You've asked for it, and here it is: the big list of stuff happening this summer, from free concerts in city parks to national headliners playing out of town. We have concentrated on Springs events, but have thrown in a few out-of-town picks in case you want to take a road trip or two this summer. This is not a complete list. If you want to stay up to date, check our Big Gigs listings and general listings every week for more.
In town Concerts in Parks Various city parks, 385-6581
Check our listings for details Soft Summer Nights series, Bancroft Park, 2408 W. Colorado Ave., Wednesdays and Thursdays in June and Tuesdays in August, 7-8 p.m. This series, celebrating its 15th season, is produced, arranged and conducted by Floyd Frame. The series features the community concert band, jazz ensemble and the Midland Brass Band.
June 2 The Concert Band
June 3 The Jazz Ensemble
Aug. 5, Antler's Park, Special concert featuring the Midland Brass Band
Jazz in the Parks series, various city parks. Springs music lovers have been enjoying this series for 20 years. It's sponsored by the Pikes Peak Jazz and Swing Society. Wednesdays in June, July and August and on Sept. 1, 6-8 p.m. Rainout dates are on Thursdays.
Gettin' Down Downtown: The Palmer Village series, Pioneer Park between Plaza of the Rockies and the Pioneers Museum at 215 S. Tejon St. Wednesdays in June, July and August, 6-8 p.m. This series features an excellent variety of musical styles and groups. Many concerts are presented together with the Pikes Peak Jazz and Swing Society for a special treat.
June 2, Springs Contemporary Jazz Big Band
Sack Lunch Serenade, Historic City Auditorium, 221 E. Kiowa St., Thursdays, May through August, noon to 1 p.m. Bring a lunch or buy a box lunch at the concert. This series features a short silent movie, appropriately accompanied by the restored 1928 Wurlitzer Theater Pipe Organ, along with a concert by the guest organist of the week. Regular organists include Tom O'Boyle and Bob Lillie.
Brown Bag Lunch Series, Acacia Park Bandshell, 115 E. Platte Ave., Tuesdays in June, July and August, noon to 1 p.m. This noon concert boasts a wide variety of musical styles performed by regionally acclaimed entertainers.
June 1, Firebird
Three Warm Summer Evenings, three Thursdays, 6-7:30 p.m. This series features groups from the United States Air Force Academy Band.
July 8, Wild Blue Country, Cottonwood Creek Park
Aug. 12, Galaxy Brass Band, Cottonwood Creek Park
Aug. 26, Concert Band, Antlers Park
Paint the Town Blue series, Acacia Park Bandshell, 115 E. Platte Ave. This series is organized by the Pikes Peak Blues Community. Thursdays in June, July and August, 5-7:30 p.m. Rainout location at the Wayfarer Pub, 520 S. Tejon St.
June 3, The Blues Bullies
Colorado College Summer Session concerts 389-6011, www.coloradocollege.edu /SummerPrograms/SummerFestivaloftheArts/ Festival Artist Concerts, Packard Hall, southwest corner of Cascade and Cache La Poudre. June 18, 7:30 p.m., June 23, 7:30 p.m., June 28, 7:30 p.m., July 1, 7:30 p.m., Monday, July 5, 7:30 p.m.
Festival Chamber Orchestra Concerts, Packard Hall, southwest corner of Cascade and Cache La Poudre
June 25, 7:30 p.m., Susan Grace, piano; Scott Yoo, conducting
July 6, 7:30 p.m., Robert Chen, violin; Scott Yoo, conducting
June 20, 3 p.m., Benefit Concert with Festival Chamber Orchestra, Marina Piccinini, flute; Scott Yoo, conducting
Festival Orchestra Children's Concert, Packard Hall, southwest corner of Cascade and Cache La Poudre, June 29, 10:30 a.m.
Student Concerto Readings, Packard Hall, southwest corner of Cascade and Cache La Poudre, June 26, 3 p.m., July 6, 3 p.m.
