Summer. The sun shines, Red Rocks awaits and any park bench has the power to become a stage.
It’s the season for BYO picnics at the Botanic Gardens and sun-drenched tailgates in the parking lot, singalong road trips to Telluride and warm community neighborhood festivals, adrenaline rushes in warehouse-district rock clubs and nights of friendship and laughter on the expansive lawn at Fiddler’s Green.
Summertime means memories yet to be made, Facebook pics and bands you’ve been waiting all year for. The story continues here, but this is where it turns into a choose-your-own-adventure of sorts. Are you more into the folksy jam band scene or big pop shows? Are you hitting multiple music festivals this summer, or are you focusing on individual shows in your favorite genres?What’s your pleasure?
Use our heavily curated lists (pop, rock, folk/jam, hip-hop, electronic, local, country and more) to help you navigate this summer’s already-crowded live-music landscape.
What does rock ’n’ roll mean in 2013? It means everything from throwback acts (Soundgarden) to extreme-throwback acts (Fleetwood Mac), metal (Alice Cooper) to nu-metal (Rob Zombie), graduated indie artists (My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James) to pop-punk champs (Dropkick Murphys).
Our rock, shortlist for this summer:
May 9: Jim James, Cold Specks at the Ogden Theatre
May 9: Colleen Green, Cop Circles, the Matildas, Zebroids at Glob
May 16: Primus at the City Auditorium, Colorado Springs
May 18: Limp Bizkit at the Fillmore
May 28: Soundgarden at the 1stBank Center
May 28: Detroit Cobras at the Larimer Lounge
May 29: Dropkick Murphys, Old Man Markley, the Mahones at the Fillmore
June 1: Fleetwood Mac at the Pepsi Center
June 3: Marilyn Manson, Alice Cooper at Red Rocks
June 4: Alkaline Trio, Bayside, Off With Their Heads, Erin Cookman at the Exdo Event Center
June 5: Sting at Red Rocks
June 8: Big Head Todd & the Monsters, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue at Red Rocks
June 15: Tedeschi Trucks Band, Grace Potter & the Nocturnals, JJ Grey at Red Rocks
June 19: Parquet Courts at the Larimer Lounge
July 7: Rob Zombie, Five Finger Death Punch, Mastodon at Fiddler’s Green
July 26: Hollywood Undead, Escape the Fate, All Hail the Yeti at the Fillmore Auditorium
Aug. 2: Rush at the Pepsi Center
Aug. 4: Steve Miller Band, the Doobie Brothers at Red Rocks
Aug. 20: Heart, Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience at Fiddler’s Green
Aug. 20: BB King, Peter Frampton, Sonny Landreth at Red Rocks
Aug. 23-24: Dave Matthews Band, Snoop Dogg at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park
Aug. 28: George Thorogood & the Destroyers, Buddy Guy, Quinn Sullivan at Red Rocks
Sept. 17: The National, Local Natives at Red Rocks
Nov. 13: Nine Inch Nails at the 1stBank Center. After a hiatus of multiple years, Trent Reznor is back with his first love, Nine Inch Nails. While Reznor’s other band, How to Destroy Angels, is still quite active, fans are thrilled to experience what a well-rested Reznor — and his technical crew, which includes one of the hottest lighting gangs in the world — will come up with.