The sweet sounds of summer

The sweet sounds of summer come alive at the Denver Public Library this month. From sing alongs to Denver music history to rock and chamber music, you’re sure to find the perfect performance to get your feet tappin’ and your body swingin’.

Unidos Por La Musica: Bang Data Summer Kick-Off Concert
Saturday, June 1, 1-3 p.m. @ Valdez-Perry
Live from Oakland, California, Bang Data will start your summer by spinning cumbia, hip-hop and rock into a new language of sound for the people! This is a community concert for all ages, and refreshments will be served. Unidos Por La Musica is a collaboration with Denver Public Library, 2MX2 and Denver Arts & Venues. 

Community Sing-Along 
Monday, June 3, 6:15-7:45 p.m. @ Schlessman Family
We'll tap into the joyful part of ourselves that is the essence of singing in a group. We are inclusive, diverse and memory friendly.

Midday Music Series: Sing-along with Lisa and Bob
Friday, June 7, 1 p.m. @ Schlessman Family
Join Lisa Bell and Bob Story and sing along to some favorite tunes from throughout the years and enjoy music-related exercises.

First Friday Concert with The Lollygags
Friday, June 7, 6-7 p.m. @ Smiley
Kick off your First Friday fun with live music! The Lollygags have been bringing pop hooks and crisp riffs to the Rocky Mountain region since 2011. Check them out at

Austen Carroll Grafa and Wolf Van Elfmand
Saturday, June 8, 10:30-11:30 a.m. @ Hadley
Tap your toes and clap your hands to the quirky folk styling of Austen Carroll Grafa and Wolf Van Elfmand. Witty, humorous sweet and sour! Perfect for the whole family.

Lost Creek String Band
Wednesday, June 12, 6:30-7:30 p.m. @ Park Hill
Tap your toes while local musicians combine the melodic tones of the mandolin, bass, guitar, ukulele and violin in a repertoire that spans everything from folk and bluegrass to acoustic rock. Bring your lawn chair or blanket for an outdoor concert.

Billy Budd 
Saturday, June 15, 1-4 p.m. @ Ross-Cherry Creek
Central City Opera presents the Colorado Premiere of Benjamin Britten’s opera Billy Budd. Watch the film (non-operatic) and learn more about the Central City Opera production. We’ll be joined by Sarah Haradon J.D., an attorney from Colorado Attorneys for the Arts in Denver, for a discussion on social justice, morality, ethics and other relevant themes after the film. Popcorn and refreshments will be served.

Sage Singers Choir Performance & Discussion
Saturday, June 22, 1-2 p.m. @ Woodbury
There's a new choir in town! The Sage Singers lifts up the lives of LGBTQ and allied elders through singing. Come listen to a variety of music presented with gusto and a sense of humor.

History of Music in Denver: The Jazzy Five Points
Saturday, June 22, 2:30-3:30 p.m. @ Gonzales
The historic neighborhood of Five Points, at the height of its musical scene, was the place to see and hear some of the best Jazz, R&B and Blues played by local and national legends such as George Morrison, Charles "Charlie" Burrell, Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk and many more. Explore the musical history, sights and sounds of Five Points with a research librarian from the Blair-Caldwell African-American Research Library.

Chamber Music at the Library
Saturday, June 22, 2:30-3:30 p.m. @ Park Hill
Enjoy a live performance of Tchaikovsky's Souvenir de Florence string sextet.  Just good friends, playing great music and having a wonderful time in a casual atmosphere.

Written by ChrisH on May 17, 2019