Music Events In Boulder County and Surrounding Areas
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Arise Music Festival
Aug. 5-7: Grammy winner Ziggy Marley is just one of the big names on the diverse schedule for this annual three-day festival in Loveland; purchase tickets and find more info at www.arisefestival.com.
Ars Nova Singers
June 6: Ars Nova Singers celebrates 30 years at their big annual fundraiser that includes solo and ensemble performances, appetizers and drinks, and silent and live auctions. 6pm at Lionsgate Event Center in Lafayette; www.arsnovasingers.org.
Aster Women’s Chamber Choir
ASTER Women’s Chamber Choir performs in Boulder and Broomfield. www.asterchoir.org.
Bands on the Bricks
Wednesdays, June 1-Aug. 3: Downtown Boulder presents free concerts on the Pearl Street Mall from 6-9pm; the beer/wine/margarita garden opens at 5:30pm. Find the music lineup at www.bandsonthebricks.com.
Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado
Check www.bcocolorado.org for an announcement about the new season.
Berthoud Historical Society Summer Concerts
June 22, July 13 & 27, Aug. 10: Free concerts in the courtyard at the Little Thompson Pioneer Museum, 224 Mountain Ave. in Berthoud, begin at 6:30pm; gates open at 6. Food and drink available for purchase. www.berthoudhistoricalsociety.org.
June 3: World-renowned Boulder Bach artists Zachary Carrettin and Mina Gajić join 3rd Law Dance/Theater for an encore presentation of “BACH unCAGEd,” which includes music by John Cage as well as J.S. Bach. 7:30pm at the Arvada Center, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada. Get tickets online at http://arvadacenter.org.on-stage. Find out about other upcoming Boulder Bach Festival performances at www.boulderbach.org.
Boulder Bassoon Quartet
Check for a performance schedule at www.boulderbassoons.com.
Boulder Chamber Orchestra
Check www.boulderchamberorchestra.com for an announcement about the new season.
Check www.boulderchorale.org for an announcement about the new season.
Boulder Concert Band
Mondays, June 20-Aug. 1 (except July 4): Each summer, the Boulder Concert Band presents free weekly concerts, each at a different Boulder park. The music begins at 7pm; see www.boulderconcertband.org for venue information.
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 Ave. 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 information and Boulder/Broomfield venue locations at www.boulderoperacompany.com.
Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra
Check www.boulderphil.org for information about the new season, which begins Oct. 8.
Boulder Public Library Concert Series
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.
June 29: FamilySong Music, 11am
Boulder Renaissance Consort
Follow the group’s Facebook page to stay posted on upcoming performances.
Boulder Symphony Orchestra
Check www.bouldersymphony.org for an announcement about the new season.
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.
June 7: Sam Beam & Jesca Hoop
June 21-22: Neil Finn
Broomfield Symphony Orchestra
Check www.broomfieldsymphony.org for an announcement about the new season, which opens Oct. 22.
Broomfield Wednesdays on the Waterfront
Wednesdays, June 15-Aug. 3: Free concerts take place weekly at 7pm at the Broomfield Amphitheater, 3 Community Park Road. On rainy nights, they may move inside to the auditorium. The summer lineup includes Def Trio on June 29 and Rebecca Folsom on July 13. www.attheaudi.com.
Check www.catabilesingers.org for info about the new season opening this fall.
Central City Opera 2016 Festival
July 9-Aug. 7: CCO started in 1932 and is still going strong. The festival offers two full-length productions in the historic jewel-box theater in Central City and two one-act operas presented at venues in Central City, Denver, Boulder and Colorado Springs. There are also outreach events, including “Lunch & a Song” on seven July afternoons and “Opera Notes,” 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 9-Aug. 6: The Ballad of Baby Doe
July 16-Aug. 7: Tosca
July 27-28 & Aug. 3: The Impresario (July 28 performance is in Boulder, 6pm and 8pm at the Nomad Playhouse, 1410 Quince Ave.)
