Boyz II Men, Tower of Power and King Kong!

July 14, 2022

Summer means outdoor concerts, touring celebrities, amazing exhibitions and things to do this weekend and beyond in and around Aurora and in nearby Denver.

TODAY/TONIGHT, Thursday, July 14

The Radio Band is a killer live band with high-energy versatility with tunes to keep you on the dance floor all night long. This mash-up style dance band loves to tell people “pick the genre, we’ll play the hits!” They pride themselves on delivering jaw-dropping concert-style performances for events and turn on a dime musically so whether it’s pop, rock, country, R&B, swing, or EDM, be prepared to enjoy yourself tonight at Southlands.

2:00-5:00 p.m.

The sports/comedy YouTubers are touring 24-cities across the country this summer, and Denver’s one of the stops! Trick shots and stunts with a generous helping of comedy and competition – Dude Perfect’s brand of family-friendly entertainment has got them over 57 million subscribers on YouTube. The group from Frisco, Texas, has the second most subscribed channel on the video-sharing and social media platform. They have also found success off-screen with live shows; there were many sold-out stops on last year’s tour. Back on the road this summer, Dude Perfect is all set to entertain you with their record-breaking basketball tricks and more.

Ball Arena, 1000 Chopper Circle, Denver
7:00 p.m.
Tickets: $29-$256
Phone: 303-405-1100

Thursday-Saturday, July 14-16

Over 5,000 years ago, one of the most advanced and preeminent civilizations developed along the River Nile. Ever since, ancient Egypt’s fascinating pharaohs, pyramids, temples and extraordinary art and culture has captivated peoples’ imagination all over the world.  Experience everyday life in one of the most storied cultures in human history—the private, public and secret spaces—through hundreds of artifacts, stunning artwork and engaging interactives for insights into ancient Egyptian people and their impact on our own culture.

Denver Museum of Nature & Science, 2510 E. Colfax, Denver
Museum Hours: 
Tickets: $7:00-$9.50

Thursday-Sunday, July 14-17

“Furiously Funny! A smartly written ‘Hoot and Holler” of a show!”- Denver Post
Dixie Longate is known for her phenomenal success and hilarious antics in her wildly popular show, Dixie’s Tupperware Party. In her new hit show, Ms. Longate has reviewers cheering and audiences on their feet with nonstop laughter. Put on your cowboy boots and walk into her favorite honky-tonk as Dixie shares lessons learned after a hard night of drinking. What do a jeweled crown, a cardboard cutout of Julie Andrews and a box of moon pies have in common? Spend the night with Dixie and find out as she swaps her Tupperware bowls for a mechanical bull.

Garner Galleria Theatre, 1101 13th St., Denver
Thurs.-Sat., 7:30 p.m., Sat./Sun., 2:00 p.m.
Tickets:  $46-$80

Friday, July 15

Musician James Taylor rose to fame in the 1970s, when he became known for writing and performing sensitive, affecting songs. Over the course of a long-running career, Taylor has won five Grammy Awards and seen many of his albums go platinum. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000 and received a National Medal of the Arts in 2011. Throughout his career, Taylor—who is proudly liberal—has offered his support to causes and people he believes in. He has given concerts for politicians such as Barack Obama and Elizabeth Warren. Singer-songwriter James Taylor creates music that combines folk, rock and pop sensibilities and speaks to people’s inner emotional lives. Some of his hit songs include “Fire and Rain,” “Mexico” and “Shower the People.”

Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre, 6350 Greenwood Plaza Blvd., Greenwood Village
8:00 p.m.
Tickets $49.95-$149.95
Information: 303-229-7000

Friday-Sunday, July 15-17

Regarded by many as the best musical ever, GYPSY is the ultimate tale of an ambitious stage mother fighting for her daughter’s success… while secretly yearning for her own. Set across American in the 1920’s when vaudeville was dying and burlesque was born, this landmark show features iconic music, two-bit hustlers and an unforgettable Mama Rose! In the Nickelson Auditorium. 

Vintage Theater, 1468 Dayton St., Aurora
Fri.-Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 2:30 p.m.
Tickets: $20-38
Phone: 303-856-7830

This 70-minute play is geared towards children and youth, featuring high energy and trendy dances from around the world accompanied by plenty of laugh lines. It’s the perfect entertainment for summer campers, grandparents with kids, and all those who want an enjoyable experience at the theatre.

Vintage Theater, 1468 Dayton St., Aurora
Fri.-Sat., 7:00 p.m.; Sat.-Sun., 2:00 p.m.
Tickets: $20-38
Phone: 303-856-7830

Sunday, July 17

Straight out of the gate, your horse racing experience is unforgettable. Bally’s Arapahoe Park honors this ancient sport—one of the oldest in history, which has remained unchanged since classical antiquity—by adding modern conveniences. Before you take your seat, stop by one of our concession stands and bars. The full-service horse track near Southshore puts a fresh spin on an old classic and is an all-ages venue. The minimum age to place a wager is 18, and children ages 17 and under may enter the park for free as long as they are under parental guidance at all times.

