Back East Bar & Grill
Sports bar by day, thriving music venue by night, Back East delivers a regular lineup of local live music on the north side. You’ll find a hometown neighborhood bar feel at both the Briargate and Monument locations.
9475 Briar Village Point and 1455 Cipriani Loop, backeastbarandgrill.com
Tap into the DIY music scene that has been cultivated in the basement of this venue through the Redheaded Zombie Show. An extensive bar and comfy lounge resides upstairs, while the downstairs has enough space for a new or up-and-coming live band that’s just building its live chops. Here you can support local music, even if you are underage. Catch local acts, such as Briffault, Dorsal Fun, Lowfaith and Sons of Valor.
Summer Highlights: No Amnesty, Roadside Therapy, Los Toms, Adamsite (Aug. 9)
124 E. Costilla St., bar-kco.com
The Black Sheep
There’s nothing fancy about it, but since 2005, the Sheep has given an up-close experience to 450 fans at a time without arena rock prices. From local acts to national tours by the likes of Macklemore, Gwar and Imagine Dragons who played the Black Sheep as they broke big, you’ll find plenty of variety.
Summer Highlights: The Expendables (June 28), Night Riots (Aug. 9)
2106 E. Platte Ave., blacksheeprocks.com
Boot Barn Hall
Sitting on a $15 million campus with Bourbon Brothers Smokehouse and Tavern, the new 1,000- to 1,700-seat venue hosts local and national artists, with an emphasis on country and rock. Stomp your feet along with the likes of the Flying W Wranglers, The Eagles tribute band Hells Freezes Over and Glen Campbell.
Summer Highlights: Legendary Voices of Rock (July 5)
13071 Bass Pro Dr., bootbarnhall.com
Front Range BBQ
Laid-back and cozy, the Range plays regular host to a rollicking, soulful good time, heavy on Americana by regional and local favorites, such as Woodshed Red, Joe Johnson and Blue Frog.
Summer Highlights: Grant Sabin & The Juke Joint Highballs (July 5), Hymn for Her (July 24), Red Clay Revival (Aug. 9)
2330 W. Colorado Ave., frbbq.com
Officially known as the Open-Minded Gold Room, this downtown hot spot delivers a full schedule of widely varying live music and entertainment. Besides concerts, DJ dance parties and battle of the band type shows, you’ll also regularly find comedy, burlesque and cabaret.
18 S. Nevada Ave., goldroomlive.com
Kinfolks was made for Manitou’s folk jam band music scene, featuring both local and touring artists. The small bar hosts weekly open mic nights on their stage that gives regular music attendees the time to shine. Got stage fright? Just stay for the music, beer and comfortable atmosphere of this friendly, rootsy watering hole in the heart of Manitou.
950 Manitou Ave, visit their Facebook page
It’s hard to say what’s smoother—the jazz or the cocktails—at this Beatniks’ safe haven, where a variety of jazz styles thrive on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. Watch local leading local and touring jazz musicians here, such as The Wayne Wilkinson Trio and Treo.
Summer Highlights: Jahida Esperanza Quartet (July 5), Cosmic Collective (Aug 16.)
182 E. Cheyenne Mountain Blvd. motifjazzcafe.com
Triple Nickel Tavern
Long known as a DIY punk rock dive bar, the Nickel hosts a variety of rollicking artists and styles. A modest sized stage is the primary focus of the place and tries to harness the intensity of national and local acts that peel the paint of walls.
Summer Highlights: Tejon Street Corner Thieves (June 28), Dream Ritual, Plastic Leaf (July 13)
334 E. Colorado Ave., visit their Facebook page
The Wild Goose Meeting House
Don’t expect to get much conversation in when the cozy craft coffeehouse and café opens its garage doors and packs a crowd into its cozy environs. Enjoy a beer on tap, a pour-over coffee or a gourmet sandwich. Catch local artists like, Mango fan Django, Charlie Milo and Nube Nueve.
Summer Highlights: Ryan Flores (June 21, July 19, Aug. 30), Nube Nueve (June 29, July 27, Aug. 31)
401 N. Tejon. St., wildgoosemeetinghouse.com
Here you’ll find a family feel and DIY aesthetic, with everything from open mic, Goth worship and burlesque to local and regional artists, such as the Spirettes and Velveteers.
230 Pueblo Ave., zodiacvenue.com
Looking for live music and summer outdoor concerts? Find them at “Sounds of Summer — Free Concerts.”