By Misty Kaiser, Longmont Magazine
Music is the language everyone speaks. Certainly, there are different dialects and everyone speaks it a little differently, but it’s all the same eight notes in the end.
Even with so many different preferences, Longmont’s various summer concert series offerings are sure to have something for everyone, just about every night of the week. So pick a night or two to skip the movies and get out there and converse in your favorite language with your friends and family this summer.
Concerts in the Park
On Tuesdays during the months of June and July, head down to Roosevelt Park at 6:30 p.m. for this series presented by the Recreation department;
Papa Juke: A blues-zydeco-rock styled band, Papa Juke, plays it hot as the southern soul they channel. Your feet will tapping, if not dancing, to their original lyrics and music. So make like you’re down south, grab some barbecue and afterward, make a stop at the park for some blues and zydeco to finish it off.
Rocktin Grove: Bluegrass in instrument choice, but not in style, that is, until you get to the horns. That’s their something different. It’s an interesting choice for a group of young guys in a current musical climate of sensitive indie quartets. If you like jam bands, but hate the 15-minute jam part — Rocktin Grove.
Longmont Symphony Orchestra: This one is a special noon concert at Thompson Park. Don’t miss your Independence Day dose of the Stars and Stripes with Longmont’s local symphony before staking out your spot for the fireworks
Rebecca Folsom: Singable and catchy, Rebecca Folsom is more closely related to pop-country hooks than blues, though there is a smidge of that as well. It may not be a high-energy dance fest, but it will be a pleasant relaxing evening under the stars.
Kory Brunson: “Hard Country” – it’s party music, especially if you know how to two-step. There is of course, the expected soft-hearted ballad, but for the most part, get ready to get your rockin’ country fix.
Longmont Museum’s Summer Concert Series
This series, presented by the Longmont Museum and Cultural Center, is held every Wednesday in the courtyard of the museum. There’s a little more of world-music bend to this series, so it’s a good way to sample music from different countries as well as distinct regions of the U.S., all while enjoying a picnic on the grass.
Leo Everett and the Clear Creek Cowboys: Locally known as the “Montana Yodeler”, Leo Everett takes listeners to a ring around the cowboy campfire. Legends and tales bring the Old West back to life through song.
101st Army Dixieland Band “The Rough Riders”: It doesn’t get much more American than jazz, and its often overlooked form – Dixieland. This ensemble brings back WWII-era Dixie tunes with an enthusiasm that appeals to every generation.
Southern Exposure Bluegrass: The grandfather of today’s ‘Americana’. Even if you’re not that familiar with it, you may find that you recognize many of the songs Southern Exposure performs in their traditional bluegrass style. They’re more ingrained in our culture than we often realize.
The Low Flying Knobs: This talented group of women bring the African style of Marimba music to Colorado. It evokes something tribal in the audience. Listeners, especially kids, can’t help but get up and dance.
The Longmont Public Library’s Family Concert Series
This Thursday morning series (10- 10:45 a.m.) is held on the west patio of the library and features family oriented entertainment. Pack, blankets and drinks and enjoy the cooler morning hours before the heat of the day sets in.
Found Sound with Eric West: Whimsical music for children of all ages showcasing musical instruments from around the world, homemade “limber jack” puppets, and some “found sound” surprises.
Amber Waves Band: This exciting band provides a mix of traditional acoustic music found throughout this beautiful country, including the sounds of Celtic, Old English, Colonial, Bluegrass, and Gospel, as well as their own original music.
Incredible Mr. E: A family magic show at its best!
Mr. Kneel Hip-Hop: Uplifting hip-hop and rap for all ages!
Dan Crow: One of America’s (and Longmont’s) most beloved children’s entertainers, Dan will keep you smiling and singing long after his last rendition of “She’ll be coming around the mountain….”
Michael Stanwood: This Colorado favorite entertains audiences of every kind. He has traveled to far corners of the earth and brought back curious and beautiful instruments, to play for you! Don’t miss his dgiridoo!
Kilted Man —Matthew Gurnsey: Traditional Irish and Scottish music at its best, with the wit and charm only a Kilted man can deliver. This show will delight both children and adults, as Matthew Gurnsey showcases his unique talents with traditional Celtic instruments such as the concertina, bodhran, bones and mandolin.
Ann Lincoln: Juggling, Magic, Comedy and More! What better way to end our summer season of concerts and fun?
Downtown Summer Concert Series
This Friday evening series, sponsored by the Longmont Downtown Development Authority and the City of Longmont Recreation Department, delivers on the fun. Spread out along 4th and Main Streets, food and beverage sales begin at 5:30 p.m. and music goes from 7 – 9 p.m.
At the series kick-off event, two great local bands will keep things moving. The first begins at 6 p.m. and the second takes the stage at 7 p.m.
Cat Jerky: Cat Jerky keeps the hits coming. It’s like going to a concert where all your favorite bands, past and present, are trading off sets one after the other. The familiar tunes are the perfect backdrop to kicking off this concert series.
Last Men on Earth: Do you miss all the big-haired glory of arena bands? Relive it right in downtown Longmont. Last Men on Earth will take you there.
Thumpin’: Billed as Colorado’s favorite dance band, Thumpin’ brings the funk. Brass, synth and drums do everything in their power to keep you from sitting still.
Slopeside: Real Colorado rock. Slopeside is a classically-styled rock band with just a touch of country that drive their way through original tunes from those that rock to the more emotional ballads. They are sure to entertain.
Moors & McCumber: Moors & McCumber make you feel more like you’ve stumbled upon a couple of long-time buddies sitting around jamming for the fun of it. A country duet based around vocal harmony, they throw off a feeling of intimacy – something you’re going to want to sit and pay attention to.
The Backline: The Backline has a rock and roll repertoire that puts most to shame. The only thing missing is Freebird.
Tripping Griswolds: This group of guys can sing. Their harmonies and vocals on past favorites are spot on. Come out and sing along as the LDDA wraps up this fun series.