Colorado Weekend: What’s going on in the rest of the state
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 Fourth of July falls on a Sunday this year, which means many Coloradans have a long weekend and can travel to different celebrations around the state. And quite a few towns are “doing it old school.” From Denver to Aspen and back, towns around the state are throwing old-fashioned July Fourth celebrations complete with parades, art showings, and, of course, fireworks. Or, for those who wish to show their patriotism in a more refine manor, the Colorado Symphony Orchestra will perform a free patriotic concert in front of the Civic Center in Denver Saturday at 8 p.m. Also worth mentioning is the Beaver Creek Fourth of July celebration, famed for having some of the most spectacular fireworks in the state. There will also be excellent opportunities to include some concerts in your Fourth of July plans. Jazz Aspen Snowmass is bringing in Natalie Cole, who is touring in support of her latest release, “Still Unforgettable.” There will also be JAS Music on the Mall – including The Soul Travelers tonight and Slumgum Saturday night.Also going on this weekend is a bit of bluegrass, some blues and a whole lot of jam-rock. Umphrey’s McGee will be returning to Colorado for two shows this weekend. They will be performing with Galactic at Red Rocks Saturday and at the Gothic Theater Sunday. For art enthusiasts, Tutankhamun: The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs exhibit opened this week at the Denver Art Museum and will be on display until the end of the year. But be warned: This exhibit will be extremely popular, so be sure to purchase tickets in advance. To purchase tickets and for more info, visit http://www.denverartmuseum.org
Old Fashioned CelebrationsFor those who really want to get take a step back in time, Four Mile Historic Park, home of Denver’s oldest structure, the Four Mile House, will host a visit from historical figures like Thomas Jefferson, Abe Lincoln and Uncle Sam. There will also be a reading of the Declaration of Independence, a Civil War reenactment and games, crafts and ice cream for kids. For more info visit http://www.fourmilehistoricpark.com Winter park is also hosting an old-timey party for the Fourth, Saturday in Central Park right downtown from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The day will feature horse-drawn wagon rides, patriotic music by the Bach Festival Brass Band and Bach Festival Choir and a Rockin’ Roadster Road show. There will also be kid’s activities and inflatable. Make sure to bring a picnic though, as there will not be any food served during the celebration. 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.Coloradans can enjoy an old fashioned parade down Main Street in Aspen on Sunday, followed by a slew of activities culminating in a free concert with Great American Taxi in the Cooper Avenue Mall at 8 p.m. Immediately following the show will be a “firework extravaganza” over Aspen Mountain at 9:15 p.m. For information on all of the activities and a calendar or events, visit http://www.aspenchamber.org .
Another way to celebrate would be with a free outdoor Fourth of July concert on the Beaver Creek Chophouse lawn, next to the base of the Centennial Express Chairlift. The town of Avon will host a picnic at 6 p.m. and the concert, featuring The Neville Brothers, will go from 7 p.m. until the fireworks start flying at 9:15 p.m. more information can be found at http://www.beavercreek.snow.com
Bluegrass fans can spend their Fourth of July weekend tucked away in the Poudre Canyon at the Mishawaka Amphitheater for Ramble on the River. The festival will include Headliners Whitewater Ramble, Watts, Wall, Schwindt, & Friends (featuring members of Kyle Hollingsworth Band & The Motet), Other Side of Clearview, Holden Young Trio, Half Color (feat. co-producer of Pretty Lights debut album), Futaba & more.
July 2Hot Soup – Fox Theater, BoulderMama’s Cookin’, Sam Holt & Friends and more – Quixote’s True Blue, DenverGalactic, Cryil Neville – Gothic Theater, EnglewoodNatalie Cole – Vilar Performing Arts Center, Avon July 3Ramble on the River – Mishawaka Amphitheater, Bellvue Natalie Cole – Jazz Aspen SnowmassDJ Logic – Nottingham Park, Avon Umphrey’s McGee with Galactic, Cyril Neville and The Wailers – Red Rocks Amphitheater, Morrison July 4DJ Z-Trip – Belly Up, AspenGreat American Taxi – Mill St./Copper Mall Area, Aspen Umphrey’s McGee – Gothic Theater, EnglewoodBlues Traveler – Red Rocks Amphitheater, Morrison
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