June 20, 2019
The official start of summer means FREE concerts are popping up everywhere, so you’re sure to find the sound that suits your mood! Summer also means wine tastings and big-name entertainment like a Beatles tribute concert, playing for one night only at the DCPA! Other music offerings include Orchestra for Tots and legendary tenor Andrea Bocelli, headlining with the Colorado Symphony at the Pepsi Center!
TODAY/TONIGHT, June 20
SOUTHLANDS PRESENTS NEW MUSIC!
Southlands’ FREE summer music concert continues to bring you the newest and most exciting local bands! Tonight’s band is Montage, a high-energy band with a full horn section led by the vocals of Odell Stroud and Ava Gardner. For the best covers of rock and R&B classics, check out Montage!
Southlands, 6155 S. Main St., Aurora
HOT LUNCH BAND ON THE GREEN
For a heaping helping of funk and fun, check out The Hot Lunch Band when they perform a FREE concert in the park at Stapleton! This high-energy band is so electrifying that it’s impossible to stay seated, so come ready to dance! The opening act is the Stapleton’s Got Talent finalist, Sarah Bloder, who will be performing her winning dance! Food trucks will be on hand, including Bombos Shaved Ice, Peak Pops, Em’s Ice Cream, Hecho Colorado, Dos Gringos, and Papa Beau.
Conservatory Green, 49th Pl. and Valentia St., Aurora
Friday, June 21
SUMMER WINE TASTING
Celebrate the start of summer with an elegant evening of wine tastings and cheese samples in a delightful outdoor setting! Bring some friends or make it a romantic evening with your significant other as you sip and sample a collection of wines carefully chosen to reflect a unique theme. This event is for 21 and over.
West Crescent, 29th Ave. & Roslyn St., Aurora
FREE OPERA FAIRY TALE
Not sure if you like opera? This is your perfect chance to get acquainted, with a lighthearted and fun romantic opera based on a folktale full of allegory, magic, good, evil, love, and death.
Carl Maria von Weber’s romantic-era opera is presented in a fully-staged performance, complete with costumes and a tricked-out set! While the songs are sung in German to piano accompaniment, there will be subtitles—and the dialogue is in English, so you’ll be able to follow the story with no problem! This community performance is FREE, but you must register to attend.
The People’s Building, 9995 E. Colfax, Aurora
Tickets: FREE with registration
This fun, FREE music series lets you sample the nostalgic sounds of summers past with big band music and modern swing quartets! You’ll enjoy the breezy, romantic music of less complicated times, while participating in free swing dance lessons to learn the basic steps. No partner or experience is required! This week, the popular will entertain you with their authentic period sound.
Eastbridge Town Center at Stapleton, 10155 E. 29th Dr., Denver
THE LEGENDARY ANDREA BOCELLI
The world-renowned tenor will headline in Denver for the first time in five years, playing from his number-one album Si—and the Colorado Symphony will be performing with him! Bocelli’s powerful vocals and soulful delivery will accompany each of his fan-favorite songs, including arias, love songs, and crossover hits. For an evening of classical music at its finest, treat yourself to this thrilling concert!
Pepsi Center, 1000 Chopper Cir., Denver
Friday-Saturday, June 21-22
UP-AND-COMING COMEDY STAR
You may not know her name yet, but chances are you’ve seen and laughed at her in one of her many roles on the big screen as well as TV—if you saw Office Christmas Party, her role was memorable! Fortune Feimster first made a name for herself on E!’s Chelsea Lately. She is also known as Nurse Collette on Hulu’s The Mindy Project, and she recently starred as a series regular in the NBC series Champions.
The best is yet to come for Feimster—she has recently co-written and will star in the motion picture Bad Cop, Bad Cop, and Tina Fey is producing an ABC comedy pilot that Feimster co-wrote! Don’t miss seeing this hilarious comedian before she becomes a household name!
Comedy Works-Downtown, 1226 15th St., Denver
Fri., 7:30 p.m. and 9:45 p.m.; Sat., 9:45 p.m.
Saturday, June 22
SOUTHLANDS FARMERS’ MARKET
Celebrate the official start of summer by picking some of Colorado’s best bounty for your table! Your family will appreciate the fresh-from-the-garden goodness of a wide range of produce, as well as all kinds of homemade goodies including breads, pastas, sauces, and sweets! Come down to Southlands Farmers’ Market—and bring plenty of shopping bags!
