Arvada Center announces first wave of summer concert series

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Posted 4/24/19

Rock & Roll power couple Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo will hit the stage at the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities’ outdoor amphitheater as part of its summer concert series. Th Arvada …

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Arvada Center announces first wave of summer concert series

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Rock & Roll power couple Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo will hit the stage at the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities’ outdoor amphitheater as part of its summer concert series.

Th Arvada Center announced the first wave of concerts to hit the stage April 10. Additional concerts will be announced in the upcoming weeks. Tickets for the following concerts are now on sale at arvadacenter.org.

2019 Arvada Center Summer Concert Series

Riders in the Sky w/ Hot Club of Cowtown

June 15 at 7:30 p.m.

40 years ago. No laptops, no cellular phones, no Google, no Apple, no Microsoft, no texting. A different world. But there were three young men with drive and wit who wanted to keep a special music alive. They believed in preserving the heritage of Western Music and presenting it to a new generation. What they did not realize at the time was that they would be doing the same thing 40 years later.

Orquesta Akokán w/
Baracutanga

June 29 at 7:30 p.m.

Straight out of Havana, Cuba comes Orquesta Akokán — a blazing ensemble of deeply soulful mambo reminiscent of Benny Moré, Pérez Prado and banda gigante of the 1940s and ‘50s. Robust, time-tested musical architectures of son cubano and mambo are honored and modernized through a synthesis of the rich compositional styles of Havana, New York, and beyond. “A groove as intense as a runaway train” hails National Public Radio.

Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo

July 15 at 7:30 p.m.

Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo have been making music together for four decades. They met each other in 1979 for the first time in a small rehearsal room at SIR Studios in New York City. The rest as they say “is history.” Their musical career has endured for 40 years and this summer for their 40th Anniversary, the duo will embark on a multi-city tour, undoubtedly thrilling their fans everywhere.

George Thorogood and The
Destroyers

Aug. 4 at 7:30 p.m.

Known for his gritty, bad-boy, hard-drinking songs, George Thorogood has been impressing wide audiences with his growling slide-guitar sound ever since he opened for the Rolling Stones in 1981. Inspired by the blues of Robert Johnson and Bo Diddley, George Thorogood and the Destroyers celebrate 44 years of making music this summer at the Arvada Center. Always the consummate Rock God, he continues to ask audiences everywhere “Who Do You Love?” We love you, George Thorogood.

Felix Cavaliere’s Rascals

Aug. 17 at 7:30 pm.

In the mid-1960’s, classically-trained pianist and vocalist Felix Cavaliere quickly rose to the top as his band The Rascals produced hit after hit, their pioneering rock-driven sound influenced by music heard in the Bronx standing out from the pop of the British Invasion bands. Armed with a Hammond B3 organ and a distinct blue-eyed soul voice, hits like “Good Lovin’” and R&B-influenced “Groovin’”made The Rascals one of the most popular bands of the time; that popularity continues on through the decades, and culminated in Steven Van Zandt inducting them into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997.

Squeeze

Sept. 6 at 7:30 p.m.

Squeeze first formed in 1973 brought together by an ad in a sweetshop window. By 1977 they had made their recording debut and enjoyed a string of hits which lasted until 1982. Over the years there have been solo careers and occasional separations, but the Ivor Novello Award-winning songwriting duo Chris and Glenn reunited ten years ago to relaunch Squeeze and have been touring, writing and recording together since.

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