Ready to plan your weekend? Here are some of the many stories, reviews and features you'll find in the June 15 GO! section:
- On the cover: A Celtic festival wouldn't be complete without watching a burly guy in a kilt gathering a jumbo tapered pole, stagger a few yards and toss it end over end. The 5th annual Pikes Peak Celtic Festival won't let you down. It's Friday through Sunday at Memorial Park. The games run all day Saturday and Sunday.
- Trent Harmon dares viewers of a recent promo video to say "Pikes Peak Bike Week" five times in a recent promo video for the event. The reigning "American Idol" champion then stumbles through the challenge himself, ending the video with a title drop count of about 10. Harmon is in part of the event's incredible music lineup, also featuring country chart-topper Midland and old favorites such as WAR and Lynyrd Skynyrd. The concert series is married to a five-day biker celebration. Bike Week runs Wednesday through Sunday at Pikes Peak International Raceway.
- The increasing popularity of the ukulele comes as no surprise to crackerjack player Jake Shimabukuro. He speaks of the deep abiding affection his Hawaiian culture has for the diminutive guitar. His mom plopped a uke in his hands when he was 4 and he never let go. Shimabukuro will perform Saturday at Stargazers Theatre and Event Center.
- Cedric the Entertainer's latest Netflix special, "Live from the Ville," starts with a party: the The Tennessee State University marching band dances down the aisles of Nashville's Ryman Auditorium, its brassy sound accompanied by chants of "Cedric the Entertainer." Cedric joins in the last few moments, surveying the audience with the cool confidence of someone who's considered a comedy king before launching into a bit about today's exercise obsession. He will perform at Pikes Peak Center Saturday.
- Looking to get out of town? Our Beyond the Springs story this week focuses on the fifth annual Bands in the Backyard in Vineland, near Pueblo. At first listen, the deep rumble of country singer Kane Brown's baritone voice will blow back your hair. He's a mere 23 years old. But the sounds as if he's lived, loved and carried heartbreak around for decades. Brown is one of this year's headliners at the festival. Thomas Rhett, Old Dominion, Kory Brunson Band, Billy Currington and others will join him during the country music spectacular Friday and Saturday.
- Dining reviewer Robin Intemann checks out Baba's Burgers in Manitou Springs. Sometimes nothing's more satisfying than a no-frills hamburger: meat, lettuce, tomatoes and pickles in a plain bun. It's even tastier when affordable is part of the recipe. Baba's Burgers fits the bill. Granted, there are plenty of ways to upgrade, but none that will break the bank and all that provide tasty variations.
- On the beer scene, Pikes Pub columnist Stephanie Earls talks about a milestone for Monument-based Pikes Peak Brewing Co. When Chris Wright founded the brewery in 2011, the Southern Front Range was home to five commercial brewers. At a time when Colorado Springs was beginning to earn props as one of the nation's craft beer-drinking hubs, most of the small-batch suds flowing from local taps and gracing liquor store shelves wasn't made here - or even, in Colorado. Thankfully, that's no longer the case.
- In her weekly Table Talk column, food writer Teresa Farney talks about the Nehme family, the new owners of the beloved Marigold Café & Bakery. Mom and dad, Julie and Ghassan, are learning the ropes of running the bustling business. Daughter, Cailee is the manager, but is also trying her hand at learning the workings of the bakery. Although Elaine and Dominique Chavanon, who owned the eatery for almost 25 years, have retired, they still drop by to offer support to the Nehmes. The bottom line is that the customers still line up for seats in the packed restaurant.
- Harold Hill, the titular character of "The Music Man," offers musical instruments as a fix to the trouble plaguing River City. The trouble might be a pool table, the town fictional, and the instruments fake, but his thesis, at least, is sound. Cities benefit from art programs. The Colorado Ballet Society has been a staple of the Colorado dance community since the company's inception in 1997. "The Music Man" is their first foray into the world of community theater. It runs Thursday through Saturday at Louisa Performing Arts Center at the Colorado Springs School.
Find all these stories and more at gazette.com and in Thursday's GO! section in our print Gazette. And watch arts and entertainment writer Jennifer Mulson on KKTV 11 News promoting GO! Wednesday in the accompanying video.