Arvada Center Blog

The Opening of Pippin has been postponed

The Arvada Center regrets to announce that it will need to cancel two performances of its production of “Pippin.” Opening night has been rescheduled for Thursday, April 20.

Certain technical aspects of “Pippin” have been unexpectedly affected by the expansion construction project currently taking place at the Center. In particular, the show uses pyrotechnic effects that require an increased amount of water supply as a precaution. To facilitate this aspect of the production and ensure safety, the general contractor has requested several days to resolve this matter. Rather than present a show that is incomplete, the Arvada Center has decided to delay its opening.

As in any construction project, occurrences can take place that affect regular business operations. The Arvada Center is doing as much as possible to keep these interruptions as minimal as possible. The Center recognizes that the cancellation of these performances (April 18 at 7:30 p.m. & April 19 at 1:00 p.m.) causes an inconvenience to its patrons and is taking steps to ensure that the needs of every patron will be accommodated. All ticket holders for cancelled performances will receive personal phone calls to help facilitate their free exchange into any performance during the run of the show.

The Arvada Center appreciates the public’s patience during construction. Patrons may contact the Arvada Center box office at (720) 898-7200 with any questions.

Announcing the summer concert lineup

The Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities is proud to announce its 30th Anniversary Summer Concert Series—an eclectic mix of music presented outdoors under the dazzling Rocky Mountain skies. Hailed as one of the “101 Things You’ve Gotta Do in Denver” by 5280 magazine, the series will feature seven concerts in a variety of music styles, from bluegrass, soul jazz and world music to classical, rock ‘n’ roll and western swing.

Tickets are now on sale to the public. The Summer Concert Series is sponsored by Advocate Homes, the official 30th Anniversary sponsor of the Arvada Center. Concert details, including dates and prices follow:

Arvada Center ChoraleArvada Center Chorale
With Musicians of the Musica Sacra Orchestra
Mozart Vespers

This classical concert includes the beautiful Mozart Vespers for chorus and orchestra, Mozart’s Divertimento in D Major for strings, Morten Lauridsen’s Nocturnes and a specially commissioned chorale work marking the 30th Anniversary of the Arvada Center.

Friday, June 9, 7:30 p.m.
$12 lawn/$15 covered
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Peter NooneHerman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone

Peter Noone has played every major venue in every country on every continent in the world—this summer you’ll find him at the Arvada Center! With his dry British wit, in-between song banter and songs like I’m Into Something Good and Mrs. Brown You’ve Got a Lovely Daughter, this nostalgic concert will entertain audiences from 6 to 76 from beginning to end!

Saturday, June 24, 7:30 p.m.
$32 covered/$15 lawn/$10 Children under 12 (lawn only)
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Ricky Skaggs Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder

An Evening of Bluegrass

Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder will bring you to your feet as they play to prove “Country Rocks but Bluegrass Rules!” His latest album, His latest album, Brand New Strings, won a Grammy Award® for “Best Bluegrass Album.” Four previously cut albums earned a Grammy. Create some thunder of your own as you enjoy this not-to-be-missed concert at the Arvada Center.

Saturday, July 8, 7:30 p.m.
$45 covered/$30 lawn
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Ladysmith Black MambazoLadysmith Black Mambazo

For three decades this 10-member a cappella group has been fusing the spiritually resonant traditions of Zulu music and Christian gospel music. Spreading a message of “Peace, Love and Harmony,” this dynamic group has played for the Pope, two Nobel Peace Prize Ceremonies, a Summer Olympics and many other special events around the world. Having played with the likes of Paul Simon, Eric Clapton, Phil Collins and Sir Paul McCartney, the Arvada Center is honored to play host to this “World Music” phenomenon.

Saturday, July 22, 7:30 p.m.
$45 covered/$30 lawn
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Southern ExposureSouthern Exposure with The Austin Lounge Lizards

A summer concert favorite at the Arvada Center, Southern Exposure draws on traditional and contemporary Bluegrass tunes like Uncle Pen and Rocky Top, mixed in with gems like City of New Orleans and Carolina in the Pines, to the delight of Bluegrass enthusiasts. Combining their talents with the satirical Folk, Country and Bluegrass of The Austin Lounge Lizards, you’re promised an evening of laughter and down-home music. Sponsored by 1STBANK.

Saturday, August 5, 7:30 p.m.
$28 covered/$15 lawn
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John ScofieldJohn Scofield “Real Jazz” Trio

With his distinctive rock-oriented sound, Scofield’s masterful jazz falls somewhere between post-bop, fusion and soul jazz. According to Scofield, “Whenever I’m playing, that’s my big night—wherever I am.” Don’t miss his big night at our outdoor amphitheater. Sponsored by DBC Irrigation.

Saturday, August 12, 7:30 p.m.
$32 covered/$15 lawn
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Asleep at the WheelAsleep at the Wheel with Halden Wofford & the Hi-Beams

For over three decades Asleep at the Wheel has successfully bucked the mainstream industry trends and stayed true to their dream of keeping Western Swing alive. This nine-time Grammy®-winning band melds Swing and Country Blues creating a sensational musical energy that will have you on your feet. Keeping Swing alive is Asleep at the Wheel’s tradition as is their summer concert at the Arvada Center amphitheater.

