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August Summer Concert Series!


Summer is in full swing at Chautauqua and August is packed with world-renowned music! Ziggy Marley’s sold out show kicks us off on August 3rd followed with an evening of Melissa Etheridge as she takes the stage for her This Is M.E. Solo tour on August 5th. With warm summer nights, live music and delicious dining, you won’t want to miss the Chautauqua summer experience. Purchase your tickets online at or by phone at 303-440-7666.


• August 3 – Ziggy Marley – SOLD OUT
• August 5 – Melissa Etheridge – This Is M.E. Solo
• August 13 – Rhiannon Giddens
• August 14 – Michael McDonald
• August 15 – Robert Cray Band
• August 21 – Steve Earle & The Dukes
• August 23 – Barbershop Harmony Festival


Melissa Etheridge – August 5


Academy Award and Grammy award-winning artist, Melissa Etheridge will take the stage for a solo performance of songs from her new album, “This is M.E.,” as well as some of her greatest hits like “Come to My Window,” “I’m The Only One” and “I Want To Come Over.” Wednesday, August 5. 9:00 PM. Chautauqua Auditorium. Ride the Free HOP 2 Chautauqua to this show! Buy tickets online.


Rhiannon Giddens – August 13


As a member of the Grammy award–winning Carolina Chocolate Drops, Rhiannon Giddens mesmerized the audience with her elegant, prodigious voice and fierce spirit. Venturing on her own, Gidden worked with world-renowned producer T-Bone Burnett to produce a composite portrait of “Ruby,” of America, and of Gidderns herself, on her solo album “Tomorrow Is My Turn,” The time is now and it is clearly Giddens turn. Thursday, August 13. 8:00 PM. Chautauqua Auditorium. Ride the Free HOP 2 Chautauqua to this show! Buy tickets online.


Michael McDonald – August 14


Two notes. That’s all it takes to recognize the voice of Michael McDonald. Distinctive and soulful, it is one of the most yearningly emotive instruments of our times. From ‘70s-era Doobie Brothers classics such as “What A Fool Believes” and solo hits like “I Keep Forgettin,’” through two highly-acclaimed Motown albums, genre-busting guest spots and innovative concept shows, the five-time Grammy Award-winning McDonald is both timeless and ever-evolving. Friday, August 14. 8:00 PM. Chautauqua Auditorium. Ride the Free HOP 2 Chautauqua to this show! Buy tickets online.


Robert Cray Band – August 15


With five Grammy Awards, 15 nominations, millions of record sales worldwide, and thousands of sold out performances, rock blues icon Robert Cray is considered “one of the greatest guitarists of his generation.” Cray has recorded sixteen Billboard charting studio albums and has written or performed with everyone from Eric Clapton to Stevie Ray Vaughan, from Bonnie Raitt to John Lee Hooker.


Robert Cray’s new studio album “This Time” arrives at a vital juncture in the musician’s career. Saturday, August 15. 8:00 PM. Chautauqua Auditorium. Ride the Free HOP 2 Chautauqua to this show! Buy tickets online.


Steve Earle and the Dukes – August 21


A protégé of legendary songwriters Townes Van Zandt and Guy Clark, Earle quickly became a master storyteller in his own right, with his songs being recorded by Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Emmylou Harris, Waylon Jennings, Travis Tritt, The Pretenders, Joan Baez and countless others. Steve Earle and The Dukes take the stage in support of their newly released album “Terraplane.” Friday, August 21. 8:00 PM. Chautauqua Auditorium. Ride the Free HOP 2 Chautauqua to this show! Buy tickets online.


66th Annual Barbershop Harmony Festival – August 23


The Boulder a capella tradition returns to the Chautauqua Auditorium stage with the 66th Annual Barbershop Harmony Festival. Hear the Front Range’s best men and women quartets and choruses, including Boulder’s own Timberliners and the University of Colorado Buffoons, perform traditional barbershop harmony and contemporary a capella styles. Sunday, August 23. 6:00 PM. Chautauqua Auditorium. Ride the Free HOP 2 Chautauqua to this show!  Buy tickets online.




Week 5


Celebrate Rocky Mountain Park’s centennial anniversary with “John Fielder’s Colorado in Music” where Fielder’s nature photography merges with the sounds of Sibelius and Beethoven. Also, listen as nature in music takes center stage from four different countries with “Nature’s Tableux” featuring CMF Concertmaster, Calin Lupanu. On August 1, join us for a special Saturday performance combining comedy with classical music and popular culture in “A Little Nightmare Music with Igudesman & Joo.” View the complete list of Colorado Music Festival events at Chautauqua here. Ride the free HOP 2 Chautauqua to these shows!




