MUSIC EVENTS, Summer 2014
ARISE Music Festival
Aug. 8-10: Live music on four stages, yoga classes, workshops, arts, vendors, camping ... this annual festival has something for everyone. Scheduled performers include Grateful Grass, Galactic, Tribal Seeds, The Magic Beans and Groundation. At Sunrise Ranch, 100 Sunrise Ranch Road, Loveland. Full details: www.arisefestival.com.
Ars Nova Singers
June 8: “Spring Sing” is a gala celebration and silent auction in support of Ars Nova Singers, featuring silent and live auctions, food and drink, and solo and ensemble performances. 4pm at Butterfly Pavilion, 6252 W. 104th Ave. in Westminster. Tickets: www.arsnovasingers.org.
Arvada Center Summer Stage Concerts
Nationally known musical acts performing at the Arvada Center’s outdoor amphitheater include Asleep at the Wheel (June 12), Pat Metheny Unity Group (July 24) and Los Lonely Boys (Aug. 5). 6901 Wadsworth Blvd. in Arvada. www.arvadacenter.org.
Aster Women’s Chamber Choir
Aster Women’s Chamber Choir performs regularly in Boulder and Broomfield. www.asterchoir.org.
Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado
June 14: BCOC performs in collaboration with the dancers of Wonderbound in Denver; check www.bcocolorado.org for updated information.
Blues & Greens Restaurant
Boulder’s “home of the blues” is at the Outlook Hotel, with live music four or five nights per week. Open jams most Sunday nights begin at 7:30pm. 800 28th St. 303-443-3322; www.bouldershomeoftheblues.com.
Boulder Bach Festival
The main festival is in the fall, but the Boulder Bach Festival keeps the music playing all year long. Check www.boulderbachfestival.org for venue and time details about the events listed below and other upcoming performances.
Boulder Bassoon Quartet
Sept. 2: “Dazzle Jazz” is set for Sept. 2, but check www.boulderbassoons.com for more details as it gets closer.
Boulder Chamber Orchestra
BCO kicks off its 11th season in mid-September with a very special collaboration with St. Martin’s Chamber Choir performing Haydn’s “Requiem.” See www.boulderchamberorchestra.org for performance info and the full season schedule.
The Boulder Chorale and the Boulder Children’s Chorale perform at a variety of venues throughout the concert season. The new season starts in the fall. www.boulderchorale.org.
Boulder Concert Band
This popular all-volunteer band offers a series of free concerts at area parks in the summer; check www.boulderconcertband.org for the upcoming schedule of events.
Boulder Friends of Jazz
1st Sundays (except August): BFJ is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation, promotion and performance of traditional Dixieland jazz. Monthly jam sessions are held the first Sunday of every month from 1-4pm (note new time) at the Boulder Elks Lodge, 3975 28th St. Everyone who signs in is guaranteed to play. 303-449-9596; www.boulderfriendsofjazz.org.
Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra
The Boulder Phil’s new season, which begins Sept. 14, is called “Legends: The Spirit of Boulder.” It features works “inspired by our natural surroundings, reflecting the spirit of place and community.” Most Boulder performances are at CU’s Macky Auditorium; see www.boulderphil.org for ticket and season subscription information.
Boulder Public Library Free Concerts
Boulder Public Library presents dozens of outstanding concerts each year that are free and open to the public. Midday Music performances happen on 2nd Wednesdays from noon-1pm; the Third Tuesday Lunchtime Concert Series is from noon-1pm on 3rd Tuesdays. Some highlights are listed below; check http://bplnow.boulderlibrary.org for more. Most performances are at the library’s Canyon Theater, 1000 Canyon Blvd., 303-441-4492.
Boulder Renaissance Consort
June 7: “It’s Mostly Isaac” features vocal and instrumental music of the mid-Renaissance Flemish composer Heinrich Isaac. 7:30pm at Grace Lutheran Church, 1001 13th St. Follow the group’s Facebook page to stay updated.
Boulder Symphony Orchestra
Visit www.bouldersymphony.org for an announcement about the new season, which begins in mid-September.
The historic Boulder Theater, just off the Pearl Street Mall, hosts national music acts all year long. A few highlights are listed below, but check www.bouldertheater.com for a complete schedule, which often has events added daily. The Boulder Theater is at 2034 14th St. 303-786-7030; www.bouldertheater.com.
Broomfield Amphitheater: Wednesdays on the Waterfront
Wednesdays, June 11-July 30: Free summer concerts begin at 7pm at the outdoor amphitheater by the pond, at 3 Community Park Road. This year’s lineup includes After Midnight, the 101st Army Dixieland Band and the Margarita Brothers; check the full schedule at www.attheaudi.com or call 303-469-3301 ext. 7999.
