16 summer concert series to get your fix of live music

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Summer is in full swing and it calls for outdoor concerts and cold drinks. As we bask in the light of the return of the live shows, Review 303 has compiled a constant stream of summer concert series to check out ahead of the season change. Fill your weekly calendar with live music from all over Denver and the surrounding area.

Denver downtown

B-side Musical Fridays

Photo courtesy of The Hip Photo

When: Fridays from July to August

Or: Denver Museum of Contemporary Art, 1485 Delgany St, Denver, CO 80202

Cost: Starting at $ 25 for non-members, tickets can be purchased here

The truth : The B-Side Music Fridays are back in person after airing virtually in 2020. Every Friday in the summer, the MCA’s rooftop terrace transforms into an intimate viewing experience for some of Denver’s talented indie bands. Relax and enjoy a drink while soaking up the music with a view.

Riverfront Park Summer Sessions

Photo courtesy of Riverside Summer Sessions website

When: Certain Thursdays from July to September

Or: Commons Park, 15th St. & Little Raven St., Denver, CO 80202

Cost: Release

The truth : On certain Thursdays this summer, take a stroll over Commons Park’s old steel bridge for food trucks, booze, and live music. Hosted by Two Parts, the Riverfront summer sessions are free. Discover the lineup and more here.

RiNo / Five points

Lost City Live

Concert series

Photo by Nikki Rae courtesy of Lost City

When: Fridays and Saturdays, all summer

Or: Lost City, 3459 Ringsby Ct. Denver, CO, 80216

Cost: $ 12. Tickets can be purchased here.

The truth: Lost City continues through the summer with a local heavy hitter lineup every Friday and Saturday as long as the weather permits. Lost City’s programming responds to the needs of marginalized communities, providing a safe space for cultural exchange. Discover the full range here.

Gin and Jazz

Photo by Bretagne Werges

When: Thursdays June 3 — August 26

Or: The Rainbow Alley behind Tracks Night Club, 3500 Walnut St., Denver

Cost: $ 20 get tickets here

The truth: Gin and Jazz returns to Five Points to celebrate the rich heritage of the “Harlem of the West” jazz scene. Every Thursday in the summer, notable local jazz musicians fill the rainbow alley behind Tracks nightclub with performances that are both educated and inspiring.

READ: Tracks Denver opens rainbow pride-themed lane

American parliament

Outdoor evenings

Photo courtesy of Denver Botanical Gardens.

When: Certain Mondays and Wednesdays, from June to August

Or: Denver Botanical Gardens, 1007 York Street Denver, CO 80206

Cost: $ 30 get tickets here

The truth : Tucked away in the Denver Botanical Gardens, Evenings al Fresco offers its audiences refreshing live performances. The series features a lineup of talented local musicians in partnership with Swallow Hill Music. Discover the program here.

City park jazz

Photo courtesy of City Park Jazz Facebook

When: Sundays June 13 to August 8

Or: City Park, 2001 Colorado Blvd, Denver, CO 80205

Cost: Release

The truth : For nine special Sunday nights this summer, head to City Park to listen to sweet jazzy tunes, rain or shine. Food trucks offering a variety of dishes are parked in the park, just bring a chair or blanket and enjoy the jazz. Discover the program here.

Music from where the sidewalk ends

Photo courtesy of Music From Where the Sidewalk Ends

When: Every Thursday from July 8 to July 29

Or: Colorado History Center, 1200 N Broadway, Denver, CO 80203

Cost: Release

The truth : On the south side porch of the History Colorado Center, spectators can explore different styles of music like funk, Latin pop, and hip-hop every Thursday in July. Fo For the occasion, the museum’s opening hours will be extended until 8 p.m. for visitors. Discover the program here.

Colfax West

Mile High Musical Series

Mile High Musical Series

Photo courtesy of Mile High Music Series Facebook

When: Certain Thursdays and Fridays, from June to September

Or: Mile High Station, 2027 W Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80204

Cost: $ 35 get tickets here

The truth : The Mile High Music Series offers live music, food and community support to the Colfax area. Local musical performances and food vendors provide a unique Denver experience for attendees, and a portion of ticket proceeds are donated to local nonprofits. Discover the program here.

