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Chicago, The Stones Tribute Band and Chris Janson!

POSTED August 10, 2023

There’s plenty to do this weekend and next in Castle Rock and nearby locales! Just minutes from the new home community of Crystal Valley you’ll find music, comedy, theatrical performances, celebrity appearances and more!

TODAY/TONIGHT: Thursday, August 10

The 2023 Lowrider Super Show rolls into Colorado Springs on August 12 at The Broadmoor World Arena. Tickets, which are $39 plus applicable fees, are on sale now and are available online at or in person at the Pikes Peak Center box office. Children 12 and under are free.

Featuring the best custom and classic cars, trucks, motorcycles, bikes and more from throughout the southwest! Plus, performances by Mack 10, Twista, Kid Frost, Dazz Band, Lil Flip, Carolyn Rodriguez, Marisol, Nyke Nitti, K Loco, Alazie, Unlmtdata, Rnd Ent, & More!

Broadmoor World Arena, 3185 Venetucci Blvd., Colorado Springs
11:00 a.m.
Tickets: Start at $39

Chris Janson is Platinum-selling high-octane entertainer, multi-instrumentalist, and award-winning singer/songwriter. 
In the five years since the release of his debut album, the three-time CMA nominee has collected prestigious accolades that place him amongst country music greats. He took home the trophy for ACM Video of the Year for his Gold-certified, inspiring hit song “Drunk Girl,” which also earned the Song of the Year title at the 2018 Music Row Awards and was named one of the “Ten Songs I Wish I’d Written” by NSAI. 

His chart-topping, triple-Platinum smash “Buy Me A Boat” earned the same NSAI honor, making him one in a handful of the industry’s most elite artists to earn the title multiple times, as well as the iHeartRadio Music Awards Country Song of the Year.

Chase Wright is an up and coming country singer-song writer, and his top tracks include “Missing You”, “Hurt No More,” and “Intertwined,” featuring Delaney Jane. Bring a camping style chair, not a beach chair. Higher back chairs block the views of people behind you, so please bring chairs that do not go above your shoulders.

Philip S. Miller Park, 1375 W. Plum Creek Pkwy, Castle Rock
7:00 p.m.
Tickets: $50

Hailed as one of the “most important bands in music since the dawn of the rock and roll era, the legendary rock and roll band with horns, Chicago, came in as the highest charting American band in Billboard Magazine’s Top 125 Artists Of All Time. And Chicago is the first American rock band to chart Top 40 albums in six consecutive decades.

Chicago released their 38th studio album,   in 2022, which included the hit single “If This is Goodbye”. The group has toured every year since the beginning – they’ve never missed a year.  The original three band members are Robert Lamm on keyboards and vocals, Lee Loughnane on trumpet and vocals and James Pankow on trombone. The band line-up also includes Wally Reyes, Jr. on drums, Tony Obrohta  on guitar, Loren Gold on keyboards and vocals, Ray Herrmann on sax and flute, Neil Donell on vocals, Eric Baines on bass and Ramon “Ray” Yslas on percussion.

From the signature sound of the Chicago horns, their iconic Vocalists, and a few dozen of ever-Classic Songs, this band’s concerts are celebrations.  2023 marks the band’s 56th consecutive year of touring! Count on enjoying some of their greatest hits, like: 25 or 6 to 4, Saturday in the Park, Does Anybody Really Know What Time it is, Colour My World, Make Me Smile, Just You ‘N’ Me and I’m a Man. 

Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., Colorado Springs
7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $100-$225

Thursday-Saturday, August 10-12

Anthony Rodia is one of the hottest up-and-coming stand-up comedians in comedy. His comedy is refreshingly genuine, quick witted and TOTALLY RELATABLE!

Anthony’s comedy is relatable, real, and includes razor sharp observations on marriage, parenthood, road rage, and everything else worthy of a social media rant. Within just two years, his ability to intimately depict life in all of its absurdity has attracted a rabid audience comprised of over 700,000 social media followers with 22 million-plus YouTube views.

A first-generation Italian American from New York, hit social media rankings with his infamous characters Uncle Vinny and Zia Lucia during the pandemic lockdowns. With the onset of quarantine, Anthony captivated his audience delivering a staggering 86 weekly videos. Road Rage Wednesday was the fans favorite! Rodia is currently selling out comedy clubs and theaters across the country out on his Totally Relatable Tour.

Comedy Works South, 5345 Landmark Pl., Greenwood Village
Thurs., 7:30 p.m.; Fri. 7:15 p.m.; Fri./Sat. 9:45 p.m.
Tickets: $0
Phone: 720-274-6800

Friday, August 11

fitness-fridays-300x257-1139470921-3995246-9725367Fitness Fridays are for everyone! Open to all fitness levels, this series offers a variety of formats taught by an amazing fitness staff! Bring your whole family. Fitness Friday classes are free and registration is not required.