Bally’s Arapahoe Park, 
1:00 p.m. (Also Mon./Tues.)
Admission: $5
Info: 303-690-2400

NEXT WEEK: Monday-Saturday, July 18-24

The sun will come out tomorrow! In this exciting summer camp adventure, students aged 8 to 18 will embark on the journey of putting on a fully staged musical!  Three weeks full of learning, fun, and friends! Students will study acting, music, and dance as part of the rehearsal process, which also includes technical elements such as lights, sound, set, costumes, and props. Camps end with two fully-staged performances!  The theatre is thrilled to welcome back Jessica Lawdan and Brittany Homberg who will be leading the camp this year to help kids become their favorite characters Annie, Miss Hanigan, Daddy Warbucks and a group of spirited orphans come to vibrant life on the stage!

Vintage Theater, 1468 Dayton St., Aurora
Mon., July 18-Sat., August 6
12:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
Tuition: $199 (Scholarships available)
Phone: 303-856-7830

Wednesday, July 20

At this new summer event held on Wednesdays, shoppers can purchase items from local artisans, crafters, and jewelers while enjoying a glass of wine, beer, or dine al fresco at one of Town Square’s many restaurants.

4:30-8:30 p.m.
Phone: 303-627-5000

“Dealing with the pandemic, being in separate places, trying to survive without our best friends, without touring, not to mention the political divide in this country,” says Lettuce drummer Adam Deitch.  “We really needed to unify.” And that’s the title of their eighth studio album and the sound that earned Lettuce a Grammy in 2019.

Followed by Tower of Power, the brass-fueled group formed during 1968 in Oakland, CA that released its first album during 1970. The intervening years have seen a lot of music (18 studio albums, including last year’s “Step Up”) and more than five dozen members pass through its ranks. When you hear their signature songs, they sound as fresh as they did when they first hit the air waves. The horns sparkle, the vocals are full of soulful fervor and the grooves laid down by bass player Marc van Wageningen and drummer David Garibaldi in the rhythm section are deep and satisfying. Joined by the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, this is a night of music not to be missed!

Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, CO
7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $59.95-$79.95

Carl Denham needs to finish his movie and has the perfect location; Skull Island. But he still needs to find a leading lady. This ‘soon-to-be-unfortunate’ soul is Ann Darrow. No one knows what they will encounter on this island or why it is so mysterious, but once there they soon discover a giant gorilla and it isn’t long before Ann is literally in the beast’s grasp. Carl and Ann’s new love, Jack Driscoll must travel through the jungle to rescue the damsel in distress, whilst avoiding all sorts of other terrifying creatures. 

Denver Museum of Nature & Science, Sie Film Center, 2510 E. Colfax, Denver
Doors open: 6:15 p.m.
Tickets: $10.50-$65 (annual membership)

Your favorite off-beat lecture series is back this summer in a new-ish location with two ways to tune in! This year Mixed Taste, presented in partnership with the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, will be at MCA’s new performance and programming space, the Holiday Theater! Mixed Taste is a long-running, beloved program where even the most mismatched subjects find unexpected common ground in an interactive lecture series that can go pretty much anywhere. Two speakers get 20 minutes each to enlighten participants on unrelated topics, without making any connections to the other. It is only as participants begin to ask questions that these talented, sometimes hilarious, occasionally wild speakers start to take our highly engaged audience on an adventure of words with twists and turns that eventually bring the two subjects together in extraordinary ways.

MCA Denver’s The Holiday Theater (& Virtual), 2644 W. 32nd Ave., Denver
7:00 p.m.
Tickets: $20-$30

Thursday, July 21

The Country Music Project (TCMP) is Colorado’s hottest country music group that includes some of the state’s best musicians.  TCMP performs traditional country tunes from artists like Merle Haggard, George Jones, and Tammy Wynette, filling up dance floors on some of Colorado’s best music venues.  But you’ll also see them perform today’s Top 40 country from artists like Lady Antebellum, The Band Perry, Miranda Lambert, Carrie Underwood or Dierks Bentley. Don’t leave early because there’s always some great rock-n-roll before the lights go out! TCMP works hard to honor the traditional sounds of country music and at the same time tackle the modern sounds of today’s artists.  With the most power vocal lineup in the Denver marketplace, TCMP is a must see for fans of vocal country music!

2:00-5:00 p.m.

