South Pearl Street Music Festivals celebrate summer, music and craft beer

DENVER – What happens when you mix a warm summer afternoon, ice-cold draft beer, and some fun, funky music? You get the South Pearl Street Music Festivals. Celebrate summer with BrewGrass on June 8, and Blues & Brews on August 10, in the 1200 block of S. Pearl Street in Denver.

Brewgrass, held on June 8, features some of the best in bluegrass and Americana music. Headlining the day is Mountain Standard Time, Nederland’s own bluegrass fusion group. For Blues & Brews on August 10, the slide guitar boogies and raw-boned Chicago shuffles will come from headliners Lil’ Ed & the Blues Imperials. Both headliners will close each day of fantastic music.

Entering its seventh year, and produced in partnership with Swallow Hill Music, the music festivals have become a neighborhood tradition and real shindigs. Some of Colorado’s favorite breweries will be on-site including Great Divide, New Belgium, Oskar Blues, Denver Beer Co and Lone Tree Brewing. Paired with food vendors Brava Pizza, Brothers BBQ, and The Goods Smoke & Grill, and more, the question remains – is it a music festival with really good beer or a beer festival with really good music?

Full event details and line-up are listed below. Thank you for supporting live music with Swallow Hill Music and the South Pearl Street Merchant’s Association!

Saturday, June 8, 12pm-10pm – $5
Featuring Mountain Standard Time, The Black Lillies, Humming House, Whitewater Ramble, Jonas Friddle & the Majority, Trout Steak Revival, Blue Canyon Boys

Blues & Brews
Saturday, August 10, 12pm-10pm – $5
Featuring Lil’ Ed & the Blues Imperials, Mac Arnold & Plate Full o’ Blues, Dan Treanor’s Afrosippi Band w/ Erica Brown, Delta Sonics w/ Ken Saydak, John Long Band, Jockamo, Bad Brad & the Fat Cats

Swallow Hill Music’s
All shows at 8pm @ 71 E. Yale Ave. unless otherwise indicated

