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Westword Music Showcase
June 24: This gigantic annual festival showcases over 100 bands at more than a dozen venues throughout Denver’s Golden Triangle District. Noon-10pm; see the lineup at www.westwordshowcase.com.

Music Events In Boulder County and Surrounding Areas 

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Arise Music Festival
Aug. 4-6: Arise is a huge music festival that also includes yoga, camping, art and workshops at Sunrise Ranch in Loveland. This year’s lineup includes Ani DiFranco, Jeff Austin Band, Mikey Thunder and Elijah Ray. Find the full schedule plus camping and ticket info at www.arisefestival.com.

Arvada Center Summer Concert Series
Summer concerts at the Arvada Center take place under the stars in the amphitheatre at 6901 Wadsworth Blvd. in Arvada. Some are listed below, but see www.arvadacenter.org.
for the complete lineup.
June 12:
Brian Setzer’s Rockabilly Riot
June 25:
Marc Cohn
July 14:
Three Dog Night

Bands on the Bricks
Wednesdays, June 7-Aug. 9:
Weekly Bands on the Bricks concerts showcase oldies, alternative music, and everything in between. The free performances begin at 6pm, and there’s a beer/wine/margarita garden that opens at 5:30pm each evening. See www.bandsonthebricks.com for the lineup.

Boulder Bach Festival
The Boulder Bach Festival celebrates the music of Johann Sebastian Bach all year long with high-quality performances and educational opportunities in Boulder, Longmont and Denver. Check www.boulderbach.org for upcoming events.

Boulder Bassoon Quartet
This group likes to joke that they go on tour ”all the way from north Boulder to south Boulder,” but if you check their calendar, you’ll see that they get out of town once in a while, too. See upcoming performance dates at www.boulderbassoons.com.

Boulder Chamber Orchestra
BCO performs about once a month in both Boulder and Broomfield, plus occasional concerts in Longmont and in the Denver area. Check www.boulderchamberorchestra.com for venue and ticket info and to see the rest of the season’s schedule.

Boulder Chorale
The Boulder Chorale’s new season begins in September; check www.boulderchorale.org.

Boulder Concert Band Summer Series
Mondays, June 26-July 31: The Boulder Concert Band presents free weekly concerts, each at a different park in Boulder at 7pm. The June 26 venue is Scott Carpenter Park; see the rest of the schedule at www.boulderconcertband.org.

Boulder Friends of Jazz Monthly Jams
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 Avalon Ballroom, 6185 Arapahoe Road. Everyone who signs in is guaranteed to play. 303-449-9596; www.boulderfriendsofjazz.org.

Boulder Opera
Boulder Opera is a nonprofit dedicated to enriching the community through the arts, specifically with its innovative approach to opera. See www.boulderoperacompany.com for more information.

Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra
The Boulder Phil’s 60th-anniversary season begins Sept. 24 at CU’s Macky Auditorium; check www.boulderphil.org for the full schedule and season-ticket information.

Boulder Public Library Concert Series
Boulder Public Library presents dozens of outstanding concerts each year that are free and open to the public. Check www.boulderlibrary.org for these and other scheduled performances. The main library is at 1000 Canyon Blvd., 303-441-4492.
2nd Sunday Concert Series: 2-6pm (Main)
3rd Tuesday Lunchtime Concert Series: noon-1pm (Main)

Boulder Symphony Orchestra
Check www.bouldersymphony.org for details about BSO’s new season starting in the fall.

Boulder Theater
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 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.
June 23: Poptone
July 21: Sarah Jarosz & James McMurtry
July 29: Amadou & Mariam

Broomfield: Wednesdays on the Waterfront
Wednesdays, June 14-Aug. 2: The city of Broomfield hosts free concerts on Wednesday evenings at 7pm in the Broomfield Amphitheater; if it’s raining, the event moves into the auditorium. The summer lineup includes the USAF Wild Blue Country band and Soul Sacrifice. See the full schedule at www.broomfield.org.

