Jazz in the Park (credit: CBS)
Summer in Denver brings out all of the best local musicians for so many free concerts that you can visit a different venue to catch another amazing band almost every weekend all summer long. Enjoy the beauty of summer in Colorado while you relax on your blanket, cuddled with your sweetheart, listening to some incredible music. Or get up and dance to the hip tunes of any of these awesome local groups. Here are a few of the best upcoming free concerts that you can catch this summer.
City Park Jazz
17th Ave. and York St.
Denver, CO 80206
Date: Sundays through Aug. 3, 2014
For 28 amazing years, City Park Jazz has performed free summer concerts in the beauty of City Park. There is a huge variety of styles, genres and music that is all designed to showcase the music and cultural diversity of Denver. Coming up, you can catch The Dexter Payne Quintet for a classical, improvised jazz sound with influences of Brazilian samba and funky dance tunes. Or check out Dan Treanor’s Afrosippi Band Featuring Erica Brown and Merrian Johnson followed by Chris Daniels and the Kinds with Freddi Gowdy. All concerts are held rain or shine, so grab your blankets and head out to the best summer concert events in Denver.
Fierce Bad Rabbit
Clyfford Still Museum Forecourt
1250 Bannock St.
Denver, CO 80204
Date: Aug. 1, 2014 at 5:30 p.m.
The Clyfford Still Museum teamed up with Swallow Hill Music for this free summer concert series, showcasing that this beautiful museum offers more than amazing art. The series wraps with this free show on the Forecourt at the museum by Fierce Bad Rabbit. They are an indie folk-rock quartet with a great, gritty rock sound. This local band is fresh off their latest release, “Maestro and the Elephant,” with a fun, pop-infused sound that the whole family will enjoy. The four musicians in this band are truly amazing artists, and you’ll definitely want to catch them in action. Bring a blanket and a picnic and enjoy the warm summer evening breeze on the lawn at this beautiful facility for a fantastic free concert.
Inside the Orchestra: Family Picnic
17th Ave. and York St.
Denver, CO 80206
Date: July 24, 2014 at 4:00 p.m.
You’ll find another amazing treat the City Park Pavilion. The Inside the Orchestra program is the perfect way to introduce the kids to the magic and wonder of a 14-piece orchestra. You’ll be seated on the floor of the pavilion as the orchestra surrounds you, bringing music that will be familiar to you and your kids. You’ll also get a chance to learn more about what the conductor really does, and your kids can get some amazing exposure to this genre. This is a free event, but it is requested that you register, so make sure to visit the website to sign up for your seats today.
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Belmar’s Free Music on the Plaza
464 S. Teller St.
Lakewood, CO 80226
Date: Fridays and Saturdays through Aug. 30, 2014
The fantastic Plaza at Belmar is already a great way to spend the day with the family with lots of great shopping, restaurants, movies and more. However, every Friday evening and Saturday afternoon, the Plaza transforms into a live music venue as all of the great restaurants offer patio seating or you can just bring a blanket and sit on the grass. Each day brings a new band with some incredible talent. Upcoming artists include Andy Hackbarth, The Dave Camp Jazz Trio, The Modnicks, Train 45 with Charlie, The Flatiorn Jazz Quartet and Forever Fab, in addition to many more. With so many different bands to check out, you may just want to make this a regular weekend destination over the next few weeks.
EB Rains Jr Memorial Park
11801 Community Center Drive
Denver, CO 80233
Date: July 30, 2014 at 6:30 p.m.
Northglenn has its own fantastic Summer Concert Series, and it’s celebrating 25 years of live music in the park this year. Grab your blankets and picnics and head out for this free concert by the incredible band Dotsero. The group is an electronic-influenced, mainstream jazz and pop sextet that is certainly appropriate for the whole family. These concerts are held at the EB Rains Jr Memorial Park and beer and wine will be available for purchase, plus all proceeds will benefit the Northglenn Arts and Humanities Foundation.
Deborah Flomberg is a theater professional, freelance writer and Denver native. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.