Local Musicians in the Mile High City Featured Every Sunday at ‘Jazz in the Park’

The Mile High City may be known as the gateway to the Rockies, but when summer rolls around, you can find most Denver locals soaking up the sunshine and enjoying a Colorado micro-brew on the patio. For Sunday evening entertainment, City Park Jazz is a staple summertime activity for Denverites and a perfect way to enjoy the city’s eclectic local music scene.

City Park JazzFun for the whole family, City Park Jazz is always a highlight of the summer months. Arrive early on Sunday evening to snag a spot on the lawn near the bandstand pavilion. Enjoy many of our local food trucks or bring a picnic of your own.

Although the City Park Jazz series kicked off in early June, there is still plenty of time to catch this season’s local talent. Sam Mayfield brings the blues this Sunday, July 14, followed by The Ken Walker Sextet on July 21. The sextet is a favorite in the Denver jazz club circuit drawing in local fans with their unique, upbeat sound. Walker, a faculty instructor at the University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music, is no novice to live performances with appearances at both the Telluride and Aspen/Snowmass Jazz Festivals.

Sunday afternoon wouldn’t be complete without a solid show of late afternoon sunshine and snazzy tunes with great friends. Grab a few of your favorite Colorado brews or a bottle of vino and join the Denver community for Sunday Jazz in City Park.

4th of July Colorado Style: Red, White & Blue

Don’t let the lack of fireworks in Colorado during the dry summer season hinder your Independence Day adventures! Grab your water shoes, hats, sunscreen, a cooler and a few cold ones and you’re ready for a shin dig—Colorado style.  Here are some great red, white and blue activities the whole family can enjoy this Fourth of July.

Red Rocks

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Early riser? Join Michael Franti on Wednesday, July 3rd for a special ‘Yoga on the Rocks’ workshop to get your blood moving. Not-so-early riser? Come out to Red Rocks Amphitheatre a bit later on the 3rd for Michael Franti and Spearhead live in concert. On the Fourth of July, grab your best buds and boogie to the classic sounds of American jam band favorites, Blues Traveler and Moe. Continue the weekend with the Avett Brothers for a two-night run on Friday and Saturday and wrap up the holiday weekend with Josh Groban and the Colorado Symphony on Sunday, July 7th.

White Water Rafting

Escape the scorching summer heat and embark on a white water rafting adventure. Get your adrenaline pumping and discover the beautiful Arkansas River Royal Gorge near Canon City. This excursion is perfect for all skill levels. Book your trip here.

Enjoy unrivaled scenery of the American West and head to Glenwood Springs to raft down the Colorado River. There’s no fire ban here, so you might even catch some stellar fireworks!  Book your adventure here.

Boating on Lake Dillon

What’s an American holiday without water sports? At an elevation of 9,000 feet and surrounded by 25 miles of majestic peaks, Lake Dillon offers fun for the whole family. Boat rentals ranging from sailing lessons, runabouts, fishing boats, pontoon boats, canoes, kayaks, stand up paddle boards and paddle boating are sure to keep your crew entertained all day.  With no fire ban in Summit County, there’s sure to be a spectacular fireworks show!

Things to Do in Denver: Summer Concerts at Red Rocks

Summer nights spent with a slight breeze, good friends, and music in the air is only complete at one place: Red Rocks.  Colorado’s legendary open-air venue, which has hosted historic acts from the Beatles to Fleetwood Mac, brings performances that will have you dancing all night long.

Photo Credit: redrocksonline.com

Photo Credit: redrocksonline.com

Thursday, May 30: Electronic trio The Postal Service will stop by Red Rocks along the way of their mostly sold out tour, which continues on to New York and Europe. Their debut album Give Up hits the ten-year mark this year.

Friday, June 21The Ultimate Thriller Michael Jackson Tribute isn’t just an admiration tour for the late icon.  This production brings together Jackson’s closest collaborators including his choreographer, principal dancer and recording engineer to re-create the legend’s most unforgettable concert moments.

Tuesday, July 16 and Wednesday, July 17:  Throat granuloma nearly stole John Mayer’s voice, but the musical style shifter announced his Born and Raised World Tour after a three year hiatus.  “The greatest gift I have in my life is the opportunity to play again, which is also the opportunity to dream again,” he told Billboard in March.

Friday, July 19 – Sunday, July 21:  This year at the Global Dance Festival, each night will highlight a different genre for the nearly 10,000-a-day crowd.  Friday will showcase experimental, psychedelic sounds, Saturday will cater to all those who love to dance and Sunday is the base-heavy conclusion.

Saturday, August 24:  This year marks the 25th anniversary of Reggae on the Rocks, which launched in 1988.  Legendary roots reggae artist Burning Spear makes his anticipated return, performing hardly any other shows this summer.