Central City Opera 2017 Summer Festival
July 8-Aug. 6: Founded in 1932, CCO is the fifth-oldest professional opera company in the country, and still going strong. The annual summer festival—based at Central City’s historic, 550-seat jewel-box theater built in 1878—offers two full-length opera productions each season, along with innovative short works, one-act performances, educational events, family matinees, and free talks before select performances. There are too many dates to list below, so check www.centralcityopera.org for the complete schedule, ticket information and more details.
July 8-Aug. 6: Carmen
July 12, 16, 19, 22, 23, 29 & 30: Lunch & a Song, 30-minute performances
July 15-Aug. 6: Così Fan Tutte
July 26-Aug. 6: The Burning Fiery Furnace
July 26-Aug. 6: Cabildo
July 8-Aug. 6: Gallantry
Aug. 1: TACO: Take a Child to the Opera

Chamber Ensemble Con Grazia: Little Noon Music
June 9, June 23 & July 7: “Little Noon Music” free concerts are refreshing 30-minute programs of classical chamber music. 12:15pm at the historic Brunner House, 640 Main St. in Broomfield. www.congrazia.com.

Chautauqua Concerts
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.
June 16-17: Drive-By Truckers
Aug. 10:  Colin Hay
Aug. 15-16:  St. Paul  & The Broken Bones

Colorado Bach Ensemble
Colorado Bach Ensemble presents a number of free and low-cost performances, mainly in Denver and Fort Collins; check www.coloradobach.org for the season’s schedule.

Colorado Music Festival/Center for Musical Arts
June 29-Aug. 4: This annual festival, under the direction of Jean-Marie Zeitouni, is highly anticipated by music fans every year. It features events several evenings per week, including star-studded performances, chamber ensembles, Happy Hour Tuesdays, and Young People’s Concerts for ages 4 and up. Many performances are at Chautauqua Auditorium, 900 Baseline Road, and some  events are at the Center for Musical Arts, 200 E. Baseline Road in Lafayette. CMA is also a nonprofit community music school for all ages and abilities, and offers lessons on all 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.
June 29: Opening Night: Olga Kern Plays Rachmaninoff
July 2: Magnificent Mozart
July 8: Young People’s Concert, 10am
July 14: Beethoven’s Ninth
July 23: French Mini-Fest
July 30: Classically Jazz
Aug. 4: Season Finale: Gil Shaham, violin

Colorado Repertory Singers
June 2-3: A season-finale concert called “Connections of the Heart” delves into all aspects of human relationships, including love, family, friendship and community. 7:30pm at Broomfield Auditorium, 3 Community Park Road. www.coloradorepertorysingers.org 

Colorado Symphony Orchestra
CSO doesn’t take much of a break in the summer; the schedule includes “Movie at the Symphony” events with film screenings, a concert under the stars, and a free preview of the new season that begins in the fall. A few highlights are below, but see www.coloradosymphony.org for the full schedule and more details.
June 30-July 1: The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses
July 6: Pink Martini with the CSO with Rufus Wainwright (at Red Rocks)
July 8: Mozart Under Moonlight
July 12 & 14: Movie at the Symphony: “La La Land”
July 22: Free Season Preview

CU Presents & CU College of Music
Most of the university’s music performances are during the school year, but there are often summer performances on the calendar; check www.cupresents.org.

Denver Botanic Gardens Summer Concert Series
June 1-Aug. 30: The UMB Amphitheatre at Denver Botanic Gardens hosts outdoor concerts at 6:30pm on selected summer evenings; a few shows are also at the Chatfield location. Buy tickets soon, as some of the events are already sold out. A few are listed below; check www.botanicgardens.org for more. The main location is at 1007 York St. in Denver.
July 19: Mary Chapin Carpenter
Aug. 3: Dwight Yoakam
Aug. 30: Gipsy Kings

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.
June 9: Flatirons Jazz Orchestra & The Denver Swing Project
June 10: Starwood: John Denver Tribute
June 24: The Fold & Rat Salad

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 a cowboy sing-along on Sunday and Monday evenings at Bond Park. YMCA of the Rockies also offers the SummerFest Series of free concerts on selected evenings. See the events calendar at www.visitestespark.com.
Aug. 5: Cowboy Brad’s Estes Park Centennial Concert, Performance Park, 7pm

Estes Park Music Festival: Summer Concert Series
July 17 & 30: Sunday-afternoon concerts at the historic Stanley Hotel are presented in conjunction with the Colorado Music Festival under the direction of Jean-Marie Zeitouni. www.comusic.org; www.estesparkmusicfestival.org.

eTown Hall
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” (events listed below). See www.etown.org for information about the center and upcoming shows. eTown Hall is at 1535 Spruce St. 303-443-8696.