Student Chamber Ensemble Honors Concert, Packard Hall, southwest corner of Cascade and Cache La Poudre, July 4, 3 p.m.
Music at Midday, Packard Hall, southwest corner of Cascade and Cache La Poudre, 12:15 p.m., June 28, June 29, June 30, July 1, July 2, July 5, July 6
Community Outreach Concerts, Hillside Community Center, 925 S. Institute St., June 24, 1 p.m. Colorado Springs Senior Center, 1514 N. Hancock Ave.. July 6, 1:30 p.m.
Vocal Arts Symposium, Packard Hall, southwest corner of Cascade and Cache La Poudre
July 23, 7 p.m., VAS Faculty Follies and Benefit Concert
July 25, 2:30 p.m., Jazz Sundae Sunday
July 27, at 7 p.m. Hellos and High Notes
July 30, at 7 p.m., Scene Stealers Act I
Aug. 1, Scene-a-thon: Overture, 2:30 p.m., dinner at 5 p.m., finale at 7 p.m.
Aug. 5, 7 p.m., Scene Stealers Act II
Aug. 8, 2:30 p.m., VAS Goes to Broadway
Aug. 10, 3 p.m., Simply Sondheim
32 Bleu summer picks 32 Bleu, 32 S. Tejon St., www.32Bleu.com or 955-5664 June 8 Gemini, Money Mark, J Zone
June 9, Jazz Mandolin w/ Jon Fishman of Phish
June 13, Howard Jones
June 16, X-ecutioners & Pharcyde plus C Rayz Waltz
June 24, Cross Canadian Ragweed
June 25, Gavin DeGraw
June 27, Blindside
June 28, Medeski Martin and Wood
July 2, Tab Benoit & Jimmy Thackery
July 8, Young Dubliners plus The Indulgers
July 24, Chris Duarte Group
July 26, Kottonmouth Kings
July 30, Soulfly
July 31, Wendy Woo, Devon Sproule
Pikes Peak Center 190 S. Cascade Ave.
520-7469 Wednesday., June 21 through Saturday, June 24, Pikes Peak International Music Festival featuring Youth Choirs from Japan and North America
Saturday, Aug. 21, 8 p.m. Buddy Guy & Double Trouble and The Robert Cray Band
Manitou Springs concert series Soda Springs Park
www.manitousprings.org or call 685-5089 Various days, June 7 through August at 7 p.m.
Juneteenth Celebration of Freedom Doubletree Hotel World Arena, 1775 E. Cheyenne Mountain Blvd. Reservations required; call 528-1954. Includes exhibits, a dinner and headliner Plas Johnson on the sax. Saturday, June 19, 4-8 p.m.
Hillside Gardens Bluegrass Festival Hillside Gardens, 1006 S. Institute St., 520-9463. Tickets are limited and available at Hillside Gardens, The Folklore Center, 330 N. Tejon St., 634-2228 and The Music Exchange, 305 E. Pikes Peak Ave., 578-0883.
Aug. 1, noon to 8 p.m. Featuring The Bluegrass Patriots, Pete Wernick's Live Five, Jalan Crossland, The Bertye Maddux Band, The Mitguards and Palmer Divide.
Manitou Music Festival Memorial Park, Manitou Springs
685-9655 Friday, Aug. 27 through Sunday, Aug. 29
Colorado Springs Conservatory Summer Youth Cultural Festivals 1430 N. Hancock Ave., 577-4556 July 2, Oliver, an adaptation of the musical
July 23, Youth Opera- two, one act operas
Aug. 13, Peter Pan, with incidental music by Leonard Bernstein
Pikes Peak Folk Festival Cripple Creek
748-9055, www.westernfolk.com July 31 through Aug. 1, Chuck Pyle, Duke Davis and the Buckshot Band, and more.
