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Blues & Brews To Beetlejuice, Summer Fun’s Dead Ahead | Print |  E-mail

By Don Preziosi

With summer’s heat setting in, it’s a great time to take your family outdoors on a summer night and enjoy a few hours of low-cost, low-stress fun in one of Denver’s diverse and welcoming outdoor venues. From historic South Pearl St. to Stapleton, from Four Mile Park’s Shady Grove to the stunning grandeur of Red Rocks Amphitheatre, you can look forward to an impressive roster of free and low-cost music and films beckoning your attention all summer long.

To ensure that everyone has a good time, we suggest you keep common concert courtesy in mind at all events – keep your chairs low to the ground, your spirits high and your comments to yourself while others are watching the show. And to be kind to people and the planet, car pool, bike or take mass transit whenever possible.

But however you decide to travel, and whether you like your entertainment on stage or on the silver screen, pack up your peeps and a picnic and get ready for another fun-filled season of summer fun in the Mile High City. Your family will thank you, your wallet will thank you and you’ll thank heavens for a break from the daily grind.

Enjoy your summer. We’ll see you at the park.


South Pearl Street

2013 Summer Music

in the 1200 block of S. Pearl St.

For the seventh consecutive year, the merchants of South Pearl Street in cooperation with Swallow Hill Music invite music lovers near and far to sample an impressive outlay of “tasty bands and full bodied music” as South Pearl Street Summer Music Festivals return to the environs of the 1200 block of S. Pearl St., between Buchtel Blvd. and Louisiana Ave. (Simplify parking, and minimize your footprint on the surrounding neighborhoods: take light rail, walk, or ride your bike. And bring a chair!)

The season kicked off in June luring bluegrass aficionados to the area for a full day of top-notch BrewGrass. The Music Festival returns Sat., Aug. 10, when Blues & Brews brings another strong musical lineup to the South Pearl stage.

Blues & Brews runs noon-10p.m., welcoming all members of your tribe (except no pooches, please). Admission is a still affordable $5. Once inside, you’ll have the chance to purchase a variety of microbrew beers as well as downright tasty festival eats. All shows take place rain or shine.

For information, visit SouthPearlStreet.com.

August 10

Blues & Brews

Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials

Mac Arnold & Plate Full O’ Blues

Dan Treanor’s Afrosippi Band with Erica Brown

Delta Sonics with Ken Saydak

John Long Band • Jockamo

Bad Brad & The Fat Cats

Southwest Movies

Skyline Park, Arapahoe St. at 16th St. Mall

Southwest Airlines and Downtown Denver Business Improvement District offer eight family-friendly flicks, screened Saturdays at dusk at Skyline Park, Arapahoe St. at the 16th St. Mall. Lawn chairs, blankets and picnic treats are welcome, as are leashed, well-behaved canines. All films are G, PG or PG-13, with musical accompaniment before each show; allow some time to noodle around downtown to see what’s cooking before settling into a relaxing movie night.

ForSouthwest Movies info, visit downtowndenver.com.

July 6, Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory

July 13, A League of Their Own

July 20, The Lion King • July 27, Finding Nemo

Aug. 3, Father of The Bride

 Aug. 10, The Amazing Spider-Man

Aug. 17, E.T. • Aug. 24, Hotel Transylvania


Bike-in Movies

Civic Center Park, Colfax & Broadway

The Bike-In Movie Series returns for a fourth season, with free outdoor movies on one Thursday and three Friday nights in Civic Center Park. Shows feature a state-of-the-art 40-foot screen and a festive flavor. Attendees can bring picnics, or purchase from on-site food trucks featuring the best in Denver’s burgeoning street food offerings – the show begins at dusk. Bike racks are provided. The series is produced by the Civic Center Conservancy, Denver Parks and Recreation, and the Outdoor Cinema Network, and is made possible with the support of: The Denver Post Community, Biennial of the Americas and Mexican Cultural Center, Colorado Rapids, University of Colorado Denver and FirstBank. Info: civiccenterconservancy.org.

Thur., July 18, Under the Same Moon (La Misma Luna) • Fri., Aug. 2, Despicable Me

Fri., Aug. 16, The Goonies • Fri., Sept. 13, Billy Madison


Larimer Square Summer Film Series

in the 1400 block of Larimer St.


Merchants of the historic Larimer Square block host monthly evenings of food and film this summer. Each Thursday night event features two films: the first at 6p.m.; the other at about 8:30p.m. Movies are free and open to the public, but the real deal here is reserving a prime seat for dinner at outdoor dining spots set up by Larimer St. restaurants, so you can take in the flick from the expansive ease of your table. Reservations cost $20/person above the cost of the meal, with proceeds benefitting Denver Film Society and Larimer Arts Association. Those not dining may enjoy the film, but from standing room only – no chairs may be brought onto the block. Take light rail or bike on the scenic Cherry Creek bike path – or valet parking will be available at 15th & Larimer for $8/vehicle. Info: larimersummerfilmseries.com or 303-515-4846.

