Summer Music 

Summer tunes

click to enlarge Michael Franti with Spearhead, part of the Lollapalooza lineup at the Coors Amphitheatre, July 26-27.
  • Michael Franti with Spearhead, part of the Lollapalooza lineup at the Coors Amphitheatre, July 26-27.

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

click to enlarge Al Green at Janus Jazz Aspen Snowmass June 24-27 and the Paramount Theater on June 25
  • Al Green at Janus Jazz Aspen Snowmass June 24-27 and the Paramount Theater on June 25

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

click to enlarge Sarah McLachlan on July 20 at the Pepsi Center
  • Sarah McLachlan on July 20 at the Pepsi Center

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

click to enlarge Thrice on May 28 at the Fillmore Auditorium
  • Thrice on May 28 at the Fillmore Auditorium

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.


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