Out of Town Festival Fridays Summer Concert Series Jackson Sculpture Garden, Sangre de Cristo Arts Center, 210 N. Santa Fe Ave., Pueblo
Tickets at the box office or by calling 719/295-7222 Fridays, July 9 through Aug. 6
6:30- 9:30 p.m. (gates open at 6 p.m.)
Pueblo Music Fest XI CSU-Pueblo campus and Sangre de Cristo Arts Center, Pueblo. Jazz, string, piano, and musical theater camps and a mariachi clinic and concert. Interested camp participants may download an application at http://www.colostate pueblo.edu/cmf/PDFs/Application.pdf. For more, visit www.colostate-pueblo.edu/cmf or call 719/549-2126.
Red Rocks Amphitheatre 12700 West Alameda Parkway, Morrison
Tickets through Ticketmaster, www.ticketmaster.com or 520-9090 June 5, Primus
June 12, Great High Mountain Tour (Music from O Brother, Where Are Thou? and Cold Mountain)
A Perfect Circle with Burning Brides
June 15 through June 20, The Dead
June 26, 311 with The Roots and Medeski Martin & Wood
June 29, Rush
July 4, Blues Traveler with North Mississippi Allstars
July 6-7, John Mayer with Maroon 5 and DJ Logic
July 9-10, The Allman Brothers with The String Cheese Incident opening acts Chris Robinson and The New Earth Mud
July 16, The Gipsy Kings
July 17 Harry Connick Jr.
July 26, Incubus with The Vines
Aug. 2, Barenaked Ladies and Alanis Morissette
August 6 Ani Difranco with Soulive
Aug. 7, Big Head Todd and the Monsters
Aug. 14, Coors Light Mountain Jam
Aug. 19, Josh Groban
Aug. 21-22, Reggae on the Rocks XVIII and XIX
Aug. 26, Beatles 40th Anniversary Tribute
Paramount Theatre 1621 Glenarm Place, Denver
Tickets though Ticketmaster, www.ticketmaster.com or 520-9090 June 13, Isley Brothers
June 25, Al Green
July 22, Etta James
Aug. 10, Heart with Chuck Prophet
Aug. 14, Smokey Robinson
INVESCO Field at Mile High 1701 Bryant Street, Denver
Tickets through TicketWeb, www.ticketweb.com, or 800/965-4827 July 18, The Vans Warped Tour with New Found Glory, Coheed & Cambria, Bad Religion, NOFX, Thursday, Atmosphere, The Vandals, Alkaline Trio and more
Ogden Theatre 935 E. Colfax, Denver
Tickets through TicketWeb, www.ticketweb.com or 800/965-4827 June 29, Skinny Puppy with Tweaker
July 23, Reverend Horton Heat with the Detroit Cobras and The 45s
Gothic Theatre 3263 S. Broadway, Englewood
Tickets thought TicketWeb, www.ticketweb.com or 800/965-4827 May 30, The Fixx
June 1, The Decemberists with The Long Winters
June 8, The Von Bondies with the Swayback
June 28, Rooney with Straylight Run and Ozma
Bluebird Theater 3317 E. Colfax, Denver
Tickets thought TicketWeb, www.ticketweb.com or 800/965-4827 June 1, The Stills with Metric and Sea Ray
June 9, Franz Ferdinand with Sons and Daughters
June 25, The Samples
July 6, Pedro the Lion with John Vanderslice
July 18, The Blood Brothers with Daughters, Kill Me Tomorrow and Chromatics
Coors Amphitheatre (formerly Fiddlers Green)
6350 Greenwood Plaza Blvd., Englewood
Tickets though Ticketmaster, www.ticketmaster.com or 520-9090 June 15, Kiss with Poison
July 11, Fleetwood Mac
July 13, Diana Krall
July 14, Tim McGraw with The Warren Brothers and Big & Rich
July 24, Ozzfest 2004 Ozzy Osbourne, Judas Priest, Slayer, Dimmu Gorgir, Black Label Society and Superjoint Ritual; Slipknot, Hatebreed, Lamb of God, Atreyu, Bleeding Through, Lacuna Coil and Every Time I Die.
