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Guide to free summer concerts

By: JEN MULSON
May 28, 2009
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Summer nights are perfect for many things, including free concerts in the parks and other venues. Bathe in warm summer-night air and listen to a variety of musical genres float through the night. You don't need to spend a dime, except for the gas and maybe a picnic dinner, so there are no excuses. Get out into our lovely city and enjoy its talented musicians. Locations are numerous, from downtown to the north end, and the concerts go on through early September.


JUNE

  • Tuesday - 6-7:30 p.m., The Storys, Manitou Springs Public Library.

  • Wednesday - 6-8 p.m., Springs Contemporary Jazz Big Band, America the Beautiful Park.

  • Wednesday - 6:30 p.m., The Mitguards, Hillside Gardens.

  • Thursday - noon-1 p.m., Sacklunch Serenades on the Mighty Wurlitzer Theatre Pipe Organ, with short, silent comedy at each program, City Auditorium.

  • 5 - Friday, 3-7 p.m., Summer Spectacular Celebration with Under a Blood Red Sky, First and Main Town Center.

  • 9 - Tuesday, 7-9 p.m., The Storys, Secret Garden Wedding and Event Site.

  • 10 - Wednesday, 6-8 p.m., Phat Daddy and the Phat Horn Doctors with Sistah, America the Beautiful Park.

  • 10 - Wednesday, 6-8 p.m., Brad Bietry Group, Gateway Park at Wolf Ranch. Rain date June 11.

  • 10 - Wednesday, 6:30 p.m., Mango fan Django, Hillside Gardens.

  • 11 - Thursday, noon-1 p.m., Sacklunch Serenades on the Mighty Wurlitzer Theatre Pipe Organ, with short, silent comedy at each program, City Auditorium.

  • 12 - Friday, 5-7 p.m., Orquesta Sabroso, First and Main Town Center.

  • 13 - Saturday, 7 p.m., Willie Houston and the Blues Prowlers, Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site.

  • 16 - Tuesday, 7-9 p.m., Mango fan Django, Secret Garden Wedding and Event Site.

  • 17 - Wednesday, 6-8 p.m., Michael Johnson with the Colorado Springs Jazz Combo, America the Beautiful Park.

  • 17 - Wednesday, 6:30 p.m., 21/3, Hillside Gardens.

  • 17 - Wednesday, 6-8 p.m., Springs City Jazz Band, Union Printer's Home lawn. Rain date June 18.

  • 18 - Thursday, 7 p.m., Fountain Creek Brass Band, Soda Springs Park.

  • 18 - Thursday, noon-1 p.m., Sacklunch Serenades on the Mighty Wurlitzer Theatre Pipe Organ, with short, silent comedy at each program, City Auditorium.

  • 19 - Friday, 5-7 p.m., Rock N Horse, First and Main Town Center.

  • 22 - Monday, 7 p.m., Little London Winds, Soda Springs Park.

  • 23 - Tuesday, 7-9 p.m., Julio Garcia, Secret Garden Wedding and Event Site.

  • 24 - Wednesday, 7-9 p.m., Vintage Band, Gateway Park at Wolf Ranch. Rain date June 25.

  • 24 - Wednesday, 7 p.m., Palmer Divide, Limbach Park.

  • 24 - Wednesday, 6:30 p.m., Mike and Amy Finders, Hillside Gardens.

  • 24 - Wednesday, 6-8 p.m., Brad Eastin Quartet, The Glen at The Broadmoor Community Church.

  • 25 - Thursday, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Rock N Rooster, Bancroft Park.

  • 25 - Thursday, 7 p.m., Bill Emery's Jazztime Ensemble, Soda Springs Park.

  • 25 - Thursday, noon-1 p.m., Sacklunch Serenades on the Mighty Wurlitzer Theatre Pipe Organ, with short, silent comedy at each program, City Auditorium.

  • 26 - Friday, 5-7 p.m., Otis Bump and the Riptides, First and Main Town Center.

  • 29 - Monday, 5:30 p.m., Ice Cream Social; 7 p.m., Little London Winds, Soda Springs Park.

  • 30 - Tuesday, 7-9 p.m., Phil Volan, Secret Garden Wedding and Event Site.


