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Woodshed Red deserves all the support at their free Fourth of July Show, and the rest of this week's music


The show must go on: Local bluegrass band Woodshed Red will still play their Fourth of July show despite recent theft. - BACKSTAGE FLASH
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  • The show must go on: Local bluegrass band Woodshed Red will still play their Fourth of July show despite recent theft.

If you haven’t finalized your Independence Day plans, there are some excellent musical offerings to fill out your last-minute “Fourth” festivities.

Locals should already be familiar with beloved Colorado Springs bluegrass act Woodshed Red, whose energetic performances have been enjoyed at multiple years of the MeadowGrass music festival — to say nothing of their normally prolific show schedule — and have earned them multiple Indy Music Awards nominations.

The quintet will be performing a free concert at Manitou Springs’ Soda Springs Park on July 4, and it’s lucky for attendees that they’re able to make the show happen, as the band has recently experienced some adversity.

On June 19, the group’s trailer, containing nearly all of their instruments and sound equipment, was stolen. The band has shared surveillance videos on their social media accounts, and a GoFundMe campaign has been set up to help replace the stolen equipment, with the promise to offer a full refund to donors if said equipment is recovered.

Stolen equipment can be crippling to national acts, much less indie artists working without significant assets, so Woodshed Red deserve the full support of their Colorado Springs fanbase. Go attend their show and support them however you can. Incidentally, they released their second LP, Live in Manitou, this past February.

Meanwhile, for fans of Americana, the July Fourth riches continue with Alberta’s own Corb Lund, who’ll be playing the Chico Basin Ranch. Lund has received critical praise for his strong run of LPs on New West Records, with a beautifully crafted, genre-hopping sound that encompasses all manner of rootsy styles, from blues to rockabilly to, of course, country and western. Lund’s most recent offering was the highly acclaimed Things That Can’t Be Undone. The 2015 album was produced by Dave Cobb, who has put his sonic stamp on the works of fellow alt-country heroes Sturgill Simpson, Chris Stapleton and Jason Isbell.

Lund is currently in the midst of an extensive “Western Destinations” tour, which also includes a stop at the Greeley Stampede. Fans can also look forward to new music from Lund and his cohorts soon, as he recently announced that he’s been in Nashville, “writing [his] ass off.”

Here’s what else is playing around this week:

Wednesday 7/4

Ancient Mariner Tavern, Musician’s Jam with The Hoodoo (Americana), 8 p.m.
Distillery 291, Juke Joint Party with Grant Sabin (blues), 6 p.m.
Margarita at Pine Creek, Crystal and the Curious (jazz), 7 p.m.
Palmer Lake Baseball Field, Sandy Wells, Austin Young Band, Jeffery Alan Band, Ashtonz, Ryan Davis, Mirage (country), 2 p.m.
The Warehouse, Springs Contemporary Jazz Big Band, 6 p.m.

Thursday 7/5

Black Sheep, Avoid, Enlighten the Masses (hardcore), 7 p.m.
Jack Quinn’s, Irish Pub Songs with Brian Clancy, 7:30 p.m.
Kinfolks, 950 Drum Circle (acoustic), 9:45 p.m.
Oskar Blues, Music in the HOLE (rock/pop), 7 p.m.
Peak 31 @ Union Station, Lionthrone (dance), 9 p.m.
Rico’s, Susan Rissman and John Wise (blues), 7 p.m.
The Social, Dj LemonHead (dance), 9 p.m.
Thorndale Park, Paint the Town Blue: West Side Rhythm Kings (blues), 5:30 p.m.
Whiskey Baron Dance Hall, Asphalt Cowboys (country), 9 p.m.

Friday 7/6

Axe and the Oak, Jesse Cotton Stone (blues), 7 p.m.
Benny’s Restaurant & Lounge, 3 of a Kind (rock/pop), 8 p.m.
Black Sheep, The Kontraband Tour with Stevie Stone & JL from Strange Music (hip-hop), 7 p.m.
Chiba Bar, Friday Night Spin (dance), 9 p.m.
Colorado Springs Senior Center, Risky Bizness Band (rock/pop), 6:30 p.m.
Frankie’s Bar & Grill, DJ Trivia with Party Pro DJ (dance), 7 p.m.
Front Range Barbeque, The Dirty Rain Revelers (Americana), 6:30 p.m.
Good Company, Last Patrol (rock/pop), 9 p.m.
Historic Ute Inn, Sound Advice (rock/pop), 8 p.m.
Kinfolks, Rob and The Mountain City Rebels (rock/pop), 8 p.m.
La Taverne, La Taverne Orchestra (rock/pop), 8:30 p.m.
The Mezzanine, TREO (jazz), 5:30 p.m.
O’Furry’s, Levi and Rifkin (rock/pop), 6 p.m.
Pikes Perk Coffee & Tea House, Chris Cullins & The Beatidudes (acoustic), 6:30 p.m.
Stargazers, Suga Bear & The Show Time Band (R&B), 8 p.m.
Sunshine Studios, Bad Wolves, From Ashes to New, Diamante (metal), 6 p.m.
Whiskey Baron Dance Hall, Asphalt Cowboys (country), 9 p.m.
Whistle Pig Brewing Co., Tinker’s Damn (rock/pop), 7 p.m.

Saturday 7/7

Blue Moose Tavern, Soapdish featuring Kristina Marshall (rock/pop), 7 p.m.
Frankie’s Bar & Grill, Blynd Mojo (rock/pop), 8 p.m.
Kinfolks, Ruxton Railsplitters (rock/pop), 8 p.m.
La Taverne, La Taverne Orchestra (rock/pop), 8:30 p.m.
Lounge in the Village, Levi & Rifkin (rock/pop), 7:30 p.m.
Peak 31 @ Union Station, 40 Oz. Freedom Fighters (rock/pop), 9 p.m.
Royal Castle, Spanish and Afro Caribbean Night, 9 p.m.
Sacred Grounds Coffee, Heather Dawn Romero (acoustic), 6:30 p.m.
The Social, Afrosonics presented by 719co (world), 7 p.m.
Urban Steam Coffee Bar, Havana Cabana (world), 8 p.m.
Whiskey Baron Dance, Asphalt Cowboys (country), 9 p.m.
Wine Down by the River, Nance Vixen Jazz Duo, 8 p.m.

Sunday 7/8

Front Range Barbeque, Blue Frog with Joe Johnson (Americana), 6:30 p.m.
Jack Quinn’s, Traditional Irish Session, 3 p.m.
Johnny’s Navajo Hogan, Patio Blues Jam (open mic), 5 p.m.
La Taverne, La Taverne Orchestra (rock/pop), 8 p.m.
Mother Muff’s, Sunday Brunch with Blue Frog (blues), 11 a.m.
Sunshine Studios, Dellacoma, Ghost Radio, Gravel, Helioshealth (rock/pop), 6 p.m.

Monday 7/9

Ancient Mariner Tavern, Jerrod Fox, Ryan Davis and Friends (Americana), 8 p.m.
Black Sheep, Otep (metal), 8 p.m.
Monument Valley Park, The Wayne Wilkinson Trio (jazz), 7 p.m.

Tuesday 7/10

Benny’s, Sweet T’s Rude Blues Jam, 7 p.m.
Black Sheep, Angel Vivaldi, Hyvmine (rock/pop), 7 p.m.
Triple Nickel, Barbarian, Saberwulf, Damien, Give Way, If I Fail, Deter (metal), 7:30 p.m.

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