When it comes to music for the summer, no genre does it like country music. And Colorado’s country music fan base has plenty to be excited about this concert season—including visits from hit-makers like Blake Shelton, Eric Church, and Tim McGraw. Here, a few of our picks for must-get tickets.
Headliners Jake Owen, Thomas Rhett, and Uncle Kracker will take over Pueblo for two days. Pack for the weekend, pick up a two-day admission ticket, and camp overnight. June 19–21, Pueblo
2. Country Jam
This festival is worth the four-hour drive. Thursday night kicks things off with Jake Owen and Joe Nichols. Festival-goers have the option to stay all weekend long and see Lady Antebellum, Thomas Rhett, Eric Church, Jerrod Neimann, Brantley Gilbert, and Brett Eldredge. For those of you who didn’t manage to snag one of the highly-coveted campsites—only camping for VIP ticket holders and quiet camping is still available—we recommend purchasing a shuttle bus pass so you can avoid having to sit in the inevitable festival traffic for too long. June 19–22, Grand Junction
If you didn’t manage to catch Jake Owen at either of the aforementioned events, he’ll also be making an appearance at the Greeley Stampede on June 27. Pro tip: The Stampede has a lot more to offer than just great country concerts. OK, “just” country concerts is a bit of an understatement with big stars like Billy Currington, Big & Rich, and Martina McBride performing. Bonus: Box tickets start at just $5. June 26-July 6, Greeley
Later in July you’ll be able to catch a few more big names for lower ticket prices across the state border at Cheyenne Frontier Days. They’ll be hosting great artists like Lady Antebellum, Gary Allan, Florida Georgia Line, Brad Paisley, and Tim McGraw. Most concert ticket prices start at just $39, but some start even lower (you can see Gary Allan, for example, for just $24). July 18–27, Cheyenne, WY
Though it’s not exactly a country music festival, it’s also worth mentioning that the Rocky Mountain Music Festival at Cozy Clement Park will host the Marshall Tucker Band on August 10. Early bird prices for general admission to this event start at $29, and a VIP ticket will allow you to listen to (and vote for) finalists of the Rocky Mountain Battle of the Bands.
Of course, for country music lovers it’s always worthwhile to check out the lineup at the Grizzly Rose this summer. With live music six nights a week and Friday night concerts, there’s always something going on. In the last month alone, they’ve hosted big artists like Rodney Atkins and Hunter Hayes. This summer, Craig Morgan, Kellie Pickler, and Dustin Lynch are already on the schedule.
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