In addition to the free summer concert series (see above), Broomfield Auditorium hosts a wide variety of music, theater, dance, comedy and other events every month; check www.attheaudi.com. The Audi is at 3 Community Park Road in Broomfield.
The members of Cantabile Singers perform choral music in the Boulder area; check www.catabilesingers.org.
Central City Opera 2014 Festival
From the opening night of Mozart’s “The Marriage of Figaro” to the closing night of one of America’s most beloved musicals, “The Sound of Music,” this year’s festival has something for everyone. Outreach events and family activities keep everyone engaged, like “Opera Notes”—free pre-performance previews before every main-stage opera. Most performances and events take place at historic venues in Central City, though “The Sound of Music” is in Denver at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House. Check www.centralcityopera.org for the full calendar, ticket information and other important details.
Chamber Ensemble Con Grazia: Little Noon Music
July 25, Aug. 8 & 22: Short and sweet 30-minute concerts of chamber music are held at the historic Brunner House, 640 Main St. in Broomfield. Performances are free and run from 12:15-12:45pm. www.congrazia.com.
The historic Chautauqua Auditorium and Community House draw popular performers from all over the world. A few highlights from the sumer schedule are listed below, but check www.chautauqua.com for more, plus ticket information (many sell out quickly). Also see the separate listing for the Colorado Music Festival. Chautauqua is at 900 Baseline Road. 303-442-3282 ext. 35.
Colorado Bach Festival/Colorado Chamber Players
June 6-14: The Colorado Bach Ensemble launches its first festival, with performances in Englewood and Fort Collins. Highlights include the Colorado Chamber Players (www.coloradochamberplayers.org) performing Bach’s posthumously published “The Art of the Fugue.” Full schedule and ticket info at www.coloradobachensemble.org.
Colorado Music Festival/Rocky Mountain Center for Musical Arts
June 29-Aug. 9: This annual festival is huge, featuring events nearly every evening, including star-studded performances, chamber ensembles, workshops for all ages, and Young People’s Concerts for ages 4 and up. Many performances are at Chautauqua Auditorium, 900 Baseline Road, and some events are at Rocky Mountain Center for Musical Arts, 200 E. Baseline Road in Lafayette. RMCMA is also a nonprofit community music school for all ages and abilities, offering lessons in instruments and voice, plus early-childhood classes, music theory for all ages, adult performance ensembles and music therapy. Some festival highlights are listed below; call 303-665-0599 or visit www.comusic.org for the full schedule.
Colorado Repertory Singers
June 7: CRS’s summer concert is called “Swing’s the Thing!” and features a live swing band plus food and music. See www.coloradorepertorysingers.org for ticket info and Broomfield venue.
Colorado Symphony Orchestra
CSO offers a variety of summer performances before the new season gets started in the fall. Some summer events are listed below; check www.coloradosymphony.com for details and the 2014-2015 season annoucement.
CU New Opera Workshop
June 8 & 13-15: CU NOW gives audiences the rare opportunity to observe the complete production process “from score to floor” and to share suggestions with the composers. This year’s featured work is “The Master” by librettist Colm Toibin, composer Alberto Caruso and director Ron Daniels. Details at www.cupresents.org.
CU Presents & CU College of Music
Though most of the University of Colorado’s music performances are during the academic year, there are often a few selected events during the summer, including the New Opera Workshop. Check www.cupresents.org for the full calendar and announcement about the new season.
Denver Botanic Gardens Summer Concert Series
June 24-Sept. 6: Each summer, the Denver Botanic Gardens welcomes nationally and internationally known musical acts to both the York Street and Chatfield locations. Full lineup and ticket info at www.botanicgardens.org.
Denver Westword Music Showcase
June 21: The 20th annual event is bigger than ever, with a whopping 150 local and national acts on 12 stages, plus food and drink vendors. In downtown Denver’s Golden Triangle neighborhood. See www.westword.com for more details.
Dickens Opera House
Longmont’s historic 1881 opera house downtown at Third and Main streets hosts live music several nights per week. The summer lineup includes The Prairie Scholars, Jeff Brinkman and Ash Ganley. www.dickensoperahouse.com.
Downtown Boulder: Bands on the Bricks Free Summer Concerts
Wednesdays, June 11-Aug. 13: This long-running summer series of free concerts takes place on the 1300 block of Pearl Street Mall. The outdoor beer/Margarita/wine garden opens at 5:30pm, and the music starts at 7pm. The lineup was not available at press time, so check www.bandsonthebricks.com.