Thu May 9         Spare Parts – Discovery Series – 7:30pm
Fri May 10         Ellis Paul w/ David Berkley
Fri May 10         Rose Red Elk: Red Feather Woman – World Music Night
Sat May 11        René Heredia’s Flamenco Fantasty Theatre Dance Concert
Sat May 11        Somethin’ About Lulu
Sun May 12        Family Concert Series: Los Bohemios – 4pm
Thu May 16        Mark Foster – Discovery Series – 7:30pm
Fri May 17          Mary Huckins & Rebecca Folsom w/special guest Kristi Bartleson
Sat May 18         Bill Payne (of Little Feat) w/ special Guest Dennis McNally (Grateful Dead publicist):
Tracing Footsteps – A Journal of Music, Photography & Tales from the Road
Sat May 18         Virginia Anderson w/ Scoundrels & Friends – “Top of the Hill” Faculty Concert Series
Fri May 24          Joe Pug and Anais Mitchell & Jefferson Hamer @ L2 Arts & Culture Center
Fri May 24          Bill Staines
Thu May 30        Jami Lynn & Dylan James – Discovery Series – 7:30pm
Fri May 31          Peppino D’Agostino
Fri May 31          Gretchen Peters
Sat June 1         Over the Rhine @ L2 Arts & Culture Center
Sat June 1         The Mile Markers – Album Release
Sun June 2         Denver Folklore Center’s 2nd Annual 50th Anniversary Celebration – Sunday in the Park with Friends @ Four Mile Historic Park – 3pm
Fri June 7           The Duhks w/ Howlin’ Brothers
Sat June 8          BrewGrass @ 1200 Block of S. Pearl St. – noon-10pm
Fri June 14         Peter Mulvey and Dave McGraw & Mandy Fer
Sat June 15        Pokey LaFarge @ L2 Arts & Culture Center
Sat June 15        Mark Morris – “Top of the Hill Faculty” Concert Series
Mon June 17       Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell @ Denver Botanic Gardens – 7pm
Tue June 18       Tony Bennett w/ Antonia Bennett @ Denver Botanic Gardens – 7pm
Wed June 19      Tony Bennett w/ Antonia Bennett @ Denver Botanic Gardens – 7pm
Fri June 21         Eliza Gilkyson w/ very special guest Amy Speace
Sat June 22        Danielle Ate the Sandwich w/ Victor & Penny
Sat June 22        Woody Pines
Tue June 25       Josh Rouse (solo) w/ Jami Lunde @ the Walnut Room
Fri June 28         Solomon Cook
Fri June 28         Raul Midón
Sat June 29        Hot Club of Detroit
Sat Jun 29          The Stormcellars
Tue July 9           Lindi Ortega @ The Walnut Room
Fri July 12           David Wax Museum
Sat July 13         David Byrne & St. Vincent @ Denver Botanic Gardens – Chatfield – 7pm
Sun July 14        Arlo Guthrie w/ The Trishas @ Denver Botanic Gardens – 7pm
Thu July 18         Bruce Hornsby & the Noisemakers @ Denver Botanic Gardens – 7pm
Fri July 19          Tift Merritt
Sat July 20         Steve Martin and The Steep Canyon Rangers feat. Edie Brickell @ Denver Botanic Gardens   -7pm
Sat July 20         aka Laser Bunny – “Top of the Hill” Faculty Concert Series
Sat July 21         Mara Levine w/ Jeff Scroggins & Colorado – World Music Night
Wed July 24        Elephant Revival and Carolina Chocolate Drops @ Denver Botanic Gardens – 7pm
Fri July 26          Trout Fishing in America
Fri July 26          Darryl Purpose
Fri Aug 2            Sierra Hull w/ Blackberry Bushes String Band
Sun Aug 4          Indigo Girls w/ Von Grey @ Denver Botanic Gardens – 7pm
Tue Aug 6          Bruce Cockburn and Suzanne Vega @ Denver Botanic Gardens – 7pm
Tue Aug 6          Vieux Farka Touré w/ New World Citizen Band @ the Walnut Room
Sat Aug 10         Blues & Brews @ 1200 Block of S. Pearl St. – noon-10pm
Mon Aug 12        Josh Ritter & the Royal City Band @ Denver Botanic Gardens – 7pm
Fri Aug 16          Shawn Phillips
Sat Aug 17         Lee Avenue – “Top of the Hill” Faculty Concert Series
Fri Aug 23          Special Consensus w/ Blue Canyon Boys
Sat Aug 24         Brian Ashley Jones
Tue Aug 27        Baskery @ the Walnut Room
Wed Aug 28       Michael McDonald w/ Hazel Miller Band @ Denver Botanic Gardens – 7pm
Fri Aug 30          Chris Isaak @ Denver Botanic Gardens – 7pm
Tue Sept 3         Melissa Etheridge @ Denver Botanic Gardens – 7pm
Fri Sept 13         Karla Bonoff w/ David Berkeley
Fri Sept 13         Folk Ragout – World Music Night
Sat Sept 14        Darden Smith
Sat Sept 21        Martin Gilmore – “Top of the Hill” Faculty Concert Series
Fri Sept 27         Danny Shafer – Album Release
Fri Oct 11           The Steel Wheels
Sat Oc 19           Star Edwards – “Top of the Hill” Faculty Concert Series
Fri Oct 25           Brewer & Shipley
Thu Oct 31         Sarah McQuaid – Discovery Series – 7:30pm
Sat Nov 2           Nora Jane Struthers & The Party Line
Tue Nov 5           Nitin Sawhney Trio @ L2 Arts & Culture Center
Fri Nov 8            David Wilcox @ L2 Arts & Culture Center
Sat Nov 9           Robin & Linda Williams
Sat Nov 16         Maura O’Connell – Farewell Tour
Sat Nov 23         John McEuen & Alpin Hong
Sat Dec 7          Kindred Spirits
Sun Dec 8          Jews Do Dylan – A Tribute to Bob Dylan by Jewish Musicians @ L2 Arts & Culture Center – 7pm
Fri Dec 13          New Time Ensemble – World Music Night
Sat Dec 14         Turtle Island Quartet – Have You Ever Been? Workshop at 4pm!

About Swallow Hill Music:
Swallow Hill Music has been helping people make and enjoy music since 1979. As it celebrates its 34th year, it serves over 120,000 people annually and is proud to be known as one of the largest non-profit organizations in the United States to serve as a source for connecting people to diverse music traditions both on the stage and in the classroom.  Three concert venues at its facility on 71 E. Yale Ave. offer more than 200 performances a year, featuring local, national and international talent. In addition, Swallow Hill Music presents and produces its annual Rootsfest celebration, one of the largest annual ukulele festivals in the world, Denver Ukefest, concerts at the L2 Arts & Culture Center in Capitol Hill, at Four Mile Historic Park, at the Old South Pearl St. summer street fairs, and at Denver Botanic Gardens for its long-running and esteemed Summer Concert Series.  A faculty of 60+ instructors provide music education to over 5,000 students who participate in hundreds of classes, workshops and private lessons for instruments and interests of all kinds.  The Swallow Hill Music School also reaches over 15,000 students through educational K-12 outreach programs in schools across the Front Range. For more information on all available programs, please visit

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