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    Bands on the Bricks

    Boulder's Hot Summer Music Scene

    Outdoor Concerts

    Several nights a week throughout the summer, you can head to a live show under the stars and mingle with Boulder locals for dancing, picnicking and soaking up the sweet sounds of music on the Colorado breeze.

    Check back in spring of 2019 for updated lineups and dates.

    Meadow Music (for Families)

    Most Mondays, 5:30-7pm. Free.

    On most summer Mondays, Meadow Music entertains young families on Boulder open space at Chautauqua Park, with an iconic mountain backdrop at the foot of the Flatirons. Dynamic duo Jeff and Paige perform kid-friendly songs about nature and science. The evening starts with a short exploratory nature hike (meet in the park at 5:30pm) on a dirt trail, and a musical performance follows, with kids gathering like tiny groupies around the stage and families picnicking on the grass.

    2018 dates:

    • June 4, 11, 18 and 25, 2018
    • July 2, 9, 23 and 30, 2018
    • Aug. 6 and 13, 2018

    Meadow Music

    Concerts in the Park

    Mondays, 7-8pm. Free.

    Monday evenings throughout summer, the Boulder Concert Band plays a different Boulder park each week for Concerts in the Park. Bring a picnic!

    2018 dates:

    • June 18 – Civic Area (The Green)
    • June 25 – North Boulder Park 
    • July 2 – Harlow Platts Community Park
    • July 9 – Scott Carpenter Park
    • July 16 – Salberg Park
    • July 23 – Civic Area (Creekside West)
    • July 30 – Chautauqua Park    
    Bands on the Bricks

    Wednesdays, 7-9pm. Free.

    On Wednesdays, Bands on the Bricks rocks the 1300 Block of Pearl Street. Enjoy performances from top local and regional musicians, and get your groove on Pearl Street's famous brick walkway. A beer/wine/margarita garden (which serves local beers and libations) opens at 5:30pm.

    2018 lineup:

    • June 6 – The Long Run 'Colorado's Tribute to the Eagles'
    • June 13 – Lady and the Gentlemen
    • June 20 – Jyemo Club
    • June 27 – Tenth Mountain Division
    • July 4 – SPECIAL EDITION: 4th on Pearl
    • July 11 – Oakhurst
    • July 18 – The Heartstring Hunters
    • July 25 – Groove a Licious
    • Aug. 1 – The Country Music Project
    • Aug. 8 – That Eighties Band

    Bands on the Bricks

    Twenty Ninth Street Live

    Fridays and Saturdays, 6-9pm. Free.

    Weekend concerts take place at Twenty Ninth Street, an outdoor shopping mall that opens up its Central Plaza so concertgoers can sprawl out and soak up the incredible Flatirons views while they listen to local bands. Drinks will be offered from The Barrel and a variety of food trucks will be at the Saturday concerts.

    2018 lineup:

    • May 25 – Brian Johnson Trio (Bluegrass/Rockabilly)
    • May 25 – Chain Station (Bluegrass/Rockabilly)
    • June 1 – The Catcalls (Rockabilly)
    • June 2 – Kerry and The Crime Scene (Rock)
    • June 8 – Hunter Hamilton Group (Rock/Jam/Grateful Dead)
    • June 9 – House With A Yard (Rock)
    • June 15 – Anthony Ruptak (Jam/Mix)
    • June 16 – Broken Down Rodeo (Rockabilly)
    • June 22 – The Catcalls (Rockabilly)
    • June 23 – The Winterlings (Bluegrass)
    • June 29 – Taggart and Silas (Jam/Rock)
    • June 30 – Funky Business (Funk)
    • July 6 – Hunter Hamilton Group (Rock/Jam/Grateful Dead)
    • July 7 – Cable Ten (Alternative Rock)
    • July 13 – South To Cedars (Bluegrass)
    • July 14 – Lee & Co. (Rockabilly)
    • July 20 – Jon Pickett (Bluegrass/Rockabilly)
    • July 21 – Wendy Woo Band (Bluegrass)
    • July 27 – The Beaver Brook Duo (Bluegrass)
    • July 28 – HotFoot (Blues Rock)
    • Aug. 3 – Hunter Hamilton Group (Rock/Jam/Grateful Dead)
    • Aug. 4 – Crowboy (Country)
    • Aug. 10 – The Catcalls (Rockabilly)
    • Aug. 11 – Joe Mack & The Trapps (Rockabilly)
    • Aug. 17 – Ashton Lee Band (Country/Rock)
    • Aug. 18 – Lunde Station (Rock)
    • Aug. 24 – Brian Johnson Duo (Bluegrass/Rockabilly)
    • Aug. 25 – The Acoustic Mining Company (Bluegrass)
    • Aug. 31 – Jon Pickett (Bluegrass/Rockabilly)
    • Sept. 1 – Papa Juke (Rockabilly)
    Creekside Concerts in the Park

    Aug. 17 and Aug. 24, 2018. Free.

    This free inaugural outdoor Creekside Concerts in the Park series will take place in Boulder's Civic Area, bringing together the community with exciting live bands, food vendors and local craft beer. All concerts are free and open to the public. 

    • Aug. 17 – Funkiphino
    • Aug. 24 – Paa Kow
    Boulder Farmers' Market

    Wednesdays, 4–8pm. Free.

    The Boulder Farmer's Market takes place every Saturday 8am-2pm (April through November) and Wednesdays 4-8pm (May-October). The Wednesday market has regular live music and a beer garden, perfect for grabbing a farm-fresh bite to eat from the vendors, a beer and kicking back to some sweet tunes.