Early Music Colorado
Early Music Colorado promotes the performance and appreciation of pre-1750 music, and the redesigned website lists dozens of upcoming early-music events in the metro area. Find everything at www.earlymusiccolorado.org.
Erie Concerts in the Park
The town of Erie presents three free evenings of live entertainment, with beer, wine and food concessions. The DJ starts warming up the crowd at 5pm; the main act takes the stage at 7pm. At Coal Creek Park, 575 Kattell St. in Erie. www.erieco.gov.
Estes Park Free Summer Entertainment Series
The Town of Estes Park presents two summer-long series of free live music events, one at Performance Park and one at Bond Park, and the YMCA of the Rockies also offers a SummerFest Series. Find out more at www.estesparkcvb.com.
Estes Park Music Festival: Sounds of Summer with CMF
July 14 & 18; Aug. 4: Sunday-afternoon concerts at the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park feature musicians from the Colorado Music Festival Chamber Orchestra. Details: www.estesparkmusicfestival.org.
eTown Hall is a live-music venue in downtown Boulder that also has a full-service recording studio, is home to the eTown offices, and is the setting for most tapings of the eTown Live Radio Show. See www.etown.org for more information. eTown Hall is at 1535 Spruce St. 303-443-8696.
This nationally known club at 1135 13th St. on “The Hill” presents live shows several nights a week. A few highlights are listed below; check www.foxtheatre.com for updates. 303-443-3399 or 303-447-0095.
Golden Music Festival
June 13-15: Sit on the rustic hillside amphitheater in Golden’s Clear Creek History Park to experience one of the region’s top live music festivals. It features bluegrass, Americana and folk music (like from Finnders and Youngberg), plus craft beer vendors and food trucks. www.goldenmusicfestival.org.
“Home on the Grange”
June 7: Annual full-day fundraiser for the Altona Grange features live music, dancing, family-friendly activities, food and drink vendors, vintage retro trailers, a farmers’ market and a silent auction. 10am-7pm at the grange, North 39th Street at Nelson Road. www.altonagrange.org.
Live music plays in the lobby of the Hotel Boulderado, and often in the on-site bars and restaurants, on select evenings. 2115 13th St. www.boulderado.com; 303-442-4880.
The summer concert schedule at Hudson Gardens boasts big names like the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band (June 1), Smokey Robinson (June 29), Colorado legends Firefall (July 4 fireworks show), the Little River Band (Aug. 17) and Lynyrd Skynyrd (Aug. 30). See the complete schedule and ticket info (many shows sell out early) at www.hudsongardens.org. The gardens are at 6115 S. Santa Fe Drive in Littleton.
Jazz on 2nd Ave
Aug. 16: This annual all-day free jazz fest draws international jazz greats and jazz legends. There’s also gourmet food, a wine and beer garden, and vendor booths along Second Avenue in Niwot. The 2014 lineup, which was not available at press time, is at www.jazzon2ndave.com.
John Denver Tribute Concert
Aug. 30: Now in its 11th year, this popular event features Cowboy Brad and the TropiCowboy Band paying tribute to legendary performer John Denver. 5pm at the Stanley Park Fairgrounds in Estes Park. www.estesparkcvb.com; www.cowboybrad.com.
Jubilate! Sacred Singers
This intimate chorus was born out of a desire to share the gift of a-cappella choral music. Many performances are scheduled during area church services, but others are listed on the calendar at www.jubilatesacredsingers.org.
Lafayette Art Night Out Free Concerts
June 20, July 18, Aug. 15: Lafayette’s monthly Art Night Out includes a free concert, featuring FACE on July 18. At Festival Plaza, 311 S. Public Road, from 7:30-9pm. www.cityoflafayette.com/ano.
Lafayette Picnic on the Plaza
Wednesdays, June 4-Aug. 6: Bring a picnic lunch to Festival Plaza on Wednesdays during the summer and enjoy live music while you eat. 311 S. Public Road. www.cityoflafayette.com.
Lafayette Summer Concert Series
Wednesdays, July 9-30: Free live music plays at 7pm on four summer evenings in Lafayette, at either Festival Plaza (311 South Public Road) or Waneka Lake Park (1600 Caria Drive). Listen to the bands’ music clips at www.cityoflafayette.com.
Lakewood Sounds Exciting! Summer Concert Series
Wednesdays, June 25-July 30: Outdoor concerts are in the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Amphitheater, 801 S. Yarrow St. in Lakewood. Find ticket info and the full schedule at www.lakewood.org.