READ: Mile High Music Series gives back to community through music

Arvada

Front porch series

Photo courtesy of Center Arvada Facebook

When: Wednesdays from July to September

Or: Arvada Center, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd, Arvada, CO 80003

Cost: $ 25 get tickets here

The truth : On Wednesdays in the main plaza of the Arvada Center, attendees have the chance to hear a variety of local Colorado musicians on a cool summer evening.

Cherry Creek

Shady Grove Picnic Series

Courtesy of Shady Grove Picnic Series

When: Selected dates, from June 3 to August 26

Or: Four Mile Historical Park, 715 S Forest St, Denver, CO 80246

Cost: Price varies, get tickets here

The truth : Shady Grove Picnic Series returns to Denver’s Four Mile Historic Park this summer. Grab a lawn chair and bring a picnic for blues, rock and folk inspired shows.

Car wash / DU

Free Levitt Pavilion Summer Concert Series

Photo courtesy of Levitt Pavilion Facebook

When: Select dates, July to October

Or: Levitt Hall, 1380 W Florida Ave, Denver, CO 80223

Cost: Release

The truth : Rain or shine, lawn chair or blanket in hand, the outdoor hall of the Levitt Pavilion offers a variety of free, unmissable musical performances. You can reserve your seat at the door for shows that have not reached their maximum capacity, but book a ticket in advance to guarantee your seat. RSVP and verify programming here.

Greater Denver Area

Summer concerts at Marjorie Park

Photo courtesy of the Museum of Outdoor Arts Facebook

When: Select dates, July to August

Or: Parc Marjorie, 6331 S Fiddlers Green Cir, Greenwood Village, CO 80111

Cost: Price varies, get tickets here

The truth : Enjoy a picnic and a concert in the redesigned Marjorie Park, the recently reopened sculpture garden of the Museum of Outdoor Art. General admission tickets start at $ 20 and include a drink ticket.

Funkin ‘on the Beach & Live! To the lake

Photo courtesy of Pelican Bay at Cherry Creek Facebook

When: Thursdays and Fridays from July 1 to August 26

Or: Pelican Bay at Cherry Creek State Park, 4800 S Dayton St., Greenwood Village, CO 80111

Cost: $ 20 to $ 25 get tickets here

The truth : Stroll the beach to the sound of local bands and pay homage to some of your favorite performers at Pelican Bay, the only oceanfront venue in Denver. Not to mention, participants can indulge in barbecue and soul food provided by Pit Stop and drinks at the cash bar.

Live at the Gardens Summer Concert Series

When: Certain Saturdays and Sundays, from June to August

Or: The Gardens on Spring Creek, 2145 Center Ave, Fort Collins, CO 80526

Cost: Price varies, get tickets here

The truth : From Paul Hoffman of Greensky Bluegrass to jazz legend Herbie Hancock, The Gardens at Spring Creek has put on a fierce group of live performances to fill your summer calendar. Live performances take place at the Everitt Pavilion, the outdoor site of the Fort Collins Community Botanical Gardens.

Strips on the bricks

Courtesy of Downtown Boulder Facebook

When: Wednesdays July 21 – August 11

Or: Pearl Street Mall, 1942 Broadway, Boulder, CO 80302

Cost: Release

The truth : Bands on the Bricks is a summer staple for anyone who has lived in and around Boulder for 25 years. Hosts of the Pearl Street Mall are happy to bring groups and alcohol back to the streets, with precautions taken to maximize safety. Discover the program here.

Summer in the streets Artistic walk

Photo courtesy of the Firehouse Art Center Facebook

When: Saturdays July 3 to August 21, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

When: Firehouse Art Center, 667 4th Ave, Longmont, CO 80501

Cost: Release

The truth : The Summer on the Streets mini arts festival returns every Saturday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., bringing pop-up concerts and art to the streets and alleys of Downton Longmont. Check here for more information.


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