    Pearl Street Buskers

    Anytime. Free (tipping encouraged).

    Pretty much anytime you walk down Pearl Street — a brick-paved pedestrian lane in historic downtown Boulder — you'll see crowds gathered around street performers, as they putting on their shows. And often those street performers are musicians: violinists, a bassist who stands atop his instrument as he plays, singer-songwriters, drummers and even a pianist.

    Musicians on Pearl Street

    Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre

    Select dates, spring-fall. Prices vary.

    The legendary Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre in nearby Morrison (not to be confused with Boulder's own Red Rocks hiking trail) is a summertime must, hosting an unbelievable lineup of bands all season long. It is just a 45-minute drive from Boulder. In 2018, we can't wait to see Imagine Dragons, Haim, Vance Joy, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Jackson Browne, Blues Traveler, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats and so, so, so many more! Here's the schedule.

    Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre


    Music Events and Festivals

    Upslope Get Down

    May 19, 2018. Free.

    Upslope Get Down is free music festival in East Boulder that features Upslope beer, food trucks, games, art and more. It's held at the Upslope Flatiron Park brewery.

    Dead & Company at Folsom Field

    July 13-14, 2018. Prices vary.

    After a 15-year hiatus, the University of Colorado started bringing live concerts back to the beautiful Folsom Field football stadium in 2016. And they went all in, hosting Dead & Company (which features some original members of the Grateful Dead and John Mayer) for two-night runs in 2016, 2017 and 2018. 

    Grapes & Grass

    Aug. 24-25, 2018. $35-165.

    Grapes & Grass is a two-day wine and bluegrass music festival in the heart of downtown Boulder at the Historic Highland City Club. The lineup will include Twang Is Dead, Twang Is Salmon with Drew Emmitt and Andy Thorn (of Leftover Salmon), The Mighty Pines, Ragged Union, Wood Belly and many more. This year, there will be kids activities on Saturday, Aug. 25 from 11am to 2pm.

    Grapes & Grass Festival 

    Boulderites will use any occasion to move and groove to live tunes, so most festivals and events include live music. Learn more by browsing our list of annual events and festivals.

    Indoor Concerts

    Chautauqua Auditorium

    Select dates, summer-fall. Prices vary.

    Shawn Colvin said that playing in the Chautauqua Auditorium was like playing inside a guitar. That's how good the acoustics are in this all-wood structure built in 1898. Each summer the auditorium hosts musicians such as the Indigo Girls, Lucinda Williams, St. Paul & The Broken Bones and The Gipsy Kings during the Chautauqua Summer Music Series. Additionally, the Colorado Music Festival takes up residency in the auditorium each summer, June–Sept., putting on several weeks worth of orchestral concerts.

    2018 lineup:

    • June 14 – Leo Kottke and James McMurtry
    • June 16 – Paula Poundstone
    • June 23 – Mary Chapin Carpenter
    • July 10 – Bela Fleck and the Flecktones
    • July 31 – Amos Lee
    • Aug. 6 – The Weepies with Mipso
    • Aug. 7 – Bruce Hornsby and the Noisemakers
    • Aug. 10-11 – Andrew Bird with Neyla Pekarek of The Lumineers
    • Aug. 14 – The Gipsy Kings featuring Nicolas Reyes and Tonino Baliardo 
    • Aug. 22 – Ziggy Marley
    • Aug. 26 – Mandolin Orange
    • Sept. 1 – Boz Scaggs
    • Sept. 8 – Andrea Gibson
    • Sept. 23 – Graham Nash
    Fox Theatre

    Select dates, year round. Prices vary.

    Rolling Stone magazine named the Fox Theatre one of the best places in the U.S. for live music. Being on University Hill, it caters to a college crowd but draws a huge variety of accomplished artists. Shows happen year-round, and in August, the Triple A Radio Conference comes to town, and the Fox plays host to several top-name acts associated with the event. Previous performers have included Dave Matthews, Jason Mraz, Grace Potter and John Mayer.

    Fox Theatre Boulder

    Boulder Theater

    Select dates, year round. Prices vary.

    The art deco marquee on the outside of the historic building is the first suggestion of an exceptional experience. Located in downtown Boulder, just steps from the Pearl Street Mall, the Boulder Theater is beautifully restored with art deco ornamentation, including hand-painted murals and a fresco ceiling. The Avett Brothers, Sheryl Crow, Madeleine Peyroux, Branford Marsalis and Johnny Cash have all performed here.

    Boulder Theater Concert

    Etown Music Hall

    Select dates, year round. Prices vary.

    eTown is a weekly radio broadcast heard on NPR and commercial stations. The shows are taped in front of a live audience at eTown Hall, the most eco-friendly music venue in Colorado, with performances from musicians as well as conversations about the world. Being in the audience is a peek behind the scenes — you'll be a part of the sound check, witness how the show is produced and hear bloopers. Musicians like Warren Haynes, Martin Sexton and David Gray coupled with interviewees like Jimmy Carter create a one-of-a-kind, live radio show. It is a fun evening of music and inspiration.

    eTown Hall is also the venue for an acoustic series called Boulder in-the-Round. Once a month, four singer-songwriters perform and tell stories in a format reminiscent of VH1's "Unplugged." Admission is by donation.

    Chautauqua Silent Film Series

    Mid-June to mid-August. $12 adults ($6 for members and children 12 and under).

    Live musical accompaniment to films of the twenties makes the Chautauqua Silent Film Series a truly unique summer experience inside the Chautauqua Auditorium. Films starring favorites like Rudolph Valentino, Charlie Chaplin and Lillian Gish, play on the big screen while rousing, live music (often piano) is provided by local artists.