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Colorado Live Music: Every Band You Need to See This Summer

Monday July 20, 2015

Get Ready as the Summer of Live Comes to Colorado 

by Brittany Driver 

This August, Colorado will host an array of music festivals. “Summer Concerts Denver” is a popular Google search for a reason. Though truly, none of these concerts is actually in Denver – you get the spirit of the idea. We will be at these music festivals in Colorado this August, will you?

Red Rocks Amphitheatre
August 2-18
The lineups for summer concerts at Red Rocks are usually pretty on point. Florence + the Machine mixed with the ambience of the sunset at the Amphitheatre…Yes, please!


Hozier, August 2

Florence + the Machine, August 3

Sam Smith, August 4

Jackson Browne, August 18

Telluride Jazz Festival 2015
August 1-3
Like one would hope and expect from anything jazz related, the Telluride Jazz Festival is steeped in history. Their website details a bit of it:

Since 1977, the historical mining town of Telluride, Colorado has been the host city of annual cultural event the Telluride Jazz Festival…The aesthetically charged town is surrounded by 14,000 foot peaks, and as a result has earned a spot among the country’s most prized outdoor music locales.

The last day of the three day celebration is themed ‘New Orleans Day’ with performers to include:

Stillwater Foundation All-Stars
Euforquestra featuring Kim Dawson
Rosie Ledet & The Zydeco Playboys
The Soul Rebels
The M&Ms with John Medeski, Papa Mali, Rob Mercurio & Stanton Moore and featuring The Femme & Ms.

While you’re around, check out:

Arise Music Festival
August 7-9
The Arise Festival combines concerts, yoga and educational and creative workshops. Set at secluded Sunrise Ranch flanked by national forest. With camp sites by theme, activities for kids and the promise of enlightenment this seems like a super friendly and somewhat less psychedelic version of Burning Man. We’re in!
From the Arise Music Festival Website:
With a focus on conscious music, the ARISE Music Festival seeks performers in multiple genres and styles to keep the lineup diverse. You may find that you discover as many new bands at ARISE, as the number of bands you came to see.

A sampling of the many performers:


Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros
The Polish Ambassador
Emancipator Ensemble
Joe Russo’s Almost Dead
Trevor Hall
Stick Figure
Rising Appalachia
Lukas Nelson & The Promise of the Real

Stopover Salida
August 21-22

From the Stopover Website:
A Stopover is a celebration of a real place, with real people. It’s a bridge between the culture of a music festival and actual culture as lived by real-life people. We bring the music, the stage, the flags and the fans; everything else belongs to the town. Their energy and enthusiasm, their civic pride…their favorite local beer. We’ve found it to be a beautiful thing – maybe the most beautiful thing that we do.

These are the Stopover rules:
Arrive early, stay late
Don’t miss out on camping
Hear as many bands as you can
Take the party from the stage to the town
Eat the local food, drink the local drink
Say a friendly hello to new faces
Have as much fun as humanly possible
See you on the road,

The Stopover in Salida will include performances by:


And of course while you’re in the Denver area, don’t miss out on a chance to book your authentic Cannabis Tour, Denver’s original educational AND thoroughly entertaining marijuana tour experience.

Brittany Driver

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