July 11• 6p.m., The Sting; 8:30p.m., Chicago

Aug. 1 • 6p.m., City Slickers;8:30p.m., Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

Sept. 12 • 6p.m., Breakfast at Tiffany’s;8:30p.m., Caddyshack


University of Denver Lamont School of Music

4th Annual Summer Carillon Recital Series

south of the Ritchie Athletic Complex

This unusual summer series highlights the 65-bell Williams Carillon located in the golden spire of the Ritchie Center athletic complex, at the southwest corner of Buchtel and University Blvd. Cast in 1999 by Royal Eijsbouts Bellfoundry in The Netherlands, it’s the eighth largest carillon in North America by number of bells. Carillonneurs hailing from Florida to California bring their substantial talent to DU’s bells; the best listening space is the courtyard at the south end of the Ritchie Center. All the free recitals take place Sunday evenings at 7p.m., and will be played rain or shine. Sit in the bleachers, or bring a chair, a picnic supper and enjoy! Info: Lamont Concert Line, 303-871-6412.

July 14 • Carol Jickling Lens (University of Denver)

July 28 • Lee Cobb (Clearwater, Florida)

Aug. 11 • Jeff Davis (University of California, Berkeley)

Aug. 25 • Joey Brink (Salt Lake City, Utah)


Stapleton Under The Stars

Film & Concert Series

Founders Green Amphitheatre, E. 29th Ave. at Stapleton Town Center

Founders Green comes alive throughout the summer months with a Concert Series featuring stellar local musicians on Saturdays starting at 6p.m. Movie Nights on Fridays begin at dark, with Shakespeare on The Green elevating the discourse a bit, Aug. 15-16. Admission is free to the general public. Grab a blanket or chairs, some sustenance for your clan, and head over to 29th Ave. & Quebec St. on The Green. No reservations necessary. Information: stapletondenver.com.

Theater and Concert Series

July 6 • Hazel Miller Band

July 20 • Six Foot Joe & the Red Hot Rhinos

Aug. 3 • Soul School

Aug. 15 & 16, 6:30p.m. • Shakespeare on The Green

Aug. 17 (4-8p.m) • Beer Festival & Concert, featuring

Chris Daniels & the Kings/Young Austin Band

Sept. 7 • Dotsero

Movie Nights

July 12, Sandlot • July 26, Lincoln

Aug. 9, Brave • Aug. 23, Oz: The Great and Powerful


City Park Jazz

Bandstand by City Park Pavilion on Ferril Lake, E. 17th Ave. & Steele St.

City Park Jazz, presented this year by Cornerstone Apartments, returns for another great summer of music exploring the many strands of modern jazz. More than a quarter century ago a small group of neighbors thought it would be great to bring the neighborhood folks together for an evening of family, friends, music and community fellowship. CPJ continues to be organized and managed by volunteers.

The 2013 schedule mingles straight-ahead jazz and salsa, Latin and Cuban rhythms, with a bit of rhythm and blues mixed in. Rain or shine, all shows are held at the City Park Bandstand, 6-8p.m.; concert-goers are encouraged to bring a blanket and a picnic  – food trucks will be on site with good eats for sale – and to take time to explore Denver’s namesake green space. While nonmotorized transport takes pressure off the surrounding neighborhoods (the park is closed to vehicles on Sundays, and BikeDenver provides safe storage during concerts), the Museum of Nature & Science garage and parking lots are available on a first-come, first-served basis. For info about the City Park Jazz series, visit cityparkjazz.org or call the hotline at 303-744-1004.

July 7 • Sam Mayfield Blues Band

July 14 • Colorado Conservatory for the Jazz Arts, Faculty/Student Band

July 21 • Kenny Walker Sextet  •  July 28 • Los Bohemios

Aug. 4 • Henry Butler


Denver Municipal Band

Free Parks Concerts

Denver Municipal Band, our city’s longest-running musical organization, returns for its 121st season of free musical performances. Under the direction of Gerald Endsley, the band will mix performances by the full 40-piece Concert Band with the smaller DMB Jazz Band, Brass Quintet and other ensembles.

The DMB always serves up a top-flight musical performance with a nod to easier days gone by. Following is a list of close-in performances scheduled at press time. All shows are free and open to the public. For a complete, up-to-date recorded schedule, call 303-322-8608 or contact This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it for email updates.

