When I walked into the Black Sheep on Thursday night for an evening of Colorado Springs music, Benjamin Pratt was closing his set with Adam Sandler’s “Hanukkah Song.” I almost walked out the door, but the words of my editor were swimming around my brain: “Don’t be afraid to try something you’ve never seen before or aren’t familiar with. Discovery is part of the fun.” And to be fair, Benjamin was killing the song, the ten audience members were 100 percent into it and singing along, and it is Hanukkah. I’m happy I stayed because next up was Leftmore, a.k.a. Joe Ziegler, definitely the most memorable of the night considering my soft spot for quirky acoustic singer-songwriters (who, incidentally, sounded like early, unpolished versions of Israel Nebeker from Blind Pilot).
I also fell in love with Mark’s Midnight Carnival Show and leader Mark Bush’s soft, melodic and overall lovely voice (I’m not sure he would want it described that way, however).
Last up was Jeremy Facknitz with the Charlie Milo Trio, the latter of which were amazing musicians. Before backing Facknitz’s songs, the band jammed instrumentally on tunes ranging from original music to riffs from “Billy Jean,” “The Wall” and even “Ace Ventura Pet Detective.” Facknitz’s own music included standouts like “Riann” and “Bijou Bridge,” and his closing song, “Songwriter Strikes Back,” was an appropriately irreverent ode to the jackass in the audience who yells for “Freebird” between songs. — Denise Chambers
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Denise Chambers is a Denver freelance photographer and regular contributor to Reverb. See more of her work here.