- Blues legend Coco Montoya headlines Blues Under the Bridge on Saturday.
If you'd normally be spending your Thursday nights watching the History Channel or reading a book by David McCullough, I assume you'll have nothing better to do tonight than mosey on down to the Rock Ledge Ranch (North 30th Street and Gateway Road) to catch a historical performance by theater group Legend & Legacy. The group specializes in portraying real and ambiguous historical figures, from Gen. William Jackson Palmer to the "Old Colorado City Man" and will be presenting the story of the Pikes Peak region in theater form. Bring a lawn chair and a picnic and mingle with the Springs' retired community. Admission is free and the show starts at 7. Call 578-6777 or visit rockledge- ranch.com for more. MA
Kicking off the 10th annual Colorado College Vocal Arts Symposium on what I know will be a high note (though perhaps not literally high har, har) is tonight's Death by Aria at CC's Packard Hall (5 W. Cache la Poudre St.). The 7 p.m. performance begins a sweeping, two-week series of singing featuring jazz, opera and even a performance of Disney tunes on Aug. 10 all under the guidance of renowned area talent Martile Rowland. Tickets for all performances are $15 for the general public, $10 for those with CC ID, and $5 for students, and can be obtained at the Worner Campus Center Information Desk or at ticketswest.com. Call 389-6607 for more. MR
Just when you thought it was safe to go back to coffee, another Coco comes to town for Blues Under the Bridge: The Sequel. Last month's installment was extraordinary, thanks in no small part to the genuinely impressive performance by 79-year-old Koko Taylor (it was also cool to see her spotlighted silhouette against the passing trains). This time out, Coco Montoya, arguably one of the blues' flashiest guitar players, headlines the festivities, with Gina Sicilia, Ken Saydak Band with Fred James, George Whitesell & His All Stars featuring Jill Watkins, Jack Hadley & Dan Treanor, Todd Tijerina Band and the Wheel all playing this strange new music they call the blues. Music goes from noon to 10:30 p.m. at 218 W. Colorado Ave., and tickets cost $18 to $30. For more, visit bluesunderthebridge.com. BF
- Fellas! The Vocal Arts Symposium starts Friday!
Any aficionado of south Asian dcor and apparel should not miss One World 2 U's warehouse sale (just west of Cascade and Colorado avenues, in the former Sun Plaza building) this weekend one of only six annually. Indian furniture, clothes, handcrafted jewelry, carpets and artifacts will be available for middleman-free low prices. Special guests include Indian fashion designer Vivek Narang and Indian jeweler Amrapali, whose high-profile clientele includes Angelina Jolie. A portion of all proceeds will go to charity. The market will be open Thursday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and today from noon to 5 p.m. Call 649-6244 for more information. MM
Amy Grant has sold 30 million albums, whereas Vince Gill has sold only 22 million. C'mon Vince, get off that golf course and let's start working those records! True, Grant has God on her team, but Gill was in Pure Prairie League, for chrissake. Anyway, the duo's U.S. Senior Open kickoff performance at The Broadmoor (1 Lake Ave.) is a benefit for a nonprofit serving people with disabilities, Challenge Aspen, and while pre-concert dinner tickets cost the annual GNP of a small third-world country, there is a small block of $100 concert-only tickets. Music starts at 7:30 p.m.; try challengeaspen.org/broadmoor/tickets-fanclub.cfm. BF
If you've ever been lucky enough to see the fireworks display from atop Pikes Peak at midnight on New Year's Eve, you know it's one of the area's most unusual traditions. Same goes for the AdAmAn club, whose members have made that annual trek to the summit for 85 years, regardless of weather. The group adds one new member each year, and in recent times the AdAmAn folks have also included women. At 7 tonight, longtime members Don Sanborn and Don Kallaus will share memories and photos at the final summer program of the Old Colorado City History Center (1 S. 24th St.), with no admission but donations encouraged. RR
Perhaps you've caught Lucero on a past Front Range drop-in. The Memphis, Tenn., boys have traveled through on occasion, last in the Springs at the Navajo Hogan almost four years ago. For those of us already keen on lead singer Ben Nichols' gruff (often borderline-drunk) vocal stylings and the band's sweet indie-alt-country sound, it's been too long. So, yippee and all that. At 8 tonight, the all-ages show at the Black Sheep (2106 E. Platte Ave.) starts with the Glossary and Jessica Lea Mayfield. Tickets are $12 at ticketweb.com. MS
This week's 7 Days contributors: Mike Alberti, Bill Forman, Mandy Moench, Maddie Rogers, Ralph Routon and Matthew Schniper.