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The local music scene is offering plenty of charitable opportunities this holiday


Colorado Springs' favorite prodigal son Chauncy Crandall will play a Thanksgiving Eve performance at Front Range Barbeque. - AMANDA HAGY
  • Amanda Hagy
  • Colorado Springs' favorite prodigal son Chauncy Crandall will play a Thanksgiving Eve performance at Front Range Barbeque.

When one thinks of Thanksgiving, the holidays and seasonal charitable donation, your thoughts probably don't immediately go to Five Finger Death Punch, the multi-platinum-selling Las Vegas metal band behind such records as War Is the Answer and The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell (Volumes 1 and 2).

Nevertheless, frontman Ivan Moody, who was born in Denver, consulted with 94.3 KILO and donated 50 sleeping bags to local nonprofit organization Urban Peak on Nov. 13 to help the local homeless population as the weather changes.

"I'm happy to make a small gesture to increase the comfort of others," said Moody in a press release the week after their Nov. 7 show at the Broadmoor World Arena with Breaking Benjamin, Bad Wolves and From Ashes to New. The group released their seventh LP, And Justice for None, in May 2018.

Indeed, Thanksgiving typically marks the start of an officially and unofficially recognized season of charity, and the local music scene is offering plenty of chances for fans to get involved and benefit those in need in our community. 

On Wednesday, Nov. 21, the annual Hungry Farmer Bands' Reunion takes place at Stargazers Theatre — the 39th such reunion show, featuring members of Fall River Road, Buffalo Dreams, Radford Lewis Band, Range Rockets and Phantom Hooters. For those too young to remember (or perhaps merely too jubilant in the interim), The Hungry Farmer restaurant played host to many local bands in the '70s and '80s.

The annual event's origins date back to a 1979 "Thanksgiving Eve" meal that the venue's management hosted for musicians who had no other place to go for such festivities. As one might expect from a gathering of musicians, a spontaneous jam session was held after the feast, establishing a tradition that's managed to outlive the original venue.

Admission to the all-ages reunion is two non-perishable food items or a small cash donation to benefit Care and Share.

Meanwhile, the Black Sheep is continuing its own yearly food drive traditions on Saturday, Nov. 24, with a show featuring a full-band performance by Little Dan (aka Dan Goebel), as well as sets from Why They Fight and Bayliner. The Holiday Party and Food Drive features, along with plenty of music, various door prizes and giveaways — bring non-perishable food items for a free raffle entry. 

What, then, of Thanksgiving itself? Well, if you get tired of arguing politics with distant relatives, the Triple Nickel Tavern has the perfect way to shake off that tryptophan coma with a very special "Doomsgiving." The Thursday, Nov. 22, event will include Seattle-based "aetherical doom" metal act Un, purveyors of an especially funereal and sludgy metal sound. (In case anyone was wondering, they are not to be confused with short-lived Korean pop act UN.) Un released their latest LP, the atmospheric, alternately beautiful and punishing Sentiment, this past September.

Of course, what would Thanksgiving week be without catching up with some old friends? Locally beloved singer-songwriter Chauncy Crandall, now based in Florida, has been weaving his way through the country on a fall tour and makes a stop at his old frequent stomping grounds at Front Range BBQ on Wednesday, Nov. 21. Crandall has kept busy of late with a healthy touring schedule — spending most of the month playing dates throughout Texas, Colorado and New Mexico.

Finally, here's something a bit different. One of the most popular and long-running Norteño bands of all time, Los Huracanes Del Norte, will make a stop at Colorado Springs' Club De Leones on Friday, Nov, 30. Formed in 1969 by brothers Heraclio, Jesús and Francisco García, the band had their breakthrough in 1978 with the gold-selling LP La Musiquera, and has essentially sustained that success with sold-out tours, charting records and over 900 songs to their name throughout the following four decades. 

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