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Planet Earth Month 03/01/2014 - 04/30/2014

What planet is dynamic, ever-changing and the perfect home for us? Earth! Discover all that makes our Earth spectacular and what we can do to keep it that way, Mar. 1-Apr. 30 at the Children’s Museum of Denver. From creating beautiful jewelry out of reusable materials to learning how to care for our unique home, explore what makes Earth special. Each day is different, visit mychildsmuseum.org for specific programs and times.

303-433-7444. Cost: No Cost - $9. Children’s Museum of Denver, Denver

One Book 4 Colorado winning author to visit at Aurora Public Library 04/17/2014

Jeremy Tankard, award winning author of this year’s One Book 4 Colorado book, will visit the Aurora Public Library, Central branch, 14949 E. Alameda Parkway for a reading of his story, Grumpy Bird and other activities.

On Thursday, April 17, at 4 p.m., Tankard will delight preschoolers with his reading this children’s story and other books of his, autograph books and also do a drawing demonstration for the kids.   Join us for this very special interactive Storytime with the author. The event is free and no registrations required.

. Cost: Free. Aurora Public Library, Aurora

Bikes For Life Aurora Community Event 05/03/2014

FREE Bicycle Event for Children

Bring your children to practice their bicycle riding on a course designed to teach them key skills.  The course is designed for children of all ability levels ages 3 to 12.  A separate course will be set up for children learning to ride a bicycle for the first time without training wheels.  Children will also learn important bicycle safety lessons at the event.  Bring your child’s bicycle and helmet or borrow one on the course and let them practice their skills. 

Is your bike too old?  Are the kids’ bikes getting too small? Or could it just be time for new ones? {Re}cycleyour old bicycle at this bike donation event to benefit The Bike Depot’s programming efforts in the community.

 

Bikes For Life encourages Colorado youth to develop healthy habits and a lifelong commitment to wellness through bicycling.  Please join Children’s Hospital Colorado, Aurora Public Schools, 5th Gear Kids, UnitedHealthcare, and BikeSource in promoting bicycling as a fun & healthy activity for your children!

720-777-4166. Cost: Free. Aurora Central High School, Aurora

$10,000 Trout Tournament 05/17/2014

What would you do with $10,000? One lucky winner will have to decide at the 23rd annual $10,000 Trout Tournament at the Aurora Reservoir. The largest (based on weight) trout caught that day wins the guaranteed grand prize, runner up prizes are awarded in youth and adult divisions so why not make it a family event? The event includes an expo area with seminars to make the most out of your camping and fishing trips. All participants must be registered so sign up today at www.auroragov.org/reservoirs

303.739.7163. Cost: $30.00. Aurora Reservoir, Aurora

West Bijou Tour 06/01/2014

Discover why West Bijou is a jewel! These tours are special opportunities to explore our 8,000 acre short-grass prairie natural area with Plains Center naturalists. We will explore the prairie, watch the skies for raptors and visit the bison herd. Discover the story of the K/T boundary – one of the most unique K/T sites in the world – and we will learn how it tells the story of the demise of the dinosaurs. Meet at Plain Center’s Aurora site at 9am and return at 3pm. Transportation to West Bijou and lunch is included. Bring water bottle, sunscreen, close-toed shoes and dress for the ever-changing Colorado weather. Binoculars and cameras are recommended! Tours are weather dependent and if road conditions are unsafe, we will reschedule the trip.
*Reservations required: $30 / member; $45 / non-member.

303-693-3621. Cost: member $30 non-member $45. Plains Conservation Center, Aurora

Marc Cohn and Mavis Staples concert 06/24/2014

Marc Cohn and Mavis Staples

Marc Cohn

After winning a Grammy for his soulful ballad “Walking in Memphis”, Marc Cohn solidified his place as one of this generation’s most compelling singer/songwriters, combining the precision of a brilliant tunesmith with the passion of a great soul man. He’s a natural storyteller, balancing the exuberant with the poignant, and able to distill universal truth out of his often romantic, drawn-from-life tales.

Cohn followed up his platinum-selling debut with two more releases in the 1990s, at which point TIME magazine called him “one of the honest, emotional voices we need in this decade” and Bonnie Raitt declared, “Marc is one of the most soulful, talented artists I know. I love his songs, he’s an incredible singer, and I marvel at his ability to mesmerize every audience he plays for.” Raitt, James Taylor, David Crosby, Graham Nash and Patty Griffin all made guest appearances on Cohn’s early records for Atlantic, as his reputation as an artist and performer continued to grow. In 1998, Cohn took a decade-long sabbatical from recording, ending in 2007 with Join The Parade. Inspired by the horrific events following Hurricane Katrina and his own near fatal shooting just weeks before, Parade is his most moving and critically acclaimed record to date. About his latest album Listening Booth: 1970, Rolling Stone said, “Cohn has one of rock’s most soulful croons – a rich immediately recognizable tenor that makes these songs his own.”

Mavis Staples

Soul/gospel legend, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, and civil rights icon Mavis Staples will release her second collaboration with Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy, One True Vine, June 25 via Anti-. The follow-up to 2010′s Grammy-winning You Are Not Alone, One True Vine finds Staples traversing darker terrain with stark, acoustic arrangements and the most honest, unvarnished vocal performances of her career. Featuring ten tracks – including new compositions written specifically for Staples by Tweedy and Nick Lowe along with covers ranging from Funkadelic to Lowe – the record is the most personal and emotional statement from the “American treasure” (Chicago Tribune) yet.

