Summer music 

Concert series

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Hillside Gardens Summer Concert Series

May 23-Sept. 19, 1006 S. Institute St. Local and regional blues, jazz, folk, bluegrass, food and drink and more. 520-9463, hillsidegardens.net.

"Gettin' Down Downtown" Free Summer Concert Series

June 6-Aug. 29, America the Beautiful Park, 126 Cimino Drive. Rain-free Wednesdays, 6-8 p.m., except July 4 and Aug. 1. Featuring local and national jazz, bluegrass, Celtic, acoustic rock and soul music. 785-3235, gettindowndowntown.com.

23rd annual Pikes Peak Jazz and Swing Society "Jazz in the Parks" Series

June 6-Aug. 29, various venues in Colorado Springs. Local, regional and national acts, every Wednesday evening except July 4. 685-9451, ppjass.org.

Woodland Music Series

June 8-9, Ute Pass Cultural Center, Woodland Park. "Rock & Roll;" July 6-7, "Purely Bluegrass;" Aug. 10-11, "Shades of Blue;" Sept. 7-8,"Big Band Bash." 687-5284, woodlandparkchamber.com.

First and Main Town Center Summer Concert Series

June 8-Aug. 10, Powers Boulevard and North Carefree Circle. Local bands, Fridays, 3-7 p.m. 593-2600, firstandmaintowncenter.com.

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Manitou Springs Summer Concert Series

June 15-Aug. 17, Soda Springs Park, 1016 Manitou Ave. Fountain Creek Brass Band, Little London Winds and more. 685-5089, manitousprings.org.

Pikes Peak Blues Community "Paint the Town Blue" Summer Concert Series

June 28-Aug. 16, Bancroft Park, 2408 W. Colorado Ave. Thursdays, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Local and regional blues acts. 229-0945, pikespeakblues.org.

Out of Town

27th annual Denver Botanic Gardens Summer Concert Series

June 5-Sept. 5. Linda Ronstadt with Nina Storey, Madeleine Peyroux with Josh Ritter, Steve Winwood, Wynton Marsalis, The Neville Brothers, Loudon Wainwright and Leo Kottke, Patty Griffin, John Hiatt & Shawn Colvin, Gordon Lightfoot, subdudes & Amos Lee, The David Bromberg Quartet & Jerry Douglas, Natalie MacMaster & Donnell Leahy. 720/865-3500, botanicgardens.org.

Arvada Center Summer Outdoor Concert Series

June 8-Aug. 18. Rusty Evans and Ring of Fire, Melissa Manchester, Bjorn Again and more. 720/898-7200, arvadacenter.org.

Colorado Chautauqua Summer Concerts

June 14-Sept. 15, Chautauqua Grounds, Boulder. Mary Chapin Carpenter, Indigo Girls, Cowboy Junkies, The Neville Brothers and more. 303/442-3282, chautauqua.com.

Lakewood Summer Concert Series

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  • Oils by John Sherman, one of many artists at the Pikes Peak Art Fest.

June 27-Aug. 8, Belmar Park, Lakewood. Featuring Riders in the Sky, Opie Gone Bad, The Alley Cats and more. 303/987-7845, lakewood.org.

Snowmass Free Summer Music Series

June 28-Aug. 23. War, Tony Furtado, Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars, Salvador Santana and more. 800/766-9627, snowmassvillage.com.

Colorado State Fair Concert Series

Aug. 24-Sept. 3, Pueblo. Daughtry, Weird Al Yankovic, Peter Frampton, The All-American Rejects, Ted Nugent, Josh Turner, Clay Walker, Los Lonely Boys and the Doobie Brothers. 719/561-8484, 800/876-4567, coloradostatefair.com.

18th annual Bluegrass on the River Festival

June 1-3, The Greenway & Nature Center of Pueblo, 5200 Nature Center Road. Music, arts & crafts, camping and more. 719/549-2414, gncp.org.

Second annual Indiefest

June 9-10, Pagosa Springs. Bobby Lee Rodgers & The CodeTalkers, Euforquestra, Todd Snider and more. 970/731-5582, folkwest.com/indiefest.

34th annual Telluride Bluegrass Festival

June 21-24. Featuring Counting Crows, Emmylou Harris and Alison Krauss. 800/624-2422, bluegrass.com.

South Park Music Tour

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  • Robert Belfour will make you cry in a staring contest at the KRCC Blues Under the Bridge event, June 2.

June 21-24, Fairplay. More than 50 bands including Sabrina Taylor, Strive Roots, Delta Nove and The Jake Loggins Band. southparkmusictour.com.

Aspen Music Festival

June 21-Aug. 19. Orchestral concerts, chamber music, opera, contemporary music, master classes, lectures and kids' programs. 970/925-9042, aspenmusicfestival.com.

Second annual Happy Ass Ranch Bluegrass Festival

July 6-8, Lake George. Camping available. Music of Spring Creek, Creating a Newsense, Acme Bluegrass, The Ackermans, Grass It Up and more. 575-9847, 687-6670, grassitup.com.

