Shows that will keep you warm, from R.A.P. Ferreira to SwizZy B
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By Bryan Ostrow

The new year is here and January is almost over already. There’s a handful of great shows that’ll warm you up no matter what kind of music you’re into. It all starts Friday the 20th at Bar-K with a really unique show featuring some dark, mysterious country from Denver’s Slim Cessna, and punk rock from Team Nonexistent and Sponge Cake. Slim Cessna is always a sight to see whether he’s solo or with his full band. There’s more happening Friday night as The Black Sheep will be hosting a heavy evening of doom and grind with 908, Clarion Void, Kalakuta, and ambient beats from Seance.

In May, 908 will play Grind the Nazi Scum Festival in Germany along with some additional European tour dates. Three of the members are based in Colorado Springs, one is in Denver and another is all the way up in North Dakota. But great distances can’t keep them apart; they’re gearing up and practicing. It just so happens that the whole band will be in town this month, so why not play a super fun home show with the best of friends? (Disclaimer: I sing in 908.) If you’re looking for something a little more mellow, then never fear, you can head to Stargazers Theatre for some bluegrass from Red Mountain Boys. If familiarity is what you’re looking for, you can check out Sunshine Studios Live’s AC/DC tribute by Thunderstruck.

Saturday night brings more familiar sounds to Stargazers with Last Men on Earth performing their mix of covers ranging from classic rock to soul and country. You can also check out some local indie rock at Vultures from Dynador and Wendy Bird. Or head next door to The Black Sheep for some high-energy hip-hop from Florida’s SwizZy B, Marvylus and Noopey Na’mon.

In May, 908 will play Grind the Nazi Scum Festival in Germany along with some more European tour dates.

More hip-hop goes down at The Black Sheep on Sunday, Jan. 22, with the Ruby Yacht Crew. Touring package R.A.P. Ferreira, AJ Suede and DJ Eldon Somers will be joined by locals Elimence, TMC! and a special cassette tape release from Hiatus (Che Bong and Ibe Hustles). Rory Ferreira — who’s also gone by the monikers Milo, Scallops Hotel, Crow Billiken and R.A.P. Ferreira — has been performing his exciting and eclectic brand of hip-hop for over 10 years. He blends philosophy-laden lyrics with lo-fi beats, noise and even blues guitar. With this lineup of both touring and local artists, it’s a show not to be missed.

Just because the weekend is over doesn’t mean you need to stop having fun. You can head to Vultures on Tuesday the 24th for King Pari and Falseyedols. King Pari is a Los Angeles-based group that mixes R&B, soul and lo-fi for a funky, soulful sound that is sure to get your body moving. Opening the show will be local talent and producer Falseyedols. He makes incredible, melodic beats that will get your feet tapping and wanting more.

That’s what Colorado Springs has in store this week; tune in next week for fresh shows. And as always, if you have an event coming up you’d like us to write about, please let us know at

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