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Outdoor concert series in the Pikes Peak region this summer

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In this town, all you need is a blanket to enjoy outdoor music in the summertime. Of course for some gigs you’ll need a few bucks, and you’ll probably want a snack and a beverage, but for the audiophile in all of us, it doesn’t get any easier than this.

Below you’ll find a calendar of as many local en plein air concerts as we could find. (What we missed, please send to edie@csindy.com.) And unless otherwise noted, rejoice: The concerts are actually free.

So get your lawn loungers ready. You’re going to be busy.

Acacia Park Summer Concert Series

6 p.m., Saturdays

Acacia Park, 115 E. Platte Ave.


June 1: Kings of Space

June 8: Edith Makes a Paper Chain, Moonhoney Gypsy Tango Cabaret

June 15: The Lazy Spacemen, Estelline

June 22: J. Miller Band and Jake Loggins

Aug. 3: The Haunted Windchimes

Aug. 10: El Toro de la Muerte, We Are Not a Glum Lot

Aug. 17: Levi Weaver, The Alan Joseph Trio

Aug. 24: Mark's Midnight Carnival, Joe Uveges

Colorado Springs

Philharmonic Summer Symphony

7:30 p.m.


June 26: Colorado Springs Together at Mountain Shadows Park (5151 Flying W Ranch Road)

July 4: Independence Day at Memorial Park (1605 E. Pikes Peak Ave.)

July 20: America the Beautiful at Security Service Field (4385 Tutt Blvd.)

July 27: Faithfully: a Symphonic Tribute to the Music of Journey at Bear Creek Regional Park (21st and Rio Grande streets)

First and Main Free Summer Concert Series

5 p.m., Fridays

First & Main Town Center, 3650 New Center Point


June 7: Bop Skizzum

June 14: Manuel Molina and his International Combo

June 21: Mad Dog & the Smokin' Js

June 28: Monument Hill

July 5: Velvet Rut

July 12: Oakhurst

July 19: Jake Loggins Band

July 26: That Eighties Band

First Friday Concert Series

GOCA 121, 121 S. Tejon St.

6:30 p.m., June 7, Aug. 2



Jazz in the Garden

Grace and St. Stephens Episcopal Church, 601 N. Tejon St.

7 p.m., every other Friday


May 31: Mango Fan Django

June 14: Claire Anderson and Kevin Rorke

June 28: Chamber Orchestra of the Springs

July 12: Side by Side

July 26: Mistura Bela

Aug. 9: New Vintage JazzAug. 30: Jerry Teske Trio

Hillside Gardens Groove in the Garden

6:30 p.m., Wednesdays

Hillside Gardens, 1006 S. Institute St.


$5, includes a drink

May 15: B.J. Estares and Route 61

May 22: Out of Nowhere

May 29: George Sisneros

June 5: John Wise & Tribe

June 12: Benjamin Pratt

June 19: John Stone

June 26: Burn the Maps

July 3: Redraw the Farm

July 10: Joe Uveges

July 17: Mistura Bela

July 24: 21/3

July 31: Skean Dubh

Aug. 7: Chuck Pyle

Aug. 14: Mango Fan Django

Aug. 21: The Hollands

Aug. 28: Robert Beard

Sept. 4: Edith Makes a Paper Chain

Sept. 11: The Mitguards

Sept. 18: Old Friends and Memories

Sept. 25: Big Jim Adam, Bill Snyder and John Stilwagen

29th annual Jazz in the Parks

6 p.m., Wednesdays


June 5: Springs Contemporary Jazz Big Band at Bancroft Park (2408 W. Colorado Ave.)

June 12: Thin Air Jazz at Bear Creek Regional Park

June 19: Double McGuffin at Acacia Park

June 26: No concert

July 3: The Changing Times with Al Eberhardt at "The Glen" at Broadmoor Community Church (315 Lake Ave.)

