Sounds of Summer — Free Concerts

    If you’re a lover of live music, Colorado Springs has you covered. Here’s your guide to outdoor concerts for almost every day of the week this summer.

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    Break out the lawn chairs. Throw a blanket on the grass. Kick off your shoes. If you’re a lover of live music, Colorado Springs has you covered. You can get a free outdoor show almost every day of the week, no matter what your favorite style. Here’s your guide to outdoor concerts this summer.


    Little London Winds Summer Concert Series

    Mondays, 7 p.m.
    Soda Springs Park, 42 Park Ave., Manitou Springs
    June 17 : Music in the Park
    June 24 : Night at the Movies
    July 1: A Patriotic Celebration
    July 8: Animated Movies
    July 15: Western Night
    July 22: On Broadway
    July 29: Celebrating Super Heroes
    Aug. 5: A Night of Inspiration
    Aug. 12: People’s Choice

    Musical Mondays
    Mondays, 7 p.m.
    Monument Valley Park, lawn west of the Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St.
    July 8: Tribe (blues, reggae and New Orleans R&B)
    July 15: One More Shot (classic rock, R&B, country)
    July 22: The Wayne Wilkinson Trio (high octane jazz guitar)
    July 29: Easy Morning Rebel (Rob and Deirdre from Woodshed Red)


    Manitou Library Lawn Concerts
    Tuesdays, 6-7:30 p.m.
    701 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs
    June 4: Michael Reese (rock)
    June 11: Balanced Rock (original rock)
    June 18: Anglum Mock & Greene (acoustic americana)
    June 25: The Mitguards (Americana Folk)
    July 2: Tenderfoot Bluegrass
    July 9: The Storys (folk and classic rock)
    July 16: Out of Nowhere (bluegrass)
    July 23: Skean Dubh (celtic)
    July 30: The Jeremy Facknitz Band (folk-rock)
    August 6: Bill Emery Band (jazz and pop)
    August 13: Uniok (easy listening)

    Gold Hill Mesa summer concerts on a sunny day in Colorado Springs.
    Music on the Mesa. Photo courtesy of Gold Hill Mesa.


    Jazz in the Park
    Wednesdays, 6-8 p.m. unless otherwise noted
    Various parks
    May 29: Peak Big Band, Foothills Park, Rockrimmon
    July 3: The Mississippi Mudders, The Glen at Broadmoor Community Church
    July 10: All In Jazz, Bear Creek Regional Park Pavilions
    July 17: New Horizons Kicks Band, Bear Creek Regional Park Pavilions
    July 24: The Swing Connection, Bear Creek Regional Park Pavilions
    July 31: Springs Contemporary Jazz Big Band, Bear Creek Regional Park Pavilions
    August 7: Triple Play Quartet, Bear Creek Regional Park Pavilions
    August 14: Academy Jazz Ensemble, Bear Creek Regional Park Pavilions
    August 21: JoRiCa +1, Bear Creek Regional Park Pavilions
    August 28: USAF Academy Band Falconaires (5 p.m.) The Alumni Band (6 p.m.), Band Bear Creek Regional Park Pavilions

    Monument Concerts in the Park
    Wednesdays, 7-9 p.m.
    Limbach Park, 151 Front St., Monument
    June 5: Wirewood Station (Americana, pop, bluegrass, acoustic)
    June 12: Martini Shot (pop, rock, new school/classics)
    June 19: Dotsero (pop, jazz, contemporary instrumental)
    June 26: Soul School (R&B, dance, pop, soul, funk)
    July 10: Inman Brothers (pop, rock, Americana, classics)
    July 17: Dream Feed feat. Miguel Dakota (pop, rock)
    July 24: Hammerstadt Band (rock, jazz, world music, variety)
    July 31: Ashton (pop, Americana, variety)
    August 7: Eighty3 Band (dance, pop, rock, ’80s, variety)
    August 14: Incendio (neuvo Spanish, pop, world music)
    August 21: Collective Groove (R&B, dance, horn band)

    Summer Concerts in the Glen
    Wednesdays, 6-7:30 p.m.
    Broadmoor Community Church, 315 Lake Ave.
    July 3: Mississippi Mudders (traditional New Orleans Style Dixieland)
    July 10: All Those Who Wander (Alternative folk)
    July 24: Flying W. Wranglers (country, Western)
    July 31: Mo Mungus (reggae)
    August 7: Wirewood Station (high energy bluegrass)
    August 14: Underground Clarinet Quartet (Broadway tunes)

