Jettison the Netflix this summer and head to a local park for some of the best entertainment around - free music served up in a bucolic outdoor setting.
You can find a free concert by local, regional and national bands in parks around the Pikes Peak region several times a week through September. The choices are endless: jazz, blues, rock, bluegrass, Americana, Dixieland, pop, Latin. Pack a blanket or chairs and some snacks and enjoy the easy living.
FIRST & MAIN SUMMER CONCERT SERIES
5-7 p.m. Fridays
First and Main Town Center, 3650 New Center Point, 955-6060, firstandmaintowncenter.com
June 2: Eddie Turner and the Trouble Twins (blues, jam band)
June 9: Mo Mungus (reggae)
June 16: The Tracy Quinn Band (blues, jazz, rock fusion)
June 23: Plain as Day (country, rock)
June 30: 101st Army Band (rock)
July 7: Jeffrey Alan Band (country)
July 14: Out of Nowhere (bluegrass)
July 21: Nuba Nueve (Latin, fusion)
July 28: Martini Shot (pop, rock, contemporary)
COLORADO SPRINGS PHILHARMONIC
July 4: Independence Day concert with The Liberty Belles, fireworks, vendors, Memorial Park, 1605 E. Pikes Peak Ave., festivities start at 5:30 p.m., symphony at 7:30 p.m., fireworks at dark
July 5: Symphony Above the Clouds, athletic field of Woodland Park Middle School, 600 E. Kelly Road, gates open at 5 p.m., music at 5:30 p.m., fireworks at sundown
PIKES PEAK JAZZ AND SWING SOCIETY'S JAZZ IN THE PARKS
6-8 p.m. Wednesdays, ppjass.org
June 7: Springs Contemporary Jazz Big Band, America the Beautiful Park, 126 Cimino Drive
June 14: Wayne Wilkinson Trio, Nancy Lewis Park, 2615 Logan Ave.
June 21: Summit Jazz Ensemble, Bear Creek Regional Park, 21st Street and Argus Boulevard
June 28: New Horizons Small Jazz Ensemble, Bear Creek Regional Park, 21st Street and Argus Boulevard
July 5: JoRiCa+1 with John Turner, The Glen at Broadmoor Community Church, 315 Lake Ave.
July 12: New Horizons Kicks Band, Bear Creek Regional Park, 21st Street and Argus Boulevard
July 19: 101st Army National Guard Dixieland Band, Fountain Creek Regional Park, 311 Duckwood Pond, Fountain
July 26: The Swing Connection featuring vocalist Laura Davis, Bear Creek Regional Park, 21st Street and Argus Boulevard
Aug. 2: Academy Jazz Ensemble, America the Beautiful Park, 126 Cimino Drive
Aug. 9: Jacob Herold's Society Hook Jazz Band, front lawn of Union Printers Home, 101 S. Union Blvd.
Aug. 16: Triple Play Quartet featuring Tom Fowler, Nancy Lewis Park, 2615 Logan Ave.