July 13      7:30p.m.       Southmoor Park, E. Hampden Ave. at S. Oneida St. •                            Concert Band

July 14      7:30p.m.       Washington Park, 715 S. Franklin St. • Concert Band

July 18      7:30p.m.       Newman Center for the Performing Arts, Gates Concert Hall,

                                 2344 E. Iliff Ave. • Concert Brass with Summit Brass soloists

July 20      6p.m.           Clement Park, W. Bowles Ave. at S. Long St.

                                 DMB Wind Festival, Concert Band with 3 guest bands &

                                 16 Civil War cannons for Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture

July 21      7:30p.m.       Washington Park, 715 S. Franklin St. • Jazz Band

July 27      6:30p.m.       Harvey Park, 2120 S. Tennyson St. • Concert Band

                                 followed by fireworks at 9p.m.

July 28      7:30p.m.       Washington Park, 715 S. Franklin St. • Concert Band

Aug. 4      7:30p.m.       Washington Park, 715 S. Franklin St. • Concert Band

Aug. 6      7p.m.           Cook Park,6500 Cherry Creek Dr. S. • Jazz Combo

Aug. 11     7:30p.m.       Washington Park, 715 S. Franklin St. • Concert Band

Aug. 11     TBA            Cheesman Park, E. 8th Ave. at Franklin St. • Jazz Combo

Aug. 16     7p.m.           Bates Hobart Park, W. Bates Ave. at Hobart Way • Jazz Band

Aug. 24     7p.m.           Mayfair Park, E. 10th Ave. at Ivy St. • Jazz Band

Sept. 7      6:30p.m.       Pulaski Park, Cherry Creek Dr. at S. Madison St. • Jazz Band


Shady Grove Picnic Concerts

Sponsored by Swallow Hill Music

Four Mile Historic Park, 715 S. Forest St.

Swallow Hill’s 2013 Wednesday evening series will fill the Shady Grove with folk, jazz, roots, chamber, bluegrass, blues and country music, with historic Four Mile Park, built in 1859, providing a perfect backdrop for an early evening picnic in the fresh summer air (no glass containers or pets, please). For details on individual performers and general Swallow Hill info, call 303-777-1003 or visit swallowhillmusic.org. All shows begin at 6:30p.m. Walk-up tickets only: $7 for Swallow Hill members/seniors, $10/nonmembers; $2/children under 12. Bike over to Four Mile – and you’ll receive member pricing for admission throughout the 2013 season.

July 10 • JT Nolan Trio/Matt Skellenger Group

July 17 • Harry Tuft and Dick Weissman  •  July 24 • Wendy Woo

July 31 • Rocky Mountain Jewgrass w/David Ross

Aug. 7 • Minor Melody  •  Aug.14 • Southern Exposure


Denver Concert Band

Free Parks Concerts

The Denver Concert Band is a group of 90 volunteer musicians who have an undeniable love for music, and an eclectic sound ranging from jazzy Sinatra stylings and Mozart concertos to a rousing march or even bluegrass rave-ups. Audiences know they should expect something new and different every concert, which makes DCB performances fun for everyone.

For a full schedule, visit denverconcertband.org. Free, unless noted.

July 20   6:30p.m. Clement Park, W. Bowles Ave. at S. Long St.

                                    Denver Municipal Band Wind Festival

Aug. 25  1p.m.                 Southmoor Park, E. Hampden Ave. at S. Oneida St.

Mondays At Infinity Park

Infinity Park, S. Cherry St. at E. Kentucky Ave., Glendale

The Village of Glendale has created a first class athletic/entertainment venue in the heart of their little kingdom just east of Colorado Blvd. In addition to building the first pure rugby stadium in the United States, the complex includes a 35,000-square-foot sports/fitness center and adjacent event center.

Monday Movie Madness is back, showing family classics, old and new. Grab the kids, a picnic, blankets and chairs, and enjoy a warm evening under the stars. Admission is free; movies begin at 8p.m.; and alcohol and pets are off limits. Visit infinityparkatglendale.com or call 303-248-7100 for information.

July 8, Beetlejuice • July 22, Up

Aug. 5, The SandlotAug. 19, The Princess Bride


Film On The Rocks

Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison

There may be a more impressive venue for music and movies under the stars, but we don’t know where that would be. Pack a picnic, bring a blanket and dress for the vagaries of summer nights in the foothills. Each evening will begin with music at 6:45p.m.; movies start at dusk. Tickets are $12 general admission and can be purchased from the Denver Film Society at denverfilm.org or at Sie FilmCenter, 2510 E. Colfax Ave. Day-of-show tickets – if available – will be sold at Red Rocks box office for $14. VIP packages including transportation and close-in seating are available.

July 9, Point Break (band: You Me & Apollo/Mile High Soul Club)

July 15, The Hunger Games (band: Vicci Martinez)

July 23, The Princess Bride (band: School of Rock)

Aug. 13, Rocky Horror Picture Show (band: School of Rock)  
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