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It’s a Soul, Blues, Pop and Classical Music Weekend!

POSTED May 5, 2022

With classical, blues, R&B, pop, and soul music performances between Colorado Springs and Castle Rock, you can kick back to a bevy of musical entertainment over the next week and a half. Plus, you’ll find lots of options for comedy, theater, and classes as well, in and near Crystal Valley. 

TODAY/TONIGHT: Thursday, May 5

Sam Adams is a prize-winning comedian, an award-winning sports journalist, a keynote public speaker and a television commercial actor. During the summer of 2018, the True Colorvideo clip from Sam’s Dry Bar Comedy special (titled Incoherently True) went viral — with over 10 million Facebook views in less than 72 hours. Sam’s energetic, comically insightful act is 100 percent profanity-free and filled with observations about his every-day encounters. 

He is a headline performer and featured speaker at corporate events across the country, and has shared stages with national-touring comedians and music recording artists — a genre-jumping list of nationally-known performers ranging from comedians Craig Ferguson, Frank Caliendo, Kevin Nealon, Josh Blue and David Alan Grier to music’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Heart and seven-time Grammy Award winner Al Jarreau.

Comedy Works South, 5345 Landmark Pl., Greenwood Village
7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $14
Phone: 720-274-6800

Thursday-Saturday, May 5-7

The Curious Savage is the story of an elderly widow named Mrs. Savage, whose husband has left her $10 million dollars. She intends to give the entire fortune away to people who wish to pursue their “foolish dreams,” but her stepchildren strongly object. To prevent her from doing away with their family’s wealth and ruining their legacy, they have her committed to a sanatorium called The Cloisters, and it is among the gentle residents there that she finds her true family. The Curious Savage is a warm comedy that compares the kindness and loyalty of strangers with the greed and hostility of so-called “family.”

Parker Arts Center, The Schoolhouse, 19650 Mainstreet, Parker
Thurs.-Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sat., 2:00 p.m.
Tickets: $10
Phone: 303-805-6800

Thursday-Sunday, May 5-8

The Legend of Georgia McBride is a music-filled comedy by Matthew Lopez and we’ll tell you upfront the production contains strong language. He’s young, he’s late with the rent, and he just found out he’s going to be a dad. When his boss at a small-town Florida dive bar axes his Elvis act and replaces it with a flashy drag show, Casey decides to step out of the blue suede shoes of his comfort zone and into a pair of size 11 heels. From creating his persona to embracing his femininity, Casey has a lot to learn. But most of all, this sequin-filled story is a celebration of individuality and a reminder to all of us to live in our truths.

FAC THEATRE, 30 W. Dale St., Colorado Springs
Thurs./Fri., 7:30 p.m., Sat., 7:30 p.m., Sun., 2:00 p.m.
Tickets: $20-$45+
Info: 719-634-5581

From classes in doodling and colored pencils to beginning to intermediate oil painting, introduction to drawing and the fundamentals, these instructional art courses are for kids, teens, and artsy adults! With all kinds of choices using all sorts of media, if you have the compulsion to create, head to the Curtis Center for the Arts for Summer classes and workshops! 

Curtis Center for the Arts, 2349 E. Orchard Rd., Greenwood Village
10:00 a.m.
Registration: $25

Friday, May 6

One of the earliest composers during the “Romantic” period of music, Brahms was sometimes called the “next” Beethoven. The Colorado Saints Chorale will join the Parker Symphony to perform the lovely Brahms Requiem in the final concert of our 2021-2022 “Season of Renewal”.  You will find both remembrance and hope in the soaring voices and orchestral beauty of this classic of choral and symphonic music.

Parker Arts Center, 20000 Pikes Peak Avenue, Parker
7:30 p.m.
Tickets: Starting at $24
Phone: 303-805-6800

Vintage Theatre returns to Cherokee Castle bringing the chuckles and laughs of sophisticated comedy with their newest cabaret show highlighting the comedic side of Broadway. Music Director Brandon Bill will again be on the keys accompanying three of Denver’s finest stage performers whose melodic and powerful voices and distinctive comedic timing will fill the evening with laughter. Bring the doctor because we are going to be in stitches.

The evening includes time to explore the Castle and enjoy the spectacular views, the cabaret performance in two acts with complimentary dessert at intermission and a cash bar for adult beverages.  

Cherokee Ranch & Castle, 6113 N. Daniels Park Rd., Sedalia
6:30 p.m. (Doors Open); 7:15-8:15 
Reservations: $60
Phone: 303-688-5555

Friday-Sunday, May 6-8

We wish there were MORE comedians like clean comic Henry Cho! Funny AND G/PG-rated. Cho has various TV and film credits to his name. He has made appearances on NBC’s The Tonight Show, CBS’s The Late Late Show, and NBC’s Young Comedians Special. He served two years as host of NBC’s Friday Night Videos and guest-starred on various network sitcoms. 