Aug. 23: Buddy Gordon Group, Bear Creek Regional Park, 21st Street and Argus Boulevard
Aug. 30: Air Force Academy Falconaires and Alumni Band, Bear Creek Regional Park, 21st Street and Argus Boulevard
FOREST LAKES SUMMER CONCERTS
6-8 p.m. second and fourth Fridays
Waterfront Park, corner of Waterfront and Forest Lakes drives, Monument
June 9: Jody Adams (bluegrass, pop, folk, Americana)
June 23: Ashtonz (pop, rock)
July 14: Collective Groove (R&B classics, soul, pop)
July 28: Miguel Dakota (pop, rock)
HILLSIDE GARDENS SUMMER CONCERT SERIES
6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays
Hillside Gardens, 1006 S. Institute, $7, includes ticket for one nonalcoholic beverage, beer or wine, 520-9463, hillsidegardensandevents.com
June 7: John Wise and Tribe (reggae)
June 14: Psychedelegates ('60s and '70s soft rock)
June 21: Skean Dubh (Celtic)
June 28: Boyd Sweeney Band (swing)
July 5: Mo Mungus (reggae)
July 12: BJ Estares and Route 61 (electric blues)
July 19: Joe and Katie Uveges (contemporary)
July 26: Rawbert, ('70s through '90s rock)
Aug. 2: Davenports (classic rock)
Aug. 9: George Sisneros (dance)
Aug. 16: Mitguards (folk-based Americana)
Aug. 23: John Wise and Tribe (reggae)
Aug. 30: Redraw the Farm (folk, rock)
Sept. 6: John Stone and Flyn, Libre (soft rock, Latin)
Sept. 13: Rick Blessing and Trip Ziegler (Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin)
Sept. 20: Larry Lafferty and Vehicle (big band)
BANNING LEWIS RANCH SUMMER CONCERT SERIES
6-8 p.m. second and fourth Thursdays
Banning Lewis Ranch, 6885 Vista del Pico Blvd., 522-2432, banninglewisranch.com
June 8: Martini Shot (pop, rock, contemporary)
June 22: Lipbone Redding Trio (blues, Americana)
July 13: Collective Groove (funk, soul, R&B, pop, dance)
July 27: Suga Bear and the Showtime Band (R&B, classic rock, Motown)
Aug. 10: Indigo Way (R&B, pop, dance, oldies)
Aug. 24: The Inman Brothers Band (Americana, rock, pop)
FLYING HORSE SUMMER CONCERTS
6-8 p.m. first and third Thursdays
Angel Mist Park, 13509 Silverton Road, 389-0700, flyinghorsecolorado.com
June 1: Burnt Lips Band (reggae, rock, jazz, blues)
June 15: Branden Sipes and Jenny Shawhan (rock, pop, country blues)
July 6: Leslie Tom and the Boys (country)
July 20: John Weeks Band (blues)
Aug. 3: Better Than Biscuits (folk)
Aug. 17: Slopeside (rock, blues, pop)
JAZZ IN THE GARDEN AT GRACE AND ST. STEPHEN'S EPISCOPAL CHURCH
7 p.m. Fridays
601 N. Tejon St., 328-1125, gssepiscopal.org
June 2: The Liberty Belles (Andrews sisters-style)
June 16: Gregory Goodloe and the Light Years Ahead Band
June 30: Tony Exum Jr.
July 14: Moses Jones Quintet
July 28: The Hennessy 6
Aug. 11: Air Force Academy Falconaires
Aug. 25: The WirePilots
MACKENZIE PLACE FRESH AIR SERIES
Noon-2 p.m. Saturdays, Nancy Lewis Park, 2615 Logan Ave., 633-8181
June 3: Bob Harris and the Bringers of Swing
July 22: Grass it Up (bluegrass)
Aug. 26: The Flying W Wranglers (bluegrass, country)
MANITOU SPRINGS SODA SPRINGS CONCERT SERIES
Soda Springs Park, 35 Park Ave., 685-5089, manitousprings.org
June 7: Jazz Express, 7 p.m.
June 14: Jazz Express, 7 p.m.
June 19: Little London Winds, 7 p.m.
June 21: Jazz Express, 7 p.m.
June 26: Little London Winds, 7 p.m.
July 3: Ice cream social, 5:30 p.m.; Little London Winds, 7 p.m.
July 10: Little London Winds, 7 p.m.
July 12: Jazz Express, 7 p.m.
July 17: Little London Winds, 7 p.m.
July 19: 312th Army Reserve Band, 7 p.m.
July 24: Little London Winds, 7 p.m.
July 26: Jazz Express, 7 p.m.
July 31: Little London Winds, 7 p.m.
Aug. 2: Little London Winds, 7 p.m.
Aug. 7: Little London Winds, 7 p.m.
Aug. 9: Jazz Express, 7 p.m.
Aug. 14: Little London Winds, 7 p.m.
Aug. 26: Jazz Express, 7 p.m.
Sept. 6: TBA, 7 p.m.
Sept. 13: TBA, 7 p.m.
Sept. 20: TBA, 7 p.m.
Sept. 27: TBA, 7 p.m.
