Acacia Park slowly filled with nearly 200 music-lovers Saturday night, drawn by sounds for four skinny young guys-the Kings of Space Collective.
The Kings of Space kicked off the park's third annual free summer concert series, hosted by Modbo gallery and Downtown Colorado Springs. The series, which runs through June and August, features a smorgasbord of local bands, most of which, it turns out, share members.
For instance, 25-year-old Alex Koshak- drummer, guitarist and singer -played in two of three acts on Saturday night, Kings of Space and Charioteer.
"All three of these bands are made up of the same people," he said, as he and fellow drummer Sam Erikson shared a cigarette before the show.
Along with Daniel James Eaton, and Grant Sabin, Koshak and Erikson work the circuit of Colorado Springs bands. Instead of, say, touring the country with one band, the boys tour the city switching roles all the way. Erikson plays drums and sings, and Eaton and Sabin also do solo acts. It keeps things interesting, Koshak said.
"We can't play here every night," at Acacia's beautiful bandstand, he said. "We can't write enough songs. This way, everybody gets a turn to share their songs. We get to help them flesh them out."
Next Saturday, the Kings will be followed by two more local gigs, Edith Makes a Paper Chain and Moonhoney - fellow artists and friends, most of whom are in their late teens or early twenties, Koshak said. The series will take a break in July and kickoff in August again with the Haunted Windchimes, another popular Southern Colorado group.
After Saturday's show, the crowd was directed to a nearby alley, between Cascade Avenue and Tejon Street, for another hour of local acts rocking between the brick walls.
But back in the park, the crowd settled in for the haunting sounds of Eaton, and the eclectic rock of the Kings of Space and whatever band was up next.
"All right, we've got two more songs and we'll be reconfiguring into another band," Koshak joked.
Here is the rest of the schedule for the summer concert series:
June 8- Edith Makes a Paper Chain and Moonhoney
June 15- Chuck Snow
June 22- Estelline
August 3- Haunted Windchimes
Agust 10- El Toro and We Are Not A Glum Lot
August 17- The Alan Joseph Trio and Levi Weaver
August 24th- Mark's Midnight Carnival and Joe Uveges
Contact Ryan Maye Handy: 636-0261