Swallow Hill's Shady Grove Picnic Series at Four Mile Historic Park is surely one of those hidden gems of summer: It's laid-back and easy, cheap for families and full of great music and musicians, most of them also hidden gems and many of them locals. Opportunity knocks, people: Danny Barnes, a founder of the astounding punk-grass combo Bad Livers, who's rubbed elbows with everyone from Bill Frisell to Dave Matthews, will wrap his fast fingers around the banjo and guitar for something he calls "folktronics" -- a completely original self-directed genre that comes from a place where the traditional and the experimental meet and do business -- at tonight's outdoor concert. Yee-ha! Another accomplished banjoist, Jake Schepps, will open the show with Hi-Beams string player Greg Schochet, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Bring your own basket and lawn chairs early to enjoy the bucolic ambiance of the park, located at 715 S. Forest Street.
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Concerts continue weekly on Wednesdays through August 26 (including one on July 8 with the imaginative up-and-coming local star John Common). Admission is $2 to $10 at the gate. Go to Swallow Hill's website or call 303-777-1003 to learn more.
For more ways to rock the night and kill the day, go to westword.com/calendar.