Bound for Shady Grove

Swallow Hill’s Shady Grove Picnic Series at Four Mile Historic Park might offer the most relaxed summer concerts in town, and the shows are certainly among the most affordable. That’s all part of the plan, says spokeswoman Meg Ivey: “The whole vibe is laid-back and casual, and it’s just lovely; it’s one of our favorite things we do. You can see great live music at an affordable cost with your family, and you get to be a part of the community and experience it all together. It’s something a family of four can do together for less than $25. And the shows are over by 8:30 or 9, so you can still get home early on a work night.” Antsy kids can even settle down with free activities on site.

In keeping with the informal thread, series programming is diverse and family-friendly, featuring a mix of local and touring bands. “Folks can get a nice little sampler of what’s going on in Denver and across the country,” Ivey notes. Tonight’s concert features Denver favorite Patrick Dethlefs and new-folk band Glowing House.

Bring the family, a picnic and a big blanket to Four Mile, 715 South Forest Street, at 6 p.m.; admission ranges from $2 to $10 at the gate only, and concerts continue on Wednesdays, through August 29. For information, go to
Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m. Starts: June 20. Continues through Aug. 29, 2012


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