Raised in Lenexa, KS Matt spent his summers at the “Lake of the Ozarks” where he developed a passion for the water and boats. Learned to pilot a boat at age 11, though his mother made him wear a bike helmet. Not cool!
Soccer and Music dominated his youth. Captain of his high school soccer team, he won two state championships.
Matt was named one of CMA’s “WHO TO WATCH” and received the “DISCOVERY AWARD” from country’s leading critic Robert K. Oermann.
A graduate of the University of Tampa, where he received a B.S. in Computer Information Systems and a B.A. in Digital Art and Computer Animation. Ever met anyone with those two degrees?
Matt once took a group of college friends on aboat adventure in Florida. Not an expert at ocean tides, Matt walked out of a darn good beach party to find his board boat beahced in 4 feet of water.
His mother is a marathon runner, having completed thirteen marathons. His diminutive yet bullying big brother has completed three Iron Man triathlons. Matt’s job is on the support team with a beer in his hand yelling go faster!
People describe Matt as laid back, easy-going and lives by the truth. As his brother says “he sometimes lacks a filter.”
Musical influences include Keith Urban, Kenny Chesney, and fellow Midwesterner David Nail.
Matt Gary headlines the TERRITORY DAYS / NASH Country concert series on Monday at 1:00 pm - Memorial Day - in Bancroft Park.
Donovan Lee is a United States Marine who resides in Silver Cliff, Colorado.
While being deployed in Iraq, he rediscovered his love for music and realized its true impact on his life. He started writing new songs and playing with an acoustic guitar. After a week, he gained an audience of 20 or more Marines and performed daily during his downtime on the base. After recovering from a serious hand injury in Iraq, Donovan was finally discharged with eight years of honorable service. You can catch Donovan in Bancroft Park at Noon on Memorial Day in Bancroft Park.
101st Army Winds
Whether playing inspiring patriotic music in a concert hall or in an intimate chamber setting at a veteran’s home, the 101st Army Winds has a sound to please all musical audiences. This smaller group of the 101st Army Band of the Colorado National Guard specializes in family focused celebrations, military ceremonies, and community based concerts. In a relaxed musical setting, enjoy some of your favorite marches, patriotic standards, a little jazz, and a tribute to veterans who have proudly served this county. The 101st Army Winds provides family-friendly, patriotic entertainment that will excite and inspire young and old. See and hear them at 2:00 pm on Memorial Day in Bancroft Park.
The Legacy Band
Legacy Band is a multi-culture band based out of Colorado Springs, Colorado. Legacy is a Latin Rock and Old school R&B Band taking cover music and rearranging it to their own style that brings back the “good old days” of music. Legacy has been around for 5 years and within those years Legacy has had the opportunity to open for many National Grammy Award winning Artists such as Carlos Santana, Tony Lindsey, Raul Rekow, Karl Perazzo, Salvador Santana his son, Tierra, Midnight Star, Victor Orlando The GAPP Band, Pete and Juan Escovedo from The E Family, Paris Escovedo, and Ray Carrion from EL Chicano. Legacy is a show band that has incorporated female dancers and choreography to their music for your entertainment. Catch them Sunday at 4:30 in Bancroft Park.
Exit West is a Colorado based band that has a sound all their own. With a heavy influence from the outlaw era of country music mixed with their own unique style of playing, they have set themselves apart from your typical country band. Their raw and hard driving sound will catch your attention and have you partying all night long. With the release of their first all original album titled “Somewhere in Between”, their success and popularity has grown throughout the state of Colorado. Several songs are being played on radio stations across the country and their single “Bring Those Outlaws Back”, remained number one on the independent country music charts for 3 weeks in a row. If you are looking for a little more of what country used to be, mixed with a refreshing new sound and attitude, Exit West is the band you don’t want to miss. They are on stage at 6:00 pm in Bancroft Park on Saturday.
Formed in 2001 in Colorado Springs, CO, with original members Ted Johnson lead guitarist and vocalist, along with Steve Bolek on drums. Recently we’ve added The Reverend Bill on bass to complete our “in your face” Southern rockabilly heavy metal country blues band. We perform plenty of covers along with our originals. Check us out in Bancroft Park at Noon on Saturday.