Laughing Goat Coffeehouse
The Laughing Goat, at 1709 Pearl St., hosts an eclectic variety of musical events every night of the week. www.thelaughinggoat.com.
Aug. 2: Leftapalooza, featuring the Mile High Tribute Band Competition, is now in its fourth year helping to raise funds for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. The event also includes food, craft beer and the Left Hand Kid Zone. Music begins at noon; check www.lefthandbrewing.com for more details. 1265 Boston Ave., Longmont.
Lone Tree Arts Center
LTAC hosts a variety of regional, national and international music events every season. 10075 Commons St., Lone Tree. www.lonetreeartscenter.org.
As soon as the new season is announced, the schedule will be available at www.longmontchorale.org.
Longmont Free Summer Concerts
Longmont offers more than 20 free concerts this summer at four different venues. The Downtown Street Concert Series also includes food and beer booths. www.ci.longmont.co.us/rec/special.
Longmont Jazz Festival
July 19: Huge, free jazz festival features an impressive lineup of local and regional jazz musicians, with food and drinks available for purchase. 11am-6:30pm at Roosevelt Park Pavilion, 700 Longs Peak Ave., Longmont. www.longmontjazz.com.
Longmont Symphony Orchestra
July 4: LSO’s annual free Independence Day concert also includes a picnic contest. Begins at noon at Thompson Park, Bross Street and Fourth Avenue in Longmont. www.longmontsymphony.org.
Louisville Cultural Council
Coffeehouse Concerts are at the Lousville Center for the Arts, 801 Grant Ave. Check www.louisvillearts.org for the current schedule.
Louisville Downtown Street Faire Concerts
Fridays, June 13-Aug. 15 (except July 4): Weekly celebration in Louisville includes live music at Steinbaugh Pavilion, 834 Front St., plus food and vendor booths, children’s activities, and other special events. The festivities run from 5-10pm, and the music plays from 6:30-9pm, rain or shine. Scheduled performers include Los Lobos and Samantha Fish. www.downtownlouisvilleco.com.
Louisville Summer Concerts in the Park
June 12, 19 & 26; July 10 & 17: Free summer concerts take place on selected Thursday evenings at Louisville Community Park, 951 Bella Vista Drive, from 7-8:30pm. Check www.louisvilleco.gov for the lineup, which includes FACE Vocal Band and The Johnny O Band.
Loveland Foote Lagoon Concert Series
Thursdays, June 26-July 31: Free concerts in Loveland happen at the Foote Lagoon Amphitheater, 500 E. Third St., 7-9pm. The summer lineup includes the Queen City Jazz Band and Runaway Express. www.cityofloveland.org.
Aug. 22-24: NedFest is an annual three-day outdoor music, arts and microbrew celebration for the whole family. The 2014 lineup so far includes Jeff Austin and the Here and Now, Drew Emmitt Band, and Billy Nershi’s Blue Planet. Camping is available at nearby Chipeta Park. Get all the details and ticket information at www.nedfest.org.
The University of Denver’s Newman Center (2344 E. Iliff Ave.) hosts numerous music performances each year; check www.newmancenterpresents.com.
Nissi’s hosts live music year-round, nearly every night of the week, and serves tapas and drinks. Shows start at 7:30pm and end around 9:30pm, 10pm on weekends. See the website for the updated summer schedule, which so far includes Dakota Blonde and the Erica Brown Band. 2675 North Park Drive, Lafayette. 303-665-2757; www.nissis.com.
Opera on Tap
The not-for-profit Opera on Tap’s mission is to prove that opera doesn’t have to be stuffy, boring or expensive. Check www.operaontap.com for upcoming performances at various venues in Boulder and Denver.
Check online to see who’s playing at the three Oskar Blues locations: the original in Lyons at 303 Main St.; the Tasty Weasel Taproom in Longmont, 1800 Pike Road; and Oskar Blues Homemade Liquids and Solids in Longmont, 1555 S. Hover St. www.oskarblues.com.
The Parker Arts, Culture and Events Center hosts live music events and other performances year-round. 20000 Pikes Peak Ave., Parker; www.parkeronline.org/PACE.
Denver’s art-deco Paramount Theatre hosts more than 100 events each year. 1621 Glenarm Place; www.paramountdenver.com.
Planet Bluegrass Ranch in Lyons was heavily damaged during the September floods, but many repairs have been made and the ranch is ready to welcome “Festivarians” for the summer festival season. RockyGrass (July 25-27) and the Rocky Mountain Folks Festival (Aug. 15-17) almost always sell out early, but if you hurry, you might be able to score some single-day tickets. Visit www.bluegrass.com for more information.
