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Sutton, Forsythe memorial shows at the Black Sheep, and all of this week's local shows

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The first annual Sizzlefest, so named for Forsythe’s nickname, will take place on Sept. 2. - FILE PHOTO
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  • The first annual Sizzlefest, so named for Forsythe’s nickname, will take place on Sept. 2.
The Black Sheep has announced its own one-day festival in remembrance of a beloved Colorado Springs music scene presence, the late Chris Forsythe. The first annual Sizzlefest, so named for Forsythe’s nickname, will take place on Sept. 2 and feature various bands playing “mixtape”-style sets, highlighting songs by Malakai, Tree of Woe, and other bands from the frontman’s musical career. Entry will be free, but donations, benefiting the American Heart Association, are encouraged.

The Black Sheep is also holding a memorial concert in honor of another fallen Colorado Springs musical standout, Austin Sutton, who passed away in June of this year. A memorial show celebrating Sutton’s life and career will be held on Thursday, July 27, featuring Sutton’s band Letters to the Living, along with Redisyn, The Endless Line, Taking Alpha and Ludoesmusic. The show will be free, and donations will be accepted to support Sutton’s family.


Sutton, in addition to his work with Letters to the Living, was a familiar figure in the Colorado Springs music scene through his work as a producer and recording engineer, as well as a supportive figure at shows.

“Austin was one of the most honest, determined members of the music scene,” remembers Black Sheep manager Jeremy Grobsmith. “Although he spent a fair amount of his time behind the scenes, he was omniscient.”

Grobsmith recalls many late-night conversations after Sutton had begun to dive into recording and engineering, discussing which amplifiers sounded best in a given situation, analog versus digital, live audio, and the like. Grobsmith describes Sutton’s humility and inquisitiveness amongst his favorite things about Sutton; the young musician never had any qualms about asking questions in order to improve his craft.

“He was truly making waves within his music scene, and I guarantee he would have been a highly sought-after recording engineer in due time,” says Grobsmith. “An extremely unfortunate loss for his family, as well as the community he served.”

Meanwhile, here are some notable shows taking place across Colorado in the weeks ahead:

Green Day make their way to Fiddlers Green Amphitheatre August 9. - AIJA LEHTONEN / SHUTTERSTOCK.COM
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  • Green Day make their way to Fiddlers Green Amphitheatre August 9.

Violent Femmes, Echo & The Bunnymen, Fillmore Auditorium, Denver, July 26
Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie, Paramount Theatre, Denver, July 27
“Hard Record Rocks,” with Dillon Francis, DJ Mustard, Destructo, and others, Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, July 28
“KS 107.5 Summer Jam,” with Ludacris, Kid Ink and others, Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre, Englewood, July 28
Blues Under the Bridge, The Colorado Ave. Bridge, July 29
Kendrick Lamar, Pepsi Center, Denver, July 29
Tedeschi Trucks Band, Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, July 29-30
Quebe Sisters, Fiddles, Vittles & Vino, Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site, July 30
Steve Miller, Peter Frampton, Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, July 31
Stephen Stills & Judy Collins, Denver Botanic Gardens, Denver, Aug. 1
Dwight Yoakam, Pikes Peak Center, Aug. 2
Guns N’ Roses, Sports Authority Field at Mile High, Denver, Aug. 2
Branford Marsalis Quartet, Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts, Palmer Lake, Aug. 3
Fruit Bats, Ivywild School, Aug. 3
Steve Earle, Boulder Theater, Boulder, Aug. 4
Thievery Corporation, DeVotchKa, Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, Aug. 5
Hans Zimmer, 1STBANK Center, Broomfield, Aug. 6
Miranda Lambert, Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, Aug. 8-9
311, Levitt Pavilion, Denver, Aug. 11
Pretty Lights, Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, Aug. 11-12
Justin Bieber, Sports Authority Field at Mile High, Denver, Aug. 12
2 Chainz, Ogden Theatre, Denver, Aug. 23
Depeche Mode, Pepsi Center, Denver, Aug. 25
Reggae on the Rocks, Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, Aug. 26
Linkin Park, Pepsi Center, Denver, Aug. 28
Lionel Richie & Mariah Carey, Pepsi Center, Denver, Aug. 29
The Frights, Black Sheep, Aug. 30
Foreigner and Cheap Trick, Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, Sept. 4
Mary J. Blige, Colorado Convention Center, Denver, Sept. 6
Nickelback, Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, Sept. 12
Delbert McClinton, Ogden Theatre, Denver, Sept. 16
Muse, Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, Sept. 18
Ride, Summit Music Hall, Denver, Sept. 20
Gasoline Lollipops, Hi-Dive, Denver, Sept. 23
Sturgill Simpson, Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, Sept. 25
Adam Ant, Paramount Theatre, Denver, Sept. 26
The Weeknd, Pepsi Center, Denver, Sept. 29
Florida Georgia Line, Pepsi Center, Denver, Sept. 30
Goldie, Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom, Denver, Sept. 30

Here’s what else is playing around this week:

Austin’s Whiskey Shivers will play “bluegrass you can mosh to” at University Village July 28. - SANDY CARSON
  • Sandy Carson
  • Austin’s Whiskey Shivers will play “bluegrass you can mosh to” at University Village July 28.

