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
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
South Pearl Street
2013 Summer Music
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.
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
Park, Arapahoe St. at 16th St. Mall
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
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
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
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
July 11• 6p.m., The Sting; 8:30p.m., Chicago
Aug. 1 • 6p.m., City Slickers;8:30p.m., Butch Cassidy and the Sundance
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
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
July 14 • Carol Jickling Lens (University
July 28 • Lee Cobb (Clearwater, Florida)
Aug. 11 • Jeff Davis (University of
Aug. 25 • Joey Brink (Salt Lake City, Utah)
Stapleton Under The Stars
Film & Concert Series
Green Amphitheatre, E. 29th Ave. at Stapleton Town Center
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.
and Concert Series
6 • Hazel Miller Band
20 • Six Foot Joe & the Red Hot Rhinos
3 • Soul School
Aug. 15 & 16, 6:30p.m. • Shakespeare on The
Aug. 17 (4-8p.m) • Beer
Festival & Concert, featuring
Chris Daniels & the Kings/Young Austin Band
7 • Dotsero
July 12, Sandlot • July 26,
Aug. 9, Brave • Aug. 23, Oz:
The Great and Powerful
City Park Jazz
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
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
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.
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
for email updates.
July 13 7:30p.m. Southmoor
Park, E. Hampden Ave. at S. Oneida St. • Concert
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,
E. Iliff Ave. • Concert Brass with Summit Brass soloists
July 20 6p.m. Clement
Park, W. Bowles Ave. at S. Long St.
Wind Festival, Concert Band with 3 guest bands &
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
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
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
Grove Picnic Concerts
by Swallow Hill Music
Mile Historic Park, 715 S. Forest St.
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
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 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.
a full schedule, visit denverconcertband.org.
Free, unless noted.
July 20 6:30p.m. Clement Park, W. Bowles Ave. at S. Long
Municipal Band Wind Festival
Aug. 25 1p.m. Southmoor
Park, E. Hampden Ave. at S. Oneida St.
At Infinity Park
Park, S. Cherry St. at E. Kentucky Ave., Glendale
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.
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.
8, Beetlejuice • July 22, Up
5, The Sandlot • Aug. 19, The Princess Bride
On The Rocks
Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison
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.
9, Point Break (band: You Me & Apollo/Mile High Soul Club)
15, The Hunger Games (band: Vicci Martinez)
23, The Princess Bride (band: School of Rock)
13, Rocky Horror Picture Show (band: School of Rock)