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Playing Around: Blues in the Park

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Smokin' Joe & the Mighty Burners play on June 6
  • Smokin' Joe & the Mighty Burners play on June 6

It may be a little-known fact -- God knows why -- but this town is teeming with really good blues musicians. Overrun, almost. And like lemmings, they will all be swarming to the Pikes Peak Bluesfest in July, but in the meantime, something has to be done to keep them occupied. (Leave a bluesman sitting out in the summer sun with nothing to do, and it isn't pretty. For example, look at Huey Lewis. He used to play harp, but now ... it's just sad.)

So, the Bluesfest promoters have graciously set up playdates for local and national acts to perform, free, every Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m. in Acacia Park. Here's the schedule -- for more info on the Bluesfest, see The Listings on page 40. Go, dance, save the musicians.

May 9: Maynard Mills
May: 16: Jake Jacoby
May 23: The Farce
May 30: Metro Blues
June 6: Smokin' Joe & the Mighty Burners featuring Joanne Taylor
June 13: Stanley Milton's Mean Streak
June 20: Tempa and the Tantrums
June 27: Little Mary
July 4: Independence Day
July 11: Mike Nelson & the Motel Kings
July 18: Colorado Springs Blues All-Stars
July 25: Brenda Miles
Aug. 1: David Booker and The Swingtet
Aug. 8: Emilio Emilio
Aug. 15: Billy Tolles
Aug. 22: Up To No Good
Aug. 29: Johnny and the Jukes
Sept. 5: Randall Dubis Band
Sept. 12: Colorado Springs Blues All-Stars

-- Kristen Sherwood

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