Wednesday 7/26

Hillside Gardens, Rawbert Beard (rock/pop), 6 p.m.
Margarita at Pine Creek, Crystal and the Curious (jazz), 6:30 p.m.
The Warehouse, Springs Contemporary Jazz Big Band, 6 p.m.

Thursday 7/27

Bar Louie, Johnny Long (blues), 10 p.m.
Black Sheep, Austin Sutton Memorial Show (hardcore), 6 p.m.
Rico’s, Susan Rissman and John Wise (blues), 7 p.m.
Speak Easy Vape Lounge, Mental Floss Open Mic/Open Jam featuring Elephant Pajamas, 8 p.m.
The Whiskey Baron, Jeffrey Alan Band (country), 9 p.m.

Friday 7/28

Back East Bar & Grill, Chute Nine (rock/pop), 8:30 p.m.
Benny’s, Tribe (blues), 8 p.m.
Black Forest Community Center, Roy Book Binder, Beatidudes (acoustic), 7 p.m.
Black Sheep, Ces Cru (hip-hop), 7 p.m.
Cucuru Gallery Café, Rocky Gene Wallace and Brickyard (blues), 7 p.m.
Grace and St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Jazz in the Garden: Hennessy 6, 7 p.m.
Kinfolks, Jeremy Facknitz (Americana), 8 p.m.
La Taverne, Lewis Mock and La Taverne Orchestra (rock/pop), 8:30 p.m.
Peak 31 @ Union Station, Facing Forward (rock/pop), 6 p.m.
Sangre de Cristo Arts Center, Chicano Heat (rock/pop), 6:30 p.m.
Stargazers, The Broadcast, Justus League (indie), 7:30 p.m.
Sunshine Studios, North by North, Vase Vide, Cloud Temple, Menagerie, Stray Suns (rock/pop), 6 p.m.
University Village, Whiskey Shivers (country), 7 p.m.
Waterfront Park at Forest Lakes, Miguel Dakota (rock/pop), 6 p.m.

Saturday 7/29

Benny’s, Cari Dell Trio (rock/pop), 8 p.m.
Black Sheep, If I Fail, Stifle, Oh, Whale, Fox Lake (hardcore), 7 p.m.
Descar’s Roadside Bar & Grill, Brian Parton (acoustic), 9 p.m.
Kinfolks, Tiffany Christopher (Americana), 8 p.m.
La Taverne, Lewis Mock and La Taverne Orchestra (rock/pop), 8 p.m.
Lounge in the Village, Lethal Lisa McCall Band (rock/pop), 8 p.m.
Mother Muff’s, Vinyl Lust (rock/pop), 9 p.m.
Peak 31 @ Union Station, Mass Transit (rock/pop), 9 p.m.
The Public House, Playing With Smoke (rock/pop), 9 p.m.
Rawkus, 12th Planet (dance), 8:30 p.m.
Rocks Sports Bar & Grill, Insomnistock 2017 Musicfest (rock/pop), 3 p.m.
Subterranean Nightclub, Freak Out with Creatures, DJ Bear and DJ Obskur (dance), 9 p.m.
The Whiskey Baron, Black Rose Band (country), 9 p.m.

Sunday 7/30

Black Sheep, Adventurer, Dwellings (hardcore), 7 p.m.
CC’s Packard Hall, An Evening of Inspirational Song (classical), 4 p.m.
Farside Lounge, Playing With Smoke (rock/pop), 3 p.m.
Front Range Barbeque, Blue Frog, Ryan Flores (blues), 6:30 p.m.
Mother Muff’s, Sunday Brunch with Blue Frog (blues), 11 a.m.

Tuesday 8/1

Benny’s, Sweet T’s Rude Blues Jam, 7 p.m.
Townhouse, Blue Frog Open Jam (blues), 8 p.m.

Find open mic, karaoke, and more local listings in the print issue of the Independent every Wednesday.

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