Music Events In Boulder County and Surrounding Areas
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Live Music at Local Bars, Restaurants, Cafes and other businesses
Besides the music venues, organizations and festivals listed in our Music Events section, many Boulder County businesses also host live music—sometimes weekly or even more often. Check each website for details, and stay tuned for more to be added to this list in future issues:
Barbed Wire Books, 504 Main St., Longmont; www.barbedwirebooks.net.
Bootstrap Brewing, 6778 79th St., Niwot; www.bootstrapbrewing.com. (Saturdays, 5pm)
Caffè Sole, 637-R S. Broadway, Boulder; www.caffesole.com.
Conor O’Neill’s, 1922 13th St., Boulder; www.conoroneills.com.
Larry’s Guitar Shop, 508 Fifth St., Longmont; www.larrysguitars.com. (Thursdays, 7-9pm)
Lazy Dog, 14th and Pearl streets, Boulder; 3100 Village Vista Drive, Erie; www.thelazydog.com. (Weekends)
Sun Rose Café, 379 Main St., Longmont; www.sunrosecafe.com. (Fridays, 6pm)
Treppeda’s Italian Ristorante, 200 Second Ave., Niwot; www.treppedas.com. (Thursdays, 6:30-9pm)
Waterloo, 809 S. Main St., Louisville; www.waterloolouisville.com.
Ars Nova Singers
Now celebrating 30 years, Ars Nova Singers presents its Boulder concerts at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 1419 Pine St., at 7:30pm and also performs in Denver. Check www.arsnovasingers.org for details about the concerts listed below.
- Dec. 17-18: Happiness and Cheer: Christmas with Ars Nova
- Feb. 20: Renaissance Perspective
- April 30: The New Art: Shared Visions
Arts Longmont: Friday Afternoon Concert & Art Show
Dec. 11 & 3rd Fridays, January-April: Sponsored by Arts Longmont, these monthly events pair a musical performance with an exhibit by a local artist. Exhibit opens at 1:30pm; concert begins at 2:30pm. At the new Stewart Auditorium in the Longmont Museum, 400 Quail Road. www.artslongmont.org.
March 2 & April 13: Keyboard Conversations feature celebrated concert pianist Jeffrey Siegel sharing concerts that inform as well as entertain. Coffee Concerts are at 11am the same day. The Arvada Center is also the home of Colorado Chamber Orchestra (see separate listing). The center is at 6901 Wadsworth Blvd. in Arvada. www.arvadacenter.org.
Aster Women’s Chamber Choir
ASTER Women’s Chamber Choir performs in Boulder and Broomfield. www.asterchoir.org.
Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado
BCO performs around Colorado, mostly in Denver, although the May 21 concert, titled “Fanfares and Flourishes,” is in Boulder at 7:30pm at First United Methodist Church, 1421 Spruce St. www.bcocolorado.org.
Boulder Bach Festival
Dec. 20: The Boulder Bach Festival Chorus pairs with the Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra for a holiday performance that culminates in the much-loved choruses from Handel’s “Messiah.” 2pm at Mountain View United Methodist Church, 355 Ponca Place. Other season offerings are listed below; check www.boulderbach.org for ticket and venue information, as some performances are in Denver and beyond.
- Jan. 22: A Musical Offering
- March 18-19: Venice on Fire (Boulder/Longmont)
- April 23-24: St. Matthew Passion
- May 15: Romanticism Unveiled
- May 28: Ryssby Church concert
Boulder Bassoon Quartet
Check for a performance schedule at www.boulderbassoons.com.
Boulder Chamber Orchestra
BCO’s 12th season offers performances at different venues in Boulder and a few at Broomfield Auditorium; check www.boulderchamberorchestra.com for details about the performances listed below and the rest of the season’s schedule.
- Dec. 19-20: Gift of Music
- April 15-16: Virtuosity & Grace
- May 6 & 8: Mother Nature
April 16: The Boulder Chorale’s big 50th-anniversary celebration features special guests Face Vocal Band and highlights the “One Song, One Boulder” project. 6pm at eTown Hall, 1535 Spruce St. A few other season highlights are listed below, but check for more, and for venue info, at www.boulderchorale.org.
- March 4: Boulder Children’s Chorale: Songs from Around the World
- March 11 & 13: Fifty Years of Song: Kutandara and Audience Favorites
- May 13 & 15: To Hope! A Celebration: The Boulder Chorale’s Next 50 Years
Boulder Friends of Jazz
1st Sundays: 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 at the Boulder Elks Lodge, 3975 28th St. Everyone who signs in is guaranteed to play. 303-449-9596; www.boulderfriendsofjazz.org.
