Telluride Jazz Festival August 1-3 Multiple Telluride locations $15-$750 The Telluride Society for Jazz has been drawing fans of hip-swinging bass lines and funky brass to the San Juans with the Telluride Jazz Festival since 1977. Grammy winner Poncho Sanchez appears twice on the bill -- headlining with his Latin Jazz Band and with Caleb Chapman's award-winning Crescent Super Band. The lineup boasts everything from the nationally-recognized soul and funk band Lettuce to the cross-genre stylings of DJ Logic, as well as fifteen others with Latin, soul, funk and jazz roots.
Denver Black Sky II August 2-3 Gothic Theatre, Denver $30-$75 The first Denver Black Sky was only last December, but the festival was big enough to have already won our Best Metal Fest award. It returns this year with a lineup featuring some of the best aggressive music the national and local scenes have to offer. Municipal Waste and grindcore legend Brutal Truth are headlining with other national acts that include the aptly-named Cannabis Corpse and the bilingual Xibalba. Popular local doom metal band In the Company of Serpents will be there as well as instrumental post-metal Ghosts of Glaciers. There are twenty-five others are on the bill for what promises to be two days of head-banging insanity.
Vans Warped Tour August 3 Sports Authority Field, Denver $37 Vans Warped Tour has been a summer staple of Sport's Authority since it was called Invesco Field. The festival returns this year with over fifty bands, including the Denver hip hop group Air Dubai at the top of the bill as well as pop-punk legends The Story So Far and The Summer Set. The genre-crossing lineup also brings metal bands Of Mice and Men and A Skylit Drive, gloriously nerdy rapper Watsky, and the creatively named ska band Beebs and Her Money Makers.
ARISE August 8-10 Sunrise Ranch, Loveland $79-$375 ARISE music festival is three days of camping, jam bands and bass lines too funky not to dance to. With over seventy-five bands on the lineup, there will be everything from the electronica world music of Beats Antique to the bluegrass funk of the Infamous Stringdusters, a local band that has started to gain real momentum this year. Also headlining is jazz jam band Galactic, Californian electronica DJ The Polish Ambassador, and Keller Williams' Grateful Grass. ARISE promises not only an eclectic lineup, but also independent film showings, yoga classes, and unparalleled people watching with daily costume contests.