Henry’s one-hour TV Special, What’s That Clickin Noise? is running on Comedy Central currently and he can be heard daily on Sirius/XM and Blue Collar Radio. He is also a regular performer at the Grand Ole Opry and some of Henry’s film credits include Universal’s McHale’s NavySay It Isn’t So, and Material Girls.

Henry co-produced and co-starred in the faith-based Indy film Saving Faith, and has been nominated for Best Supporting Actor in a Feature Film by the International Christian Film Festival. He recently completed a Hallmark movie The Farmer and the Belle- Saving Santaland. He’ll start shooting a TV pilot, Double Occupancy and also the film, Cheyenne. He’s working on his own project with Triple Horse Studios responsible for best-selling author Lee Strobel’s memoir, The Case for Christ. There’s a special Mother’s Day edition, too, for the whole family.

Comedy Works South, 5345 Landmark Pl., Greenwood Village
Fri./Sat, 7:15 & 9:45 p.m., Sun., 3:00 p.m. (Family-Friendly)
Tickets: $27
Phone: 720-274-6800

Saturday, May 7

Celebrate Mother’s Day at the Outlets of Castle Rock! It’s a special shopping day with exclusive discounts and ticket-holder perks, from mimosas and sweet treats, flower bouquets, swag bags (valued at $100) spring styling tips and access to the VIP Suite – and all for a great cause. For $15, all the perks are yours and the benefits go to The Help and Hope Center, which provides assistance to those in serious economic need.

The Outlets of Castle Rock, 5050 Factory Shops Blvd., Castle Rock 
10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Tickets: $15
Info: 303-688-4495

Utter the phrase, “young blues rock guitarist,” within earshot of anyone with even a cursory knowledge of the modern musical landscape and the first name to surface will be Kenny Wayne Shepherd. The Louisiana-born songsmith has sold millions of albums and launched singles into the Top 10 while shining a light on the rich blues of the past and forging ahead with his own modern twist on a classic sound.

In a 20-year recording career that began when he was just 16, Shepherd has established himself as an immensely popular recording artist, a consistently in-demand live act, and an influential force in a worldwide resurgence of interest in the blues.

From television performances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Late Show with David Letterman, Jimmy Kimmel Live, and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon to features in Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair, Maxim Magazine, Blender, Spin, USA Today, and more, Shepherd’s musical career has been nothing short of phenomenal.  

Pikes Peak Center for Performing Arts, 190 S. Cascade Ave., Colorado Springs
8:00 p.m. (doors open at 7:00)
Tickets: $39.50-$65
Phone: 719-575-9632

New Orleans native Mark Normand is an extremely prolific New York based stand-up known for his relentlessly punchy writing and expert delivery. His self-released one-hour special Out to Lunch on YouTube has quickly amassed over 9 million views. Prior to that, Mark released two comedy specials with Comedy Central and has made an unparalleled thirteen appearances on late night programming including ConanThe Tonight Show Starring Jimmy FallonThe Late Show with Stephen Colbert, and The Late Late Show with James Corden. Mark can also be heard on his multiple appearances on The Joe Rogan Experience, dubbed by Jerry Seinfeld as the “best young up and coming comic,” or on his own podcast Tuesdays with Stories. Most recently Mark can be seen on The Standups Season 3 streaming now on Netflix.

Paramount Theatre, 1621 Glenarm, Denver
7:00 p.m.
Tickets: $45-$105
Phone: 303-623-0106

“Charl Brown’s Smokey Robinson is as sweet as his voice is unique.” – The American 

As the story goes, Smokey Robinson, a founder of Motown and one of the producers of Motown: The Musical, went backstage on opening night to look for Charl Brown, the handsome young actor who portrayed him in the show. When he found Charl backstage, he came up to him, smiled and simply said, “Hello, Me!” 

This delightful story became the inspiration for a spectacular show that celebrates the life, music and career of acclaimed singer-songwriter Smokey Robinson, once pronounced by Bob Dylan as America’s “greatest living poet.” Join Tony-nominee (and Doo Wop Project member) Charl Brown to celebrate Smokey’s story and many of his biggest hits: both the ones he sang and the ones he wrote, including, “Shop Around,” “Going to a Go-Go,” “You’ve Really Got a Hold on Me,” “My Girl,” “I Second That Emotion,” “Tracks of My Tears,” and so many more. 

Lone Tree Arts Center, 10075 Commons St., Lone Tree
8:00 p.m.
Tickets: $35-$45
Phone: 720-509-1000

Once a simple rail stop, now a bustling town that continues to grow, and expand and draw visitors and residents and commercial .  It’s rich history and lively present day are accompanied by music of the times that create the unique soundtrack of Parker. Join Parker Chorale as they bring this soundtrack to life and celebrate the Town we call home.

About the Parker Chorale: The Parker Chorale is a community group dedicated to fostering the arts and supporting music education in the Town of Parker and Douglas County.

