Maybe your music lovers are early risers and enjoy a weekend brunch, or perhaps they prefer late-night concerts. Don't know? Either way, you can't go wrong with a gift certificate to Ophelia's Electric Soapbox, the downtown joint that boasts musical acts as good as its food and decor.
In 2018, Colorado is going to see a bevy of music festivals, from our own Westword Music Showcase, the Underground Music Showcase and Global Dance Festival to Decadence, RockyGrass and the new festival at the Overland Park Golf Course. There are festivals for all stripes of music fans, from electronic to metal to jazz. Some tickets are already on sale; others you'll have to wait for.
Record store gift certificate
Independent record shops are a music lover's paradise, and they happen to be struggling to stay open in a world where a song is always a few clicks away. A gift card to Twist & Shout or Wax Trax shows you care without having to agonize over the perfect album to gift someone, all while helping to keep Denver's mom-and-pop record shops alive.
Even if you have no clue what kind of music your loved one enjoys listening to, Red Rocks tickets are a good pick for any Denver music fan; after all, even listening to a lousy band can become a magnificent experience at the world's greatest venue. Already announced for 2018 are Icelantic on the Rocks, Methodman and Redman, Global Dub Festival, Khalid and many more.
Most classical-music organizations offer subscriptions; it's how these legacy institutions stayed afloat for years. These days, they depend more on blockbuster one-off events (for which you can also purchase tickets). Nonetheless, opera lovers would appreciate a season pass to Opera Colorado or Central City Opera, orchestra lovers to the Colorado Symphony, and ballet aficionados to the Colorado Ballet or Wonderbound.