There’s a lot to do in and around Boulder this week and weekend, especially if you’re a live music fan. World music, ’70s music, classical music, children’s nature music — it’s all a possibility for you this week. Plus, this year’s Juneteenth celebrations kick off with flag-raisings and more.
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Cultural Caravan’s June Festival
Cultural Caravan is a local music organization that brings performing artists to improvised and established venues for pop-up concerts and onstage performances around Boulder County. This week, the organization’s second annual roaming June Festival (June 8-18) continues, featuring several main stage ticketed shows and pop-ups. On June 13, for instance, you can catch music from the bands Natural Bridge and DAES, plus food from local food trucks, at the Lafayette Block Party, or a surprise pop-up show at the Boulder Farmers Market this Wednesday.
Through Sunday, June18, varying times and locations, multiple events, free
Jeff & Paige Meadow Music
The music and storytelling duo Jeff & Paige will be making the rounds this summer with a series of hikes and concerts geared to the kiddos this June, sponsored by the City of Boulder’s Open Space and Mountain Parks Department. Tonight, visit Chautauqua Park for the first one, an all-ages hike at 5:30 p.m. and a free show at 6 p.m. Those who register in advance will receive a free album download.
Monday, June 12, 5:30-7 p.m., Chautauqua Park, free
Boulder Concert Band: Summer Concerts in the Park
Boulder Concert Band will be putting on its free summer concert series in City of Boulder parks every Monday through July. The award-winning, 145-year-old band currently has more than 50 volunteer musicians. Each week, the band will give a free concert at a different Boulder park location, starting tonight, June 12, at 7 p.m., at East Palo Park. Attendees are encouraged to bring a picnic while enjoying their evening of free live music.
Monday, June 12, East Palo Park, 7-8 p.m., free. Check out the full schedule here.
Erin Donnelly: Artist opening
Erin Donnelly is a local artist based in Lyons. She studied drawing and painting while pursuing her degree at UC Berkeley. And after a successful period of having art exhibitions across the country, Donnelly took a break to raise her children and focus on her corporate sales career. In 2021, she returned to the studio full-time to pursue painting. Donnelly’s art reimagines landscapes and the events of strangers. Stop by the Boulder JCC’s Messinger Gallery this Wednesday for the opening to explore and discuss Donnelly’s work.
Wednesday, June 14, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Messinger Gallery, free
The Long Run band, ‘Colorado’s Tribute to the Eagles’
Kicking off this summer’s Bands on the Bricks concert series on Pearl Street this Wednesday is The Long Run, an Eagles cover band. The event will include an opening band, a beer garden and more. Headliners play from 7 to 9 p.m. Those who want to bike to the event are welcome to use the city’s secure bike valet, a new feature offered by the city this year.
Wednesday, June 14, 5:30-9 p.m., 1300 Block of Pearl St., free. The full Bands on the Bricks schedule is here.
‘Western Water A to Z’: Robert Crifasi on his new book
Robert Crifasi, a former City of Denver hydrologist and Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks water resources administrator, will discuss his new book “Western Water A to Z: The History, Nature and Culture of a Vanishing Resource” at the Boulder Bookstore on Thursday, June 15 at 6:30 p.m. The book is described as the “first-ever field guide to Western water.” Tickets are $5 and include a coupon for $5 off the book.
Thursday, June 15, 6:30 p.m., Boulder Bookstore, 1107 Pearl Street, $5
Precious Substance: An exhibit about Boulder miller Ella Yount
Ella Yount was a businesswoman who lived in the late 1800s and operated a successful flour mill in Boulder Canyon after her husband’s death. The exhibit, Precious Substance, is inspired by Ella’s inspiring story and unconventional way of life during this time period. The event takes place just a few steps away from Yount’s onetime mill.
Friday, June 16, 5-8 p.m., and Saturday, June 17, 1-5 p.m., 103 Canyon Blvd, free
Longmont Juneteenth Community Celebration
The NAACP Boulder County and the Executive Committee, African American Cultural Events (ECAACE) are back with their 3rd Annual Boulder County celebration of Juneteenth National Independence Day. The celebration will commemorate the end of slavery and celebrate young people “while creating brave beginnings for the future.” The free event will feature food, live entertainment and special guests. You can register online.
Saturday, June 17, 1-5 p.m., Roosevelt Park, free
Various Juneteenth flag raising ceremonies will also take place throughout the week across the county. Find a list here – plus various other events, including youth storytelling and a writing master class with Nyasha Williams. The City of Boulder’s flag-raising will take place on June 16 at the Penfield Tate II Municipal Building at 3 p.m. Remarks from representatives from Boulder City Council and the NAACP, among others, will follow the flag-raising.
The City of Boulder in 2022 joined the state and federal governments in observing Juneteenth as an official holiday.
Juneteenth Poetry Open Mic
Also on June 17, Out Boulder County is hosting a Juneteenth Poetry Open Mic at The Gallery. In honor of Juneteenth, the event seeks to uplift Black and queer voices through poetry, art, food and community. Attendees can sign up to share their poetry and/or come to listen to the works of others.
Saturday, June 17, 6-9 p.m., The Gallery at Bus Stop Apartments, 4895 Broadway in Boulder, free