Colorado: Blessed with Many of the Finest Summer Music Festivals in the Country
Colorado features one-of-a-kind music festivals that are among the best in the country. The music festivals kick off each year in June, so hopefully you were able to attend one or more of them, such as the highly acclaimed Telluride Bluegrass Festival. If you missed any of them, no worries. There are some great festivals coming up.
The Denver Underground Music Showcase is scheduled for July 6-15, and it’s the perfect place to witness Colorado and The Mile High City’s exploding music scene. The Denver Post hosts this annual bonanza in Denver’s Broadway neighborhood. Nearly every space viable for an intimate jam session opens its doors for music-lovers looking to discover the next Billboard-topping band.
The Ride Festival on July 14-15 in Telluride, brings a wide variety of acts to town, including David Byrne and St. Vincent, Beck and Thievery Corporation. This year’s festival lineup provides a blend of rock, jam bands, folk and pop music. Highlights include Grace Potter, ZZ Ward, Barnes Courtney, and Futurebirds.
The Arise Music Festival on August 3-5 at Sunrise Ranch in Loveland, features a lively bill of electronic, folk and jam artists. There is also a series of yoga classes and performance art pieces if you need a break from the music. Featured groups include Thievery Corporation, Dragondeer, and Gasoline Lollipops.
Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest offers three days of free live music from August 10-12 in downtown Fort Collins. Mostly Colorado acts are featured, and Bohemian Nights also puts on a free concert every Thursday night throughout the summer. Featured acts include the Decemberists, Blondie, and SHEL.
The Velorama Music Festival arrived in Denver’s RiNo neighborhood last year. Held this year from August 17-19 in conjunction with a bicycle race that travels through multiple cities in Colorado. The festival boasts a small but strong lineup of indie rock and hip-hop headliners along with some local flavor from Brent Cowles, Slow Caves, and Wildermiss.
The Demise Music Festival is a one-day event featuring 10 Colorado acts. The lineup leans toward the experimental side, with psychedelic, industrial, and electronica music all well represented.
There are a variety of music attractions each year at the Colorado State Fair slated for August 24 through September 10 in Pueblo. From country and rock & roll, to jazz and the blues, visitors are sure to find the perfect band while savoring delicious food and beverages.