band at First Evangelical Free Church, 820 N. 30th St. A casual evening of contemporary praise, preaching and pizza. Free, call 634-3144 or click www.1freechurch.org. Every Saturday night, 6 p.m.
rock, pop & blues
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 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.
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.
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 Cir. and 3661 Star Ranch Road, or call 574-2001. Tax deductions will be given for the estimated value of the instrument.