Recorded at The Loft, Wilco’s studio in Chicago, the album features Jeff Tweedy on nearly every instrument except drums, which were played by Tweedy’s 17-year-old son Spencer. From album opener “Holy Ghost,” written by Low’s Alan Sparhawk, to the new Tweedy composition “Jesus Wept,” the gravity in Staples’ voice is transfixing, heavy with burdens but blessed with the promise of true redemption that shines through on Nick Lowe’s deft and driving “Far Celestial Shore,” Funkadelic’s “Can You Get To That,” and Pops Staples’ uplifting “I Like The Things About Me.”

Staples’ last collaboration with Tweedy, You Are Not Alone, earned her the highest Billboard chart debut of her 50+ year career, her first Grammy award, and universal critical acclaim. NPR enthused, “she could move a listener to tears,” while People Magazine said she “provides the comfort of a higher power.” Mavis performed at the Kennedy Center Honors, took the stage at Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert’s massive televised “Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear,” and performed at the NAACP Image Awards and 2011 VH1 Divas broadcast. She also provided one of the most indelible moments of the 2013 Grammy telecast with a moving tribute to Levon Helm alongside Elton John, Mumford & Sons, Brittany Howard (The Alabama Shakes), T Bone Burnett, and Zac Brown.

You Are Not Alone, which won a Grammy this year, follows her 2007 critical triumph, We’ll Never Turn Back, which revisited the great songs of the civil rights era and prompted her hometown paper The Chicago Sun-Times to hail her as “an American treasure.”

Summer is just around the corner, and with the warmer temperatures the Summer Concert Series returns to Denver Botanic Gardens. Along with the producing partner, Swallow Hill Music, Denver Botanic Gardens is excited to announce this summer’s full line-up of fantastic artists.

The 2014 Denver Botanic Gardens Summer Concert Series, presented by UMB Bank, is situated inside the gates of one of the nation’s top botanic gardens. Named one of the “5 Best Outdoor Venues in Colorado” in 2012 by Westword, the UMB Bank Amphitheater and Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield offer an unrivaled ambiance of beautiful scenery and the crystal clear music of some of the world’s most sought-after artists.

This year’s concert series will be all the more brilliant, as the Gardens hosts an exhibition of Dale Chihuly’s impressively bold and vibrant artwork. Chihuly’s sculptures – ranging in size and form – add bold colors and dramatic beauty to the Gardens’ 24-acre urban oasis, and a visually striking backdrop for the 2014 Summer Concert Series.

The full series line-up is below. Tickets go on-sale to the general public April 22 at 10am, with exclusive member pre-sales April 14-21. Unless otherwise noted, all shows start at 7pm; gates open at 6pm.

. Cost: $49-$86.50. Denver Botanic Gardens, Denver

Natalie Cole concert 06/25/2014

Natalie Cole

Multiple Grammy Award-winner Natalie Cole’s first Spanish-language album, “Natalie Cole en Español” will be released June 25 on Verve/Universal. The album finds Natalie personally inspired by both the bilingual recording legacy of her father Nat King Cole, and a growing passion for the timeless romanticism of the great Latin music composers. Produced by Rudy Pérez (“Latin Music Producer Of The Decade” – Billboard), “Natalie Cole en Español” will reintroduce a new generation of fans to many of Latin Music’s most romantic standards – with both new interpretations of Spanish-language classics previously recorded by Nat King Cole, and Natalie’s own personal selections of songs that have touched her heart and make this album truly her own. This wonderful balance of both old and new classics is perfectly illustrated by the special vocal collaborations that highlight the album, with Natalie joining Juan Luis Guerra on the Dominican Maestro’s own “Bachata Rosa,” while looking further back with Andrea Bocelli on the eternal “Bésame Mucho.” But without question, the most emotional pairing of the album finds Natalie joining her father in a heartfelt duet of “Acércate Más” (Come Closer to Me) – utilizing the same technique as their Grammy winning, globally multi-platinum recording of “Unforgettable.”

From a historical perspective, it is difficult to overstate Nat King Cole’s cultural importance, not only as a world-class singer, multi-million selling recording artist and extraordinary pianist, but also as a pioneer for racial equality. Nat was the era’s most successful recording artist on Capitol Records, which became known throughout the music industry as “The House That Nat Built.” Through the sheer understated elegance of his music, he gained acceptance in all strata of society. In the 1940′s, Cole became the first black performer to have his own regular radio show, and that pioneering role as host expanded to television when “The Nat King Cole Show” made its debut on NBC in 1956. But even with such success, the battle for equality continued both in the United States and abroad, which Cole discovered that same year when he was contracted for an appearance in Cuba – only to be told he could perform at, but not stay overnight, in the famed Hotel Nacional.

Notwithstanding that initial reception, Nat became enamored of the musical spirit he discovered in Cuba while working with top-flight Latin artists like Bebo Valdés, and soon after – encouraged by his manager Carlos Gastel – Cole made the pioneering decision to become the first American superstar to record an entire album of Spanish standards. Recorded between Cuba and Los Angeles, and released in 1958, “Cole Español” was quickly embraced by Spanish speaking music fans across the world, who appreciated Cole’s outreach in their own language while creating a fusion of Latin rhythm with the feel of the Great American Songbook. Global reaction to Cole’s entry into Spanish-language recording was so strong, that additional recording sessions took place in Rio de Janeiro and Mexico City in ensuing years – resulting in the subsequent release of “A Mis Amigos” (1959) and “More Cole Español” (1962). Now, over 50 years later and counting, Nat King Cole is widely embraced across Latin America as an ahead-of-his time cultural ambassador, and a musical memorial to his legacy (consisting of a Jukebox of his music and bust of his likeness) now resides on that very same ground of initial adversity in the Hotel Nacional.

