Wednesday, June 9, 2010


Tinsley Ellis is known as one of the hottest Blues artists on the music scene today. He will be bringing his brand of Blues/Rock to the Castaways Speakeasy Theater, 107 Manitou Avenue, Manitou Springs, on Friday, June 11, 2010. Showtime is 8pm.

The concert is a fundraising effort on behalf of Colorado Springs Nursing Students for Haiti, a group of nursing students in Colorado Springs who are visiting earthquake devastated Haiti to assist with medical efforts. Complete information regarding Colorado Springs Nursing Students for Haiti and their efforts may be found at their website. People wishing to make a donation without attending the concert may do so through the website.

Tinsley Ellis sings and plays with the energy and soul of all the great Southern musicians who have come before him. He attacks his music with rock power and blues feeling, in the same tradition as Deep South musical heroes Duane Allman, Freddie King and Warren Haynes. Atlanta Magazine declared Ellis “the most significant blues artist to emerge from Atlanta since Blind Willie McTell. ”Since first hitting the national scene with his Alligator Records debut Georgia Blue in 1988, Ellis has toured non-stop and continued to release one critically acclaimed album after another. Tinsley’s hometown paper, The Atlanta Journal Constitution, calls his music, “a potent, amazing trip through electric blues-rock.” Rolling Stone said, “feral blues guitar…non-stop gigging has sharpened his six-string to a razor’s edge…his eloquence dazzles…he achieves pyrotechnics that rival Jeff Beck and Eric Clapton.” Ellis is touring in support of his newest release, Speak No Evil, which has been nominated for 2010 Rock Blues Album of the Year in the 31st annual Blues Music Awards which are held on May 6, 2010 in Memphis Tennessee.

“Concerts have always been a great vehicle for raising money for a worthy cause” explains Amy Whitesell of A Music Company Inc., promoter of the show. “When we were approached with the idea of helping nursing students raise money to finance their humanitarian efforts to aid victims of Haiti’s earthquake by holding a concert, it was something we did not to think twice about. A Music Company Inc. has always made a point of partnering with non-profits for the benefit of the community. But this is something totally different. Here we have a group of dedicated nursing students who are taking on this effort on their own. Proceeds from this benefit concert will offset some of the student costs associated with travel. The community has an opportunity to show support for a worthy cause while enjoying top notch entertainment in the process. It's a win/win situation.”

Tickets for the concert are $20 in advance and $25 the day of the show. A special $50 VIP ticket includes, a “Meet and Greet” with Tinsley Ellis prior to the concert, appetizers and choice seating. Tickets may be purchased on line at and at the Castaways. The event will also feature a silent auction.

For more information, or to arrange for a donated item for the silent auction, call A Music Company Inc. at 719-576-5945.

High Times at Fountain City Council

The voters of Colorado approved marijuana for medical use over 10 years ago. However, it's only been recently that state and municipal governments have gotten around to crafting zoning, licensing and other standards and regulations pertaining to the growing industry. (no pun intended)

The City of Fountain has decided not to decide on multiple occasions and is now up against a bit of a deadline. According to state law, if a municipality does not have some kind of ordinance in place to recognize and permit medical marijuana dispensaries by July 1st of 2010, there can be no dispensaries opened in that municipality before a temporary moratorium expires on July 1st, 2011. Whether a city permits dispensaries or not, registered individuals and licensed growers may still grow and use marijuana for medical purposes.

Last night the seven council members eventually agreed to a first draft of an ordinance that would technically make dispensaries permissible within the City of Fountain. But the zoning is so restrictive, it's practically moot. Dispensaries would have to be at least 1,000 feet from any school, daycare, assisted living facility, place of worship or park, among other things. This leaves very few commercial sites eligible, never mind desirable for opening such an operation. There will be a second reading of the new ordinance on June 22, at the next council meeting. This would presumably leave prospective dispensary operators about a week to get an application for business license in before the July 1st deadline.

It's far more likely that dispensary operators who would like to serve the Fountain Valley market will choose to locate in the unincorporated areas of Security and Widefield, just north of Fountain. There are many good commercial sites available there and businesses would simply have to comply with the much less cumbersome state ordinance. The City of Fountain's long standing reputation as one of the least business friendly municipalities in Colorado shall remain intact.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Toastmasters Demonstration Meeting and Potluck, June 10th, Fountain, CO

Come and see what Toastmasters is all about, and enjoy some food and drink (maybe even some toast?).

Fountain Valley Toastmasters will be hosting a demonstration meeting and potluck in the community room of the Fountain Library this Thursday, June 10 from 6:30 to 8pm.

Everyone welcome. Come check it out.

For more information contact Bea at 719-510-8905.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Traveling Vietnam Vets Memorial Comes to Colorado Springs

Sponsored by Devry University, Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce Military Affairs Division.

Date: June 18 - 20, 2010
Location: Devry University, 1175 Kelly Johnson Blvd, Colorado Springs, 80920
Time: 10am to 8pm

Event is free and open to the public

For more info: Vicki Bynon, 303-280-7592 or

“Bringing Home the Wall is the creation of Tom and Dee Twigg. This down sized replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington D.C was built out of their care for mankind and for the people who served, died and are missing in the Vietnam War.”