July 28 & 30; Aug. 5: Later the Same Evening (July 30 performance is at the Denver Art Museum, 8pm)
Chamber Ensemble Con Grazia: Little Noon Music
July 22, Aug. 5, Aug. 26: Chamber Ensemble con Grazia presents free “Little Noon Music” concerts, refreshing 30-minute sessions of classical chamber music. 12:15-12:45pm 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.
June 15: Béla Fleck and the Flecktones
June 30-Aug. 7: Colorado Music Festival
July 23: Marc Cohn featuring the Blind Boys of Alabama
Aug. 16: Melissa Etheridge
Colorado Chamber Orchestra
CCO is the orchestra-in-residence at the Arvada Center for the Arts, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd. in Arvada. www.cochamberorchestra.org.
Colorado Music Festival/Center for Musical Arts
June 26-Aug. 9: This huge annual festival, now under the direction of Jean-Marie Zeitouni, features events nearly every evening, including star-studded performances, chamber ensembles, the popular Music Mash-Up series, house concerts, 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 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 30: Opening Night: Narratives of Heroism, 7:30pm
July 1: So Brooklyn, So Boulder, So Percussion, 7:30pm
July 2: Young People’s Concert: Machines and Dreams, 10am
July 10: The Tragedy of Carmen, 7:30pm
July 19: Italian Influences, 7:30pm
July 16, 23 & 30: Artistic Currents at the Dairy, 2590 Walnut St., 7:30pm
Colorado Symphony Orchestra Summer Series
June 16-Sept. 3: The Colorado Symphony’s summer concert series takes place at 7:30pm at a variety of Denver-area venues, including Red Rocks Amphitheatre. A few highlights are listed below; see www.coloradosymphony.org for more.
July 4: Family-Friendly Fourth of July
Aug. 1: Jerry Garcia Symphonic Celebration
Sept. 3: Smokey Robinson with the CSO
Colorado Wind Ensemble
Check www.coloradowindensemble.org for the new season schedule.
CU Presents & CU College of Music
Most of CU’s musical performances are during the school year, but there are sometimes summer events on the calendar; see www.cupresents.org.
Denver Botanic Gardens Summer Concert Series
June 8-Sept. 1: The UMB Amphitheatre at Denver Botanic Gardens hosts outdoor concerts at 6:30pm on select summer evenings; there’s also one concert at the Chatfield location (Chris Isaak on Aug. 4). A few highlights are listed below, but check www.botanicgardens.org for the full lineup and ticket info.
July 15: Guster
July 27: Steep Canyon Rangers and Trout Steak Revival
Aug. 31: George Benson
Denver Westword Music Showcase
June 25: This huge festival features over a hundred bands at more than a dozen venues throughout Denver’s Golden Triangle District. Noon-10pm; see the lineup at microapp.westword.com.
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
The Eklund Opera Program at the University of Colorado opens the new season with “Die Fledermaus” in October; check www.cupresents.org for times and tickets.
Estes Park Jazz Fest
June 4-5: Two-day jazz fest showcases local and regional acts, and also features a wine garden and strolls through downtown galleries. See www.visitestespark.com for more details.
Estes Park Music Festival: Summer Concert Series
July 11, 18 & 25; Aug. 1: Summer concerts feature the Colorado Music Festival Chamber Orchestra; the July 1 performance is by the Denver Brass. 7:30pm at the Stanley Hotel. Find more details at www.estesparkmusicfestival.org.
Estes Park 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. See the events calendar at www.visitestespark.com.
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.
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 28: Blitzen Trapper
July 29: Split Lip Rayfield
Sept. 1: Mac DeMarco
GALA Choruses Festival 2016
July 2-6: GLBT and GLBT-allied choruses from around the U.S., Mexico and Canada gather in Denver for this big festival that features workshops, flash mobs, coffee concerts, ensemble concerts, meetings and much more. At three different concert halls within the Denver Center for Performing Arts; see the full schedule at www.galachoruses.org.