JULY

  • 1 - Wednesday, 6-8 p.m., Joe Uveges with Susan Rissman and KJ Braithwaite, America the Beautiful Park.

  • 1 - Wednesday, 7 p.m., Russ Chapman, Limbach Park.

  • 1 - Wednesday, 6:30 p.m., Duke Davis, Hillside Gardens.

  • 1 - Wednesday, 6-8 p.m., Dick Cunico's Little Big Band, Bancroft Park.

  • 2 - Thursday, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Loose Connections, Bancroft Park.

  • 2 - Thursday, noon-1 p.m., Sacklunch Serenades on the Mighty Wurlitzer Theatre Pipe Organ, with short, silent comedy at each program, City Auditorium.

  • 3 - Friday, 5-7 p.m., John Wise and Tribe, First and Main Town Center.

  • 8 - Wednesday, 7 p.m., Jim Adam Blues Band, Limbach Park.

  • 8 - Wednesday, 6-8 p.m., Changing Times Big Band with Laura Davis, America the Beautiful Park.

  • 8 - Wednesday, 6-8 p.m., Promises quintet with Bob Alexander and Mark Rafael, Gateway Park at Wolf Ranch. Rain date July 9.

  • 8 - Wednesday, 6:30 p.m., John Stone, Hillside Gardens.

  • 9 - Thursday, 5:30-7:30 p.m., High Risk, Bancroft Park.

  • 9 - Thursday, 7 p.m., Fountain Creek Brass Band, Soda Springs Park.

  • 9 - Thursday, noon-1 p.m., Sacklunch Serenades on the Mighty Wurlitzer Theatre Pipe Organ, with short, silent comedy at each program, City Auditorium.

  • 10 - Friday, 5-7 p.m., The Parable Sons, First and Main Town Center.

  • 11 - Saturday, 7 p.m., Mark Gardner and Rex Rideout, Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site.

  • 13 - Monday, 7 p.m., Little London Winds, Soda Springs Park.

  • 15 - Wednesday, 7 p.m., Rick Stahl, Limbach Park.

  • 15 - Wednesday, 6:30 p.m., Acme Bluegrass, Hillside Gardens.

  • 15 - Wednesday, 6-8 p.m., Mistura Bela, Foothills Park.

  • 15 - Wednesday, 6-8 p.m., Spring Creek Bluegrass Band, America the Beautiful Park.

  • 16 - Thursday, noon-1 p.m., Sacklunch Serenades on the Mighty Wurlitzer Theatre Pipe Organ, with short, silent comedy at each program, City Auditorium.

  • 16 - Thursday, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Dangerous Mood, Bancroft Park.

  • 17 - Friday, 5-7 p.m., George Whitesell and His All Stars featuring Jill Watkins, First and Main Town Center.

  • 20 - Monday, 7 p.m., Little London Winds, Soda Springs Park.

  • 22 - Wednesday, 7 p.m., Chuck Pyle, Limbach Park.

  • 22 - Wednesday, 6:30 p.m., band TBA, Hillside Gardens.

  • 22 - Wednesday, 6-8 p.m., Changing Times Big Band, America the Beautiful Park.

  • 23 - Thursday, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Kim Ciara and the Sundowners, Bancroft Park.

  • 23 - Thursday, noon-1 p.m., Sacklunch Serenades on the Mighty Wurlitzer Theatre Pipe Organ, with short, silent comedy at each program, City Auditorium.

  • 23 - Thursday, 7 p.m., Fountain Creek Brass Band, Soda Springs Park.

  • 27 - Monday, 7 p.m., Little London Winds, Soda Springs Park.

  • 29 - Wednesday, 7 p.m., Sweet Revenge, Limbach Park.

  • 29 - Wednesday, 6:30 p.m., Miles Street Jazz Band, Hillside Gardens.

  • 29 - Wednesday, 6-8 p.m., Dakota Blonde, America the Beautiful Park.

  • 29 - Wednesday, 6-8 p.m., Swing Connection, Gateway Park at Wolf Ranch.

  • 30 - Thursday, 5:30-7:30 p.m., B.J. Estares and Route 61, Bancroft Park.

  • 30 - Thursday, noon-1 p.m., Sacklunch Serenades on the Mighty Wurlitzer Theatre Pipe Organ, with short, silent comedy at each program, City Auditorium.