MUSIC ON THE LABYRINTH
6:30 p.m. Saturdays
First Christian Church, 16 E. Platte Ave., firstchristiancos.org
June 3: Joe and Katie Uveges (contemporary)
June 17: Ray Killian (folk)
July 1: Voices Three (folk, spiritual, popular)
July 15: The Liberty Belles (Andrews sisters-style)
July 29: Academy Jazz Ensemble
Aug. 12: Colin McAllister and the Trilix Jazz Trio
MANITOU SPRINGS LIBRARY LAWN CONCERT SERIES
6-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays
Manitou Springs Public Library, 701 Manitou Ave., 685-5206, ppld.org/manitou-springs-library; in case of inclement weather, concerts will be canceled.
June 6: U-Turn Brass (jazz)
June 13: Balanced Rock (original rock)
June 20: Tenderfoot Bluegrass
June 27: The Storys (folk, classic rock)
July 11: The Mitguards (Americana, folk)
July 18: Michael Reese (rock)
July 25: Mo Mungus (reggae)
Aug. 1: Skean Dubh (neo-traditional Celtic)
Aug. 8: Out of Nowhere (bluegrass)
Aug. 15: Unlok (easy listening)
SACK LUNCH SERENADE SHOWS
Noon-1 p.m. Thursdays through Aug. 31
City Auditorium, 221 E. Kiowa St., 473-2010
Free silent films accompanied by Dave Weesner, Jim Calm, Bob Flinn, Mike Guyote and others on the Mighty Wurlitzer Theatre Pipe Organ, $5 lunches available for purchase.
WOODLAND MUSIC SERIES
Indoors at Ute Pass Cultural Center or outdoors at the Woodland Pavilion, 210 E. Midland Ave., Woodland Park, 687-5284, woodlandmusicseries.org
June 2: Swing Factory Big Band, 7:30 p.m.
June 10: Colorado College Summer Music Festival Orchestra, 7 p.m.
July 8: Purely Bluegrass, 11 a.m.
Aug. 12: Rick Blessing, 11 a.m. (Frank Sinatra tribute); Air Force Academy Falconaires, 12:30 p.m.
Aug. 20: 101st Army Dixieland Band, 1 p.m.
Sept. 9: The Nostalgics, 11 a.m. ('50s-'60s classic rock)
UNIVERSITY VILLAGE COLORADO FREE SUMMER CONCERT SERIES
6-8 p.m. Fridays
North plaza of University Village Colorado, 5230 N. Nevada Ave., uvcshopping.com
June 16: Soul School (soul, R&B, pop)
June 23: Lipbone Redding Trio (blues, Americana, pop)
June 30: Inman Brothers Band (Americana, rock, country, pop)
July 7: Selina Albright (jazz, R&B, soul)
July 14: Martini Shot (pop, rock, contemporary, old school)
July 21: Dotsero (contemporary instrumental, jazz, pop)
July 28: Whiskey Shivers (Americana, folk, thrashgrass)
Aug. 4: Paa Kow (pop, jazz, African pop)
Aug. 11: Trout Steak Revival (bluegrass, Americana, folk)
Aug. 18: Buddy Whittington and the Atomic Fireballs (blues)
PAINT THE TOWN BLUE SERIES
5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Aug. 17
Thorndale Park, 2310 W. Uintah St., pikespeakblues.org
June 15: Johnny Long
June 22: BJ Estares and Route 61
June 29: Erik Boa and the Constrictors
July 6: The Verdict
July 13: Jeremy Vasquez
July 20: Old Souls
July 27: Joe Sciallo and the Deep End featuring Al Chesis
Aug. 3: West Side Rhythm Kings
Aug. 10: Erica Brown
Aug. 17: Rain date
MONUMENT CONCERTS IN THE PARK
7-9 p.m. Wednesdays
Limbach Park bandshell, Second and Front streets, Monument, 481-3282, trilakeschamber.com
June 7: Indigo Way (R&B, pop, dance, variety, oldies)
June 14: Collective Groove (funk soul, R&B, pop, dance)
June 21: Hammerstadt (jazz, rock, world music, variety)
June 28: Atomic Fireballs (country, Americana, blues, pop)
July 12: Soul School (contemporary pop, R&B, soul, dance)
July 19: The Inman Brothers Band (Americana, variety, pop)