July 1: Pre-festival free public concert in Boulder at First United Methodist Church, 14th and Spruce streets, 7pm
Golden Music Festival
June 10-12: Golden History Museums presents this annual event; check www.goldenmusicfestival.org for the lineup or like the group’s Facebook page.
Hudson Gardens Summer Concert Series
June 5-Sept. 11: The summer concert lineup at Hudson Gardens boasts big names like Little River Band, the B-52s, Foreigner and Kenny Loggins. Hudson Gardens is at 6115 S. Santa Fe Drive in Denver; www.hudsongardens.org.
Jazz on 2nd Ave
August, TBA: Check www.jazzon2ndave.com for this Niwot festival’s lineup.
This Golden-based symphony opens its 64th season in the fall; check www.jeffersonsymphony.org for updates.
John Denver Tribute
Sept. 3: Cowboy Brad and the TropiCowboy Band play tribute to John Denver; 6:30pm at the YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park. 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; check the calendar at www.jubilatesacredsingers.org.
Lafayette Art Night Out Free Concerts
June 17, July 15, Aug. 19: 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 7-9:15pm. www.cityoflafayette.com/ano.
Lafayette: Waneka Lake Family Concert Series
Wednesdays, July 6-27: Lafayette presents four free concerts featuring popular local/regional acts. July 6 is Hazel Miller at Festival Plaza downtown; the others are at Waneka Lake Park, 1600 Caria Drive. www.cityoflafayette.com/concerts.
Lakewood Sounds Exciting! Summer Concert Series
Wednesdays, June 22-July 27: Lakewood presents low-cost outdoor concerts each summer at the Bonfils-Stanton Amphitheatre in Lakewood; this year’s lineup includes Funkiphino on July 13. 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.
Left Hand Brewing: Summer Music Fest
June 11: Family-friendly music fest lasts for eight hours (2-10pm) at Longmont’s Roosevelt Park, 700 Longs Peak Ave. www.lefthandbrewing.com.
Aug. 6: 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.
Find details about the upcoming season at www.longmontchorale.org.
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; the Sandstone Ranch events feature lawn games. www.longmontcolorado.gov.
Fridays, June 3, 10, 17; July 22: Downtown Series, 4th and Main streets, 6-9pm
Tuesdays, June 14, 28; July 12, 26: Concerts at different Longmont parks, 6:30-8pm (see schedule online)
Thursdays, June 23, 30; July 7, 14, 21: Longmont Museum, 400 Quail Road, 6:30-8pm
Tuesdays, June 21, July 19, Aug. 16: Community Nights at Sandstone Ranch, 3001 E. Highway 119, 5-8pm
Longmont Songwriters’ Music Festival
July 23: This event is a culmination of Longmont’s monthly Songwriters’ Series concerts; 4-9pm at 300 Suns Brewing, 335 First Ave. in Longmont. June 19 is the final concert in the series; Sandra Jean MacDougall performs from 5-7pm at the brewery. 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. Also see www.longmontsymphony.org for info about the upcoming season.
Louisville Downtown Street Faire Concerts
Fridays, June 17-Aug. 5 (except July 1): Live music plays in the historic Steinbaugh Pavilion 6:30-9pm (ish), rain or shine, as part of the Street Faire. The 2016 lineup includes Samantha Fish and Junior Brown. www.downtownlouisvilleco.com.
Louisville Summer Concerts in the Park
Thursdays, June 23-July 21: The Louisville Cultural Council presents free weekly concerts at 7pm at Community Park, 955 Bella Vista Drive. This year’s lineup includes Face (June 23) and Los Bohemios (July 14). Food trucks are also on site each week. Find the full schedule at www.louisvillearts.org.