July 26-27, Lollapaloosa with Morrissey, The Perry Farrell Incident, Sonic Youth, The Flaming Lips, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Modest Mouse and more.
Aug. 30, Linkin Park with Korn, Snoop Dogg and The Used
Pepsi Center 1000 Chopper Circle, Denver
Tickets though Ticketmaster, www.ticketmaster.com or 520-9090 June 7, Jason Mraz with special guests Raul Midon, Makana and DJ Bob Neck Snapp
July 20, Sarah McLachlan with special guest Butterfly Boucher
July 24, Eric Clapton with special guest Robert Randolph and the Family Band
July 25, Reel Big Fish with special guests Lucky Boys Confusion, RX Bandits, Catch 22 and Jenoah
Aug. 1, Van Halen
August 24 Gloria Estefan
August 27-28 Prince
Universal Lending Pavilion Pepsi Center
1000 Chopper Circle, Denver
Tickets though Ticketmaster, www.ticketmaster.com or 520-9090 June 12, k.d. lang
June 13, The Temptations and The Four Tops
June 19, Dave Chappelle
June 25, Travis Tritt
July 10, John Fogerty
July 24, O.A.R. with special guest Howie Day
July 25 Reel Big Fish with Lucky Boys Confusion, RX Bandits, Catch 22 and Jenoah
July 30, Chris Isaak
Aug. 6, Chicago and Earth, Wind & Fire
Aug. 10, B.B. King Blues Festival with B.B. King, Dr. John, Shemekia Copeland, J. Geils/Magic Dick and Elvin Bishop
Aug. 17, The Corrs
Aug. 27, Prince
Aug. 31, Deep Purple with special guests Joe Satriani and Thin Lizzy
Sept. 2, Olivia Newton-John
Arvada Center for the Performing Arts Summer Concerts Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities
6901 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada
720/898-7200 June 26, Al Stewart
July 11, Michelle Shocked
July 24, Queen Ida and Her Zydeco Band
July 31, Eileen Ivers Immigrant Soul
Aug. 7, Marcia Ball
Aug. 21, Asleep at the Wheel
Fillmore Auditorium 1510 Clarkson St. Denver
Tickets though Ticketmaster, www.ticketmaster.com or 520-9090 May 28, Dashboard Confessional with Thrice, The Get Up Kids
June 22, Velvet Revolver
Saturday, Aug. 28, The Sweet Harmony Traveling Revue: Emmylou Harris, Patty Griffin
AT&T LoDo Music Festival 20th and Blake streets
Tickets through TicketsWest, www.ticketswest.com or 866/464-2626 Friday, July 9, Sonia Dada, Tower of Power, Particle, Big Sandy & the Fly-Rite Boys
Saturday, July 10, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, Karl Denson's Tiny Universe, Whodini & Big Daddy Kane, The Soul of John Black.
Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield Festival 8500 Deer Creek Canyon Road, Littleton
Tickets through TicketWeb, www.ticketweb.com or 866/468-7824. June 12, 1-8 p.m. Jackson Browne, Nanci Griffith and Willie & Lobo.
HoiPolloi Music Festival Pepsi Center and outdoor stage
1000 Chopper Circle, Denver
Tickets though Ticketmaster, www.ticketmaster.com or 520-9090
www.hoipolloifest.com or 303/405-1111 Aug. 6, through Sunday, Aug. 8. Out of Eden, Skillet, Toby Mac, Audio Adrenaline, Third Day, Number One Gun, Emery, Copeland, Anberlin, Project 86, Pillar, Relient K, Switchfoot, Sub Seven, Squad Five-0, Further Seems, MxPx
Double Eagle Hotel/Casino and Gold Creek Casino 442 E. Bennett Ave., Cripple Creek,
719/689-5021 for information; 719/689-5029 for tickets July 23, Mel Tillis
Aug. 13, Marshall Tucker Band
The Gold Rush Palladium 209 E Bennett, Cripple Creek 5 p.m. (doors open at 4 p.m.),
Tickets through TicketWeb, www.ticketweb.com, 800/965-4827 or through the Gold Rush, 719/689-2646 Sunday, June 20, The Kingston Trio
Sunday, July 11, Tower Of Power with special guest Jennifer Lane
Sunday, July 25, Freddy Fender
Sunday, Aug. 8, Blake Shelton
Grand County Blues Festival Granby
970/726-7266, www.grandblues.org Saturday July 3, Carolyn Wonderland, Jimmy Thackery, Tab Benoit, Larry Garner, the Olde School Blues Band and more.