Boulder Opera Company
Boulder Opera Company intends to develop new audiences with fresh, modern operatic interpretations. Find info and Boulder/Broomfield venue locations at www.boulderoperacompany.com.
- Dec. 10-13: Rossini’s “The Barber of Seville”
- April 15 & 17: Mozart’s “Don Giovanni”
Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra
April 2: “Cirque de la Symphonie” showcases the magic of the circus with performances by aerial flyers, strongmen, acrobats, jugglers and contortionists sharing the stage with the Boulder Phil. 2pm and 7:30pm at CU’s Macky Auditorium. A few other scheduled dates are listed below; most performances are at Macky, but check online to verify before you go, since the Phil sometimes plays in Denver. www.boulderphil.org.
- Dec. 20: Christmas with the Phil
- Feb. 12: Spheres of Influence
- April 23-24: St. Matthew Passion
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 Meditation performances are 2nd Wednesdays noon-1pm; the Third Tuesday Lunchtime Concert Series is noon-1pm on 3rd Tuesdays. Check www.boulderlibrary.org for these and other scheduled performances. The main library is at 1000 Canyon Blvd., 303-441-4492.
- Dec. 5: Holiday Harps, 11am
- Jan. 17: The Colorado Chamber Players, 2pm
- Feb. 21: Friends & Family (formerly called Bach for Kids), 2pm
Boulder Renaissance Consort
Follow the group’s Facebook page to stay posted on performances, which include a 4pm concert on Dec. 6 at Trinity Lutheran Church, 2200 Broadway.
Boulder Symphony Orchestra
BSO’s big 2015-16 season, called “Breaking Bold,” includes the Symphony Series; a Chamber Series with smaller ensembles; and select “Behind the Scenes” rehearsals that are open to the public. Most performances are at First Presbyterian Church, 16th Street and Canyon Boulevard. Find the full schedule at www.bouldersymphony.org.
- Feb. 12: Valentine’s Day Special: Snapshot of Love
- March 12: Romantic Favorites: Party at Tchaikovsky’s (open rehearsal March 11)
- May 7: Season Finale: Nature’s Voice (open rehearsal May 6)
The historic Boulder Theater, just off the Pearl Street Mall, hosts national music acts year-round. Some of the more popular musicians are already sold out, but a few others are listed below, and more are always being added to the schedule. The Boulder Theater is at 2034 14th St. 303-786-7030; www.bouldertheater.com.
- Dec. 19: An Evening with Big Head Todd and the Monsters
- Dec. 30-Jan. 2: Yonder Mountain String Band
- April 18: Johnny Clegg
- May 9: The Waifs
Broomfield Auditorium reopened in the fall following renovations, and Broomfield’s Cultural Affairs department has several events scheduled, with more to come. The Audi is at 3 Community Park Road in Broomfield; see www.attheaudi.com for details about the date listed below and others.
- Dec. 4: The Season of Love: A Christmas Concert, with Pzazz and Dynamix Choirs, 7pm
Broomfield Symphony Orchestra
BSO performs its concerts at the Broomfield Auditorium, 3 Community Park Road, at 7:30pm unless noted. www.broomfieldsymphony.org.
- Dec. 11-12: March of the Toys
- Feb. 21: Midsummer Night’s Dream, 3pm
- April 9: Evening of Tchaikovsky
- May 26-27: Caliente!
Cantabile, under the guidance of new music director Paul Thompson, performs at a variety of Boulder and Longmont venues; check www.cantabilesingers.org for more details about the concert dates listed.
- Feb. 5 & 7: Songs from the Land
- May 6: Dona Nobis Pacem
Central City Opera
April 23-24: CCO teams up with the Boulder Bach Festival, CU College of Music choruses and the Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra to present a semi-staged production of Bach’s “St. Matthew Passion.” Saturday’s performance is in Boulder at CU’s Macky Auditorium; Sunday’s performance is in Denver. Tickets are already on sale for CCO’s 2016 summer festival, which includes Puccini’s “Tosca” and “The Impresario,” a comic one-act by Mozart. www.centralcityopera.org.
Chamber Ensemble Con Grazia
Chamber Ensemble con Grazia presents free “Little Noon Music” concerts beginning in May; check www.congrazia.com in spring for the schedule and for updates about other upcoming performances. Many concerts are at the historic Brunner Farmhouse, 640 Main St. in Broomfield.
The historic Chautauqua Auditorium and Community House draw popular performers from all over the world. Visit www.chautauqua.com for a full schedule of concerts, plus ticket information (many sell out quickly). 900 Baseline Road. 303-442-3282 ext. 35.
