Blues from the Top and Hops Drops, unicorn petting, Denver

Blues, brews and laughs

Opening Friday. This calendar year marks the 20th anniversary of Blues from the Major, the Grand County Blues Society’s competition in Winter season Park, and the lineup feels correctly large, with community heroes Significant Head Todd and the Monsters, as well as countrywide headliners this sort of as Gov’t Mule, Tab Benoit, Larkin Poe, Southern Avenue and Charlie Musselwhite. June 24-26 at the Rendezvous Function Center. $60-$70 for every working day whole-fest passes sold out. Kids 12 and less than are no cost. grandblues.org/bluesfromthetop

Gov’t Mule (ATO Information) this weekend also sees the reboot of the Evergreen Audio Pageant, now identified as Hops Drops Evergreen Tunes & Beer Festival. The Saturday, June 25, party in Buchanan Park will attribute live sets from The California Honeydrops, Rapidgrass, Weighty Diamond Ring, and beer from just about a dozen nearby breweries. $35 GA, or $55 for admission and the beer fest (yoga packages are obtainable, also). hopsdropsevergreen.com

Boulder will be hopping this weekend with the return of Zoe Rogers’ Boulder Comedy Festival, featuring a curated group of late-night-Television set and Comedy Central regulars, in addition to a sampling of neighborhood comics, June 23-26. That incorporates visitors like Heather Pasternak, Leslie Liao and Shanel Hughes, as perfectly as Colorado legends Chris Fonseca and John Novosad. Occasions take spot across Boulder and Louisville. Tickets: $20 for each demonstrate at bouldercomedyfestival.com.

Planet-class tunes fests, paired

Opening June 23. Future 7 days brings two really serious new music festivals to Colorado, with occasions conveniently spaced out in excess of weeks, not days. Bravo Vail’s! 35th time opens on Thursday, June 23, led by this year’s resident Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. As typical, it is obtained far more entire world-course orchestras (New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, and so on.) pops programs like “Revolution: The Music of the Beatles” as well as premieres and workshops by Aug. 4.

Garden passes, which address far more than a dozen out of doors performances in June and July at Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater, are $76-$228. Clearly show passes operate $5-$29 (lawn) and $44-$114 (amphitheater seats) at ticketing.bravovail.org.

Colorado Tunes Festival’s summertime live performance year returns Thursday, June 30, via Aug. 7, with 22 orchestral and chamber performances more than its 6 weeks. That consists of resident composer John Adams as perfectly as earth premieres, noteworthy functions this kind of as Takács Quartet, and even a family members live performance on July 3. Our fave? The July 31 general performance of “A Midsummer Night’s Aspiration,” which includes a dramatic looking through by actor John de Lancie (Q on “Star Trek: The Next Generation”).

Tickets are $25-$80 for every clearly show ($10 for kids’ demonstrates). Reveals just take place at Chautauqua Auditorium in Boulder. Take a look at coloradomusicfestival.org for extra.

A unicorn accumulating? Indeed, and Denver’s fringe, too

By way of Sunday. The Unicorn Pageant in Littleton’s Clement Park returns Saturday, June 25 and Sunday, June 26, to rejoice all points fairy-like and magical. Small young ones can love the “unicorn” meet-and-greet corrals, and themed choices this sort of as the Mermaid Lagoon, Fairyland Experience Painters, Karaoke Kingdom, Renaissance Adventures (foam sword fights), Quidditch online games and far more. All points of interest are provided with pageant admission, which is $25 for each human being for both equally days kids 2 and underneath are totally free. 7306 W. Bowles Ave. in Littleton. unicornfestivalcolorado.com

Denver Fringe Competition also returns, June 23-26, with its 1st fully in-person run, that includes 40-furthermore diverse demonstrates, which includes drama, improv, cabaret, magic, micro-circuses and just one-man or woman reveals, in the RiNo Artwork District and Five Points community. With twice as numerous choices this 12 months as last yr, and even a free of charge KidsFringe (June 25-26 at the RiNo Artwork Park Local community hub, 1900 35th St.), it is a steal at $15 for each show and $75 for a whole-fest move. See denverfringe.org for the comprehensive lineup, areas and extra aspects.

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