Growing up, Natalie Cole was well aware of this aspect of her father’s career and now, as she returns with her first new album following her remarkable recovery from a Kidney transplant (detailed in the heartfelt 2010 memoir “Love Brought Me Back: A Journey of Loss and Gain”), she has found a deeper appreciation of those groundbreaking recordings and a desire to further extend her family’s commitment to bilingual music. Inspired by both a strong bond recently forged with the Latino family of her kidney donor, and the historical knowledge and passion of award-winning producer Rudy Pérez, Natalie has meticulously crafted “Natalie Cole en Español” as a lush and captivating tribute to Latin Music’s legendary composers and their most romantic songs.

Summer is just around the corner, and with the warmer temperatures the Summer Concert Series returns to Denver Botanic Gardens. Along with the producing partner, Swallow Hill Music, Denver Botanic Gardens is excited to announce this summer’s full line-up of fantastic artists.

The 2014 Denver Botanic Gardens Summer Concert Series, presented by UMB Bank, is situated inside the gates of one of the nation’s top botanic gardens. Named one of the “5 Best Outdoor Venues in Colorado” in 2012 by Westword, the UMB Bank Amphitheater and Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield offer an unrivaled ambiance of beautiful scenery and the crystal clear music of some of the world’s most sought-after artists.

This year’s concert series will be all the more brilliant, as the Gardens hosts an exhibition of Dale Chihuly’s impressively bold and vibrant artwork. Chihuly’s sculptures – ranging in size and form – add bold colors and dramatic beauty to the Gardens’ 24-acre urban oasis, and a visually striking backdrop for the 2014 Summer Concert Series.

The full series line-up is below. Tickets go on-sale to the general public April 22 at 10am, with exclusive member pre-sales April 14-21. Unless otherwise noted, all shows start at 7pm; gates open at 6pm.

. Cost: $73.00 - $78.00. Denver Botanic Gardens, Denver

Joan Baez concert 07/10/2014

Joan Baez

Joan Baez has been as busy as ever in the five years since she celebrated the landmark years of 2008-2009, the 50th anniversaries of her legendary residency in 1958 at the famed Club 47 in Cambridge, and her subsequent debut at the 1959 Newport Folk Festival.

In addition to multiple tours of the US and abroad, the recent past has included the induction of Joan’s 1960 debut Vanguard LP by the National Recording Academy into the Grammy Hall Of Fame and the presentation to her of the inaugural Joan Baez Award for Outstanding Inspirational Service in the Global Fight for Human Rights at Amnesty International’s 50th Anniversary gathering in 2012.

She remains a musical force of nature whose influence is incalculable – marching on the front line of the civil rights movement with Martin Luther King, inspiring Vaclav Havel in his fight for a Czech Republic, singing on the first Amnesty Interna¬tional tour and more recently, standing alongside Nelson Mandela when the world celebrated his 90th birthday in London’s Hyde Park. She shined a spotlight on the Free Speech Movement, took to the fields with Cesar Chavez, organized resistance to the Vietnam War, then forty years later saluted the Dixie Chicks for their courage to protest the Iraq war. Her earliest recordings fed a host of traditional ballads into the rock vernacular, before she unselfconsciously introduced Bob Dylan to the world in 1963, beginning a tradition of mutual mentoring that continues to this day.

Amongst the many honors bestowed upon her, she is the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award, the greatest honor that the Recording Academy can bestow (2007). Day After Tomorrow, her 2008 album was praised by critics and nominated for a Grammy. Its release was followed by the PBS American Masters premier of her life story, Joan Baez: How Sweet The Sound.

Summer is just around the corner, and with the warmer temperatures the Summer Concert Series returns to Denver Botanic Gardens. Along with the producing partner, Swallow Hill Music, Denver Botanic Gardens is excited to announce this summer’s full line-up of fantastic artists.

The 2014 Denver Botanic Gardens Summer Concert Series, presented by UMB Bank, is situated inside the gates of one of the nation’s top botanic gardens. Named one of the “5 Best Outdoor Venues in Colorado” in 2012 by Westword, the UMB Bank Amphitheater and Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield offer an unrivaled ambiance of beautiful scenery and the crystal clear music of some of the world’s most sought-after artists.

This year’s concert series will be all the more brilliant, as the Gardens hosts an exhibition of Dale Chihuly’s impressively bold and vibrant artwork. Chihuly’s sculptures – ranging in size and form – add bold colors and dramatic beauty to the Gardens’ 24-acre urban oasis, and a visually striking backdrop for the 2014 Summer Concert Series.

. Cost: $55.00 - $60.00. Denver Botanic Gardens, Denver

Steep Canyon Rangers and Head for the Hills concert 07/27/2014

Steep Canyon Rangers

When the time came for the Steep Canyon Rangers to record the follow-up to 2012′s Nobody Knows You, they headed north to Woodstock, NY, to Levon Helm’s famed studio with Grammy-winning producer Larry Campbell and engineer Justin Guip. This was a departure from their previous albums, where they chose co-producers from within the bluegrass community. Instead of having Campbell co-produce, the band gave him full control.