Trinidaddio Blues Fest Central Park, Trinidad
Saturday Aug. 28, gates at 11:30 a.m., music starts at noon
For more info, call 719/846-3000 ext. 21 or visit www.trinidaddio.com/ Big Jack Johnson& Junior Watson, Toni Lynn Washington, John Mooney & Bluesiana, Nick Moss & the Flip Tops, Randy McAllister, Tommy Thomas & the Working Man Band, Albuquerque Blues Connection and more.
Fire on the Mountain Vallecito Lake, Vallecito
For more, call 970/247-1573 or visit www.vallecitolakechamber.com. June 12-13, A bluegrass gospel/Old Tyme Festival benefiting County Kids with Cancer.
Genuine Jazz Breckenridge
Tickets through TicketWest.
For more, visit www.genuinejazz.com June 25-27 guitarists Chuck Loeb and Richard Smith, and saxophone players Kim Waters, Jeff Kashiwa, Eric Marienthal, Nelson Rangell and Bryan Savage.
Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival Vail, Avon, Beaver Creek
877/812-5700 or www.vailmusicfestival.org Sunday, June 27 through Wednesday Aug. 4, outstanding classical music.
Lakewood Summer Concert Series Lakewood City Commons Civic Center Plaza
480 S. Alliston Parkway, Lakewood
303/987-7845 or visit www.lakewood.org. Wednesdays, June 23-July 28.
Featuring Hazel Miller Band, June 23; Queen City Jazz Band, June 30; Dotsero, July 28; and more.
Nederland Music & Arts Festival Call 303/415-5665 or visit www.nedfest.com. Aug. 7-8, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Jeff Guercio Memorial Baseball Park, Nederland. An outdoor bluegrass, jazz and world beat concert.
Telluride Bluegrass Festival Telluride
Planet Bluegrass, P.O. Box 769, Lyons, CO 80540
800/624-2422, http://www.planetbluegrass.com June 17-20, Sam Bush Band, Steave Earle & the Bluegrass Dukes, Mindy Smith, Reeltime Travelers, Seldome Scene, Hit & Run Bluegrass, Bela Fleck & the Flecktones, Edgar Meyer, Xavier Rudd, Del McCoury Band, Mark O'Connor & the Hot Swing Trio, Peter Rowan, Tim O'Brien and more.
Telluride Jazz Festival Telluride
970/728-7009 or www.telluridejazz.com Aug. 6-8, Leon Russell, Medeski Martin & Wood and more.
Sangres Jazz Festival Westcliffe
Call 719/783-3785 or visit www.jazzinthesangres.com Friday through Sunday, August 13-15 Joey DeFrancesco, Rene Marie, Convergence, Pamela York, Erica Brown and more. Friday night features a free concert with the Air Force Falconaires.
Janus Jazz Aspen Snowmass Call 970/920-4996 or www.jazzaspen.org June 24-27 Wynton Marsalis, Natalie Cole, Curtis Stigers, Al Green, Buddy Guy and more.
Crested Butte Music Festival Call 970/349-0619 or visit www.crestedbuttemusicfestival.com. Various days and times, July 1-31. This event features an international symphony, the Kansas City Ballet, opera performances featuring vocalists from the Metropolitan Opera, chamber music, jazz, pops, poetry, guest artists, free children's and family concerts and special events.