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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

Sunset Safari Wagon Rides 08/02/2014

Experience the prairie at sunset and witness the diversity of wildlife that lives here. Discover the beauty – seen and unseen – of the high plains of Colorado. You are invited to join us around the campfire and roast marshmallows after the wagon ride.
*Reservations required: $5 members; $10 / non-member.

303-693-3621. Cost: $5 for members; $10 for non-members. Plains Conservation Center, Aurora

Mystical Stories of the Cheyenne 08/02/2014

Meet the legendary heroes Maheo and Sweet Medicine, the evildoer Double Face, and the trickster Wihio as they come alive through traditional stories of the Cheyenne Indians.  Storytelling is an integral part of their culture and reveals much about their beliefs, hopes, dreams and lives on the high plains of Colorado. Enjoy roasting marshmallows around a warm, cozy campfire under the stars after the program. Recommended for ages 8 & up.
*Reservations required:  $5 / member; $10 / non-member.

303-693-3621. Cost: $5 for members; $10 for non-members. Plains Conservation Center, Aurora

Sunset Safari Wagon Rides 08/09/2014

Experience the prairie at sunset and witness the diversity of wildlife that lives here. Discover the beauty – seen and unseen – of the high plains of Colorado. You are invited to join us around the campfire and roast marshmallows after the wagon ride.
*Reservations required: $5 members; $10 / non-member.

303-693-3621. Cost: $5 for members; $10 for non-members. Plains Conservation Center, Aurora

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

Sunset Safari Wagon Rides 08/16/2014

Experience the prairie at sunset and witness the diversity of wildlife that lives here. Discover the beauty – seen and unseen – of the high plains of Colorado. You are invited to join us around the campfire and roast marshmallows after the wagon ride.
*Reservations required: $5 members; $10 / non-member.

303-693-3621. Cost: $5 for members; $10 for non-members. Plains Conservation Center, Aurora

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

Sunset Safari Wagon Rides 08/23/2014

Experience the prairie at sunset and witness the diversity of wildlife that lives here. Discover the beauty – seen and unseen – of the high plains of Colorado. You are invited to join us around the campfire and roast marshmallows after the wagon ride.
*Reservations required: $5 members; $10 / non-member.

303-693-3621. Cost: $5 for members; $10 for non-members. Plains Conservation Center, Aurora

Sunset Safari Wagon Rides 08/30/2014

Experience the prairie at sunset and witness the diversity of wildlife that lives here. Discover the beauty – seen and unseen – of the high plains of Colorado. You are invited to join us around the campfire and roast marshmallows after the wagon ride.
*Reservations required: $5 members; $10 / non-member.

303-693-3621. Cost: $5 for members; $10 for non-members. Plains Conservation Center, Aurora

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

The Colorado Symphony 5K Walk & Run 09/20/2014

The Colorado Symphony kicks off its 2014/15 season with a 5K Run/Walk at Sloan’s Lake on Saturday, September 20, 2014. Building on the success of last year’s event, which drew more than 1,000 participants, the Colorado Symphony Run/Walk is a fun and interactive fundraiser for the Colorado Symphony, the largest professional orchestra in the Rocky Mountain West. Colorado Symphony musicians and CEO/Co-Chair Jerry Kern will be among the participants hitting the course.

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The Colorado Symphony 5K Run/Walk is presented by St. Anthony’s Hospital and is sponsored by Delta Dental and the Colorado Symphony Guild.

The event brings a musical twist to the 5K experience, with a variety of ensembles performing along the course as well as a finish-line concert from Colorado Symphony musicians. Though participants can leave their headphones at home, they’re welcome to bring kids, including babies in strollers, as well as dogs. Costumes are encouraged.

Each registration includes a free ticket to a Colorado Symphony performance in the 2013/2014 Season. (Some exclusions apply.)

Registration is now open for teams and individuals at www.cosymphony5k.com. Participants are encouraged to generate pledges of support for their teams; top fundraisers will receive recognition and special prizes during a post-race awards ceremony.

Advanced adult registration is $35 and day-of registration is $40. Kids (12-and-under), Seniors (60-and-over) and Veterans may register for $25 throughout the registration period.

Early packet pickup is available on Friday, September 19 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Colorado Symphony Box Office (1000 14th St., No. 15 Denver, CO 80202). Patrons who pick up their packets on Friday are welcome to redeem their free Colorado Symphony ticket voucher for the Colorado Symphony’s September 19 concert at Boettcher Concert Hall, featuring Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, conducted by Music Director Andrew Litton. Space is limited.

For information on volunteering at the Colorado Symphony 5k Run/Walk, please contact Christine Devereaux at cdevereaux@coloradosymphony.org or 303.534.0757. For information on booth sponsorship, please Elizabeth Frels, efrels@coloradosymphony.org or 303.308.2472.

COLORADO SYMPHONY 5K RUN/WALK DAY-OF SCHEDULE

7:45 AM — Registration and Packet Pick-Up

8:45 AM — Kids Fun Run

9:00 AM — 5K Run/Walk

10:00 AM — Awards Ceremony

10:30 AM — Concert and Grand Prize Giveaway

ABOUT THE COLORADO SYMPHONY

One of the leading orchestras in the United States, the Colorado Symphony performs more than 150 concerts annually at Boettcher Concert Hall in downtown Denver and across Colorado. Led by internationally renowned Music Director Andrew Litton, the Colorado Symphony is home to eighty full-time musicians, representing more than a dozen nations, and regularly welcomes the most celebrated artists from the world of symphonic music and beyond. Every season, the Colorado Symphony serves more than 250,000 people from all walks of life, performing a range of musical styles, from traditional to contemporary. Recognized as an incubator of innovation, creativity and excellence, the Colorado Symphony continually expands its reach through education, outreach and programming. The Colorado Symphony partners with the state’s leading musical artists, cultural organizations, corporations, foundations, sports teams and individuals to expose diverse audiences to the transformative power of music. To learn more, visit www.coloradosymphony.org.

303-534-0757. Cost: $25.00 - $40.00. Sloan’s Lake, Denver

Bikes For Life Stapleton Central Park Community Bicycle Event 09/20/2014

FREE Bicycle Event for All Ages

Event Activities:

  • Bicycle skills course for kids ages 3 to 12: bring your children to practice their bicycle riding on a course designed to teach them key skills.
  • Learner zone:  Is your child ready to ride without training wheels?  Are you new to riding a bicycle or haven’t ridden one in years?  Trained volunteers and bicycle educators will work with anyone looking to get back on a bike or try riding without the training wheels to teach them how to ride!
  • Bike Mechanics: Do your bicycles have a flat tire?  A rusty chain?  Bring your family’s bicycles to the event and a bike mechanic will help make minor repairs to your bicycles.
  • Group Led Bicycle Rides: Volunteers will lead rides from the event at different times and for different distances.
  • Tricycle Course
  • Strider Course
  • RTD Bus and Bicycle Commuting Education and Resources
  • Bicycle Competitions for All Ages
  • Bike Vendors
  • Bicycle Safety Education
  • Lots of Bicycle Related Giveaways
  • And So Much More!

Bring your bicycle and helmet or borrow one at the event to participate in the activities!

Is your bike too old?  Are the kids’ bikes getting too small? {RE}cycle your old bicycle at this event to benefit The Bike Depot’s programming efforts in the community (www.thebikedepot.org).  All donations are tax deductible.  Bicycles in any condition are accepted.

720-777-4166. Cost: FREE. Stapleton Central Park, 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