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A Free Summer Concert Series, Jarren Benton at the Black Sheep, and more local music happenings



If you’re looking for more live music to enjoy throughout the summer, Rocky Mountain Highway has you covered with their second annual Free Summer Concert Series at Patty Jewett Golf Course.

The series, which features many local favorites, is free and open to the public — attendees are encouraged to bring a chair or blanket. You can catch Blue Frog on Friday, July 14, County Wide Bluegrass on July 28, Tejon Street Corner Thieves on Aug. 11, New Vintage Jazz on Aug. 25, Justus League on Sept. 15, and finally, Woodshed Red on Sept. 29.

If that’s not enough for you in the “free concerts” department, Bronco Billy’s Casino is hosting the inaugural Cripple Creek Music Fest this Saturday, July 15. Headlining the affair is country artist Joe Nichols, along with classic rock stalwarts Molly Hatchet, Phoenix-based Southern rocker Christopher Shayne and several Springs-based acts to be announced. Plus, I hear the drive down 67 is lovely this time of year.

Additionally, a few shows of note have just been announced at the Pikes Peak Center. Country and roots-rock fans should be delighted to hear that Dwight Yoakam will be gracing the stage on Wednesday, Aug. 2. And I don’t know if you remember the 1990s, but if not, R&B quartet Dru Hill will be here to kickstart your memory on Sunday, Aug. 27.

Finally, if your dial doesn’t quite move to the ‘90s, there’s still some good news. Alt-rock band 10,000 Maniacs will be appearing at the Parker Arts, Culture & Events Center on Sept. 14, and for the truly ’80s-obsessed, the Broadmoor World Arena will host Replay America: The Ultimate ’80s Festival on Aug. 16, featuring the likes of Billy Ocean, Starship featuring Mickey Thomas, The Motels featuring Martha Davis, Taylor Dayne and Naked Eyes.

Meanwhile, here are some notable shows taking place across Colorado in the weeks ahead:

Garbage and Blondie are co-headlining Fiddler’s Green July 16.
  • Garbage and Blondie are co-headlining Fiddler’s Green July 16.

Ween, Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, July 12-14
Michael Franti & Spearhead, Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, July 13
Eagle Rock Gospel Singers, Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox, Denver, July 14
Brad Paisley, Pepsi Center, Denver, July 15
Cripple Creek Music Festival, with Molly Hatchet, Joe Nichols and Christopher Shayne, Downtown Cripple Creek, July 15
Blondie, Garbage, Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre, Englewood, July 16
Donny & Marie Osmond, Hudson Gardens, Littleton, July 18
Goo Goo Dolls, Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre, Englewood, July 18
John Mayer, Pepsi Center, Denver, July 19
Earth, Wind & Fire, Pepsi Center, Denver, July 20
Kap G, Black Sheep, July 20
Neil Diamond, Pepsi Center, Denver, July 21
Violent Femmes, Echo & The Bunnymen, Fillmore Auditorium, Denver, July 26
Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie, Paramount Theatre, Denver, July 27
“KS 107.5 Summer Jam,” with Ludacris, Kid Ink and others Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre, Englewood, July 28
Kendrick Lamar, Pepsi Center, Denver, July 29
Tedeschi Trucks Band, Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, July 29-30
Guns N’ Roses, Sports Authority Field at Mile High, Denver, Aug. 2
Branford Marsalis Quartet, Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts, Palmer Lake, Aug. 3
Fruit Bats, Ivywild School, Aug. 3
Thievery Corporation, DeVotchKa, Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, Aug. 5
Hans Zimmer, 1STBANK Center, Broomfield, Aug. 6
311, Levitt Pavilion, Denver, Aug. 11
Justin Bieber, Sports Authority Field at Mile High, Denver, Aug. 12
2 Chainz, Ogden Theatre, Denver, Aug. 23
Depeche Mode, Pepsi Center, Denver, Aug. 25
The B-52s, Hudson Gardens, Littleton, Aug. 27
Lionel Richie & Mariah Carey, Pepsi Center, Denver, Aug. 29

And here’s what else is playing around this week:

Georgia rapper Jarren Benton will take the stage at the Black Sheep this coming Saturday.
  • Georgia rapper Jarren Benton will take the stage at the Black Sheep this coming Saturday.

Wednesday 7/12

Black Sheep, J Boog (hip-hop), 7 p.m.
Hillside Gardens, BJ Estares and Route 61 (blues), 6 p.m.
The Warehouse, Springs Contemporary Jazz Big Band, 6 p.m.

Thursday 7/13

Bar Louie, Cari Dell (rock/pop), 10 p.m.
Black Sheep, Black Pussy, Sierra (rock/pop), 7 p.m.
Jack Quinn’s, Irish Pub Songs with Brian Clancy, 7:30 p.m.
Rico’s, Susan Rissman and John Wise (blues), 7 p.m.
Thorndale Park, Paint the Town Blue Summer Concert Series (blues), 5:30 p.m.

Friday 7/14

Benny’s, Dallas Alley (country), 8 p.m.
Black Sheep, Bridges Will Break, Sorrytown, Blind, The Thief, Noble Youth, Mocklove (rock/pop), 7 p.m.
Grace and St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Jazz in the Garden: Moses Jones Quintet (jazz), 7 p.m.
Kinfolks, Jay Martin (Americana), 8 p.m.
Peak 31 @ Union Station, Region 5, He Kill 3, Lamb Bed, Channel 27 (metal), 9 p.m.
Sangre de Cristo Arts Center, Indigo Way (dance), 6:30 p.m.
Stargazers, Blues in the Night with the Hazel Miller Band, 8 p.m.
Waterfront Park at Forest Lakes, Monument, Collective Groove (R&B), 6 p.m.

Saturday 7/15

Benny’s, Austin Johnson Band (blues), 8 p.m.
Black Sheep, Jarren Benton (hip-hop), 7 p.m.
Crystola Roadhouse, Ashlee Tatum and Longshot Revival (country), 8 p.m.
First Christian Church, Music on the Labyrinth: Liberty Belles (jazz), 6:30 p.m.
Kinfolks, Crazy Mountain Billies (bluegrass), 8 p.m.
Lounge in the Village, Levi & Rifkin: Duocious (rock/pop), 8 p.m.
Peak 31 @ Union Station, Goya (rock/pop), 9 p.m.
Stargazers, SHEL (indie), 8 p.m.
Sunshine Studios, Hemlock, Fall From Silence, Lavinia Unknown, FN Wylde, Axe 2 The Face (metal), 7 p.m.
Underground, Time Warp with DJ Wolfie (dance), 10:30 p.m.

Sunday 7/16

Front Range Barbeque, Blue Frog, John Wise (blues), 6:30 p.m.
Jack Quinn’s, Traditional Irish Session, 3 p.m.
Kinfolks, The Vogts Sisters (folk), 5 p.m.
Rocks Sports Bar & Grill, Hip Hop Sundays Social Night, 9 p.m.

Monday 7/17

Black Sheep, Short Leash, Forced Impact, Soul Vice, Deter (hardcore), 7 p.m.
Monument Valley Park, Tribe (blues), 7 p.m.

Tuesday 7/18

Benny’s, Sweet T’s Rude Blues Jam, 7 p.m.
Black Sheep, Otherwise, Righteous Vendetta, Iridium (rock/pop), 7 p.m.

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