The 2013 Colorado music festival guide

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Eric Gruneisen
Don't miss the nineteenth annual Westword Music Showcase on Saturday, June 22.

I know it's hard to imagine now, especially with the temperature outside and the blanket of snow currently covering the Front Range, but summertime is just around the corner, which means the festival season is just getting ready to kick off. We know this because we're in the middle of putting together our own annual festival as we speak. And we're not the only ones. Keep reading for a comprehensive list of festivals, including this weekend's Root 40 Music Festival and FoCoMx. (If we missed any, of course, please feel free to let us know, so we can update our list.)

See also:
- The 2013 Westword Music Showcase ballot
- Global Dance Festival 2013 Lineup partially revealed
- Sonic Bloom 2013 lineup partially revealed


Britt Chester
Michal Menert

Date: Wednesday, August 14 - Sunday, August 18
Location: Sunrise Ranch, Loveland, Colorado
Line-up: Xavier Rudd, Keller & The Keels, Zap Mama, Michal Menert, Freelance Whales, Gregory Alan Isakov, The Motet, Random Rab, Chali 2na, Kan'Nal, and more
Price: $160 general admission, $400 VIP, $1000 Super VIP, $50 vehicle pass, $125 small RV pass, $200 large RV pass, $300 VIP camping pass (includes three meals per day, area pool, hot tub, sauna, 24-hr access to indoor bathrooms)
Amenities: Themed Camps, Organic Food and Beverage Village, Kids Village, yoga, workshops, decompression with special extras to wind down perfectly after the weekend
About: This is the first year for Arise Music Festival, so the presenters want to pull out all the stops. Daryl Hannah will be presenting, along with Lisa Wimberger and global activist Xiuhtezcatl. This event promises to both enlighten and engage the audience with informative workshops on how to continue respecting our surroundings while leaving the smallest of carbon footprints.


Date: Saturday, September 14
Location: Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Denver, Colorado
Line-up: TBA.
Price: Free
Amenities: Located in the Theatre District, so all the amenities you'd expect downtown.



Date: Sunday, July 14
Location: Olde Town Arvada, Arvada, Colorado
Line-up: TBA
Price: $10
Amenities: Food/beverage vendors
About: Last year, Blues and BBQ in Olde Towne Arvada was able to raise $20,000 for Habitat for Humanity, a goal the organizers are hoping to surpass this year. With eighteen bands on three different stages in the heart of Olde Towne, plus some of the finest mid-west barbeque smoking and grilling nearby, achieving that goal doesn't seem like it's that far-fetched.


Crow Norlander

Date: Saturday, June 1 - Sunday, June 2
Location: Civic Center Park, Denver, Colorado
Line-up: TBA
Price: Free
Amenenties: Food/beverage vendors
About: This year marks the 42nd annual edition of this neighborhood festival. Over the course of two days, you'll be treated to tons of local acts appearing across the park on multiple stages.


Tom Murphy
The scene from last year's CMKY festival.

Date: April 25 - 28
Location: BMoCA
Line-up: Alala.One, Andrew Weathers, Bones, Brandon Brown, Jen Lewin, John Templeton, DJ Stingray and more
Price: $75 weekender pass
Amenities: food/beverages, workshops, art installations
About: This being the sixth edition of Communikey Festival, the Boulder-based arts program has thrived with the music and arts community thanks to dedicated volunteers and staff. Presenting the new wave of artists, producers and DJs, Communikey brings to the light what used to sit nestled in the underground.


Kevin T. Gilbert
Catch Gaelic Storm and more at the Colorado Irish Festival July 12-14.

Date: Friday, July 12 - Sunday, July 14
Location: Clement Park, Littleton, Colorado
Line-up: Gaelic Storm, plus more TBA
Price: $10 per day, $25 three-day pass
Amenities: Irish food/beverage, Gaelic sporting events, vendors
About: On St. Paddy's day, everyone is Irish, and such is the case at the Littleton's Irish Festival. Hosting traditional gaelic music along with sporting events Hurling, Camogie, and Gaelic Football, there will be plenty of entertainment while you sip irish stouts and dance a jig.

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Blues from the Top in Downtown Winter Park 6/27-6/30.  Great Blues in a great spot

Kyle Hartman
Kyle Hartman

This article is kind of a joke...all these local festivals are okay and UMS is great but Colorado needs a BIG music festival!

Judi Thornton
Judi Thornton

Make it a peaceful gathering with no incidence of harm...

Melanie Horton
Melanie Horton

Sonic Bloom! And if I weren't going there I'd be psyched for the LoHi Music Fest - sad to miss Toubab Krewe there.

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