Winter Park Folk Festival

July 14-15. The Drew Emmitt Band, Chris Masterson and more. 800/903-7275, playwinterpark.com.


July 14-15, Copper Mountain. Blackalicious, The Pharcyde, Greyboy Allstars and more. trancegressionfest.com.

35th annual RockyGrass

July 27-29, Lyons. David Grisman Bluegrass Experience, Nickel Creek and more. bluegrass.com/rockygrass.

33rd annual Gospel Music Artists Music in the Rockies

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July 29-Aug. 4, Estes Park. The Crabb Family, Natalie Grant, Brian Littrell and more. 800/462-3211, gospelmusic.org.

Ninth annual Crestone Music Festival

Aug. 3-5, Crestone. Leon Russell, John Lee Hooker Jr. and more. 866/891-8382, 719/256-4533, crestfest.org.

11th annual Keystone Bluegrass & Beer Festival

Aug. 4-5, Keystone. Marty Jones, White Water Ramble, Ackermans, Patsy Cline Tribute, Grass it Up and more. 970/496-4386, keystone neighbourhood.com.

Reggae on the Rocks

Aug. 18-19, Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison. Steel Pulse, Ziggy Marley, Stephen Marley, Bunny Wailer and Ozomatli, 866-558-8468, eventsticketscenter.com.

Second annual Collegiate Peaks Music Festival

Aug. 18-19, Buena Vista. The Trampolines, Wendy Woo, Maniacal and more. collegiatepeaksmusic festival.com.

Ninth annual Nedfest Music & Arts Festival

Aug. 24-26, Nederland. The Motet, Great American Taxi and more. nedfest.com.

12th annual Four Corners Folk Festival

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Aug. 31-Sept. 2, Pagosa Springs. Nickel Creek, Darrell Scott, Cadillac Sky and more. 970/731-5582, folk west.com.

Jazz Aspen/Snowmass Labor Day Festival

Aug. 31-Sept. 3. Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals, Joss Stone, Allman Brothers Band, Gov't Mule and more. 866/527-8499, 970/920-4996, jazzas pen.org.

Monolith Festival, Sept. 14-15

Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison. More than 50 bands. 800/903-7275, monolithfestival.com.

Colorado College Summer Music Festival

June 9-July 4, Colorado College's Packard Hall, 5 W. Cache la Poudre St. Students and internationally celebrated musicians present chamber music concerts, chamber orchestra concerts and small ensemble performances. 389-6098, artsfestival.coloradocollege.edu/musicfestival.

Menotti: The Unicorn, the Gorgon and the Manticore

June 9-10, The Louisa Performing Arts Center, 21 Broadmoor Ave. The Chamber Orchestra of the Springs, Colorado Vocal Arts Ensemble and Colorado Classical Youth Ballet presenting. 475-9747, artsfestival.coloradocollege.edu.

17th annual Jazz Aspen Snowmass Festival

June 21-24. Earth, Wind & Fire, Steve Winwood, The Black Crowes and more. 866/527-8499, 970/920-4996, jazzaspen.org.

20th annual Vail Valley Music Festival

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  • Get your hands dirty outside the garden at Clayfest.

June 24-Aug. 2. More than 40 acclaimed soloists and ensembles and three resident orchestras. 877/812-5700, vailmusicfestival.org.

Central City Opera Summer Opera Festival

June 30-Aug. 19. La Traviata, Poet Li Bai, Cinderella and The Saint of Bleecker Street. 303/292-6700, centralcityopera.org.

Le Chat Lunatique

July 6. CC's Worner Quad, 902 N. Cascade Ave. Gypsy swing and mangy jazz. 389-6098, artsfestival.coloradocollege.edu.

Salida Aspen Concert Series

July 7-Aug. 11. Salida and Buena Vista. A classical music series. 719/539-4196, salidaaspenconcerts.org.

Colorado College New Music Symposium

July 12-15. A series of concerts showcasing works by regional, contemporary composers. 389-6098, coloradocollege.edu/summerprograms/summer festivalofthearts/newmusicsymposium.

21st annual Music in the Mountains

July 15-Aug. 5. Durango. More than 35 classical, orchestral and chamber music performances. 970/385-6820, musicinthemountains.com.

Colorado College Vocal Arts Symposium

July 20-Aug. 5. CC's Packard Hall, 5 W. Cache la Poudre St. In collaboration with the Opera Theatre of the Rockies, a three-week training and performance program and series of opera, musical theater, and jazz concerts. 389-6098, artsfestival.colorado college.edu/vocalarts.

2007 Celebration of the Amateur Pianist and Rocky Mountain Piano Competition

Aug. 8-12. CC's Packard Hall, 5 W. Cache la Poudre St. Three rounds of competition with recitals, classes and seminars. 389-6098, apiano.org.


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