Alpenglow is back and better than ever in 2023. Join the Center for Arts in Crested Butte for the 31st summer of our free, community concert series.
Rain or shine, music starts in Town Park at 5:30. Bring a chair, a blanket, and your dancing shoes! Local food vendors and a bar will be available at every concert to create the perfect picnic.
Please no dogs, no outside alcohol, and no glass. Please do not dump ice onto Town Park. PLEASE take the bus or ride your bike – it’s good for the planet! If you do drive, please park at Crested Butte Community School or at the 4-way Stop.
Monday, June 19th @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
WXPN’s Black Opry Residency celebrates and amplifies Black Americana musicians working to reclaim their place in the American musical cannon. Americana is an umbrella term that integrates traditional roots music genres including country, bluegrass, folk, blues, gospel, alternative country, and singer-songwriter.
Monday, June 26th @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Violet Pilot is a Neo-Psychedelic Americana Rock band based in Colorado with an affinity for lush textures and intricate arrangements. The band’s unique style of music is both fresh and familiar to a wide range of listeners and fans.
Currently featuring Michael Kirkpatrick (vocals and acoustic guitar), Sean Macaulay (drum set and percussion), and Jo Asker (double bass), the quartet released their debut record, Glad We Found You, in 2022. With this record the band was voted “Best Debut Artist 2022” by the Colorado Playlist Listener/Fan Poll. Their Sophomore record is coming together as they continue to dazzle audiences with new material through performances at major festivals and venues.
Monday, July 3rd @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Rapidgrass embodies the notion that nature, and particularly mountains, can bring out the best in our art, and we have dedicated much of our creative energy into bringing that art back to the people of the mountains.
Rapidgrass focuses on travel to mountain towns and inspires mountain people and athletes around the globe. Our music is motivated by and made for those who find peace in the mountains. We focus our energy to outdoor mountain lifestyle/culture events. Focusing our travels to mountain towns has also given us a great palate of mountain music styles to draw from including styles from North America, France, Italy, Russia, Tibet, Argentina, and Ireland.
The full-time lineup includes Mark Morris (guitar, lead vocals); Charlie Parker Mertens (upright bass); Coleman Smith (violin);and Alex Johnstone (mandolin, vocals). This Colorado ensemble uses classical, gypsy, bluegrass, pop, swing, and other world rhythms to create what is, and can only be described of as, Rapidgrass.
Monday, July 10th @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
The Jacob Larson Band
The Jacob Larson Band is a 10 piece funk and soul ensemble combining powerhouse vocals, classic instrumentation and an old-school approach to music. Digging inspiration from the roots of soul religion, the band shares their own take on notable influences such as Tower of Power, Stevie Wonder, and Earth, Wind, and Fire.
Jacob, an experienced entertainer with a strong and soulful voice, leads the band with true dynamic flair and presence, delivering the goods with a performance that moves and excites concert-goers of all ages.
Monday, July 17th @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Based in Boulder, CO, this 4-piece rock band will rip your shirts and bras off with their shredding guitar solos and unravel your sense of space and time. Founded in 1985, after escaping a kidnapping by a large sasquatch, the young rockstars decided to travel through time and come light up the 21st century. While you may wake up with crimped hair, a sore neck, and no recollection of the last 12 hours, The Goonies never… ever…. say Hangover.
Monday, July 24th @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Is a genre-bending rock band pushing the sonic envelope of conventional Latin sounds. Miguel Aviña (Lead Guitar/Vocals), Brenda Aviña (Bass) and Luiggy Ramírez (Drums) combine to create music for the relentless, the determined…the immigrant song. Inherently authentic and undeniably refreshing.
iZCALLi swigs its evolving sound from all wells of tradition, from Latin-tinged echoes to fuzz rock anthems saturated with rebellious spirit in English and in Español; creating the perfect molotov of nostalgia and euphoria, equal parts sweet and intoxicating. iZCALLi’s music ignites a sonic space to reconnect yourself with the present, to join what you’ve left behind with what you will recover, discover your heart, so you know you are home.
Monday, July 31st @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Mighty Mystic is considered as one of the leaders in the U.S. Reggae scene and labeled by many as one of the more prolific artists to develop outside of Jamaica. He has gripped the scene with ferocious conviction and an uncanny ambition worthy to be mentioned among the greats. He has gone from being a fan of reggae music to being a contributor to the art. Mighty Mystic came on the scene in 2006 after scoring his first international hit with the song “Riding on the Clouds.”
However, it wasn’t until the release of his first album “Wake up the World” (2010) that he became a household name. “Wake up the World” boasted several standouts, such as “Revolution,” “Riding on the Clouds,” “Original Love,” and “Slipped Away” with appearances from reggae icon Shaggy and roots rocker Lutan Fyah. Mystic continues to wake up the world with his high energy, message driven brand of reggae music which he emphatically calls “HARD ROOTS.” It is this unique spin on classic reggae blended with Hip Hop & Rock that has catapulted him to the forefront of today’s Reggae Revival. Mighty Mystic is also the younger brother of current Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness. When asked, does being the brother of Prime Minister Holness have any impact on your music? Mystic simply says “Andrew has a job to do and so do I, impact or not we both have our own mission to complete”.
Monday, August 7th @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Montana singer/songwriter Madeline Hawthorne steps into the spotlight here with equal parts grit and charm. Written following the dissolution of her longtime band, The Hawthorne Roots, the album is a work of profound reflection and self-discovery, reckoning with evolution and independence while facing down the pressures of modern womanhood with unflinching honesty an steadfast resilience. The songs here are bold and ambitious, captured live in the studio over just two-and-a-half days, and the result is a raw, rousing collection that blurs the lines between roots, country, and soul as it transforms pain into beauty and doubt into hope.
Monday, August 14th @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
For over 30 years, Shakedown Street has been performing the immense catalog of the Grateful Dead. The ever-shifting repertoire draws from homegrown idioms steeped in traditional Americana, folk, blues, jazz, and rock and roll, with a healthy dose of the avant-garde. Dig deeper into the songs, their storylines, and the characters inhabiting them, and you’ll find enduring tales of murder and intrigue, gamblers and thieves, sinners and saints, tales of everyman, mythic and surreal, blue-collar rhapsodies in a kaleidoscopic tapestry awash in color, sound, and light.
And that’s it for Alpenglow this year, see you next year folks.
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