Southlands, 6155 S. Main St., Aurora
8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
TINY TOTS CONCERT
What a wonderful way to introduce young children to classical orchestral music—to put them right in the middle of it! Tiny Tots gets children truly inside the orchestra by seating them on the floor and surrounding them with a 30+ piece orchestra!
Your children ages 6 and under will be inspired by this 45-minute program that gives them the chance to interact with music and learn about instruments in the process. This summer’s program is a “greatest hits” performance, revisiting a mix of selections from the 2018-2019 season. Children will hear music about the four seasons, the animal kingdom, outer space, and more!
The Hangar at Stanley Markeplace, 2501 Dallas St. #135, Aurora
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
When you think about getting out and enjoying some of the great Colorado outdoors, you may think you need to drive far from the city—not so! Riverfest is Denver’s premier urban river festival! Activities include stand-up paddle board demos, a variety of riverside recreational activities, a kids zone, live music, beer, food vendors, water sport vendors, and more! Bands include Robby Peoples, Wanderraven, David Burchfield, Nikki Blum, and Anders Osborne. There’s even a River Rodeo!
This event benefits the Greenway Foundation, whose mission is to advance the South Platte River and its watershed as a unique environmental, recreational, cultural, scientific and historical amenity that uniquely links our community’s past with its future.
Confluence Park, 2250 15th St., Denver
12:00 – 9:00 p.m.
FREE SOUL SCHOOL CONCERT
School may be out for the summer, but you’ll be happy to attend Soul School’s concert in the park! This jammin’ band plays all your favorite Motown, contemporary, golden oldies, beach, country, jazz, rock, and funk songs that will have you up and dancing. Their tight harmonious vocals make for a smooth jazz experience, then they switch it up and take you to an all-out dance party!
Founders Green Park, 29th Ave & Roslyn St, Denver
LINE DANCING WITH GLOBAL GROOVES
This is a community concert that gets you on your feet! The Balkan Funk Line Dance is making an appearance in the People’s Building, and will lead you in the line dancing—no experience necessary!
The Gora Gora Orkestar will be playing feel-good music with an infectious rhythm, guaranteed to make you feel like dancing! This 10-piece brass band plays an eclectic mix of Old-World melodies of Eastern European Balkan folk with New Orleans second-line, with the back beat of American funk and the sultry sway of South American tango. This music and line dancing is fun for the entire family!
The People’s Building, 9995 E. Colfax, Aurora
Saturday-Sunday, June 22-23
CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL
If you have never attended a Japanese “Sakura Matsuri” (Cherry Blossom Festival), you are in for a beautiful surprise! Your entire family will enjoy this celebration of Japanese-American heritage and culture through live entertainment, food, arts and crafts, and informative exhibits and demonstrations.
Be transported to another land as you move inside the walls of the Temple and find exhibits of Ikebana (flower arrangement), Bonsai (the art of growing small ornamental trees or shrubs), Shodo (Japanese calligraphy) and informative lectures on Buddhism. The festival also features a Kid’s Craft Area where kids can make Japanese crafts. Among the entertainment on the outdoor live stage will be Denver Taiko, with rousing drum performances, as well as performances of Japanese dance, music, and martial arts.
Sakura Square, Lawrence St. btwn. 19th and 20th, Denver
Sat., 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.; Sun., 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Sunday, June 23
BEATLES TRIBUTE SHOW
You will feel like you are going back in time to see the real Beatles in concert, performing the greatest hits of their epic recording, Abbey Road. This theatrical event, performed by the band RAIN is “the next best thing to seeing the Beatles” (Associated Press).
This mind-blowing performance takes you back in time with the legendary foursome delivering a note-for-note concert experience that allows you to see the world’s most iconic band come to life again.
Ellie Caulkins Opera House/DPAC, 1385 Curtis St., Denver
2:00 and 6:30 p.m.
Song and Dance Near Southshore!
So much to do and with summer in full swing, plenty of places to do it! Away from it all, but close to everything, the lakeside community of Southshore offers access to plenty of things to do every weekend! If you’re new to Life at the Lake, drive around and check out the beautiful model homes from Century Communities, Richmond American Homes, and Toll Brothers. Available in ranch and two-story designs, Southshore homes are priced between the upper $400s to the $700s.