August lights up the silver screen with an array of comedy, epic romance, Colorado history, and Charlie Chaplin’s first talkie and satirical political comedy, “The Great Dictator.” Sit back and enjoy as these timeless classics entertain you and your family!


Three Ages – July 29


The first feature Buster Keaton wrote, directed, produced and starred in “Three Ages” (1923) is a brilliant historical satire. The ancient stories are flavored with bits of modern comedy including the spare tire with which Keaton repairs his chariot and the home run that he scores against an angry caveman.

Tonight also features: Buster Keaton’s short, “One Week.” With live musical accompaniment by Hank Troy on piano. Total running time: 88 minutes. Wednesday, July 29. 7:30 PM. Chautauqua Auditorium. Buy tickets online.


Four Horseman of the Apocalpyse – August 12


The “Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse” had a huge cultural impact when first released in 1921, becoming the top-grossing film of the year, beating out Charlie Chaplin’s “The Kid” and turning then little-known Rudolph Valentino into a superstar. With live musical accompaniment by Hank Troy, piano and Steve Mullins, guitar. Total running time: 132 minutes. Wednesday, August 12. 7:30 PM. Chautauqua Auditorium. Buy tickets online.


Trail of 98 – August 17


Partly filmed at Rollins Pass and other Colorado locations, as well as Alaska, this epic film follows fortune hunters from all over the country who rush into the Klondike in 1897 to seek their fortunes in gold, and are tested by many hardships along the way. The adversities are numerous: claim jumping, blizzards, swollen rushing rivers, fires and a young woman’s honor (Dolores Del Rio) all lay between these travelers and their potential fortunes.


With live musical accompaniment by The Silent Cinema Trio. Total running time: 87 minutes. Monday, August 17. 7:30 PM. Chautauqua Auditorium. Buy tickets online.


The Great Dictator – August 25


“The Great Dictator” (1940) is Charlie Chaplin’s first talkie and satirical political comedy. Directed, scored, produced and starred in by Chaplin, “The Great Dictator” is an audacious mix of politics and slapstick that culminates in Chaplin’s famously impassioned speech.


Starring Charlie Chaplin featuring the recorded soundtrack (talkie). Total running time: 125 minutes. Tuesday, August 25. 7:30 PM. Chautauqua Auditorium. Buy tickets online.




Dave Foreman: “Man Swarm”– August 8


Earth First! founder and conservationist Dave Foreman will read from his latest book “Man Swarm” and discuss overpopulation and its impact on wildlife, wetlands and potential solutions. Saturday, August 8. 7:30pm. Chautauqua Community House. Buy tickets online.




Make your summer pre-concert dining reservations today!


Reservations are filling up fast for pre-concert dining at Boulder’s most historic restaurant.


Enjoy a fresh, Colorado bistro dinner, or stop in for happy hour, at the Chautauqua Dining Hall before attending a concert in the historic Auditorium. Operated by Three Leaf Concepts, the Dining Hall is open year-round and offers a full bar with local beers and great wines to complement your meal.


To see the Dining Hall’s happy hour and dinner menus, click here.


To make a reservation, call 303.440.3776 or to reserve via email, click here.




Summer concert lodging specials

Attending a concert at Chautauqua this summer? Enjoy a complete Chautauqua experience and consider staying overnight in one of our charming cottages.


Check in at 4 pm. Enjoy happy hour or a pre-concert meal at the Dining Hall or in the privacy of your cottage’s porch then stroll over to the Auditorium for a show. Afterwards, sink into your cozy quarters for a restful night’s sleep and hit the trails in the morning for a hike before checking out.


Cottages available in studio, one, two or three bedroom configurations. For reservations, call 303-952-1611 or email and mention Music15 when booking.


Restrictions: Valid on new reservations only. Valid for reservations through September 24, 2015 only. Not valid for Missions House Lodge. Two night minimum stay requirement applies for Fri/Sat weekends August – September. No minimum stay requirement for other dates.




Chautauqua arbor repairs underway


The City of Boulder’s Parks and Recreation Department has begun repair efforts on the Chautauqua arbor (b. 1908) this week. An inspection revealed that the wood timbers needed to be removed for safety concerns due to the arbor’s age and natural wood deterioration. The wood timbers will be replaced in the coming weeks. The park’s path will remain open unless the reconstruction crew is actively working on the structure. During times of reconstruction, expect periodic path closures.


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