- Jan. 29: Biff Gore, 7:30pm
- March 18: A Celtic Celebration/Beth Gadbaw Trio
- May 6: Missy Raines & The New Hip, 7:30pm
Colorado Bach Ensemble
Colorado Bach Ensemble presents a number of free and low-cost performances, usually in Fort Collins and Denver; check www.coloradobachensemble.org for the lineup.
Colorado Chamber Orchestra
CCO is in its second season as orchestra-in-residence at the Arvada Center for the Arts, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd. in Arvada. www.cochamberorchestra.org.
- Jan. 24: Winter Carnival Revisiting Saint-Saens’ “Carnival of the Animals”
- April 3: Honoring the Dead
Colorado Fiddle Championships
Jan. 9-10: 14th-annual event takes place during the National Western Stock Show in Denver. Includes contests for all ages, all the way from “Small Fry” to “Grand Senior.” Find the schedule and more info at www.coloradofiddlers.org.
Colorado Music Festival/Center for Musical Arts
This one-of-a-kind organization provides a broad spectrum of music-education opportunities and world-class performances, including the Colorado Music Festival held each summer. For a list of classes and events, check www.comusic.org. The center is at 200 E. Baseline Road in Lafayette.
Colorado Repertory Singers
Dec. 4-5: New artistic director Kyle Fleming and CRS present “Sounds of the Season,” a holiday program of traditional favorites and nontraditional arrangements of old favorites. 7:30pm at Broomfield United Methodist Church, 545 W. 10th Ave. in Broomfield. www.coloradorepertorysingers.org.
Colorado Symphony Orchestra
Dec. 18-20: Experience the full majesty of Handel’s masterpiece “The Messiah” performed by CSO and the CSO Chorus; Sunday’s 1pm performance is a Messiah sing-along suitable for all ages. The full season schedule, available at www.coloradosymphony.org, includes more Masterworks concerts plus pops concerts, family events and “Inside the Score” programs that use the orchestra as a means to tell fascinating stories inside the music. Most performances are at 7:30pm at Boettcher Concert Hall at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts complex, Speer Boulevard and Arapahoe Street in Denver. www.denvercenter.org.
- Dec. 15: Jackie Evancho Sings Holiday Hits
- Dec. 26-27: A Weekend of “Star Wars”
- Jan. 15-16: Pixar in Concert
- March 18-20: Romeo and Juliet
Colorado Wind Ensemble
CWE, under the direction of new conductor and musical director David Kish, performs at venues in the Denver metro area; check www.coloradowindensemble.org for the schedule.
Congregation Nevei Kodesh
Feb. 27: “A Night on the Marrakech Express” takes the audience on a sonic journey that includes classical Arab music, the traditions of flamenco and rumba music from Spain, and the soulful desert sounds of the G’nawi people. 7:30pm at Congregation Nevei Kodesh, 1925 Glenwood Drive. 303-807-8735.
- Dec. 5: Opa! A Night of Soulful Sounds from Athens to Jerusalem, 7:30pm
See listing under Eklund Opera Program.
CU Presents & CU College of Music
The University of Colorado’s Artist Series has been bringing the world’s finest jazz, classical and world music performers to Boulder for more than 70 years. CU’s College of Music also presents numerous events during the academic year, including free student and faculty recitals. (See separate listing for Eklund Opera Program.) Many performances sell out, so get your tickets early. Find more info about the dates listed below, and many others, at www.cupresents.org.
- March 1: Rising Stars of the Metropolitan Opera
- March 31: Indigo Girls with the University Symphony Orchestra
- April 17: Spring Swing 2016
Denver Gay Men’s Chorus
The chorus performs “Tinsel & Treasure” Dec. 3-5 and 13 and “The Show Must Go On: The Music of Queen” March 18-19; check www.rmarts.org for Denver venues and more information.
May, TBA: Annual event showcases all things ukulele, for all ages and abilities, including workshops, master classes, jams and performances. Find updated details at www.swallowhillmusic.org.
Dickens Opera House
Longmont’s historic 1881 opera house, downtown at Third and Main streets, hosts live music several nights per week, and most events are free. See the full lineup at www.dickensoperahouse.com.
Eklund Opera Program
April 21-24: Eklund Opera Program (formerly named CU Opera) presents “The Tender Land” by Aaron Copland, his full-length opera inspired by Depression-era photographs. Evening and matinee performances at CU’s Macky Auditorium; check www.cupresents.org for times and tickets.
