Updated: 7/21/2017

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On the Slopes

There’s something oh-so-Colorado about catching a ski-resort concert, where live music unites goggle-tanned rippers and shredders after a day of powder play.

The MusicFest at Steamboat Resort (Jan. TBA, 2018)
Six days, more than 130 hours of performances by Texas and Americana bands and Steamboat’s Champagne Powder™ make this fest a longtime fav. Venues range from mountain-base stages and slick ballrooms to intimate acoustical settings. Packages include lift tickets, entry for all shows and lodging (book early to snag ski-in/ski-out options).

Breckenridge Ski Resort Spring Fever Concert
Breckenridge Ski Resort Spring Fever Concert

Bud Light Hi-Fi Concert Series (dates throughout the ski season)
Mitten-wearing fist pumpers gather in downtown Aspen, Aspen Mountain’s Gondola Plaza or Snowmass’ Base Village for this free concert series featuring songsters from a variety of genres. Past acts include Reel Big Fish, Umphrey’s McGee and Dirty Dozen Brass Band.

Décimo (dates throughout the ski season)
If you have the propensity to shimmy with a glow stick, this Vail Mountain event is the perfect place to show off all your best moves. Gondola One in Vail Village chauffeurs guests to an uber-chic, mid-mountain dance club, where world-renowned DJs crank energetic tunes. Past acts include Paul Oakenfold, the EC Twins and Baauer. 

Crested Butte Après-Ski Concerts (dates throughout the ski season)
After a day on Crested Butte Mountain Resort’s pristine slopes, cruise over to Butte 66 Roadhouse & Grille at the base of the Red Lady Express chairlift to enjoy a brew and free live music. Hobnob with friends on Butte 66’s deck, where the tunes, killer views and nibbles like chorizo nachos make it worth staying bundled up.

Breckenridge Ski Resort Spring Fever (April TBA, 2018)
Breck’s month-long calendar of parties, concerts, and skiing and riding competitions is a great way to ease the pain of a fading ski season. Highlights include free concerts at the base of Peak 8; the closing weekend luau in April (suckling pig included) and the Imperial Challenge, a pseudo-triathlon where strapping powderhounds bike 6 miles, ascend by foot to the summit of Peak 8, then ski or snowboard down to the finish line.

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Off the Slopes

Just a few places to find applause-worthy live shows all over the state.

Historic Venues

If walls could talk … these legendary sites would have rockin’ stories to tell.

  • Boulder Theater
    This up-close-and-personal concert hall built in 1906 is known for presenting a mix of musical genres. Stop at George’s next door for a pre-show Mile High Manhattan.
  • Sheridan Opera House
    Completed in 1912, the “Crown Jewel of Telluride” is a fitting backdrop for legendary winter happenings like February’s Telluride Comedy Festival and March’s Telluride Tribute Fest, a gathering of tribute bands that’ll have you digging out your fanny pack and parachute pants.
  • Paramount Theatre
    One of the many smashing concert venues in Denver, the Paramount Theatre’s neon marquee has welcomed show-goers since 1930, when it opened as a movie house. Now the theater hosts comedians, touring bands, authors and more. 
Intimate Musical Settings

Fantastic libations and intimate stages characterize these acoustics-infused watering holes.

  • Nocturne
    Appreciate tunes by jazz musicians in Denver’s RiNo (River North) District, and sip classy cocktails like The Last Word, a mix of Spring44 Gin, Green Chartreuse, Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur and lime. 
  • Sarah’s Lounge in the Christiania Lodge
    The vocal stylings of lederhosen-clad Helmut Fricker (he yodels and plays the accordion!) make Sarah’s Lounge a Vail Village hot spot on Friday evenings in the winter.
  • Lucky Joe’s Sidewalk Saloon
    This Fort Collins joint has all that you could ask for: a full calendar of live acts, delicious Irish and American fare and great daily specials (the $2 bloody marys on Sundays are an excellent prelude to participation in open-mic night).
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