- Check out the Blind Boys of Alabama at Colorado music festivals.
Gettin' Down Downtown Free Summer Concert Series, June 7-Aug. 23, rain-free Wednesdays, 6-8 p.m., America the Beautiful Park. Featuring local and national jazz, bluegrass, Celtic, acoustic rock and soul music. 719/785-3235, gettindowndowntown.com.
Arvada Center Summer Outdoor Concert Series, June 9-Aug. 19. Ranging from Mozart Vespers to Kentucky bluegrass and classic honky-tonk, the Arvada Center offers easy-listening tunes for a nice summer's night. 720/898-7200, arvadacenter.org.
Colorado College Summer Music Festival, June 13-July 4, CC's Packard Hall. Internationally celebrated musicians and talented and motivated students present an acclaimed series of chamber music concerts, chamber orchestra concerts and numerous small ensemble performances, all open to the public. 389-6098, artsfestival.coloradocollege.edu.
Denver Botanic Gardens Summer Concert Series, June 13-Aug. 30. For years now, the folks at the Botanic Gardens in Denver have been providing a great array of blues, jazz, folk and world music. This year, enjoy the likes of Etta James, Keiko Matsui and Little Feat, all to be enjoyed while huffing the floral pleasantries. 720/865-3500, botanicgardens.org.
Colorado Chautauqua Association Summer Concerts, June 14-Sept. 15, Chautauqua Grounds, Boulder. Kicking off the season with Senegal's Baaba Maal, filling it out with Aimee Mann, Rosanne Cash and more, and wrapping it up with Bruce Hornsby. 303/442-3282, chautauqua.com.
Central City Opera Summer Opera Festival, June 24-Aug. 6. Presenting The Ballad of Baby Doe, Don Giovanni and The Coronation of Poppea. 800/851-8175, centralcityopera.org.
19th Annual Vail Valley Music Festival, June 28-Aug. 3. Featuring more than 40 acclaimed soloists and ensembles, and three resident orchestras. 877/812-5700, vailmusicfestival.org.
Music in the Mountains, June 29-Aug. 6, Durango. Presenting classical, orchestral and chamber music. 970/385-6820, musicinthemountains.com.
Snowmass Free Summer Music Series, June 29-Aug. 24. Featuring Tab Benoit, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Particle, Sam Bush and more. 800/766-9627, snowmassvillage.com.
Lakewood Summer Concert Series, July 5-Aug. 9, Belmar Park, Lakewood. Featuring Rodney Crowell & the Outsiders, Dotsero, Funkiphino and more. 303/987-7845, lakewood.org.
30th Annual Salida Aspen Concert Series, July 8-Aug. 12. A classical music series promoting headliners such as the world-renowned double-bassist Edgar Meyer. salidaaspenconcerts.org.
Colorado College Vocal Arts Symposium, July 21-Aug. 6. Presenting a series of opera, jazz and musical theater concerts. 389-6098, artsfestival.coloradocollege.edu.