Loveland’s Summer Music Scene
Live music plays a big part in Loveland’s summer offerings. In addition to the bands that play at various festivals around town, there are several annual concert series that offer an opportunity to listen to music in the warm summer evenings.
Foote Lagoon Summer Concerts
These free summer concerts have been taking place for many years in downtown Loveland at the Foote Lagoon Amphitheater located at 500 E. 3rd Street. They are presented by the Loveland Museum/Gallery, an organization founded in 1937.
The Foote Lagoon is a unique venue where bands play on a round platform in the lagoon and audiences watch from halfmoon stairstep seating or from the grass around the large, meandering lagoon area. Many people bring picnics or grab to-go items from downtown restaurants and enjoy dinner during the show.
Foote Lagoon concerts take place on Thursdays starting July 7, 2016 and run for six weeks. This year’s lineup features everything from an evening of Beatles cover bands to an evening of blues music. See the entire lineup on the calendar of events page.
Sounds of Centerra
The Sounds of Centerra is celebrating its 9th season at Chapungu Sculpture Park this summer. Concerts start Friday, July 8 and continue every Friday thereafter until August 12 and admission is free.
The twenty-six-acre Chapungu Sculpture Park is located just east of The Promenade Shops at Centerra and features 82 African stone sculptures carved by artists from Zimbabwe. The park includes a 1.5 mile walking trail, water features and benches. This is the only permanent exhibit of its kind in the United States.
Sounds of Centerra concerts this summer features local and regional acts and include traditional sounds such as the 101st Army Dixieland Band to pop music from Hey, Lady, a B-52’s tribute band. See the entire lineup here.
The historic Rialto Theater in downtown Loveland isn’t an outdoor venue, but it’s alive with the sounds of music year round. Built in 1919 and opened in 1920, at the time, the Loveland Daily Herald proclaimed the Rialto to be “…the finest theater north of Denver.” Today, it’s a wonderful venue in which to experience plays, comedy, movies and musical acts.
The Rialto has two summer concerts in August. First, on August 18, they welcome the R. Carlos Nakai Quartet to the stage. The group features the flute, trumpet, saxophone, keyboards, acoustic guitar and voice. On August 27, it’s Home by Dark, a songwriters-in-the-round concert event that features stories, songs and performances by the best songwriters in America.
See the Rialto Theater’s entire lineup that includes lots of movie showings this summer, by visiting their upcoming shows web page.