It’s official, live music is back. With new shows announced at Red Rocks – which is now open at capacity almost every day, and local concert halls featuring new and familiar performers every weekend, there’s no better place than here. in Colorado. Plus, summer music festivals are springing up statewide at an exciting rate. We know it’s hard to keep up with all of these announcements, so Review 303 put together a list of Colorado’s most exciting music festivals this summer. Boogie down, head bang, and sing your heart out all summer long in one of America’s most important music destinations right now – Colorado.
Colorado Music Festival
When: Now – July 29
Or: Auditorium Chautauqua (900 Baseline Rd, Boulder, 80302)
Cost: Prices vary
The truth : The famous Colorado Music Festival returns this year, offering some of the best modern classical performers and symphonies from around the world. This six-week festival features over 42 musicians, representing 44 orchestras from 23 states, 4 provinces and 3 countries.
World Dance Festival
When: July 23 – July 24
Or: Empower Field (1701 Bryant St, Denver, 80204)
Cost: $ 99 to $ 250
The truth : This two day festival will present the best EDM and electronic music from around the world. From globally recognized artists such as Excision, Illenium, Kaskade, Gryffin and Getter, to local favorites such as Of the Trees, Kyral X Banko and Mersiv, there is no better place to dance the night away.
RiNo Showcase Music and Art Festival
When: July 25
Or: Number Thirty-Eight, (3560 Chestnut Pl, Denver, 80216)
Cost: $ 20
The truth : Did not have enough music at the Global Dance Festival? Well, luckily for you the RiNo Showcase Music and Art Festival will showcase some of the best local talent the next day. Located in the beautiful River Arts District, this full-day event will showcase the best of Denver. Strictly local, the Showcase will feature over 50 Colorada visual artists, musicians, artisans and designers. In addition, the food will be provided by some of the most famous local chefs and food trucks. Best of all, all artists keep 100% of their profits from the event.
Rocky Mountain People Festival
When: August 6 – August 8
Or: Planet Bluegrass Ranch (500 W Main St, Lyon, 80540)
Cost: $ 80 (one day), $ 175 (3 day pass)
The truth : This year Rocky Mountain People Festival boasts an impressive lineup of old and new bluegrass artists, including Shakey Graves, Bruce Hornsby & the Noisemakers, Shawn Colvin, Hiss Golden Messenger, and more. The festival is also environmentally conscious, focusing on “sustainable celebration,” which, according to the Rocky Mountain Folks website, means “the act of creating a conscious community centered on the love of music and respect for the planet ”.
Shine Music Festival
When: August 8
Or: Levitt Hall (1380 W Florida Ave, Denver, 80223)
The truth : By far the most unique festival on our list, the shine party, according to its website, is a “radically accessible music event” that provides a space for music lovers with disabilities to enjoy live music in a conscious space. It is an event dedicated to empowering people with disabilities, who often miss concert experiences due to a lack of accessibility and accommodation for people with disabilities. Tickets are free for everyone, but if you’re feeling generous or would like to support this event in a more meaningful way, feel free to donate to the cause through their website.
Breckenridge Music Festival
When: August 8 – August 14
Or: 201 S Ridge St, Breckenridge, CO 80424
The truth : For Breckenridge Music Festival 40th year, artistic director and conductor Steven Schick structures the event around the themes of “Awakening”. This positivity stems from a desire to move forward after a year of tragic losses due to a global pandemic. Events will include “Tiny Porch Sessions” and “Acoustic Flow”, with a lineup of over 15 musicians from across the country. Learn more at Breckenridge Music website.
Animas immersive music and art festival
When: August 12 – 14, August 19 – 21
Or: Aztlan Theater (976 Santa Fe Dr, Denver, 80219)
Cost: $ 30 – $ 120
The truth : the Animas immersive music and art festival will be a unique experience, to say the least. More than just a music festival, the event will also offer immersive art installations, an open-air neighborhood party, a secret underground bar, local vendors, foodtrucks, sound care, a drinking bus. cannabis and live painting. There is a lot of mystery surrounding this event, which is definitely intentional and part of the experience. Each evening is dedicated to a specific musical genre, mainly focused on hip-hop and bass. There is even a dedicated “circus night” which will certainly be an experience in its own right. The lineup includes Bluetech, Jacklndn, Top Flight Empire, Trev Rich, Viel, Notlo and more.
