As we all know, " summertime" is "funner time!" Given that having "fun" in Colorado Springs can sometimes mean leaving Colorado Springs, we thought we'd also include with a checklist of some of the biggest, baddest, most whoopassinist events of this, your Even Funner Summer 2003.
Blockbuster Concerts & Music Fests
For some reason, this summer's blockbuster music lineup includes an unusual amount of bands that don't suck! Here are the most awesome ones (with the titles I think they truly deserve). All tickets can be purchased through Ticketmaster, TicketWeb or through their respective venues.
The "Disgruntled Permayouth Lifestyle" Tour aka Vans Warped Tour including AFI, Andrew WK, Rancid, The Used, and other furious youths. Lots of skaters, bmxers and merch for your disgruntled lifestyle. Sun. June 22 at Invesco Field at Mile High, $24.75.
The "Viagra With a Vengeance" Tour: Poison, Skid Row, Vince Neil. July 12 at Fiddlers Green. Price TBD.
The "Pete Yorn is Further Proof that Kurt Cobain is Really Dead" Tour: Foo Fighters, Pete Yorn, Special Goodness, The Fillmore Auditorium in Denver. $30 GA, Wed., June 4, 7 p.m.
The "Try to Spot Gwyneth Paltrow" Tour: Coldplay with Ron Sexsmith, Eisley, Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, $37.50 reserved, Thurs., June 5, 7 p.m.
The "I've Got Two Words for You: Cher!" Tour: Cher with Tommy Drake, Pepsi Center, 1000 Chopper Place, Denver. $79.50/$59.50/$34.50 reserved. Rescheduled from March 17. All March 17 tickets honored. Tue., June 17, 7:30 p.m.
The "This Time Lou Reed's Really Lost It" Tour: Lou Reed, Boulder Theater, 2034 14th St. $50 reserved. Tue., June 17, 8 p.m.
The "Yeah, I Was Hoping This Wouldn't Happen Again, Too" Tour: The Eagles, Pepsi Center, 1000 Chopper Place, Denver. $154/$79/$49 reserved. Tue., June 24, 7 p.m.
The "Somethin' Smells Phishy" Tour: Blues Traveler with Leftover Salmon, Red Rocks Amphitheatre. $32.50 reserved. Thurs., July 3, 6 p.m., Fri., July 4, 6 p.m.
The "Well, There's Always the Parking Lot" Tour: The Dead, SOLD OUT Red Rocks Amphitheatre. Sun., July 6 Tue., July 8.
The "Bob Is Old Enough to Be a Pharaoh" Tour: Bob Dylan with Lyle Lovett, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and others, Winter Park Resort. $55 GA, $100 2-day. Sat., July 12, 10:30 a.m.
The "Rumor Has It His Aim Is Still True" Tour: Elvis Costello & The Imposters with Chris Robinson, Universal Lending Pavilion at the Pepsi Center, Denver. $42.50/$37.50/$35 reserved. Wed., July 16, 6:45 p.m.
The "Not to Be Confused With Hardball's Chris Matthews" Tour: Dave Matthews Band, Pepsi Center, 1000 Chopper Place, Denver. $52.50 reserved. Mon., July 21, 7 p.m.
The "OK, I'll Give KRS One More Chance" Tour: Elemental Flavaz with KRS-One, Living Legends, D.J. QBert, and others. Universal Lending Pavilion at the Pepsi Center, Denver, $30 GA. Sat., July 26, 3 p.m.
The "Is Neil Young Now the Great Uncle Twice Removed of New York Rock?" Tour: Neil Young & Crazy Horse with Lucinda Williams, Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison. $87.50/$62/37.50 reserved. Tue., July 29 and Wed., July 30, 7 p.m.
The "H&R Block Mmmmmhmmmmm" Tour: Willie Nelson with Billy Bob Thornton, Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison. $43.50 reserved, $38.50 GA. Fri., Aug. 8, 7:30 p.m.
The "He Shoulda Kept the Glasses and the 'Stache" Tour: Weird Al Yankovic, Universal Lending Pavilion at the Pepsi Center, Denver. $35/$30/$25 reserved. Sun., Aug. 17, 7:30 p.m
The "There's Always The Parking Lot, but ... Nah" Tour: James Taylor, SOLD OUT. Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison.
