AvonLIVE! is the place to be on Wednesdays this summer! The Town of Avon is pleased to announce the remaining lineup for the AvonLIVE! concert series at the Avon Performance Pavilion, at Harry A. Nottingham Park, on Wednesdays throughout the summer. AvonLIVE! is free to the public and fun for all ages. The event features vendors offering tasty food selections and a collection of craft brews, wine, refreshing spirits and non-alcoholic beverages available for purchase at the Hahnewald Bar. AvonLIVE! kicks off Wednesday, June 22nd at 5:00 p.m.
“Every year we offer amazing and talented musicians, and this year I think we have one of the best lineups we’ve ever had,” stated Avon Culture, Arts and Special Events Manager Danita Dempsey. “We announced the first five bands Memorial Weekend and have been anxiously waiting to release the entire season of AvonLIVE! live musicians that we are honored to host,” continued Ms. Dempsey.
Avon has a passion for bringing the community together through environmental stewardship, family friendly events, and of course, live music. The AvonLIVE! series is all things Avon with local food vendors, delicious drink specials and killer music from top bands.
This year’s lineup features bands from Colorado and beyond with original and cover music, rock, bluegrass. The full lineup can be found at Avon.org/events.
Wednesday, August 3rd: Dragondeer with opener Beau Thomas Band
Denver band Dragondeer has conjured the rhythm spirits to concoct a blend of Psychedelic Blues, Retro Funk, Soul and Rock-n-Roll into a genre blur that's aim is to speak to souls and keep the body moving. Four good friends that brew a musical alchemy that is song centric with a proclivity to stretch things out and see where the evening leads. Heard across radio waves, through the trees at festivals like Electric Forrest, Firefly, and Telluride Blues this band keeps growing and morphing and wants you in on the ride.
Dragondeer has had the pleasure to share the stage with Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Marcus King, The Revivalists, Shakey Graves, Southern Avenue, Dumpstaphunk, Drive By Truckers, Anders Osbourne, and Jerry Joseph
"Dragondeer hit the stage with their thick blues-rock sound. Reminiscent of early Led Zeppelin, The Black Keys, and electric Taj Mahal, the quartet stunned the audience with their hybrid of Mississippi Delta blues and 1960s psychedelic rock. Lead vocalist, guitarist and harmonica player Eric Halborg led the band with a rare ferocity, his deep growl and swampy harmonica blending perfectly with Cole Rudy’s raw pedal steel playing. Shocking many in attendance and quickly catapulting onto the Denver scene, Dragondeer is a growing force to be reckoned with." - Live For Live Music
Wednesday, August 10th: TK and the Holy Know Nothings with opener Satellite 13
Rejecting the influence of fleeting scenes and encroaching developers; the Laurelthirst Public House has always stayed in tune with its generations of muddy patrons carving out lives as blue-collar artists. "The Thirst" -- Portland, Oregon's oldest independent venue -- has always been a sort of misfit stronghold -- a sanctuary for the same kind of spirit that sustained local punk legends Dead Moon and outsider folk hero Michael Hurley. It has also become a lifeblood for working-class musicians like Taylor Kingman. Most nights, you will likely find the TK & The Holy Know-Nothings songwriter and lead vocalist on stage (or at the bar). Ask around the place and you will quickly uncover Kingman's reputation as the sort of songwriter who makes other songwriters jealous, even angry. You will also hear about his hustle as both a player and writer, as those same songwriters line up to play with him. It is led to countless projects, exploring myriad concepts and styles, and making the sort of honest music that stands starkly, alongside the Laurelthirst, against the backdrop of a city quickly fading under the lacquer of gentrification.