The Suspects are 5 veteran musicians with decades of experience between them. Scott Harrison and Rocky Porter were members of local fan favorite Lightkraft. Scott owned the local nightclub The Gardens for 15 years. Dewey Steele was a member of the popular local band The Factor and has been playing around the Springs for years. Noel Mcfarlane held down the bass for local bluesman Jake Loggins before being a Suspect and Rifkin was a regular on the L.A. scene before relocating to the Springs. Together they produce a rich mix of sound and experience you will love to listen to. You can catch them at 2:00 pm Saturday on the Bancroft stage.
Singer-songwriter Kris Sciba is a working musician in Colorado Springs. Along with his original music, he entertains with hundreds of tunes ranging from the early 1900’s to the 2010’s. Enjoy his music during the Territory Days event at the Clock Tower Stage at 25th & Colorado. You can see Kris Saturday and Mondy, check the official schedule for show times.
Bonnie & The Bills
Hailing from Wisconsin and formerly known as “en route music”, the Bills will once again be performing at Territory Days. Known for their musical personality, they will be entertaining throughout each day near the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory on 25th St. and Colorado Ave. The group create lots of fun and smiles wherever they perform.
Born in the Andes mountains of Ecuador, Oscar & Santiago Morales share the rich tradition of Andean music with people all over the world. Feel the peace and strength of the Inkan people at Territory Days when you visit the Inka Gold booth between 23rd & 24th st. on the south side of Colorado Ave.
Cowboy Church Service
Come out early and join the Fellowship of Christian Cowboys (FCC) as we kick off Sunday morning with a Cowboy Church Service! The Fellowship of Christian Cowboys is a 501c(3), inter-denominational ministry and engages in both domestic and international mission fields using the rich western heritage of this great nation to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to provide services for positive youth development.
The FCC is the oldest cowboy ministry in the U.S. ( 40+ years!) and uses the allure of the western lifestyle to teach youth and families about God's love and Christian family values at Youth Rodeo Bible Camps, Cowboy Church services, devotionals and special events across the country. Whether you ride bulls, work as a cowboy, love watching western movies or dress in boots and a cowboy hat to attend a rodeo or fair, you have felt the cowboy spirit. Sunday, May 29, in Bancroft Park, 9:30am.
Trent Hughes Band
Trent Hughes is a junior at The Colorado Springs School, he is the assistant youth leader at his church, plays men’s club volleyball, is a four-time letterman, plans on attending Belmont University in Nashville and fronts The Trent Hughes Band (THB).
Since the creation of THB, 3 years ago, Trent and THB have performed numerous charity events, music festivals, county and state fairs, and rodeos. In 2014, Trent performed at “The Stage” in Nashville with Sarah Montgomery, Tim Teague, Dirk Weaver and our friend TJ Wilder, a performance that started the journey and provided the spark to pursue his passion.
The band embraces new country, while honoring the past. A typical set can include three chord country, southern rock with a hint of Lynyrd Skynyrd, Bon Jovi, Led Zeppelin and other classic rock influences. THB has the ability to perform as a full-on festival band or tone it down for an intimate acoustic setting. Catch them on stage at 2:30 in Bancroft Park on Sunday.
6035 (sixty thirty-five) which takes its name from the official COS elevation is a rock classics tribute band that takes pride in playing songs that sound just like the originals -- a tight mix of music from Led Zeppelin to Billy Joel and Journey to the Foo Fighters. Their shows feature songs everyone knows the words to -- from groovy hippies to alternative hipsters. The unbridled rock action is created by dual guitarists Dave Turnupseed and Jason Hepner, who aren’t afraid of a little old school guitar distortion. Anthony Lopez lays a deep rhythmic bass line, joined by Rick Hilyard on drums–who flawlessly provides the weight needed to keep it all rolling. Add the astonishing versatility of Fritz Genato’s voice, which ranges from a mellow croon to the raw power of a hardcore headbanger, and the energy is irresistible--everyone has to dance! Rip it up with 6035 starting at 3:00 on Monday in the OK Corral Saloon.
