Local venues hope 2022 will make live shows normal again | Culture

Jits stint last year was meant to represent the return to normalcy of a live concert scene decimated by the 2020 shutdowns. For a short time in 2021, bookings and audiences looked like a mirror of the 2010s. came Delta and Omicron, and sites had to press the reset button, sometimes partially and sometimes on full reboot.

The black sheep (blacksheeprocks.com) returned to a nearly full schedule last year that included big gigs like The Mountain Goats, though many bands asked for vaccination cards. The extensive areas near the long bar on the south side have been augmented by better ventilation, with an enviable record of no outbreaks. In Omicron’s final weeks, The Black Sheep lived up to full billing for national acts, and customers were easing mask usage. Spring features everyone from Sleep to GWAR to Circle Jerks, plus often rescheduled national shows like the return of Airborne Toxic Event.

vultureslocated near the Mouton Noir (vulturesrocks.com), in full swing, featuring national artists like Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band, as well as local favorites Joe Johnson and Grant Sabin.

Lulu’s Basement (lulusdownstairs.com) finally returned to a full schedule in early 2022 for its spacious red-themed plush show bar, hosting local artists like Jeremy Facknitz and Xanthe Alexis. The postponement of a national Son Volt show from February to August proves venues are not yet short of pandemic surprises, but a successful Cactus Blossoms show and upcoming dates for Sarah Shook and Southern Culture on the Skids indicate that Lulu’s is firing on all cylinders.

Smaller shows are presented at Manitou Springs Buffalo Lodge Bike Station (veloresort.com), which treats its small music space as an addition to its adventure accommodation. Fireside concerts feature local acoustic artists like Dylan Teifer and Jarod Facknitz, though the lodge plans to expand its repertoire as the warmer weather returns.

Small bars face the biggest challenge with crowded spaces, however Triple Nickel Tavern (triplenickeltavern.com), a bar with a long history of reconfigured floor space and financial raises, looks set for 2022 with a packed schedule ranging from metal and shoutcore to folk punk. Lounge Bar-K (bar-kco.com) is back to open mics of music and poetry, though it has yet to return to pre-pandemic levels of local music hosting.

The golden room (goldroomlive.com) relied on local Colorado showcases and weekly Rude Blues Jams through late 2021 and early 2022, but will have its first national act on April 23 with Musalini’s Don and Eye and 9th Wonder. The space is small, but its two-story layout with an open balcony allows for more social distancing than most downtown recorded music clubs.

For large concerts, Pikes Peak Center for the Performing Arts (pikespeakcenter.com) has relied more on theatrical performances than music, due to the large number of tours postponed to 2021, but this year will see highlights such as Boz Scaggs, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Alan Parsons Project, Keb ‘Mo’ and Gary Allen. The venue is back to full seats. Broadmoor World Arena (broadmoorworldarena.com), run in conjunction with Pikes Peak Center, has no music scheduled for the spring, but that’s due to a lack of larger touring gigs, rather than a COVID hangover.

In the same way, Ent Arts Center (entcenterforthearts.org) has hosted unique pop artists like Kaki King over the past few years, but its 2022 schedule centers on the UCCS theaters and CS Philharmonic – more due to the lack of national tours of an appropriate size. .

The city’s Eastside lost a venue with the closure of The Social, which had major plans to improve shows over its previous incarnation as Rawkus, but couldn’t make it through the months of leaner pandemic. Exterior poles and signs are calling for a temporary closure, but phones have been disconnected and plans for summer 2022 appear non-existent.

On the other hand, Theater of Astronomers (stargazerstheatre.com) maintained a busy schedule with well-spaced tables, three levels of seating, and bar service at the main entrance, avoiding waiters at the table. A local March 5 show featuring Edith Makes a Paper Chain kicked off a spring and summer full of tribute bands, but also featuring everything from a rare appearance by Canadian folk Bruce Cockburn in May at an Edie Carey album release concert in June.

On the north side, Boot barn hall in the Bourbon Brothers/Bass Pro shopping complex (bootbarnhall.com) bravely maintained the concerts throughout 2021, taking advantage of a large interior space and good ventilation. Like Stargazers, Boot Barn features tribute bands, as well as country artists like Easton Corbin, Casey Donahew and Kentucky Headhunters.

Further, watch Black Rose Acoustic Company (blackroseacoustic.org) to move from several monthly jam sessions for the vaccinated to a return to live performances by national artists, which began with Chris Pierce on March 11. The wide-open log cabin with linoleum floors remains a good place for social distancing, and the Black Rose staff provides for a wide range of acoustic acts. from Palmer Lake Tri-Lakes Arts Center (trilakesarts.org) has a similar large interior space with gallery nooks for visual arts. It has hosted musicians from Judy Collins to Rhys Fulber (Front Line Assembly) to The Accidentals. The 2022 program already includes Claude Bourbon, Paul Overstreet and Janie Fricke.

MeadowGrass Music Festival

The sometimes muddy, always awe-inspiring Memorial Day weekend extravaganza returns this year with lineup that includes headliners Ranky Tanky, bringing the sounds of South Carolina’s West African Gullah community. ; award-winning indie folk quartet Darlingside; and the Louisiana-influenced blues and rock of Marc Broussard. (May 27-29, rockymountainhighway.org)

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