List of free outdoor summer concerts in the Pikes Peak region

By Jen Mulson Updated: June 6, 2017 at 10:21 am • Published: May 31, 2017 0
photo - A branch in one of the trees of Monument Valley Park makes a perfect seat for Indigo Arcila during a past Musical Mondays concert. The 2017 Musical Mondays series kicks off at 7pm July 10 on the lawn west of the Fine Arts Center. See today's Go section for a full list of free summer concerts. Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette
A branch in one of the trees of Monument Valley Park makes a perfect seat for Indigo Arcila during a past Musical Mondays concert. The 2017 Musical Mondays series kicks off at 7pm July 10 on the lawn west of the Fine Arts Center. See today's Go section for a full list of free summer concerts. Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette

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)

The first night of the First and Main Summer Concert Series. (Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette)
FILE - First and Main Summer Concert Series. (Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette) 

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

csphilharmonic.org

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.

Jazz in the Parks (Photo courtesy of Pikes Peak Jazz and Swing Society/Facebook) 

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

Collective Groove. Courtesy. 

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)

Skean Dubh. Courtesy. 

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.

Michael Reese. Courtesy. 

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)

Collective Groove. Courtesy. 

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

Concerts in Packard Hall, 5 W. Cache La Poudre St.; Cornerstone Arts Center, 825 N. Cascade Ave., 389-6552, brownpapertickets.com, coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/calendar

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

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