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Summer is in full swing at Chautauqua!
With so many great events this month, there’s something for everyone to enjoy!


Keb’ Mo’ Band -August 10

Over the past two decades three-time Grammy Award-winner Keb’ Mo’ has cultivated a reputation as a modern master of American roots music through the understated excellence of his live and studio performances. His songs have been recorded by B.B. King, Buddy Guy, the Dixie Chicks, Joe Cocker and Robert Palmer. His new hot pink double live album represents a brilliantly chosen collection from the song catalog that has made Keb’ Mo’ an industry icon. Wednesday, August 10. 7:30 PM. Chautauqua Auditorium. Buy tickets online. Ride the free HOP 2 Chautauqua to this show!

David Grisman Sextet – August 12

David Grisman’s 50+ years of playing, composing and producing music attest to his indomitable creative spirit. A disciple of folklorist Ralph Rinzler, David contributed to the vibrant 1960s Greenwich Village folk scene and later recorded on “American Beauty” with the Grateful Dead and formed bluegrass super group Old & in the Way with Jerry Garcia. Playing his original “Dawg” compositions, the Sextet includes Jim Kerwin (bass), Matt Eakle (flute and bass flute), George Marsh (drums and percussion), Chad Manning (violin, viola and mandolin) and George Cole (guitar). Friday, August 12. 7:30 PM. Chautauqua Auditorium. Buy tickets online. Ride the free HOP 2 Chautauqua to this show!

Melissa Etheridge – August 16

Known for her mixture of confessional lyrics and raspy, smoky vocals, Etheridge remains one of America’s favorite female singer-songwriters for more than two decades. She has received fifteen Grammy Award nominations throughout her career, winning two, in 1993 and 1995, respectively. In 2007, she won an Academy Award for Best Original Song for “I Need to Wake Up” from the film “An Inconvenient Truth.” Etheridge is scheduled to release a new album in fall 2016 which will be her first album since 2014’s critically lauded “This Is M.E.” Don’t miss Melissa with her band! Tuesday, August 16. 7:30 PM. Chautauqua Auditorium. Buy tickets online. Ride the free HOP 2 Chautauqua to this show!

67th annual Barbershop Harmony Festival – August 20

The Boulder a capella tradition returns to the Chautauqua Auditorium stage with the 67th Annual Barbershop Harmony Festival. Hear the Front Range’s best men’s and women’s quartets, including Boulder’s own Timberliner’s and the University of Colorado Buffoons performing traditional barbershop harmony and contemporary styles. Saturday, August 20. 6:00 PM. Chautauqua Auditorium. Buy tickets online.

Colvin & Earle – August 30

More than two decades ago, Shawn Colvin recorded a cover of Steve Earle’s “Someday,” softening the song’s country-rock punch and turning its narrator into a female gas station employee. At the time, she was a folksinger on the rise, and Earle was a pioneer who’d briefly lost his way, still reeling from a stint in jail while working his way toward a comeback. The two find themselves on more equal ground with this summer’s release of “Colvin & Earle,” an album that introduces the songwriters as a proper folk duo. Tuesday, August 30. 7:30 PM. Chautauqua Auditorium. Buy tickets online. Ride the free HOP 2 Chautauqua to this show!


Week 6 – Season Finale

As the season comes to a close, week 6 of Colorado Music Festival (CMF) offers a blend of transient vocals and delightful strings. On August 4, Grammy award-winning mezzo-soprano Kelley O’Connor and tenor Richard Cox will headline Mahler’s magnificent “Das Lied von der Erde” and Debussy’s “Nocturnes” for orchestra and chorus. On August 6 and 7, CMF celebrates the return of Boulder-favorite and pianist Olga Kern for the season’s finale. Saturday evening Kern will join CMF string musicians to perform Brahms and Mozart. On August 7, the season closes with music director Jean-Marie Zeitouni conducting Olga Kern and the Chamber Orchestra for a delightful evening of Beethoven, Stravinsky and Schubert. Purchase tickets online here. Ride the free HOP 2 Chautauqua to these shows!


Daughter of Dawn – August 3

Featuring live musical accompaniment by The Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra

Featuring an all-Native American cast of 300 Kiowas and Comanches, “Daughter of Dawn” captures a time period in a very real and authentic way. The actors, who in 1920 had been living on reservations for less than 50 years, brought with them their own tipis, horses, clothing and material culture. Besides the scenes on horseback and hunting buffalo, there are scenes of traditional dances forbidden at the time by the federal government if not for the making of the film.

The Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra was commissioned to compose an original score for the film, which they will premier in Colorado at this screening. Wednesday, August 3. 7:30 PM. Chautauqua Auditorium. Buy tickets online.

For Heaven’s Sake & Number Please – August 9

Starring Harold Lloyd and featuring live musical accompaniment by Hank Troy, piano

The Uptown Boy, J. Harold Manners (Harold Lloyd) is a millionaire playboy who falls for the Downtown Girl, Hope (Jobyna Ralston) a helper in Brother Paul’s (Paul Weigel) mission. In order to build up attendance and win Hope’s attention, Harold runs through town causing trouble and winds up with a crowd chasing him right into the mission. He eventually wins the girl and they marry, but not without some interference from his high-brow friends. Also screened this evening will be Lloyd’s masterpiece short, “Number Please.” Tuesday, August 9. 7:30 PM. Chautauqua Auditorium. Buy tickets online.


Edwina the Great and Her Amazing Flea Circus – August 13

Edwina has traveled the world over to find the most talented fleas—miniature minions of delight to woo you with feats sublime and…dangerous. Space is limited for this tiny theater. Saturday, August 13. 10:00 AM and 12:00 PM. Chautauqua Community House, Rocky Mountain Climbers Club. Buy tickets online.


Stay after the concert!

With all these great August events, make it a complete Chautauqua experience with an overnight stay in one of our cozy cottages. Available in studio, one, two or three bedroom, each cottage features a porch for relaxing and a full kitchen. Contact Chautauqua lodging at or 303.952.1611 to plan your getaway today!


Enjoy a pre-concert or post- hike picnic!

Let the General Store provide your picnic needs! Order a picnic from the General Store! Available for two to four people, picnics include an assortment of sliced and cured meats, artisan cheeses, house pickled vegetables, pasta salad, stone ground mustard, house-made compote, non-alcoholic bottled beverages and choice of dessert item, all packed in a nifty reusable tote bag. Price is $21 per person and bags must be prepaid in full. Picnics can be reserved in person at the Chautauqua General Store or online here. 24 hour pre-pick up reservation required.

To view picnic menus, click here.

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