An American roots based band, formed in 2013 by Austin Johnson, Dean Woodward, and Sean Pyrtle. JL is an award winning band, they have been recognized as one of the best up and coming groups in the Colorado/midwest region. JL’s signature sound is characteristic of Dean Woodward’s soulful vocals over funky syncopated rhythms. Sean Pyrtle’s masterful bass groove guides the listener through Austin Johnson’s blazing virtuosic guitar solos. JL seamlessly transitions through Motown/R&B, Latin, Jazz and even Country/Western, all with their fresh signature Blues/Rock overtone. Despite all the members being under the age of 30, Justus League is no stranger to the spotlight. They perform an average of 180-250 dates per year, and share the stage with with top notch artists/performers such as: Tim Reynolds (TR3), Tab Benoit, John Lee Hooker Jr., Beth Hart, Royal Southern Brotherhood, Devon Allman, J.T. Simo, Big & Rich, Cyril Neville, Luke Bryan, Chris Duarte, Nikki Hill, Kurt Fletcher, Jo Ann Shaw, Taylor Eric Gales, Watermelon Slim, Slash, Joe Bonnamassa, Mother Hips, John Hammond, Walter Trout, Nick Moss Band & Phillip Sayce. Austin Sean, and Dean are all musically 2nd and even 3rd generation players in their respective families. Dean is a drum graduate of the Musicians Institute in Hollywood, CA. Sean recieved a Berkelee School of Music (Boston, Ma) program scholarship (2002). Austin frequents the Namm show as an artist, and was a semi-finalist (top 8 internationally) at the International Blues competition in Memphis, TN (2014). Justus League endorses Westone, Roscoe Guitars, Kro-Dog Guitars, and whatever beer you have to give. Justus League is on stage in the OK Corral on Sunday at 3:00 and on Monday at 11:00 am.
The Black Rose Band
Colorado’s best country show band. We put this band together with the idea of bringing country music to the masses. The eclectic and diverse members of The Black Rose Band come from all kinds of backgrounds and influences. This brings a rich pool of experience and talent to draw from. We are true professionals who are each craftsman of their own instrument. The philosophy we have is to make great country music with an edge that showcases the bands great talents. We want to be the best memory of your special events. We feature great country vocals, a fantastic rhythm section, and an incredible world class fiddle player. We pride ourselves at putting on a quality dynamic show. Our influences are everthing from George Strait to Cross Canadian Ragweed, AC/DC to HAG. We play the new hits and the classics everyone loves. We are foucused on performing and putting on fanstastic memorable shows. See them in the OK Corral Saloon on Sunday starting at 11:00.
The Verdict, with founders Mike Louis (lead guitar/vocals), Ken Bailey (drums/vocals), and Darcy Martineau (bass), got its start in 1989. In its early years, The Verdict played many well-known local clubs, entertaining club-goers with a variety of rock standards and original tunes. In 1994, they welcomed keyboardist Doug Hall, and the band quickly expanded its repertoire to include a much wider variety of songs and genres. As a result, The Verdict quickly gained popularity, and over the next decade, built a substantial fan base. In 2008, 18 years after its inception, the guys decided to take a hiatus. In 2012, the original members reformed with Mike Selby on keyboards, with the goal in mind of moving beyond the club scene to specialize in private functions. The newly-reformed groups first outing was to play a festival in Eureka, Montana. Re-energized, The Verdict looks forward to playing some favorite local summer festivals, especially Territory Days. The Verdict will be on the Bancroft Park stage at 10:00 am on Saturday.
Ryan Chrys & The Rough Cuts
“Modern Outlaw Country” from Denver, CO. Currently on tour promoting their album, “Up From The North.” Winner of 2015’s Westword Music Showcase Award for Best Country Band. Praised for their songwriting and known for their blazing guitar and lap steel. They’ve shared the stage with Blackberry Smoke, The Marshall Tucker Band, Junior Brown and more. Ryan Chrys & The Rough Cuts stand as a beacon of hope for Country music fans who love the heroes and outlaws of old. Influenced by songs and personalities of country legends like Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, and Johnny Cash, the band is driven with a deep love for driving beats, blazing guitars, gritty lap steel and lightning fiddle. They describe their music as “Modern Outlaw Country,” a term the band coined and uses to describe their music. They’re a lot of fun live, a bit of outlaw country and a bit of Southern rock. www.RoughCutsBand.com . See these “Outlaws” in the OK Corral Saloon starting at 3:00 pm on Saturday.