TK & The Holy Know-Nothings is perhaps Kingman's most beloved project. Half-dutifully and half-facetiously self-dubbed "psychedelic doom boogie," the group was born out of Kingman's desire to create a loose, groove-heavy bar band that never sacrifices the importance of good, honest songwriting. Doing so required pulling together a local supergroup of friends, neighbors, and fellow Laurelthirst royalty, including drummer Tyler Thompson and multi-instrumentalists Jay Cobb Anderson (lead guitar, harmonica), Lewi Longmire (bass, guitar, pedal steel, flugelhorn, mellotron, lap steel) and Sydney Nash (keys, bass, slide guitar, cornet). It is a band of deeply contrasting styles buoyed by a sincere and palpable mutual trust -- one that allows them to find and lose the groove with the same ease. They build graceful, spaced-out landscapes around Kingman's storytelling -- his voice ragged and broken one moment and raging the next -- only to deconstruct them through a fit of manic and often dissonant rabbit holes. And Kingman's equally irreverent, delicate, and cerebral first-person narratives somehow merge seamlessly with it all.
Wednesday, August 17th: The Jauntee with opener Hardscrabble
In a world filled with instant gratification, gimmicky over saturation and a lack of true improvisation, The Jauntee pays tribute to music’s ability to transcend simple entertainment and cultivate a truly distinctive experience. The Jauntee has fostered a musical community based on a breadth of original material that engages fans through nightly exploration and risk taking. Averaging over one hundred shows a year, with each containing a unique set list and their own special improvisational moments, the band is constantly expanding upon what defines them and their live performances.
With almost a decade’s worth of touring experience; appearances at major festivals such as Peach Fest, Catskill Chill, and Resonance; and 36 states toured with stops at national touring staples such as Brooklyn Bowl, Georgia Theatre, and the Paradise Rock Club, The Jauntee have been nurturing a fanbase of dedicated followers who are inspired by their music and willing to travel to see what the band has in store next. Fans that thoroughly analyze their music, track their set lists and passionately promote their music. The Jauntee makes each night an exciting prospect of a new shared experience with bust-outs, fresh jamming, poignant covers, and accessible songwriting.
Wednesday, August 24th: The Docksiders with opener High Five
Imagine that it is 1981 and you are cruising the Atlantic shores of the Hamptons with your friends. Bikinis are fluorescent, polo collars are popped, and boat shoes are rocked sockless. In the background, your booming sound system is playing the soft-rock sounds of Olivia Newton-John, Toto, Kenny Loggins, The Carpenters, Michael McDonald, Hall & Oates, Christopher Cross, and Air Supply.
The Docksiders are made up of music industry veterans – led by 3-time Grammy™ nominee, Kevin Sucher. Their unique tribute act of your favorite “soft rock” songs of the 70s and 80s – now defined as Yacht Rock – have been entertaining thousands of people for years and the revival of this genre and audiences are only getting bigger. Thanks, Weezer!
The Docksiders show-stopping hit song after hit song, costume changes, and production, is only topped by their world-class performance.
Wednesday, August 31st: The Motet with opener Frisco Funk Collective
Since 1998, The Motet has inspired the world with its unique style of dance music. Over the course of nine full-length albums, they have traversed the lines between funk, soul, jazz, and rock and built a diehard audience in the process. They have headlined Red Rocks Amphitheatre six times and sold out countless legendary venues coast-to-coast. In addition to racking up nearly 20 million total streams and views, they have also garnered widespread acclaim from numerous publications including Relix, Glide Magazine, and AXS. The band has also graced the stages of festivals such as Bonnaroo, Bottlerock, Electric Forest, Bumbershoot, Summer Camp, and High Sierra.
- What: AvonLIVE! Concerts in the Park
- Where: Avon Performance Pavilion at Nottingham Park
- When: Wednesdays June 22, July 6, 13, 20 & 27, August 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 at 5:00 p.m. – 8:45 p.m.
- Live Music: Begins at 6:00 p.m.
Sponsors: The Town of Avon is proud to present the AvonLIVE! Free Concert Series with support from Peak Performances, Vail Daily, Always Mountain Time, Mountain Beverage, and KZYR.
Transportation & Parking: The use of public transportation is encouraged, as well as walking or riding a bike to the park. Free parking is available.
Plastic Free Events | Free water fill station, bring your reusable water bottle | Blankets and low-back lawn chairs are allowed | Pets allowed in pet friendly area only | No outside alcoholic beverages | No smoking | No Drones | Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
More information: For more information, please visit Avon.org/events or contact Avon Culture Arts and Special Events Manager Danita Dempsey at email@example.com or (970) 748-4065.