Over the months before they started to record Tell The Ones I Love, they sent him several dozen new songs to consider. And while the Steep Canyon Rangers were certainly open to recording songs by other composers, or to dip into traditional material, Campbell ultimately had them record all original tunes, based both on the strength of the songs, and the band’s arrangements. This seems fitting for a band whose stellar reputation is based on performing original material, and who had just won the Best Bluegrass Album Grammy Award for Nobody Knows You. There’s a backstory here, too: last year, the band played Levon’s Midnight Ramble, and impressed Helm enough that he invited them to come back and record at the barn. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen before his untimely passing, but they still felt his joyful, creative spark and subtle influence while working in his studio.

The band wanted Tell The Ones I Love to reflect the spirit of their concerts—an original, freewheeling, high energy approach to bluegrass that rests mainly on the songwriting of Graham Sharp and Charles Humphrey. They recorded the album almost entirely live, using few overdubs. “We wanted it to be different from our last album,” explained banjo player Graham Sharp, “and create something more raw and immediate.” Guitarist Woody Platt added that they headed into recording with “more confidence and momentum” from both their Grammy win and their unrelenting touring schedule.

Head for the Hills

Head for the Hills has a simple but continuing dilemma they can’t seem to resolve. Specialists have been hired to no avail and the predicament persists: how does one describe the multifarious music of Head for the Hills? Among the top contenders are catchy turns of phrase like post-bluegrass, progressive string music, modern acoustic noir, and bluegrass bricolage. “On top of modern string music,” (Bluegrass Today), “Cutting edge,” (Drew Emmitt) or “Best in Colorado Bluegrass” (Westword Showcase Readers Poll)—those are up there too. Strip away the artful descriptors and you have a forward thinking group of (mostly) acoustic musicians drawing on eclectic influences, tastes and styles. They didn’t grow up immersed in bluegrass music but came to it later in life, with each other.

The result is a sound based in bluegrass that reaches into indie rock, jazz, hip hop, world and folk to stitch together fresh songs that bridge the divide between past and future acoustic music. Head for the Hills—Adam Kinghorn on Guitar and vocals, Joe Lessard on violin and vocals, Matt Loewen on upright bass and vocals and Mike Chappell on acoustic and electric mandolins—has been bringing their music, whatever you’d like to call it, to audiences from the Telluride Bluegrass Festival to South by Southwest and a multitude of stages in between since 2004. The band has independently issued two studio records and one live, been featured on NPR Ideastream and eTown, co-released a beer with Odell Brewing Company in May 2013 and charted on the CMJ Top 200 (Head for the Hills, 2010). Blue Ruin, an all-new album of original material is slated for release on July 9th, 2013.

Summer is just around the corner, and with the warmer temperatures the Summer Concert Series returns to Denver Botanic Gardens. Along with the producing partner, Swallow Hill Music, Denver Botanic Gardens is excited to announce this summer’s full line-up of fantastic artists.

The 2014 Denver Botanic Gardens Summer Concert Series, presented by UMB Bank, is situated inside the gates of one of the nation’s top botanic gardens. Named one of the “5 Best Outdoor Venues in Colorado” in 2012 by Westword, the UMB Bank Amphitheater and Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield offer an unrivaled ambiance of beautiful scenery and the crystal clear music of some of the world’s most sought-after artists.

This year’s concert series will be all the more brilliant, as the Gardens hosts an exhibition of Dale Chihuly’s impressively bold and vibrant artwork. Chihuly’s sculptures – ranging in size and form – add bold colors and dramatic beauty to the Gardens’ 24-acre urban oasis, and a visually striking backdrop for the 2014 Summer Concert Series.

. Cost: $49.00 - $54.00. Denver Botanic Gardens, Denver

Jimmy Cliff concert 07/28/2014

Jimmy Cliff

“I got one more shot at the goal/Straight from my soul/I’m in control,” sings reggae legend Jimmy Cliff on “One More,” the lead track from Rebirth, the new Universal Music Enterprises album from the Grammy-winning musician, actor, singer, songwriter, producer and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, produced by punk icon Tim Armstrong, of Rancid and Operation Ivy fame.

The release, his first studio album in seven years, is the next step in their collaboration on last year’s Sacred Fire EP, an effort Rolling Stone called Cliff’s “best music in decades… [his] tenor still soars.” With the groundbreaking 1972 film The Harder They Come celebrating its 40th anniversary, Cliff—who starred in the movie and contributed the title cut, “You Can Get It If You Really Want,” “Many Rivers to Cross” and “Sitting in Limbo” to the soundtrack—is still going strong in a career that has spanned almost 50 years and includes his native Jamaica’s highest honor, the Order of Merit. In Rebirth’s autobiographical “Reggae Music,” Cliff recounts going to see famed Jamaican producer Leslie Kong in 1962 to convince him to work with him, releasing Cliff’s first hit, “Hurricane Hattie,” when he was just 14.

Summer is just around the corner, and with the warmer temperatures the Summer Concert Series returns to Denver Botanic Gardens. Along with the producing partner, Swallow Hill Music, Denver Botanic Gardens is excited to announce this summer’s full line-up of fantastic artists.