Gus Meza has a diverse musical repertoire guaranteed to entertain any audience. With hits from the Golden Era of American Music; from Gospel to Spanish love songs, Motown to Johnny Cash, Elvis to Frank Sinatra. In fact, he sounds so remarkably like Frank Sinatra that he’s often accused of lip-synching.
Currently Gus Meza has recorded 5 CD’s entitled: “Frankly Speaking” (all Sinatra songs), “Loving Life” (a mix of Country and Bluegrass), and three Christian CD’s called “Wave of Praise”, “It’s All About Jesus” and “Charity”. His live performances are truly entertaining as he connects to the audience with humor, life’s trials and inspiring messages between songs. He recently moved from San Diego, California. See and hear Gus on the Clock Tower Stage all three days, see schedule for times.
A local Denver acoustic duo that plays all of your favorite Classic Rock & Blues songs along with some of today’s favorite hits.
Bill Owen and Billy D’Vette have been playing for over 30 years. They are childhood friends from Los Angeles. They both played the Hollywood rock scene in the 80’s on the Sunset Strip with bands like Guns & Roses, Great White, Ratt, Poison, Warrant and many more.
Bill Owen has been playing the local Denver scene with his power blues trio Trickshot for the past 13 years and now he and Billy D’Vette have created this powerful acoustic duo “Double Bill’s” playing classic 70’s, 80’s, 90’s and blues classic rock hits.Catch them Sunday at 2:00 on the Clock Tower Stage
Jacob Christopher Band
Jacob Christopher Gallegos was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico in June of 1994, and grew up in the small town of Hoehne, CO. The 3rd of 5 siblings, Jacob started learning guitar in his later teen years after watching his oldest brother Ross learn the instrument. After all of the basketball, football and wrestling injuries, he said, “School never interested me, so when I was too broken to play sports there weren’t many options, so I picked up the guitar.” Jacob put together his first band in his senior year of high school. After graduating in 2013, he attended PPCC for 6 months. Combining the Bob Seger / Bruce Springsteen attitude with his down home southern charmed simple way of life, Jacob delivers a strong heartbeat feel to the show and rockers like “Good Times” and a crowd staple “Crazy Bout’ You”, Jacob delivers a foot-stomping show filled with heartbreak, love and rebellion. Catch Jacob on the Bancroft Stage at 4:00 pm Saturday.
Paul LaRoche is the founder and producer of the award-winning Native American music group Brulé. The group is best known for thrilling audiences with a mergence of cultural rock and theatrical instrumentations. Now in their 20th season, their national performances carry the same contagious excitement as Trans Siberian Orchestra, Celtic Thunder, and Riverdance—but with the emotional impact of the American Indian culture.
The group is one of the top-selling Native American adult/rock music groups and has chalked up impressive CD sales (over 1 million worldwide). Brulé has released 20 titles in 20 years and has been named “Group of the Year” five times by the prestigious Native American Music Awards, earning seven NAMMYs since 2002. Their annual performance schedule takes them extensively throughout the U.S., touring the casino, performing arts theatre, arena, corporate and festival circuits.
Brulé has pushed the boundaries of contemporary Native American rhythms and classic rock in their genre-blending selections. Their electrifying show consists of a 5-piece rock ensemble augmented with an array of traditional Native American instrumentation. Paired with the stunning steps of one of the top Native American dance troupes, their authenticity brings a multi-dimensional art form to this cultural rock opera. The musical journey of Brulé’s founder, Paul LaRoche, adds an affecting story to audiences and has been well documented in the best-selling biography “Hidden Heritage”. Experience Brulé with hourly shows between 11:00 and 4:00 ALL THREE DAYS on the 25th Street stage next to Mother Muff’s.
