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This Week in Colorado Springs (7/3-7/9)

Happy Independence Day!

By Tony Fleming-Brum - July 2, 2017

Hello again Colorado Springs, and welcome to this week’s installment of the Front Range Shuttle local events blog! We’re coming off a week of nice, sunny summer weather, and it’s looking like that trend should hold up all the way through next weekend! With highs in the 80s and low 90s, it’ll be great weather to get out and celebrate Independence Day!
 
Starting off our week with Monday (7/3), we’ll head up to Soda Springs Park in Manitou Springs, where The Little London Winds will be continuing their 2017 Summer Concert Series: Metamorphosis, and the theme for the day will be Red, White, and Blue! This series of family-friendly, free concerts features a variety of music. This concert series is played outside in the pavilion at Soda Springs Park in Manitou Springs. The Little London Winds encourages audience members to bring a picnic dinner as well as folding chairs. No tickets are necessary and the concert is free and open to the public. With clear skies and nice, warm summer weather in the forecast, this will be a great chance to get out of the house and enjoy the evening!
 
As for Tuesday (7/4, Independence Day!), we’ll be heading out to Memorial Park in Colorado Springs for the Summer Symphony, presented by the Colorado Springs Philharmonic! Get ready for the region’s largest event, featuring troops from Fort Carson, The Liberty Belles, amazing food, and thunderous fireworks to light up the night sky. Get there early to claim a prime spot! This event is free to the public.
 
With half the week over with, and the weekend fast approaching, why not take the opportunity to unwind a bit this Wednesday evening (7/5)? And what better place to do it than the Gold Camp Brewing Company, where they’ll be having their weekly live trivia night, Triviality! Bring your team and get ready for some fun! Lil Howard's BBQ will be serving delicious pulled pork, hot links, and more! Gold Camp also has an amazing array of locally brewed beers on tap. The top 3 finishers in the trivia game get prizes, with 1st place being a gift certificate AND a team flag on the coveted Trivia Trophy!
 
This coming Thursday (7/6) we’ll be heading out to the park once again, this time to Angel Mist Park here in Colorado Springs, for the Flying Horse Summer Concert Series! This week they’ll be presenting Leslie Tom & The Boys, a rare treat for Country Music lovers. From the first few notes of a Leslie Tom song, you’re instantly taken back to a time when singers like Patsy Cline and Loretta Lynn were winning the hearts of country music lovers everywhere. But keep listening, and you’ll hear a voice and a sound that is remarkably current, even timeless. This Denver-based songstress is defying the odds by steering away from the “Nashville style” country trends. Instead, combining relatable lyrics with her bubbly, sassy personality and an un-mistakable voice (along with the occasional fiddle and pedal steel guitar), Leslie Tom stands poised to hit the mainstream with her own traditional-modern spin on country music.
 
Friday (7/7) we’ll be stopping by the Stargazers Theatre, a staple here on this blog that has been missed recently, for their presentation of the Flying W Wranglers! The Flying W Wranglers have been performing music for over 63 years, making them the second oldest Western Music group in the world. As you ride along with the Wranglers, you will experience the classic country, western swing and gospel music that we all grew up on, along with a bit of Cowboy wit. During their decades of playing, they have performed at some of the premier venues around the country including Carnegie Hall and the Grand Ole Opry. Today they continue to be one of the premier Western Music groups west of the Mississippi and are riding down the trail with their saddlebags full of great songs from the American West. With their unique western harmonies, fantastic yodeling, and superb instrumentation, the Flying W Wranglers are proving that the best is yet to come!
 
This Saturday (7/8) should be an exciting night at The Perk Downtown, as they’ll be presenting a new band from here on the Front Range: The Lesson Plan! From relieving stress while deployed in Iraq to busking in Central Park and playing gigs in LA, members of new folk rock trio The Lesson Plan have a large curriculum of experience to play on. The Lesson Plan plans to give listeners and education in toe tapping tunes. Veronique Van Pelt, Barrett Ward and Ben Brich all have a wide range of experiences to draw from. “We like songs that get stuck in your head and make you tap your toes yet resonate with life experience,” said Van Pelt. “I want them to feel like they are a part of each song's narrative,” said Ward. “At the end, the listener will find resolution (or non-resolution), but the song should feel complete in some sort of emotional way.” Choruses and chord progression is where Ward finds his inspiration, while Van Pelt gets it from a different source. “It's like fishing, if you show up and keep at it you can pull some beautiful things out of the notes,” Van Pelt said.
 
Wrapping up our week with Sunday (7/9), we’ll be celebrating the Changing Times Quartet’s CD release at the Pikes Peak Jazz and Swing Society! The afternoon performance​ will include selections from their latest "Pop-A-Jazz" album which will be available for purchase at the show. The songs are all fun, the lyrics are clean, and the overall mood of the album is happy with just a few contemplative interludes. The band will try to capture the positive energy of this latest album in a live setting! There will also be dancing, door prizes, a cash bar, and a full buffet and dessert bar available.

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