Keith Urban, Preacher Lawson and a U2 Tribute!
International country superstar Keith Urban appears at Fiddler’s Green to promote his new album, or you can catch a U2 cover band, dance music or rock-n-roll outdoor concerts this weekend near Castle Rock! And don’t miss an American whiskey tasting, or the outdoor screening of an award-winning family movie, CoCo! There’s something for everyone near Castle Rock this weekend!
TODAY/TONIGHT, Thursday, July 12
OPENING RECEPTION – MILE HIGH NATIONAL PASTEL EXHIBITION
Don’t miss your chance to view a pure and historic art form! This special art show features pastel, a pure pigment that looks like a diamond with many facets when viewed under a microscope. Historically, pastel was introduced by Leonardo da Vinci when he used “the dry colors method” as a highlighting technique for drawings. Other artists who have featured pastels among their most important works are Edgar Degas, Mary Cassatt, Georgia O’Keeffe, Frank Reaugh and James McNeil Whistler.
The Mile-High National Pastel Exhibition opens with a free reception, including a demo by nationally-renowned pastel artist and show judge Marla Baggetta and an awards ceremony. On display is a juried art show and competition, featuring 80 luminous pastel paintings from artists across the country.
PACE Center, 20000 Pikes Peak Ave., Parker
5:00 – 8:00 p.m.
SOUL X BRINGS THE PARTY!
This is no average cover band! Soul X delights in taking familiar songs and putting a twist on them, adding a spark of excitement to every performance! Join this high-energy band in Parker when they take the outdoor stage in Discovery Park for a FREE concert! Soul X features exceptional vocals backed by authentic musicianship, bringing a rare combination of talent, expertise, versatility, showmanship, and fun! Whether it’s the current top 40, Motown, blues, 80s, country, funk, and more, Soul X impresses with every genre.
Discovery Park, 20115 Mainstreet, Parker
UNDER A BLOOD RED SKY – U2 TRIBUTE
If you are a true U2 fan, you know it’s not possible to pick just one (or two or five) favorite songs—they’re all amazing!
This talented cover band is also amazing, bringing to life Bono, the Edge, Larry, and Adam, all in a heartfelt tribute concert that is sure to include many of your favorite hits from the best band on earth!
Highland Heritage Regional Park, 9651 Quebec St., Highlands Ranch
6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Thursday-Saturday, July 12-14
He won over the entire country with his brand of goofy, high-energy comedy when he made it as a Top 5 Finalist on NBC’s America’s Got Talent, and now’s your chance to see Preacher Lawson live as he wins over Denver with his stand-up show!
Even though he moved 20 times before the age of 10, Lawson considers himself a native to Orlando, Florida, where he was named the “Funniest Comedian in Florida” in 2015. He was also crowned the winner of the Seattle International Comedy Competition in 2016. Preacher made his television debut in 2017 on NBC’s Last Call with Carson Daly and also appeared on Comedy Dynamic’s Coming to The Stage.
Comedy Works-South, 5345 Landmark Place, Greenwood Village
Thurs., 7:30 p.m.; Fri./Sat., 7:15 and 9:45 p.m.
Friday, July 13
TOO MUCH LIGHT MAKES THE BABY GO BLIND
No one knows what the title means – but after watching 30 plays in 60 minutes, you will be thinking about other things! This experimental theatre experience presents a series of two-minute plays in random order with a talented and versatile ensemble cast.
The series of short vignettes are interactive, with an onstage timer to keep everyone honest. This is a witty collection of comic, tragic, political, personal and abstract plays. “The most clever, most urgent show in town,” (Chicago Theatre) is recommended for ages 18 and over.
Fine Arts Center at Colorado College, 30 W. Dale St., Colorado Springs
Saturday, July 14
OAKED AND SMOKED ~ AMERICAN WHISKEY AND BBQ!
Treat yourself to an epic afternoon of whiskey sampling, barbecue, and bluegrass! This festive outdoor event takes place on the back lawn of the Eastridge Recreation Center, where you will sample American whiskeys from all over the United States, including bourbons, ryes, single barrels, and other assorted styles paired with delicious grilled and barbecued delights.
Enjoy live music by the Willie Bean Blue Grass Band, performed throughout the afternoon. You must be 21 and older to attend. Ticket prices include unlimited half-ounce samples of whiskey, one full BBQ meal, and souvenir tasting glass.
Eastridge Rec Center, 9568 University Blvd., Highlands Ranch
1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
STARLIGHT MOVIE: COCO!
Downtown Castle Rock is the place to be for a festive, free outdoor movie under the stars! If you missed the exquisite animation and heartwarming story of CoCo, the Academy Award-winning Best Animated Feature of 2017 when it was in the theaters, you are in for a treat!
Bring the entire family to watch the story of Miguel, who finds himself in the Land of the Dead on his quest to bring music back to his family. There won’t be a dry eye in the crowd as the soaring music unlocks the secret to Miguel’s family history.
Downtown Castle Rock
KEITH URBAN CONCERT
Keith Urban fans don’t need to be told he was last year’s Favorite Male Country Artist, and won multiple categories at the 2017 CMA Awards for his popular Ripcord album! So, it’s with great anticipation that he is appearing in concert this summer in conjunction with his soon-to-be-released new album, Graffiti U!
Don’t miss this Grammy-Award winning international superstar who has earned a reputation for being one of the most electrifying and dynamic live performers on stage today. He has captured the title “Entertainer of the Year” for three consecutive years, and this is a rare opportunity to see such a high-profile performer at a smaller venue like Fiddler’s Green!
Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre, 6350 Greenwood Plaza Blvd., Greenwood Village
Sunday, July 15
SUNDAY JAM WITH THE MICHAEL HORNBUCKLE BAND!
Denver native Michael Hornbuckle and his band return to Cherokee Castle for a laid-back Sunday afternoon outdoor jam session! Hornbuckle is a nationally acclaimed song writer and performer of true blues who has shared the stage with acts such as ZZ Top, The Doobie Brothers, Mike Zito, Davy Knowles and many more. But he’s also a lyrical storyteller, with the soaring vocals and rhythmic and raw rock-n-roll!
The show will be held under the shade of the big tent with a backdrop of the stunning Rocky Mountains. Bring a picnic lunch or you can purchase snacks and drinks at a cash bar. The event is family-friendly, but you must be 21 to drink.
Cherokee Ranch, 6113 N. Daniels Park Rd., Sedalia
Monday, July 16
MARIACHI AND FOLKLORICO DANCE PERFORMANCE!
For a taste of south-of-the-border culture, look no further than the award-winning Mariachi Aztlán and the Ballet Folklórico from one of the top collegiate dance ensembles in the nation! The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley is celebrating nearly 50 years as recurring winners of the largest, longest-running, and most competitive mariachi group competitions in the world—the Mariachi Vargas Extravaganza. See the group that has set the standard of excellence among mariachi groups throughout the U.S.!
Lone Tree Arts Center, Main Stage, 10075 Commons St., Lone Tree
Music, Theatre and More Near Crystal Valley!
You don’t need to venture far from Crystal Valley to find entertainment for the entire family! There are a wide variety of things to do nearby, including free educational events and recreational options. Stop by if you are in the neighborhood and visit the beautiful new models offered by D.R. Horton, Kauffman Homes, and Richmond American Homes. Crystal Valley homes are available in ranch and two-story models and priced from the high $300s.