    Hillside Gardens and Event Center
    Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Admission is $7 and includes one beverage
    1006 S. Institute St.
    May 15: Larry Lafferty and Vehicle (classic rock)
    May 22: Peak Big Band (modern and Latin swing)
    May 29: Kari Dell (eclectic)
    June 5: Psychedeligates (’60s and ’70s rock)
    June 12: John Wise and Tribe (New Orleans R&B)
    June 19: Davenports (classic rock)
    June 26: Rawbert Beard (’70s-’90s rock)
    July 3: Levi and Rifkin (dance)
    July 10: John Booth and the Night Watch (blues rock)
    July 17: BJ Estares and Route 61 (electric blues)
    July 24: Redraw the Farm (folk and rock)
    July 31: Balanced Rock (acoustic rock)
    August 7: Bill Emery Band (swing and jazz)
    August 14: Rick Blessing and Trip Ziegler Quartet (Frank Sinatra tribute)
    August 21: Skean Dubh (Celtic)
    August 28: Playing with Smoke (classic rock and blues)
    September 4: Boyd Sweeney Band (swing dance)
    September 11: Tejon Street Corner Thieves (country blues and bluegrass)
    September 18: Larry Lafferty and Vehicle (classic rock)


    Paint the Town Blue Concert Series
    Thursdays, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
    Thorndale Park, W. Uintah and N. 23rd streets
    June 6: Steve Crenshaw Band
    June 13: Mojomama
    June 20: The SoulCasters
    June 27: The Symbols
    July 11: Dave Day with Route 61
    July 18: Wendy St. Cyre Band

    Manitou Springs Summer Concert Series
    Thursdays, 7-8 p.m.
    Soda Springs Park, 42 Park Ave., Manitou Springs
    June 13: Swing Factory Big Band
    June 20: Barkeley Ave, 4th Infantry Division Jazz Band
    June 27: Bare Bones Trombone Choir
    July 11: Swing Factory Big Band
    July 18: Silver Moon Riders
    July 25: Academy Jazz Ensemble
    August 1: Gus Meza
    August 8: Swing Factory Big Band
    August 15: Silver Moon Riders

    Flying Horse Summer Concert Series in the Park
    First and third Thursdays, 6-8 p.m.
    Angel Mist Park, 13509 Silverton Rd.
    June 6: Academy Jazz Ensemble
    June 20: The Burnt Lips (reggae, rock, jazz)
    July 4: Balanced Rock (acoustic and electric)
    July 18: Slopeside (rock, blues, pop)
    August 1: John Weeks Band (eclectic, blues)
    August 15: ZYZZYX (funk, rock, dance)

    Summer Concerts at Banning Lewis Ranch
    Thursdays, 6-8 p.m.
    Recreation Center, 6885 Vista Del Pico Blvd.
    June 6: Soul School (R&B, dance, soul, funk)
    June 20: Inman Brothers Band (classics, rock, blues, jazz, country, variety)
    July 11: Buckstein (Americana, country)
    July 25: Woodshed Red (bluegrass, pop, variety)
    August 8: Dearling (rock, pop, Americana)
    August 22: Martini Shot (pop, classics, rock, variety)


    First and Main Summer Concert Series
    Fridays, 5-7 p.m.
    Triangle Park, 3650 New Center Point
    June 7: Jefferey Alan Band (country)
    June 14: Kerry Pastine and the Crime Scene (rockabilly)
    June 21: Martini Shot (pop, rock, swing)
    June 28: Tejon Street Corner Thieves (bluegrass, blues)

    Forest Lakes Summer Concert Series
    Fridays, 6-8 p.m.
    Pavillion next to Waterfront Park, Forest Lakes Drive, Monument
    June 14: Cowboy Dave
    June 28: Groove N Motion
    July 12: Inman Brothers Band
    July 26: Martini Shot
    August 9: HeresToFightin’
    August 23: Dream Feed

