By Leslie Simon
Summertime and the living is easy at the Arvada Center! This year’s 2019 Summer Concert Series features some crowd-favorite rock and pop legends, a celebration of the 50th anniversary of Woodstock, local dance troupe favorites, and a couple who are in a genre all their own- Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo. So roll down the windows, let the sun hit your face, and turn the volume up as you listen to the following great tunes- you may even hear them this summer at our outdoor amphitheatre.
Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo “Heartbreaker” – July 15
The breakthrough single from her debut album, “Heartbreaker” has hard rock guitar riffs and sassy, confident sneers that are every bit as relevant and fresh today.
George Thorogood “Boogie Chillen”
Off of George’s first solo album, “Boogie Chillen” shows him at his raw, stripped-down best and proves that you don’t have to be loud to rock.
George Thorogood and The Destroyers perform August 4, part of the “45 Years of Rock” tour!
Squeeze “Up the Junction” – September 6
Shot in John Lennon’s kitchen, “Up the Junction” shows a 1979 Squeeze as they straddle the line between English folk and London New Wave.
Big Brother & The Holding Company “Combination of the Two”
Rare footage of the Big Brother classic from the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival when Janis Joplin was still in charge of vocals. Big Brother & The Holding Company perform a throwback to Woodstock on August 29.
Orquesta Akokan “Mambo Rapidito” – June 29
Daptone Records’ resident Cuban big band collective produces a full-bodied sound with explosive brass on “Mambo Rapidito.”
Felix Cavaliere’s Rascals “I’ve Been Lonely Too Long” – August 17
Classic old footage of the blue-eyed soul legend Felix Cavaliere and his highly influential 60s band The Young Rascals.
Mike Dawes “Somebody That I Used to Know (Gotye cover)”
Finger-picking mastermind Mike Dawes mesmerizes with a poignant cover of Gotye’s 2011 smash hit about breaking up. He’s performing alongside Justin Hayward on August 14!
Colorado Symphony Comic-Con “Jurassic Park Theme”
When the Colorado Symphony star conductor Christopher Dragon donned a T. Rex costume to conduct the Jurassic Park theme song, the entire internet took notice. They bring their Symphonic Tribute to Comic-Con to the Center on July 21.