Englewood is gearing up for this summer’s series of weekly free concerts, with a schedule including jazz, folk and big band music. The series begin June 12 and the finale will be Aug. 7.
Free concerts are held Thursdays and begin at 6:30 p.m. The outdoor concerts are held just northwest of the Englewood Civic Center at 1000 Englewood Parkway, in the amphitheater at the base of the bridge leading to the Englewood Light Rail Station.
There is no charge for admission and, while chairs are set up on the grass area in front of the stage, concert-goers are invited to bring their own chairs or blankets so they can sit on the grass. In case of threatening weather, call 303-762-2598 for information on whether or not the concert will go on as planned.
The summer series has been going on since 1994, when it began with grant funding from the Arapahoe County Cultural District.
The grant funding dried up after the 1999 concert season, but because of the popularity of the free concerts, the Englewood City Council approved funding to continue the program.
Originally, the concerts were held at the Plaza at Little Dry Creek. With the construction of the amphitheater as part of the CityCenter Englewood development, the decision was made in 2003 to move the concert series to the new venue.
This year’s lineup for Englewood’s free Sounds of Summer concert schedule is:
June 12 — Michael Aldridge, modern rock.
June 19 — Local favorite Runaway Express, folk and bluegrass.
June 26 — Fourever Fab, a Beatles tribute band.
July 10 — Papa Juke, blues.
July 17 — Raising Cain, classic and modern rock and tunes of the 1980s.
July 24 — Unforgettable, a dance band playing music of the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s.
July 31 — The Jerseys, beach music and classic rock.
Aug. 7 — Buckner Funkenjazz, old-school funk and jazz.