  • 31 - Friday, 5-7 p.m., Wendy Woo Band, First and Main Town Center.


AUGUST

  • 3 - Monday, 7 p.m., Little London Winds, Soda Springs Park.

  • 5 - Wednesday, 6-8 p.m., Chip Dolan Trio, America the Beautiful Park.

  • 5 - Wednesday, 6:30 p.m., Mistura Bela, Hillside Gardens.

  • 5 - Wednesday, 6-8 p.m., Double McGuffin, Bancroft Park.

  • 6 - Thursday, 5:30-7:30 p.m., That Band! Bancroft Park.

  • 6 - Thursday, 7 p.m., Fountain Creek Brass Band, Soda Springs Park.

  • 6 - Thursday, noon-1 p.m., Sacklunch Serenades on the Mighty Wurlitzer Theatre Pipe Organ, with short, silent comedy at each program, City Auditorium.

  • 7 - Friday, 5-7 p.m., Jake Loggins Band, First and Main Town Center.

  • 10 - Monday, 7 p.m., Little London Winds, Soda Springs Park.

  • 12 - Wednesday, 6-8 p.m., Jim Adam Blues Band, America the Beautiful Park.

  • 12 - Wednesday, 6-8 p.m., Redraw the Farm, Gateway Park at Wolf Ranch. Rain date Aug. 13.

  • 12 - Wednesday, 6:30 p.m., band TBA, Hillside Gardens.

  • 12 - Wednesday, 6-8 p.m., Wayne Wilkinson Quartet, Grand Lawn Park at Cordera.

  • 13 - Thursday, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Grass It Up, Bancroft Park.

  • 13 - Thursday, noon-1 p.m., Sacklunch Serenades on the Mighty Wurlitzer Theatre Pipe Organ, with short, silent comedy at each program, City Auditorium.

  • 13 - Thursday, 7 p.m., Fountain Creek Brass Band, Soda Springs Park.

  • 17 - Monday, 7 p.m., Little London Winds, Soda Springs Park.

  • 19 - Wednesday, 6-8 p.m., United States Air Force Falconaires, America the Beautiful Park.

  • 19 - Wednesday, 6:30 p.m., band TBA, Hillside Gardens.

  • 20 - Thursday, noon-1 p.m., Sacklunch Serenades on the Mighty Wurlitzer Theatre Pipe Organ, with short, silent comedy at each program, City Auditorium.

  • 20 - Thursday, 7 p.m., Planet Polka, Soda Springs Park.

  • 26 - Wednesday, 6-8 p.m., Days Gone By, Gateway Park at Wolf Ranch. Rain date Aug. 27.

  • 26 - Wednesday, 6:30 p.m., band TBA, Hillside Gardens.

  • 27 - Thursday, noon-1 p.m., Sacklunch Serenades on the Mighty Wurlitzer Theatre Pipe Organ, with short, silent comedy at each program, City Auditorium.


SEPTEMBER

  • 2 - Wednesday, 6:30 p.m., band TBA, Hillside Gardens.

  • 9 - Wednesday, 6:30 p.m., band TBA, Hillside Gardens.


CONCERT VENUES

  • America the Beautiful Park: 126 Cimino Drive, off Colorado Avenue
  • Bancroft Park: 2408 W. Colorado Ave.
  • City Auditorium: 221 E. Kiowa St.
  • First and Main Town Center: Cinemark Theatre, 3305 Cinema Point
  • Foothills Park: 853 Allegheny Drive
  • Gateway Park at Wolf Ranch: Research Parkway and Tutt Boulevard
  • The Glen at The Broadmoor Community Church: 315 Lake Ave.
  • Grand Lawn Park at Cordera: 11894 Grand Lawn Circle
  • Hillside Gardens: 1006 S. Institute St.
  • Limbach Park: corner of Front and Second streets, Monument
  • Manitou Springs Public Library: 701 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs
  • Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site: at Garden of the Gods entrance off 30th Street
  • Secret Garden Wedding and Event Site: 420 S. 19th St.
  • Soda Springs Park: 900 block of Manitou Avenue, Manitou Springs
  • Union Printers Home: 101 S. Union Blvd.

 

 

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