- March 11 & 13: Francis Poulenc’s “Dialogues of the Carmelites”
Estes Park Music Festival: Winter Concert Series
Sundays beginning Jan. 13: Sunday-afternoon concerts at the historic Stanley Hotel (2pm) include performances by Trio Cordilleras, Sphere String Quartet and Estes Valley Chamber Singers. No concerts March 13 or 27. www.estesparkmusicfestival.org.
eTown Hall is a live-music venue in downtown Boulder that also has a full-service recording studio and is the setting for most tapings of the “eTown Live Radio Show.” See www.etown.org for information about the center and upcoming shows. eTown Hall is at 1535 Spruce St. 303-443-8696.
- Dec. 6: The Gurdjieff Foundation Concert
- Dec. 10: eTown Live Radio Show Taping with Bob Schneider & Joan Shelley
- Dec. 11: eTown Live Radio Show Taping with Noah Gundersen & Very Special Guests
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.
- Dec. 11: Head for the Hills
- Jan. 7: The Wailers
- Feb. 5: March Fourth
Harps for the Holidays
Dec. 12: The Colorado Celtic Harp Society performs holiday classics from 1-3pm on the Longmont Public Library’s second floor. The library is at 409 Fourth Ave., Longmont. www.longmontcolorado.gov/library.
High Street Concert Series
Details about this Lyons concert series’ 13th season were not available at press time; check www.highstreetconcerts.com for updates.
April 30: This Golden-based symphony’s spring concert showcases “Messa da Requiem” by Guiseppe Verdi. Check www.jeffersonsymphony.org for times, venues and the rest of the season’s schedule.
- Feb. 21: International Young Artists Competition Winner Concert
- March 19: JSO Musicians Recital
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; check the calendar at www.jubilatesacredsingers.org, and also see the Longmont Chorale listing below for info about a joint performance.
Lafayette Art Night Out Free Concert
May 13: Lafayette’s Art Night Out always includes a free concert from a popular local/regional group; check online for the updated schedule. At Festival Plaza, 311 S. Public Road, from 7:30-9pm. www.cityoflafayette.com/ano.
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.
March 6: “Merriment and Majesty” celebrates the “golden age of choral music” and includes an appearance by Jubilate Sacred Singers. 3pm at LifeBridge Church auditorium, 10345 Ute Highway 66 in Longmont. Find info about other concerts at www.longmontchorale.org.
Longmont Symphony Orchestra
Jan. 23: “Pirates” includes “swashbuckling and maritime favorites” and the Young Artist Competition Winner. 7:30pm at Vance Brand Civic Auditorium, 600 E. Mountain View Ave. in Longmont. www.longmontsymphony.org.
- Feb. 27: War and Peace, Part II
- April 9: Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1
- May 14: Pops Concert: Old Time Silent Movies
May 18-22: Led by Kenneth Woods, this year’s festival features Mahler’s Symphony No. 7 plus a day-long symposium and other special events; check www.mahlerfest.org in the spring for more details including venue information.
Feb. 20 & April 30: Marvelous Musicales give music students of all ages and levels the chance to perform on the Broomfield Auditorium stage and use the impressive grand piano. The program features singers and pianists in all styles, plus a little musical theater. 4pm at Broomfield Auditorium, 3 Community Park Road. www.broomfieldmta.org.
Dec. 19-20: This very popular annual holiday sing-along is open to all, and the audience is invited (but not required) to sing along with the Boulder Messiah Chorale and Orchestra. 7pm Saturday and 2pm & 7pm Sunday; organizers say the matinee is the most likely to sell out. At St. John’s Episcopal Church, 14th and Pine streets. www.messiahsingalong.org.
The University of Denver’s Newman Center (2344 E. Iliff Ave.) hosts numerous music performances each year. www.newmancenterpresents.com.
Nissi’s hosts live music several nights per week, and serves tapas and drinks. Shows start at 7:30pm and end around 9:30pm, 10pm on weekends. See the website for the winter/spring schedule, which includes Nelson Rangell, Girls On Top, Colcannon and Rebecca Folsom. 2675 North Park Drive, Lafayette. 303-665-2757; www.nissis.com.
May 7, 10, 13 & 15: Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “The Scarlet Letter,” published in 1850, was America’s first great tragic novel. Opera Colorado’s performance marks the world premiere of Lori Laitman’s opera based on the book. At the Ellie Caulkins Opera House in the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Speer Boulevard and Arapahoe Street in Denver. Find times and ticket info at www.operacolorado.org.
Opera on Tap
The not-for-profit Opera on Tap’s mission is to prove that opera doesn’t have to be pretentious, boring or expensive. Check www.operaontap.com for upcoming Boulder and Denver performances.