Flatirons Chamber Music Festival
June 9-18: Inaugural music festival features evening performances in Boulder on the final three evenings, including a world premiere by the festival’s composer-in-residence. Find venue details and more info at www.flatironschambermusicfestival.com.

Fox Theatre
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.
June 8-10: Pre- and after-parties for those attending Dead & Company shows at
Folsom Field
June 17: Afrodisiac: A Celebration of the Music of Fela Kuti
June 22: The Funky Knuckles & Pho
June 23-25: Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band

Hudson Gardens Summer Concert Series
June 4-Sept. 3: The 2017 summer concert lineup at Hudson Gardens boasts big names like Michael McDonald, Donny & Marie, Gladys Knight and Lynyrd Skynyrd. Hudson Gardens is at 6115 S. Santa Fe Drive in Denver; www.hudsongardens.org.

Jazz on 2nd Ave
Save the Date: Early-bird tickets are available for the Sept. 16 event in Niwot; check www.jazzon2ndave.com for details.

Lafayette Art Night Out
June 9, July 14, Aug. 11 & Sept. 8: Lafayette’s Art Night Out features live music by popular local and regional acts, 7-9:15pm at Festival Plaza, 311 S. Public Road. This year’s lineup includes Wendy Woo Band and Facewww.cityoflafayette.com/ano.

Lafayette: Waneka Lake Family Concert Series
July 12, 19 & 26: Lafayette presents three free concerts featuring popular local/regional acts. 7-8:30pm at Waneka Lake Park, 1600 Caria Drive. www.cityoflafayette.com.

Lakewood Sounds Exciting! Summer Concert Series
Wednesdays, June 21-July 26: Lakewood presents low-cost outdoor concerts each summer at the Bonfils-Stanton Amphitheatre in Lakewood; this year’s lineup includes Pandas & People on July 12. 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, including Purple Squirrel on June 7 and The Wildwoods on June 29. www.thelaughinggoat.com.

Aug. 5: This annual event features the Mile High Tribute Band Competition and helps raise funds for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and the Left Hand Brewing Foundation. Find details and venue at www.lefthandbrewing.com.

Longmont Free Summer Concerts
Longmont offers a variety of free concerts this summer at four different venues. The Downtown Street Concert Series also includes food and beer booths.
Thursdays, June 1-July 27: Music & Magic at Longmont Public Library (west patio), 10-10:45am; www.longmontcolorado.gov/library.
Fridays, June 9, July 28, Aug. 25: Downtown Series, Fourth and Main streets, 6-9pm; www.downtownlongmont.com.
June 20: Concert at the Ranch, Sandstone Ranch, 3001 E. Highway 119, 5:30-8pm
Thursdays, June 22, 29; July 6, 13, 20: Longmont Museum, 400 Quail Road, 6:30-8pm; www.longmontcolorado.gov/museum.

Longmont Songwriters’ Music Festival
July 15: This event is a culmination of Longmont’s monthly Songwriters’ Series concerts; 4-9pm at 300 Suns Brewing, 335 First Ave. in Longmont. Find out more at www.300sunsbrewing.com.

Longmont Symphony Orchestra
July 4: LSO’s traditional July Fourth concert begins at noon at Thompson Park, Bross Street and Fourth Avenue in Longmont. Check www.longmontsymphony.org for an announcement about the new season.

Louisville Downtown Street Faire Concerts
Fridays, June 9-Aug. 11 (except July 7 & Aug. 4): Live music plays in the historic Steinbaugh Pavilion 6:30-9pm (ish), rain or shine, as part of the Street Faire. The 2017 lineup includes the Subdudes and Chubby Carrier. www.downtownlouisvilleco.com.