Pro Musica Colorado Chamber Orchestra
Watch www.promusicacolorado.org for an announcement about the new season, which begins in late fall.
The Renaissance Project
This small a-cappella chorus specializes primarily in Renaissance motets, and performs at venues in Boulder, Longmont and Lyons; see www.renaissanceprojectboulder.org for info about concerts and sing-alongs.
Resonance Women’s Chorus
Auditions for the new season of this Boulder-based chorus will be held in the fall; check www.resonancechorus.org for information about scheduling an audition time (no prepared solos required).
Rhythm on the River
July 11-12: Longmont’s popular summer music festival has a little bit of everything—music and other live performances on three stages, plus activities for all ages, a benefit duck race, vendor booths, shopping, a 5K run/walk, and Restaurant Row, with food from some of Longmont’s most popular eateries. The fun starts Friday night from 5-8pm and continues all day Saturday until 8pm. The 5K is Saturday at 7:30am. See the full schedule, including information on parking shuttle busses, at www.ci.longmont.co.us/rec/special.
Rialto Theater Center
The historic Rialto Theater at 228 E. Fourth St. in Loveland was recently expanded and now offers workshop, community and conference rooms, in addition to the numerous events held in the original theater space. Check www.ci.loveland.co.us for more details about the events listed below and many others.
Rock & Rails
Thursdays, June 5-Aug. 28: Niwot’s free summer concert series happens weekly at Whistle Stop Park, just off the Diagonal Highway. The park opens at 5pm with food and beer vendors, a Margarita garden, children’s activities and artisan booths, and the headliners play from 6:30-8:45pm. This year’s lineup was not set at press time, so check www.niwot.com.
Rocky Mountain Brassworks
RMB performs regularly throughout the metro area; check www.rockymountainbrassworks.org for an updated performance schedule.
Rocky Mountain Chorale
The nonprofit Rocky Mountain Chorale was founded in 1978, making it one of the oldest community choirs in the Boulder area. Check for schedule updates at www.rockymtnchorale.org.
Rocky Mountain Old-Time Music Festival
July 10-13: It’s the only old-time music festival in our area, and it’s now in its fifth year. The Parrish Ranch, near Berthoud, is the perfect venue for listening to fiddles and banjos, with lots of space for on-site camping and an old barn for square dancing. www.thecroma.org.
Seicento Baroque Ensemble
The Boulder-based ensemble returns in October with music for choir and vocal and instrumental soloists. www.seicentobaroque.org.
Shine Restaurant & Gathering Place
Shine, at 2027 13th St., hosts live music acts, theater and dance performances, and other special events, nearly every night of the week. www.shineboulder.com/events.
Sonic Bloom Festival
June 19-22: The 9th annual Sonic Bloom festival is four days of electronic music performers, plus artwork, workshops, classes and outdoor activities. New venue: American Safari Ranch in South Park. See www.sonicbloomfestival.com for details.
Sound Circle is a women’s a-cappella ensemble based in Boulder. See www.soundcirclesings.org for the performance schedule.
Sounds of Centerra Summer Concert Series
Fridays, July 11-Aug. 15: Free live music plays weekly on the Great Lawn at Centerra’s Chapungu Sculpture Park in Loveland from 7-9pm. Find the lineup of bands and directions at www.centerracolorado.com.
St Julien Hotel
Catch live music many nights a week at the St Julien Hotel, 900 Walnut St. www.stjulien.com.
St. Martin’s Chamber Choir
Many of this choir’s performances are in Denver, but it has occasional dates in Boulder or Broomfield. www.stmartinschamberchoir.org.
Summer Sundays at the Historic Brunner Farmhouse
June 8, July 13, Aug. 10: The Broomfield Council on the Arts and Humanities presents three family festivals, with food and drink, a carnival from 4-6pm, and live music from 6-8pm. Bring your own lawn chair to the historic Brunner Farmhouse, 640 Main St. in Broomfield. www.artsinbroomfield.org.
Swallow Hill Music Association
SHMA showcases folk, roots and acoustic music in the Denver area. Concerts, jams, open stages, classes, children’s events and much more take place at the three-venue center at 71 E. Yale Ave. in Denver. www.swallowhillmusic.org.
Twenty Ninth Street Live! Concert Series
Saturdays, June 7-Aug. 30: Enjoy free concerts every Saturday night from 7-10pm on the central plaza at Twenty Ninth Street Shopping District. There are also preconcert activities, food trucks and beer from local breweries. This year’s lineup includes Soul School, The Nacho Men and Blackwater. www.twentyninthstreet.com/events.