No place to perform in Old Colorado City, so...
... Nationally touring American Indian band now scheduled at City Auditorium Aug. 13
Arvel Bird and One Nation, a nationally touring American Indian band, will play at the City Auditorium downtown Sunday night, Aug. 13.
The promoter is Charlie Cagiao, an Old Colorado City businessman. He had originally sought to book the group at Bancroft or Vermijo parks, but was told by Colorado Springs Parks officials that the concert would be too big for those locales.
Another major concert he has lined up, also at City Auditorium, will feature the Jefferson Starship and Quicksilver Messenger Service on New Year's Eve, he said. Cagiao had brought the Starship to Old Colorado City May 6 in a Colorado Avenue concert that drew an estimated 5,000 people.
In parallel with his efforts to bring bands to Old Colorado City parks, Cagiao had sought to schedule more avenue concerts after the Starship went off without major problems, but he met with city resistance - in response to concerns from some businesses and residents about parking, noise and trash.
One of these concerts was to have featured the '70s band Firefall, which Cagiao had hoped to have in Old Colorado City in June. Now the band won't be coming to Colorado Springs at all this year, he said.
Up in the air at the moment is Ten Years After, another classic rock band, which Cagiao hopes to schedule at Penrose Stadium Sept. 9. He said he is waiting to hear back from the band.
His goal had been to use bands to promote Old Colorado City, but at this point he has nothing booked in that locale. “I don't want to fight with them (the city) anymore,” he said. “I would gladly do anything if they'd let me put something at Bancroft or Vermijo. But I'm tired of arguing.”
Tickets for Arvel Bird are $10. The concert will start at 6 p.m. Along with Bird, a well-known fiddle player, the group will include Vlasis, a former guitar player with Brule; and a four-member drum group called the Lee Plentywolf Singers.
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