Check the website calendar 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.
Denver’s art-deco Paramount Theatre hosts more than 100 events each year. 1621 Glenarm Place; www.paramountdenver.com.
Check www.bluegrass.com beginning December 1 for information about early ticket sales and camping reservations for Planet Bluegrass’s popular summer music festivals in Lyons and Telluride. They always sell out, so get your tickets well in advance.
Pro Musica Colorado Chamber Orchestra
Dec. 18-20: Pro Musica’s Christmas concert is a joint performance with St. Martin’s Chamber Choir; check Boulder/Denver venue information at www.promusicacolorado.org.
Prospect Sound Bites
April, TBA: Weekly event in Prospect New Town (on the southern edge of Longmont, just off Highway 287) features food trucks and live music, 5:30-8:30pm. Check www.prospectnewtown.com in the spring for the 2016 schedule.
The Renaissance Project
April 30-May 1: The Renaissance Project’s spring concert is on the calendar, but details weren’t available at press time. Check www.renaissanceprojectboulder.org in early spring for details including Erie and Boulder venues.
Resonance Women’s Chorus
April 16-17 & 23: This 125-voice women’s chorus sings contemporary choral music with an emphasis on social awareness. The spring concert is at First United Methodist Church, 1421 Spruce St.; check times and other details at www.resonancechorus.org, as they weren’t available at press time.
Rialto Theater Center
The historic Rialto Theater at 228 E. Fourth St. in Loveland offers numerous musical and theatrical events in the original theater space every year. www.rialtotheatercenter.org.
- Dec. 6: ‘Tis the Season Holiday Sing-Along, 2pm
- Dec. 17: Colcannon, 7:30pm
Rocky Mountain Brassworks
Dec. 6: Rocky Mountain Brassworks performs “Holiday Hoopla” at 4pm at Broomfield Auditorium, 3 Community Park Road in Broomfield. Check www.rockymountainbrassworks.org for spring concert dates.
Rocky Mountain Chorale
April 24-25: “The Magic of Music” showcases Mozart’s “Missa Brevis in D” and other choral classics. 7:30pm both nights; Friday’s concert is in Longmont at Longmont United Methodist Church, 350 11th Ave.; Saturday’s is in Boulder at Pine Street Church, 1237 Pine St. www.rockymtnchorale.org.
Seicento Baroque Ensemble
March 12-13: Boulder-based Seicento Baroque Ensemble, known for programming lesser-known music from the 17th and 18th centuries, presents works by Alessandro Scarlatti and his son, Domenico. A central piece is Domenico’s “Stabat Mater,” lushly written for two five-part choruses. The evening also features harpsichordist Charlotte Mattax Moersch and soprano Amanda Balestrieri. Saturday’s Boulder performance is at First United Methodist Church, 1421 Spruce St.; Sunday’s performance is at the Stewart Auditorium inside the Longmont Museum, 400 Quail Road.
Shine Restaurant & Gathering Place
Shine, at 2027 13th St., hosts live music acts, theater and dance performances, and other special events several nights per week, including the Radiate Unified Dance Party every Saturday at 8:30pm. www.shineboulder.com.
Sound Circle is an a-cappella women’s vocal ensemble that performs in Boulder and around the region; check www.soundcirclesings.org for details about the listed performances, which are at Unity Columbine Spiritual Center, 8900 Arapahoe.
- Dec. 12-13: Sound Circle Solstice, 5pm
- May, TBA: Spring concert
Feb. 20: Colorado’s self-conducted string ensemble presents “Divergence,” a dynamic program of classical, pop, jazz and other musical styles, including works by Sibelius and the Beatles. 7:30pm at the Center for Musical Arts, 200 E. Baseline Road in Lafayette; there’s also a Denver performance on Feb. 19. www.sphereensemble.com.
- March 20: “The More Things Change…” 2pm at Broomfield Auditorium (March 19 performance in Denver)
ST Julien Hotel
Catch live music many nights a week at the St Julien Hotel, 900 Walnut St. Check the events calendar at www.stjulien.com. Upcoming performers include Mountain Meadow String Band, Good Manners Quartet and Jeff Brinkman.
St. Martin’s Chamber Choir
Many of this choir’s performances are in Denver, but occasionally there are Boulder or Broomfield dates on the schedule; check www.stmartinschamberchoir.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.
Tara Performing Arts High School Christmas Candlelight Festival
Dec. 18-20: Tara’s annual Christmas celebration for all ages showcases choral and handbell music and community carol singing by candlelight. 5pm and 8pm each evening at Pine Street Church, 1237 Pine St. www.tarahighschool.org.