The "James Taylor for the Algebra Generation" Tour: Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals with Jack Johnson, Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison. $40 reserved/$35 GA. Wed., Aug. 27, Thurs., Aug 28, 7 p.m.
The "Couldn't It Have Just Been 50 Cent and The Roots?" Tour: aka Coors Light Mountain Jam with 50 Cent, the Doors 21st Century, Korn, Evanescence, P.O.D., The Roots, DMC, American Hi-Fi, Gov't Mule, etc., Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison. $50 GA. Sat., Aug 30, Noon. Tickets on sale June 7. I don't really get where 50 Cent fits in here, but ...
The "Not 'Bammer'; Bama!" Tour: Alabama, Pepsi Center, 1000 Chopper Place. $47.50/$37.50/$27.50 reserved, $1,000/$300/$150 VIP.
The "Beck, It's Time To Check Your Cred" Tour: Beck and Dashboard Confessional with The Black Keys, Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison. $35. Sat., June 14. Doors open 5:30 p.m. All ages.
The "How Come He Hasn't Written Any More Songs Like 'These Days'?" Tour: Jackson Browne with Steve Earle and Keb' Mo', Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison. $32.50 - $40. Fri., July 18. Doors open at 5 p.m. All ages.
The "Not to Be Confused with The Bitchy Queens" Tour: The Gipsy Kings, Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison. $30 - $35 advanced, $32.50 37.50 at the door. Sun., Aug. 17. Doors open 5 p.m. All ages.
The "All Is Full of Lunch" Tour: Bjrk, Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison. $37.50 $55. Sun., Aug 17. Doors open at 5 p.m. All ages.
The "Don't Forget To Raaaaawk" Tour: aka Metal Gods 2003, featuring Rob Halford, Testament, Immortal, Primal Fear, Amon Amarth, The Cramps, Ogden Theatre, 935 E. Colfax, Denver. $16. Mon., June 2. Doors open at 8 p.m. All ages.
The "Indie Rock is so ... Old!" Tour: Yo La Tengo with The Clean, Gothic Theatre, 3263 Broadway, Englewood. $15. Wed., June 11. Doors open at 8 p.m. All ages.
The "Deluge of Nuge" Tour: Hawgfest at Winter Park Sat., July 26 Sun., July 27 featuring David Lee Roth, Buddy Guy, Little Feat, Ted Nugent, Alice Cooper, Cheap Trick and more, 1-day GA $27 in advance, $32 at door; 2-day GA $44 in advance, $51.50 at door.
Some Other Denver Music Festivals.
The "Sadly, Not Even Rock Can Stop Gentrification" Festival: AT&T Lodo Music Festival featuring The BoDeans, the Radiators, Joan Osborne, Dark Star Orchestra, Steel Pulse, Rhett Miller, the Blind Boys of Alabama, The Iguanas and more will pack downtown Denver for the weekend. July 18 19. $25. Go to www.lodomusicfestival.com.
The "Big 'Lil Blues" Fest: Denver Blues & Bones Festival at Invesco Field. June14-15. 2-day pass $25. 1-day pass $20. Marcia Ball, Alvin "Youngblood" Hart & Audley Freed, Lil' Ed & the Blues Imperials, Lil' Brian & the Zydeco Travelers, Sun, The Derek Trucks Band, Bernie Worrell and many more. Tickets available at Invesco Field for info call 303/299-1599.
Blockbuster Summer Music Series
The "Baby Boomer Bump 'n' Grind in Denver" Series: The Denver Botanic Gardens Summer Concert Series (1005 York St. Gates open at 6 p.m., shows at 7 p.m.) has a lineup of baby-boomer favorites for your easy listening pleasure including Delbert McClinton, June 12; Bela Fleck & the Flecktones, June 17; Joan Armatrading, June 20; Taj Mahal and the Hula Blues Band, June 25; Robert Earl Keen, July 2; Los Lobos, July 24; Tony Rice, Peter Rowan and Vassar Clements Solas, Aug. 6; Dirty Dozen Brass Band and Buckwheat Zydeco, Aug. 14; Cubanisimo!, Aug. 19; k.d. lang, Aug. 22; and David Wilcox, Aug. 27. Go to www.nipp.com for full details.