Saturday, August 19, 7:30 p.m.
$32 covered/$15 lawn
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A barbecue dinner is available from the Arvada Center’s catering service for a cost of $9.50 in advance or $10.50 at the concert. Meals can be ordered when purchasing tickets. In compliance with city regulations, no alcoholic beverages or glass containers can be brought into the amphitheater. The Arvada Center offers beer and wine service. Concessions open at 6:00 p.m. Patrons are welcome to bring their own meals to the performances.

Both covered and lawn seats are available for summer concerts. Beach chairs are rented on a first-come, first-served basis for lawn patrons at a cost of $2. Audience members may bring their own chairs only if the chairs have no legs and are not over 26” in height. All chairs are subject to the approval of the house manager. Amphitheater gates open at 6:30 p.m. Please note that all summer amphitheater events are held rain or shine.

Hold on, we are entering the blogosphere

Welcome to the new Arvada Center blog.

What is a blog? A blog (“web log”) is an interactive website in which items are posted on the Internet on a regular basis and displayed in reverse chronological order. Like other media, blogs often focus on a particular subject, such as food, politics, or local news. Some blogs function as online diaries. A typical blog combines text, images, and links to other blogs, web pages, and other media related to its topic. Blogs and blogging have quickly been adopted by the mainstream Internet community and can be found on many popular web sites.

This site ( will be called ‘Inside the Center’ and will contain interesting articles that will include such topics as: interviews with artists, actors and directors; costume design; stage set design and construction; expansion updates; video and music clips from shows; and photo essays on various subjects just to name a few. In addition to writing unique articles, we will solicit and encourage feedback from our patrons. The intent is to create an online community that allows us to interact with our patrons and adds value to our patrons’ experiences and empowers them to publicly give feedback and express their opinions.

So, what is your opinion? What do you think? Leave a comment below.

Happy Birthday, Arvada Center!

30th AnniversaryThis year the Arvada Center is celebrating its 30th Anniversary with a variety of community activities planned throughout the summer and fall months. You can help us commemorate this occasion by supporting the public art campaign or purchasing a 30th Anniversary cookbook, with all proceeds going to the Arvada Center Scholarship Fund. Mark your calendar now and join us in the festivities. There’s something for everyone!

June 9 – Anniversary Kick Off Festivities, 5:00 p.m.
Fun for kids and adults-face painting, balloon animals and community booths will abound. (Kids – save room for $1 hot dogs!) Inside the Arvada Center, you can also be one of the first to participate in Helping Hands Community Art Project, a work in progress tied to the Dog and Pony Show.

Then stay for our first outdoor concert of the season, beginning at 7:30 p.m., as the Arvada Center Chorale performs the beautiful Mozart’s Vespers with orchestra and debuts a specially commissioned choral work in honor of the Center’s 30th Anniversary.
Buy tickets to the Chorale Concert.

June 10 – Helping Hands Community Art Project, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

June 24 – Helping Hands Community Art Project, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

July 8 – Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder, 7:30 p.m.
Enjoy an evening of bluegrass at this special 30th Anniversary concert featuring Grammy® Award-winner, Ricky Skaggs.
Buy tickets to the Ricky Skaggs concert.

July 15 – Helping Hands Community Art Project, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

August 5 – Helping Hands Community Art Project, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

August 12 – Helping Hands Community Art Project, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

November 5 – 30th Anniversary Celebration & Grand Opening of the new & improved Arvada Center
Stay tuned for details on this event that will feature an array of performances, an ice carving contest, tours of the new theater, hands-on activities and, of course, birthday cake!

Breaking ground on expansion

Neither snow, nor sleet nor rain could stop the Arvada Center from breaking ground on its new expansion project on Monday, March 20. The official ceremony was moved inside due to inclement weather but nothing could dampen the enthusiasm of the many supporters who turned out to recognize this momentous occasion. Nearly 150 people attended this celebration marking the beginning of a new era in the life of the city of Arvada. The groundbreaking ceremony also represented the culmination of countless hours and effort put forth by city employees, volunteers, citizens and elected officials who have worked together during the last five years to make this dream become a reality.
Ground Breaking Photo of dignitaries
During the ceremony, Mayor Ken Fellman and Arvada Arts Council Chair Elect Ken Eggeman spoke of the foresight of citizens and elected officials in creating and maintaining a home for arts and culture in the community. When the Arvada Center first opened its doors, nearly 30 years ago, it served 12,000 people annually. Today it welcomes more than 350,000 people every year. The Arvada Center continues to be a model for arts institutions around the country and this expansion will enable it to continue this proud tradition into the 21st century.

The Arvada Center’s expansion includes the following components: a new 200-seat black box theater, 7,000 square feet of collection storage space for the Gallery/History Museum, a new classroom in the History Museum, a dedicated scene shop for the performing arts department and a total refurbishment of the existing banquet facility. A new Public Art Campaign is also under way to commemorate the expansion and the Center’s 30th anniversary celebration.

Illustrated Scan of Arvada Center expansion

See all the photos related to the expansion project.

Mark your calendar now for the grand opening celebration of the Arvada Center’s expansion, scheduled for Sunday, November 5.