Colorado Weekend: A roundup of what’s going on in the rest of the state |

Colorado Weekend: A roundup of what’s going on in the rest of the state

Compiled by Caitlin Morris
Special to the DailyJazz Aspen Snowmass will kick off today with a performance by Harry Connick Jr. & Orchestra.

Editor’s note: This is a new Friday feature in the Daily to let readers know what’s going on in the rest of the state. For a comprehensive rundown of what’s happening locally, check out our SCENE section inside today’s paper.The first official weekend of the summer is kicking off the season with a jam-packed lineup of concerts, festivals, art and sporting events. It seems as if nearly every venue or small town in Colorado is hosting some event or another this weekend. The buzz among many music fans, however, is all about one thing and one thing only: Widespread Panic. The jam-scene powerhouse will be returning to Red Rocks to play three sold-out shows, tonight, Saturday and Sunday. For those of you who don’t have tickets (and aren’t hoping to miraculously find one in the parking lot), don’t care for Panic, or don’t even know who they are, never fear, there are plenty of ways to entertain yourself this weekend.

Friday through SundayElectronic music fans can dance ’til dawn today, Saturday and Sunday at the freakiest festival of the weekend, Sonic Bloom Music Festival, in the beautiful Poudre Canyon at the Mishawaka Amphitheater. This is the fest’s fifth anniversary and is put on by the Zilla family of artists, which include Zilla, EOTO, VibeSquaD, LYNX & Janover, and will feature performances by other artists such Big Gigantic, Bluetech and Beats Antique. Sonic Bloom will also include visual artist, performance artist and workshops on everything from yoga and sustainable living, to poi and hula-hoop dancing. For tickets and information visit http://www.sonic Jazz Aspen Snowmass will kick off today with a performance by Harry Connick Jr. & Orchestra. Tomorrow, the Festival celebrates its 20th birthday with Grammy-style performances by a slew of artists who are no stranger to JAS including Dianne Reeves, Terence Blanchard, Maceo Parker and more all backed by a Big Band under the direction of Christian McBride. The multilingual world band, Pink Martini, will perform on Sunday. For tickets and info visit or call (970) 920-4996The family-friendly Gunnison River Festival will splash into Gunnison’s Whitewater Park today, Saturday and Sunday. A USA Freestyle Kayak-sanctioned competition will be held throughout the weekend along with kayak rodeos, a river parade and the ever-popular Hooligan Race. Proceeds from the weekend’s festivities will help improve the Whitewater Park with two new freestyle kayak features and improvements to the put-in and surrounding trails. A schedule of events and more info can be found at http://www.GunnisonRiver Festival.comBurning Can, the first-ever all-can beer festival is going on Saturday at Sandstone Park in Lyons at the Oskar Blues Burning Can Festival. Oskar, maker of such canned beers as Old Chub and Dale’s Pale Ale will be celebrating the growing trend in craft beers of putting “good” beer in cans. For more info go to http://www.oskar Artwork of all media will be on display at the Vail Arts Festival in Arrabelle Square at Lionshead this weekend. At this festival, art enthusiasts can meet the artists and watch live performances by street entertainers. Get more info at

TodayVail: Yo-Yo Ma, Gerald R. Ford AmphitheaterDenver: Jakob Dylan, BluebirdDenver: MSTRKRFT, Ogden Theater Morrison: Widespread Panic, Red Rocks AmphitheaterSaturdayAspen: Rose Hill Drive, Belly UpColorado Springs: Hank Williams III, Black SheepMorrison: Widespread Panic, Red Rocks AmphitheatreSunday Morrison: Widespread Panic, Red Rocks AmphitheatreMondayMorrison: Tool, Red Rocks AmphitheatreTuesdayVail: Killdares as part of Hot Summer Nights, Gerald R. Ford Amphitheatre Morrison: Tool, Red Rocks Amphitheatre

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