The 2014 Denver Botanic Gardens Summer Concert Series, presented by UMB Bank, is situated inside the gates of one of the nation’s top botanic gardens. Named one of the “5 Best Outdoor Venues in Colorado” in 2012 by Westword, the UMB Bank Amphitheater and Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield offer an unrivaled ambiance of beautiful scenery and the crystal clear music of some of the world’s most sought-after artists.

This year’s concert series will be all the more brilliant, as the Gardens hosts an exhibition of Dale Chihuly’s impressively bold and vibrant artwork. Chihuly’s sculptures – ranging in size and form – add bold colors and dramatic beauty to the Gardens’ 24-acre urban oasis, and a visually striking backdrop for the 2014 Summer Concert Series.

. Cost: $55.00 - $60.00. Denver Botanic Gardens, Denver

Barenaked Ladies concert 08/01/2014

Barenaked Ladies

Among the truths we hold to be self-evident are these: Canadian bands can play their asses off, and they can also bring the funny. No outfit hailing from north of the border embodies these paired virtues more engagingly than the Barenaked Ladies, whose fusion of hooks and yuks has resulted in more than 14 million albums sold, as well as putting myriad fannies in the seats of concert halls and amphitheaters around the world.

On the occasion of the band’s 25th anniversary, Barenaked Ladies — Ed Robertson (guitar/vocals), Jim Creeggan (bass/vocals), Kevin Hearn (keyboard/guitar/vocals) and Tyler Stewart (drums/vocals) — are celebrating with new album Grinning Streak. The album, the band’s twelfth, is their first in partnership with Vanguard Records after self-releasing their last four efforts.

On the heels of the album’s release, the Barenaked Ladies will embark on the latest iteration of the summer tours that formed such a big part of their enduring appeal. For this year’s trek, which they’ve dubbed “Last Summer on Earth 2013,” BNL are bringing along their pals and fellow pop/rock mainstays Guster and the Ben Folds Five. The tour, which hits 30 amphitheaters and arenas, kicks off June17 at the Verizon Theatre in Dallas and concludes July 30 at Celebrate Brooklyn in the borough’s Prospect Park. It includes dates at such picturesque venues as Denver’s Red Rocks (6/19), the Santa Barbara Bowl (6/22), L.A.’s Greek Theatre (6/23), the Bangor (Maine) Waterfront (7/21) and Lennox, Mass.’ Tanglewood (7/23).

“We built our career playing summer outdoor shows,” Robertson points out. “To be out there with a couple of other great bands bringing a lot of music to people — hey, it’s a nice way to spend the summer. After we put together the ‘Last Summer on Earth” tour last year, tongue firmly in cheek referencing the Mayan calendar, we thought it would be funny to just keep the ‘Last Summer on Earth’ thing going. Let’s enjoy ourselves. Let’s live like it is the last summer on earth. [Insert requisite rim shot here.] Let’s party like it’s 1999.”

Summer is just around the corner, and with the warmer temperatures the Summer Concert Series returns to Denver Botanic Gardens. Along with the producing partner, Swallow Hill Music, Denver Botanic Gardens is excited to announce this summer’s full line-up of fantastic artists.

The 2014 Denver Botanic Gardens Summer Concert Series, presented by UMB Bank, is situated inside the gates of one of the nation’s top botanic gardens. Named one of the “5 Best Outdoor Venues in Colorado” in 2012 by Westword, the UMB Bank Amphitheater and Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield offer an unrivaled ambiance of beautiful scenery and the crystal clear music of some of the world’s most sought-after artists.

This year’s concert series will be all the more brilliant, as the Gardens hosts an exhibition of Dale Chihuly’s impressively bold and vibrant artwork. Chihuly’s sculptures – ranging in size and form – add bold colors and dramatic beauty to the Gardens’ 24-acre urban oasis, and a visually striking backdrop for the 2014 Summer Concert Series.

. Cost: $52.00 - $57.00. Denver Botanic Gardens, Denver

B.B. King concert 08/11/2014

B.B. King

Throughout the 1990′s as well as the 1980′s, 1970′s, 1960′s and 1950′s, there has been only one King of the Blues – Riley B. King, affectionately known as B.B. King. Since B.B. started recording in the late 1940′s, he has released over 60 albums many of them considered blues classics, like 1965′s definitive live blues album “Live At The Regal”, and 1976′s collaboration with Bobby “Blue” Bland, “Together For The First Time”.

Over the years, B.B. has had two number one R & B hits, 1951′s “Three O’Clock Blues”, and 1952′s “You Don’t Know Me”, and four number two R & B hits, 1953′s “Please Love Me”, and 1954′s “You Upset Me Baby”, 1960′s “Sweet Sixteen, Part I”, and 1966′s “Don’t Answer The Door, Part I”. B.B.’s most popular crossover hit, 1970′s “The Thrill Is Gone” went to #15 pop.

But B.B. King, as well as the entire blues genre, is not radio oriented. His classic songs such as “Payin’ The Cost To Be The Boss”, “Caldonia”, ” How Blue Can You Get”, “Everyday I Have The Blues”, and “Why I Sing The Blues”, are concert (and fan) staples.

Summer is just around the corner, and with the warmer temperatures the Summer Concert Series returns to Denver Botanic Gardens. Along with the producing partner, Swallow Hill Music, Denver Botanic Gardens is excited to announce this summer’s full line-up of fantastic artists.

The 2014 Denver Botanic Gardens Summer Concert Series, presented by UMB Bank, is situated inside the gates of one of the nation’s top botanic gardens. Named one of the “5 Best Outdoor Venues in Colorado” in 2012 by Westword, the UMB Bank Amphitheater and Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield offer an unrivaled ambiance of beautiful scenery and the crystal clear music of some of the world’s most sought-after artists.

