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.
Colorado Springs Chorale performing American music such as spirituals, jazz and folk at First Christian Church, Cascade and Platte. Free, 633-8888. Sun., April 28, 3 p.m.
Abendmusik, 25-voice ensemble, performing spirituals and jazz at the Business of Arts Center, 515 Manitou Ave. Free, 540-5789. Sun., April 28, 4 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.
Cellist Susan Smith, principal cellist for the Colorado Springs Symphony, performing rarely heard modern works by Barber, Stravinsky and Britten. In UCCS' Dwire Theater, 1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy. $5-$10, 262-3232. Sun., April 28, 8 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.
Dan Barrett with the Bruce Pennington Trio at the Business of Art Center, 515 Manitou Ave. $12-$15, available at KCME, 1921 N. Weber St. Wed., May 22, 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, http://www.coloradospringsjazzfestival.com. Held in conjunction with the fireworks celebration at the Air Force Academy. Thurs., July 4.
La Fiesta Primavera featuring Mexican folk music by Mariachi Tigre in Colorado College's Packard Hall, SW corner of Cascade and Cache La Poudre. Free, 389-6607. Wed., May 1, 7 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
Hip Hop 2K2 with Buttermilk, Low, Big Lett Loose and more at the Party Zone, Austin Bluffs and Academy. 591-7890. $6 at the door. 18+. Tues., April 30.
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 more. 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.
The Motet at the Utopia Caf, 116 E. Bijou St. $10, 633-1080. Sat., June 1, 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 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.
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.
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.