Free and Fabulous
This valley is unique in offering free music in each community, especially in the summer months. Music has been known to change a person’s mood, affect memory, creativity and even how we learn. It is thought to link all of the emotional, spiritual, and physical elements of the universe — which probably makes the Roaring Fork Valley the center of the universe. Because whatever your music preference is, you are sure to find it right here and in our Lifestyle calendar: funk, jazz, bluegrass, rock, blues, classical, Cajun, country and alternative.
First, we have Summer of Music in Glenwood Springs with a six-concert series running Wednesday evenings from June 24 to July 29. As Christina Brusig, executive director of Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts, says, “This is the second largest community event offered in Glenwood Springs. 2015 marks 30 years of quality, community music at Two Rivers Park. Local opening acts and delicious festival vendors coupled with nationally recognized headlining acts make the Summer of Music something to enjoy and support!”
Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park proudly presents the seventh season of its popular Music on the Mountain concert series through September 26. In addition to summer evenings filled with music, concert-goers will drink specials and a free tram ride up and down the mountain in exchange for a canned food donation, which will benefit the LIFT-UP food pantry.
Sopris Park Concerts – Free concerts in the park return this year on the second Sunday of the month from 4 to 7 p.m. through August 9, thanks to collaboration between the Town of Carbondale and Steve’s Guitars. Let Them Roar will play on July 12 and Valle Musico enlivens the evening of August 19.
Steve’s Guitars – Live music every Friday night. Since opening in 1993, Steve’s intimate, music-listening room has hosted over 500 shows and presented hundreds of talented musicians coming from all over the states and foreign lands. Bring in your own beverage of choice and enjoy it in a non-smoking, house-concert type setting. (Some free concerts, some paid. Check the website at StevesGuitars.net for details.)
The Redstone Community Association puts on Saturday evening summer concerts through August 29 at Redstone Park (except July 4, August 8 and August 22). Go early to enjoy the beauty, culture, magical village and history of Redstone.
The Basalt Chamber of Commerce, with sponsorship from local merchants, hosts an eight-week live music concert series on Wednesday nights. The series alternates between Lions Park, Downtown Basalt, and Triangle Park, Willits Town Center.
Snowmass Village Concerts run through August 13. Snowmass Village and Jazz Aspen Snowmass have joined together since 1994 to give you a summer filled with free music. Concerts are held at the end of the Snowmass Village Mall on Snowmass Mountain. Bring a blanket or lawn chair to sit in. Food is allowed in the fenced-in area.
Belly Up Aspen hosts over 300 live concerts a year and features musical talents such as: Widespread Panic, John Prine, Ben Harper, Pitbull, SEAL, ZZ Top, Chris Isaak and many, many more. Details at BellyUpAspen.com. (This is typically a paid venue, but it’s worthy of a mention.)
Symphony of the Valley – Since the birth of Symphony in the Valley in 1993, musicians from all walks of life have come from Garfield, Eagle, Pitkin, and Mesa to share their love of live classical music. The orchestra typically performs twin concerts in Glenwood Springs and in Rifle, Colorado. They will be performing an Independence Day concert in July.
Open Mic Nights:
- Silver Spoon Saloon, New Castle
- Rivers Restaurant, Glenwood Springs
- Carbondale Beer Works, Carbondale
- The Black Nugget, Carbondale
Don’t forget all the summer community festivals that bring the flair of local, state and national bands and performers right here to you back door. Not every venue or concert is listed in this article; please the Lifestyle calendar on page 36 and your local community, chamber and event websites for more details.