Amphitheatre at Philip S. Miller Park, 1375 W. Plum Creek Pkwy, Castle Rock
8:00 a.m.

The sommelier, Mary Winkelmann, has chosen several different AVA’s (American Viticultural Areas or wine grape-growing regions) from the Golden State of California and the Castle staff are extremely excited to share these amazing wines with guests. 

August is beautiful time to see the castle and enjoy an entertaining /educational event and a nice glass of wine. Charcuterie appetizers will accompany your tasting. When the tasting is completed, you’re invited enjoy a complimentary glass of your favorite wine and admire the centuries old art and antiques throughout the timeless edifice. 

A cash bar will be available to purchase additional glasses and/or your favorite bottles to take home.

Cherokee Ranch & Castle, 6113 N. Daniels Park Rd., Sedalia 
6:30-7:30 p.m. Cash Bar/Tours
7:15 p.m. Charcuterie and Tasting
Cost: $59.95 + $3.50 fee (Reservations Required)
CALL: 303-688-5555

Saturday, August 12

hike-6429307-3382393Enjoy the beauty that is Cherokee Ranch! This trek proceeds through game trails and rugged terrain so some hiking experience is necessary. You’ll visit the largest petrified woods in the state of Colorado, climb to the highest point on this pristine land, and loop through some of the more remote and fascinating parts of the Ranch not available to public visitors. Rating: Difficult – Sustained hiking off trail for over 4 miles (Approximately 4 hours) ***This hike is for experienced hikers that are in good physical condition. We recommend that you wear long pants and have good hiking shoes or boots, bring at least two liters of water. Signed Land Liability Forms are Required for ALL Land Events

Cherokee Ranch & Castle, 6113 N. Daniels Park Rd., Sedalia 
Parking Lot
8:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Cost: $37.50 (With Waiver)
CALL: 303-688-5555

This hike focuses on interpreting the beautiful landscape of Cherokee Ranch. The hike goes over Raccoon Knob and Cherokee Mountain. Participants will learn how to interpret the sedimentary layers and decode the past. Massive floods, deadly volcanic eruptions, and the flood plain of an ancient river containing trees are just some of the amazing geology. Hike rating: Moderate – Climb Raccoon Knob and Cherokee Mt. (Approximately 2.5 hours) Reservations include access to Cherokee Land for the hike. Must be 12 years or older. Please bring sunscreen, a water bottle and come in proper hiking attire, including closed-toe shoes or boots. Long pants are recommended. Signed Land Liability Forms are Required for ALL Land Events

Cherokee Ranch & Castle, 6113 N. Daniels Park Rd., Sedalia 
Parking Lot
9:00 a.m.-11:30 p.m.
Cost: $37.50 (With Waiver)
CALL: 303-688-5555


Come to the Castle for an exciting night of live music performed by the Country and Southern Rock band, Twenty Hands High. This five member group performs modern and classic country, as well as your favorite Southern rock and red dirt tunes, they play a dynamic mix of songs to get you dancin’ in nothin’ flat! They have a knack for engaging the audience and inviting them to be part of the show. Their stage energy proves they’re doing what they love, so grab your friends and your boots and get ready to enjoy one lively and rowdy evening. Event includes delicious heavy appetizers. 

Cherokee Ranch & Castle, 6113 N. Daniels Park Rd., Sedalia 
6:00 p.m. Doors/Cash Bar Open
7:00 p.m. Appetizers
7:30 p.m. Show Commences
Cost: $73 (Reservations Required/Non-Refundable)
CALL: 303-688-5555

Come north a bit to Lone Tree to close out the summer and savor the flavors of Colorado with a Southern twist! This year’s event features a mouth-watering selection of your favorite dishes from south of the Colorado border while adding in touches of Colorado’s famous Palisade peaches and Olathe corn.

While noshing on your southern eats, enjoy the deep soul gospel sounds of the Sensational Barnes Brothers bringing you the music from their Memphis Roots. The night will also have plenty of activities for the lil’ ones to enjoy! 

With the purchase of a tasting bracelet, you can indulge in a variety of food truck offerings showcasing Colorado’s most beloved produce. Not into tasting your way around the event? Each truck will have limited options from their full menu to purchase a la carte. By the end of the night, one food truck will walk away with the grand prize of $750 based on your vote!