Friday, July 22

Boyz II Men, also known as B2M, is an American vocal harmony group from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, best known for emotional ballads and a cappella harmonies. Songs like “Motownphilly” and “End of the Road” were sensations during their reign atop the Billboard charts, and many of the other early songs were nearly as ubiquitous at various points in the ’90s. Boyz II Men’s talent and award-winning music continues to entertain audiences of all ages.

They have won a slew of awards including four Grammys, three Billboard Music Awards, and nine American Music Awards and are currently a trio composed of baritone Nathan Morris alongside tenors Wanya Morris and Shawn Stockman

Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre, 6350 Greenwood Plaza Blvd., Greenwood Village
8:00 p.m.
Tickets $35-$149.95
Information: 303-229-7000

Don’t miss the Dive-In Movie at Elitch Gardens – Spiderman: No Way Home! Peter Parker’s secret identity is revealed to the entire world. Desperate for help, Peter turns to Doctor Strange to make the world forget that he is Spider-Man. The spell goes horribly wrong and shatters the multiverse, bringing in monstrous villains that could destroy the world. When a spell goes wrong, the dangerous foes from other worlds start to appear, forcing Peter to discover what it truly means to be Spider-Man. Shown in Island Kingdom Water Park and are free with any park admission or Season Pass.

Elitch Gardens Theme & Water Park, 2000 Elitch Cir., Denver
7:30 p.m.
Admission: $50

Saturday, July 23

One of the leading figures in the gospel-rap movement, Lecrae delivers his faith-centric rhymes with secular flair, employing contemporary production that attracts fans from both ends of the spiritual spectrum. Influenced by Romans 1:16 (“For I am not ashamed of the gospel…”), Lecrae made his debut in 2004 with Real Talk, which he issued on his own label, Reach Records. Other notable efforts include the Christian chart-topping Rebel (2008) and Grammy-winning Gravity (2012), which took home the award for Best Gospel Album in 2013. His journey to bring his message to the mainstream reached a peak in 2014 when Anomaly topped the Billboard 200 and continued into 2016 when he signed with Columbia Records. In addition to collaborations with secular artists E-40, Ty Dolla $ign, and Tori Kelly, Lecrae teamed with trap producer Zaytoven in 2018 for the joint effort, the Christian chart-topper, Let the Trap Say Amen. In 2020, he released his ninth set, rumored to be his last, Restoration.

Elitch Gardens Theme & Water Park, 2000 Elitch Cir., Denver
7:30 p.m.
Admission: $50

Saturday/Sunday, July 23-24

Actor/Comedian/Writer Tom Segura is one of the biggest names in the comedy business.  He recently performed to sold-out audiences on his 100+ city TAKE IT DOWN TOUR. He is best known for his Netflix specials, Ball Hog (2020), Disgraceful (2018), Mostly Stories (2016), and Completely Normal (2014). Paste Magazine described him as, “…having a natural and capable storytelling ability, one that lifts his narratives out of average anecdote fare and plants them firmly in hilarious ground.” Your Mom’s House Studios is home to his hit podcasts Your Mom’s House which he co-hosts with his wife, comedian Christina Pazsitzky, 2 Bears 1 Cave which he co-hosts with Bert Kreischer, and many more. Additionally, YMH Studios was one of the first networks to create wildly successful Livestream Podcast Events as an outcome of the pandemic.

Segura can be seen in the STX FILM COUNTDOWN opposite Elizabeth Lail, INSTANT FAMILY opposite Mark Wahlberg and Rose Byrne, OPENING ACT, and FLINCH. Segura’s television credits include The Late Show with Stephen ColbertConanWorkaholics, Happy EndingsThe Late Late Show, Comedy Central Presents: Tom Segura, Mash Up, How To Be A Grown Up.

Ball Arena, 1000 Chopper Circle, Denver
7:00 p.m.
Tickets: $30-$50
Phone: 303-405-1100

Sunday, July 24

Possessing one of the most outstanding and instantly recognizable voices in music, GRAMMY, Tony, and Emmy Award-nominated singer, songwriter, and actor Josh Groban has entertained fans across the globe with his multi-platinum albums (over 35 million sold worldwide), electrifying live performances, and comedic film and television appearances. He has appeared feature films such as Crazy, Stupid, Love, The Hollars, Coffee Town, and Muppets Most Wanted, as well as on NBC’s The Office, FX’s It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, and CBS’ The Crazy Ones.

Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, CO
7:00 p.m.
Tickets: $59.95-$279.95+

The Arts, Music and More Near Southshore!

Enjoy Life at the Lake in the master-planned community of Southshore—and find all sorts of  entertainment within easy reach! You can personalize your living space – just check out the beautiful model homes from Richmond American Homes and Century Communities. It’s easy to picture yourself in your own new home here, priced from the $500s to the $800s.