The "Baby Boomer Bump 'n' Grind in Boulder" Series: The Chautauqua 2003 Concert Series offers up many of the same performers that will be appearing at the Botanic Gardens along with Branford Marsalis, Sat., June 14; Cesaria Evora on July 2; Cubanisimo! on Aug 18; Randy Newman on Aug. 21; and Natalie MacMaster, on Aug. 29. Go to www.nipp.com for full details.
How ya gonna keep down in the ski town after the snow is gone? (And how long before they change the name of these towns to "snowboard towns"?) Girl, it's not summer in a ski town without an all-out culture fest. Here're a few:
The " 'Old School' Just Doesn't Quite Capture It" Jazz Fest: Janus Jazz Aspen, June 19 22. Tony Bennett, Boz Skaggs, Chico O'Farrill, Afro-Cuban Jazz Band, and Joe Cocker. Call 866/527-8499 or go to www.jazzaspen.com for more info.
The "How's Your Aspen Classical Summer?" Series: Aspen Music Festival and School. All summer long the Aspen Music Fest and School will be focusing on "Musical Visionaries: Beethoven, Berlioz, and Beyond." With events packed into every day of the week: chamber music Mondays, recital and master-class Tuesdays, symphony Wednesdays, etc., it's more classical in one day than most will get in a lifetime. Call 970/925-9042 or go to www.AspenMusicFestival.com.
The "Too Many Festivals Festival":Steamboat Springs. With the Beaux Arts Festival, Art-in-the-Park, the Strings in the Mountains Fest and lots more, you've got everything from opera to marathons, puppet shows to classical concerts. Go to www.steamboatspringsarts.com or call 970/879-9008 for more.
The "Poor and Closeted Hippy's Hippy Fest": NedFest 2003 in Nederland, Colo. Sat., Aug. 2 Sun., Aug. 3 featuring Stanley Jordan, Garaj Mahal, The Motet, Robert Walter's 20th Congress, Tony Furtado and many more. Go to www.nedfest.com for full details.
The "Ultra-Rich and Out Hippy's Hippy Fest": Telluride Bluegrass Festival, June 19 22. Good luck getting tickets to this perennial trustafarian favorite. The big names include: Vince Gill, Bela Fleck & the Flecktones, Emmylou Harris, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Shawn Colvin, Michelle Shocked, String Cheese Incident, Susan Tedeschi, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Yonder Mountain String Band, Kasey Chambers, Peter Rowan & Tony Rice, Leftover Salmon, and oh so many more. Go to www.planetbluegrass.com for full details.
The "Soft Serve Jazz Jam": JVC Jazz Festival at Winter Park. Call 800/977-6198 for more. Sat., July 19 Sun., July 20. Lineup includes Michael McDonald, Neville Brothers.
All of these events are free. For full information on local summer concert series you can go to www.springsgov.com and click the Parks and Rec link, or check our weekly listings for full details.
The "Blues Clues Blues" Series: Paint the Town Blue Summer Series. Mondays from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at various parks around town featuring all local blues bands.
The "Don't Lose Your Lunch" Series: The brown bag lunch series. Tuesdays in June, July and August from noon to 1 p.m. at the Acacia Park Bandstand, 115 East Platte Ave. Blues, Dixieland jazz, saxophone quartets and all kind of other musical sounds.
The "Shhh, I'm Eating Lunch" Series: Sack Lunch Serenades. Thursdays in June, July and August at the City Auditorium from noon to 1 p.m. Silent movies accompanied by organ music on the 1928 Wurlitzer Theater Pipe Organ. Awesome!
The "Killing Me Softly" Series: The Soft Summer Nights Series. Tuesdays and Wednesdays in June and August. 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Bancroft Park, 2408 W. Colorado Ave. These shows are arranged and conducted by Floyd Frame. Jazz and concert music played by all-volunteer groups.
The "Reheat Your Evenings" Series: Four warm summer evenings featuring the Air Force Band of the Rockies. All shows are from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in June and August. at Cottonwood Creek and Antlers parks.
The Park Your Jazz Series: Jazz in the Parks. Every Wednesday night from June 4 to Sept 3, 6 8 p.m. at various parks around town.
The "Where's Palmer Village?" Series: The Palmer Village Series. Wednesdays in June, July and August from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m in Pioneer Park at Plaza of the Rockies, 200 South Tejon.
The "Many Two" Summer Music Series: Summer Concerts in Manitou's Soda Springs Park. Every Thursday at 7 p.m. beginning June 19. Go to www.manitousprings.org or call 685-5089 for more.