    University Village Colorado Free Summer Concert Series
    Fridays, 6-8 p.m.
    North Plaza, 5246 N. Nevada Ave.
    June 7: Shamarr Allen (New Orleans style jazz)
    June 14: Funkiphino (new and old-school dance)
    June 21: Buckstein (modern country, rock)
    June 28: Wood Belly (bluegrass)
    July 5: Inman Brothers (Americana, pop, rock)
    July 12: Soul School featuring A Girl Named Sethe (R&B, pop, dance)
    July 19: Dearling (modern country, rock, pop)
    July 26: Dotsero (contemporary jazz)
    August 2: Farewell Angelina (country)
    August 9: Swing Je T’aime (Gypsy jazz, swing)
    August 16: Incedio (instrumental neuvo Spanish and world music)

    Jazz in the Garden
    Every other Friday, 7 p.m.
    Grace and St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 601 N. Tejon St.
    May 31: Tony Exum, Jr.
    June 14: Wayne Wilkinson Trio
    June 28: Little London Belles
    July 12: Geoff Cleveland and the Sporadicals
    July 26: Hennessy 6
    August 9: Air Force Academy Falconaires
    August 23: Moses Jones Quartet


    Gold Hill Mesa summer concerts on a sunny day in Colorado Springs.
    Music on the Mesa at Gold Hill Mesa. Photo courtesy of Gold Hill Mesa.

    Music On the Mesa
    Second Saturday of June, July, August; every September Saturday, 4-7 p.m.
    142 S. Raven Mine Dr.
    June 8: The Air Force Band, Blue Steel (rock)
    July 13: Pandas and People (alternative rock)
    August 10: Davina & The Vagabonds (blues, jazz)
    September 7: Mile High (Army band, pop/classical rock)
    September 14: Kerry Pastine & The Crime Stoppers (rockabilly)
    September 21: Spinphony (electric string quartet)
    September 28: Brass Authority & Barkeley Avenue (Army band, jazz)

    Music on the Labyrinth
    Saturdays, 6:30 p.m.
    First Christian Church, 16 E. Platte Ave.
    June 1: Colorado Brass Arts (brass)
    June 15: Joe and Katie Uveges (singer-songwriter)
    June 29: Alicia Baker (virtuoso accordionist)
    July 13: Peak Big Band (jazz and swing)
    July 27: All Those Who Wander (alternative folk)
    August 10: Academy Jazz Ensemble

    Cripple Creek Summer Music Series
    Saturdays, 5-8 p.m.
    200 E. Bennett Ave.
    June 15: The Martini Shot
    July 13: Tejon Street Corner Thieves
    August 3: Kerry Pastine and the Crime Scene Band
    September 1: So What Brother’s

    Various Days

    Colorado College Summer Music Festival
    20 concerts in three weeks. Days, times and venues vary. Admission ranges from free to $35.
    June 6: Festival Artists Concert
    June 7: (Un)Common (En)Counterpoint
    June 9: Festival Artists Concert
    June 10: Music at Midday
    June 11: Festival Orchestra Concert
    June 12: Music at Midday
    June 13:  Festival Orchestra Children’s Concert
    June 13: Festival Artists Pre-Concert Recital
    June 13: Festival Artists Concert
    June 14: Music at Midday
    June 15: Student Concerto Reading
    June 16: A Family Affair
    June 17: Music at Midday
    June 18: Festival Artists Concert
    June 19: Music at Midday
    June 20: Music at Midday
    June 21: Music at Midday
    June 21: Festival Artists Pre-Concert Recital
    June 21: Festival Artists Concert
    June 22: Festival Orchestra Concert

    Summer Symphony: Colorado Springs Philharmonic
    July 4: Independence Day celebration at Memorial Park
    July 5: Symphony Above the Clouds, Woodland Park, 90 S. Cascade Ave.

    Woodland Music Series
    Free concerts in Woodland Park at various venues.
    June 7: Jazz in June, Swing Factory Big Band, Ute Pass Cultural Center
    June 8: Colorado College Festival Orchestra, Ute Pass Cultural Center
    July 13: Purely Bluegrass, Kantankerous and Blue Canyon Boys at Midland Pavilion
    August 10: Big Band Bonanza, Swing Factory Band and USAF Falconaires at Midland Pavilion
    September 14: Malt Shop Memories, The Nostalgics at Midland Pavilion

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