I saw an article that on Aug. 15, 1983, rock legend Stevie Ray Vaughan played at a place named Rosa’s Pizza Parlor. I’m a 52-year native and I do not recall any such place. A couple of people I’ve spoken to say they somewhat remember a place called Rosa’s on 19th Street. That sounds sort of familiar but I’m just not sure and was wondering if you could enlighten me.
— Tom Case
Answer: The description of Stevie Ray Vaughan playing in Colorado Springs was on wnew.com, a site tied to the legendary New York radio station.
The writer, a huge Stevie Ray fan, recalled: “Stevie was in the area for two shows, one at Rosa’s in Colorado Springs, and one at the Rainbow Music Hall in Denver.”
Turns out Stevie Ray and his Stratocaster guitar were at Rose’s Nightclub, which shared 207 N. Chelton Road with the Pasta Pot.
The Aug. 15, 1983, concert was $6 in advance, $7 at the door.
A little trivia: Opening for Stevie Ray, who died in 1990, were the local Generic Duo of Red Perry and Dave Drynan. Perry was better known as Red Noize, a popular KIIQ and KILO-FM disc jockey and musician who went public when he was diagnosed with malignant melanoma in 1980, organizing a series of Night of Noize events to raise money for the American Cancer Society. He lived 15 years before the cancer resurfaced, and he died in 1995 in Atlanta, where he was working in radio and supporting charities.
Monument Valley pond going dry
Do you know why the city has let the water level in the pond by the pavilion in Monument Valley Park drop so drastically? If we were in a drought, I could understand it. However, with all the recent rain, I can see no reason why the pond is not full.
— Bob Aschermann
Answer: Shades of Prospect Lake, the pond has a leak. At first, water was added, but the water level continued to drop. Now the folks at parks and recreation are letting it dry out completely, and they’ll determine how it can be fixed at a time when there’s no repair money available.
Those well water signs
Why do people have signs in their yards that say they have well water?
— Mr. Mike
Answer: Colorado Springs Utilities knew of no requirement that property owners must show publicly that they have well water.
However, Utilities and several other local agencies agreed that the proliferation of signs occurred during the mandatory watering restrictions.
It was a good way to show the neighbors that home-owners weren’t breaking the law when they watered the yard. Well water is also something prospective property buyers might like to know.
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