As the lights dimmed at the Grizzly Rose on Friday and the comfortably cowboy crowd whooped and shouted “Blackhawk!,” an unexpected “opening act” took the stage in the form of a traditionally-clad Native American, performing a spirit dance around the stage to the sound of tribal music.
Exit the Indian, enter the energetic, Southern, melodic-country band, Blackhawk, with a set list of radio hits from a decade ago, including “Goodbye Says It All,” “Down in Flames” and “Every Once in a While.”
Also featured was the poignant “Ships of Heaven,” which was penned by former founding member Van Stephenson in the final days before cancer claimed his life. Led by mandolin/acoustic guitar wielding front man Henry Paul (also a longtime member of the Outlaws), the band played a safe but spot-on set of songs with sporadic bursts of raucous southern boogie guitar solos that kept the energy level high and the fans entertained. – Alan Cox
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Alan Cox is the president/creative director of Cox Creative, a Highlands Ranch-based creative shop. He works too much, sleeps too little and spends every free moment coaching baseball, shooting images and hanging out with his rowdy sons and rowdier wife. Check out his photos here.