Music Events In Boulder County and Surrounding Areas
Arise Music Festival
Aug. 3-5: Arise is a huge music festival that also includes yoga, camping, art and workshops at Sunrise Ranch in Loveland. Find the full schedule plus camping and ticket info at www.arisefestival.com.
Bands on the Bricks
Wednesdays, June 6-Aug. 8: 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.boulderbachfestival.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
Check www.boulderchamberorchestra.com for info about the new season.
The Boulder Chorale’s new season begins in September; check www.boulderchorale.org for details, which weren’t available at press time.
Boulder Concert Band Summer Series
Mondays, June 18-July 30: The Boulder Concert Band presents free weekly concerts, each at a different park in Boulder at 7pm, plus three special performances on July 4. See schedule and venue information 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. (August is the member picnic instead of a jam.) Everyone who signs in is guaranteed to play. 303-449-9596; www.boulderfriendsofjazz.org
Aug. 18: Boulder Opera presents a free performance of Puccini’s “La Boheme,” 7pm at the Central Park Bandshell. See details and other performance dates at www.boulderoperacompany.com.
Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra
The Boulder Phil’s new season, with the theme “Open Space,” begins in September 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 Wednesdays: Midday Music Meditation, noon (Main)
3rd Tuesdays: Lunchtime Concert Series, noon (Main)
July 14: Inside the Orchestra for Families, 10am and 11:15am (Main)
Aug. 26: Classical Music of India, 2pm (Main)
Boulder Symphony Orchestra
Check www.bouldersymphony.org for info about BSO’s new season starting in fall.
The historic Boulder Theater, just off the Pearl Street Mall, hosts national music acts year-round. 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 12: Calexico
July 24: Bombino
Aug. 25: After Grass, ft. Gasoline Lollipops
Broomfield: Wednesdays on the Waterfront
Wednesdays, June 13-Aug. 1: 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 Air Force Academy Band and Jockamo. See the full schedule at www.broomfield.org.
Central City Opera 2018 Summer Festival
July 7-Aug. 5: CCO, founded in 1932, 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 7-Aug. 5: The Magic Flute
July 7-Aug. 5: Il Trovatore
July 11-29: Lunch & a Song, 30-minute performances
July 11-July 29: Short Works
July 25-Aug. 1: Acis and Galatea
July 25-Aug. 3: The Face on the Barroom Floor
July 31: Opera Adventures Family Matinee Experience
Chamber Ensemble Con Grazia: Little Noon Music
June 8, June 20 & Aug. 10: “Little Noon Music” free concerts are refreshing 30-minute sessions of classical chamber music. 12:15pm at the historic Brunner House, 640 Main St. in Broomfield. www.congrazia.com.
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.
Begins June 1: Summer Concert Series
June 28-Aug. 4: Colorado Music Festival (see separate listing below)
Colorado Music Festival/Center for Musical Arts
June 28-Aug. 4: This annual festival is highly anticipated by music fans every year. It 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 28: Opening Night with violinist Vadim Gluzman
June 30: Family Fun Concert: Meet the Strings
July 8: Four Seasons of Buenos Aires
July 22: Beethoven’s “Eroica” Symphony
Aug. 4: Festival Finale: Pianist Olga Kern
Colorado Repertory Singers
June 8: A season-finale concert called “Folk Songs” features “the music we’ve sung for generations around campfires, in our living rooms, at school, and in houses of worship.” 7:30pm at Broomfield Auditorium, 3 Community Park Road. wwwcoloradorepertorysingers.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. See www.coloradosymphony.org for the full schedule and venue/ticket details.
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 11-Aug. 15: 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.
June 22: Mary Chapin Carpenter
July 27: Chaka Khan
Aug. 8: Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers
Dickens Opera House
Longmont’s historic 1881 opera house, downtown at Third and Main streets, hosts live music several nights per week, and many events are free. See the summer lineup at www.dickensoperahouse.com.
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 with Cowboy Brad on Sunday and Monday evenings at Bond Park. The YMCA of the Rockies also offers a SummerFest Series of free concerts on selected evenings. 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.
Flatirons Chamber Music Festival
June 14-30: The second season of this music festival features evening performances in Boulder on the final three evenings, including a world premiere by the festival’s composer-in-residence, and a Young Artist Program June 14-16. Find venue details and more info at www.flatironschambermusicfestival.com.
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 15: Pink Talking Fish + Dead Floyd
June 22: Heartbyrne: Talking Heads Tribute
Aug. 3: The Infamous Stringdusters
Jazz on 2nd Ave
Save the Date: Early bird tickets are available for the Sept. 15 event; check www.jazzon2ndave.com for more info.
Lafayette Art Night Out
June 8, July 13, Aug. 10 & Sept. 14: 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 Hindsight Classic Rock and The Savage Hearts. www.cityoflafayette.com/ano.
Lafayette: Waneka Lake Family Concert Series
July 18 & TBA: Lafayette presents three free concerts featuring popular local/regional acts. 7-8:30pm at Waneka Lake Park, 1600 Caria Drive. Check www.cityoflafayette.com.
Laughing Goat Coffeehouse
The Laughing Goat, at 1709 Pearl St., hosts an eclectic variety of musical events every night of the week, including Paper Moonshine on July 12 and Easyriders on Aug. 11. www.thelaughinggoat.com.
Aug. 11: 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 different venues. The Downtown Street Concert Series also includes food and beer booths.
Dates TBA: Music & Magic at Longmont Public Library (west patio), 10-10:45am; www.longmontcolorado.gov/library.
Fridays, June 1-29: Downtown Series, 4th and Main streets, 6-9:30pm; www.downtownlongmont.com.
Dates TBA: Longmont Museum, 400 Quail Road, 6:30-8pm; www.longmontcolorado.gov/museum.
Longmont Songwriters’ Music Festival
July 7: 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 8-Aug. 10 (except July 6 & Aug. 3): Live music plays in the historic Steinbaugh Pavilion 6:30-9pm (ish), rain or shine, as part of the Street Faire. www.downtownlouisvilleco.com.
Mondays, June 4-Aug. 13 (except July 16): 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. 24-26: 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 Cass Clayton Band, Nelson Rangell and the Delta Sonics. 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.
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.
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 22-26: RockyGrass Academy
July 27-29: RockyGrass
Aug. 12-16: The Song School
Aug. 17-19: Rocky Mountain Folks Festival
Rhythm on the River
July 13-14: 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; there’s also 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 7-Aug. 30: Niwot presents free weekly concerts all summer at Whistlestop Park, corner of Murray Street and First Avenue. The 2018 lineup was not yet posted at 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 11-15: This festival is so popular that it now runs for five days instead of three. The 2018 lineup includes Bryant and Brown, The Barn Owls, Caroline Oakley, and Larry Edelman. At the Parrish Ranch near Berthoud; check www.thecroma.org for the schedule and directions.
ST Julien Hotel
Catch live music at St Julien Hotel, 900 Walnut St. Check the events calendar at www.stjulien.com for the summer lineup.
Westword Music Showcase
June 23: This gigantic annual festival showcases over 100 bands at more than a dozen venues throughout Denver’s Golden Triangle District. See all the details at www.westwordshowcase.com.