This year’s concert series will be all the more brilliant, as the Gardens hosts an exhibition of Dale Chihuly’s impressively bold and vibrant artwork. Chihuly’s sculptures – ranging in size and form – add bold colors and dramatic beauty to the Gardens’ 24-acre urban oasis, and a visually striking backdrop for the 2014 Summer Concert Series.

. Cost: $80.00 - $85.00. Denver Botanic Gardens, Denver

John Hiatt & The Combo and The Taj Mahal Trio concert 08/12/2014

John Hiatt

Over thirty-five years after the release of his debut album, John Hiatt remains one of America’s most respected and influential singer-songwriters. As the Los Angeles Times once wrote, “(Hiatt) writes the funniest sad songs – and the saddest funny songs – of just about anybody alive.” John Hiatt’s songs have been covered by artists as diverse as Bob Dylan, Bonnie Raitt (“Thing Called Love”), Buddy Guy, Emmylou Harris, Ronnie Milsap, Iggy Pop, the Neville Brothers, Rosanne Cash (the #1 country hit, “The Way We Make A Broken Heart”), the Jeff Healey Band (“Angel Eyes”), Willie Nelson, Steve Earle, Linda Ronstadt, and even the cartoon bear band of Disney’s 2002 film, The Country Bears. He earned a Grammy nomination for his album Crossing Muddy Waters, and B.B. King and Eric Clapton shared a Grammy for their album Riding With The King, the title track from which was a Hiatt composition. In 2007, John Hiatt was honored with his own star on Nashville’s Walk of Fame and his legacy was even further cemented with a pair of accolades in the fall of 2008: the Americana Music Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award for Songwriting in September, and his October induction into the Nashville
Songwriters Hall of Fame.

With seven solo albums already under his belt, Hiatt’s A&M debut, Bring The Family (1987), was his breakthrough. His rootsy, rock-country-blues fusion – performed with guitarist Ry Cooder, bassist Nick Lowe, and drummer Jim Keltner – was Hiatt’s first charted effort, and he was subsequently named Best Male Vocalist in Rolling Stone’s annual Critics Poll. Bonnie Raitt would later cover the album’s “Thing Called Love” on her multiplatinum smash, Nick Of Time, and fan favorites “Memphis In The Meantime”
and “Have A Little Faith In Me” have been covered by artists from Joe Cocker and Delbert McClinton to Jewel.

In the last few years Hiatt has released Same Old Man, The Open Road, Dirty Jeans & Mudslide Hymns and most recently Mystic Pinball all to critical acclaim as All Music Guide declares “And for a guy who has cranked out four studio albums in five years, Hiatt is having a great run as a songwriter…”

The Taj Mahal Trio

Composer, multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Taj Mahal is one of the most prominent and influential figures in late 20th century blues and roots music. Though his career began more than four decades ago with American blues, he has broadened his artistic scope over the years to include music representing virtually every corner of the world – west Africa, the Caribbean, Latin America, Europe, the Hawaiian islands and so much more. What ties it all together is his insatiable interest in musical discovery. Over the years, his passion and curiosity have led him around the world, and the resulting global perspective is reflected in his music today.

Summer is just around the corner, and with the warmer temperatures the Summer Concert Series returns to Denver Botanic Gardens. Along with the producing partner, Swallow Hill Music, Denver Botanic Gardens is excited to announce this summer’s full line-up of fantastic artists.

The 2014 Denver Botanic Gardens Summer Concert Series, presented by UMB Bank, is situated inside the gates of one of the nation’s top botanic gardens. Named one of the “5 Best Outdoor Venues in Colorado” in 2012 by Westword, the UMB Bank Amphitheater and Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield offer an unrivaled ambiance of beautiful scenery and the crystal clear music of some of the world’s most sought-after artists.

This year’s concert series will be all the more brilliant, as the Gardens hosts an exhibition of Dale Chihuly’s impressively bold and vibrant artwork. Chihuly’s sculptures – ranging in size and form – add bold colors and dramatic beauty to the Gardens’ 24-acre urban oasis, and a visually striking backdrop for the 2014 Summer Concert Series.

. Cost: $60.00 - $65.00. Denver Botanic Gardens, Denver

Sheryl Crow concert 08/13/2014

Sheryl Crow

“Feels Like Home may be the most focused album I’ve ever made,” Sheryl Crow says of her debut album for Warner Bros. Records, the label based in Music City where Crow choose to settle and raise her children years ago. “All of my albums have had a few different styles going on in them, and this album definitely has a few different takes on what country music means to me, but not calculatedly so. First and foremost, I just wanted to make sure that for this album I wrote about were things that I really knew about – subjects that hit close to home.

Full of great storytelling and featuring some of the most a powerful and heartfelt vocal of Crow’s career, Feels Like Home is literally an album that this proud daughter of Kennett, Missouri was born to make. “Country music is rightly suspicious of artists who jump on a bandwagon, but in my case, this world in Nashville really does feel like home. I grew up three and a half hours from Nashville, and my parents just moved out of the home that I grew up in recently. So I grew up in a community that was all farmland and churches and school and a town square. So country is where I come from, and that’s the kind of life I wanted to give my kids, and you can find that sort of life here in Nashville. Even though Nashville has so much more to offer, there is still a small town feel that I love.”

