So hey, what are you doing tonight? Tonight being Thursday, the day the Indy comes out. The day you immediately pick us up wondering, "Hey, what am I doing tonight?"
And the answer is, you're going to our free Indy Music Awards Festival at Stargazers, where you'll hear 15 of our music scene's best, brightest and — according to the 2,500 readers who cast ballots this year — most beloved.
So now it's time to reveal the actual schedule of performances, which we've kept secret until this week because, frankly, we didn't have a clue. OK, we did have clues, but herding musicians is like herding cats, except they're cats with guitars. Or, you know, whatever.
Here's the full rundown of who's playing on what stage:
Outdoor Stage East
6:00 — Mango Fan Django
7:00 — We Are Not a Glum Lot
8:00 — Charlie Milo Trio
9:00 — Chuck Snow & Collin Estes
10:00 — El Toro de la Muerte
6:15 Positively Pikes Peak
7:15 From Slaves to Kings
9:25 Black P
10:30 Jake Loggins
Outdoor Stage West
6:30 — 40oz Freedom Fighters
7:30 — Grass It Up
8:30 — DJ Brandon Lee
9:20 — Edith Makes a Paper Chain
10:20 — Haunted Windchimes
A number of performers will also be bringing up guest musicians to help out on a song or two. Like, for instance, we've heard rumors that Chuck Snow and Collin Estes, both of the suddenly late and lamented Lo-Fi Cowboys, will be bringing Dave Mansfield onstage to sing "Night of the Living Creeps."
We also hear Black P might just show up early to do a song with the Charlie Milo Trio.
And then there's ...
Nah, you're just gonna have to come by and find out for yourself.
In the meantime, have you checked out Mike Clark's WTF-inducing new "Hey Daisy" video on YouTube yet? Filmed this past Monday, it finds the Jack Trades/Haunted Windchimes member singing and playing guitar while riding down Tejon Street on a bike, trying not to got himself killed, all in one 3½-minute take.
When I first saw it Monday night, it had just six views; by Wednesday morning, it was pushing 550, which by Colorado Springs standards is platinum viral. Fun lyrics, too: "It's gonna be dry this year / We're all gonna die this year / We're gonna be released from fear / We're gonna meet the Lord."
On Sunday, I got over to Lofty's for a set by Mike's semi-new project, the Ghost of Michael Clark, featuring some great pedal steel accompaniment by the Broken Spoke's Patrick Anderson. And I gotta say, for a guy from Calhan, Mike really does sound like he grew up trading tunes with Tony Joe White within crawling distance of some Louisiana swamp. Look for his new elpee, Bound to Break, in late October.
One last rave, this time for the Flumps, who won over the same crowd Sunday with trumpet-enhanced songs that combine the moody introversion of Elliott Smith with the pent-up passion of Replacements-era Paul Westerberg.
Hailing from Florence, home to a Supermax prison, a good guitar shop and not much else, the youthful Flumps have established themselves as one of the best bands around here. They had to take most of August off for personal reasons, but they're back sounding better than ever, so keep an eye out for them.