July 10: Springs City Jazz Band with Laura Davis at Foothills Park (853 Allegheny Drive)

July 17: Pete Meese & Friends at Fountain Creek Regional Park (2010 Duckwood Road, Fountain)

July 24: Swing Connection with Laura Davis at Bear Creek Regional Park

July 31: JoRiCa!!! + 1 with John Turner at America the Beautiful Park (126 Cimino Drive)

Aug. 7: Buddy Gordon Sextet at the Grand Lawn at Cordera (11894 Grand Lawn Circle)

Aug. 14: BLT Jazz Quartet with Tony Gulizia at Bear Creek Regional Park

Aug. 21: Wayne Wilkinson Quintet featuring Thomas Dawson at Bancroft Park

Aug. 28: United States Air Force Academy Band Falconaires and the Falconaires Alumni Band at Bear Creek Regional Park

Library Lawn Concert Series

Manitou Springs Public Library, 701 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs

6 p.m., Tuesdays


June 4: Mango Fan Django

June 11: Jerry Barlow

June 18: The Storys

June 25: Adam & Stilwagen

July 2: Tricia Parish

July 9: High Wheeler

July 16: Out of Nowhere

July 23: Molly Boyles and Lipstick Voodoo

July 30: The Mitguards

Aug. 6: Two-Hour Delay

Aug 13: Michael Reese

Paint the Town Blue

5:30 p.m., Thursdays

Bancroft Park, 2408 W. Colorado Ave.


July 11: Grant Sabin Band

July 18: Lobo, Lenny & Fingers

July 25: Luke Ellington Band

Aug. 1: BJ Estares & Route 61

Aug. 8: Austin Young Band

Aug. 15: Molly Boyles and Lipstick Voodoo

Aug. 22: Paint the Town Blue Jam

Raven Nest House Concert Series

7 p.m., one Friday per month, May to September

Raven Nest at Aspen Valley Ranch, 1150 S. West Road, Woodland Park


$5 to $10, reservations recommended

May 24: Cahalen Morrison and Eli West

June 28: Out of Nowhere

July 26: Waiting on Trial

Aug. 23: The Sister BrothersSept. 6: Brendan Hannigan

Secret Garden Concert Series

The Secret Garden, 420 S. 19th St.

7 p.m., Tuesdays and Fridays



May 21: Tribe

May 28: Edith Makes a Paper Chain

June 4: Chuck Pyle

June 11: Out of Nowhere

June 18: Nostalgics

June 25: Joe Uveges

July 2: The Mitguards

July 9: Kings of Clubs

July 16: Jim Adam and John Stilwagen

July 23: BJ Estares & Route 61

July 30: David Correa & Cascada

Aug. 6: Phil Volan & Joleen Bell

Aug. 13: Two Hour Delay

Aug. 20: The Hollands

Aug. 27: 21/3

Sept. 3: High Wheeler

Sept. 10: Mango fan Django

Sept. 17: Braithwaite, Uveges & Sokol

2013 Summer Concert Series

Soda Springs Park, 1016 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs

7 p.m., Mondays and select Thursdays


June 3: Colorado Springs Concert Band

June 10: Colorado Springs Jazz Ensemble

June 17: Little London Winds

June 20: Fountain Creek Brass Band

June 24: Little London Winds

July 1: Little London Winds

July 8: Little London Winds

July 11: Fountain Creek Brass Band

July 15: Little London Winds

July 22: Little London Winds

July 25: Fountain Creek Brass Band

July 29: Little London Winds

Aug. 5: Little London Winds

Aug. 8: Fountain Creek Brass Band

Aug. 12: Little London Winds

Wolf Ranch Summer Concert Series

6 p.m., Wednesdays

Wolf Ranch's Gateway Park, Powers and Tutt boulevards


June 5: Margarita Brothers Band

June 12: Dixie Leadfoot

June 19: Big Jim Adam

June 26: USAF Academy Band's Falconaires Jazz Ensemble

July 3: Thumpin'

July 10: Lobo Loggins

July 17: Skean Dubh

July 24: 17th Avenue Allstars

July 31: Exit West

Aug. 7: 6035

Aug. 14: Narrow Gauge

Aug. 21: Manuel Molina World Music Trio

Aug. 28: Chuck Hughes Band

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