Loveland Foote Lagoon Concert Series
Thursdays, July 7-Aug. 11: The city of Loveland presents free concerts at 7pm at the Foote Lagoon Amphitheatre, 500 E. Third St. in Loveland. There are two bands per evening; one at 7pm and one at 8pm. Aug. 4 is Tribute to the Beatles. www.lovelandmuseumgallery.org.
Mondays, June 6-27 & July 18-Aug. 22: 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; www.jeffandpaige.org. Chautauqua is at 900 Baseline Road.
Aug. 26-28: Big three-day music festival in Nederland is headlined this year by Paper Bird. 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 Girls On Top, Dotsero and Hogback Blues 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 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.
Parlando School of Musical Arts
Parlando’s summer camp lineup includes Intro to Piano, Flute Boot Camp, Fiddle Camp, A Capella Intensive and Musical Theater. Private lessons are also available. Parlando is at Dairy Center for the Arts, 2590 Walnut St.; there’s also a satellite location in Denver. www.parlando.org.
At press time, there were still some tickets left for this summer’s popular festivals at Planet Bluegrass in Lyons, but the events always sell out, so hurry. Find more information about the events listed below at www.bluegrass.com.
July 24-28: Rocky Grass Academy
July 29-31: Rocky Grass Festival
Aug. 14-18: The Song School
Aug. 19-21: 26th Anniversary Folks Festival
Prospect Sound Bites
Mondays, May 30-Sept. 5: Weekly event in Prospect New Town (on the southern edge of Longmont, just off Highway 287) features food trucks (5-8pm) and live music (5:30-8pm). Check www.prospectnewtown.com for the 2016 schedule, which includes a second band on Memorial Day from 1-4pm.
The Renaissance Project
The Renaissance Project specializes primarily in Renaissance motets and other pieces of a similar aesthetic. www.renaissanceprojectboulder.org.
Resonance Women’s Chorus
This 125-voice women’s chorus sings contemporary choral music with an emphasis on social awareness. Resonance is part of the July 1 Gala Choruses event in Boulder; see separate listing. www.resonancechorus.org.
Rhythm on the River
July 8-9: Longmont’s signature festival will look a little different this year, with the same hours both days (5-10pm) and the 5k race in the evening instead of the morning, but it will still be a huge free community event with live music on two stages plus art, vendors, and food and drink. At Roger’s Grove Park in Longmont; free and easy parking shuttles originate at the nearby Boulder County Fairgrounds. www.longmontcolorado.gov.rotr.
Rock & Rails
Thursdays, June 2-Aug. 25: Niwot presents free weekly concerts all summer at Whistlestop Park, corner of Murray Street and First Avenue. The 2016 lineup includes Hermonious, Chris Daniels & the Kings, and The Long Run. Opening music play 5-6pm; headliners take the stage at 6:30pm and play until 8:45pm. www.niwot.com/events.
Rocky Mountain Chorale
Check for upcoming performance dates at www.rockymtnchorale.org.
Rocky Mountain Old-Time Music Festival
July 6-10: This festival is so popular that it’s been extended to four days for 2016. The lineup includes Foghorn Stringband, Red Squirrel Chasers and Bootlickers. 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.
Seicento Baroque Ensemble
July 11-16: Boulder-based Seicento Baroque Ensemble, known for programming lesser-known music from the 17th and 18th centuries, is holding auditions for all voice parts for the 2016-17 season, which opens in October. Schedule your audition by calling 720-301-7747 or emailing email@example.com.
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 Latin Dance Night every other Wednesday at 9pm. 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 upcoming performances.
June 3-4: Colorado’s self-conducted string ensemble performs June 3 in Denver and June 4 in Loveland; find details and other upcoming performances at www.sphereensemble.com.
St Julien Hotel
Catch live music in the summer on the terrace at St Julien Hotel, 900 Walnut St.
Check the events calendar at www.stjulien.com. Upcoming performers include Strange Birds, Brazilian Collaborative and Mountain Meadow String Band.
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.