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The year in Colorado Springs music


Halo it’s me: What former child actor put on this year’s most unforgettable local show? Why, this one, of course. - MAGGIE ST. THOMAS
  • 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.
If you’re reading this, salutations, fellow traveler, and congratulations for surviving the year 2017. Sure, we may be entering a 2018 where robot security guards harass the homeless, but there are still a few bright spots. As of this writing, it’s not entirely clear whether failed U.S. Senate hopeful/Yosemite Sam impersonator Roy Moore will be launched directly into the sun, but we also can’t completely rule out that possibility, either! The local music scene certainly had its share of highlights, so join me in raising a glass of the finest boxed champagne, blowing into a party horn, and reviewing, like a Dickensian spectre, some of the scenes from the Colorado Springs music front in 2017.

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.
This time last year, one of the major headlines for the local scene was the closing of the popular and beloved DIY venue the Flux Capacitor. Despite the inherently temporary nature of DIY venues, it still came as a shock, considering the nigh-constant rotation of high-quality touring artists who made stops at the Flux on a weekly basis. The aftermath, however, was inspiring on several levels. Other venues, both in Colorado Springs and Denver, stepped up to accommodate the already-booked shows jeopardized by the Flux’s closure, and the minds behind the Flux immediately began work on a new, more stable location. And as of July, it was announced that you could step in and still see an eclectic variety of touring acts and local music showcases at the Flux’s new home at the reappointed Knights of Columbus Hall, thanks to a partnership with the Pikes Peak Library District.

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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