Oh, Colorful Colorado. You jam-band junkie, bluegrass-bellowing and electronic-encrusted beautiful mess.
Summer means outdoors. Those who prefer to be climbing Colorado, well, bon voyage, pals. But for those who prefer their outdoors to be soaked in beer, scented in cannabis and resonating with beats, it's your time to shine.
Colorado packs its summers with concerts, festivals and music series — there's hardly a void in the live music lineup. From jazz festivals, to punk-rock parties and intimate concerts to stadium blowouts, there's something for everybody this summer. Plus, there's a whole ton of local talent lined up for various series, so support the local bands, eat the local food, buy the local goods and drink the local booze. Most events are family-friendly and free to attend. Nearly all have beer, wine and spirits for purchase, and many allow outside food for picnics, so there's no breaking the bank — just rolling around in the summer grass and basking in high-altitude sun like a happy puppy.
Here's a selection of Front Range summer music in 2018.
Bands on the Bricks — Live music and dancing on the Pearl Street Mall with an outdoor beer, wine and margarita garden. Lineup: The Long Run on June 6, Lady and the Gentlemen on June 13, Collaboration with Colorado Latino Festival featuring Jyemo Club on June 20, Tenth Mountain Division on June 27, Fourth on Pearl featuring Many Mountains, Sonic Arcade and The Hazel Miller Band on July 4, Oakhurst on July 11, The Heartstring Hunters on July 18, Groove a Licious on July 25, Country Music Project on Aug. 1, That Eighties Band on Aug. 8; 6 p.m. Wednesdays, June 6-Aug. 8 and noon-8, July 4, Pearl Street Mall, 1300 Pearl St., Boulder; free; boulderdowntown.com.
Concerts in the Pioneer Courtyard — Summer concerts in the beautiful courtyard of Berthoud's Pioneer Museum. Lineup: Reckless Abandon on June 20, Jon Chandler on July 11, Roz Brown on July 25, Harry Tuft on Aug. 1; 5:30 p.m. select Wednesdays June 20-Aug. 1, Little Thompson Valley Pioneer Museum, 224 Mountain Ave., Berthoud; free; berthoudhistoricalsociety.org.> Kerry Pastine and the Crime Scene amps up the crowd during Niwot's Rock & Rails summer concert series in Whistlestop Park in 2015. The band will perform at Boulder's Twenty Ninth Street Live concert series on June 2. (File photo)