Summer is just around the corner, and with the warmer temperatures the Summer Concert Series returns to Denver Botanic Gardens. Along with the producing partner, Swallow Hill Music, Denver Botanic Gardens is excited to announce this summer’s full line-up of fantastic artists.

The 2014 Denver Botanic Gardens Summer Concert Series, presented by UMB Bank, is situated inside the gates of one of the nation’s top botanic gardens. Named one of the “5 Best Outdoor Venues in Colorado” in 2012 by Westword, the UMB Bank Amphitheater and Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield offer an unrivaled ambiance of beautiful scenery and the crystal clear music of some of the world’s most sought-after artists.

This year’s concert series will be all the more brilliant, as the Gardens hosts an exhibition of Dale Chihuly’s impressively bold and vibrant artwork. Chihuly’s sculptures – ranging in size and form – add bold colors and dramatic beauty to the Gardens’ 24-acre urban oasis, and a visually striking backdrop for the 2014 Summer Concert Series.

. Cost: $61.00 - $66.00. Denver Botanic Gardens, Denver

The Gipsy Kings concert 08/19/2014

The Gipsy Kings

Over the years the Gipsy Kings—whose members hail from the gypsy settlements in Arles and Montpelier in the south of France—have included singers and guitarists from the Reyes (Canut, Nicolas, Pablo and Patchai) and Baliardo families (Diego, Paco and Tonino). Lead singer Nicolas Reyes is the son of famed Flamenco singer José Reyes, who, with Manitas de Plata, sold millions of records in the 1960s and 70s. The band’s vigorous guitar work and passionate vocals are the trademarks of an indigenous musical tradition known as “rumba flamenca.”

There are no other examples of a non-English speaking band (the group’s language is the Gypsy dialect of gitane) with such a consistent winning streak in the U.S., where the group is the biggest-selling French act ever. Since the 1987 release of the international hit single “Bamboleo,” from their platinum-selling eponymous debut album, the Gipsy Kings have dominated the World Music charts and sold more than fourteen million albums worldwide—more than four million in the United States alone. Their platinum compilation, The Best of the Gipsy Kings, was on the charts for more than a year.

Albums such as the gold-certified Mosaique, Allegria, Este Mundo, Gipsy Kings Live, Love & Liberté, Tierra Gitana, Cantos de Amor, and VolareThe Very Best of the Gipsy Kings have provided a steady stream of hits to Billboard’s world music, Latin, and pop charts. The ensemble’s music has been used in numerous motion pictures, including Peter Weir’s “Fearless” and Joel and Ethan Coen’s “The Big Lebowski.”

Two PBS-TV specials have contributed to the Gipsy Kings’ ongoing success story. A documentary, “Tierra Gitana,” which aired on hundreds of public television stations in 1996, explores the band’s roots in gypsy culture and the members’ rich family heritage in flamenco music. Filmed in concert and in the Gypsy camps of Arles, “Tierra Gitana” provides a glimpse at the vanishing lifestyle of a vibrant traditional people. The hour-long film was released as a home video in December 1996. A second program, filmed in performance at Washington, DC’s Wolf Trap, captures the excitement of the band’s live show in a 60-minute special; it was broadcast on many PBS stations.

For the group’s release, Roots, the core members of the Gipsy Kings settled into a stone villa in the small town of St-Andre-de-Bueges in the south of France, where they collaborated with producer Craig Street on the Grammy-nominated acoustic release, Roots. For the first time in years, the band recorded without a drum kit, synthesizer, or electric bass, bringing the music closer to its Flamenco origins. Billboard called the record a “treasure,” and People said, “Way beyond the strictures of language, these 16 songs will resonate with anyone who loves heartfelt, meticulously performed music.”

As the Gipsy Kings embark on 2012 tours, they will be debuting songs from their self-titled album “Gipsy Kings,” scheduled for release in the second half of 2012. Tours for this year will reach Latin America for a March/April Tour, US fans in April, May, and August, and European fans in July.

Summer is just around the corner, and with the warmer temperatures the Summer Concert Series returns to Denver Botanic Gardens. Along with the producing partner, Swallow Hill Music, Denver Botanic Gardens is excited to announce this summer’s full line-up of fantastic artists.

The 2014 Denver Botanic Gardens Summer Concert Series, presented by UMB Bank, is situated inside the gates of one of the nation’s top botanic gardens. Named one of the “5 Best Outdoor Venues in Colorado” in 2012 by Westword, the UMB Bank Amphitheater and Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield offer an unrivaled ambiance of beautiful scenery and the crystal clear music of some of the world’s most sought-after artists.

This year’s concert series will be all the more brilliant, as the Gardens hosts an exhibition of Dale Chihuly’s impressively bold and vibrant artwork. Chihuly’s sculptures – ranging in size and form – add bold colors and dramatic beauty to the Gardens’ 24-acre urban oasis, and a visually striking backdrop for the 2014 Summer Concert Series.

. Cost: $81.50 - $86.50. Denver Botanic Gardens, Denver

Martin Sexton concert 09/03/2014

Martin Sexton

A native of Syracuse, N.Y., and the tenth of 12 children, Martin Sexton grew up in the ’80s.