July 26: Wirewood Station (bluegrass, pop, Americana, folk)
Aug. 2: Dotsero (contemporary instrumental, jazz, pop)
GOLD HILL MESA SUMMER CONCERT SERIES
4:30-7:30 p.m. Saturdays
Gold Hill Mesa, 142 S. Raven Mine Drive, 633-2202, goldhillmesa.com
Aug. 12: High Altitude (rock)
Aug. 19: Atomic Fireballs featuring Buddy Whittington (country, Americana, blues, pop)
Aug. 26: Jockamo (Louisiana party music)
Sept. 2: Chris Daniels and the Kings (blues)
Sept. 9: Jody Adams and Red Dirt Bluegrass
Sept. 16: George Duncan and the Moonlighters (country)
Sept. 23: Big Jim Adam and Friends (blues)
Sept. 30: Big Sandy and His Flyrite Boys (Western swing, country boogie)
MUSICAL MONDAYS IN MONUMENT VALLEY PARK
7 p.m. Mondays
Monument Valley Park, on lawn west of Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, 170 W. Cache la Poudre St., fmvp.net
July 10: Gail Force (new jazz, jazz standards)
July 17: Tribe (blues, reggae, New Orleans R&B)
July 24: Starburn (classic '60s-'70s)
SUMMER CONCERTS IN THE GLEN
6-7:30 p.m. Wednesdays
The Glen at Broadmoor Community Church, 315 Lake Ave., broadmoorchurch.org
July 5: JoRiCa+1 (jazz)
July 12: Wayne Wilkinson Trio (guitar blues, jazz)
July 19: Split Hill (bluegrass)
Aug. 2: America the Beautiful Men's Chorus (barbershop)
Aug. 9: Crystal Creek (world folk)
Aug. 16: Academy Jazz Band
COLORADO COLLEGE SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVAL
June 8: Festival Artists Concert, works by Dvorák, Stearn, Martinu, Copland and Janacek, 7:30 p.m., Packard Hall, $5-$35
June 11: Festival Artists Concert, works by Mozart, Hummel, Jolivet, Debussy and Poulenc, 2:30 p.m., Packard Hall, $5-$35
June 12: Music at Midday, 12:15 p.m., Packard Hall, free
June 13: Festival Orchestra Concert, works by Rossini, Messiaen and Beethoven, with conductor Scott Yoo, 7:30 p.m., $5-$30
June 14: Music at Midday, 12:15 p.m., Packard Hall, free
June 15: Festival Orchestra Children's Concert, featuring the tale of Babar the Little Elephant by Francis Poulenc, 11 a.m., Cornerstone Arts Center, free, tickets required
June 15: Festival Artists Pre-concert Recital, featuring Chopin's Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor, Op. 11 by Jon Nakamatsu, winner of the 10th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, 6:15 p.m., Packard Hall, free
June 15: Festival Artists Concert, works by Clarke, Bliss, Britten and Brahms, 7:30 p.m., Packard Hall, $5-$35
June 16: Music at Midday, 12:15 p.m., Packard Hall, free
June 17: Concerto Readings, 2 p.m., Cornerstone Arts Center, free
June 18: "On the Fringe" Concert, featuring Bach's Goldberg Variations by pianist William Wolfram, 5 p.m., Packard Hall, $5-$20
June 19: Music at Midday, 12:15 p.m., Packard Hall, free
June 20: Festival Artists Concert, works by Liebermann, Ben-Amots, Crumb, Kellogg, Girtain and Tsontakis, 7:30 p.m., Packard Hall, $5-$35
June 21-23: Music at Midday, 12:15 p.m., Packard Hall, free
June 23: Festival Artists Pre-concert Recital, works by Shostakovich and Stravinsky, 6:15 p.m., Packard Hall, free
June 23: Festival Artists Concert, works by Francaix, Beach, Beethoven and Tchaikovsky, 7:30 p.m., Packard Hall, $5-$35
June 24: Festival Orchestra Concert, works by Milhaud, Bartok and Brahms, with conductor Scott Yoo, 7:30 p.m., Cornerstone Arts Center, $5-$30