Sweetwater Park, 13170 Mercury Dr., Lone Tree
6:00 p.m.
Free Admission
Tasting Wristbands: $30
Phone: 720-509-1000

Was it really that long ago when synthesizers and cotton-candy hair seemed oh-so modern? Not for The Lost 80’s Live, this Reagan era tour features some of the most recognizable acts from that great decade: Wang Chung, Missing Persons, General Public, Naked Eyes, Animotion, Musical Youth, Stacey Q, Shannon, Kon Kan, and Bow Wow Wow.

This amazing show is filled with all your favorite 80’s songs performed by the artists you know and remember. Pavilion only show – lawn tickets not available.

Fiddler’s Green, 6350 Greenwood Plaza Blvd., Greenwood Village
6:00 p.m.
Tickets: Starting at $39

Like the Rolling Stones? Then don’t miss this tribute band team up with the Denver Pops Orchestra to bring you an unforgettable experience. The Ultimate Stones is the most faithful, most detailed, most Stones vibe-filled Rolling Stones recreation on the planet. Starting with the jaw-dropping authenticity of the Mick-like front man combined with the detailed guitar tones and tunings then add the horns, keyboards, percussion and back-up vocals, you will swear you’re hearing the real thing. 

It’s a Stones experience that only the Glimmer Twins themselves can beat. Having been chosen to perform in the JACK- FM “Throwback” concert at the Gelexa Pavilion in Dallas and on the nationally televised “Worlds Greatest Tribute Bands” AXS network TV series as well as the K-EARTH Fantasy 40th anniversary concert at Universal Amphitheater in Hollywood, The Ultimate Stones are considered to be the best of the best in the genre of touring tribute acts.

Philip S. Miller Park, 1375 W. Plum Creek Pkwy, Castle Rock
7:00 p.m.
Tickets: $30-$50

Sunday, August 13

yoga-640x427-2381275-5583130Making the practice of yoga a habit each morning allows the body to get into the habit of switching off the sympathetic ‘fight or flight’ stress response, and instead able to finally tap into the healing benefits of the parasympathetic nervous system – increasing the health of both body and mind immensely.

Amphitheatre at Philip S. Miller Park, 1375 W. Plum Creek Pkwy, Castle Rock
8:30 a.m.

Enjoy warmer temperatures and seasonal goods at The Farmers Market at Festival Park. Hosted by the LOCAL Colorado, the farmers market runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Sunday through October.

Don’t miss locally raised meats, farm-fresh eggs, a variety of fresh produce, delicious baked goods, artisan-made products and more from dozens of vendors. Support local business and agriculture while getting outside, meeting neighbors and enjoying delicious local fare.

Festival Park, 300 Second St., Castle Rock 
9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

NEXT WEEK: Monday, August 14

yoga-in-park-480x480-8503782-5677348Yoga means “union” and when practiced outside, you can experience union with nature, humanity and the universe. Being outside deepens the yoga experience in many ways and helps focus awareness, breathe deeply and practice stillness. Join your neighbors and friends for these free classes on Monday evenings to find a deeper yoga workout.

Festival Park, 300 Second St., Castle Rock 
6:30-7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, August 15

Join Douglas Land Conservancy and the Town of Castle Rock as we dive into the characteristics that define our local wildlife, including raptors, reptiles, bats, insects and other species. Local wildlife experts, Nature’s Educators, offer a one-hour presentation featuring some of the amazing reptiles and amphibians that live in our area. Learn about their habitats, diets, defenses, conservation and more. Arrive early for picnicking! This event is great for all ages.

Philip S. Miller Park Amphitheater, 1375 Plum Creek Pkwy, Castle Rock
6:00-7:00 p.m.


Wednesday, August 16

adobestock_354037735-480x480-4174328-7732967Each Wednesday of June and July local musicians gather in Festival Park to entertain locals and visitors before they head off to dinner in Downtown Castle Rock or begin their commute home. 

Festival Park, 300 Second St., Castle Rock
5:30-7:00 p.m.

Thursday, August 17

The Radio Band is a high-energy, club-style, mash-up band that consistently gets the party started. The versatile music of the band is electric, cutting edge, and energetic as they combine today’s favorites with yesterday’s classics and keep the crowd engaged all night long. 

With hits from artists like Journey, Michael Jackson, Phillip Phillips, Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, Bruno Mars and Pharrell Williams, The Radio is one of Colorado’s most unforgettable acts! Pack a picnic and enjoy some time with the family before the show. Food and alcohol will also be available for purchase. Note, no outside alcohol will be allowed. 

Amphitheatre at Philip S. Miller Park, 1375 W. Plum Creek Pkwy, Castle Rock
6:30 p.m.

The PACE Center Gallery is hosting an art reception celebrating the “Oh Honey! The World of Encaustic Art” exhibit, which includes a collection of encaustic artworks created by artists, Victoria Eubanks, Mario Montanari, Jane Guthridge, Patricia Aaron, and Kathy Fisher. Each masterpiece tells a compelling tale and captures the essence of this ancient yet contemporary art form.