Uninterested in the music of the day, he fueled his dreams with the timeless sounds of classic rock ’n’ roll. As he discovered the dusty old vinyl left in the basement by one his big brothers, his musical fire was lit. Sexton eventually migrated to Boston, where he began to build a following singing on the streets of Harvard Square, gradually working his way through the scene. His 1992 collection of self-produced demo recordings, In the Journey, was recorded on an old 8-track in a friend’s attic. He managed to sell 20,000 copies out of his guitar case.

Seeing Sexton perform is reminiscent of watching one of your good friends jamming out around a bonfire. His rapport with audiences is always warm and provoking, and his shows are nothing less than a no holds barred throw-down, both musically and vocally.

In the timeless tradition of the troubadour, he goes from town to town spreading his truth. As he says, “I sing for free, man. I get paid to travel.” If you are a follower, this intimate show will truly satisfy. If you are new to Sexton’s music, there couldn’t be a more ideal time to jump in. Just be sure to take the plunge before this show sells out, because it’s not a question of if but how quickly.

“I’ve been a fan of his for quite a bit more than a decade and It’s a real pleasure to finally share the stage with him. I hope that if you never heard him before, tonight is a turning point for you. He’s one of my favorite singers and songwriters…” – Dave Matthews

“The best live performer I’ve ever seen … I may just quit my job and go follow Martin and make a fuss everywhere I go, just to make sure that people don’t go their lives without hearing this man sing to them.” – John Mayer

Summer is just around the corner, and with the warmer temperatures the Summer Concert Series returns to Denver Botanic Gardens. Along with the producing partner, Swallow Hill Music, Denver Botanic Gardens is excited to announce this summer’s full line-up of fantastic artists.

The 2014 Denver Botanic Gardens Summer Concert Series, presented by UMB Bank, is situated inside the gates of one of the nation’s top botanic gardens. Named one of the “5 Best Outdoor Venues in Colorado” in 2012 by Westword, the UMB Bank Amphitheater and Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield offer an unrivaled ambiance of beautiful scenery and the crystal clear music of some of the world’s most sought-after artists.

This year’s concert series will be all the more brilliant, as the Gardens hosts an exhibition of Dale Chihuly’s impressively bold and vibrant artwork. Chihuly’s sculptures – ranging in size and form – add bold colors and dramatic beauty to the Gardens’ 24-acre urban oasis, and a visually striking backdrop for the 2014 Summer Concert Series.

. Cost: $49.00 - $54.00. Denver Botanic Gardens, Denver

St. Vincent concert 09/06/2014

St. Vincent

It starts with the creation myth: St. Vincent, naked and alone in the wilderness, startled as the ominous rattle of a snake breaks the silence of her Eden. She realizes she’s not alone in the world and breaks into a run, headed towards the uncertainty of the future. It’s a lovely and appropriate metaphor to open St. Vincent’s self-titled fourth album, except that it literally happened.

“It’s not a metaphor at all,” St. Vincent, aka Annie Clark, says of the album’s lead track, “Rattlesnake.” While visiting a friend’s west Texas ranch, she decided to strip away her clothes and fully enjoy the solitude that city life so rarely affords. “I went walking around this great expanse of land. There was no one around so I decided to take my clothes off and immerse myself in nature. I saw holes in the path, but did not put two-and-two together until I heard the rattle and caught a glimpse of the snake.”

Clark’s been moving at a breakneck speed for the past two years, barely stopping to catch her breath amidst a whirlwind of recording and touring. In 2011 she released her third album, ‘Strange Mercy,’ called “one of the year’s best” by the New York Times and “something to behold” by Pitchfork. The record cemented her status as one of her generation’s most fearsome and inventive guitarists, earned her the covers of SPIN, Paper, and Under the Radar, performances everywhere from the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Fallon to Letterman and Conan, and a year-long sold-out tour of her biggest venues to date around the world. She appeared on the hit IFC series Portlandia and graced the pages of Vogue’s coveted September issue. It was during this already monumentally busy time that she completed work with David Byrne on their collaborative album ‘Love This Giant,’ another critical smash that was dubbed “marvelous” by the New Yorker and “magical” by NPR.

Summer is just around the corner, and with the warmer temperatures the Summer Concert Series returns to Denver Botanic Gardens. Along with the producing partner, Swallow Hill Music, Denver Botanic Gardens is excited to announce this summer’s full line-up of fantastic artists.

The 2014 Denver Botanic Gardens Summer Concert Series, presented by UMB Bank, is situated inside the gates of one of the nation’s top botanic gardens. Named one of the “5 Best Outdoor Venues in Colorado” in 2012 by Westword, the UMB Bank Amphitheater and Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield offer an unrivaled ambiance of beautiful scenery and the crystal clear music of some of the world’s most sought-after artists.

This year’s concert series will be all the more brilliant, as the Gardens hosts an exhibition of Dale Chihuly’s impressively bold and vibrant artwork. Chihuly’s sculptures – ranging in size and form – add bold colors and dramatic beauty to the Gardens’ 24-acre urban oasis, and a visually striking backdrop for the 2014 Summer Concert Series.

. Cost: $54.00 - $59.00. Denver Botanic Gardens, Denver

Repticon Denver Reptile & Exotic Animal Show 09/27/2014 - 09/28/2014

Repticon Denver is a reptile event featuring vendors offering reptile pets, supplies, feeders, cages, and merchandise.  Participate in free raffles held for enthusiasts, animal seminars, and kid’s activities.

863-268-4273. Cost: Adults - $10, Children (5-12) - $5, 4 & under – Free. Arapahoe County Fairgrounds, Aurora