By Eli Wallace; Image: Jack’s Benevolent Bash 2014

It’s finally feeling like summer out there, with temperatures in the red part of the dial! In my opinion, there’s nothing quite like the pairing of summer heat and music. This weekend, there’s music available for just about any taste in the county, so head out there and jam!

1. Rockygrass

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Image: Rockygrass; featuring Hot Rize and credit Benko Photographics

Lyons will host their annual bluegrass/americana mashup including The Infamous Stringdusters, Jerry Douglas, Sam Bush, Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz, Aoife O’Donovan, Del McCoury and Red Knuckles & the Trailblazers. Go see some old favorites or discover your new up-and-coming groups. The shows are sold out, but that just means you’ll have to deal with scalpers (next time, plan better!).

2. The Post Brewing Company’s Jack’s Benevolent Bash

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This benefit for the Autism Society of Boulder County will be held Sunday, August 2, from 1-4pm at the Koenig Alumni enter at CU. Hosted by The Post Brewing Company, the bash includes XYC. Tickets run $100 and will sell out fast. Buy ahead of time here; they won’t be sold at the door.

The event includes food and drink from a variety of Boulder’s acclaimed chefs and breweries, a raffle and live music by the Adam Bodine Trio. Over the last three years they have raised $75,000 to send over 150 developmentally challenged kids to fun, confidence-building summer camps where they have the chance to try new activities like horseback riding, rafting or swimming.

Raffle prizes this year include a 5 day getaway to Saint John, US Virgin Islands; 2 tickets to Boston to see Kenney Chesney live in concert; and a 3 day whitewater rafting adventure for 2 in Buena Vista, Colorado. Purchase raffle tickets ($10) here: https://asbc.raffleready.com/jacks-benevolent-bash-raffle.

3. Firefly Handmade Summer Market

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Image: Firefly Handmade

On both Saturday and Sunday, the Firefly Summer Market will take place at Twenty Ninth Street mall with over 100 indie artisans, Upslope Brewing, What We Love. The Winery, food trucks and live music. Admission is free and the event is dog-friendly. Go for the handmade wares; stay for the opportunities to craft yourself!