What else would you expect from an artsy, vibrant mountain town but live music on any given day of the week? From our library lawn concerts on summer nights to bluegrass prodigy performances at city hall, you won’t want to miss all the live music we have to offer.
We get it, you’re always on-the-go and have your calendar booked but there’s always that day when you find yourself saying, we should do something spontaneous and fun! Or how about this one, what’s a good date night? Then comes the dreaded computer or phone search that takes way too long and before you know it, your excitement is gone and let’s face it, you’re probably hungry after all that research. So throw out that spur-of-the-moment mess out the window and let us be your secret guide to live music in Manitou. Bookmark this blog and let your friends think you are great at impulse plans.
Whether you pack a picnic and hit-up an outdoor venue or turn your night out into an adult beverage infused dance party let us do all the planning for you. First up is our concert in November, yes November, but hey this show is selling out fast!
Billy Strings and the Tejon Street Corner Thieves
Billy Strings plays hard and he lives hard, picking so fast and intensely that he’s known to break multiple strings per song, and basing the songs he writes on the hard lives he grew up around in the abandoned rural communities of America. The improbable child of Pantera & Doc Watson delivers EXTREME American string band music with energy levels usually associated with a box of dynamite. The industry has taken notice, he was the IBMA 2016 Momentum Awards Instrumentalist of the Year, named a “Top 10 New Country Artist” by Rolling Stone, voted #1 in The Bluegrass Situation’s Top 16 of 16 and received praise from top tastemakers in Americana from No Depression to Planet Bluegrass. Billy’s debut LP “Turmoil & Tinfoil” is out now! Get Tickets
Weighing in at an accumulative 846 pounds, The Tejon Street Corner Thieves hail from the Colorado Rockies. The outlaw blues and trash-grass pioneers forged their original brand of whiskey roots from the ground up. Honing their craft on the streets, they swiftly gained recognition from the music community with the 2015 Gazette “Best of the Springs” award. Get Tickets
Manitou Chamber Music Festival
If you prefer something classical, head over to Manitou’s English Gothic Episcopal church, St. Andrew’s built in 1905. Treat yourself to a night of chamber music in a historic setting. Join the Manitou Chamber Music Festival faculty string quartet for one or all of the 4 concerts during its two-week run! Get tickets and info here.
The Annual Manitou Springs Summer Concert Series
We bring you Little London Winds an all-volunteer concert band, Monday nights in Soda Springs Park. Park your car in the free lot at 10 Old Man’s Trail and take the free shuttle. Bring your lawn chairs as seating is limited. The concert is free and open to the public. Click here for a complete list of all concerts and performers in the 2018 Manitou Springs Summer Concert Series.
Library Lawn Concerts
All concerts are free and open to the public. Bring a picnic supper, blanket, lawn chairs and enjoy an evening of music on the lawn. In case of inclement weather, concerts will be held at the Community Congregational Church in Manitou Springs, across from the library. Tuesdays from 6 – 7:30 pm
June 26: Archtop Eddy (20th Century Music)
July 3: Tenderfoot Bluegrass (Bluegrass)
July 10: The Storys (Folk and Classic Rock)
July 17: Out of Nowhere (Bluegrass)
July 24: The Mitguards (Americana Folk)
July 31: Michael Reese (Rock)
August 7: Skean Dubh (Neo-traditional Celtic)
August 14: Unlok (Easy Listening)
Buffalo Lodge Local Market
Picture your Friday evening shopping in a local neighborhood for local farm fresh produce, meats, breads, wines, moonshine, gifts, enjoying music and getting to know the neighbors. We invite you to come shop, even grill your meal here and picnic under our pavilion or on the lawn and mingle with other locals and tourists or just stop by pick up your purchases to take home or back to your hotel room. Live music so far:
June 8 – Kevin Kuonen Band and Travis Duncan with Jerry Cordova
June 15 – George Whitesell
June 29 – the Mitguards
July 6 – The Other Band
July 20 – George Whitsell
July 27 – The Manitou Springs Front Porch Singers
August 3 – George Whitesell
Sept 7 – The Manitou Strings
Silent Disco 2.0
If you missed this event the first time around in town, now is your chance to get your groove on! We’ve added another Silent Disco on August 25th 2018. Dance the night away to 3 different LIVE DJ’s. Fun for any age!
Commonwheel Artists 44th Annual Labor Day Art Festival
Loved by locals, this festival has it all! Live music is the background to some of the most original pieces of art you’ll ever see. This not to missed gem of a festival falls on a holiday weekend and is a great reason to stay in town and pair with an overnight stay.
Heritage Brew Festival
This year the festival has 4 Great Bands
- Tejon Street Corner Thieves
- Ruxton Railsplitters
- Joe Johnson
- Big Sky
More than 30 amazing local breweries: Boulder Beer Company, Brass Brewing Company, Bristol Brewing Company, Cerebus Brewing Company, Colorado Mountain Brewery at the Roundhouse, Fieldhouse Brewing Company, Florence Brewing Company, Fossil Craft Beer Company, Goat Patch Brewing Company, Altevida Beer Co (Great Storm), Iron Bird Brewing Co, JAKs Brewing Company, Manitou Brewing Company, Nano 108 Brewing Company, New Image, Paradox Brewing Company, Peaks N Pines Brewing Company, Renegade Brewing Company, Rocky Mountain Brewery, Smiling Toad Brewery, Stroybook Brewing, LLC, Trinity Brewing Co, TruBucha, Upslope Brewing Company, Ute Pass Brewing Company, Whistle Pig Brewing Company
Local Live Music Venues
Besides all the festivals and events going on don’t forget about our local venues all with their own flavors. See links to all their event pages below.
If you’re looking for live music, look no further than Manitou Springs. Keep tuning in to our playlist and we’ll keep you dancing!