Telluride Jazz Festival
When: August 13 – August 15
Or: Telluride, CO
Cost: $ 64 to $ 75 (one day), $ 190 (3 day pass)
The truth : the Telluride Jazz Festival, which has been around since 1977, is again set in the beautiful, picturesque town of Telluride, surrounded by magnificent mountains everywhere you look. With 26 artists on the program, from groovy pop jazz inspired by Galactic’s R&B to upbeat modern jazz music centered on the drums of Robert Glasper, there is a sound for everyone. At night, local concert halls host performing artists for the special “Jazz After Dark” experience with more intimate live performances.
Reggae on the rocks
When: August 21 – August 22
Or: Amphitheater of the Red Rocks
Cost: GA – from $ 80, reserved seats – from $ 144
The truth : The beloved, annual Reggae on the Rocks Festival – which has been around for over 30 years – is back. Spend a groovy and fun weekend on the rocks accompanied by great vibes and even better music. Reggae on the Rocks will feature eccentric and popular reggae bands such as Rebelution and Steel Pulse, accompanied by big opening numbers like Inner Circle, The Green and many more. As we all try to readjust to normal life, this festival is a much needed breath of fresh air.
The Underground Music Showcase (UMS)
When: August 27 – August 29
Or: Various locations on South Broadway
Cost: $ 50 to $ 60
The truth : Arguably Colorado’s most important local music festival, the Showcase of underground music (UMS) is a fan favorite for good reason. Each year, Colorado’s top performers give incredible performances to the most dedicated and energetic crowds in the state. The official lineup is now available and includes a ton of local and national heavyweights. It is definitely a weekend not to be missed.
Denver day of rock
When: August 28
Or: 16th Street Mall
The truth : Located on five unique stages lining Denver’s iconic 16th Street Mall, the Denver Day of Rock Festival it’s eight hours of good music. The event will benefit Amp the Cause, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the livelihoods of Denver’s youth by supporting child-focused health and education organizations through fundraising events. community service funds and projects. Headliners include The Band Perry, Cale Dodds, Lost Bayou Ramblers, Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears and Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers.
JAS Aspen Labor Day Experience
When: September 3 – September 5
Or: JAS Center (110 E Hallam St # 104, Aspen, 81611)
Cost: $ 360 (3 day pass)
The truth : the JAS Aspen Labor Day Experience, which celebrates its 30th anniversary in 2021, will be held in the beautiful JAS Center in one of America’s most scenic cities – Aspen, Colorado. Surrounded by incredible mountain peaks, this festival will host some of the most iconic musicians of the past fifty years, including Stevie Nicks, Kings of Leon and Gary Clarck Jr.
Sunnyside Music Festival
When: September 11th
Or: Chaffee Park (1901 W 43rd Ave, Denver, 80216)
The truth : Another music festival dedicated to the promotion of local acts, the Sunnyside Music Festival is a day of music, beer, food and family activities. The annual festival is proud to provide performance opportunities for Denver youth and support local music and arts programs for young people.
Telluride Blues & Brews
When: September 16 – September 19
Or: Telluride CO
Cost: Prices vary
The truth : With more than 30 performing artists, the Telluride Blues and Brews Festival boasts an impressive lineup of incredible blues musicians. From acoustic blues to rock music, there is no shortage of stirring flair in the lineup, which includes Nathaniel Ratcliff & The Night Sweats, Buddy Guy, Jamestown Revival, Monophonics and many more. Unfortunately, this year’s festival will not include the traditional Grande Dégustation, which typically features 56 breweries and 170 styles of beer. The stripped-down event will still have a great selection of beers to choose from, however.
Westword Music Showcase
When: September 17 – September 18
Or: RiNo Arts District (Friday), Mission Ballroom (Saturday)
Cost: FREE (Friday, show reserved for locals), $ 45 – $ 190 (Saturday shows)
The truth : The loved one Westword Music Showcase returns this year after the 2020 hiatus, bigger and better than ever. A genre-less music festival, the showcase will feature everything from punk, metal and rock to hip-hop, R&B, indie, jazz, alternative, country, folk, bluegrass and to electronics. Friday is dedicated to local artists, while Saturday will feature nationally recognized stars including Kaytranada, Young the Giant, Thundercat, Matoma, Hippo Campus and more. Plus, the streets of RiNo will see live painting, interactive art, and dozens of food trucks and other activities.