- Maggie St. Thomas
- Halo it’s me: What former child actor put on this year’s most unforgettable local show? Why, this one, of course.
The trio of Kate Perdoni (aka Katey Sleeveless), Kellie Palmblad and Emily Gould, recently christened Spirettes, released their debut, self-titled EP on Dec. 9, joining a long list of artists releasing new music this year. Local standout emcee Stoney Bertz dropped the LP col(ours.) in March, art-rock trio Cocordion released a new LP in October, indie/hardcore act Tigerwine released their debut full-length LP Die With Your Tongue Out on Blood & Ink Records in April, and Grant Sabin & The Juke Joint Highball did their part to keep the blues alive with September’s Bourbon and Milk.
This, of course, is not a comprehensive list, and, more than anything, should encourage readers to seek out as many local releases and demos as possible, as there are plenty of gems out there to be savored.
And while music fans surely took in the sights and sounds at MeadowGrass, Sizzlefest, Otisfest and more, the developments didn’t all happen in the studio or onstage. Local listeners also found new outlets to enjoy on the airwaves. KCOS Digital Media continued to expand on its promise to export the best of Colorado-based music across the globe, hosting remote broadcasts from shows at Stargazers Theatre and producing concerts at the Gold Room to showcase individual local bands and artists. Local jazz fans also received a gift when classical station KCME 88.7 FM launched the new all-jazz station Jazz 93.5 FM, filling a noted void in local radio programming.
As for live performances, it may seem foolish to pick a single contender for the top show of the year, given the wide spectrum of excellent candidates: Atmosphere! The Blasters! Blind Boys of Alabama! Moodie Black with Castle! But in the case of 2017, the consensus is in. We can all agree that the undeniable, unequivocal, top show in Colorado Springs this year was Corey Feldman & His Angels at Sunshine Studios.
“It really was one of the most fun shows I’ve ever been to,” admits Dan Oglesby, frontman of Vase Vide. “Though it was probably for all the wrong reasons.”
With that, I wish all of you a safe and happy New Year’s celebration. See you next year.
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