Loveland Foote Lagoon Concert Series
Thursdays, June 22-July 27: The city of Loveland presents free concerts at 7pm at the Foote Lagoon Amphitheatre, 500 E. Third St. in Loveland. Kid-friendly performances kick off at 5:30 each evening. Acts for 2017 include Ruth Moody, The Young Dubliners, and Groove-a-Licious. www.lovelandmuseumgallery.org.

Meadow Music
Mondays, June 5-26 & July 3-Aug. 14: A short, kid-friendly hike is followed by 45 minutes of nature music for kids on the Chautauqua Green. This event is free and best for kids 2-8 and their parents. Bring a picnic and a blanket. 5:30-7:30pm; no event July 10 but there is one on Tuesday, July 11. www.jeffandpaige.org. Chautauqua is at 900 Baseline Road.

Aug. 25-27: Big three-day music festival in Nederland showcases a wide variety of music styles and also includes kids’ activities, arts and crafts vendors, and microbrews. See www.nedfest.org for ticket details and onsite camping information.

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 summer schedule, which includes Dotsero, The Goonies, and Skanson & Hansen. 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 pretentious, boring or expensive. Performances are in Boulder and Denver; check www.operaontap.com.

Oskar Blues
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.

Planet Bluegrass
At press time, there were still some tickets left for this summer’s popular festivals at Planet Bluegrass in Lyons, but the events almost always sell out, so hurry. Find more info about the events listed at www.bluegrass.com.
July 23-27: RockyGrass Academy
July 28-30: RockyGrass
Aug. 13-17: The Song School
Aug. 18-20: Rocky Mountain Folks Festival

Prospect Sound Bites
Mondays, May 29-Sept. 4: Prospect Sound Bites in Longmont features food trucks and live music from popular local and regional acts. Food trucks open at 5pm and the music plays from 5:30-8pm. Find the 2017 music schedule at www.prospectnewtown.com.

Rhythm on the River
July 7-8: Longmont’s signature festival runs 5-10pm both days, with the 5k race (The Greenway Glow) beginning at 7:45pm Friday. Enjoy free live music on two stages, along with food and drink vendors, family-friendly activities, and a free parking shuttle from the nearby Boulder County Fairgrounds. At Roger’s Grove Park in Longmont; find out more at www.longmontcolorado.gov/rotr.

Rock & Rails
Thursdays, June 1-Aug. 31: Niwot presents free weekly concerts all summer at Whistlestop Park, corner of Murray Street and First Avenue. The 2017 lineup was not posted by press time, so check www.niwot.com/events. Opening music plays 5-6pm; headliners take the stage at 6:30pm and play until 8:45pm. www.niwot.com/events.

Rocky Mountain Old-Time Music Festival
July 5-9: This festival is so popular that it now runs for four days instead of three. The 2017 lineup includes The Ozark Highballers, Jesse Milnes and Emily Miller, and Larry Edelman and Phil Jamison. At the Parrish Ranch near Berthoud; check www.thecroma.org for the schedule and directions.

Rocky Ridge Music Center 
Rocky Ridge offers music seminars and recitals for all ages at locations in Boulder and Estes Park, plus a faculty concert series most Sundays in Estes Park called Music in the Mountains. Find the full schedule, registration info and venues at www.rockyridge.org.

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. www.shineboulder.com.

Sound Circle
June 4-5: Sound Circle performs a concert called “Widening Circles,” then heads out to tour the Western Slope. See www.soundcirclesings.org for concert venues—June 4 in Boulder and June 5 in Lafayette.

St Julien Hotel
Catch live music at the St Julien Hotel, 900 Walnut St. Check the events calendar at www.stjulien.com. Upcoming performers include the Strangebyrds, Bill McKay and Chicos Malos.

Westword Music Showcase
June 24: This gigantic annual festival showcases over 100 bands at more than a dozen venues throughout Denver’s Golden Triangle District. Noon-10pm; see the lineup at www.westwordshowcase.com.