Native American Dancers
Northern Winds Native American Dance is a diverse multi tribe group of traditional dancers that range from Alaska to Colorado Indigenous people. We dance to educate, create awareness, and believe in bringing native communities closer.
See them perform with musical artists Brulé at the 25th Street Stage.
The Voodoo Hawks
There are many words and phrases that can be used to describe The Voodoo Hawks. Just ask any Blues Musician in town and they can give you their story of The VooDoo Hawks and what they mean to the music community of Colorado Springs. Rikki (lead Vocalist, lead Guitarist) is probably one of the most well known musicians in Colorado Springs, with a musical career spanning well over a decade in this town alone. Rikki has graced the stage with some of the most well known musicians of the last century including The Allman Brothers, Grand Funk Railroad, Humble Pie, Marshall Tucker, Johnny Winter, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and ZZ Top.
Experience a Territory Days tradition! Witness the “Hawks” at 4:00 pm Monday on the Bancroft Stage.
Plain As Day
Plain As Day is a rocking 4 piece country band that will keep you dancing and partying from start to finish! Based out of Colorado Springs, CO, each member of Plain As Day has been gigging and playing music professionally in the Colorado music scene for years! The band is available for a multitude of different venues including weddings, private parties, festivals, and your local bar! See them Sunday on the Bancroft Stage at 12:30 pm.
The Family Elephant
We are a Mufti-Generational song writing band, collectively with all of the elements of these generations together, we create a sound, a stage show, and songs that will catch your ear. For more info familyelephant.com
Catch them Monday at 10:00 on the Bancroft Stage.
This 16 year old sax man specializes in improvisation and can tear up the blues, jazz, rock and roll and anything else thrown at him. See Wyatt perform throughout the weekend with Legacy Band, Voodoo Hawks, Justus League and others. Territory Days supports our young muscians!
A dynamic harmonica player from Denver, CO. AJ strives to breathe new life and bring new sounds from the harmonica by discarding tired cliches and experimenting with guitar effects. He is a talented guitarist and composer recently releasing his first album where he contributes all of the guitar, bass, and keyboards.
AJ is a genuine lefty and he plays a left-handed guitar. Being left handed really leaks through in his playing – even his harmonica playing. Lefties have their own ways of doing chores and have figured out creative ways to adapt to a right-dominant society.
AJ processes melody and rhythm a little differently, which is why he’s an asset to almost any band and an engaging solo performer. While most musicians have a tendency to lock into standard patterns, AJ manages to float over top of those rhythms while still remaining in sync with the song. And because he plays in a world of mostly right handed musicians, he knows exactly when to “lay the smack down.” This signature move occurs when he’s experimenting rhythmically and melodically in a solo and then changes tracks to lay down the tastiest groove over top of the song.
To the casual listener, you’ll experience a heightened sense of purpose and connection to the song as a whole. To a fellow musician, you’ll feel as high as a kite to be part of a moment in music in which magic occurred.
In 2016 AJ released his debut album “Signal to Shine Bright” with 9 original songs, currently available on iTunes and Amazon. Catch AJ on the Clock Tower Stage at 2:45 pm on Saturday.
Mojo Dose is a powerhouse Texas/Chicago bottleneck blues band, playing tunes from the 1900s to the present. They will be at the Clock Tower Stage on Monday at 1:30 pm.
After years of searching for like-minded musicians, the founding members of The Rhythm Ratz came together to create their unique sound influenced by a wide variety of artists including Elvis Presley, Eddie Cochran, Johnny Cash and Social Distortion. Bringing their punked-up rockabilly and psychobilly sound to Colorado Springs, The Rhythm Ratz are determined to drag this rocking sound, popular in many other areas of the world, to Colorado. They’re heading into the studio in 2016 and play up and down the I-25 Colorado corridor. The driving guitar of Bryan Barcelon mixed with the slapping of Andy Barilla’s upright bass ay nicely over Mike Argo’s backbeat. Throw The Stray Cats and The Ramones into a blender, top with some pomade and leather jackets and you’ll get the perfect recipe for an energy fueled show. See the Rythym Rats in Bancroft Park on Sunday at 10:30 am.