During the reception, guests are invited to enjoy a variety of honey-based desserts and have a chance to meet the artists. Free, but please register if you plan to attend

Parker Arts Center, 20000 Pikes Peak Avenue, Parker
6:00-8:00 p.m.
Phone: 303-805-6800

Thursday-Saturday, August 17-19

Comedian Carlos Mencia is best known for his raw and unfiltered style of comedy, which he has showcased to great success on comedy stages, and in TV shows and movies. He has recently gone back to his comedic roots on his No Hate No Fear comedy tour, sharing his newest material with smaller, more intimate audiences. As a comedian who finds the hilarious irony in both the day-to-day and the newsworthy events, Carlos is never lacking in material; he recently shot two stand-up specials due out later this year. Carlos will also reprise his role as Felix Boulevardez in Disney+’s The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder, the revival of the groundbreaking animated series The Proud Family. The show is heading into its second season.

After he found success on the Los Angeles comedy circuit, Mencia was named International Comedy Grand Champion from Buscando Estrellas (the Latin version of Star Search), eventually landing on shows such as In Living ColorThe Arsenio Hall Show, and An Evening at the Improv. Later, Mencia went on to star on the big screen. He starred opposite Ben Stiller and Michelle Monaghan in The Heartbreak Kid, and in the family-comedy Our Family Wedding, alongside America Ferrara and Forrest Whitaker.

Comedy Works South, 5345 Landmark Pl., Greenwood Village
Thurs., 7:30 p.m.; Fri./Sat., 7:15 & 9:45 p.m.
Tickets: $30-$50
Phone: 720-274-6800

Friday, August 18

Fitness Fridays are for everyone! Open to all fitness levels, this series offers a variety of formats taught by an amazing fitness staff! Bring your whole family. Fitness Friday classes are free and registration is not required.

Amphitheatre at Philip S. Miller Park, 1375 W. Plum Creek Pkwy, Castle Rock
8:00 a.m.

Saturday, August 19

Join the rest of your automobile aficionados at this charity event to benefit the Wellspring Community. Polish up that car, truck or motorcycle and bring it over to add to the items for car fans to oooh and ahhh and ogle over. Not only is this event benefitting a worthy cause, there will be awards handed out for several categories including Judges’ Choice, Participants’ Choice, Sponsors’ Choice Best of Show. Plus lots of other surprises. There is no pre-registration and no fee for the show (we do suggest a $30 donation to Wellspring Community). Watch the Colorado Car Addicts Facebook page for more details.

Outlets at Castle Rock, 5050 Factory Shops Blvd., Castle Rock
10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.</b

Castle Rock Police Department invites you to sit in the driver’s seat and explore the many vehicles that serve our community. Not only will you have an opportunity to climb inside and take pictures of the various trucks, their operators will be on hand to answer questions and teach you how they work. It is the city’s hope that you and your family leave with a better understanding about how these vehicles all play an important role in keeping us all safe and secure.

Douglas County Fairgrounds Event Center, 500 Fairgrounds Rd., Castle Rock
9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

Iconic comedian Paula Poundstone is known for her smart, observational humor and legendary spontaneous wit. Paula is the star of several HBO specials, including Cats, Cops and Stuff, and Paula Poundstone Goes to Harvard. Paula is a regular panelist on NPR’s comedy news quiz, Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me! She is heard weekly on her successful comedy podcast. Nobody Listens to Paula Poundstone.

Also, an author, Paula’s second book, The Totally Unscientific Study Of The Search For Human Happiness (Algonquin), was one of eight semi-finalists for The Thurber Prize for American Humor, the highest recognition of the art of humor writing in the United States. The audiobook was one of five finalists in all genres for the Audio Book of the Year AUDIE award.

Paula was the first female comic in its then 73rd year to perform standup at the White House Correspondents Dinner. Her HBO special, Cats, Cops and Stuff, marked the first time a female comedian won Best Comedy Special in the then 5th year of the Cable Ace Awards. Paula’s awards and accolades make a long list, and she is included in innumerable documentaries and literary compendiums noting influential comedians of our time.

Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St., Colorado Springs
7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $46

Things to Do Near Crystal Valley!

Enjoy life in Castle Rock within minutes from the master-planned community of Crystal Valley – where nature is around every corner of the neighborhood! Looking for a new home you can add your signature style to? Check out the beautiful model homes from Kauffman Homes, Taylor Morrison, D.R. Horton, Richmond American Homes, and Century Communities. Picture yourself in your very own dream house – ranch-style or two-story models priced from the $600s.


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