Parker Arts Center, 20000 Pikes Peak Avenue, Parker
7:30 p.m.
Tickets: Starting at $24
Phone: 303-805-6800

NEXT WEEK: Thursday-Saturday, May 12-14

Jessica Kirson is a powerhouse on stage. She’s a hilariously relatable performer of sheer silliness, vulnerability, and ridiculous characters. Her countless comedic character videos have racked up over 50 million views on social media. Her audience is multigenerational, and as part of the 10 percent of all touring comedians who are female, Jessica stands out as one of the strongest comedians regardless of gender.

Jessica’s one-hour special, Talking to Myself, was executive produced by Bill Burr and debuted on Comedy Central. She is a regular on This Week at the Comedy Cellar and has appeared on The Tonight ShowThe View, HBO’s Crashing, and Kevin Can Wait. She also recently acted in and served as a consultant, producer, and writer on the Robert De Niro film The Comedian

Through her Relatively Sane podcast, Jessica has interviewed the likes of Bill Burr, Jim Gaffigan, and Rosie O’Donnell. Most recently, Jessica’s highly anticipated prank call album titled The Call Girls, also featuring Rachel Feinstein, was released. Jessica’s characters are coming to life in her new podcast, Disgusting Hawk with rave reviews.

Comedy Works South, 5345 Landmark Pl., Greenwood Village
Thurs., 7:30 p.m.; Fri./Sat., 7:15 p.m. & 9:45 p.m.
Tickets: $16-$24
Phone: 720-274-6800

Friday, May 13

Celebrating the renown of Beethoven, the LTSO performs Symphony No. 3, “Eroica.” The program will also include Brahms’ “Tragic Overture,” Op. 81 in D Minor, Borodin’s “Polovtsian Dance” from Prince Igor, and Bernstein’s “Magnificent Seven.”

The Lone Tree Symphony Orchestra is a first-class community orchestra performing orchestral music in the city of Lone Tree and South Metro Denver.

Lone Tree Arts Center, 10075 Commons St., Lone Tree
7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $18-$30
Phone: 720-509-1000

Friday-Saturday, May 13-14

In her incredible six-decade career, Aretha Franklin evolved from teenage gospel star to reigning pop and R&B diva, recording classics like “Natural Woman,” “Chain of Fools,” “Rescue Me,” and perhaps her best-remembered, “R-E-S-P-E-C-T”. The first female artist to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Aretha is one of the most honored (18 Grammys) and best-selling musical artists of all time with global sales of more than 75 million records. Experience the Power of Soul with a tribute to The Queen herself.

The Colorado Springs Philharmonic salutes Aretha Franklin with some of her biggest hits.

Pikes Peak Center for Performing Arts, 190 S. Cascade Ave., Colorado Springs
7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $32-$78
Phone: 719-575-9632

Saturday, May 14

“[Martin Taylor] is one of the most awesome solo guitar players in the history of the instrument.” – Pat Metheny 
The Great Guitars featuring Martin Taylor, Bruce Forman, & John Jorgenson traces its colorful heritage back to the 1970s when the legendary jazz guitarists of that era toured the world and recorded together. Award-winning guitarist Martin Taylor, who replaced Herb Ellis to become part of the original group in the 1980s with the legendary Barney Kessel and Charlie Byrd, has revised the format for the 21st century enlisting two of today’s top jazz guitarists, Bruce Forman and John Jorgenson. Hear the three guitarists in solo, duet, and trio performances for an evening of musical fireworks. 

Lone Tree Arts Center, 10075 Commons St., Lone Tree
8:00 p.m.
Tickets: $35-$45
Phone: 720-509-1000

Come savor the flavors of wine from Spain.  At our May wine tasting, we will be tasting six wines from different regions in Spain. This will be a great introduction into Old World wines. Melissa and Natalie will lead you through a tasting of these delicious wines. Join us in a beautiful castle setting for what promises to be an entertaining and educational event. Charcuterie appetizers will accompany your tasting. When the tasting is completed, please enjoy a complimentary glass of your favorite wine and admire our centuries old art and antiques. A cash bar will be available to purchase additional glasses of wine. You may also purchase your favorite bottles to take home. 

Cherokee Ranch & Castle, 6113 N. Daniels Park Rd., Sedalia
6:30 p.m. (Doors Open); 7:15-8:15 (Tasting)
Reservations Required & NonRefundable
Phone: 303-688-5555

Summer’s Around the Corner at Crystal Valley!

Enjoy life in Castle Rock within minutes from the master-planned community of Crystal Valley – where nature is around every corner of the neighborhood! Looking for a new home you can add your signature style to? Check out the beautiful model homes from Kauffman Homes, Richmond American Homes, D.R. Horton, Century Communities, and Taylor Morrison! Picture yourself in your very own dream house —  ranch style or two-story models priced from the $500s.


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