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Summer Concert Series
Thursday nights until July 27, 7–8:30 pm; free
Stretch out and enjoy some tunes, from up-and-coming local bands to established regional and national musicians, in the Museum’s courtyard.
- Seating begins at 6:30 pm.
- Lawn chairs and blankets welcome.
- Alcohol and concessions available for sale (only alcohol purchased on site is allowed).
- In the event of rain, concerts will move to our indoor Stewart Auditorium.
Twenty Hands High, July 6
One of country music’s hottest bands in the Rocky Mountain region, CW and Twenty Hands High is proof that there’s strength in numbers.
The band’s single “Back to Wichita” has grown from 133,00 plays to over 350,000+ across digital platforms and streaming outlets. What’s more, the song has netted a nod for “Song of the Year” by the Mississippi Music Foundation as well as it has been nominated for a Josie Music Award in several Categories.
The Country Crooner has been blazing trails since former his Colorado-based band in 2017. Working relentlessly to grow CW & Twenty Hands High’s popularity among venue promoters and country music enthusiasts, the singer, songwriter, and guitarist has also crafted a solid set of original songs.
The Hard work has paid off. Along with his Denver cohorts, lead guitarist Mark Gabert, bassist Jodie Woodward, and drummer Scotty Rivera, CW & Twenty Hands High has opened for national acts like Pat Green, Wade Bowen, Josh Ward, Pam Tillis, Chancey Williams, Suzy Bogguss, and Sam Riggs.
Today, CW & Twenty Hands High keeps busy zig-zagging the States, playing some of the region’s hottest honky-tonks and dancehalls flecked across Colorado and the surrounding states, including the Million Dollar Cowboy Bar and the Outlaw Saloon (Cheyenne Frontier Days) in Wyoming, the Beacon Icehouse in Montana, Joe’s Honky Tonk in Nebraska, the Wichita Union Stockyards in Kansas, and the Grizzly Rose and the Whiskey Baton in Colorado, to name a few.
Delta Sonics, July 13
The Delta Sonics music takes a Chicago Blues base and seasons it with Swing, Delta, N’awlins R&B and some early Rock n’ Roll . They were Westword’s best blues band in Denver the last six of eight years. The band made the semi-finals in the International Blues Challenge in Memphis 2012.The band has also played in Kansas City, St. Louis and New Orleans among other cities.
Averaging 250 gigs a year before 2020, they’re comfortable playing large events and concerts as well as smaller venues. The band has played the Taste of Colorado, the Boulder Creek Fest, the Greeley Blues Jam, Pearl St. Blues & Brews, the Five Points Jazz Festival, Triniddadio, Bohemian Nights, the Cherry Creek Arts Fest and many others.
Al Chesis supplies vocals & foot stomping showmanship but it’s his harmonica playing that grabs you. He has been a Hohner endorser since 1992. Bob Pellegrino supplies the dazzling, slide guitar. Bob was the Colorado Blues Society’s best slide guitar player in three years in a row. Alissa Chesis on bass and Stefan Flores on drums ‘drive the bus’.
The Sonics have been THE Mile Hi ‘go-to’ band for touring Blues national acts for nearly 15 yrs. The band has backed national blues acts like Big Bill Morganfield, Steadyrollin’ Bob Margolin, Ronnie Baker Brooks, grammy -nominated Lurrie Bell, grammy -nominated John Primer, the late Pinetop Perkins, and the late Bo Diddley.
The Delta Sonics opened for BB King (twice), Robert Cray (three times), and Jimmy Vaughn (twice) among many others.
Al Chesis also guests on Big Head Todd’s album “Black Beehive” on the cut “I Get Smooth”
Hazel Miller & The Collective, July 20
Hazel Miller is not just a great singer; “She is a force of nature!” quotes the Rocky Mountain News. Her voice has been called “stunning, moving, and powerful.” Hazel has been a sought after performer in Colorado for more than three decades. The Hazel Miller Band was formed more than 2 decades ago. Hazel Miller and the Collective renamed themselves in 2020. The band performs an eclectic blend of Jazz, R&B, Blues, and original music. The band’s music is designed to make the audience dance and sing along. They play the music that excites and involves the listener.
A great highlight on January 13, 2015, was Ms. Miller’s singing of the national anthem at the inauguration of Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper. Later on that night, the Governor’s Inaugural Concert featured the Lumineers, String Cheese Incident, and Big Head Todd and the Monsters with Ms. Miller. Ms. Miller performed at the FIS Alpine Ski Championships in Beaver Creek, Colorado on February 15, 2015, with an estimated international television audience of 180,000,000 viewers. Ms. Miller has been chosen to record a welcome greeting for visitors taking the trains to the main terminal at Denver International Airport.
The winter of 2014 marked the last full tour with Big Head Todd and the Monsters. They toured the entire country with great responses from audiences. Ms. Miller has appeared as a special guest of Big Head Todd and the Monsters for more than 19 years. The band had a great summer, in 2021 including opening two nights at Red Rocks. Headlining festivals all over Colorado; 2021 marked the 25th year performing at Boulder’s Band on the Bricks. They have opened for Al Green, James Brown, Michael McDonald, and many others. The band has appeared at major local festivals: Jazz in City Park, Lakewood Amphitheater’s Summer of Music, the Botanic Gardens in Denver and so many more.
Ms. Miller’s music can be heard on many local radio stations KOA, KBCO, KUVO, KRFC, KOTO, and KCNU. Nationally, Sirius Radio and XM Radio are playing her music on the “Real Jazz” and “B. B. King’s” Blues stations. Mark Ruffin, on “Real Jazz” XM Radio added Ms. Miller to the lineup fall of 2010 and she continues to be a requested performer on radio stations nationally, for example, Martha’s Vineyard, Charlotte, Miami, and Chicago. Ms. Miller sang on 6 tracks of the hit 2014 CD Blues Masters 3. This CD featured Mickey Thomas from Jefferson Starship and Tim Tucker, executive producer and lead guitarist on the CD. The reviews said this about Ms. Miller’s vocal performance: “Miller’s vocals would rival Koko Taylor”.
Gingerbomb, July 27
From the boroughs Of New York City, to the shores of Los Angeles, redheads are often seen as a scarce commodity. However, against all odds, a group of seasoned ginger musicians miraculously united to form the world’s first all ginger supergroup—Gingerbomb. Together, they craft a sound based in rock, country and folk. Seasoned musicians Megan Burtt, Sara Dee, Zach Berkman, Casey Sidwell, and Ryan Vaughn form Gingerbomb.” The world’s all-ginger band finally takes center stage!